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Doctors’ moods affect patients’ care
A new Israeli study suggests that a physician’s mood affects the quality of care a patient receives, which includes the number of prescriptions, referrals and lab tests.
According to the research carried out at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), the physician’s mood influences the time he/she spends talking to patients.
Prof Talma Kushnir, department of sociology of health, assessed 188 primary physicians in Israel to come up with her findings.

Doctors were asked to rank how their mood had an impact on the time they spent talking to their patients, prescribed medications, sent them to labs or diagnostic tests and referred patients to a specialist.

She found that a good or bad mood affected all five physician behaviours.
When doctors had positive moods, they spoke more to patients, wrote lesser prescriptions, asked for fewer tests and issued fewer referrals.
However, when they were in a bad mood, they did just the opposite.

Pine bark relieves acute hemorrhoids symptoms
A new study has shown that natural extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree could help relieve symptoms of acute hemorrhoids and even prevent new attacks.

Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the maritime pine that grows along the coast of southwest France and is found to contain a unique combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids, which offer extensive natural health benefits.

A research team from G D’Annunzio University has found that pycnogenol has important anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic properties that may be beneficial in patients with hemorrhoids, both for acute and chronic treatment.

“Topical medications, lifestyle changes and careful hygiene are all that is needed for most patients to control symptoms of hemorrhoids,” said Peter Rohdewald.
“In this study, both topical and oral Pycnogenol treatment reduced the intensity and duration of hemorrhoidal pain and bleeding. Pycnogenol even reduced the number of procedures and hospital admissions caused by severe cases,” he added.

‘Safe’ cocaine a myth
British experts have warned that the belief in cocaine being a ‘safe party drug’ is nothing but a myth, as a study has shown that the drug is linked to three per cent of sudden deaths.

British Heart Foundation researchers studied the data from southwest Spain and said the findings were a reminder that the drug can have devastating effects, and that the results should apply to Europe in general.

The experts also stated that the deadly consequences of using cocaine can happen to anyone taking it.“The reality is that there are risks every time you use it,” said Fotini Rozakeas of the British Heart Foundation.

“Cocaine can have devastating effects on the user including heart attacks, life-threatening heart rhythms, strokes and even sudden death,” he said.

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