Weekend Wrap Up 3.6.16

Happy Sunday! I’m sitting in Jaipur, India this evening where I will be for the next 10 days collaborating with the MidlevelU tech team. We’re working on some exciting new developments we can’t wait to roll out in 2016, so stay tuned. Between intense work sessions, I plan to do a little sunning by the pool, some serious chicken tikka eating, and take in the city’s sights. How is your week shaping up? If you have some downtime this Sunday afternoon, check out this week’s more interesting medical news. 

Is ADHD medication putting kids at risk for low bone density? In a recent study, 25% of children on ADHD meds met the criteria for osteopenia. Low bone density in children could potentially have long-term consequences because childhood is when bones gain mass and strength. 

British company announces new ‘Period Policy’ for female workers. Should the U.S. follow suit?

Monkey controls wheelchair using pure thoughts. At Duke University scientists managed to link the brain of a monkey to a robotic wheelchair to allow the animal to control it using thought alone. The development could be important in improving the quality of life for paralyzed individuals hoping to regain autonomy. 

10 truths of physician parents. Doe find these to be true as an NP? 

Bromances may be good for men’s health. Recent research of the effects of stress on social behavior in male rats finds that moderate stress makes them more prosocial. Such behavior increases levels of oxytocin which encourages bonding in turn leading to resilience in the face of stress and better health. 

Can you hack your brain to get more motivated? A paper published in Neuron suggests that we can selectively activate the ventral tegmental area of the brain responsible for motivation with a little bit of training. Using MRI feedback, researchers were able to train study participants to tap into the power of these specific neurons. 

Soccer icon Brandi Chastain promises to donate her brain for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy research. 

Feeding peanuts to babies may protect against allergies. A second new study shows that allergies to peanuts were less common in children who started eating those foods at 3 months of age than in kids who as infants received only breast milk. Bring on the PBJ!

Enjoy your Sunday!