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5th May, 2017
Adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle to grow old healthy

People with no major heart disease risk factors in middle age live a longer and a healthier life free of all types of morbidity, according to a 40-Year Follow-Up of the CHA Study (Chicago Heart Association Detection Project in Industry) reported in the journal Circulation.
 
The study included both men and women aged 18 to 74 years, who were classified into 1 of 4 strata of cardiovascular health: favorable levels of all factors, 0 factors high but =1 elevated risk factors, 1 high risk factor and =2 high risk factors, which included blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, body mass index and smoking.
 
Only 6% had favorable levels of all factors, while 35% had =2 high risk factors, 19% had =1 risk factors at elevated levels and 40% had 1 high risk factor.
 
Comparing to the study participants who had =2 high-risk factors in middle age, those with all favorable factors lived an average of 3.9 years longer, survived 4.5 years longer before developing a chronic illness, spent 22% fewer of their senior years with a chronic illness and saved almost $18,000 in Medicare costs.
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Burnout among doctors a serious concern
Study shows about 66% doctors suffer from depersonalization or lack of empathy

New Delhi, 04 May 2017: A well-researched topic in the West, burnout among doctors is not studied much in India. In a research study conducted by two doctors, using two international statistical scales to assess burnout, published in the medical journal Cureus, about 45% of the respondents received a high score on emotional exhaustion and another 66% suffered from depersonalization or lack of empathy for patients.  Some responses given by about 500 doctors who responded to a 25-point questionnaire relate to lack of enough opportunities at work, overlooking their own needs to fulfill work demands, or neglecting self-improvement due to work pressure.
 
Burnout among doctors is an important social issue that directly affects patients and healthcare. Modern medicine has changed and this has created new challenges for medical professionals. As the demands of this profession increase, so does frustration.
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