The opposite of micromanagement is a leadership approach in which trusted workers are given training, expectations and the authority to find solutions and make decisions on their own, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. That gives bosses the space to focus on big-picture thinking and also helps get the best out of their newly empowered employees. "Let the direct reports share what they've experienced and how they would do things differently, if at all, the next time," Baldoni says.
A HealthMine survey found that 45% of patients with diabetes use mobile health tools to monitor their health. About 4 in 10 respondents said they preferred traditional methods, while about 3 in 10 said they did not know which technologies could help them manage their condition.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries agreed to pay $2.3 billion to purchase Rimsa, a Mexico-based drug developer. The acquisition will boost Teva's presence in Mexico, making it the leading pharmaceutical company in the country. The deal is expected to be completed early next year.
Norwegian researchers found children who had 10 or more respiratory and gastrointestinal infections during the first 18 months of life had a 30% higher risk of having celiac disease than those who had fewer than five infections. The findings in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, based on almost 73,000 children, also revealed a greater risk of celiac disease among those who had repeated respiratory infections, compared with those with repeated gastrointestinal infections.
Whole-wheat pasta commonly is used as a healthier alternative to white pasta that has been stripped of nutrients during processing, but registered dietitian Jaime Mass said it is important for shoppers to look for 100% whole wheat. Quinoa, brown rice, sprouted-grain and spelt pastas, along with buckwheat noodles, also are good options, but dietitians said it is important to check labels to make sure the pastas don't contain other ingredients, such as processed flours.
Veterinary medicine is a challenging career in many ways. One-tenth of veterinarians say they have experienced serious psychological distress and over one in six report having thought about suicide since finishing veterinary school. The figures exceed national averages, but the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine is working to reverse that trend, with a mandatory course that covers mental health, communication, finances, ethics, nutrition, leadership and more.
Chef Amanda Hassner works at Nestle Purina's research center in St. Louis, where she creates flavors for pet food in the company's fully stocked kitchen. Millennials are driving the trend toward pet foods geared toward owners' tastes. Hassner is tasked with getting all the necessary nutrients into a meal the animal will eat and the owners will be pleased to see and smell.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a ban on the sale of nearly all ivory products, including antiques. After July 1, ivory sales will be prosecuted as misdemeanors, punishable with up to a year in jail and $50,000 in fines. There are an estimated 500,000 African elephants left in the wild, but their numbers are declining at the rate of roughly 96 animals per day due to poaching.
Almost 44% of hip-fracture patients were released within a month when cared for at skilled nursing facilities that handled at least 24 such cases annually, compared with 19% for patients treated at facilities that handled six or fewer hip fracture cases per year. Findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Study authors note that over 70% of patients at lower-volume facilities could have been admitted to a higher-volume skilled nursing facilities in the area.
A study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests a link between long-term exposure to loud noise and the likelihood of developing heart disease. Researchers analyzed data on 5,223 national health survey participants between 20 to 69 years old and found that high-frequency hearing loss in both ears, an indicator of chronic noise exposure, was associated with twice the risk of coronary heart disease, and the link was stronger among those 50 and younger.
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