A physician’s 4-point plan to fix health care
by felix

While Thomas Jefferson may have written that “All men are created equal” in our Declaration of Independence, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to health care in the United States. As a physician, I have pledged to ease suffering and heal those who are sick. However, I find that my job has become increasingly difficult over the last several years. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has limited access for my patients, increased the administrative burden on health care providers and created a market that favors those who “have” over the “have-nots.” I am also deeply concerned about the impact of the “so-called” replacement passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Problems (and questions) remain after the latest repeal efforts: How will we cover those Americans who need health care the most — the chronically ill, the poor, and the marginalized? Why is there still no tort reform? Why did we not address the issue of competition among insurers across state lines? What about limiting drug costs by holding big pharma accountable?

Exercise versus caffeine: Which is your best ally to fight fatigue?
by felix
in News
Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor

Chronic lack of sleep makes it hard to focus on a task. As if this didn’t make complete logical sense, multiple research studies have shown that sleep deprivation has about the same effect on our cognition and coordination as a few alcoholic beverages.

What do you do when you need to concentrate, but you’re tired?
National Safety Month
by felix
in Updates

It’s National Safety Month. Each June, the National Safety Council and its partners raise awareness on preventing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities.  This year’s theme is SafeForLife. Each week of June has a different focus area. In this joint blog from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Safety Council, we will highlight research and prevention activities in the four focus areas. Help us spread the word about National Safety Month.  Downloadable materials highlighting each of the four safety topics are available on the NSC website. Share them widely to help others identify risks and stay safe – for a lifetime.

Persistent Pain May Increase Dementia Risk
by felix

Chronic pain may be linked to an increasing risk for dementia.

Researchers interviewed 10,065 people over 62 in 1998 and 2000, asking whether they suffered “persistent pain,” defined as being often troubled with moderate or severe pain. Then they tracked their health through 2012.