The next time you have to undergo an operation or give birth, you might want to check and see if your hospital has a reputation for making their patients even sicker than they already were.
Healthcare-acquired infections — bacterial, fungal and viral illnesses that patients can get from contaminated medical equipment, poorly done surgical incisions or antibiotics overuse — are a major problem in the U.S.
“So much death is happening from these infections,” said Doris Peter, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. “It’s something that could happen to us or someone we know the next time we go to the hospital.”
In an effort to help patients make informed decisions on where they should seek care, Consumer Reports released a hospital infections rating report on July 29. Using federal data, Peter and her team scored hospitals based on their rates of infections at surgical sites, catheter/urinary tract infections and bloodline infections. New this year, they also scored based on MRSA and C. diff, two common and drug-resistant bacterial infections that can spread easily and are potentially fatal.
Surprisingly, prestigious hospitals aren’t immune from this problem. Consumer Reports found that acclaimed hospitals like Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles all had high rates of these infections.
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There’s a lot of information out there about introverts and extroverts. But if you don’t identify strongly as either one, it’s for a good reason: according to psychologist Adam Grant, two-thirds of people are ambiverts.
Ambiverts are those who fall somewhere between an introvert and an extrovert, meaning sometimes you’re the life of the party and other times you just want to curl up with a book to recharge your batteries. Or maybe you just fall into a more neutral camp. Sound familiar? Your flexible tendencies can be a good thing.
“Ambiverts can take the best of both,” psychologist Brian Little, author of Me, Myself and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being, told The Huffington Post in November. “Those who are ambiverts have rather more degrees of freedom to shape their lives than those who are at extremes of other ends.”
But there are drawbacks to being an ambivert, according to The Wall Street Journal. If an ambivert gets stuck in an extroverted role (constantly surrounding themselves with people and spending very little time alone) or introverted role (lots of time in quiet, low key environments) for too long, they can feel bored or burnt out.
“Read each situation more carefully,” Grant advised. “And ask yourself, ‘What do I need to do right now to be most happy or successful?’”
More research needs to be done before we can truly determine what percentage of the population is ambiverted. Personality psychologist Robert R. McCrae told HuffPost that only 38 percent of us are ambiverts, and this could be because people’s personalities change over time.
“I think we as humans are essentially half plastered,” Little told HuffPost of 19th century psychologist William James’ theory that our personalities are “set like plaster” by the time we’re 30.
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Enhanced-color image from Cassini showing red streaks on Saturn’s moon Tethys (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)
Resembling what the skin on my arms looks like after giving my cat a bath, the surface of Saturn’s moon Tethys is seen above in an extended-color composite from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft showing strange long red streaks. They stretch for long distances across the moon’s surface following the rugged terrain, continuing unbroken over hills and down into craters… and their cause isn’t yet known.
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