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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 i...
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Saturday, March 10, 2018

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 phy...
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Your choice of social media service/website/app may reveal your personality
This study from Germany 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 ...
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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 ...
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Monday, February 5, 2018

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.S...
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Friday, February 2, 2018

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 ne...
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

"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 ...
Clinical Cases and Images: CasesBlog
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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-bei...
Clinical Cases and Images: CasesBlog
Monday, January 22, 2018

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 n...
Clinical Cases and Images: CasesBlog
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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 ...
Clinical Cases and Images: CasesBlog
Monday, January 15, 2018

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