Study Sees Slight Drop in Doctor Burnout

Tweet FRIDAY, Feb. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For decades, U.S. doctors have battled the long hours and demanding schedules that often lead to “burnout.” But a new study brings welcome news, showing a slight decline in the numbers of physicians dealing with the issue. In the third of a series of studies, researchers surveyed more than 5,400 doctors nationwide and found that 44 percent...
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Study: Heavy Smoking May Damage Vision

Tweet FRIDAY, Feb. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If life looks gray and cloudy when you smoke, you might not be imagining it. Heavy smoking may actually damage color and contrast vision, researchers report. They looked at 71 healthy people who smoked fewer than 15 cigarettes in their lives and 63 people who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day. The participants were aged 25 to 45 and had normal...
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More Severe Flu Strain Starts to Spread Widely

Tweet In terms of the severity of the season, Brammer said that no flu season is mild. The severity of the season is simply a comparison between seasons. “There are no good flu seasons,” she said. The death toll of flu among adults — many of them the frail elderly — is high. So far this year 22,300 adults have died from flu, Brammer said, and more than 250,000 people have been...
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Few Teens Meet Sleep, Screen, Exercise Guidelines

Tweet Alba Cabré-Riera, Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Barcelona, Spain. Jenny Christie, Indian Hills, CO. Kati Duncan, clinical psychologist, Chesapeake, VA. Jenny Erard, Bend, OR. Kathy Ferony, Bowie, MD. Kim Guest, Raleigh, NC. Liz Gurgel, Canton, MI. Pat Jesten, Springfield, VA. Gregory Knell, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center, Dallas. Marci Jerome, Fairfax, VA. Frances Phan,...
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After Tax Was Added, Soda Sales Fell in Berkeley

Tweet By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Tax it, and fewer folks will buy it. So it goes with sugar-sweetened drinks, new research suggests. The California city of Berkeley introduced the nation’s first soda tax in 2014, and within months people were buying 21 percent fewer sugary drinks. Three years later, 52 percent...
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Opioid OD Deaths Quadruple, Centered in 8 States

Tweet Slideshow: Self-Care and Recovery After Trauma By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — U.S. opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled in the last two decades, and the highest rates are now seen in eight Eastern states, a new study shows. Those states are: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New...
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HPV Infections in Decline, Thanks to Vaccines

Tweet Living With a Sexually Transmitted Disease By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Infections with two strains of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) are showing marked declines among American women, and rising vaccination rates could be driving the trend. That’s the finding from a new study involving...
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Nurse Builds Database of Women Murdered By Men

Tweet THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 — PLANO, Texas — Seated at her desk, beside shelves of cookbooks, novels and books on violence against women, Dawn Wilcox, 55, scours the internet for news stories of women killed by men in the U.S. For dozens of hours each week, she digs through online news reports and obituaries to tell the stories of women killed by lovers, strangers, fathers, sons and...
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Toxins in Home Furnishings Can Be Passed to Kids

Tweet THURSDAY, Feb. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Children who live in homes with vinyl flooring and flame-retardant furniture have higher levels of potentially harmful chemicals in their blood or urine, researchers have found. The new study included 203 children from 190 families who were tested for these chemicals — so-called semi-volatile organic compounds (or SVOCs) — in their...
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FDA Head: Agency May Cut Kids’ Vaccine Exemptions

Tweet The U.S. government may have to take steps to reduce vaccine exemptions for children if states don’t do it, the head of the Food and Drug Administration suggested. His comments come as measles outbreaks rage in a number of states. Those outbreaks could have been prevented if children had all been vaccinated. But nearly all states allow kids to attend school even if their “anti-vax”...
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