1. How Medical Tech gave a Patient a Massive Overdose: A long but fascinating and very important read about how a pediatric patient at premiere medical institution UCSF got 38 times the proper dose of an antibiotic, which nearly killed him. This is a case study of how medical technology in this day and age still isn’t enough to prevent human error (and may even contribute to it).
2. School Lunches from Around the World: Feeling embarrassed yet, US? The Italian, Korean, and Spanish school lunches look especially yummy and healthy as well.
3. The Virtue of Being Short: OK so I’m biased (5′ tall here!). A recent study from NEJM showed that taller men have a smaller chance of developing heart disease, but don’t fret fellow shorties. Japanese Okinawans have the longest (and healthiest in many measures) life span in the world, and their average height is only 4’9″.
4. The Hungry Games: His wife eats and he takes pictures. A quirky story about food and lots of love.
5. The Strange Way a Diabetes Drug may help Skin Scars: In a new paper published in Science, a team of researchers at Stanford have identified markers for fibroblasts, key cells involved in scar formation, and a promising diabetes drug that may inhibit these cells. Still a ways off from direct patient application but the fact that this drug is already approved makes the process a tiny bit easier.