August 21, 2016
Welt am Sonntag
In the Eyes of the Patient
From arthritis and cancer to high cholesterol: Eyes often serve as the body’s early warning system - U.S. researchers are working on retinal scans for early Alzheimer’s detection
Whether it’s a routine checkup, a case of pink eye, or the need for new glasses: A visit to the eye doctor can save lives.
Sounds surprising? In fact, ophthalmologists are frequently among the first to spot systemic diseases that can potentially be fatal.
The eyes may be the proverbial windows to the soul, but for physicians, they are also windows to the brain, the heart, the blood stream, the nervous and immune systems. Eyes are a sensitive and highly efficient early warning mechanism for the human body.
June 22, 2016
Higher Workloads Are Leaving US Doctors In Distress
Long hours, higher patient load, financial pressures, and a pile of bureaucracy: Physician burnout is on the rise in the United States.
“I think that medicine is all encompassing,” says Dr. Lisa Robbins, a primary care physician with a practice in Stone Mountain. “It just takes up so much of your energy, your time, your whole self.” Robbins has been a doctor for over 20 years. She says there have been many moments in her career where she felt empty, exhausted, without joy.
The burnout rate among physicians in the United States has jumped 10 percent in the last five years. According to a study by the Mayo clinic, more than half suffer from one form or another of burnout. Also, the suicide rate among physicians is higher than the national average, and many doctors are prone to substance abuse.
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June 6, 2016
Georgia Health News
Fit, or Not Fit to Fly?
Flight doctors carry big responsibility for aviation safety: Screening pilots for physical and mental health
News stories of possible terrorism in the skies and long waits on the ground are grabbing the headlines as summer air travel heats up. Lingering in the background are ongoing discussions of pilot health and its impact on airline safety.
The issue jumped to the forefront last spring when the co-pilot of a Germanwings flight locked himself into the cockpit and deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. An investigation revealed that the co-pilot had a long history of severe depression, along with suicidal tendencies. And while that story has faded from the news, aviation experts continue to debate whether tougher health screenings and stricter medical oversight of pilots should be implemented.
I met with a flight doctor who conducts aeromedical exams and ensures pilots are fit for duty in the skies.