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What Drives Doctors to Take Their Own Lives

What Drives Doctors to Take Their Own LivesTUESDAY, July 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Doctor burnout and suicide are a growing concern, a new study finds.“We often overlook the physical health of our health care workers, but poor health can lead to difficulty performing tasks at work, which then leads to job stress and mental health issues,” said corresponding author Dr. Kristen Kim, a resident in psychiatry at UC San Diego Health.About 1 in 15 doctors experience suicidal thoughts, according to the study. It reviewed death investigation information from 200 physician suicides nationwide between 2003 and 2018.Researchers identified six themes in the reports: inability to work due to deteriorating health; substance use that put employment at risk; relationship conflicts affecting work; the interplay of mental health and...

Recent Monkeypox Symptoms Differ From Those of Prior...

4 July 2022
Recent Monkeypox Symptoms Differ From Those of Prior OutbreaksMONDAY, July 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The symptoms of patients with monkeypox in the United Kingdom differ from those in previous outbreaks of the virus, a new study shows.It said there have been fewer reports of fever and tiredness while reports of skin lesions in the genital and anal areas have been more common.Location of the lesions suggests transmission during intimate contact, and researchers called for more resources to support sexual health clinics.“Currently, the U.K. and several other countries are seeing a rapid increase in monkeypox cases among individuals attending sexual health clinics, with no apparent links to countries where the disease is endemic," said Dr. Nicolo Girometti of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London. "Monkeypox is a...

Research Spots Gene That Raises Alzheimer's Risk for Women

4 July 2022
Research Spots Gene That Raises Alzheimer`s Risk for WomenMONDAY, July 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Researchers studying genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease have identified a new gene, called MGMT, that increases risk for this common dementia in women.“This is one of a few and perhaps the strongest associations of a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s that is specific to women,” said co-senior study author Lindsay Farrer, chief of biomedical genetics at Boston University School of Medicine.For the new study, a team from the University of Chicago and Boston University School of Medicine looked for genetic links using two unrelated datasets and different methods.One dataset was from a large family of Hutterites, a central European group whose isolated culture and small gene pool have made it a popular focus for studying genetic...

Pollutants in Soil Can Harm Your Heart

4 July 2022
Pollutants in Soil Can Harm Your HeartMONDAY, July 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- While it's more widely known that polluted air can harm human health, another danger may be lurking at your feet.New research shows that soil, too, can contain contaminants that can impact health. These include pesticides and heavy metals. In this study, scientists focused on the impact of contaminated soil on the cardiovascular system."Soil contamination is a less visible danger to human health than dirty air," said study author Thomas Münzel, of the University Medical Center Mainz in Germany. "But evidence is mounting that pollutants in soil may damage cardiovascular health through a number of mechanisms, including inflammation and disrupting the body's natural clock."About 9 million people die each year because of pollution in water, air and...

Nerve-Cooling Implant Could Ease Pain Without Opioids

1 July 2022
Nerve-Cooling Implant Could Ease Pain Without OpioidsFRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Hinting at a future alternative to opioid painkillers, scientists have developed a tiny implant designed to ease post-surgery pain and then dissolve once the job is done.So far, the research has been limited to lab animals, and it will be several years before the technology could be ready for human testing.But the hope is to eventually have an alternative to managing postoperative pain that relies on engineering, rather than drugs, said researcher John Rogers, a professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.The implant is made of soft, water-soluble materials that form a cuff that can wrap around a peripheral nerve -- the kind that send pain signals from the body to the spine and brain. The device delivers targeted...

Gas Used in Homes Has Links to Cancer; Leaks Often Undetected

1 July 2022
Gas Used in Homes Has Links to Cancer; Leaks Often UndetectedFRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The natural gas being piped into your home contains a wide array of toxic chemicals, including nearly two dozen so harmful they're classified as hazardous air pollutants, a new study says.Natural gas samples taken from 69 Boston-area cooking stoves were found to contain at least 21 different hazardous air pollutants, including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and hexane, according to findings recently published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology."One of the reasons we have natural gas in so many homes is because we've been told that it's clean," said co-author Dr. Curtis Nordgaard, an environmental health scientist with the PSE Healthy Energy research institute in Oakland, Calif. "This shows that while it may be cleaner than...

Many Very Ill After Eating Daily Harvest Lentil Crumbles; FDA Investigating

1 July 2022
Many Very Ill After Eating Daily Harvest Lentil Crumbles; FDA InvestigatingFRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Fallout is mounting for the food delivery service Daily Harvest, which has voluntarily recalled a frozen food product suspected of sickening hundreds of customers in at least 26 states.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating. And an Oklahoma woman has sued the company, blaming one of its products for an array of serious health problems, including gastrointestinal illness and liver and gallbladder dysfunction, according to the Los Angeles Times.The company said it had received nearly 500 reports of people getting sick after eating Daily Harvest French Lentil + Leek Crumbles. Daily Harvest initiated a voluntary recall of the product on June 23.The FDA said consumers, retailers and others should not eat, sell or serve the product.So...

NYC First to Offer Paxlovid at COVID Testing Sites

1 July 2022
NYC First to Offer Paxlovid at COVID Testing SitesFRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- New York City's Mayor Eric Adams announced Thursday that the city has launched the first-of-their-kind mobile COVID-19 testing units that will also dispense the antiviral drug Paxlovid to those who test positive for the virus.The "Test-to-Treat" program is part of federal and city efforts to catch and treat infections early and be ready for new waves of the pandemic. Health officials also want to expand access to Paxlovid, especially for people who don't have a regular doctor or insurance, the New York Times reported."New York City may have been at the epicenter of the pandemic at the start, but now we are leading the way in prevention and mitigation," Adams said in his announcement. "By getting lifesaving medications into the hands of New...

CDC Says Mystery Listeria Outbreak Has Killed 1,...

FRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) – At least 23 people in 10 states have been sickened and one of them has died in a listeria outbreak which may have originated in Florida, U.S. health...

U.S. Fireworks Injuries Are on the Rise

FRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Fourth of July celebrations often include festive picnics and dazzling fireworks, but these holiday pyrotechnics are causing a growing number of injuries...
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