Weekend Wrap Up 7.29.16

It's Friday! What do you have planned for the weekend? I'm heading out of town to hit up the lake with family. I'm looking forward to the fresh air, clear water, and cool evening temperatures. And, of course, the food. Until then, the level of work-related motivation I have resembles the quote in this picture. If you could use a distraction as you wait out the workday, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories. 

12 hilarious tweets about exercise that are way too true

App trains healthcare professionals to detect early stage skin cancer. The University of Edinburgh has released an app called Dermofit to help identify malignant lesions with a robust photo library. 

Cookie dough blues. E. coli is sneaking into our forbidden snack. This week, the CDC reminded everyone that, like eggs, flour is in fact a raw, uncooked food. This week, so far, 46 people have been sickened by E.coli that contaminated flour sold by General Mills. 

Secondhand marijuana smoke may be more harmful than that from tobacco. New research shows that exposure to marijuana smoke may impair cardiovascular function. In mice, exposure to marijuana smoke diminished blood vessel function to the same degree as tobacco smoke, however the effects lasted longer with weed. 

Will Alaska or Colorado go single-payer? Both states are looking at a universal healthcare for residents. 

Deep space radiation caused heart problems for Apollo astronauts. The first men to land on the moon took a giant leap for mankind. Leaving the Earth's orbit, however, may have damaged their hearts, according to a new study. The number of deaths due to heart disease among Apollo lunar astronauts is five times greater than that in astronauts who never had missions to space. 

The vaccination double standard. Despite years of research, there's no good way to convince anti-vaxxers of the truth. 

Why Google DeepMind wants your medical records. The internet giant was given access to the health records of 1.6 million patients from three hospitals in London. The information will be used to develop an app that would notify healthcare providers should a patient be at risk of developing acute kidney injury. 

Scientists find cancer in a million year old fossil

The ban on gay men donating blood may be going away. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday posted a public request for comment on what alternative blood donor deferral policies could look like. 

Robot gives professional massages. Emma is a new robotic massage therapist that provides consistent, quality massages to help athletes, and even the rest of us, recover from exercise and even injury. I'm in.

Have a relaxing weekend!

 

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