Weekend Wrap Up 5.20.16

Happy Friday, friends! How was your week? Mine has flown by so far, but it's not over yet. I jetted out of town early this morning for a weekend trip to NYC. My first stop in the city will be the Fox News studio to chat with Neil Cavuto live on air. Next, I plan to spend the afternoon hitting up a few shopping destinations followed by a lengthy dinner at my favorite New York Italian food joint. I can't wait. Finally, the weekend wouldn't be complete without an early Saturday morning stop at the Fox and Friends studio. 

What's on your schedule for the next few days? In your downtime, check out this week's medical news.

Popular drug linked to birth defects. Pregabalin, prescribed under the brand name Lyrica, may contribute to birth defects according to a new study. The risk of birth defects while taking Lyrica is three times as high if taken during the first trimester. Given the rate of unplanned pregnancies, the study raises concerns about prescribing Lyrica for women of childbearing age. 

Harvard has a new center for happiness

Doctors perform the first U.S. penis transplant. Thomas Manning, who had his penis amputated after he was diagnosed with penile cancer in 2012, is recovering well from the 15-hour procedure performed by a team of over 50 surgeons. 

Illinois woman's heartbreaking pregnancy announcement goes viral

Complain all you want, but a busy schedule may help your brain. Researchers suspected that busy people would be mentally taxed, however those reporting higher degrees of busyness performed better on cognition tests than those with more laid back schedules. 

A magic mushroom compound could help treat depression

Bright light alters metabolism. According to a new study, scientists found that bright light exposure increases insulin resistance compared to dim light exposure in both the morning and the evening. In the evening, bright light also caused higher peak glucose levels. 

Is high prescription drug spending our new normal? Pricey specialty meds, like a $14,000/year cholesterol medication, are on the rise. The future of pharmacology looks costly. 

In the search for cures, scientists create embryos that are both animal and human. Researchers hope these embryos, known as chimeras, could eventually help save the lives of people with a wide range of diseases. 

These are the top 10 fittest cities in America.

Have a fabulous weekend!

 

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