Weekend Wrap Up 6.17.16

Happy Friday, folks! This week sure has whizzed by. I have to say, after a few out of town stints, it has been nice to have a full work week back at home and feel a semblance of routine returning. This weekend I plan to take on a few house projects. I'm most excited to see how my bathroom paint job turns out, and least looking forward to cleaning out the garage. What's on your agenda for the next few days?

If you're in the market for some downtime, take five and check out this week's medical news link pack. 

Will genetic advances make the male sex obsolete? Baby making makes the move from the bedroom to the lab.

Put down that donut. A high-fat diet in pregnancy can affect three future generations according to a new study. The effects for offspring of eating a high-fat, high-sugar diet are well known to cause risks like stillbirth, congenital abnormalities, obesity and heart disease. Now, researchers say these risks do not end with the first generation. At least three subsequent generations may be affected. 

10 male celebrities who are smashing mental health stereotypes.

Coffee is unlikely to cause cancer, but very hot drinks could. Researchers have found that drinking any beverage at a temperature of 149 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter increases the risk of esophageal cancer. In certain countries, it's common to enjoy a steaming cup of tea at such temps. 

What do my cravings say about my health?

Health company Withings has released what it says is the world's most advanced scale. The new device helps provide a sense of overall health by measuring not only weight, but BMI, body fat, muscle and bone mass, heart rate, pulse wave velocity, and water content. As an added bonus, the scale even displays the day's weather forecast - just because they could, I guess?

Hillary Clinton gets kickbacks from big pharma - $240,000 worth of them. 

Apple just introduced a breathing app. Some say it's basic, but brilliant. The new app will be added to the Apple watch and will simply remind wearers to do a short deep breathing exercise. Deep breathing has been shown to have a wide range of health benefits from stress relief to cardiovascular improvements. 

And the most effective bug sprays are...Consumer Reports reveals this summer's top picks. 

Hospitalizations for heart failure spike after major holidays. The number of patients admitted drops on the holiday itself, but spikes in the days to follow. High salt foods, lack of exercise, and stress are most likely to blame. 

For U.S. parents, a troubling happiness gap. Studies repeatedly show that non-parents are happier than parents. Here's why the problem is worse in the U.S. 

And, an old favorite to kick off the weekend. Check out ZDoggMD's 'Readmission' parody. 

 

Happy Friday!