My wife says the eye looks like it came from a package of Sugar Babies. What do you think?
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Last week was the first image for Jane Brody’s column about addiction recovery. This one is part two. Before selecting a treatment regime have an independent assessment done that matches your needs with the right program. One size does not fit all. Jane Brody’s column.
There is a great need for collaboration between school librarians and public librarians. Thank you Mark Tuchman for this cover opportunity. Article.
Anne Fletcher’s new book, Inside Rehab, offers suggestions to help patients find addiction treatments with the highest probability of success. Before committing to a treatment program, do your homework. The program should be science based. If the program is not the right fit for you, don’t choose it. Jane Brody’s column.
Tis’ the season. In the US Influenza and Novovirus are on the rise. The Flu is respiratory and Novo is intestinal. Both result in headache, body ache, vomiting, diarrhea or all. Currently, there is a new strain of Novo out there. It can last two weeks outside the body and can be deadly. Wash your hands often and very well!
The Challenge: Can you solve the case of an animal trainer who develops an excruciating headache after a run-in with a zebra? New York Times Article.
Study after study has shown that overweight and moderately obese patients with a range of chronic diseases, often live longer and fare better than normal-weight patients with the same ailments. Why? One theory is that once a chronic disease develops, the body needs higher energy and caloric reserves than usual. If patients don’t have those reserves, they may become malnourished even though their weight looks normal. It makes sense that patients with greater nutritional reserves would fare better. New York Times Article.
Tom Keane, wrote a nice piece for the Boston Globe Sunday Op-Ed about a changing practice in hospitals. Measures are being taken to insure that 9 pm – 6 am are quiet! No more bright lights, squeaking cart wheels, beep-free keypads, vibrating pagers and staff intrusions. And each patient gets earplugs. The author’s father’s restful night is a direct outgrowth of the program, “Quiet at Night” at Beth Israel. During the night, no one woke him up.
Suicide is the albatross around the neck of psychiatry. According to a recent issue of Current Psychiatry, it is a clinicians worst outcome and at times it can seem that they are helpless to change its frequency or evaluate its likelihood. The suicide rates over the past decade have remained stubbornly fixed at just over 30,000 per year in the US. Males complete suicide 4 times more often than females while females attempt suicide 3 times more often across all ages. Guns remain the most common method of completed suicide in all age groups. In over 90% of completed suicides, the decedent had been diagnosed with at least one psychiatric disorder. By far, the most common illness was major depressive disorder, present in 75% of those committing suicide.
My illustration approach is decidedly subtle, dark and moody with the emphasis on contemplation. Thanks Pat Fopma, AD.