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How the ultra-rich deal with stress

From the Guardian: Burned-out billionaires are taking extended multimillion-dollar 'sabbaticals' to recharge:A 40-year-old tech CEO, fresh off selling his multimillion-dollar business, embarked on an extended world tour, visited 66 countries over two years via private jet. The trip included learning to hunt with a bow and arrow with the San people in the Kalahari Desert and filming a documentary in South Africa – and it cost "well into the seven figures.""It could be a couple of million dollars ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Stress, South Africa, Barber, Kalahari Desert, Ves Dimov


Parenting advice: 5 supportive gestures remembered by the mnemonic CLICC

Mnemonic CLICC:Comfort: stay calm and patientListen: show interest in their passionInspire: expose them to new ideasCollaborate: ask for their opinionCelebrate: use “put-ups”, “not put-downs” Comfort: stay calm and patientPractice active listening and provide support. For teens: Be present and pay attention to changes in behaviors. Offer validating and reflecting statements to help them label their own emotions when in distress.Practice relaxation techniques such as counting to ten, deep breathi...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Facebook, Parents, Children, Stress, Trauma, Pediatrics, Ves Dimov


People overreport their height and underreport their weight. What are the real numbers?

From the NYTimes:“People tend to overreport their height and underreport their weight,” said the senior author, Cynthia L. Ogden, an epidemiologist at the C.D.C. The new figures, she noted, are the result of actual measurements:Meet the average American man. He weighs 198 pounds and stands 5 feet 9 inches tall. He has a 40-inch waist, and his body mass index is 29, at the high end of the “overweight” category.The picture for the average woman? She is roughly 5 feet 4 inches tall, and weighs 171 ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Japan, Nytimes, Ves Dimov, Germany Italy Greece Finland, Sweden Long, Cynthia L Ogden


People who live in neighborhoods with green spaces have less stress, healthier blood vessels and lower risk of heart attack and stroke

People who live in neighborhoods with more green spaces may have less stress, healthier blood vessels and a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes. Residential greenness is associated with lower levels of sympathetic activation, reduced oxidative stress, and higher angiogenic capacity. This is independent of age, sex, race, smoking status, neighborhood deprivation, statin use, and roadway exposure.For this study (see the link below), researchers tested for a variety of biomarkers of stress and ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Nature, Reuters, Longevity, Geisinger, Ves Dimov, Danville Pennsylvania, Louisville Kentucky USA, Annemarie Hirsch


Exceptional longevity: why some people live to be more than 100-year old

Interventions that promote longevity, remembered by mnemonic: DEEP purple - “eat colorful plant foods: Dietary modification, Exercise, active Engagement, Purposeful living (click here to enlarge the image).Based on a Mayo Clinic Proceedings article (https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(18)30792-4/):Exceptional Human Longevity: the oldest old have an extreme phenotype of delayed onset of age-related diseases and/or resistance to lethal illnesses occurring earlier in life.Cent...
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For type 2 diabetes patients who require an injectable drug, GLP-1-based drugs are preferred over insulin

That's a pretty big change:Diabetes Guidelines Updated: For patients with type 2 diabetes who require an injectable drug, a glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist is preferred over insulin. https://buff.ly/2T0KowcGlucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1)-based therapies (eg, GLP-1 receptor agonists, dipeptidyl peptidase-4 [DPP-4] inhibitors) affect glucose control through several mechanisms, including:- enhancement of glucose-dependent insulin secretion- slowed gastric emptying- reduction of postprandia...
Tags: Health, Facebook, US, Diabetes, Dpp, GLP, Saxenda, Gila, Ves Dimov, Bydureon, Byetta Pen Lixisenatide, Victoza Dulaglutide, Trulicity Semaglutide


Piriformis muscle syndrome remains controversial and diagnosis is difficult

Piriformis syndrome is a controversial entrapment neuropathyWhat is  piriformis muscle?The piriformis muscle is a small but important external rotator of the hip that crosses the sciatic nerve and is believed by some to cause sciatica-type pain when it compresses the nerve. However, the existence of this so-called "piriformis syndrome" remains controversial and diagnosis is difficult.Controversy is due to the limited research about the condition and the difficulty of making the diagnosis, partic...
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Canned tuna is struggling to connect with younger generation

From the WSJ:"Canned tuna is struggling to connect with younger generations who favor fresher, less-processed options."In a country focused on convenience, canned tuna isn’t cutting it with consumers. “A lot of millennials don’t even own can openers,” said vice president for StarKist. Younger consumers are opting for fresh or frozen fish over canned items. Tuna first made inroads into American cupboards following a sardine shortage in 1903 and grew in popularity during wartime protein shortages ...
Tags: Health, Food, Facebook, Ves Dimov


Kids can't escape screens: America’s schools are heavily promoting devices for classwork and homework

From Cupertino to San Francisco, a growing consensus has emerged that screen time is bad for kids: The benefits of screens as a learning tool are overblown, and the risks for addiction and stunting development seem high, as per the NYTimes.“Doing no screen time is almost easier than doing a little,” said Kristin Stecher, a former social computing researcher married to a Facebook engineer. “If my kids do get it at all, they just want it more.”Here is the problem: America’s public schools are stil...
Tags: Psychology, Apple, Health, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, America, San Francisco, Phone, Bill Gates, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Cupertino, Melinda Gates, Chris Anderson


Medical students "taught how to practice empathy by following clever mnemonics" - NEJM

C. Nicholas Cuneo, M.D. in the NEJM: "With every faux interaction I felt myself being forced to shed another layer of authenticity, and I quickly grew to dread the whole tedious charade.PEARLS, it spelled out: Partnership, Empathy, Apology, Respect, Legitimization, and Support.With a smirk, I tossed it in the trash."Better understanding and educational approach are needed.--Just as a side note, here is an overview of some empathy/communication mnemonics with the corresponding references:"PEARLS ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Communication, Empathy, Cambridge University Press, NEJM, Ves Dimov, Nicholas Cuneo, Arnold R Tulsky


Lifespan vs. healthspan: "I'LL do it" mnemonic

Epigenetics"Tthere is nobody who disputes that epigenetics predicts life span”. Aging eight or more years faster than your calendar age equates to twice the typical risk of dying, while aging seven years slower is associated with half the risk of death, Horvath says."Life span predictor" clockHis lab has developed a "life span predictor" they named it after the Grim Reaper: DNAm GrimAge. The epigenetic clock is more accurate the younger a person is. It’s especially inaccurate for the very old. “...
Tags: Health, Facebook, New York City, Lifestyle, Mount Sinai, Icahn School of Medicine, Horvath, Ves Dimov, Geriatrics, Diane Meier


4 personality types based on new data

Researchers from Northwestern University sifted through data from more than 1.5 million questionnaire respondents to find at least four distinct clusters of personality types exist — average, reserved, self-centered, and role model — challenging existing paradigms in psychology. Read more here: https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2018/september/are-you-average-reserved-self-centered-or-a-role-model/The personality types are based on 5 widely-accepted basic character traits - you can run a simp...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Facebook, Northwestern University, Ves Dimov, Jordan Peterson


fNIRS brain scans could identify novice from experienced surgeons

From WSJ:Researchers studied surgeons as they performed surgical simulations and found they could identify novice from experienced surgeons by analyzing brain scans taken as the physicians worked.Prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain involved in planning complex behaviors was more active in the novices. Skilled surgeons had more activity in the motor cortex, which is important for movement. The researchers, who developed a machine-learning system to analyze the scans, also showed that trainin...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Facebook, WSJ, Ves Dimov


Eagerness to use an immature technology: Humans have a habit of trusting algorithms without troubling themselves to think about consequences

From WSJ:Don’t Believe the Algorithm: Blind faith in machines (and machine learning) has left us vulnerable to biased and incoherent AI. The solution? A healthy dose of skepticism and human oversight.The mathematican who wrote the WSJ artucle had the following suggestion:"USE ‘MAGIC’ TO SPOT BOGUS ALGORITHMS -- Whenever you see a story about an algorithm, replace buzzwords like “machine learning,” “artificial intelligence” and “neural network” with the word “magic.” Does everything still make gr...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Technology, WSJ, Ves Dimov


"All Americans are just one bad tweet away from being fired"

From MarketWatch:"If you use Twitter, you too are a public figure. And one egregious tweet could blow up your life.The political climate puts all employers on high alert when it comes to the words and behavior of their employees.Many people are plugged into the news cycle all day long. One in five employers think staff is productive fewer than five hours a day, with most citing smartphone use as the culprit.The First Amendment protects free speech, but it may not protect your job if you do or sa...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Twitter, Social Media, Marketwatch, Ves Dimov


When advertising your physician practice: Google and Facebook dominate 73% of U.S. digital advertising market

The WSJ expressed concerns about monopoly: Tech’s Titans Tiptoe Toward Monopoly https://buff.ly/2H5SHAh"Imagine a not-too-distant future in which trustbusters force Facebook FB to sell off Instagram and WhatsApp. Imagine a time when Amazon’s cloud and delivery services are so dominant the company is broken up like AT&T. Imagine Google’s search or YouTube becoming regulated monopolies, like electricity and water.Facebook Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are enjoying profit ma...
Tags: Health, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Practice, WSJ, Alphabet Inc, Amazon com Inc, Ves Dimov, Facebook FB, Facebook Inc Google, AT T Imagine Google, Facebook for Medical Practice Marketing


Exercise does not have to be prolonged to be beneficial. It just has to be frequent. Several times per day

From NYTimes:"Walk for two minutes. Repeat 15 times. Or walk for 10 minutes, thrice. The benefits for longevity appear to be almost exactly the same, according to an inspiring new study of physical activity patterns and life spans.It finds that exercise does not have to be prolonged in order to be beneficial. It just has to be frequent."The scientists found that moving strongly influenced longevity. The more often you move, the longer you live. References:Those 2-Minute Walk Breaks? They Add Up....
Tags: Health, Facebook, Exercise, Ves Dimov


JAMA: Mentoring in the Era of #MeToo

Julie Story Byerley, MD, MPH wrote in JAMA on what specific behaviors her male mentors have demonstrated that have always made her feel safe:1. They demonstrate exemplary professional behavior during and outside of the work day, never compromised by alcohol consumption or flirtatious interactions. 2. They always behave comfortably but as if others are watching, demonstrating integrity. 3. Though they have warm personalities, they refrain from physical touch except in larger social settings where...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Professionalism, Ves Dimov, Julie Story Byerley MD MPH


Creative tension and different personalities

The WSJ on the creative tension between Keith Richards and Mick Jagger :“They’re two really different guys, and that’s what makes it so powerful. It’s like a rubber band pulled really tight. When you release it, it goes flying—that creative tension is what makes it so enduring. They understand that something special happens when the two of them get together. The cognizance of that magic that only comes from the two of them can be frustrating, but also really powerful.”I wish Ritchie Blackmore an...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Music, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, WSJ, Ritchie Blackmore, Ves Dimov, Ian Gillan


New blood pressure guideline creates a new level of disease affecting people previously deemed healthy

From NEJM:The guideline defines normal blood pressure as below 120/80 mm Hg and elevated blood pressure as 120 to 129. What is now called stage 1 hypertension was previously labeled “prehypertension” — a term meant to alert patients and to prompt physicians to provide lifestyle education By reclassifying people formerly considered to have prehypertension as having hypertension, the guideline creates a new level of disease affecting people previously deemed healthy. According to this definition, ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Cardiology, Ves Dimov


Your choice of social media service/website/app may reveal your personality

This study from Germany present included 633 students.Use of computer games was found to be negatively related to all personality and mental health variables: self-esteem, extraversion, narcissism, life satisfaction, social support and resilience.The use of platforms that focus more on written interaction (Twitter, Tumblr) was linked to depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms.In contrast, Instagram use, which focuses more on photo-sharing, was linked to positive mental health variables.Referenc...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Facebook, Twitter, Germany, Social Media, Tumblr, Ves Dimov


The key to successful ageing is to be a master of 3 domains: physical health, mental wellbeing, and social connectedness

From The Lancet:Life expectancy in the UK continues to increase by 2 years per decade. Unfortunately, these extra years do not seem to be spent in better health, with morbidity and dependency increasing over the past 20 years. So what can be done to develop resilience with increasing age? Seize control of your health and be better prepared—physically, mentally, and socially—for our later years. This a recurring theme covering 3 domains: physical, mental and social.The Lancet reviewed the book En...
Tags: Health, Facebook, UK, Age, Lancet, Ves Dimov, Geriatrics, Eric B Larson, Joan DeClaire, Evangeline Shuler


Snap judgments about other people are formed in milliseconds but are often wrong: here is what to do about it

From WSJ:Snap judgments people make about others’ trustworthiness are wrong more often than most people think. These first impressions are formed in milliseconds, based on instinctive responses in the brain’s emotion-processing center, the amygdala.Some people conclude a stranger is reliable because he or she looks like someone trustworthy the person already knows. Or they make judgments based on stereotypes, such as an unconscious belief that older or more feminine-looking people are more trust...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Google, Facebook, WSJ, Princeton University, Ves Dimov, Alexander Todorov, Social Perception Lab


Adolescents' circadian clock and the vicious circle of media use, exposure to light at night, sleep loss and risk behaviors

Sleep is a key element in adolescent development. However, teens are spending increasing amounts of time online with health risks related to excessive use of electronic media (computers, smartphones, tablets, consoles, etc.). This excessive use is negatively associated with daytime functioning and sleep outcomes. Adolescent sleep becomes irregular, shortened and delayed in relation with later sleep onset and early waking time due to early school starting times on weekdays which results in rhythm...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Facebook, Internet, Social Media, Pediatrics, Ves Dimov


"The health system cannot sustain current rates of clinician burnout and continue to deliver safe, high-quality care". What to do?

From the NEJM:More than half of U.S. physicians report significant symptoms of burnout — a rate more than twice that among professionals in other fields. Medical students and residents have higher rates of burnout and depression than their peers who are pursuing nonmedical careers. Physicians with symptoms of burnout are twice as likely to leave an organization as those without such symptoms "The health system cannot sustain current rates of clinician burnout and continue to deliver safe, high-q...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Facebook, Mayo Clinic, University Of Colorado, Physician, Ves Dimov, Shannon McNamara


The key to digital media use and happiness is limited use: less than 1 hour per day plus exercise and real-life interaction

In a recent study, playing computer games, using social media, texting and video chatting were all associated with less happiness.“The advent of the smartphone is the most plausible explanation for the sudden decrease in teens’ psychological well-being.”The happiest teenagers were those who used digital media a little less than an hour a day.The key to digital media use and happiness is limited use. Here is the 2-step solution:1. Aim to spend no more than one hour a day on digital media2. Increa...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Facebook, Happiness, Social Media, Jean Twenge, Pediatrics, Ves Dimov


In-person clinic visits are being replaced with virtual visits at a rapid pace

From the NEJM:What if health care were designed so that in-person visits were the second, third, or even last option for meeting routine patient needs, rather than the first? At Kaiser Permanente, 52% of 100 million patient encounters each year are now “virtual visits”. It spends 25% of its annual $3.8 billion budget on information technology."Payment models are an obvious barrier to deemphasizing in-person visits, but every provider’s business success depends on market share. The best way to wi...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Technology, Kaiser Permanente, NEJM, Ves Dimov


Smartphone and Social Media Use in Lectures Makes Your Learn Less

Several studies have shown that problematic smartphone use (PSU) is related to detrimental outcomes, such as:- worse psychological well-being- higher cognitive distraction- poorer academic outcomesProblematic smartphone use (PSU) is strongly related to social media use. The study participants were 415 Estonian university students aged 19-46 years (79% females). Problematic smartphone use (PSU) and the frequency of social media use in lectures were negatively correlated with a deep approach to le...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Education, Social Media, PSU, Ves Dimov, Lectures Int J Environ Res Public Health


How to treat dry eyes

How common are dye eyes?The prevalence of dry eyes has been estimated to be 5-30% percent in persons aged 50 years and older, 7% of US adult population has been diagnosed with dry eye disease. The prevalence increases with age (2.7% in those 18 to 34 years old vs. 19% in those aged 75 years and older). Prevalence is higher in women than men (9% versus 4%).What are the risk factors for dry eye disease?- Advanced age- Female gender- Hormonal changes (primarily due to decreased androgens)- Systemic...
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Major Success for Gene Therapy for Factor IX Deficiency: near elimination of bleeding and factor use

Hemophilia B Gene Therapy with a High-Specific-Activity Factor IX Variant: the researchers infused a single-stranded adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector consisting of a bioengineered capsid, liver-specific promoter and factor IX Padua (factor IX–R338L) transgene in 10 men with hemophilia B who had factor IX coagulant activity of 2% or less of the normal value. They found sustained therapeutic expression of factor IX coagulant activity after gene transfer in the 10 participants with hemophilia wh...
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