Weekly Medical Recap 11.7.14

Hey, hey, it's Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Here at MidlevelU headquarters, I am experiencing a serious lack of motivation. It's 8am and I'm pretty sure I have already spent at least an hour on Pinterest getting some fall outfit inspiration as well as a few not so healthy breakfast ideas for Sunday morning. French toast, anyone? Before I embrace the relaxed weekend spirit too much, here are a few of this week's more interesting medical news happenings. 

Not only are women more likely to enjoy the finer things in life than men, their sense of smell is better, too. A new study found that women's brains have up to 50% more olfactory neurons than men's giving them a more fine-tuned sense of smell. 

8 celebrities with sleep problems.

Butter is back! While the food fell out of favor in the 1980's as the American Heart Association recommended cutting back on saturated fat and cholesterol, new thinking about fat is taking root. Many health problems blamed on fatty foods like butter are really a result of carbs. We say "everything in moderation".

A giant pink condom raises eyebrows in Sydney. The structure was 'erected' as part of a new campaign to raise awareness about HIV. 

Rates of bowel cancer are expected to soar by up to 90% by 2030 in people aged 20 to 34 years old. The reason? Researchers say junk food and inactivity are to blame. Younger adults are less likely to be screened for bowel cancer than adults over the age of 50. 

And the winner is...Wilson Kipsang. Kipsang took first place at the New York City Marathon last weekend. What makes Kenya's runners the world's best?

Sorry, parents. The time you've spent reading stories to your children, engaging in conversation, and eating dinner as a family may not have any effect on your child's intelligence. This study adds to the longstanding debate about how much of IQ is nature vs. nurture

Dallas nurse and Ebola survivor Amber Vinson opens up about her experience

Health tracking devices just got better. This new Automatic Ingestion Monitor, a food tracker, fits around the ear capturing footage of everything you put in your mouth. Say goodbye to cheating when it comes to counting calories. 

A little guilt can be good for you. Feeling guilty can be productive and change future behaviors, say psychologists. Researchers also say that men and women who are prone to feeling guilty are also more empathetic.

These are not your mom's compression socks

 

Have a fabulous fall weekend!