Thursday, 9 July 2009

Healthy Dumplings for July 9

This just in : I'm no lawyer but imagine this may have huge ramifications: UBC Hospital patient awarded $5M compensation: UBC Hospital must pay a Richmond man about $5 million for losing track of a CT scan and failing to diagnose his debilitating condition in time, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled.

A UK survey found that the top excuse used by employees when "pulling a sickie" is: the migraine. A consequence is that many actual migraine sufferers worry that calling in sick for their ailment is taking on a negative connotation which, I imagine, is a real headache ! More at BBC: Migraine 'favoured sickie excuse'

Really, Really Bad: Can there be anything positive stemming from the current front-runner theory of how Michael Jackson died ?

A poll by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists last week indicates that increased awareness about the dangers of painkillers may be one. The survey found that 28% of pharmacists said patients have been "asking more questions about the risks of prescription painkillers" since his death in late June.

Assuming an accidental overdose of painkillers is the cause, or a contributing factor, in his death, Jackson's isn't the only recent celebrity case: Heath Ledger; Former Wilco Member Jay Bennett. Related media from HealthDay NewsCTV.ca

Love Monica: Seles has a book coming out. A lot of it, of course, details her life and career after being stabbed by a deranged fan at a match in Germany. The teen-phenom never did recover mentally from the attack. The Observer has a feature interview .

Would you buy Health Insurance from a Dead Man ? On TV this morning I noticed now-dead pitchman Billy Mays yelling at me about a new product. I guess if your life has been dedicated to selling cheap, gimmicky crap that the cheap, gimmicky aspect of doing commercials after death would be lost on your family.

Oddly, the product was for something called iCan Health Insurance in which he touts benefits such as quick access to doctors and items like diagnostics and wellness checkups. He ends with "I trust iCan for my family's health" (the ad can be seen here). The spots began airing in May just weeks before Mays died of cardiac arrest
brought on by chronic heart disease at age 50.

If you can't get enough of the man, according to Advertising Age
there are yet-to-be- released commercials for new products coming soon to a tv near you.

Helmets, anyone ? Discussion arose at newwinnipeg about the effectiveness, or not, of making bike helmets mandatory. A recent U Michigan study had some interesting insight:

Safety: Helmet Laws for Bicyclers Are Effective

Published: July 6, 2009 The New York Times
"Children who live in states with laws requiring bicycle helmet use are much more likely to wear them than those who do not, a new study reports. And despite strong evidence that helmets save lives and prevent head injuries, the study found, many children still do not wear them".

Daily Mis-Affirmations: A recent Canadian study Positive Self-Statements: Power for Some, Peril for Others published in Psychological Science found that the "just think positive" mantra is not for everyone. One of their conclusions: "those with low self-esteem were in a better mood when they were allowed to have negative thoughts than when they were asked to focus exclusively on affirmative thoughts" BBC.

Memo to Stuart Smalley: maybe you're not good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people dislike you - just be happy about it ! (also see TIME Yes, I Suck: Self-Help Through Negative Thinking)

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