Smoking’s bad for your health, but exactly how does quitting make life better? Here are 7 instant benefits you can feel.
If you’ve ever had a painful sinus infection, all you want is relief — fast!
So off to the doctor you go, and, as often as not, you get a prescription for an antibiotic.
Three days later, you start to feel a little better. “Thank goodness for amoxicillin!” you might say. Well, probably not quite like that, unless you’re a nerdy health blogger, but you’d be saying something nice about getting a prescription from your doctor.
Well, it turns out you might have been just as happy getting nothing but advice to take a little acetaminophen for the pain, some over-the-counter cough medicine, a decongestant and regular spritzes of saline up your nose.
Researchers at Washington University’s med school worked with a bunch of primary care doctors around St. Louis to test whether an antibiotic was any better than a placebo for the treatment of run-of-the-mill sinus infections. Half the patients got amoxicillin and the rest got a sugar pill.
Almost all the 166 people got offered the other remedies to relieve symptoms, and most took advantage of a least some of them. That was true whether they got the antibiotic or not.
What happened? People who got the antibiotic didn’t have milder symptoms or have those symptoms go away faster than the people who got the placebo, Dr. Jay Piccirillo, senior author of the study tells Shots. The findings appear in the latest issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Read More : http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/02/14/146877772/got-a-sinus-infection-antibiotics-probably-wont-help#more
Does it help or hurt children to know they have high cholesterol? We’re about to find out.
New guidelines from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute say every child should be screened for high cholesterol once between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between 17 and 21.
Intended primarily as a way to identify the 1 in 500 kids who have a genetic predisposition to dangerously high cholesterol levels called familial hypercholesterolemia, universal screening will also identify millions more whose cholesterol levels are a little high but who aren’t likely to develop premature heart disease.
For those kids, being labeled a child with high cholesterol could have psychological side effects, says Matthew Gillman, director of the obesity prevention program and a professor of population medicine at Harvard Medical School. He co-authored a recent article in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, that looked at the pros and cons of universal screening.
Read More : http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/02/07/146515927/screening-kids-for-cholesterol-can-raise-awareness-and-anxiety
Tai chi, the Chinese martial art involving slow and rhythmic movement, has been shown to benefit older people by maintaining balance and strength. Now, researchers have found that tai chi also helps patients who suffer from Parkinson’s disease.
Leona Maricle was diagnosed with Parkinson’s two years ago. At the time, she was teaching math, and she says she had experienced the telltale tremors of Parkinson’s for a number of years. She learned how to cope.
“The students began to notice that my hands were trembling,” she recalls, “so I started learning how to compensate by keeping that hand under the table and using the other hand to pass out papers, interact with students and hand out pencils.”
But soon it became clear that Maricle just couldn’t give teaching her “best” anymore. She retired at age 67.
Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system, affects movement and motor control. “I would need to think two or three times about moving a particular part of my body,” says Maricle. “When I was sitting in a chair and needed to get up, it would take two or three mental messages to my muscles to actually move my body.”
Read More : http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/02/09/146602943/tai-chi-may-help-parkinsons-patients-regain-balance
“Doc,” said the young man lying down on the couch, “You’ve got to help me! Every night I have the same horrible dream. I’m lying in bed when all of a sudden five women rush in and start tearing off my clothes.”
The psychiatrist nodded, “And what do you do?”
“I push them away!”
“I see. And what can I do to help you with this?”
The patient implored, “Please–break my arms!”
Joke 1 :
Lady to the doctor over the phone.
“Doctor, I beg of you, please prescribe me something immediately to reduce my weight. My husband has given me a wonderful birthday present, and I can’t get into it.”
Doctor: Just come over here tomorrow, and I shall give you a prescription. Then you will soon be able to wear your wonderful new dress.”
Lady: Who said anything about a dress? I am talking of car.
Joke 2 :
Man: “Doctor, Doctor! My wooden leg is giving me a headache!”
Man: “Because my wife keeps hitting me on the head with it.”
Joke 3 :
Patient:- doctor i am feeling sever itching,give me a medicine please.
Doctor:- take this slip to the medical shop
Patient:- if i use this medicine,i can solve this itching.
Doctor:- i gave this for growing your nails for scratching.
A pediatrician, a surgeon and a managed care physician were playing their usual Wednesday round of golf, and started discussing how much of their capitated income was actually spent on patient care.
Specifically, they started to compare how they decided what portion of the collection to keep for themselves and what portion to use on their respective patients.
The pediatrician explains: “I draw a circle around myself and toss the money in the air. Whatever lands in the circle I keep for myself. What ever lands outside the circle, I use for the patients.”
The surgeon then adds: “I use a similar method, except that whatever lands in the circle I use for patient care, and whatever lands outside the circle I keep for my personal needs.”
The managed care executive said, “Well, I’m a religious man. When I toss the money in the air, I figure that any money God wants the patients to have, He can take.”
When trying to decide if you want to pursue Public Health graduate study, you may not know all of the reasons why you should do it. You may think a Masters in Public Health degree could not possibly help you either get a job in the public health field or further your already established career in public health, but it can. Here are just a few of the ways getting a graduate degree in public health can help you:
- To gain more knowledge in your career field – Continuing education is a great way to gain more knowledge in your career field. This is true even for the Public Health field. Issues in Public Health are always changing and there is no better way to keep yourself abreast of the changes than by getting an MPH degree
- To change careers – If you want to enter the Public Health field and are in another career field that is not health-based, then you will likely want to get an MPH degree. This will give you the knowledge you need to successfully change your career.
- To make yourself more marketable in the job field – Of course, if you have already gotten a bachelor’s degree in public health, you may find that you need a Masters in Public Health degree to make yourself more marketable on the job market. Many places deem graduate study as a good indicator of how committed a person will be to a particular job.
- To become an instructor in your career field – Some people employed in Public Health may feel the call to become an instructor. If this is the case, then you will need at least a Masters degree, but a Doctorate degree would be even more beneficial. However, you can become a college instructor with a Masters in Public Health degree. This reason is a major reason why some people pursue graduate studies in Public Health.
- Prepares you for leadership in your field – Another good reason to continue your studies in Public Health at the graduate level is that it prepares you to become a leader in the field. Getting a Masters degree is a good way to enhance your resume and get a supervisory position. Of course, you will still need plenty of experience in the Public Health field you are seeking a supervisory job in, but the Masters degree will help you get the job as well.
- Enhances communication skills – Getting a Masters degree in Public Health will also enhance your communication skills. Of course, if you already work in the public health field, your communication skills should be great anyway, but graduate study will polish them to near-perfection. You have to be able to communicate well to get your point across in classes, especially if you are seeking your MPH degree online.
- Helps you become a better problem-solver – If there is one thing that getting a Masters degree will do for you, it is that it will help you become a better problem-solver. You may be wondering how this is possible, but stick with me. Graduate study is designed for working adults. This means that you will have to balance work, family and school – among other obligations. You will have problems come up, either in class or outside of it, which will need to be solved as quickly as possible. Your work in a graduate program will help you come up with better ways to solve these problems by giving you critical thinking skills.
- For a promotion – Some people simply want to get a Masters degree in Public Health so they can get a promotion. There is nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of students in MPH programs who are there for the exact same reason. Some employers will even guarantee a promotion to an employee if they continue their education.
- To further expand your specialties if you are in another health-related field – If you are already working in Public Health in a field like administration and would like to get into the field of Public Health Policy or Infectious Disease, you may find that an MPH degree will help you with your career aspirations. Furthering your Public Health education can better prepare you for entering another field within your career.
If that case of diarrhea just doesn’t get better, your heartburn drug could be the reason.
The Food and Drug Administration just warned doctors and consumers that popular medicines called proton pump inhibitors may raise the risk for chronic diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that you’d rather not have colonizing your intestines.
The drugs include Nexium and Protonix and over-the-counter remedies Prilosec and Prevacid. If you’re taking these drugs (or others in tables 1 and 2 here) and have diarrhea that won’t let up, the FDA says you should see your doctor right away.
These drugs suppress stomach acid, which may help protect against infection with the germ. Your doctor can test to see if you’ve got an infection with C. difficile, the agency says, and treat it.
Why did the FDA issue this advice now?
After looking at a database of problem reports for the drugs and various published studies, the agency concluded that “the weight of evidence suggests a positive association between the use of PPIs and C. difficile infection and disease.”
Now, that’s not ironclad proof, but the agency says it’s strong enough to tell the world about. The agency says the studies show that using PPIs may raise the risk for infection by 1.4 to 2.75 times.
A physician walked into an antique store, and began to look around. Suddenly, he spied a large BRASS RAT in the corner. He fell in love with it, and so he brought it up to the cashier.
“The rat, eh?” said the wizened old cashier
“That’s right, how much,” replied the doctor.
“Well, five dollars for the rat–but 200 dollars for the story,” he answered with a grin.
“I’ll just take the rat, without the story,” laughed the physician.
He left the store, his precious brass rat tucked under his arm.
Soon he began to hear a scurrying and squeaking noise behind him. When he looked back, he noticed that a few rats were following him. After he had walked a few more blocks, the number of rats behind him increased. This continued, until there were virtually millions of rats behind him.
The physician panicked, ran to a pier overlooking the sea, and threw the rat in. All of the rats plunged in after it, and met their watery deaths.
The physician ran back to the antique store. The old cashier was chuckling to himself. “So now do you want the story?”
“No,” said the doctor, “but have you got any brass lawyers?