November 4, 2012

Subtle but Real Danger

1 Asbestos Risk After Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy left a swath of death and destruction in its wake and, post-cleanup, the risk of asbestos exposure looms. Asbestos was widely used in 20th Century construction and, during regulated demolition of buildings, great care is taken to encapsulate asbestos which, if inhaled, can lead to respiratory illnesses including mesothelioma cancer. “The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point,” said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie earlier in the week. Disaster relief has begun and those affected have started the long task of rebuilding. According to Asbestos.com, “no one knows how much asbestos was disturbed in the wide path of Sandy, but it leaves a reminder that the coast is not clear, even as the winds and the rain begin to slow.”

More at Asbestos.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Tips to Protect Yourself in a Flood

Tags: Asbestos, Frankenstorm, Hurricane Sandy, Mesothelioma, Sandy, Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane, Governor Chris Christie

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Not a Quick Fix Solution

2 HCG Diet May Jump Start Weight Loss

HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, was first introduced as a dietary supplement for weight loss in the 1950s, but has recently regained popularity when added to a strict low-calorie diet to curb hunger and “reset” metabolism. However, the diet therapy does not teach healthy eating, so after the initial stage of weight loss, dieters often regain the weight lost. While she is not endorsing the hCG diet as a long-term weight management solution by itself, Dr. Jennifer Landa, Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogic MD, says the controversial therapy can be an “effective stepping stone” for healthy weight management for those with obesity complications such as high blood pressure and elevated glucose levels. But only under the careful monitoring of a physician, and not as a quick fix, she warns.

More at Fox News | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: FDA: Avoid HCG Homeopathic Diets

Tags: HCG, HCG for Weight Loss, Obesity, Weight Loss Products

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Lower Fatigue and Less Ready

3 Less Hours for Residents Show Mixed Results

A study analyzing 216 surveys filled out by orthopedic surgeons-in-training at the Harvard Orthopedic Combined Residency Program over a six year period found that work limits reduce fatigue and feeling prepared. With the goal of reducing medical errors due to fatigue, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education limited the work week of residents to 80 hours with a minimum of 10 hours off between shifts. More time off did not mean more sleep but almost half as many residents said fatigue affected their work compared to those with no work hour limits. Residents under the new hours gave themselves a lower rating about their own preparedness to make clinical decisions. Researchers say laws regulating residents' work hours will have to balance the pros and cons.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: New Doctors to Work Shorter Hours

Tags: The Harvard Orthopedic Combined Residency Program, The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Residents' Work Hours, Medical Errors Due to Fatigue

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