Updated 11:20 am PST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 The main entrance to Mount Carmel West Hospital is shown Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. An intensive care doctor ordered "significantly excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medicine for over two dozen near-death patients in the past few years after families asked that lifesaving measures be stopped, an Ohio hospital system announced after being sued by a family alleging a dose of fentanyl hastened a woman's death. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System said it fired the doctor, reported its findings to authorities and removed multiple employees from patient care pending further investigation, including nurses who administered the medication and pharmacists. less The main entrance to Mount Carmel West Hospital is shown Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. An intensive care doctor ordered "significantly excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medicine for over two dozen ... more … [Read more...] about The Latest: Widower stunned by allegations against doctor
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Amitha Kalaichandran December 13, 2018 “Would it help to send off her spit?” the father of one of my patients asked me earlier this year, referring to the DNA tests that are becoming widely used for ancestry and other purposes. His daughter suffers seizures, and he wondered if the cause might be genetic. I told him no — she didn’t have the symptoms of genetically based seizure disorders, and if she did, our hospital has tests it would run. I’m noticing more parents asking whether their kids should have “at-home” testing for everything from genetic conditions to thyroid disease. Doctors also talk about these tests amongst themselves, mostly to try to sort out confusion about just how to advise patients. We aren’t sure of our responsibilities when patients come to us with a self-diagnosis in hand, based on a kit … [Read more...] about Should we use mail-order tests to diagnose ourselves?
Maybe you think you’re doing your boss a favor by skipping that vacation… or just “forgetting” to use those comp days and sick days that seem to be always adding up. Think again! Research shows that taking vacations makes us happier, healthier, and more productive, according to Women’s Health, the leading resource for women’s health news. Dr. Leigh Vinocur, a board certified emergency physician and national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians, stated that vacations are linked to our health, happiness and productivity. From high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease, what might be a prescription to treat this long list of ailments? Dr. Vinocur says, “Take regular vacations.” Women’s Health lists some of the benefits to planning (and enjoying) more time off this year, advising us that regular vacations can prevent a heart attack, make you smarter, improve your sex drive and make you thinner. … [Read more...] about Vacation Is Just What the Doctor Ordered, According To Women’s Health
We like to think we have control over our bodies, but the opposite is often true. Such is the case with circadian desynchrony, commonly known as jet lag. Exhaustion. Gastrointestinal discomfort. Headaches. Difficulty concentrating. Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. These common jet lag symptoms have the power to put a damper on a dream vacation. Unless you figure out how to game your own system. Senior experimental psychologist John Caldwell has spent the bulk of his career researching the effects of sleep deprivation and sleep restriction, while also studying countermeasures that sleep-deprived people can use to function better. Caldwell explains that while our bodies are able to adjust to about one time zone change per day, jet lag sets in when we cross three or more of them, because it wreaks havoc on our circadian rhythms. "We just haven't evolved to the point where we can rapidly change those rhythms," he said. While you can't banish the effects of jet lag completely, … [Read more...] about Want to minimize jet lag? Here’s what doctors order
Kate Silver, The Washington Post Published 9:42 am CDT, Thursday, August 30, 2018 Want to minimize jet lag so you can be fully rested for your travels? Follow these helpful hints to prevent jet lag >>> Want to minimize jet lag so you can be fully rested for your travels? Follow these helpful hints to prevent jet lag >>> Photo: Simon Watson, Getty Images Work to align your sleep schedule with your destination: less Work to align your sleep schedule with your destination: ... more Photo: Stock Photography Time your light exposure right: Circadian rhythms are influenced by sunlight. When traveling east, your biological clock will be behind. "Melatonin and avoiding bright light in the evening can help with advancing our biological clock," he says. "Similarly, bright light exposure after waking up also will help … [Read more...] about Want to minimize jet lag? Here’s what the doctors order.