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Residents working long hours can increase alertness

(HealthDay)—Medical residents can take steps to maintain their energy and alertness during long shifts, according to an article published in the American Medical Association's AMA Wire. For seasoned residents, shifts can last up to 30 hours, and physicians who have worked these long shifts recommend arriving rested. It is also important for residents to know when to ask for relief, as the opportunities for sleep during a daylong shift may be few and far between. One study of more than 200 internal medicine residents, for example, found that they were sleeping fewer than three hours per overnight shift. It is...


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De-stressing tips for busy moms

Moms have to-do lists that are never done. From getting the kids to school, prepping family meals and everything in between, it’s a 24/7 job and can be hard to find a moment to stop and take a breath of fresh air. While the home should be a sanctuary to relax and de-stress, the reality is that a lot of life’s biggest activities happen there. The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to ground yourself through meditation. In fact, recent studies by the National Institutes of Health based in the US indicate that meditation can improve...
21/08/2019

High blood pressure in mid-30s may pose risk to brain health

People in their mid-30s need to watch their blood pressure to protect brain health in later life, says a study.It found the "window of opportunity" to safeguard brain health runs from then until the early-50s.Following 500 people born in 1946, it linked higher blood pressure in early mid-life to later blood vessel damage and brain shrinkage.Experts said high blood pressure in the "critical period" of the 30s and 40s could "accelerate damage" to the brain.This is not the first time raised blood pressure in middle age has been linked to increased dementia risk, but the scientists wanted to understand more...

21/08/2019

New drug for people who can bleed uncontrollably

Christopher Stephens has haemophilia A - his body lacks a protein that makes blood clot. A simple graze can mean the two-year-old bleeds uncontrollably.To avoid this he needs treatment every few days with a drug put into his bloodstream via a tube in his chest.But now, NHS England has agreed to fund a new therapy for patients like him. It's a medication that can be given weekly or fortnightly as an injection just under the skin rather than into a vein.Emicizumab, marketed as Hemlibra, mimics the action of the missing protein, factor VIII. 'Mummy, don't hurt me'Christopher's doctors are recommending...
21/08/2019

Jury awards $3M to fired Planned Parenthood Arizona worker

A former Planned Parenthood Arizona employee who claimed she was wrongfully fired after she reported unsafe medical practices has been awarded $3 million in a civil case. A Maricopa County jury returned the verdict Aug. 16 for Mayra Rodriguez, who worked for the organization for more than 15 years until her termination in 2017, the Arizona Republic reported Monday. Rodriguez, who was an administrator at Glendale and northeast Phoenix locations, had made a series of complaints in the months before her firing, according to the lawsuit. She reported concerns after noticing a trend of patients experiencing complications following abortion procedures...
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State's Legal Moves Cause Mixed Messages on Toxic Air

This story is jointly reported by Brenda Goodman of WebMD and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News. Aug. 20, 2019 -- At a community meeting in metro Atlanta on Monday night, elected officials and environmental regulators promised hundreds of residents concerned about toxic pollution that -- going forward, at least -- they wanted a dialogue with the public. They pledged to be open in their dealings with Sterigenics, one of the companies that’s been legally releasing a cancer-causing gas called ethylene oxide into the air in Smyrna for decades. There are three other facilities in the metro area that also...