Monday Morning Round-Up #17

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Welcome to Monday Morning Round-Up, featuring what’s new in health and medicine from around the web!

Pollution to blame for 1 in 6 deaths worldwide, study finds via Stat News

Pollution is taking a massive toll on global health, with poor and marginalized populations being hit particularly hard by dangerous contamination. A new report published in the Lancet finds that diseases driven by pollution — which can range from asthma to cardiovascular disease — were responsible for more than 9 million premature deaths in 2015.

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Fall Reading List – The Librarians’ Picks

It’s officially Autumn here in Florida, which means continuing to sweat in 90+ degree weather while you decorate for Halloween and drink (iced) Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. Fall brings with it lots of fun  activities, like pumpkin carving, baking, fall festivals, hay rides, and actively keeping yourself from listening to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving (or is that just me?). The start of Fall is also the start of the football season and the holiday season – what’s not to love?

However, the whirlwind of the holidays and cooler weather can also bring stress as people begin budgeting for the holidays and planning parties and family time. My favorite way to enjoy Fall and combat stress at the same time? Reading! While there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea on an Autumn night, reading also has a lot of health benefits that you can enjoy throughout the Fall season: research conducted in 2009 at the University of Sussex showed that reading may actually be the most effective way to overcome stress and wind down, beating out favorites such as listening to music, enjoying a cup of tea, and even taking a walk. It only took six minutes of reading for participants to see significant improvement in both muscle tension and heart rate! According to research, people who read regularly for pleasure report lower levels of stress and depression, higher levels of self-esteem, and greater ability to cope with difficult situations than non-readers. Reading for pleasure has also been shown to reduce feelings of loneliness in adults and increase ability to prioritize and make decisions. Reap these benefits of reading with our Fall Reading List picks below!

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Confronting Violence Against Women: The Role of the Healthcare Professional

Before the 1970’s, violence against women was largely unrecognized as a public health issue by the healthcare industry. However, since the late 20th century, generations of reformers have passionately and persistently worked to raise awareness of this issue among medical professionals, as well as establish practices and protocols to identify, hep, and advocate for victims. The history of this reformation is the topic of our current traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine – “Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives.” But how far have we gotten? According to the World Health Organization, the global lifetime prevalence of sexual and physical violence among women aged 15 years and older is 30.0%. With doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals often the first to see women after abusive and violent incidents, it is imperative that healthcare professionals be vigilant in identifying and treating women who are victims of violence.

A neighborhood health fair organized by nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 1980. Image via the National Library of Medicine

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TED Talk Round-Up: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Between work, school, family and relationships, community obligations, and attempting to maintain a semblance of a normal sleep schedule and exercise routine, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and to feel like you can’t quite manage it all. With everything that’s crammed into my work and personal schedule, I find myself feeling that way on a fairly regular basis, which is why I’m always looking for tips on working more efficiently, simplifying my workload, and improving my focus and balance. If you’re in a similar boat, fear not! This week we’ve rounded up a collection of TED Talks aimed to inspire you and give you tips on improving your focus, improving your efficiency, goal-setting, and showing you  how to work smarter, not harder. Hopefully, with these talks under your belt, you’ll be able to feel a little more balanced and empowered to manage all of your life roles. Let’s get started!

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes by Andy Puddicombe

Learn from mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe about the transformative power of integrating a short daily mindfulness exercise into your routine. You’ll learn how doing so can help strengthen your focus and change your perspective to give your brain the boost it needs to handle its daily tasks.

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Stress-Busting Activities Under 5 Minutes

Stress can sometimes be a good thing – giving you that final push to make it through the end of your workout or finish a project before the deadline; however, intense or chronic stress can wreak havoc on your physical, emotional, and mental health. The best way to manage stress long-term is to make lifestyle changes like exercising regularly, sleeping enough, and regularly checking in on your physical, mental, and spiritual well being.

All of these are great practices, and can help bolster your resilience against stress; however, if you’re in the middle of a busy workday, halfway through an exam, or struggling to meet a project deadline, checking out to sleep 8 hours, eat a healthy meal, or fit in an hour long sweat sesh is usually anywhere from impractical to impossible. In this way, it’s good to master a couple of quick stress-busting exercises to employ when you need a fast fix for your stress levels. We’ve rounded up several practical stress relievers that take less than 5 minutes – try out several to find the ones that work for you!

Try these tips to manage your stress levels

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Chilly Summer Reads to Cool You Off

Summer is in full swing, and it is HOT outside here in Florida (heat index of 105 degrees, anyone?). It’s officially the time of year when the only survivable locations are poolside  or inside with the air conditioning on high! One of our favorite ways to beat the heat is to settle in with a good book and an ice-cold drink. I’ve rounded up some favorite chilly, winter-y reads to distract you from the summer heat and keep you cool all season long.

Need a book to keep you cool this summer? Read on!

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Monday Morning Round-Up #14

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Welcome to Monday Morning Round-Up, featuring what’s new in health and medicine from around the web!

A stem cell transplant helped beat back a young doctor’s cancer. Now, it’s assaulting his body via Science

A few months before completing medical school in 2003, Lukas Wartman was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a blood cancer that’s particularly lethal when it strikes adults. So began a battle to stay alive that has involved more than 70 drugs, two rounds of cell transplants, and a staggering series of twists and turns.

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Monday Morning Round-Up #13

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Welcome to Monday Morning Round-Up, featuring what’s new in health and medicine from around the web!

Explosive data: See how fireworks injuries skyrocket on the Fourth of July via Stat News

Every year, the Fourth of July brings patriotic displays of color, smoke, and sound — and a slew of emergency room visits from burns and blast wounds. Federal researchers track data on those injuries year-round using the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, a national probability sample of about 100 hospitals in the U.S. and its territories. Fireworks injuries don’t only happen in July, but they are, unsurprisingly, far more common in that month versus the rest of the year.

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Sunscreen, SPF, and Skin Cancer: Be Safe in the Summer Sun!

It’s summertime here in Florida, and that means tons of sunshine! We certainly earn our nickname of the Sunshine State: on average, we can expect to have more than 260 days of beautiful sunshine every year. All of that sun is great for outdoor sports, beach days, and ensuring you reach your Vitamin D needs, but it can also wreak havoc on your skin’s health. So how do you protect yourself? In today’s blog post we’ll explore what the sun damage actually does to your skin, how sunscreen works, and various techniques to protect your skin from the harsh sun rays.

Fun in the summer sun can mean skin damage – learn how to protect yourself through sun safety!

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