Weekend Wrap Up 6.22.16

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm headed out of town, hitting up Chicago with friends. It's been years since my last trip to the Windy City, and I'm excited to experience Chicago's restaurant scene, beach, and shopping on famous Michigan AVE again. The getaway will be the perfect mix of sightseeing and relaxation. If you're looking for some reading material to fill in the gaps this weekend, check out the following medical news stories. 

275 people around the country, including 60 medical professionals, have been arrested for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. More than $800 million was falsely billed for medically unnecessary services, or services that were never provided at all.

The best and worse states to raise children in based on wellbeing, health, education, and community. How does your state rank?

Teen dies of brain-eating amoeba after whitewater rafting trip. The naegleria fowleri amoeba is found in warm fresh water and can infect the brain by entering the person's nose. Lauren Seitz was on a church youth trip when she contracted the amoeba and is remembered as a music lover who cared deeply about others. 

This simple menu change could help cut 60 calories a meal. 

How many calories we burn when we sit, stand, or walk. Studies show that standing desks don't have a calorie-burning effect for office workers. Treadmill desks are another story. Could walking at work be the next big thing?

Dad tattoos scar on head to honor son battling brain cancer. The boy told his father his surgical scars made him feel like a 'monster'. So, his father told him that "if people want to stare, they can stare at us both". 

Stop scratching! Itchy inflammation of mosquito bites helps viruses replicate. A new study has found that inflammation at the site of a mosquito bite helps viruses like Zika or dengue establish an infection in the body more quickly.

Bright, bluish-white LED streetlamps disrupt sleep cycles, says the AMA. Older, warmer-looking streetlamps did not have the same effects on residents trying to catch some zzz's.  

Heart attack risk is lower when the immune system is more robust. According to a recent study, patients with higher levels of certain antibodies had a lower risk of heart attack, regardless of other risk factors. Researchers say that blood tests measuring antibody levels could be a new way to identify at risk individuals.

Virginia company, Contraline, offers a new approach to male contraception. 

How being bullied affects your adulthood. One researcher who interviewed hundreds of adults who were bullied as teens and has introduced a term that encompasses the symptoms experienced by such individuals - Adult Post-Bullying Syndrome, or APBS. Does there really need to be a syndrome for everything?

This smart sock wirelessly monitors infant vital signs, alerting parents if the child stops breathing. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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