Medical Week in Review April 26, 2013

Good morning and happy Friday!  Are you doing anything noteworthy this weekend?  This weekend I will be running the Country Music Marathon, well half marathon.  I hope you have some exciting plans as well.  To get you through your Friday and into the weekend, I bring you this week's more interesting happenings in the world of medicine. 

Univeristy of Virginia is on the lookout for a stollen ambulance...and so is the University of Alabama.  In both cases the driver left the keys behind the wheel while in the emergency department ambulance bay.

What's the difference between the U.S. healthcare system and 1985 Russia?  Not much.  Check out this analysis in The Tennessean.

Man finds 14-year-old hamburger in his pocket.  Does anyone else find it concerning that this fast food meal still looks the same after over a decade of sitting in a closet?

Need to remember something for that big test or presentation?  Forget taking notes, clench your fists.  A new study shows that clenching the left fist engages the right side of the brain aiding in recall while balling up your right hand engages the left side of the brain helping memory.

A 25-year analysis of medical malpractice claims shows diagnostic errors are the most commonly paid claims.  Among medical malpractice claims, diagnostic errors were found to be the most costly, the most common and the most dangerous medical mistakes.

What does hearing loss sound like?  Listen to these clips created by hearing and speech researcher Andrew Boothroyd reproducing the sound distortion experienced by individuals with sensorineural hearing loss.  Next time you find yourself screaming at your hearing impaired patients, keep these clips in mind. 

In an interview with MedGadget, Richard Simmons says he thinks the healthcare system needs more hugs.  He does warn that style of embrace needs to be carefully considered as hugging your patients could be taken the wrong way.  I think he's got the real answer to healthcare reform.

Yes, periodic paralysis is a real medical condition.  Individuals suffering from this syndrome experience extreme weakness in the muscles as a result of salt consumption, exercise or even sudden noises.  These episodes are temporary but can last days at a time.  The condition results from faulty ion channels in the walls of nerve cells. 

It's National Volunteer Week!  This week is the perfect time to make a commitment to help others using your medical skills.  Check out these volunteer opportunities for nurse practitioners

I think this picture speaks for itself

Have a wonderful weekend!