Happy August!  I hope you had a wonderful week and are looking forward to the weekend.  My vacation at the lake is coming to an end bringing me back to work at the hospital and home to the realities of unpacking and piles of dirty laundry.  If you find yourself with some free time over the next few days, check out this week’s more interesting medical news.

Plan B now for sale OTC to all genders and ages.  After years of controversy, the Department of Justice has lifted all restrictions surrounding the sale of Plan B.  Like it or not, yesterday Plan B became available to all.

New book How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick is receiving rave reviews from readers and plenty of media attention.  This could be a good read with practical advice for NP’s interacting with ill patients on a daily basis.

12-year-old girl in Arkansas battles brain-eating amoeba.  This rare but serious parasite enters the body through the nose then travels to the brain, usually in people who have been swimming in warm, fresh water.  The 12-year-old is hanging on while doctors use innovative treatments in an attempt to save her. 

Renowned hospitals aren’t always best.  A study by the Consumer’s Union, the organization behind Consumer Reports, found that well-known hospitals don’t always live up to their reputations.  Many small hospitals perform as well or better than hospital “greats” like John’s Hopkins and Mayo Clinic. 

Man with 132 lb. scrotum gets his own TLC show.  The man suffers from a rare medical condition, scrotal lymphedema.  Entertainment Weekly warns viewers “Once you see a man with a 132-pound scrotum, you can’t un-see him”.

Full-sized human ear grown from animal tissue.  A team of researchers in Boston has created an artificial ear from animal tissue.  They hope their method can be adapted to use a patient’s own cells to help people with deformed or missing ears.

Brazilian man dies after cow falls through his roof landing on top of him.  At first, the man appeared only to have a broken leg.  Tragically he died from internal bleeding at the hospital while still waiting to be seen by doctors.  

Mother gives birth to 13-pound baby girl in Germany.  The baby girl’s mother suffered from uncontrolled gestational diabetes. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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