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NEWS: MEDITATE THE PAIN AWAY


Meditate the Pain Away

Proponents of meditation say that it can have a measurable benefit on the psyche, and the data seem to support this. A meta-analysis of 47 studies finds moderate evidence that mindfulness meditation can help treat anxiety, depression, and pain and low evidence of stress reduction and improvement to overall mental health. In fact, when it comes to depression, mindfulness meditation appears to be as effective as antidepressantsMore… Discuss

 

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SLEEP-DEPRIVED SURGEONS NO MORE ERROR-PRONE


Sleep-Deprived Surgeons No More Error-Prone

Studies on the effects of fatigue on surgical outcomes have had mixed results, but one recent study indicates that missed sleep does not make surgeons more error-prone. The risk of complications from gallbladder removal surgery was found to be the same for patients whose surgeons had been up all night performing emergency surgery as for those whose surgeons were well rested. Complication rates were fairly low across the board. Researchers say the findings should ease the concerns of people requiring surgery. More…Discuss

 


Bystander CPR Initiative Saves Lives

Campaigns encouraging ordinary citizens to learn and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event of an emergency can make a difference. Less than 10 years after Denmark began taking steps to increase the number of bystanders stepping in to perform this lifesaving procedure, the percentage of cardiac arrestcases in which a bystander performed CPR had more than doubled and cardiac arrest victims’ chances of survival had tripled. The initiative in Denmark included making CPR training mandatory for elementary school students and driver’s license recipients, distributing training kits, offering over-the-phone guidance to bystanders, and placing defibrillators in public places. More… Discuss