Friday is here! In just a few short hours, we will officially start the weekend. I’m keeping it low key here in Nashville with dinner plans and chores on the schedule, along with working an evening shift in the emergency department. What are you up to? Enjoying some amazing fall weather and getting some R&R, I hope. If you find yourself with some downtime, check out this week’s health news.

See how global health has changed since you were born. Global Health Check, a new interactive tool, gives a rundown of how global health has changed in your lifetime. Would you have been better off health wise born in another country? What about a different decade?

7 ways to show real support to friends and family battling health issues

Wrap it up! Rates of sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in America. The once downward trend in incidence of STIs has reversed. Increased screening and reporting, as well as a decrease in the use of protection may be to blame. 

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Science says this is the best motivation to exercise

Americans are stressed about the election! A study by the American Psychological Association shows that 52% of Americans say the Hilary v. Trump contest is a very or somewhat significant stressor. 

7 parts of your body that might actually be useless

Having dinner at 2pm might help lose weight. A new study shows that a schedule that involves eating in a short period of time, usually less than 9 hours, followed by a period of fasting for 15 hours or more, counters weight gain and increases energy expenditure.

Can energy drinks cause hepatitis? A new case study published in the British Medical Journal says it might.  

10 healthcare documentaries to watch this weekend

A game-like brain training program is the first therapy shown effective against chemobrain. The Brain HQ program was demonstrated to have a positive effect on patients with cognitive impairments post chemotherapy. The condition known as ‘chemobrain’ can affect survivors even years after treatment. 

How an 80-year-old figure skater stays fit to compete

Have a wonderful weekend!


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