Weekend Wrap Up 1.27.17

It's been a while since I posted a 'Weekend Wrap Up'. Somehow it seems my days have been blurring together, weekends like weekdays chock full of activities and obligations. So, it's time to officially (for real this time), get back into a rhythm for 2017. This weekend, chilly weather promises to keep me confined indoors so I plan to get a few odd jobs done around the house. What are you up to? If you could use some reading material over the next few days, check out this week's medical news on the lighter side. 

This new itsy bitsy MRI machine is being tested on neonates. The new MRI scanner was developed to make imaging of NICU patients easier. Transporting the fragile babies between hospital floors to conventional MRI machines poses challenges and eats up precious time. So, researchers are looking at the benefits of this new machine that fits within neonatal units. 

4 surprising things that happen to your body during Dryuary. Did you commit to giving up alcohol this month? Here's the result. 

Basketball player's eye pops out during a game. The player was poked in the face while going for a rebound during a game causing his eye to come out of its socket. He describes the sensation as 'akin to a chameleon, how they can see in different directions'. Fortunately, the injury was repaired without permanent damage. 

Mumps cases rise to nearly 300 in Washington State. The outbreak is primarily occurring among school children. Public health officials are encouraging unvaccinated individuals to get immunized to help curb the spread of the disease. 

What happens when doctors only take cash?

Mary Tyler Moore made a powerful impact among Type I diabetics. The famous actress who passed away this week also suffered from the disease. Approaching the challenge with a smile, she inspired fellow Type I diabetics by living a full life despite her disease. 

Chewing your food could protect against infection. According to new research in journal Immunity, mastication stimulates the release of T cells in the mouth. These cells use antigens to fight against potentially harmful pathogens. 

Most women who freeze their eggs never end up using them. The technology provides a way for women to put off having children to focus on a career or search for a partner. But, just six percent put their eggs to use. 

Frankly, we do give a damn! Study finds links between swearing and honesty. A team of psychology researchers has found that people who use profanity are less likely to be associated with lying and deception. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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