Happy (almost) weekend! I am looking forward to a lazy Saturday morning more than ever after what has seemed like a looong week. Chilly weather here in Nashville promises to make it the perfect Saturday morning to watch Netflix on the couch underneath a cozy blanket. And then, of course, there’s Super Bowl Sunday to look forward to. While I’m not the biggest NFL fan around, I will obviously take full advantage of the opportunity to do some serious eating (guac, anyone?!). What’s your favorite Super Bowl snack?

If you could use some distraction to make it through your Friday afternoon, check out this week’s more interesting medical news stories. 

This contest for business students is all about umbilical cords. Putting their strategic brains together, university students compete with the goal of figuring out the best way to get new parents in Nigeria to apply potentially life-saving antiseptic to the baby’s umbilical cord stump. 

Sorry parents, pets – not siblings – are child’s best friends. Children get more satisfaction from relationships with pets than with their brothers and sisters, according to new research. 

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You’re up to ten times more likely to choke on snacks during the Super Bowl, say health officials. Mindless consumption of massive quantities of food contributes to the risk. Men are the most likely culprits, commonly choking on meats like turkey and chicken. So, this year, slow down and enjoy the game. 

The scary reason people die after an ER visit. Think twice before discharging your patients. 

This Japanese health trick turns you into a human burrito. If you’re feeling super stressed, consider going back to the basics – like infancy. The new trend called ‘Otonamaki’, a process where adults are wrapped tightly in fabric, has recently gained popularity as a therapeutic tool. 

She may be the first female to get ‘tree-man syndrome’.

President Donald Trump’s private physician spilled the beans. Dr. Harold N. Bornstein says Trump uses the prostate-related drug Propecia to aid hair growth. Critics of the newly elected president note the drug’s listed side effects include mental confusion and impotence. 

These states are the happiest and healthiest

Can’t sleep? Try camping. New research shows that spending time outdoors in natural light – while camping, for example, is enough to reset our internal clocks and enable us to get to sleep earlier. Late circadian rhythm and sleep timing in modern society are associated with negative performance and poor health outcomes, say researchers. 

41 guilt-free Super Bowl snacks

Have a fantastic football weekend! 

 

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