COVID-19: A Pandemic of Teachable Moments

COVID-19 has taken us all on a crash course in infection control and personal planning considerations that range from learning how to thrive amidst an invisible threat to practicing greater compassion for each other. The curriculum this fall includes a mandatory new course requirement, in which earning a passing grade is a must. The subject? … Continued

The Latest Information at Your Fingertips: 2020 Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected workplaces across the world, leaving employers scrambling to find safe ways to continue their operations while protecting their employees. At MDGuidelines, our team now works remotely, so we haven’t missed a beat. Because we know that evidence-based treatment guidelines are now more important than ever, we’ve been working from our … Continued

Chicken or the Egg? Understanding the Relationship Between Depression and Injury or Illness Work Leaves

Do work leaves cause depression or does depression cause work leaves? We teamed up with researchers at The Standard, The Council for Disability Awareness, and The University of California, Davis to try and shine some light on this question. Using an integrated database of medical and disability claims with more than 496,000 short-term disability cases,1 … Continued

Sharing Mental Health Stories

The World Health Organization reports that depressive disorders are a leading cause of global disease burden–that’s over 322 million people struggling to cope with normal life activities every day.1 Mental health, as opposed to other health conditions, has distinctive challenges because of the stigma and taboos surrounding how people feel about their own or others’ … Continued

Try Not to Die this Summer

I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. It all started after reading the cryptic advice of a man named Bob Weighton. When asked for the secret to his longevity on his 111th birthday, Mr. Weighton replied “I have no answer, except to avoid dying.”1 I keep wondering exactly how he managed to accomplish this … Continued

The Risky Business of Nursing

May 6th is National Nurses Day; an excellent opportunity to applaud those frontline professionals supporting patients throughout the healthcare system. According to the World Health Organization there are over 29 million nurses in the world, with 4 million practicing here in the US.1 Nurses provide critical medical support in a wide variety of settings and … Continued

Mindfulness Challenge: Thrive on Stress

This April, Stress Awareness Month has me thinking about the universal problem of stress. A certain amount of stress is normal, and keeps us actively engaged in work, love and life through the release of hormones that increase our energy levels and help us focus on beneficial activity. But circumstances can rapidly turn a healthy … Continued

The Daylight Saving Time Nightmare

Daylight saving time (DST) begins on March 10th this year and I have to be honest: I really dislike it. More specifically, I dislike the transition to DST. I mourn that lost hour of sleep, and definitely feel out of sorts for at least a week after it begins. Why is this? What makes it … Continued

Attitudes, Skills, & Use of Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is when providers integrate current research with their clinical expertise and patients’ values into medical decision-making.1 EBM has five basic components: (1) developing a clinical question, (2) finding the best available research addressing the clinical problem, (3) critically appraising the evidence for validity, impact, and usefulness, (4) applying the results in a … Continued

Cancer: The Common Thread

World Cancer Day may fall on February 4th this year, but with a lifetime risk of cancer affecting 1 in 5 men and 1 in 6 women, cancer is a daily experience for many.1 Cancer is the second most common cause of mortality in the world,2 and it seems to be everywhere: Who among us … Continued