West Nile rapidly increasing
West Nile virus is threatening to becoming the issue it was a decade ago. Here’s a short story on it from the Associated Press.
And here’s a link to the Arbonet Maps put out by the US Geological Survey through the Centers for Disease Control. You can click on your state to see how many cases have been reported there.
Please take care to follow all the mosquito control precautions you’ve heard before (like eliminating standing water, wearing protective clothing and using repellant when necessary)
Primary Care Doctors Burning Out
Some very concerning findings in a new study by the Mayo clinic.
When looking at general internists and family physicians the study found “more than half of the doctors in each of those areas suffered some form of burnout.” Another specialty, ER medicine, was even worse.
In my opinion this is very concerning, especially in light of the ever greater responsibility being placed on our “front line” doctors.
As a Mayo clinic physician Tait Shanafelt put it, “Docs who are burned out are more likely to make mistakes.”
One bright spot, physicians who practice preventative medicine reported the lowest levels of burnout.
To read an article about this study click here.
Our July 2012 newsletter (there’s something special for summer inside!)
Learn more about Cornerstone’s exclusive technology, a special summertime offer, Jessica’s recent nerve-wracking leap, Dr. Dowd’s family vacation and some ideas for sweet treats. It’s all in this month’s edition of In Your Corner: July 2012!
In Your Corner: June 2012
Woo We! It took a bit to get here, but summer is finally here and in full swing! Don’t forget to check out this month’s edition of In Your Corner to help fight the heat, the sun, and get a sneak peak of our new column, the Cornerstone Difference! Happy Monday!
How To Get Kids To Frequent A (salad) Bar
Fewer than 1 in 10 children eat the recommended daily serving of fruits and veggies. Part of this reason is the limited choices they have in school, where they spend a good portion of their day. Research shows kids will make these choices more often if they have a variety of food choices available and a new public effort, Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, is working to provide children with a broader, and healthier, range of lunchtime options. To learn more about this effort, click here.
Fast or Curvey… Either Way, Just Keep Count!
Spring is the start of baseball for many young athletes and so we thought a recent study from Athletic Training and Sports Health Care was relevant. This study looked at both little league and high school players and made some useful points. Previous studies have already shown that high pitch counts lead to more elbow and shoulder injuries. It is thought that as children and their arms tire, poor form results, and leads to more arm, elbow, and shoulder injuries. As a result many leagues limit the number of pitches kids can pitch each game. This new study found that kids who play baseball in multiple leagues (i.e. local and travel leagues) seem to have more arm injuries–including more surgeries–even if they adhere to pitch count limitations in individual games. They point out that total pitch count limitations need to take into account pitches thrown in every league in which a child is playing.
In Your Corner – March 2012 Newsletter
Happy March everyone! With March comes Saint Patrick’s Day, and with St. Patty’s comes Guinness and shamrocks and much more. Check out Cornerstone’s March 2012 newsletter for some ins-and-outs of alcohol, fun facts, a clover search, and even a recipe! Follow the link to read the newsletter…from our corner to yours!
Be One in a Million Hearts!
You don’t have to be old to have a heart attack or a stroke. Every day about 2200 people die from heart disease–1 out of every 3–and most of them are younger than 65! There are many risk factors that lead to strokes and heart attacks–some are obvious, while others are silent and not even detected on traditional laboratory evaluations for heart risk. As American Heart Month comes to an end, let it be the beginning of your decision to build and maintain a healthy heart! Start by seeing a doctor who will do a thorough and proactive evaluation, and be a part of the CDC’s campaign to prevent a million strokes and heart attacks!
Recall of Certain Birth Controls
At the start of this week, birth control pills Lo/Ovral®-28 and Norgestrel were recalled voluntarily by the manufacturers due inexact packaging and out-of-sequence pills. According to the release, the defects in this products are not detrimental to your health, but these defects can cause unintended pregnancy, and the out-of-order sequencing can upset your hormonal balance. If you are currently using one of the defected lots, you should revert to non-hormonal contraception and return the packages to the pharmacies. For more information and to reference the exact lot numbers, click here.