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Neuroplasticity: The 10 Fundamentals Of Rewiring Your Brain - Reset.me

Neuroplasticity: The 10 Fundamentals Of Rewiring Your Brain - Reset.me | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
Neuroplasticity has become a buzzword in psychology and scientific circles, as well as outside of them, promising that you can “re-wire” your brain to improve everything from health and mental wellbeing to quality of life.
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Good overview of the science of changing your brain, written for a lay audience - use for patient education? Here's an important point: Brain plasticity is a two-way street; it is just as easy to generate negative changes as it is positive ones.

Good overview of the science of changing your brain, written for a lay audience - use for patient education? Here's an important point: "Brain plasticity is a two-way street; it is just as easy to generate negative changes as it is positive ones." (If we aren't actively including helping patients understand how to make positive changes, we may be contributing to the development of problem neural pathways.)
 
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Songs with Workplace Safety and Health Themes

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton � Allentown – Billy Joel � Banana Boat Song – Harry Belafonte � Bread & Roses – James Oppenheim- performed by Joan Biaz � The Chemical Worker’s Song– Ron Angel Coal Miner’s Grave – Hazel Dickens Coal Mining Women – Hazel Dickens...
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They missed "Blue Sky Mine" by Midnight Oil. What other songs about work and workers did they miss? (Fun blog from CDC!)
 
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Study shows remarkable adaptability of our brain's vision center - The Hub at Johns Hopkins

Study shows remarkable adaptability of our brain's vision center - The Hub at Johns Hopkins | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
Researchers learn how visual cortex of blind children adapts to respond to spoken language, sound
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Another example of the extreme plasticity of our brains. Not getting the usual visual signals, due to missing sensation of sight, the visual cortex was used for other purposes in these blind children.

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Study: Listening to Metal Can Decrease Anger + Increase Positive Emotions - Loudwire

Study: Listening to Metal Can Decrease Anger + Increase Positive Emotions - Loudwire | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
A new study has found that listening to extreme music like heavy metal can help people process anger and even increase their positive emotions.
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In this study, researchers started with angry young people and measured whether sitting in silence or listening to angry heavy metal music left them happier. They found the music was more effective than silence.

 

It would be interesting to compare heavy metal to other types of music when angry. Is metal more soothing than classical, jazz, rock or bluegrass? Maybe all music has this property.

 

In a follow-up study, I would like to know what listening to heavy metal music does to emotions of people who start out happy or neutral. I know what it does to me - it poisons an otherwise good mood. I may try it next time I am angry.

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How to Use the Gratitude Advantage at Work

How to Use the Gratitude Advantage at Work | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
6 Tactics for Powering Your Success by Expressing Thanks Lona Collins is 107 years old. When a reporter asked what she does to stay young, she said gratitude. “Don’t go crabbin’,” she advised. Most of us know about the gratitude advantage.
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Making this a habit would take intent and discipline, like other good habits. Given the impact on the person expressing thanks as well as on the recipient, it seems a no-brainer.

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Mae Keane, The Last 'Radium Girl,' Dies At 107

Mae Keane, The Last 'Radium Girl,' Dies At 107 | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
In the 1920s, working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Dozens died within a few years, but Keane quit, and survived.
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 This radium girl escaped the consequences of exposure that killed many of her coworkers by quitting a few days into the job.  A lot of lessons in this story for protecting workers, summed up by the quote at the end: "Oops! is never a good occupational health policy."

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The highest rated doctors may not provide the best care

The highest rated doctors may not provide the best care | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
A version of column was published in USA Today on September 14, 2014.
The public can rate and review most things today: books, hotels, and restaurants, to name a few.  Even doctors.
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This issue is particularly challenging for Occupational Medicine physicians, who may be seeing patients referred by employers for work-related injuries.  Such encounters represent a much different dynamic than the relationship found in primary care settings, and ratings may be skewed by high negative emotions.  There is a need for a better way to measure satisfaction (which generally reflects whether the patient got what he or she wanted) in relation to outcomes such as function or disability.

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(ITU) (Yonhap Interview) Take risks, be visible, says blind interpreter

(ITU) (Yonhap Interview) Take risks, be visible, says blind interpreter | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
Jacques Salvador is one of the numerous interpreters working at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference being held in Busan, where statements and documents are delivered in six official U.N.

Via Charles Tiayon
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Cool example of emerging technology knocking down barriers to full employment for people with conditions once considered disabling.

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For most chronic pain, opioids can be a bad choice

For most chronic pain, opioids can be a bad choice | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
Patients taking opioid painkillers for chronic pain not from cancer - conditions such as headaches, fibromyalgia, and low-back pain - are more likely to risk overdose, addiction, and a range of debilitating side effects than they are to improve...
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Good to see another medical specialty group developing comprehensive guidelines related to chronic opioid use.  But the neurologists were not the first to tackle this as specialists!  The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has had such guidelines long enough to have already updated them!

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"PARANOIA: How My Brain Works" Tales Of Mere Existence

For those of us who have the tendency to jump to the WORST possible conclusion... at basically everything. SUBSCRIBE for more of my videos: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=age...
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This is a pretty spot-on depiction of catastrophic thinking (not really about paranoia) - and amusing!

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Liberia's Ebola Routine: Wear Your Temperature On Your Lapel

Liberia's Ebola Routine: Wear Your Temperature On Your Lapel | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
NPR producer Nicole Beemsterboer reflects on 10 days in Liberia: children losing parents, young men risking their lives to collect bodies, and the smell of chlorinated hand-washing water everywhere.
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The Ebola outbreak has huge implications for occupational medicine - both preventing infection in those who are working directly with infected people or materials (as in this story), but also the issue of people coming to work infected and spreading the disease at work, in the countries affected by the outbreak.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it

Via Barb Jemmott
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This is something I have struggled with since childhood.  Anyone else have automatic negative thoughts directed at yourself?  I am not convinced that the universe is listening in, but I think this is a cool way to think about it.

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How physical therapy gave an elderly patient hope

How physical therapy gave an elderly patient hope | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
Mr. Katz sat on the edge of his chair in my clinic room, teetering as if he might fall at any moment. He was 86-years-old, and his thin body had become weak and tired. But his angry eyes, like a petulant child, stared at me.
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What to Do When You Feel Unmotivated in Your Career (And 3 Ways to Do Your Best Work) | World of Psychology

What to Do When You Feel Unmotivated in Your Career (And 3 Ways to Do Your Best Work) | World of Psychology | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
We’ve all faced days at the office where we’re just not feeling motivated. Off days happen to everyone and it’s tough -- if not unrealistic -- to constantly do
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This little pop science article has some good advice for those of us addicted to busy and who take pride in multi-tasking. I know I have trouble delegating work that other can easily do (maybe I'm worried they will do it better than I do?). I also have trouble saying no. Changing these habits would require big shifts in behavior. But I think I could try some of these strategies, like showing up 5 minutes early to meetings to get to know colleagues better.
 
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Measuring the Impact of Hearing Loss on Quality of Life

� Hearing loss is common in the United States. More people have hearing loss than diabetes, cancer or vision trouble.
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How often have you walked past someone doing noisy work (e.g. landscaping, construction) who was not wearing any visible hearing protection - and said nothing? Our social etiquette rules may be keeping us from sharing information that may save that person's hearing. Granted that some of these workers know better and choose not to protect their hearing. But many may be unaware, and this brief contact - "Hey, that's pretty noisy! Do you have any hearing protection you could use?" - could cause some of these people (who may work for themselves or work for companies that do not invest in protection) to look into options for protecting their hearing. Foam ear plugs are pretty inexpensive and better than nothing.
 
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Opioid Agreements - Expert Commentary on QuantiaMD

Opioid Agreements - Expert Commentary on QuantiaMD | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
As the rate of opioid addiction in the U.S. grows, new approaches to battling this disturbing trend have emerged – from innovative programs by community law enforcement (such as the one recently launched by our local Gloucester, MA police department) to health systems requiring patients who receive more than 60 days of continual opioid therapy …
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QuantiaMD highlighted a presentation I developed, about a new type of opioid agreement (which I also developed with the help of some Occupational Medicine colleagues!

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Move Your Body, Move Your Brain: Training for Neuroplasticity

Move Your Body, Move Your Brain: Training for Neuroplasticity | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
The connection between mind and body is critical to athletic performance. Sensory maps in the brain control our patterns of movement, but forming the connection between mind and body is more complex than simply whipping out an atlas of the mind.
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I love the four stages they describe here - fits a lot of different learning paradigms:

Unconscious Incompetence

Conscious Incompetence

Conscious Competence

Unconscious Competence

 

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Brain inflammation links chronic pain with depression

Brain inflammation links chronic pain with depression | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
Researchers believe they have discovered a biophysical link between inflammation in the brain caused by chronic pain and the development of associated mood disorders.
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Anyone know if there is a basis for assuming that the chronic pain causes the inflammation they found, vs. the inflammation they found causing the chronic pain? Interesting implications for treatment.

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Quarter-life crisis: What you should know by the time you’re 25

Quarter-life crisis: What you should know by the time you’re 25 | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
A COUPLE of months after I turned 25, I had a slight quarter-life crisis.
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I know a lot of 50 year olds who haven't yet learned these lessons.  Good advice here for anyone.  I find thewe types of lists a little overwhelming though.  They might be more usable as checklists - if you have alresdy mastered some of the lessons, good for you.  As for the rest, maybe consciously work on one at a time for a week?  (Or maybe a month?  A year?  How long does it take to master advice like be nice without being a pushover?)

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Long Term Shift Work Linked To Impaired Brain Function - Forbes

Long Term Shift Work Linked To Impaired Brain Function - Forbes | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
Impact seems to be strongest after 10 years; recovery may take at least 5 years. According to results of a new study, long term shift work may lead to impaired brain power which could involve cognitive skills such as thinking, reasoning and memory.
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Important info for advising managers about optimal shifts for health.  It would be great to have follow up studies on any protective impact of exercise, sleep, Vitamin D.

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30 minutes cycling (equivalent to half a spin class) promotes brain plasticity - Your Brain Health

30 minutes cycling (equivalent to half a spin class) promotes brain plasticity - Your Brain Health | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
Just one 30 minute session of spinning is enough to spark positive changes in the brain that could lead to improved memory and coordination of motor skills.
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More ammunition for convincing patients with chronic pain, who need neuroplasticity to remap their pain response pathways, to engage in aerobic exercise!

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This Clever Traffic Light Makes The City Safer For Pedestrians By... Dancing | Big Think

This Clever Traffic Light Makes The City Safer For Pedestrians By... Dancing | Big Think | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
Waiting at a traffic light to cross the street is boring and annoying, especially when there are no cars and you’re in a rush. This is why a lot of people (yourself included, probably) often run it, even though, crossing at a red light is really dangerous.
A clever traffic light, created by the ...
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This is really brilliant!  

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A Trip With Her Folks Turned Barbara Bush Into A Global Activist

A Trip With Her Folks Turned Barbara Bush Into A Global Activist | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
She visited Africa with her presidential parents and found her calling. Barbara Bush talks about Global Health Corps, the group she started, and shares a "tweet of advice" for her volunteers.
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This organization sounds like one to watch and support!

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Five Simple Ways To Bring Out The Best In Others

Five Simple Ways To Bring Out The Best In Others | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
Do your best, and you might have a nice little career. Bring out the best in others, and you can change the world. Do the math - to accomplish anything significant, you have to involve other people.

Via Barb Jemmott
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This line caught my interest - is there a way to communicate this to injured employees who are getting stuck in disability thinking? "With persistence, you can communicate two critical lessons: you have talent burning inside you, and you can bring it out if you are willing to put in sufficient effort."  How do we help patients see the way out of bad situations, especially when it seems the systems conspire to keep them stuck?

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Helen Teague's curator insight, August 5, 2014 12:14 PM

Smiling while I read this post...thanks Barb for the original scoop!

Graeme Reid's curator insight, August 6, 2014 10:51 PM

Bring out the best in others, and you can change the world.

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Patient Non-adherence – A Rational Reaction To Sub-Optimal Physician-Patient Communication

Patient Non-adherence – A Rational Reaction To Sub-Optimal Physician-Patient Communication | Fit for life and work | Scoop.it
Patient non-adherence is a “gigantic” problem for the health care industry … and not just for pharma. Patients outcomes suffer & healthcare costs sky rocket as nonadherent patients fill ERs & hospitals across the U.S.
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Seems to me that physicians who have learned to communicate well with patients (BTW listening is at least as important as talking) will have both higher patient satisfaction scores and better clinical outcomes.

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