Medical Week in Review 7.12.13

TGIF!  It was certainly hard to go back for a full work week after the extended July 4th weekend.  But, we made it.  Here are this week's more interesting medical happenings to help ring in the weekend.

Don't get near the grill after applying spray on sunscreen.  It turns out spray on sun protectant could actually cause you to burst into flames.  Several incidents have been reported where sunscreen users lighting up the grill or smoking cigarettes have caught on fire post application. 

New 3D cast lets broken arms breathe odor-free.  This new cast of the future looks more like a spider web or a fish net than the traditional bulky brace.  The new model is the creation of a design student who suffered a broken arm thinking there must be a better way to splint than the standard itchy, uncomfortable cast.

Ambulance broadcasts it's own transmissions to clear the road ahead.  In Ecuador, ambulance broadcasts overpower AM/FM radio warning drivers from inside their vehicles to move aside.

Christina Stephens lost part of her leg this year but is making light of her situation. She posted a video on YouTube of herself building a prosthetic leg out of legos and even tries to stand and walk on her homemade leg.  She hopes the video will inspire other amputees to "be more comfortable with their limb difference".

Looks like your brain is not to blame for sloppy drunkenness.  Scientists say that the behavioral changes that accompany alcohol use are ultimately the fault of glia cells in the immune system.  Unfortunately, this doesn't make intoxicated actions more socially acceptable.

Doctors have developed a $260 test-tube baby for the poor world.  Belgian physicians created a procedure similar to IVF that can be done at just 10-15 percent of the cost of traditional IVF.  They hope this innovative method will help infertile couples across the globe. 

5 things you didn't know about competitive eating.  Surprisingly, there is a science behind the sport.  Some competitors, for example, use the Valsalva maneuver to close off the airway and increase esophageal motility moving food more quickly into the stomach. 

Dogs can detect bladder cancer say researchers in Britain.  While the finding that canines might be able to sniff out disease is interesting, scientists note it is impractical to have pups roaming hospital hallways.  Instead, they are attempting to make a technological device that can also use scent to diagnose malignancy.

A little chemical education on eight toxic foods.  A chemist debunks myths about food additives reminding readers that everything we eat is actually made from chemicals.  The stuff you can't pronounce at the end of the food label may not be as bad for you as you think he argues.  Someone pass the Cheetos.

Looking for a new addition to your wardrobe?  Consider purchasing a personalized brain activity scarf.  Artist Varvara Guljajeva developed a method of plotting a person's brain activity into a knitted pattern which is used to create a personalized scarf.  Surprisingly, they actually look wearable in public.

After being seriously injured in an accident, avid hunter Jeff Malloy developed the Equalizer Shooting System for Wheelchair Powered Turkey Hunting.  Jeff's system uses an iPhone as a scope.  A simple puff on a tube fires his rifle.

Have a fabulous weekend!