Archive for May 24th, 2012
Harvard University researchers said a study of surgical residents at two Boston-area hospitals found they got an average of about 5.5 hours of sleep per night and were so tired that their impairment level while awake was the same as being legally drunk 25% of the time. They estimated that level of fatigue raised the risk of medical errors 22%, compared with residents who were well rested.
A survey of adults found that 87% said taste is the main factor in their food- and beverage-purchase decisions, while price came in second at 73% and healthfulness was third at 61%.
Women who had low vitamin D levels during pregnancy were more likely to have children with excess body fat at age 6 than were women with higher vitamin D status, a U.K. study of 977 women and their children found. The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
A survey of 1,000 consumers age 18 and older, conducted by Wolters Kluwer Health, revealed that Americans trust online health data, with nearly a third "always" or "frequently" using the Internet as a medical information source. The survey also found that 63% of respondents seeking Web-based health information believe they have never misdiagnosed themselves with their use of such data.