Medical Week in Review 9.22.13

I always, always post the 'Medical Week in Review' column by Saturday morning at the latest giving me, and hopefully you, something to read with an extended weekend cup of joe.  Somehow this weekend got away from me.  Between dinners with friends, work obligations and the usual weekend chores, I simply ran out of time.  But, I figure better late than never so with no further ado here are this week's more interesting medical happenings. 

Don't drink the holy water on your next pilgrimage.  Scientists warn that holy water at shrines and churches is often contaminated with fecal matter and bacteria.  The worst offenders?  Hospital chapels. 

12 year-old Kali Hardig survives brain-eating amoeba.  Contracted at a water park, the girl was given a less than 1% chance of survival.  After seven weeks, she is finally leaving the hospital and heading back to school.

Rooting for a losing team this year?  Watch your waistline.  A new study shows that when teams lose fans tackle fatty foods

Doctors remove a 2-foot long clot from man's leg.  That's one big DVT.

After 57 years of marriage, Larry Swilling's wife's kidneys began to fail.  So, Larry took an innovative approach to helping her out.  He hit the streets wearing a sign saying "Need Kidney 4 Wife".  More than 100 people offered to see if they were a match and luckily a donor was found.  Now that's true love. 

New sunglasses allow colorblind people to see the world as it really is.  Would you fork out $600 to see all the colors of the rainbow?

Florida doctor uses new technology to re-grow a man's finger.  After the man's horse bit off his finger, the man put his severed finger on a popsicle in an attempt to keep it cool and drove immediately to the hospital.  Unfortunately, the finger did not survive.  In a cutting-edge surgery, physician Eugenio Rodriguez grew the man a new finger using tissue from a pig's bladder. 

Could new smartphone technology put optometrists out of work?  The new device from EyeNetra evaluates the eye letting you know which prescription is right for you.  EyeNetra hopes to "put more power into the hands of the individual".  While critics argue technology can't replace an in-person eye exam, I am always up for avoiding an office visit. 

Have a wonderful week!