Who hasn't heard the story of a friend or acquaintance who retires only to become seriously ill or die soon after? Are we working ourselves to death? For anyone who has ever wondered "is this worth it?" a move is afoot to question the concept of the American work ethic. We are currently the most overworked society on the globe. The United States has surpassed Japan as the nation with the ...

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by Diana E. Lee When I start to think about all the things I want to do, I end up feeling like my life is on hold, waiting for some miracle to come along and make me better. There was a time when I believed I would get better. Now I'm not so sure. I was just getting started in my career in 2003 when my migraines exploded from periodic to chronic. ...

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by Crystal Phend When children with complex chronic diseases have do-not-attempt-resuscitation orders in place, schools should honor them, the American Academy of Pediatrics urged. More children with diseases that may involve sudden and potentially fatal attacks are attending school due to legal and societal trends over the past decade, according to a statement in the May issue of Pediatrics. While these requests are honored in hospitals and nursing homes, schools may find it ...

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It may seem odd during these turbulent, cynical times, but a lot of people still trust their personal physician. People that have high trust in their physician tend to believe that their physician; * Is up-to-date with the latest medical treatments * Keeps track of all important aspects of their health during and between visits * Can be depended upon to act in the patient’s best interest This broad-brushed view of patient trust ...

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Added sugars hit a new low this week. A study published in JAMA found that people who consume higher quantities of added sugars have worse cholesterol profiles than those who consume less. First of, what are added sugars? Added sugars simply put are sugars that are added into foods (in contrast to naturally-occurring sugars that you find in fruits). The JAMA article writes that added sugars are “defined as caloric sweeteners ...

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There's little doubt that many doctors are frustrated, with some compelled to leave medicine altogether. And with the myriad of obstacles intruding on the doctor-patient relationship, combined with the factors contributing to burnout, that's certainly an understandable stance. So, why do so many continue the uphill climb to practice the best medicine they can? Emergency physician Edwin Leap gives his explanation, in a poignant column from Emergency Medicine News:

We may rail against ...

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I have a patient in his 60s who is riddled with metastatic lung cancer. He isn't on hospice (oncology refuses to let him out of their clutches just yet; actually, the problem is that around here Hospice won't accept patients still on palliative chemo or radiation) but is aware of what they have to offer. He and his wife have assured me that they will let me know when they ...

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by Deborah Stricoff Are you caring for an elderly loved one or someone with dementia? As a caregiver, you may need respite and you can get it with the help of an adult day center knowing that your loved one is safe and cared for. Many people are not aware of adult day programs and the benefits they provide, and it's important to get the word out. Adult ...

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Dean Kamen discusses one of the first brain-controlled prostheses in the history of robotics. Possessing fine motor skills in addition to strength, Kamen's arm is capable of picking up a raisin without dropping it. Fascinating lecture from TEDMED 2009. width="430" height="385">

by Toni Bigby Our Federal Government is investing in a consumer education campaign called, “Questions are the Answer.” The idea is to encourage people to watch out for themselves a little better and be their own advocate by asking their doctors questions like, “Why do I need this surgery?” and “Are there any side effects from this drug?” Why are we as health care consumers, who collectively spend trillions of dollars each ...

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