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Doctors and patients should be wary of health care mega-mergers

Over the past year, multiple mega-mergers were announced in health care. The four largest ones being: 1. On March 18, 2018, Cigna announced that it was acquiring Express Scripts for $68 billion in cash and stocks. The deal was closed on December 20, 2018. 2. On December 3, 2017, CVS announced that they were acquiring Aetna for […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Policy, Cigna, Cvs, Aetna, PA NP, Public Health & Policy, Washington Watch, CRNA


How Journaling Can Teach You to Love Your Body

Journaling can transform not only my physical health, but also emotional and spiritual health. I didn’t always love my body. In fact, for years, I hardly thought about it at all. My body was a machine that I worked relentlessly and neglected constantly. It was simply a tool that my brain used to get where it needed to go. I paid no mind to aching muscles, searing headaches and other signs of stress and exhaustion. I ignored my body’s needs until a major health challenge forced me to stop and rec...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Personal, Mindfulness, Self-help, Body Image, Body, Self-esteem, Emotional Health, University Of Arizona, Journaling, Publishers, Health-related, Spirituality & Health, Physical Health, Exercise & Fitness


Right-wingers find more meaning in life, say researchers

A team of psychologists looked at the link between right-wing attitudes and having meaning in life.They found that supporters of authoritarian ideologies felt their lives had more significance.Future studies are necessary to see if this holds true outside of the U.S. None Do right-wingers feel more significance in life? Such is the implication of a new study that found an existential connection in right-wing authoritarian attitudes.The spread of right-wing ideologies around the Western hemispher...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Democracy, Government, Nazis, Immigration, History, United States, Innovation, Justice System, University of Missouri, Rutgers University, Womick, Jake Womick, Psypost Womick, Laura A King


Government shutdowns show the importance of an emergency fund

It’s interesting, but not surprising, to hear that numerous government employees are crippled by the delay of a single paycheck. This is precisely the reason everyone needs an emergency fund. When an unexpected financial catastrophe pops up, we need to be able to weather the financial storm. Many people consider a car breakdown, a sick […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Finance, Practice Management, PA NP, CRNA


Why Illinois' tough gun laws weren't enough to prevent the Aurora shooting

Gun laws in the state of Illinois are among the strictest in the United States. But people on both sides of the gun control debate say it takes more than policy to prevent tragedies like the recent deadly shooting in a manufacturing plant in Aurora.
Tags: Health, United States, Illinois, Aurora


It takes very little to successfully disguise yourself

We're not as good at facial recognition as you might think. Who needs Mission Impossible latex masks? You can change your hair or make up and pass for someone else. None Maybe Lois Lane wasn't so stupid after all. A brilliant reporter, yes, but of all the implausibilities of the Superman story, her inability to tell that Clark Kent and Superman were the same person thanks to a pair of glasses strained credulity. Now, though, a study's been published in APA PsycNET that shows it's amazingly eas...
Tags: Psychology, Photography, UK, Identity, Superman, Surveillance, Innovation, Presentation, University of Huddersfield, Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Rob Jenkins, Noyes, Cognitive Science, Human body, Cesare Battisti


Political correctness and the taboo topics in medicine

I write for several publications, and I’m always pitching to new venues.  Recently I pitched an idea to an editor.  I wanted to write about gun research from the perspective of a rural physician. In particular, I wanted to ask what might physicians say if researchers found answers that were uncomfortable.  What if they found […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Physician, PA NP, Public Health & Policy, Washington Watch, CRNA


Thinking About Dumping Your Psychiatrist? Keys to Resolving Conflict

It’s too easy to bail on a therapeutic relationship rather than resolve the conflict. There are all sorts of conflicts that come up between psychiatrists and patients. There are disagreements about diagnoses, medication choices, side effects, listening style, or just basic misunderstandings that occur in the course of human conversation. Too many of us patients get into the pattern of doctor hopping rather than conflict resolution. A good relationship with our psychiatrists happens not beca...
Tags: Psychology, Communication, Personal, Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Alliance, Therapeutic Relationship, Conflict Resolution, Psychiatrist


You Can Instantly ‘See’ Through Another Person’s Eyes (M)

Perspective taking helps us understand how the world looks from another's point of view. → Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. Enables access to articles marked (M) and removes ads. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You...
Tags: Psychology, Empathy, Jeremy Dean, Subscribers-only


This Personality Trait Indicates High IQ

People with high intelligence tend to have this quality. → Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. Enables access to articles marked (M) and removes ads. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
Tags: Psychology, Intelligence, Personality, Jeremy Dean


IS SOY GOOD OR BAD FOR FERTILITY, GETTING PREGNANT?

The Soy Controversy Whether or not soy enhances female fertility seems to be an area of controversy.  Some sources say soy can actually be detrimental to fertility because the phytoestrogens could act as a contraceptive.  However, one study, although done on monkeys (who have menstrual cycles similar to humans), concluded that even though it may lengthen menstrual cycles (which, for me, was a good thing), it did not harm fertility.[1]Critics of soy mention other reasons it may harm fertility an...
Tags: Health, US, Infertility, Chung, Lau, Sheehan, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Sandy Robertson, Healthcare Research, Kaplan J R


Congress mulls cap on what Medicare enrollees pay for drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — With health care a top issue for American voters, Congress may actually be moving toward doing something this year to address the high cost of prescription drugs. President Donald Trump, Democrats trying to retire him in 2020, and congressional incumbents of both parties all say they want action. Democrats and Republicans are […]
Tags: Health, Business, News, Congress, Washington, Ap, Nation, Medicare, Donald Trump


Media literacy - When can you believe your eyes?

Editor's note:One of the positive things that President Trump has done for the American people and people around the world is make them aware of the prevalence of fake news. Scott Adams, the cartoonist who created Dilbert, and an expert on "persuasion techniques" teaches that 80% of news is fake.One of the definitions of mental illness is to be out of touch with reality. There is "fundamental reality" which is our experience based on the laws of nature wherein we manipulate phenomena and there a...
Tags: Health, Infertility, Trump, Scott Adams, David G Markham


Elf-san wa Yaserarenai Still Plump & Juicy

The french fry loving elf of Elf-san wa Yaserarenai can be adored once again by lovers of large women by way of the manga’s 4th volume, which is naturally full of all sorts of comedic happenings and sexy moments involving its oversized elves. Some sample pages of the 4th elf-laden volume: Omake:
Tags: Health, Comedy, Anime, Manga, Elf, Oppai, H, Image Gallery, Ero-manga, Voluptuous, Elf-San wa Yaserarenai, Yaserarenai


My Son Didn’t Have to Die from Opioids: An Interview with Bob Paff

Zach (left) and Bob (right) According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 70,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids, a two-fold increase in a decade. Opioids include prescription opioids and methadone, heroin, and other synthetic narcotics like fentanyl. Bob Paff has directly suffered the casualties of this epidemic. On January 21 of this year he lost his son Zach to an accidental overdose of fentanyl. A highly sought-af...
Tags: Psychology, General, Suicide, Addiction, Recovery, Bob, Stigma, Zach, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Opioids, Opioid Epidemic, Synthetic Fentanyl, Bob Paff, St Jude Center


Is financial independence selfish?

Reaching financial independence is no small feat. One has to turn inward and explore personal habits, goals, and rebalance value systems. These are somewhat introspective topics. Indeed, they require quite a bit of self-focus. This, I believe, is good. If we don’t continuously re-evaluate our beliefs and actions then how are we going to grow? […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Finance, Practice Management, PA NP, CRNA


War doctor David Nott: ‘The adrenaline was overpowering’

As his book detailing his time volunteering in Sarajevo, Gaza, Syria and beyond is published, the NHS surgeon talks about what it takes to work in a war zone• Read an extract from David Nott’s book War DoctorWhat first inspired you to become a war doctor?Two things. The first was Roland Joffé’s film The Killing Fields, which had a huge impact on me when I saw it as a trainee surgeon. There is a scene in a hospital in Phnom Penh, overrun with patients, where a surgeon has to deal with a shrapnel ...
Tags: Health, Books, Society, World news, Syria, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, NHS, Gaza, Doctors, Autobiography and memoir, Phnom Penh, Sarajevo, Roland Joffe, David Nott


Home Office gives green light to first drug testing clinic

‘Life-saving’ scheme, licensed by the government, launched amid rising concern over potentially toxic substancesThe first drug-checking service licensed by the Home Office will allow users to have their illicit substances tested without fear of being arrested in a move that could be rolled out nationally if it is shown to save lives.The year-long pilot project, which had a soft launch in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, last Friday but begins in earnest this week, will allow anyone over the age of 1...
Tags: Health, Politics, Drugs, Society, UK News, Home Office, Health policy, Drugs trade, Drugs policy, Weston, Mare Somerset



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