Weekend Wrap Up 4.15.16

Greetings from Napa! This weekend, I'm headed to San Francisco for a long weekend getaway in wine country. The forecast is lookin' fine, so I'm anticipating mornings sunning by the pool, afternoons sampling Napa's finest vino, and topping off the day with dining al fresco. Ahh, yes, spring is here! Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope work will be far from your mind. If you could use a little (almost) weekend entertainment, check out this week's medical news link pack. 

Could you outrun a fart? Here's what science says.

Strawberries have the most pesticide residues according to a new report. Apples, nectarines, peaches, and celery also made the list of the dirty dozen when it comes to pesticides in produce. Looking to reduce the amount of chemicals in your diet? Reach for avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, or cabbage. 

The British military is testing the effects of altitude on the human body using implantable biosensors. The expedition team will climb to extreme altitudes without oxygen all in the name of exercise science. 

This is your brain on LSD, literally. 

Married people are more likely to survive cancer. New research shows that economic benefits are not the only reason behind coupled individuals' ability to fight the disease. Emotional support gives married couples an advantage over the unwed. 

The six elements of an effective apology, according to science. Researchers say acknowledgement of responsibility and an offer of repair are the most important keys to overcoming a misstep. 

Best blinged out nursing graduation caps. It's that time of year again, folks!

The first ever 360-degree video surgery is happened yesterday. Dr. Shafi Ahmed performed a two hour surgery on a man in his seventies with colon cancer. Meanwhile, a suite of 360-degree cameras mounted around the operating room allowed any remote observer with a virtual-reality headset and a smartphone to tune in to a live feed. 

Obama proposes $1.1 billion to expand care for opioid addicts. In 2014, 259 million opioids— or enough for every American adult— were prescribed, according to the CDC. Over the last decade, overall deaths resulting from opioid abuse and abuse of illegal narcotics like heroin have quadrupled. 

Why It's Getting Harder To Decide When To Treat High Blood Pressure.

A patient with atrial fibrillation following a seizure showed up at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, N.J., but the clinical team did not know when the arrhythmia began. Conveniently, the patient was wearing a Fitbit Charge HR wrist-worn activity tracker that was continuously recording his heart rate throughout the day. It turns out that simple fitness trackers featuring heart rate monitoring can be life saving devices. 

Have a relaxing weekend!