Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Laboratories frequently “reclassify” genetic mutations. But there is no reliable system for telling patients or doctors that the results of their genetic tests are no longer valid. ByGina Kolata Oct. 16, 2018 The results of a genetic test may seem final — after all, a gene mutation is present or it is not. That mutation increases the risk of a disease, or it does not. In fact, those findings are not as straightforward as they might seem, and the consequences may have grave implications for patients. While a person’s genome doesn’t change, the research linking particular bits of DNA to disease is very much in flux. Geneticists and testing labs constantly receive new information that leads them to reassess genetic mutations. As a result, a mutation The result: The gene … [Read more...] about The Results of Your Genetic Test Are Reassuring. But That Can Change.
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Today is ‘What matters to you day’, a celebration which sees health professionals encourage and support each other to have better conversations with the people we care for. It’s all about turning the focus from a mindset of “what’s the matter with you?” to “what matters to you?” I passionately believe in the importance of conversations to ensure great service user experience and as a tool to prevent or manage ill health, and I know many other health professionals feel the same. In January I blogged about some research we’d carried out with front line NHS colleagues who told us that preventing ill health was important, but that they often lack the confidence to have more holistic conversations about a patient’s wellbeing. I’m a big advocate of techniques like motivational interviewing and health coaching, so to mark ‘What matters to you day’ I was delighted to speak to Dr Penny Newman, an NHS England NHS … [Read more...] about Blog Public health matters Better conversations can change lives
A groundbreaking Wall Street Journal interview with best-selling author Gary Small, a psychiatrist and director of UCLA's Longevity Center, challenges the increasingly controversial notion a person's personality is indelibly fixed in childhood. "It's never too late to change our personalities in order to live happier lives," declares Dr. Small. The Wall Street Journal was so intrigued by Dr. Small's latest bestseller, "SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 Days," it sat down with Small and co-author Gigi Vorgan to discuss his extraordinary revelation people can alter their fundamental character traits at almost any age. Small says the extensive research he studied on "personality improvement" led him to the inescapable conclusion people who are really motivated only need about a month to change their own personalities, provided they have the right guidance. And they can make major without ever leaning back on a psychiatrist's couch, too. "These results confirmed that we … [Read more...] about Dr. Small to WSJ: Your Personality Can Change for Better
Story highlights A wellness coach can help you stretch your mind, Margaret Moore says You can then learn to coach yourself, Moore says Margaret Moore is founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corp., which trains health and wellness coaches in collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine. Moore is co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. She teaches coaching psychology at Harvard University Extension School. Moore is co-author of the "Coaching Psychology Manual," "Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life" and "Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life." (CNN)The spring season reminds us of Mother Nature's drive to thrive. However, most humans are not thriving. Research on well-being concludes that about 20% of adults have a strong sense of purpose and are fully satisfied with their lives; less than 10% strongly believe their lives are ideal. Instead most people are stressed out and burned out. All of this stress … [Read more...] about How wellness coaches can change your mind
What happens when a person is infected with Salmonella? Salmonella most often causes diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and abdominal cramps anywhere from 12-to-72 hours after infection. An infected person can expect to be sick for four to seven days. If you think you or a loved one has a Salmonella infection, you should seek medical attention immediately. Who is most at risk of contracting Salmonella from poultry? Babies, the elderly, and anyone with a weakened immune system can get so sick from Salmonella bacteria that they are hospitalized. Children are likely to get sick for a number of reasons: their immune systems are still developing, and they are much more likely to snuggle or kiss the chicks, and put their fingers in their mouths after touching them. Do all chickens and ducks carry the bacteria? It’s common for all kinds of poultry to carry the bacteria. Birds generally don’t show any signs of infection, so you can’t visibly tell which are carrying the disease. They … [Read more...] about Careful when you cuddle: Easter chicks and backyard poultry can carry Salmonella