37. Career Update – Working greater than 48 hours per week is injurious to health (15.01.2015.)
Long working hours linked to higher alcohol consumption
Working more than 48 hours a week is associated with an increased risk of harmful alcohol consumption, researchers have found. In a study published in The BMJ researchers found that people who worked more than 48 hours a week were 11% more likely than people who worked 35-40 hours a week to drink more than their recommended weekly allowance of alcohol (14 units for women and 21 units for men). The researchers carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies and unpublished individual data. A cross sectional analysis of 333 693 people in 14 countries found that longer working hours increased the likelihood of high alcohol use by 11%… The researchers said that though alcohol may help to ease the stress of working long periods, high levels of alcohol consumption are associated with difficulties in the workplace. Such difficulties include more sick leave, poor performance, impaired decision making, and occupational injuries. Previous research has associated high alcohol consumption with increased risk of liver cirrhosis, cancers, seizure disorders, and stroke, they said… The authors also pointed out that they found no difference between men and women or by age, socioeconomic status, or region.
38. Career Update – The Job Chain (17.01.2015.)
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39. Broken Health (27.06.2015.)
Rampant fraud at medical schools leaves Indian healthcare in crisis
By Andrew MacAskill, Steve Stecklow and Sanjeev Miglani
Filed June 16, 2015, 1 p.m. GMT
Patients pretending they are sick and doctors posing as faculty members are routine. The ramifications of India’s broken medical-education system are being felt beyond the country’s borders.
MUZAFFARNAGAR, India – Last December, Dilshad Chaudhry travelled with about 100 of his fellow villagers by bus to a local Indian medical-school hospital. They’d been told that foreign doctors were coming to tour the facility, and check-ups would be free. There was nothing wrong with Chaudhry; he was accompanying his brother, who had a back problem. But “every person was told to lie in a bed even if they’re not sick,” he said. The 20-year-old electrician said he never saw any foreign physicians that day, but the hospital’s Indian doctors kept checking that the phony patients were in bed. “They wanted to make sure no one escaped,” he said. That was the same month government inspectors visited the hospital, which is at Muzaffarnagar Medical College, 80 miles northeast of New Delhi. The inspectors checked, among other things, whether there were enough patients to provide students with adequate clinical experience. They determined there were. But a year earlier, inspectors had found that most of the college hospital’s outpatients “were fake and dummy and seems to be hired from nearby slum area,” according to the official report. “In paediatric ward all children were admitted … without any medical problem and were hired from nearby area!!!!!” “I am not very keen to reply,” said Dr. Anil Agarwal, the school’s principal, when asked about the episode with Chaudhry. India’s system for training doctors is broken. It is plagued by rampant fraud and unprofessional teaching practices, exacerbating the public health challenge facing this fast-growing but still poor nation of about 1.25 billion people. The ramifications spread beyond the country’s borders: India is the world’s largest exporter of doctors, with about 47,000 currently practicing in the United States and about 25,000 in the United Kingdom. In a four-month investigation, Reuters has documented the full extent of the fraud in India’s medical-education system. It found, among other things, that more than one out of every six of the country’s 398 medical schools has been accused of cheating, according to Indian government records and court filings. The Reuters probe also found that recruiting companies routinely provide medical colleges with doctors to pose as full-time faculty members to pass government inspections. To demonstrate that teaching hospitals have enough patients to provide students with clinical experience, colleges round up healthy people to pretend they are sick…