Medical Week in Review 8.9.13

Happy Friday!  I hate to see the days in August slowly passing by.  I'm not ready for summer to end.  With my carefree sunny days threatening to come to a close, I plan to make the most of this weekend's summertime activities.  If you find yourself with some free time between BBQ's, pool parties and back to school activities over the next few days, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories.

A new study shows pulling an all nighter weakens resolve in the face of doughnuts.  Researchers should have just interviewed healthcare providers.  I think we can all agree that working the night shift puts on a few pounds related to late night pizza binges. 

A man living in a hospital for 45 years is creating a reality TV show about his life.  The man suffers from infantile paralysis and remains hospitalized due to risk of infection in the outside world.  You have to wonder if a show about sitting in the hospital day after day will be that entertaining. 

Sound therapists have named this song the most relaxing song ever.  I plan to play it on repeat during my 12 hour shifts at work which will probably not relax my coworkers. 

Buttocks injections are killing some women seeking a cheaper alternative to plastic surgery.  Many women looking for bigger bottoms are turning to black market procedures to save money.  Botched enhancements are on the rise.  Adhering to a daily squat routine seems much safer if you ask me. 

iPhone allows a 19 year old man to live with no memory.  Similar to popular film Memento, Ricky Dean can't remember what to do when he wakes up in the morning.  His phone reminds him to brush his teeth, eat lunch and meet up with friends.

Researchers say economic hardship triggers the "Angry Mom" gene.  Yes, studies show that harsh parenting tactics may be genetic.  Genetic tendencies are aggravated by environmental hardship. 

Didn't win the Powerball Jackpot?  Consider inventing a medical device instead.  Florida resident Reinhold Schmieding designed an early surgical tool for arthroscopic back surgery.  Today, he is worth over 2 billion dollars. 

Just another day in the emergency department.  In Huntington, West Virginia a nude man steals an ambulance subsequently crashing into three vehicles.

Check out these 20 potential advances in the future of medicine.  I'm looking forward to the brain wave controlled contact lens. 

Want to live to be 120?  "No, thanks" say most people.  When asked about potential medical treatments that would slow aging and prolong life, possibly to 120, 56% of respondents say they aren't interested.  How long do people want to live?  Most say the most desirable lifespan is about 90 years. 

Have a wonderful weekend!