Weekend Wrap Up 7.14.16

Happy (almost) weekend! I'm excited for a well-balanced time at home over the next few days. A few social events and a handful of projects around the house should keep me just the right amount of busy. If you've got a little down time this afternoon, kick off your weekend by checking out this week's more interesting medical news. 

The CDC rejects flu mist. Sorry, needle-phobes. Earlier this month, the CDC said that the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used for the upcoming influenza season because, well, it doesn't work. 

MIT's robot assistant gives nurses a second opinion. To overcome the chaos that can accompany working in the hospital, a research team has suggested that artificial intelligence might help. In the labor ward, a test robot recommends everything from where to move a patient to which nurse to assign to a C-section. 

So many research scientists, so few openings as professors. If you're looking to work in academia, you might want to reconsider. Experts say the U.S. is producing more research scientists than the academic world can handle. The surplus of Ph.D.s is most prevalent in biomedicine. 

How to get the best care from the hospital nursing staff. While flowers, candy, and baked goods can get you far, a family's rapport with patients is the most important factor when is comes to receiving above-and-beyond care. RNs, have any thoughts?

Prince Harry takes HIV test live on Facebook to promote awareness. Spoiler alert - it's negative. 

Video of woman giving birth in a creek has been watched 52 million times. The 23-minute video was posted to YouTube in 2013, but is now getting mad press. 

How a 'red hair' gene raises skin cancer risk. Individuals with red hair have a much higher skin cancer risk, and now scientists have a better explanation of why. A newly discovered gene mutation is to blame. And, even those with just one copy of the gene are at risk.  

One Zika twin has microcephaly; the other doesn't. But why? Researchers are studying six twin sets in Brazil to see why one shows congenital defects associated with the condition and the other does not. 

Thumb-sucking and nail-biting have a positive side. Children with these so called bad habits are less likely to develop allergic sensitivities, research has found. If the child has both habits, it makes him/her even less likely to be allergic to things like dust mites, grass, cats, and dogs. 

What did nearsighted humans do before glasses? Nearsightedness, or myopia, is increasing at an eye-popping rate. By 2050, scientists predict more than half the population will be nearsighted. We may have glasses now, but what did people do thousands of years ago? Corrective eyewear historians (yes, they exist) tell the story.  

4 in 10 sunscreens don't meet American Academy of Dermatology standards. How does your favorite brand stack up?

Have a fantastic weekend!