Weekend Wrap Up 5.8.16

I kicked off last weekend with a double date. My husband and I enjoyed dinner with some of our most favorite friends. Our conversation centered around an Arianna Huffington talk the other couple had recently attended. Apparently, Arianna has made herself an expert on sleep, and is traveling the country spreading the message of her love for zzz's. Ironically, the following six nights I found myself painfully sleep deprived, the topic of our conversation taunting me periodically throughout the week. 

Two night shifts in the ER followed by an oddly timed evening shift and attending an evening professional hockey game that went into triple overtime (Go Preds!) served up late nights and far too early mornings. So, there you have it. This weekend I am going to sleep. What are you up to this weekend? If you've got some free time between naps and Mother's Day festivities, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

California raises the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. Lawmakers hope the new legislation will curb tobacco use among teens ages 15 to 17, who often run in the same circles as 18-year-olds. 

Splat! A paintball blow causes liver damage in teen player. The incident is the first ever reported of its kind. 

Online self-help is surprisingly good at reducing depression risk

Silk keeps fruit fresh without refrigeration. Half of the world's fruit and vegetable crops are lost during the food supply chain due to deterioration. Engineers at Tufts University have demonstrated that fruits can stay fresh for more than a week without refrigeration if they are coated with a virtually invisible silk solution. 

How presidential candidates use science to get you to vote

How you sleep depends on where you live. The world is home to 196 countries - and that mean 196 different bedtimes and wake times. 

Complete rest until symptom-free after concussion may not be best for recovery. A new study finds that youth who exercise within seven days of a head injury have nearly half the rate of persistent post-concussive symptoms a month later. 

The New York City Human Rights Commission releases new guidelines saying bars can't ban pregnant women or refuse them drinks

Taking a good sexual health history made easier. Above all, stay neutral and use current terminology say experts. Check out these other practical history-taking tips for healthcare providers. 

How your mom makes you happier, according to science

Happy Mother's Day and have a restful weekend!