Decisions of a Medical Student

10:28 AM Posted by exclusiveMD

If you have a moment to read about this personal account of a medical student choosing her field in medicine, I urge you to read it. This is a story that is hard to comprehend outside of medicine. This proves that although a passion for a certain field may be strong, a better balance of family and money typically overtakes. This by no means is a wrong decision, but rather the right decision for this particular person. If anything, this just shows us that the more demanding, less reimbursed positions in medicine have to be completely revamped if we want to have any hope in saving our health care system.

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Should you lose weight quickly or conservatively for better long term results?

10:07 PM Posted by exclusiveMD

Many of us are familiar with the fact that typically if you lose weight more conservatively at a pound a week, we are more likely to keep the weight off. Well, new studies from scientists out of the University of Florida are proving otherwise. They are showing that shedding the weight quickly is the best way to achieve long lasting results.
"Women who lost at a faster rate, greater than 1.5 pounds (0.68 kilos) a week, had lost more and maintained a greater loss in the long run than women who lost at a slower rate of half a pound (0.23 kilos) a week or less," said researcher Lisa Nackers, whose findings are published online by the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
They concluded that losing the weight faster was actually more reinforcing in terms of behavioral change.