September 16, 2010

Can Sick Doctors Make You Better

1 Should Doctors Work While Sick?

A recent survey indicates a lot of doctors have forgotten what the word ‘contagious’ means. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education conducted an anonymous survey of 537 medical residents at 12 hospitals around the country. 58 percent of the survey takers said they had worked at least once while sick during the previous year, and 31 percent said they had worked more than once a year while sick. Postgraduate training for residents is rigorous and demanding, with competitive atmospheres that may influence residents to work while sick so they don’t give the appearance of being slackers. According to the accreditation council's CEO, Dr. Thomas Nasca, residents need to understand that their patients would be better served by having another doctor take care of them.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Mandatory Flu Shots for All Medical Workers?

Tags: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Doctors, Working While Sick, Sick Doctors, Medical Residents, Dr. Thomas Nasca

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Preemptive Fingernail Loss

2 Astronauts May Lose Fingernails in Space

Astronauts may lose their fingernails during spacewalks due to pressure and bulky gloves, so a few astronauts have removed their fingernails before going into space to avoid all the trouble, says Popular Science. Dava Newman, director of MIT’s technology and policy program, says that some astronauts figure removing their fingernails before going into orbit is a better alternative to losing them "inside chafing, unwieldy spacesuit gloves." In a new study, Newman will claim that astronauts with big hands suffer the most when it comes to fingernails in space. At least 22 fingernail losses were reported in a recent study. Fingernail loss, called fingernail delamination, may be avoided in the future with the use of better custom-fitted gloves.

More at Popular Science | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Natural Nails Charges More for Obese

Tags: Fingernail Loss, Fingernail Delamination, Spacewalks, Dava Newman, Astronaut Injuries, Astronauts Losing Fingernails, Spacesuit Gloves

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Profile of a Tornado Tourist

3 Tornado Chasing for Vacation

While many people would like to avoid tornadoes, people known as tornado tourists are signing up for storm chasing for vacation. Researchers from the University of Missouri found that these tornado tourists are primarily single, middle-aged, wealthy and highly educated. At the 2010 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium in New York, professors Sonja Wilhelm Stanis and Carla Barbieri presented the first demographic and socio-psychographic profile of the tornado tourists. Study findings revealed that most of the tourists were happy with their storm chasing adventures with one-third experiencing a tornado. The one or two week tours, which consist of meteorologists and trained storm chasers driving vans around tornado watch areas, cost up to $5,000, not including food and hotels.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Tornado Tourist, Storm Chaser, Risk Recreation and Tourism, Thrilling Like Skydiving, Profile of Tornado Tourist, Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium

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Grumpy Folks Abusing Hearts

4 Type D Personality Linked with Heart Problems

People with Type D personality are pessimistic, anxious, irritable and secretive with feelings, and a new study has revealed that they have higher risks for cardiovascular problems, says MSNBC. While Type D personality doesn't cause cardiovascular troubles, heart patients with the personality type are more likely to have more heart problems after the first episode, and they're less likely to respond to treatment. Compared with the average heart patient, patients with Type D personalities had three times greater risk of experiencing future cardiovascular problems like peripheral artery disease (PAD), heart failure and heart attack. These people also had a greater risk of requiring a bypass or heart transplant. Findings were published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Darth Vader Mentally Ill

Tags: Heart Transplant, Personality Type, Type D Personality, Peripheral Artery Disease Risk, Pessimistic, Anxious, Irritable, Heart Failure Risk, Secretive About Sharing Feelings

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Make the Right Decision

5 Home Cooks May Not Have More Healthful Diets

Often when a person attempts a diet or a more healthful style of eating, a common piece of advice is to prepare meals at home so you will know exactly what you are eating, but a new study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, finds this isn’t true in all cases. Young adults who make their own meals at home may not eat any better than someone who leaves the dinner preparation to someone else. Women who cook do seem to eat more vegetables, but the difference amounts to less than a serving. Men who cook appeared to choose more healthful protein options (lean meat and meat alternatives), but again the difference was minor. Lead study author Kylie J. Smith says, however, that eating at home is almost always better than ordering take-out.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Teaching Doctors Healthy Cooking Skills in New York

Tags: Dieting, Healthy Cooking, Nutrition, Vegetable Intake

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Switch to Potassium Chloride

6 Salt Substitute May Improve Blood Pressure

Switching out your regular salt for a salt substitute containing potassium chloride may help to reduce blood pressure by five percent, thus decreasing heart disease risk by up to 11 percent. The latest research, which is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, finds that reducing salt also reduces the risk of mortality from stroke by between eight and 15 percent. Because adequate potassium intake is associated with improved blood pressure levels and high sodium intake is linked to hypertension, food manufacturers are encouraging the intake of potassium chloride, a compound that tastes similar to regular table salt but with less sodium. Common name brands for potassium salt substitutes include NuSalt and Morton’s Lite Salt.

More at Food Navigator | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Cutting Salt Can Reduce Deaths Due to Cardiovascular Disease

Tags: Blood Pressure, Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Disease, Hypertension, Salt, Sodium, Potassium

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Accutane May Be a Scapegoat

7 Teens with Acne May Not Be Depressed Due to Drugs

Scientists believe concerns about depression and suicidal thoughts as a result of taking Roche's Accutane may have been blown out of proportion. Studies have shown that simply having acne is linked with both depression and suicide. A study of 3,775 18- and 19-year-olds in Norway showed that depression and suicidal thoughts doubled in girls and tripled in boys with severe acne compared to teens with little to or acne. Those with severe acne were more likely to be prescribed medication. Accutane is a very effective acne drug, but has been linked to affecting mental health. Other researchers think there may be a cumulative effect of giving a drug that affects mental health to a group already at risk for those types of problems.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Antibiotics for Acne Linked to Bowel Disease

Tags: Acne, Teens, Severe Acne, Accutane, Side Effects of Accutane, Depression and Suicidal Thoughts in Teens

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One Variant Predicts Progression

8 Mutation Predicts Progression Rate of Alzheimer's

A mutated version of the gene that regulates how the protein tau is metabolized causes Alzheimer's to progress faster than in individuals with Alzheimer's who do not posses the gene. More than 800 people were studied and this particular version, which results from a small DNA change in the gene, was associated with more aggressive Alzheimer’s. People who carry this mutation are more likely to have higher levels of tau at any point in the disease compared to people without it. A form of the protein that builds in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s was also present in spinal fluid. Researchers hope this discovery will allow them to develop a treatment for people with this gene variant and delay the rapid progression of this disease.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Biomarker in Spinal Fluid Diagnoses Alzheimer’s

Tags: Alzheimer’s, Progression of Alzheimer’s, Tau Protein, Mutation in Tau Protein

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