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Briefs: Knees ache? Try to lose some weight

Site will query women working
in health care

To better understand how to balance job and personal issues facing the 10.7-million women working in health care, an online survey is being conducted. In a recent study of more than 1,200 U.S. nurses, 92 percent reported experiencing some work/family conflict, with 50 percent reporting this occurring weekly. Negative effects include emotional distress and depression, family disruption, poor job performance and increased burnout. Questions in the survey, by the Studer Group, focus on the combined effect of home and work on employees' emotional health, the role a supervisor plays in maintaining a positive environment, and the relevance of personal time to job satisfaction. The survey takes about 15 minutes. To participate, visit

Knees ache? Try to lose some weight

If you are overweight, losing 1 pound can feel more like losing 4, on the joints that are your knees. That's because when you carry excess weight, your gait changes to accommodate your size and help you keep your balance. Often, these gait changes involve placing a disproportionate amount of stress on already strained knees, notes

And speaking of weight loss . . .

Two common problems hinder our efforts to lose weight or to keep it off, Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom, a certified nutrition specialist, writes on Lack of sleep wrongly causes us to eat to gain energy. And those dieters who focus on exercise as a way to cut calories can suffer the opposite effect, because rigorous exercise (two or more hours at a time) stimulates appetite to refuel the body. On the other hand, as little as a 20-minute walk every day can burn the equivalent number of calories to help you lose 10 pounds in a year.

Blacks more likely to encounter sepsis

Blacks have almost double the rate of severe sepsis —an overwhelming infection of the bloodstream, accompanied by organ failure — as whites and also die more frequently of it, according to recent research. Hispanics, on the other hand, have a lower incidence than do whites. The research was based on studying hospital-based infection and severe sepsis rates in Florida and five other populous states. The investigators could not find a cause for the results.

New site helps the gluten intolerant

A new Web site is designed for travelers with celiac disease/gluten intolerance. An estimated 3-million Americans have this disorder. For information, go to www.

On the calendar

Third Monday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m., a loss and grief support group meets to aid those grieving the loss of someone close. Facilitated by the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, meetings are at Summerville at Clearwater, 2750 Drew St., Clearwater. Call Hospice at (727) 586-4432.

Compiled from Times staff, wires

Briefs: Knees ache? Try to lose some weight 04/07/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:24am]
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