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>> A Call for Workplaces to be Better

>> The CDC on Why New Moms Die

>> How Your Intestines Could Influence Your Joints


The Med & Mic™ 10.21.22

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Surgeon General Calls Out Workplaces

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has called for mental health and well-being in workplaces. He wants organizations to rethink how they protect workers from harm, foster a sense of connection among workers, show workers that they matter, make space for their lives outside work, and support their growth. In his report, he says workplace trends such as the Great Resignation and quiet quitting signal the problems of endless hours, unpaid leave, and chronic stress. In 2021, 76% of American workers said they suffered from symptoms of a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression, and 84% said they felt the negative effects of workplace factors, such as poor communication or lack of work-life balance. (Source: STAT News, E. Cooney, 10.20.22)



Majority of Maternal Deaths Are Preventable

CDC data show that 84% of pregnancy-related deaths could be prevented, and more than half of these deaths occur after women leave the hospital, between seven days and a year after delivery. Mental health conditions were the leading underlying cause of maternal death between 2017 and 2019. Hispanic women were most likely to die from suicide or drug overdose. Among Black women, cardiac problems were the leading cause of death. The CDC recommends screening for postpartum depression and anxiety starting at the first prenatal visit and throughout the year after the baby is born. (Source: NPR, A. Dembosky, 10.21.22)



The Link between Gut Bacteria and Rheumatoid Arthritis

An abnormal immune response to a common gut bacteria, Prevotella copri, may play a role in rheumatoid arthritis. In a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, researchers found blood levels of antibodies against this bacteria to be higher in people with early rheumatoid arthritis compared to a matched comparison group. Those with established rheumatoid arthritis showed even higher levels of these antibodies. While this type of study cannot show cause and effect, components of Prevotella copri could be a plausible trigger that leads to autoimmune joint inflammation. (Source: New Atlas, R. Hardy, 10.19.22)



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