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The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life: Discusses results from two large new studies. In short, the more the better, but the less you do, the more benefit from doing a bit more. Interestingly, at least over a 14 year period, for a majority of people, exercising didn’t change outcomes like premature death. It improved their odds of survival, but it seems they would have won this bet whether they exercised or not. Such results make exercise promotion that much harder.
Dutch Retirement Home Offers Students Free Rent For Time Spent With Elderly Residents | Bored Panda: Wouldn’t it be nice if we showed more such creativity in America?
Advice for male nursing students FROM male nurses I’m a male nurse, as it turns out. It hasn’t often been a problem for me, although it certainly changes the dynamic when you’re a guy in a crowd of women. I’ve been married longer than I’ve been a nurse, so coworker romance has never been an issue for me, potential or otherwise. It helps!
Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research : “The great tragedy of science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.” – Thomas Huxley It’s obvious that fish oil ‘should’ offer health benefits. Our bodies can’t make the Omega-3 fatty acids found in our neurons, joints, and blood vessels. Americans don’t eat enough food that has Omega-3, but we do eat lots of food loaded with Omega-6, which seems an inferior alternative. Take the Omega-3 your body needs, and benefit is assured, right? Not long ago Omega-3 was touted as a promising treatment for depression, arthritis, heart disease, you name it. One psychiatrist even started selling the stuff himself! Yet as with most supplement research to date, the obvious, inevitable results based on all earlier science haven’t emerged in high quality studies. Biology and nutritional sciences have made great strides, and clearly, they have a long way to go. Disappointing results to date suggest nutrition is far more complicated than we imagine. It seems far too soon to make all the breathless claims we hear every day: diet after diet, supplement after supplement, ‘breakthrough’ after ‘breakthrough,’only to be thrown out and replaced the next day, on and on, at tremendous cost. We need to gather far stronger evidence before we decide what the “facts” are with nutrition. Otherwise we’ll continue to chase fictions, and place large bets on losing propositions. All our efforts to date have left us only steadily fatter, yes? Patience is not just a virtue; often it’s just plain smart.
Photos: New coloring books for adults are good for your health On psych units we’ve offered such activities for generations, it seems. Now they seem to have gone mainstream! Try it before you judge: it’s soothing, a form of mindfulness practice really, focusing your mind squarely NOT on all your worries and woes.
NYTimes: Do You Google Your Shrink? As more people learn about my blog, I wonder and worry about this sort of thing. It’s an area with which our professions and culture will have to come to terms. Our traditional ideas and practices about “boundaries” are rapidly getting dated in an age of rapidly eroding privacy across the board. What do you think?
PTSD Common Among Cancer Survivors I wonder how many cases gain any attention or help, out of the total?
Why the U.S. Mental Health Care System Needs More Places for People to Just Chill Out – Mic. Most emergency departments often deal with people with mental illnesses, and most of these places remain poorly prepared for the task. The typical results: already overwhelmed people find themselves answering the same questions over and over. They spend many hours in chaotic environments as medical emergencies and other drama swirls around them. They’re forced to endure a “sitter:” a security officer with no particular training in the mental health. On the whole, EDs impose horrendous added burdens that last from hours to days, until they finally send people somewhere (hopefully) better suited to their needs. It’s miserable and unsafe for everyone involved, including nursing staff. Some hospitals do better: they offer a separate ED for psychiatric issues. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has its Acute Psychiatry Service (APS), a department within the ED. The link above describes another such program in Illinois. We badly need to see more such projects.