Weekend Wrap Up 3.20.16

Happy Sunday morning, friends! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. I arrived home from our trip to India mid week, sun tanned and jet lagged. Catching up on sleep has somehow evaded me, so I'm hoping for a lengthy Sunday afternoon nap. How is your weekend going? If you could use some lazy Sunday afternoon reading material, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

Can your address predict your premature death? 2016 County Health Rankings compare health disparities among nearly all counties. The report shows dramatic differences between rural and urban communities, most notably premature death rates. 

When you eat could be as important as what you eat. A recent study shows that energy burning activities within cells are tightly controlled by circadian rhythms. Four hours into daylight was the time when metabolic activity was the highest. 

You should never eat overcooked French Fries, not, at least, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency issued new guidelines about the burned foods like French Fries. Foods cooked at high temperatures for too long may contain higher levels of acrylamide, a chemical that’s been found to cause cancer in animals.

Find out which U.S. cities could get hit by Zika

Work at a standing desk if you like, but don't brag about its benefits. An analysis of recent studies shows that workplace interventions like standing desks and treadmill desks don't help burn more calories or prevent or reverse the harm of sitting for hours on end. 

It's not just doctors and nurses, patients need to wash their hands, too. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that one in four adults who left the hospital had a superbug on their hands. 

Birth date may influence child's risk for ADHD diagnosis

This company is giving the pill box more pizzazz. The new smart pillbox connects to your smartphone monitoring which pills are taken and when. Mistakes or misses trigger a warning delivered to the user or family member whose info is added in the app. The system is coming soon to a Target store near you. 

Doctors dispute that payments received from pharmaceutical companies influence how they prescribe drugs. A new analysis indicates otherwise

Have a fantastic weekend!