Medical Week in Review 7.26.13

Friday is here!  I hope you have all had an eventful week.  We are heading up to to the lake this weekend for some much needed R&R.  I'm looking forward to feeling the sand between my toes, grilling up some fresh summer meals and relaxing with a book at the beach.  Whatever your plans over the next few days, don't forget to check out this week's more interesting medical news.

Organs from man who had rabies transplanted into four people.  One recipient has died of rabies infection after receiving a donated kidney. The three other organ recipients are currently receiving rabies vaccines and being monitored for signs of the infection. 

What do we really know?  While medicine is evidence-based, the evidence may not always be correct.  In the past 10 years alone, the medical community has reversed their opinion on at least 146 established practices. 

New Jersey becomes 19th state, the last in New England, to legalize medical marijuana.  Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota are expected to follow suit. 

Having heart surgery?  Wait for a full moon.  A news study shows that hospital stays are shorter and mortality rates lower for surgeries occurring during a waning full moon.  

New camera developed to interpret sign language.  The Kinect 3D camera tracks movements made during sign language translating them into text on the camera's screen.  Inventors hope to add audio interpretation to the technology as well. 

This study is almost enough to make you stop envying those 6 foot tall female supermodels.  New research shows that tall women have an increased risk of cancer.  Each 3.95 inch increase in height was associated with a 13 percent increased risk of developing any type of cancer. 

10 easy activities science has proven will make you happier today.  Anyone up for some exercise...while listening to music and daydreaming?

Autism scare results in measles outbreak.  15 years after British doctor Andrew Wakefield suggested vaccines may cause autism, previously controlled infectious diseases are reemerging.  Small outbreaks of measles have been reported throughout the U.S., usually originating from foreign visitors.

Finally.  Medical providers are now prescribing fruits and veggies.  A new program in NYC, the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, prescribes obese and overweight patients health bucks which they can redeem for locally grown produce. 

Nightmares after the ICU.  Patients report vivid hallucinations while intubated.  Studies show that up to 35 percent of individuals admitted to the ICU may have symptoms of PTSD for up to two years after the experience.  

Have a wonderful weekend!