(Reuters Health) - Being exposed to a noisy workplace all day may cause stress that carries over into the evening and reduces sleep quality, suggests a small study from Taiwan. Researchers found that when workers had higher occupational noise exposure, they had higher blood pressure and higher levels of the stress-hormone cortisol after work, and got less restful sleep that night, compared to days with lower daytime noise exposure. “We take the amount of noise in our environments for granted,” said Dr. Seema Sharma of the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health in Toronto, who wasn’t involved with the study. “People don’t go to work expecting to have changes in their physiology,” she told Reuters Health in a phone interview. “We expect rest to take us back to normal functioning, but we typically have to go back to work before then.” Researchers led by Cheng-Yu Lin of the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan collected data on … [Read more...] about Workplace noise in daytime linked to sleep problems at night
Noise in communication system
Are you the one who loves to talk with your pet dog? Don't worry, as soon, you will be able to accomplish this with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI). According to latest reports, scientists in the United States are working on an advanced instrument which is capable of translating the barks of dogs into human language. If everything goes as planned, this device will be launched within the next ten years, so that you can easily communicate with your pet dog in the most lovable manner. The complexity of animal language But is it possible to conduct a heart-to-heart conversation with animals if this device becomes a reality? According to experts, there is a huge difference between animal and human cognition, and it is very difficult to understand the exact mindset of animals even if artificial intelligence is being implemented to the maximum. However, experts believe that the language of dogs can be effectively accessed with the help of brain imaging technology. In the case of … [Read more...] about Is communicating with pet dogs and cats really possible with Artificial Intelligence?
One of the quietest places in this noisy city is in the middle of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which draws 7 million visitors a year.Most don't know of the tiny Astor Chinese Garden Court tucked deep within the giant museum. And so, it is quiet here.In a city whose cacophony can reach 95 decibels in Midtown Manhattan - way above the federal government's recommended average of no more than 70 decibels - the commotion over all that racket involves irate residents, anti-noise advocates, bars, helicopter sightseeing companies, landscapers and construction companies, as well as City Hall. The 311 nonemergency call service gets 50,000 calls a day, and the No. 1 complaint is noise.New York University has a five-year study underway - funded by the National Science Foundation - to monitor noise in New York. The Sounds of New York City project aims to track sound across the city. But what policymakers will do with the information is not yet clear.No studies have been done on the change in … [Read more...] about Noise exposure is becoming ‘the new secondhand smoke’
Twelve-year-old Kristine Williams has logged a lot of time in the emergency room since she was diagnosed with mental health conditions about four years ago. But she has not been treated during any of her visits.Mostly, the Elkton girl sits and waits — for up to 24 hours a visit — as hospital staff search for appropriate care elsewhere.Emergency room physicians and hospital officials in Maryland say they have become overwhelmed with such patients in need of treatment for mental health or substance use problems.Emergency room visits in Maryland fell 8 percent from 2013 to 2016, but the number of patients with behavioral health problems jumped 18.5 percent. Such cases now make up roughly a quarter of all emergency visits in Maryland.Often there are no other places for such patients to go. But most hospitals aren’t equipped to provide the services they need.“I’d move heaven and earth and do anything to care for her,” said Patricia Williams, … [Read more...] about Hospital emergency rooms in Maryland struggle with flood of patients with mental health, substance-use issues
Stateline, ContributorStateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. 04/16/2018 01:00 pm ET Noise is “the new secondhand smoke” — both annoying and harmful to your health. As Europe quiets down, U.S. cities and states are still working to lower the racket. By Mindy Fetterman NEW YORK — One of the quietest places in this noisy city is in the middle of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the world, with 7 million visitors a year. Most don’t know of the tiny Astor Chinese Garden Court tucked deep within the giant museum. And so, it is quiet here. In a city whose cacophony can reach 95 decibels in midtown Manhattan — way above the federal government’s recommended average of no more than 70 decibels — the commotion over all that racket involves irate residents, anti-noise advocates, bars, helicopter sightseeing companies, landscapers and construction companies, as well as … [Read more...] about Seeking A Quiet Place In A Nation Of Noise