Weekend Wrap Up 8.26.16
Happy Friday! How was your week? Today is the first day I'm not feeling the effects of sleep deprivation. Fully (I think) recovered from working a few night shifts in the emergency department, I'm ready to take on the weekend in full force. With summer coming to a close, I'm feeling the pressure to maximize pool time and other outdoor activities tomorrow. What are you up to? If you could use some reading material as you relax over the next few days, check out this week's more interesting medical news.
Are hangover therapies having an unintended effect on critically ill patients? Recreational use of IV vitamin therapy has increased in popularity in recent years promising relief from fatigue, depression, and even the head-splitting hangover. Such cocktails of vitamins and minerals, however, are in short supply. This means less availability for patients who rely on the infusions as a source of life-saving nutrition.
Sim babies don't curb teen pregnancy rates. A new study shows that sending high schoolers home with fake infants to demonstrate the challenges of parenthood actually makes them significantly more likely to conceive.
The surgeon general wrote a letter to every doctor in America. He's asking healthcare providers to help curb the opioid addiction epidemic. Overdose deaths from opioids have quadrupled since 1999, making the issue an urgent health crisis.
Watch: a slow-motion sneeze is a lot like breathing fire. Scientist Linda Bourouibs has made a career out of studying the turbulent cloud of moisture. This week, her team published a slow-mo video of a sneeze. Makes you think twice about being in public.
Giving birth in Georgia is too often a deadly event. The state fares worst in its measure of maternal mortality. Lawmakers and advocacy groups are drawing attention to the crisis in hopes of finding a solution to the problem.
Zika is coming to Maryland. This December, a handful of people in Baltimore will be deliberately infected with the virus so researchers can figure out exactly how to protect everyone else from the disease. Volunteers?
The first recipient of a double hand transplant, 9-year-old Zion Harvey, is thriving. He says the best thing about his new limb is hugging his mom.
Have you checked out our new nurse practitioner residency timeline? Midlevels for the Medically Underserved is now featuring two classes annually, with both April and September start dates. If you've got some downtime this weekend, it's not too early to start working on your app.
It's that time of year again...if you're heading back to campus, check out these 11 gotta have 'em back to school tees for nurse practitioner students.
Have a fantastic weekend!