Weekend Wrap Up 9.5.16

Happy Labor Day Weekend! I’ve been celebrating the very American end of summer holiday overseas in Iceland where I significantly underestimated just how chilly 40 degree temperatures can feel. For me, the last week has been spend hiking, dining on a tasty array of fresh seafood, and taking in the sights the city of Reykjavik has to offer. Apologies for the delay in posting this week’s news review, I also overestimated the amount of time I would have to work during my vacation. So, without further ado, if you could use some reading material for what’s left of the long weekend, check out this week’s more interesting medical news stories. 

<--break->Could mouthwash combat gonorrhoea? The STD has made a substantial comeback in recent years, with the number of infections increasing 53% between 2012 and 2015. Of concern, resistance to antibiotic treatment is also on the rise. New studies show that mouthwash could hold promise when it comes to combatting oral infection with the bacteria. 

A paralyzed Florida surfer finds his perfect wave. Friends helped the 40-year-old man who had suffered from a spinal cord injury catch a few waves with a specially rigged surf board. 

How an edible battery could help power medical robots you swallow. 

Many antibacterial soaps are now banned. The FDA will no longer allow certain ingredients in soaps related to safety concerns. Such ingredients have been linked to hormone disruption, cancer, and bacterial resistance.

Height and spatial awareness: who draws the short straw? Being able to reach the top shelf isn’t the only benefit of being tall. Research also shows that taller people have better spatial awareness, too. 

South Carolina’s Zika prevention efforts backfired. Instead of eradicating mosquitoes, the treatments killed 2.5 million bees. 

The Mediterranean diet may be more helpful than statins. An observational study recently released showed that those who stuck to a diet rich in legumes, fish, fruits, nuts, and hole grains, had a 37% lower risk of death compared to those who didn’t. Prior studies show that statins reduced the risk of death by just 24%.

Women are mad about Italy’s planned fertility day. The country’s economy is in danger faced with a declining birth rate. So, on September 22nd, the Italian Ministry of Health is encouraging anyone who can make a baby to do so.

An even deadlier opioid is hitting the streets. Carfentanil, a drug normally used to tranquilize elephants, is being blamed for an increasing number of overdoses in the Midwest. The synthetic opioid is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and is sold mixed with heroin or pressed into pill form. 

This coffee brewing alarm will actually make you want to get up. 

Have a restful Labor Day weekend!