When Doctors Become Patients: How Doctors Navigate Personal Health Care Issues — And What Patients Can Learn

Conundrums abound in the health care sector, but one of the most common involves medical professionals’ struggle to take their own advice. Many engage in problematic habits, often while neglecting to receive the targeted care they recommend for their patients. While many doctors and nurses are reluctant to seek medical care, this is as valuable for them as it is for the patients they serve. If anything, it’s more important; health issues among doctors make medical errors more likely, as verified by a growing body of research. The concept of doctor as patient is intriguing — and it can tell…

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The Dark Side of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

Artificial intelligence (AI) promises to revolutionize the health care industry. AI’s efficiency and accuracy — combined with human creativity and empathy — could usher in a new era of medical treatment, in which diseases and conditions that once seemed untouchable can finally be addressed. Already, AI systems have produced marked improvements in diagnosis solutions such as X-rays and CAT scans. These may come at a cost, however, as the many opportunities presented by artificial intelligence in medicine are accompanied by a few significant risks. In a perfect world, AI would only be used for good. The unfortunate reality remains, however,…

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Post-COVID Stress And Burnout Among Health Care Workers: How Does it Put Patients at Risk?

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, burnout was at an all-time high among health care professionals. This was abundantly clear in the survey “Coping with COVID,” which revealed that 61 percent of health care workers feared transmission. Alarmingly, over one in three of respondents also claimed to suffer anxiety or depression, while 43 percent noted an excessive workload. This wave of post-COVID stress is sure to have real implications on the quality of care delivered. Still, the work environment within medical facilities looks a bit different these days than it did one year ago. Equipment shortages are less common…

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Best Practices to Improve Health in the Hospital

You’ve been admitted to the hospital, and, needless to say, don’t feel your best. Unfortunately, while a variety of targeted treatments promise to resolve your most pressing health concerns, other issues could keep you feeling ill as long as you’re stuck in a clinical environment. Fortunately, there are several small changes you can make in your routine to improve your health while in the hospital Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) are worrisome, of course, but they’re far from the only problems that limit your health at this vulnerable time. Holistic problems such as diet, lack of exercise, and sleep disturbances can also…

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Do Stressed Nurses Make More Errors? What The Latest Science Says

Stress and burnout are huge issues throughout the health care industry. Nurses, in particular, are vulnerable. They work long hours in physically and mentally demanding positions — often with little support. Unfortunately, the latest research suggests that this extreme stress causes suffering not only among nurses, but also, for their patients. How Stress Impacts Nursing Performance Stress is part and parcel with the nursing profession, but at certain levels, it can be managed to limit the impact on patients. Many nurses, however, face stress above and beyond what they can handle on a day-to-day basis. Stress can negatively affect focus,…

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How to Choose the Best Hospital Near You

It’s never fun to think about future medical emergencies, but these situations are bound to arrive — and when they do, prior planning could make a huge difference. This is particularly true when it comes to hospital selection, as you cannot be counted on to find the best hospital near you in the midst of an emergency. Unfortunately, hospital quality differs dramatically, as seen in alarming statistics. Hence, the need to examine the data in advance to ensure that you make the right decision before a hospital visit is required. Keep the following considerations in mind: Examine Ratings A variety…

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COVID As a Metabolic Wake-Up Call: What Is the Relationship Between Insulin, Blood Sugar, and Immunity? Part II

COVID-19 can cause a wide array of short and long-term health concerns, ranging from temporary shortness of breath to enduring brain fog. Many of these are poorly understood due to the novel nature of the virus. Such is the case for the relationship between blood sugar and immunity to the disease, a pattern that becomes increasingly clear as more data becomes available. In the first part of this blog series, we examined the role of diabetes in COVID complications. Now, we’ll highlight the strange interplay of blood sugar and COVID in people who have not already been diagnosed with diabetes….

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April 24, 2021 – Annual Drug Take Back Day

National Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, April 24th from 10AM-2PM. As we have discussed in previous blog posts, participation in the annual National Drug Take-Back Day is the best way to get rid of your expired or unused prescription medications in a safe and effective way. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) stated reason for Take Back Day is to “provide opportunity to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.” Abused prescription drugs are considered both crucial public safety and public health issues. Listed below are local “National Drug Take Back Day” participating locations and addresses: Fairfax County, Virginia: Fair Oaks District…

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Using Your Power as a Health Care Proxy to Protect Loved Ones

  When illness or injury make spouses, parents, or other loved ones unable to advocate for themselves, a key document allows you to step in: the health care proxy. This allows the person in question to appoint an agent to make key medical decisions. As the agent named in a health care proxy, you hold far more power than you might realize. This position gives you a huge say in how your loved one is treated while receiving medical care. This could be vital if you suspect that incompetence among doctors or nurses may be causing undue harm. Your abilities…

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COVID Burnout Among Health Care Workers: How It Puts You At Risk

Burnout has long been a huge source of concern throughout the health care profession. Long hours, stressful situations, and limited support leave doctors and nurses scrambling to keep their patients safe. Over time, this takes a toll, leaving health care workers not only physically exhausted, but also, susceptible to mental health problems. Unfortunately, burnout harms not only medical professionals, but also, the patients they treat. Stressed, tired, and preoccupied, health care workers may make mistakes during simple procedures that, under ordinary circumstances, would not cause problems. The following concerns are especially alarming: Charting Mistakes Nurses, PAs, and other health care…

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