More Rattlesnake Bites After Rainy Spells

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The threat of rattlesnake bites in California decreases during droughts and increases after rainy weather, a new study finds. Rainy spells result in more shrub growth and, with that, more rodents, the snakes’ primary food source, said study author Dr. Grant Lipman, an emergency medicine physician at Stanford…

Stigma Another Burden for Many With Psoriasis

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though psoriasis is not contagious, many Americans shun people with the skin condition, new research indicates. The study included a cross-section of about 400 Americans who viewed images of people with visible psoriasis. Large numbers wrongly thought psoriasis was contagious or only affects the skin, and about one-third…

Doctor Burnout Likely to Impair Care

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You’re much more likely to receive poor or unprofessional health care if your doctor suffers from burnout, a new analysis contends. Physicians who feel burned out are twice as likely to make a mistake that endangers patient safety or to behave in an unprofessional manner, according to the…