Weekend Wrap Up 8.19.16

Happy Friday, folks! I hope your week has been a good one. The post-vacation blah's struck me hard this week making it difficult to get motivated. There's always next week, right? Just as the "I'm so glad to be back in town" feeling is abating, I'm heading away again for a girl's getaway in Chattanooga, TN. While the town is just two hours from where I live, I've never actually visited. So, I'm looking forward to a few days of exploration ahead. If you're looking to shake some Friday boredom, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories. 

More prosciutto, please. Italian parents could soon be legally forbidden from raising vegan kids. A bill proposed by Italy's ForzaItalia party calls the diet "devoid of elements essential for healthy and balanced growth". The law comes after concerning cases of undernourishment among vegan children were reported. 

Should big insurance companies become like Walmart to lower health costs?

Athletes go for gold with red spots blazing. The medal-sized spots are the result of cupping, an Eastern medicinal therapy that treats muscle pain and other ailments by applying suction to the skin. Experts say the technique works opposite of that of massage, by pulling soft tissues apart and increasing blood flow. 

EpiPen's 500% price hike leaves patients scrambling. Will allergy sufferers be able to afford the emergency drug?

Better burgers, more healthy hot dogs - could a pinch of seaweed be the answer? Next generation meats may come with a new ingredient. A group of scientists is trying to make these red-meat rich, unhealthful foods more healthy by replacing some of the salt and fat content with dried and powdered seaweed. 

Could memory loss be reversed with a common painkiller? New researchers reveal that the drug mefenamic acid, commonly used to treat menstrual cramps, could reverse Alzheimer's disease. 

Being overweight can age your brain up to 10 years. A recent study shows that for those who are overweight at age 40, brain aging may be more advanced than it is in lean peers. "Older looking" brains are defined by less white matter. 

The United States affirms its prohibition on medical marijuana. The government refused this week to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, based on the fact that its therapeutic value has not been proven scientifically. 

Stop measuring pregnancy in months! One doctor's plea against this inaccurate and misleading way of talking about human gestation. We couldn't agree more. 

Could a kidney stone dissolving solution be on the horizon? Researchers have identified a new compound capable of dissolving the crystals which could lead to the first treatment advancement for the diagnosis in 30 years. 

You asked: what's the best hangover cure? Science says chugging water's not the only way to recover from a night of heavy drinking. 

Have a fantastic weekend!