Medical Week in Review 8.15.14

Happy Friday! Fall is in the air here in Nashville, Tennessee. The first few leaves are beginning to  land on our lawn, the school bus is making it's morning rounds through our neighborhood, and the weather is growing cooler. As much as I hate to say goodbye to summer, the comfort of the predictable routine that seems to come with fall is a welcome change this year. What's on your schedule for this summer-fall transition weekend? If you find yourself with some free time, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

Meet the window washers that transform into superheros for sick kids. Fun-loving window washers at the Mayo Clinic clean in costume each year at the renowned hospital. The site of superheros rappelling down the building put smiles on the faces of young patients. 

8 ways working the night shift hurts your health

The Cleveland Clinic is going natural. The hospital now employs an herbalist to help patients seeking alternative therapies. Patients must be referred by a doctor and will be monitored for risk of drug-herbal interactions. 

Why do American schizophrenics hear threatening voices? A new study shows that patients in America, Ghana, and India report very different experiences with the voices they hear. 

Pump up the music, especially the bass before a big event. Research shows that music can truly make you feel more powerful. But, not all songs have the same effect. Scientists suspect the "conditioning hypothesis" is responsible for the phenomenon- when people hear music with specific components that express power, they mimic these feelings internally. 

9-year-old Florida boy fights 9-foot gator with bare hands and lives to tell the tale

How do home blood pressure monitors stack up? Editors of Medical News Today take a look at some of the most popular at-home blood pressure cuffs on the market. The consensus? Unless you have an aversion to Apple products, the iHealth BP monitors are best. 

9/11 dust cloud likely caused widespread pregnancy complications

Some doctors in California will now be able to practice with three years of medical school instead of the traditional four. The University of California Davis pilot program, designed to decrease the time and cost of medical education, may be part of the solution to the country's primary care shortage.

Have a wonderful weekend!