Weekend Wrap Up 12.5.15

Happy weekend! Thanksgiving seems a distant memory although it's only been nine days since I stuffed myself with mashed potatoes and apple pie. Christmas trees and lights have certainly stolen the spotlight. Appropriately, my weekend calendar is filled with a number of Christmas parties which friends thought best to throw the first weekend of the month given the holiday mayhem that is about to ensue. What are you up to this weekend? If you need a break from tinsel-ing your tree, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

Frustrated with your hospital's EHR system? ZDoggMD shares your sentiments in this hilarious video. 

Are 'WiFi' allergies a real thing? Electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome is a grab-bag of physical symptoms which some claim are caused by "the cloud". The jury's still out in the scientific community as to if the condition is real or simply a placebo effect. 

Which chemotherapy drug causes the worst 'chemobrain'? Research has an answer. Scientists studied breast cancer survivors rating various medications according to their effect on memory. The conclusion? Patients taking anthracycline-based drugs experienced the most mental cloudiness. 

For some folks, 'Selfies' are more than meets the eye. Self-taken photos are part of the cure for individuals suffering from Cotard's Dellusion, in which a person believes they are dead. 

4 ways to increase your resilience, according to psychology. 

The number of new diabetes cases in the U.S. is finally declining. Data released by the CDC shows that after a steady annual climb in new cases since the early 1990's, the rate of new cases of diabetes had a statistically significant drop in 2014. 

Work out a lot? Chances are you drink a lot, too. Here's why

This new body strain sensor is made from chewing gum. Researchers made the body sensor using Wrigly's Doublemint coupled with nano tubules. The resulting sensor is able to measure how much it is bent and flexed. Ultimately, scientists plan to use the device to monitor the body's movements and vital signs. 

Minorities get less pain treatment in the E.R. Patients are also less likely to receive adequate pain control if they are over 75 or male, lack private insurance or are treated at a hospital with numerous minority patients. 

You just never know how a uvula will affect your life. 

Have a wonderful weekend!