Weekend Wrap Up 9.17.16

Whew! What a week! This Thursday, the inaugural Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) class converged on Nashville for our kickoff conference. We dined at Nashville restaurants, practiced abscess I&D on chicken drumsticks, had a spirited bowling competition, and mastered foreign body removal skills using hot dogs. Our week was jam-packed with learning, new NPs ending the conference with 14 continuing education hours. And, we had plenty of time for a little fun, too. 

If you're interested in being a part of the MMU experience in 2017, check out our info packet for more details about the program. Once you've reviewed the latest on MMU, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories. 

Talk about brand loyalty. A Chipotle customer who got E. coli asks for free burritos in a recent settlement. The company agreed to send a 'couple dozen' coupons her way. 

College tuition payment for your spare kidney? A new bill proposes a change to the way we compensate organ donors. Rather than doling out cold, hard cash, the bill suggestss contributing to an organ donor's retirement fund, an income tax credit, a tuition voucher, or lifetime health insurance in exchange for guts. 

Harvard's sugar industry scandal is just the tip of the iceberg. A paper published this week in JAMA revealed that in the 1960's, the sugar industry paid scientists to pad research to support its interests. The fabricated results downplayed sugar's role in cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, there's still a lot of other junk science out there. 

How long will you live? This simple sitting test predicts longevity. 

Canada approves prescription heroin. The drug is approved for use in extremely addicted patients who have proven unable to stop using the drug through other methods. The program responsible for distributing the drug aims to keep users off the streets. 

Want a BRCA test? Some insurers require genetic counseling first. Some companies will allow physicians to provide the required counseling services while others will require a conversation with a certified genetic counselor. Insurers cite concerns that some women are getting the test who don't need or understand it. 

Leprosy suspected in 2 California kids. It's unclear how the two schoolchildren contracted the disease. Experts say that often, transmission from animals such as armadillos, is to blame. 

Simone Biles and the Williams sisters' health records are the latest targets of Russian hackers. The hackers penetrated the World Anti-Doping Agency's athlete database and publicly revealed private health information about the famous athletes. 

New electric generators use body heat to power body worn devices. Recharging is a hassle. So, researchers in North Carolina are tackling the tech problem by perfecting a small device, worn on the upper arm, to take care of all your charging needs.

What does your gait look like? Research shows that walking style may indicate aggressive personality. Exaggerated movement of both the upper and lower body is correlate with increased aggression. Scientists hope the research will be useful in crime prevention. 

Have a relaxing weekend!