April 27, 2013

New Worry: "or rage"

1 Doctors’ Tantrums May Cost Patient Lives

A survey of more than 4,500 health care workers concerning "disruptive behavior" by health professionals in the medical workplace has found 77 percent of them reporting such behavior by doctors and 65 percent reporting it by nurses. More than two-thirds of those polled said the behavior had resulted in medical errors, and almost one in three said such outbursts had contributed to the death of one or more patients. Examples of “behaviors that undermine a culture of safety” include yelling, bullying, hurling insults, throwing charts or medical implements, swearing, intimidating trainees, physically or verbally threatening, and storming out of the room. An estimated three to five percent of physicians are disruptive, and based on peer counseling records, some 80 percent are male.

More at Workplacebullying.org | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Survey Finds That Doctors Protect One Another

Tags: Bad Doctors, Doctors' Attitudes, Doctors and Patient Safety, Unsafe Doctors, Doctors' Outbursts, Doctors Who Are Bullies

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Red Light Still Means Stop

2 Stoplight Icons Aid Calorie-Posting Effect

A study by University of Illinois and Oklahoma State University researchers has found that while posting calorie amounts in restaurants produces a small reduction in calories consumed, adding symbols -- in this case red, yellow and green stoplight icons to represent high, medium and low calorie values -- had the greatest impact on calorie consumption, especially among health conscious consumers, perhaps because they are graphic and easily comprehended by diners who are under time pressure to eat and run. Ironically, the study found that the stoplight symbols were less well-liked by diners than simple numeric postings, perhaps because consumers don't like being told which foods are good or bad for them. The combination of number and symbols reduced average intake by about 70 calories.

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

Tags: Calorie Posting, Posting Calorie Amounts, Calorie Counts in Restaurants, Using Symbols for Calorie Amounts

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Talk to Your Doctor

3 Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss, Health

Intermittent fasting, restricting calories on a given number of alternate or consecutive days, is gaining popularity as a weight loss tool. A scientific review in the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease reports it may help those with cardiovascular disease. Clinical evidence indicates that intermittent fasting can reduce inflammation, improve blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure. Restricting calorie intake may also lead to a reversal of type 2 diabetes in some people. "Intermittent fasting might achieve much of the benefit seen with bariatric surgery, but without the costs, restriction on numbers and risks associated with surgery," says lead author, James Brown. Fans of the diet claim that it may also protect against dementia. Detractors abound; speak with your doctor.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Naomi Campbell's Stay-Fit Secrets

Tags: Calorie Restriction, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Fasting, Weight Loss, Intermittent Fasting, James Brown, British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease, Calorie Restriction Benefits

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