Do 10 Push-Ups and Live LongerRead the rest of this entry »
If you want to live longer and reduce your chances of health problems or having a heart attack, do push-ups., walk faster and improve your grip strength.
All three have been shown to be better predictors of health and longevity than weight and the time-honored body mass index.
The Atlantic published an intriguing article detailing a wave of studies suggesting there are better and more reliable indicators of health than ...
Clinical Research Hit By High TurnoverRead the rest of this entry »
Clinical research associates in the US are leaving jobs at the rate of 30% a year, says a new report from the consulting, tax and advisory firm, BDO.
Where turnover rates for these clinical monitoring professionals had been holding steady at 25%, the rate jumped between 2017 and 2018 by 4%. Outside the US, the global average is a modest 16%.
Turnover has plagued clinical / contract research organizations (CROs) ...
Healthcare Outlook: Many Challenges, No Quick FixesRead the rest of this entry »
Already undergoing a challenging and sometimes painful changes, the global healthcare sector can expect more of the same in 2020 and for some time beyond. But these changes also present opportunities, says a 2020 outlook from Deloitte.
The drivers of the the sector's transformation are many: "A growing and aging population, rising prevalence of chronic diseases, infrastructure investments, technological advancement, evolving care models, higher labor costs amid worker shortages, ...
The Secret to a Well Paid Flex Job? STEM and HealthcareRead the rest of this entry »
FlexJobs has come out with a list of a dozen jobs that offer flexible work options like remote work, flexible and part-time scheduling or freelancing. Sounds good? Here's the icing: 10 out the 12 pay well above the national average.
Ready to go job hunting? There's a catch: You need a degree and professional training to snag one of the big money jobs. And we're not at all convinced just ...
Research Shows Flu Shots Benefit AsthmaticsRead the rest of this entry »
For most of us, getting the flu makes us miserable for a week or so. But for asthmatics, getting the flu is far worse. Not only can it trigger an asthma attack -- shortness of breath, wheezing and chest constriction -- but it is more likely to lead to pneumonia.
Yet, as the CDC notes, "most people with asthma don’t receive a flu shot every year." They worry the ...
Fecal Transplants May Be More Effective Than AntibioticsRead the rest of this entry »
One of the unfortunate consequences of a course of antibiotics is that besides killing off the infection for which they were prescribed, they also kill off "good bacteria."
These good bacteria live mostly in the human gut, helping the body metabolize food, fight off bad microbes, produce vitamin K and, researchers are just beginning to discover, can do even more. Studies are finding that gut bacteria may predict susceptibility to ...
Writing Skills Are Essential For Today's NursesRead the rest of this entry »
Besides having all the essential medical skills, the best nurses were able to interpret a doctor's handwriting.
With digitalization, it's a less critical, if still useful skill. More important today is the ability for a nurse to write well, says an article on the Duquesne University School of Nursing site.
"Strong writing skills play a vital role throughout an entire nursing career, from documenting patient outcomes and communicating with other ...
Security, Privacy Are Healthcare's Top IT PrioritiesRead the rest of this entry »
Just as with the national economy, technological advances, competitive market forces, the demand for new skills, and engagement, job satisfaction and worker stress are challenging the healthcare industry, forcing it to rethink practically every aspect of how it does business.
But, as the recent U.S. Leadership and Workforce Survey from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society reports, there are significant differences how organizations prioritize those issues. "Hospitals and non-acute ...
Study Finds Employees Don't Understand Supplemental BenefitsRead the rest of this entry »
With the benefits open enrollment season coming up, a timely report from Cigna finds that employees don't understand the voluntary medical-related benefits employers offer.
For example, despite knowing that even with employer-provided medical insurance they'll have other expenses, only 34% of workers would rely on supplemental benefits to pay non-medical bills. Instead, 49% would dip into savings; 32% would put them on their credit card; and 22% would borrow from ...
Medical Schools Fear Residency ShortageRead the rest of this entry »
Concerned about the potential of a physician shortage, in 2006 the Association of American Medical Colleges called on medical schools to increase their first year student enrollment 30%. A dozen years later, the goal was realized when the Association's annual enrollment survey found 21,622 new med students. Enrollment in osteopathic medical schools also increased, reaching 8,124 first year students enrolled for the 2018-2019 year.
Now there's a new worry: When ...