When Doctors Get Sick: Three Stories of Addiction

While the public might expect doctors and nurses to be less vulnerable to addiction, given their knowledge of the condition and its risk factors, clinicians have roughly the same rates as everyone else, if not higher, at around 10%-15%, according to the Physician Health Program (PHP) website and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Healthcare professionals are

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Burnout: Emergency Medicine Hit Hardest

Rates of burnout vary markedly by specialty, but generally the highest rates are found among front-line physicians: family medicine, general internal medicine, neurology, and emergency medicine, and the lowest rates were found among pathology, dermatology, general pediatrics, and preventive medicine, according to a survey of burnout among U.S. physicians.

The mean average of those reporting burnout was 45.8%, but the …

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The twists and turns of naming diseases

The twists and turns of naming diseases

  • 29 November 2015
  • From the section Health
A man with a shaking right handImage copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Image caption Dr James Parkinson described the characteristic gait and tremor in his 'Essay on the shaking palsy' in 1817

When a new disease is identified in a group of patients it needs a name

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VIDEO: Radiation scan for babies in Fukushima

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Japan earthquake: Fukushima radiation scans for babies

29 November 2015 Last updated at 00:11 GMT

It's nearly five years since the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster but concerns about possible health problems - especially in children - are still high in many parents' minds.

To reassure the