Jenny Rough, The Washington Post Published 6:05 am PDT, Sunday, March 31, 2019 A common ailment is going around, and you probably know someone plagued by it. Caused in part by social media, the 24-hour news cycle and the pressure to check work email outside of office hours, it could hit you, too - especially if you don't know how to nip it in the bud. Burnout is everywhere. Books are being published about it, high-powered medical groups are raising alarms and ordinary people are feeling it. A recent report from Harvard and Massachusetts medical organizations declared physician burnout a public health crisis. It pointed out the problem not only harms doctors but also patients. "Burnout is associated with increasing medical errors," the paper said. Ninety-five percent of human resource leaders say burnout is sabotaging workplace retention, often because of overly heavy workloads, one survey found. Poor management contributes to the burnout epidemic. "Organizations … [Read more...] about Burnout: A modern malaise
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If the explosion of measles cases hasn’t made you question what year it is, this health alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may inspire a double-take at the calendar: Unpasteurized milk may have sickened people in 19 states. Further ReadingAnti-vaxxers plan to subvert changes to vaccination lawsYes, as the country grapples with five—count’em, five—outbreaks of a vaccine-preventable disease, the CDC is warning that another infectious disease of yore poses a risk to widespread dairy drinkers—at least the ones who soured on the standard, decades-old process to remove deadly pathogens from their milk. The infectious disease is Brucellosis. It’s a hard-to-define febrile illness caused by Gram-negative Brucella bacterial species that infect a variety of animals and the occasional unlucky human. There are four species that pose particular risks to humans: Brucella suis, found in pigs; Brucella melitensis, found in sheep and goats; … [Read more...] about Raw milk drinkers in 19 states at risk of rare, dangerous infectious disease
OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 29: A 34.28 carat fancy light yellow, old mine cut diamond is photographed at Clars Auction Gallery on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. The diamond was acquired by Frank Spenger in 1950 and is is believed to date back to King Kalakaua of Hawaii. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group) OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 29: Claire Pena looks over a 34.28 carat fancy light yellow, old mine cut diamond at Clars Auction Gallery on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. The diamond was acquired by Frank Spenger in 1950 and is is believed to date back to King Kalakaua of Hawaii. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 29: A 34.28 carat fancy light yellow, old mine cut diamond is photographed at Clars Auction Gallery on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. The diamond was acquired by Frank Spenger in 1950 and is is believed to date back to King Kalakaua of Hawaii. (Aric … [Read more...] about Spenger’s auction of 34-carat diamond ring reveals history fit for Hawaiian king, queen
Corticosteroids are synthetic drugs that are used to treat a wide variety of disorders, including asthma, arthritis, skin conditions and autoimmune diseases. The drug mimics cortisol, a hormone that's naturally produced by the adrenal glands in healthy people. Cortisol, commonly called the "stress hormone," is a steroid hormone (not to be confused with anabolic steroids, which are sometimes abused by athletes) that's released in response to stress. It's involved in a wide range of processes in the body, such as metabolism, inflammation, blood pressure regulation and bone formation, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Corticosteroids work by decreasing inflammation and suppressing the immune system, according to Cleveland Clinic. Left untreated, excess inflammation can damage healthy tissue, as well as cause redness, swelling and pain. The first use of corticosteroids dates back to 1948, when rheumatologists at the Mayo Clinic treated a patient who had debilitating rheumatoid … [Read more...] about What Are Corticosteroids?
Many people love autumn for the colorful foliage and pumpkin spice, but each year it ushers in another season that is more menacing: cold and flu season, that is. The two illnesses are often lumped together, but there are important distinctions. And when it comes to prevention and treatment, there are plenty of misconceptions that go around. Here, experts separate fact from myth and clear up eight common misconceptions about cold and flu. Myth 1: The flu is just a bad cold While some people may use the words cold and flu interchangeably, they are in fact very different. Flu is a much more serious illness than the common cold. "People need to understand that the flu is serious and can turn deadly," Dr. Melissa Stockwell, associate professor of pediatrics and population and family health at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, told CBS News. "The CDC just released data that last flu season 80,000 Americans died from flu." While some of the symptoms of cold and flu may … [Read more...] about 8 common myths about cold and flu debunked