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The Perils of Our 'On-Call' Work Culture
28 Aug 2015 at 2:36pm
In my work as an executive coach and keynote, clients and audience members frequently talk about their lack of "downtime." Even when they are home, there is rarely a sense of relief from work.In a recent investigation, researchers were curious about how being "on-call" affected various health indicators. Studying a group of shift workers...
Healthy workplace tied to fewer obese young workers
28 Aug 2015 at 2:26pm
By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - Workplaces that encourage healthy lifestyle practices are tied to fewer obese employees among millennials, according to a new study. About 17 percent of young employees in workplaces that encouraged several healthy lifestyle practices were obese, compared to about 24 percent in spaces that promoted one or no healthy practices, researchers found. ?I have personally experienced a range of workplace environments that I feel have influenced my eating habits and my physical activity, both positively and negatively," said lead author Allison Watts, of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Planned Parenthood goes to court to fight funding cuts in Alabama
28 Aug 2015 at 1:47pm
Planned Parenthood filed a complaint in Alabama federal on Friday seeking to stop the state from defunding its health clinics after the release of covertly recorded videos attacking the organization's handling of aborted fetal tissue. The reproductive-health organization took similar legal action earlier this week in Louisiana, which also plans to terminate its contract with Planned Parenthood to provide medical services to low-income residents. Planned Parenthood, joined in the suit by the American Civil Liberties Union, said in court filings that Alabama's Republican governor illegally terminated its contract to provide health services under Medicaid, a federal and state healthcare program for the poor.
FDA warns of severe joint pain risk with DPP-4 diabetes drugs
28 Aug 2015 at 1:44pm
(Reuters) - A class of diabetes drugs that include Merck & Co Inc's Januvia has been linked with severe joint pain, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday. The FDA said it had identified 33 cases of severe joint pain in patients taking a class of drugs known as DPP-4 inhibitors between Oct. 16, 2006, when the first one was approved, through Dec. 31, 2013. Five cases were reported with AstraZeneca Plc's Onglyza (saxagliptin), two with Boehringer Ingelheim's Tradjenta (linagliptin), and one with Takeda Pharmaceutical's Nesina (alogliptin).
On the Way to a National Destination Dignity
28 Aug 2015 at 1:30pm
On Monday August 24, 2015, a historic moment happened in Washington when people living with mental health conditions from all over the nation, along with dozens of diverse organizations, gathered to raise public awareness for change. At the National Mall, leaders rallied hundreds to challenge the prejudice and fear they so often face, marching...
Caffeine may chip a couple strokes off golf score
28 Aug 2015 at 1:00pm
Professional golfers may walk up to five miles over four hours for a round of golf, which is physical activity, though not intense exercise, said senior author Dr. Kaelin C. Young of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, also on the Auburn campus. A golf tournament involves physical and mental fatigue, Young said. The researchers studied 12 male golfers with a handicap of three to 18 as they played an 18-hole round of golf on two consecutive days for a 36-hole tournament.
Legionnaires' disease prompts California prison to shut off water
28 Aug 2015 at 11:50am
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An inmate at San Quentin State Prison on San Francisco Bay was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease and about 20 others showed symptoms of pneumonia, prompting officials to shut off water service at the institution, a prison spokeswoman said on Friday. Legionnaires' disease, a severe form of pneumonia, is caused by inhaling mist infected with the bacteria Legionella. The diagnosed inmate, along with the others exhibiting symptoms, are all being treated at an outside hospital, said Dana Simas, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.
Schippers shifts up a gear to take 200m gold
28 Aug 2015 at 10:14am
By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - Dutch flier Dafne Schippers completed her transformation from heptathlete to world champion sprinter when she ran the fourth fastest 200 meters of all time to win by a nose at the Bird's Nest on Friday. The 23-year-old European champion clocked 21.63 seconds to beat Jamaica's Elaine Thompson by three-hundredths of a second and add gold to the silver medal she won in the 100m behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Monday. Only Americans Florence Griffith-Joyner, the world record holder, and Marion Jones, who was later banned for doping, have run faster.
Taking My Own Advice
28 Aug 2015 at 10:07am
A human being is a part of the whole called by us, the "Universe" -- a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a...
28 Aug 2015 at 10:02am
I recently read an interview with comedian-of-the-moment, Amy Schumer, in which her genius way of turning insecurity into comic fodder shed some light on the subject of self worth. She explained that her stand up routines often use the experiences of her formative years as a way to tell relatable yet hilarious stories. She went on to regret...
Athletics-Schippers shifts up a gear to take 200m gold
28 Aug 2015 at 9:54am
By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Dutch flier Dafne Schippers completed her transformation from heptathlete to world champion sprinter when she ran the fourth fastest 200 metres of all time to win by a nose at the Bird's Nest on Friday. The 23-year-old European champion clocked 21.63 seconds to beat Jamaica's Elaine Thompson by three-hundredths of a second and add gold to the silver medal she won in the 100m behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Monday. Only Americans Florence Griffith-Joyner, the world record holder, and Marion Jones, who was later banned for doping, have run faster.
Mom of Conjoined Twins Gives Birth Despite Knowing Only One Child Will Survive
28 Aug 2015 at 9:49am
Amber McCullough gave birth to conjoined twin girls, joined at the abdomen.
Netflix drug drama 'Narcos' blurs line between cartels, agents
28 Aug 2015 at 9:18am
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Not all cops are good guys and not all drug suppliers are obvious villains in Netflix Inc's dark drug drama "Narcos," a bilingual examination of the history of cocaine smuggling in America and its most menacing supplier. "Narcos," premiering across all Netflix territories on Friday, explores the origins of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the tense relationship between his Medellin cartel and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as cocaine use became widespread among Americans in the 1980s. While Escobar, who was killed in 1993, was known as one of the drug world's wealthiest and ruthless criminals, "Narcos" attempts to understand the man behind the myth and those who strived to bring him down.
GAO to review accuracy of nursing home ratings
28 Aug 2015 at 9:15am
Watchdog arm of Congress to examine subject of Center investigation
What Your Genetic Blueprint Says About You: The Rise of Epigenetics
28 Aug 2015 at 9:08am
Health care and medicine is living through a major transformation. We're entering into a new era of medicine where prevention precedes treatment. Now this idea, believe it or not, is quite new. Of course, prevention is always the ideal, but sadly the health care sector has been programmed to curing the problem, rather than erasing the problem...