(Reuters Health) - Obesity simulation suits, worn by actors who play fake patients during training exercises, may help teach medical students about their own anti-fat prejudices, suggests a small study in Germany.In simulated patient encounters between medical students and actors in fat suits playing an obese diabetes patient struggling to maintain healthy habits, the students got a taste of what real medical practice could be like, and what biases they might bring with them into the exam room.Students, teachers and the actors were surveyed afterward about how realistic the situation seemed and their perceptions of the "patient." Although stigmatization of the obese patient was low in general, it was greatest among the students, the study authors report in BMJ Open."Research has shown that patients with obesity are still facing lots of prejudices in everyday life as well as medical care," said study coauthor Teresa Loda of the University Hospital Tuebingen."This is particularly tragic … [Read more...] about ‘Fat suit’ may uncover medical student biases against obesity
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(Reuters Health) - Hearing loss in middle age is associated with higher odds of cognitive decline and dementia in later years, suggests a large study in Taiwan.Researchers tracked more than 16,000 men and women and found that a new diagnosis of hearing loss between ages 45 and 65 more than doubled the odds of a dementia diagnosis in the next dozen years.Even mild levels of hearing loss could be a risk factor, so hearing protection, screening and hearing aids may be important means of reducing cognitive risk as well, the study team writes in JAMA Network Open."Hearing loss is a potential reversible risk factor for dementia, including Alzheimer's disease," said senior study author Charles Tzu-Chi Lee of National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.Past research suggests that about two thirds of the risk for dementia is hereditary or genetic, which means about one third of the risk is from things that are modifiable, Lee noted. Among modifiable risk factors, hearing loss accounts for about … [Read more...] about Middle-age hearing loss linked to dementia
KUALA LUMPUR: Farhan (not his real name) was taken to a private hospital by his parents to seek treatment for an infection on his right leg. For any healthy 12-year-old, medications and aftercare service would suffice to get them on their feet again. However, Farhan was far from healthy. His weight at that time was more than 100 kilogrammes and he was referred to a government hospital to treat the complications that had arisen due to his obesity. Child and parental obesity Sadly, due to his weak heart, Farhan lost his fight and passed away at the tender age of 12. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the prevalence of childhood obesity has increased at an alarming rate globally — in 2016, the number of overweight children under the age of five was estimated to be over 41 million. A 2010 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health cited genetics as the common non-modifiable cause of obesity, with greater risk of obesity … [Read more...] about Childhood obesity a growing health crisis in Malaysia
His books are on the recommended reading list of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and prominent opinion makers like Barack Obama and Bill Gates. This has made Yuval Noah Harari as one of the most influential intellectuals of this decade and probably this century. Harari’s books explore a wide diversity of questions and answers that are constantly being asked by most people. They range from the possibility that the biological and genetic revolutions in technology and income inequality will result in two classes of humans – the normal and the super mutants – to the questions why are people obsessed with eating sweets and desserts when it leads to obesity and diabetes? I read Harari’s book chronologically backwards. I first read his latest book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century published in 2018. It was a book about the present and how to make sense of today’s pressing issues. It tried to answer questions like: How do computers and … [Read more...] about Is humankind happier?