April 4, 2013

Patient Care Compromised

1 Shortened Residents’ Hours a Health Hazard?

New regulations in 2011 that reduced the length of first-year medical residents' working shifts at hospitals from 24 hours to 16 in order to improve patient care and safety may have had the opposite effect. While the doctors-in-training now get more orderly sleep as interns, the patients are handed off from one young physician to another more frequently, with each medical team feeling less personally responsible for the patient. And residents are often asked to continue doing 24 hours of work in 16, heightening stress and fatigue. As a result, surveys now find that both nurses and residents feel the quality of patient care has fallen off, and the number of residents who say they’ve made at least one serious error in recent months has risen by three percent under the new limits.

More at News.yahoo.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Hospital Stays Can Cause New Health Issues

Tags: Hospital Care, Hospital Safety, Hospital Interns, Hospital Residents, Hospital Hazards

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Balderdash, Say Some

2 Baldness Raises Risk of Heart Disease

Bald men are at greater risk of heart disease than their hirsute peers, but only if baldness occurs at the crown, finds research based on 6 previously published studies of almost 40,000 men. Overall, bald men are 32% more likely to develop heart disease while those under 55 have a risk of 44%, finds analysis of 3 of the studies that tracked men’s health for 11 years. Three other studies put the risk even higher at 70% for balding men overall and 84% for younger men. "It's more important to pay attention to your waistline than your hairline," says Doireann Maddock, senior cardiac nurse, British Heart Foundation, who adds that “while the findings are interesting,” balding men should not be alarmed. Other statistical experts agree and call for more research into the causal relationship.

More at Www.guardian.co.uk | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Older Looking Faces Linked to Heart Disease

Tags: Balding, British Heart Foundation, Heart Disease, Heart Disease and Balding, Bald Men and Heart Disease, Bald Men, Doireann Maddock

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Why Run When Walking Works?

3 Walking Lowers Heart Risk As Well As Running

Brisk walking lowers risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes as well as running, suggest researchers. The study looked at walking and running expenditure by distance, not by time. Published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, the findings take away an excuse not to exercise. "People are always looking for an excuse not to exercise, but now they have a straightforward choice to run or to walk and invest in their future health," says Paul T. Williams, Ph.D., the study's principal author and staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The study involved 33,060 runners taking part in the National Runners' Health Study, as well as 15,045 walkers with the National Walkers' Health Study.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Lower Heart Risk, Prevent High Blood Pressure, Reduce High Cholesterol, National Walkers' Health Study, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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