WW_happyMDDuring a time when many physicians report being burnt out by duties, Nisha Mehta, M.D., compiled eight tips from her non-medical friends that she says makes her a happier doctor. The full tips are at KevinMD.com, but the shortened tips are as follows:

  1. Don't take yourself too seriously.
  2. Admit what you don't know.
  3. Take a sick day if you're really not feeling well.
  4. More often than not, things can wait.
  5. Self-care really is important.
  6. Sometimes, mediocrity is OK.
  7. Not everyone gets personal satisfaction out of their jo.b
  8. When you're dont with your education, enjoy your life.

Heart attack app saves lives

WW_App_saves_lifeHere’s an idea to take to heart: an app that can connect you with nearly instantaneous CPR if you have a heart attack. Dubbed PulsePoint, the app connects to a city’s 911 system, notifying operators to alert people within a certain geographic area (including those who have the app) that CPR assistance is needed nearby.  It came to the rescue of a Seattle man who suffered from a heart attack earlier this month, the Washington Post reports. When the man collapsed (in front of a medical center, conveniently) med students with the app were able to instantly come to his aid, potentially saving his life. About 900,000 people across the country have downloaded the app so far.

The power of a handshake

WW_Obama_robotThe President isn’t usually the person in awe when shaking hands, but after Obama fist-bumped Nathan Copeland’s robotic hand, the Commander-in-Chief commented on the technology saying, ”what a story” according to an AP report. Copeland, 31, was paralyzed following a car accident, but his robotic hand, developed by University of Pittsburgh researchers, attaches to his wheelchair, and tiny chips implanted in Copeland’s brain let him use his thoughts to control the arm. Even cooler, Copeland feels slight pressures on his own fingers when the digits attached to his robotic arm are touched. Likely a handshake neither will forget.

Do you feel what I feel?

Is pain somehow contagious? A group of researchers with the Oregon Health and Science University think that could be the case. Scientists with the Portland-based school subjected lab mice to various tactics to make them more susceptible to pain, be it through withdrawal from opioids, alcohol, or injecting them with oil that causes soreness. Turns out the mice in withdrawal, when placed in a room with normal unharmed mice, actually spread their sensitivity to pain to other rodents, compared to the control group, STAT News reports. Pain somehow spread to others, they believe, through olfactory senses. Those with Oregon Health believe that, perhaps, the findings could pose future implications for testing painkillers on lab mice, as well as the possible effect on friends and families of pain patients. “If you are living with a chronic pain patient, what’s the impact on you?” Loren Martin, a researcher with the University of Toronto, tells STAT. For more on pain treatment, be sure to check out H&HN’s October cover story.  

The Uberfication of health care 

Uber and health care are getting to know each other well. Dignity Health, GoHealth Urgent Care and Uber are teaming up to offer health and wellness services to drivers with Uber and their families, according to a release. The Uberfication of health care continues forward.