Research Shows Less Empathy towards Patients that Abuse ER Services

About 60% of emergency physicians say they have less empathy for so-called frequent-flier patients who visit the ED more than 10 times a year.

Nearly 80% told researchers they hold some bias against these patients, and 82% said caring for them contributes to their level of burnout, according to survey data presented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s June annual meeting in Boston.

“The emergency room is becoming their primary source of care, and it’s not any ER’s goal to be an outpatient care provider. That’s not the model of what the ER is supposed to be,” said Jennifer Peltzer-Jones, PsyD, who led the survey team. “If you look at burnout, there’s that lack of a sense of personal accomplishment. The ER model is you fix the patient and you get them out. If the patient keeps coming back  Continue reading

Phytoremediation Uses Plants to Detoxify Soil from Radiation

Concerns about radioactive materials accumulating in soil and water since the nuclear accident in Japan this year have led individuals to look at natural ways to clean their property of possible radiation. One method worthy of examination is phytoremediation. Phytoremediation uses plants to detoxify areas contaminated by the accumulation of hazardous substances, heavy metals and pollutants such as radioactive material.

Remediation using various plants relies on the plants ability to draw material out of the soil through their roots and up into their stalks, leaves and flowers. Some plants are particularly adept at leeching heavy metals and radiation from soil and water. The prospect of using plants to clean up radioactive messes is attractive because plants are a natural, economical means to restore areas contaminated by radiation. In the face of nuclear accidents like the  Continue reading

Protecting Your Immune System Provides you Optimal Health

A healthy immune system defends you against invading pathogens and keeps you cancer-free, pain-free, free of autoimmune diseases and sheltered against chronic illness of many types. Protecting your immune system helps your immune system protect your body and provides optimal health.

Your Immune System At Work

Your immune system occupies your skin, blood, tissues and the linings of your intestinal tract, nose and mouth. Consisting of an array of specialized cells that detect unnatural molecules entering your body, it patrols your entire body. Immune cells are like scouts in an army who communicate with troops waiting behind Continue reading

Homeopathic Treatment of Ginger and Feverfew Ease Migraines

Migraine sufferers treated with a homeopathic preparation of ginger and the herb feverfew may find some pain relief, according to a preliminary study.

Feverfew, which is derived from a flowering plant, has long been thought to be a remedy for headaches. It might offer an alternative to standard migraine medications, which are costly, have side effects, and don’t always work, according the new report.

About 12 percent of Americans get migraines, and the problem has been estimated to cost the United States some $20 billion annually in lost productivity and medical care. Continue reading

Proper Nutrition is Vital in Reducing Vision Loss in Middle Age

For people at a higher risk of losing central vision as they age, eating sufficient levels of certain dietary nutrients could help protect their eyes.

A new study finds that among people with a genetic susceptibility to macular degeneration — vision loss caused by erosion of the retina — those who ate higher levels of zinc, antioxidants, or omega-3 fatty acids cut their risk of developing the disease by as much as a third compared with those who ate lower levels of the nutrients.

“Therefore, clinicians should provide dietary advice to young susceptible individuals to postpone or prevent the vision-disabling consequences of (age-related macular degeneration),” the researchers wrote in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology. Age-related macular degeneration is common, accounting for half of all cases of blindness in developed countries, they note.

In the United States, the condition occurs  Continue reading