Friday, September 7, 2018

CDC new guideline for diagnosing and managing concussion or mild traumatic brain injury in children

Philip Copitch, Ph.D. ~ Author of Basic Parenting 101: The Manual Your Child Should Have Been Born With

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued the first evidence-based clinical guideline in the United States for

•diagnosing and 
•managing concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) 

from all causes in children.

The guideline was published online September 4, 2018 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Study finds a correlation between food allergies and autism spectrum disorder

Researchers looked at almost 200,000 US children ages 9 to 17 years of age. 
The researchers found, “children with food, respiratory, and skin allergies were significantly more likely to have autism spectrum disorder than children without these allergies.”
This is a correlational finding. It means that the two observations occurred, in this case, allergies and autism spectrum disorder, together at a significantly higher level than by chance. It does not necessarily mean that one causes the other.

Read the study in JAMA Network Open

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

4 of 10 Doctors Feel “Burned Out”

“When I grow up I want to be a doctor,” is a common statement heard from children. Our society respects doctors and often pays them well, but on the other side of the equation—the work of a doctor is often long and hard.

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The survey says:
Alicia Ault reports on Medscape Psychiatry, that:

42 percent of doctors say they are burned out with their job
15 percent feel depressed 

Over 15,000 physicians from 29 medical specialties answered the survey.

Medical specialties that are not happy at work:
  • Critical care physicians (48%)
  • Neurologists (48%)
  • Family medicine doctors (47%)
  • Oncologists (39%)
  • Orthopedic physicians (34%) 
  • Ophthalmologists (33%)
  • Pathologists (32%)
  • Dermatologists (32%)
Plastic surgeons reported the lowest level of burn out at 23 percent.
Female physicians report more burn out than their male colleagues.

The survey takers reported that too much bureaucracy and paperwork was the main factor contributing to burnout (56%).

Friday, January 12, 2018

James Randi Educational Foundation - 2017 Award

James Randi Educational Foundation announced today their award for 2017.

The honor was given to Susan Gerbic and her team of "guerilla skeptics" for their work "to enlist and train a team of editors who continually improve Wikipedia as a public resource for rationality and scientific thought."

For more information about the James Randi Educational Foundation see: JREF - Home

Learn more about Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.

Congratulations Susan and all the Guerrilla Skeptics.