Weekend Wrap Up 8.5.16

Happy Friday! After a (working) family vacation to the lake this week, I'm feeling refreshed and ready to tackle some big projects on Monday. But, until then, I plan to continue to maximize time to relax and enjoy the outdoors. What do you have planned for the weekend? If you could use some reading material over the next few days, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

There's little proof that flossing actually works. When the FDA issued its latest dietary guidelines this year, flossing had been removed, without notice. In a recent letter to the associated press, the government acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing had never been researched, as required. 

Making sure ecstasy is ecstasy - volunteers test drugs at U.K. music fests

Pregnancy rates higher for women who have had tonsils, appendix removed. A new study uncovered the surprising association, easing fears that appendectomy might have a negative impact on female fertility. 

This is what happens when you eat expired food for a week

Inaccurate provider lists are a major barrier to patient care, according to a recent study. In the study, 'secret shoppers' posing as patients were only able to schedule a visit 30 percent of the time. Listed providers were either no longer with the indicated practice, had a specialty different than that listed in provider directories, or had incorrect or disconnected phone numbers listed. 

Have humans finally reached peak height? People in developed countries seem to be about as tall as they're going to get. 

Young Africans are lighting up at an alarming rate. Faced with tough regulations, and a decrease in the number of smokers in developed countries, the tobacco industry is targeting Africans as its next market. With few government regulations, a large population, and a decline in poverty, the continent is a sweet spot for the industry. 

Millennials are not the 'hookup' generation after all. Despite the popularity of dating apps, a new study reveals that millennials, of the 1990's in particular, are forgoing sex during young adulthood. 

An American embargo placed in the 1960's prevented Cuba from receiving pharmaceutical treatments and technology. So, scientists on the island developed their own. One such treatment, a vaccine for lung cancer, is capturing the attention of the world

Substitute teachers and nurses further spread illness, a study suggests. Removing sick individuals from the workplace may perpetuate illness, rather than stop it. Here's the new argument for going to work sick

Have a relaxing weekend!