Medical Week in Review 5.31.13

It's almost the weekend!  I hope you enjoyed your short work week.  I took advantage of the holiday and extended the intended single day off work into a week-long international getaway.  I highly recommend getting the most out of what is meant to be just a long weekend.  While away on vacay, I have done my best to gather this week's happenings in medicine to help you get through your Friday.

Girl who survived cancer can now rotate leg 180 degrees with no pain or effort at all.  Jen O'Shea videotaped her secret talent in hopes of winning a contest on the Ellen Degeneres Show.  After being diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, Jen underwent a right internal hemipelvectomy in which surgeons removed the right side of her pelvis giving her this uncanny ability.

Vacationing with the family this sumer?  Consider visiting the world's 10 weirdest medical museums.  Mermaid fetuses, conjoined twins, internal organs and parasites grace the walls of these landmarks.  You might not want to plan on lunch after your visit. 

Your local swimming pool likely contains traces of feces according to a recent study out of Atlanta.  58 percent of water samples taken from a variety of swimming pool sites indicated the presence of poop.  Municipal pools were most likely to show signs of contamination.  Experts say this is the fault of unclean pool attendees, not pool operators. 

Why do Women live longer than men?  Experts are now pointing to the immune system.  The female immune system ages more slowly that a man's protecting from disease for a longer period of time. 

Check out Veggieanatomy, the human model constructed of vegetables.  This piece a art (?) brings to life the phrase "you are what you eat".

Going out this weekend?  You may want to look into purchasing one of these new smartphone breathalyzer's.  The device is small, attaches to your phone and gives accurate readings of your alcohol level.  The accompanying app can even help you call a cab or find the nearest fast food joint. 

Keeping up to date with the world of medicine can be tough.  The DocWise app aims to solve this problem.  App users simply indicate their journals and fields of interest and DocWise delivers content of interest straight to your iPhone or iPad

Hit show Arrested Development has raised awareness of a real-life medical problem, Gymnophobia.  Gymnophobics have an extreme, irrational fear of being naked.

Have a wonderful weekend!