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The Compelling Case For Working Less - Slashdot
As we fill our days with more and more "doing," many of us are finding that non-stop activity isn't the apotheosis of productivity. It is its adversary. Researchers are learning that it doesn't just mean that the work we produce at the end of a 14-hour day is of worse quality than when we're fresh. This pattern of working also undermines our creativity and our cognition. Over time, it can make us feel physically sick -- and even, ironically, as if we have no purpose. Think of mental work as doing push-ups, says Josh Davis, author of Two Awesome Hours. Say you want to do 10,000. The most 'efficient' way would be to do them all at once without a break. We know instinctively, though, that that is impossible. Instead, if we did just a few at a time, between other activities and stretched out over weeks, hitting 10,000 would become far more feasible. "The brain is very much like a muscle in this respect," Davis writes. "Set up the wrong conditions through constant work and we can accomplish little. Set up the right conditions and there is probably little we can't do." Many of us, though, tend to think of our brains not as muscles, but as a computer: a machine capable of constant work. Not only is that untrue, but pushing ourselves to work for hours without a break can be harmful, some experts say.
Ruggeri goes on to highlight the negative health effects associated with working long hours. "One meta-analysis found that long working hours increased the risk of coronary heart disease by 40% -- almost as much as smoking (50%)," she writes. "Another found that people who worked long hours had a significantly higher risk of stroke, while people who worked more than 11 hours a day were almost 2.5 times more likely to have a major depressive episode than those who worked seven to eight."
slashdot  work  health  death-march 
16 hours ago by gardencat
Assad's Siege Increases Suffering for Eastern Ghouta's Chronically Ill - Syrian Observer, Dec 11, 2017
According to Dr. Mohamad Kutub, there are over 1,000 people suffering from chronic illnesses inside the Eastern Ghouta, including 550 cancer patients, 672 insulin-dependent patients, and at least 10 patients living with hemophilia.

They also sent the lists through the Red Crescent division working in the Douma district to the organization’s Damascus offices. He said that after all this effort, “we were only able to evacuate eight cases.”
health  Mar15  Damascus  blockade 
17 hours ago by elizrael
How To Schedule Wellness Into Your Workday And Still Get Stuff Done
Here are a few tips for taking better care of yourself from 6 a.m. until bedtime that won’t get in the way of your work.
health  wellness  advice  article  fastcompany 
17 hours ago by aeng
Under siege, Syria doctors forced to improvise care - AFP, Nov 10, 2017
They ration medication, giving patients half the required dose of drugs or expired medication, Omar says.

Hospitals limit operations to emergency surgery and the few remaining surgeons are forced to conduct procedures outside of their specialities.

For guidance, they have turned to the internet to carry out real-time consultations with specialists.
"We produce serums to clean wounds because it's rare to find high-quality serums. We also produce anti-lice medication and other creams for skin ulcers and scabies," says Ammar Abdo, an Al-Shifaa pharmacist.

The organisation is even using a large electrical loom to make its own gauze, but they can only produce around eight kilos (17.5 pounds) a day.

"It's barely enough to cover anything but we're doing our best... It's just an alternative for the situation we're in," Abdo, 30, says.

More than 1,100 other children are reportedly suffering acute malnutrition.

Families are relying on mixtures made from rice, wheat and barley as substitutes for baby food.
hunger  Mar15  Damascus  blockade  health 
18 hours ago by elizrael
'Watershed' Medical Trial Proves Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Reversed - Slashdot
For those suffering from type 2 diabetes, there is good news. Nearly half of the participants in a watershed trial of a new diabetes treatment were able to reverse their affliction. The method is quite simple -- an all liquid diet that causes participants to lose a lot of weight, followed by a carefully controlled diet of real solid foods. Four times a day, a sachet of powder is stirred in water to make a soup or shake. They contain about 200 calories, but also the right balance of nutrients. If the patient can keep away from other foods long enough, there is a chance of reversing type 2 diabetes completely. Prof Roy Taylor, from Newcastle University, told the BBC: "It's a real watershed moment. Before we started this line of work, doctors and specialists regarded type 2 as irreversible. But if we grasp the nettle and get people out of their dangerous state (being overweight), they can get remission of diabetes." However, doctors are not calling this a cure. If the weight goes back on, then the diabetes will return. The trial only looked at people diagnosed with diabetes in the last six years. Doctors believe -- but do not know with absolute certainty yet -- that in people who have had the affliction much longer than that, there may be too much permanent damage to make remission possible.
The trial results have been published in the Lancet medical journal.
slashdot  diabetes  diet  health 
19 hours ago by gardencat
21 High-Protein Lunches Under 500 Calories
Cook these big batch recipes once and eat them for the rest of the week.
food  health 
22 hours ago by raygrasso

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