Medical Notes 17-12

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Medical Notes this week…

People who’ve gone to the hospital for treatment of a mental health disorder have an increased risk of stroke for months afterward. A study presented to the International Stroke Conference in Houston shows that people going to the hospital for psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety and PTSD have triple the risk of a stroke in the next month and double the risk for the next year or more. Scientists speculate that mental illness may provoke the body’s “fight or flight” mechanism which can raise blood pressure and stroke risk.

Early risers may be healthier than people who sleep in. A study in the journal Obesity shows that early birds tend to eat more balanced diets than night owls. They also eat earlier in the day, which helps with weight loss and lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

And finally, many Americans are working from home at least part of the time and a new poll shows we like it that way. However, a little bit of office camaraderie is a good thing. The Gallup survey finds that 43 percent of employees work remotely at least part of the time and that the most engaged workers are those who spend three to four days a week working from home. People who work in the office all the time or at home all the time are the least engaged employees.

And that’s Medical Notes this week more in a moment.

16-45 Segment 1: Yawning

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Virtually all animals with a backbone yawn, but scientists don’t know what purpose it serves or why yawns are so contagious. Experts discuss what’s known and what’s behind a yawn.

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16-36 Segment 2: Lucid Dreams

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Synopsis: The dreaming brain is nearly as active as it is when we are awake. Experts discuss ways to shape dreams to help solve problems.

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15-09 Story 2: Infant Sleep and Shaken Babies

 

Synopsis:  New parents are often at wits’ end when their baby won’t sleep. Infants who won’t sleep and cry inconsolably are also at major risk of being victims of shaken baby syndrome. Experts discuss the connection and ways babies can be more reliable sleepers.

Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Ronald Barr, Professor of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia and Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research; Dr. Janet Krone Kennedy, clinical psychologist, founder, NYC Sleep Doctor and author, The Good Sleeper: The Essential Guide to Sleep For Your Baby and You

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