“Every morning, my dad would have me looking in the mirror and repeat, ‘Today is going to be a great day; I can, and I will.’” – Gina Rodriguez, actor
1. Sweet Dreams
When it comes to improving health outcomes in men, we often end up talking about diet, exercise and preventative care. It turns out there’s an easy way to improve your health: sleep. A new sleep survey shows that men might not be prioritizing their sleep. In fact, a majority of male respondents said they lost sleep due to alcohol or video games. Poor sleep is linked to heart disease and cancer, but sleep experts say simple fixes like cool rooms and avoiding blue light can improve your sleep hygiene. This June — Men’s Health Month — it’s time to get some good shut-eye.
2. Drumming Up Support
Diagnosing autism in kids can be complex, but a new device, called the EarliPoint System, might help. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the device which can help identify autism in kids as young as 16 months. The technology uses eye-tracking technology to analyze visual behavior. It assesses focus and responsiveness while children watch a series of short videos showing social interactions between kids. With earlier diagnosis, kids, families and caretakers might see more timely, individual care.
In other news, a new study found playing the drums can help improve behavior in young people with autism. The participants were given an MRI scan after they played the drums, which indicated that drumming helped synchronize brain regions that are responsible for preventing impulsivity. They also found that drums can lead to better emotional control and fewer behavioral issues. Plus, it’s fun!
3. Safety Fixes
When a nurse or social worker goes to work, they’re increasingly prepared for yelling, harassment and abuse. According to federal statistics, workers in healthcare and social services now face the highest rates of workplace violence across all industries. Now, a new device from a business called ROAR for Good carries a wireless panic button that can sound an alarm, turn on a light and call 911. This wearable button is deterring workplace violence before it accelerates by summoning immediate help.
Healthcare workers aren’t the only ones finding ways to improve safety. Experts are warning parents not to let their babies sleep in infant rockers or other inclined products. They can slip or flip over, and in 13 cases, infants have died while sleeping in the products. This article from Healthline lists tips and recommendations for safer sleep.
Mohamed Malim, a former Somali refugee, has created an inspiring Minnesota startup that turns refugee life jackets into statement clothing. He uses this clothing to encourage people to be more empathetic towards refugees and to help them out as much as possible. Over $45,000 has been donated to refugees and has so far recycled more than 500 life jackets.
Welcome back to the work week! We hope a dose of good news will add a touch of positivity to your week. – MO
By Sophie Crawford, journalism and media intern
Edited by Shannon Mullane, senior editor
There was a problem reporting this post.
Please confirm you want to block this member.
You will no longer be able to:
Please note: This action will also remove this member from your connections and send a report to the site admin. Please allow a few minutes for this process to complete.