Patients Can Be Emotional Burden to Doctors

The greater a patient’s emotional need, the more likely he or she is to view their doctors as devoid of emotion, according to a new study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.

At the same time, the study said, those patients expect their doctors to be able to absorb their emotions and experiences.  The study is unusual in that most research focuses on the reverse—how physicians view patients.

Stay Behind the Wheel Longer

Driving skills may decline with age. But don't assume that getting older brings an automatic end to driving, according to Harvard researchers.

"Age and health conditions aren't enough to determine if a person is okay to drive. It requires an individual assessment of skills," says Lissa Kapust, a social worker at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Kapust’s remarks appear in an article in the Harvard Health Letter.

3 Signs Your Feet Need Help

Everybody’s feet ache from time to time. But according to podiatric surgeon Trevor Prior, of Homerton University, London, the following symptoms are signals that your feet need some serious attention:

1. Your shoes hurt.

Many foot problems are related to inappropriately fitting shoes. A Homerton University Hospital study demonstrates that 90% of patients & 90% of volunteers were in the wrong sized shoes.

Managing Kidney Illness

 People with kidney disease can continue to live productive lives. But you’ll probably have to make some diet and lifestyle changes to help you live a healthier and even longer life. Here, from the experts at NIH Senior Health, a division of the National Institutes of Health, are some steps you can take:

Lifestyle Changes

Adverse Effects of Common Drugs for Prostate Enlargement and Hair Loss

Twenty-five percent of men currently taking Finasteride or Dutasteride, popularly known as Proscar and Avodart, for the treatment of benign prostate enlargement (BPH), appear not to benefit from taking these medications and may experience adverse effects. Those prescribed Propecia or Avodart for male pattern hair loss (known as alopecia) are also at risk for adverse events elicited by these drugs.


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