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What Is It Like to Be Nice to Everybody?

Eli D’Angelo has never met anyone he didn’t immediately like. Most of the conversations he strikes up with strangers begin with compliments, segue into a series of earnest questions about the person’s life, health, relatives and pets, and build up to an invitation to a sleepover. They always end …

This 20-Minute Yoga Flow Can Help Relieve Back Pain

Anyone who struggles with back pain knows how distressing it can be.Whether it’s soreness that impedes your sleep or aches that hurt your …

Researchers find new source of dangerous electrical instability in the heart

Sudden cardiac death resulting from fibrillation - erratic heartbeat due to electrical instability - is one of the leading causes of death in the …

Machine learning algorithms surpass doctors at predicting heart attacks

Doctors are not clairvoyant, but it looks like technology is getting awfully close. Thanks to a team of researchers at the University of Nottingham …

Rude Doctors, Rude Nurses, Rude Patients

Just how much rudeness is there in the hospital, and who bears the brunt of it?<p>A few weeks ago I wrote about a study that looked at what happens to medical teams when parents are rude to doctors. In these studies of simulated patient emergencies, doctors and nurses working in the neonatal intensive …

Medical Journals

3D printer lets surgeons hold a child's heart before surgery starts

Doctors at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax are using 3D printed models of hearts to get a better look at congenital heart disease in children and …

Heart Disease

Scientists Say Hospital Sinks Spread Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Hand washing may help spread infections.<p>Deadly bacteria grow in hospital sinks, waiting for the opportunity to splash onto someone’s hands, where …

Microbiology

Health care is not a business, but a service to life, pope says

VATICAN CITY — A nation’s health-care system cannot be run simply as a business because human lives are at stake, Pope Francis said.<p>“If there is a …

Doctors may not show empathy all the time, but it is a goal they must aspire to

Medical professionals have begun focusing too much on the wonders of medical technology and too little on bedside manner.<p>In my medical humanities and …

7 Quotes of a Lifetime

Quotes that make a difference cause us to think. They become our mantra.<p>Many of us have our favorite quotes, and I have often wondered, what makes some statements so powerful that they stick out? What makes some phrases relevant for generations?<p>Experts tell us that humans are aspirational, and when …

Leadership

Professor Smith Goes to Washington

In response to the new president’s stances on a range of issues, more scientists are preparing to run for political office.<p><i>Updated on June 4, 2018</i><p>For American science, the next four years look to be challenging. The newly inaugurated President Trump, and many of his Cabinet picks, have repeatedly …

Who Will Care for the Caregivers?

I should have put his socks back on.<p>The thought kept nagging me as I finished my clinic notes, replaying the afternoon in my head. My final patient of the day — a man with dementia — was a late addition to the schedule, after his daughter, herself a patient of mine, called to report he hadn’t been …

General Hospital

'Delirium' caused by busy hospitals can trigger dementia in older patients

Noisy and chaotic hospitals are triggering and accelerating dementia in elderly patients, new research reveals.<p>Multiple transfers from ward to ward, staff coming on and off shift and confusing signage contribute to a state of “delirium” which renders patients eight times more likely to succumb to …

Stockholm ambulances to trial blocking drivers' music so sirens can be heard

Ambulances and fire engines have been given the power to stop music playing in nearby cars in Sweden so that their warning sirens can be heard.<p>The new alert system overrides loud music and bypasses sound-proofed car insulation so drivers will never be caught off guard by an approaching emergency …

The woman donating organs to strangers

<b>Tracey Jolliffe has already donated a kidney, 16 eggs and 80 pints of blood, and intends to leave her brain to science. She is now hoping to give away part of her liver to a person she may never meet.</b><p>"If I had another spare kidney, I'd do it again," Tracey tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire …

Heroic dog saves owner's life by keeping him from freezing

A heroic dog in Michigan is the sole reason a man is alive today. “Bob” slipped and broke his neck retrieving firewood on New Year’s Day in freezing temperatures, and nobody was around to help.<p>The man, thinking he was making a quick trip outside, wasn’t dressed for the freezing temperatures and …

Pets

When Patients Leave ‘Against Medical Advice’

My pager vibrated against my waist. My patient wanted to leave A.M.A. — Against Medical Advice. “Please assess,” the page ended.<p>A.M.A. is a term we use in the hospital when patients wish to leave before the doctor who is treating them considers them ready for discharge. Any patient who understands …

Jamaica Says U.S. And Others Are 'Poaching' Its Nurses

Jamaica is facing a crisis as specialized nurses leave the island to take jobs in North America and Europe.<p>The exodus has forced Jamaican hospitals to reschedule some complex surgeries because of a lack of nursing staff on their wards.<p>James Moss-Solomon, the chairman of the University Hospital of …

Drug stops spread of melanoma by up to 90% - and it could be used to treat breast and pancreatic cancer

Chemical compound developed that shuts down the disease's ability to spread.<p>A chemical compound has been developed that can stop the spread of …

Dementia is likely to be controlled like HIV/AIDS by 2025: Research institute - IBTimes India

As per the global dementia statistics worldwide, there are 46.8 million people suffering from it.<p>The head of Britain's new Dementia Research …

Medical School Culture Puts Students' Well-Being At Serious Risk

When medical students don their white coats for the first time, they take an oath to devote themselves to the care of their future patients. …

This Handheld Breast Scan Is Revolutionizing How Indians Detect Cancer

For 18-year-old Farheen Jahan, life took an ugly turn when she discovered a stiff growth in her breast. However, initial blood reports failed to detect anything serious. Later, in a health camp clinic set up in her locality in rural India she got herself scanned again with something called …

Optimistic women 'cut risk of deadly diseases'

<b>Women who look on the bright side of life cut their risk of many deadly diseases, according to researchers.</b><p>In a study of more than 70,000 women, optimists were less likely to get fatal cancer, heart disease, lung conditions and stroke in their retirement years.<p>Although some of the association is …

What You Really Need to Do to Make Your Employees Happy (No, It's Not More Money)

Deep down, every human being wants to find meaning in his or her work.<p>Want to inspire your employees to perform at levels you've never imagined?<p>In <i>Give and Take</i>, Adam Grant says that when people find purpose in their work it will not only improve that person's happiness, it will boost …

Fundraising

Here's what happens to your brain and body when someone breaks your heart

Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and author of "Anatomy of Love," says heartbreak has physiological effects on our minds and bodies. There's a scientific reason it hurts so much.<p><b>Follow Tech Insider:</b>On Facebook

When 'Super Agers' Get Alzheimer's, They Don't Exhibit Any Symptoms

Some older people show signs of Alzheimer's in the brain, but keep a sharp memory.<p>SAN DIEGO ― Super agers, the group of elderly people whose memory performance seems to defy aging, just produced another surprise for scientists: They can have numerous amyloid plaques in their brains, which is a …

Nurses Are Again in Demand

Job market heats up amid retirement wave, regional shortages<p>By<p>Melanie Evans<p>Melanie Evans<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>After years of relative equilibrium, the job market for nurses is heating up in many markets, driving up wages and sign-on bonuses for the nation’s fifth-largest occupation.<p>The …

Health Care