Medical Week in Review 6.7.13

You know the feeling that you get when you arrive home from vacation and feel like you need a vacation from the vacation you just took?  That was pretty much my week!  I think I have finally broken through the mental fog of jet lag and made my way to the very last sock at the bottom of my smelly laundry hamper...just in time to enjoy the weekend.  I hope you have some exciting plans ahead.  Until then, check out this week's more compelling medical news.

Does the price of Doxycycline have you flustered?  My favorite, and formerly free, MRSA killing, pneumonia curing, Chlamydia treating drug has now skyrocketed in price.  In the face of national shortage, Doxycycline's price has increased tenfold. The popular antibiotic has been removed from free and $4 generic lists across the country. 

A 66-year-old Hong Kong man visits his doctor and is diagnosed with...being a woman.  After seeking medical treatment for abdominal pain, doctors discovered he had an ovarian cyst.  The man suffers from two genetic disorders concurrently, Turner syndrome and adrenal hyperplasia giving him the appearance of a man despite being genetically female. 

Sorry folks, a recent study shows looking at your own Facebook profile is bad for your brain.  After looking at their own Facebook profiles, study participants did worse on a math test than before peeking at their personal information.  Researchers suspect looking at one's own profile strokes the ego making people more complacent and leading them to think they don't have to prove themselves in other ways. 

Here's a new one.  Company sells breast milk flavored lollipops.  Numerous mothers shared their breast milk with "flavor specialists" at creator Lollyphile until they were able to turn the taste into a candy.  Other lollipop flavors produced by Lollyphile include absinthe and chocolate bacon.

The emergency room where JFK died was demolished and has been stored in a secret underground bunker for decades.

How far will your phone go in detecting disease?  Cornell University engineers have created a device that attaches to a smart phone and can detect Kaposi's sarcoma, a cancer linked to AIDS.  Researchers plan to use the device for cancer detection and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa where there is poor access to lab tests and medical treatment.  In the future, this technology could be used to detect infectious disease such as MRSA and E. coli. 

Do mosquitoes really like some people more than others?  Studies say yes.  Researchers estimate mosquitoes are highly attracted to about one in five people.  The exact reason remains a mystery.  Researchers have identified a few reasons  these pests might see you as a tasty treat: you're big, you just exercised and you have a fast metabolism to name a few.

Have a wonderful weekend!