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

Find Your Way through the Maze of PTSD

Approximately 75% of Americans have been exposed to a life-threatening trauma at some point during their lives.1 Responses to such trauma vary widely but may include withdrawal, anxiety, and the phenomenon known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is characterized by troubling feelings and thought processes lasting longer than 30 days.2 The types of trauma … Continued

Take a Holiday from Stress

Feeling stressed out lately? I know exactly what you mean. The holiday season is here, traffic is worsening, and serious health issues abound. Stress, a term we associate with a state of negative emotional disruption, is linked to all sorts of physical and psychological harms that range from heart disease to depression and from addictive … Continued

Do You Know What To Do When Concussion Hits Your Patients?

Helmets are clashing on football fields all over the country this fall, which means thoughts of concussion may be on your brain. Concussion – also known as mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) – is a sudden change in mental status after a mild head injury that may or may not be accompanied by a loss … Continued

Research Brief: Predicting Future Work Disability in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder

Summary A better understanding of the risk factors associated with future work disability will allow for the development of interventions to decrease worker absenteeism. Employee disability and medical claims were analyzed to identify risk factors associated with future work disability leaves in patients with newly diagnosed depression (n = 9,954). Patients most at risk for … Continued

The Digital Age of Medicine: A Stumbling Block to Patient Care

To realize the benefits of evidence-based medicine, physicians need to be freed from inefficient EHR systems. Health care delivery has changed significantly over the last decade with the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Unlike their paper-based counterparts, EHRs integrate disparate functions like billing, compliance, clinical ordering, and charting into a single system.1,2 By … Continued

The Pleasures and Perils of Solar Radiation

The sun always seems to be at maximum sizzle during the dog days of summer when Sirius, the brightest star in the night skies of the northern hemisphere, rises with the sun. Like most of us, I always looked forward to playing outside in the summertime sun as a child, but over time I’ve come … Continued