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Job Burnout

Like we needed a study to prove this? But all joking aside, this is a serious issue and extremely costly for the employee, employer, health care and family.  The issues of stress are real and deadly. Stress and burn out are NO laughing matter. Check it out:

-DF

An increase in job burnout over a period of 18 months is associated with a 2.09-fold increased risk of developing musculoskeletal pain during the subsequent 18 months, according to a study led by Galit Armon of Tel Aviv University focusing on 1,704 healthy people. The researchers say high job demands may increase muscle tension and decrease micropauses in muscle activity, leading to pain.

You can download the PDF Report Here.

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Written by David Frederick

April 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

How To Make Stress Work For You

As many of us experience, stress is not always a fun or welcome emotion. Stress at work may be inevitable but it doesn’t have to be detrimental. Shawn Achor talks about this issue in his  article “Making Stress Work For You. In it, Shawn discusses how many studies show that stress can enhance your performance by causing your brain to use more of its capabilities, improve memory and intelligence, and increase productivity. He cautions  that you should not seek out stress — obviously, less of it is better. But, make the stress you do have work for you. Recognize that it isn’t all bad and develop an awareness of why you feel frazzled. Then, redirect the energy behind your worry toward productivity. Re-framing stress as a potential positive can reduce the harm it causes.

You can read more from Shawn’s article by clicking here!

-DF

Written by David Frederick

April 11, 2011 at 8:38 AM

The dangers of “e-personality”

As if we didn’t already know this….

Excessive use of the Internet, cell phones, and other technologies can cause us to become more impatient, impulsive, forgetful and narcissistic according to a new book on “e-personality,” say psychiatrist Elias Aboujaoude, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of Stanford University’s impulse control and obsessive-compulsive disorder clinics, in a new book, Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality.

Drawing from his clinical work and personal experience, he discusses the Internet’s psychological impact and how our online traits are unconsciously being imported into our our offline lives. Check out Dr. Elias Aboujaoude’s new book if this is of interest.

-DF

Written by David Frederick

March 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Who Comes Up With This Crap!

Here is a very interesting view of the organization and process flow of the new Health care systems under Obama. This is such a mess I cant imagine what fool organized this. No wonder it was a 3,000 page bill! Obviously, the idiots who devised a new health care system that looks like this are people who has no clue of private sector business, efficiency, optimization, best practices, cost control, supply chain management, efficient and effective management, and dynamic customer service. But then again, we are talking about the Federal Government right? If this type of idiocy was applied to real world business, you would be out of business.  Unbelievable.

Here are a couple of data points from a new analysis of this debacle.

In addition to capturing the massive expansion of government and the overwhelming complexity of new regulations and taxes, the chart portrays:

  • $569 billion in higher taxes;
  • $529 billion in cuts to Medicare;
  • swelling of the ranks of Medicaid by 16 million;
  • 17 major insurance mandates; and
  • the creation of two new bureaucracies with powers to impose future rationing: the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Independent Payments Advisory Board.

Obama  Health Care Chart

You can down load a PDF of this chart by clicking here:

-DF

You can read the press release by clicking here:

Written by David Frederick

August 3, 2010 at 4:33 PM

The Tax Tsunami on the Horizon

As many of you know, I am a huge fan and proponent of small business, and firmly believe small business is the engine of our economy, the employer of many, and the leading innovator of American ingenuity.

As such, when I see policy, trends and issues affecting either in a positive or detrimental manner America’s small business, I take note and in many cases share with you. Here is one such piece of information from Investors Business Daily regarding the upcoming taxation disaster being unleashed on American’s. This will undoubtedly hit all American’s but especially small business folks in a way they cant afford.

Check it out.

-DF


The Tax Tsunami On The Horizon

Posted 07/21/2010 06:41 PM ET

Fiscal Policy: Many voters are looking forward to 2011, hoping a new Congress will put the country back on the right track. But unless something’s done soon, the new year will also come with a raft of tax hikes — including a return of the death tax — that will be real killers.

Through the end of this year, the federal estate tax rate is zero — thanks to the package of broad-based tax cuts that President Bush pushed through to get the economy going earlier in the decade.

But as of midnight Dec. 31, the death tax returns — at a rate of 55% on estates of $1 million or more. The effect this will have on hospital life-support systems is already a matter of conjecture.

Resurrection of the death tax, however, isn’t the only tax problem that will be ushered in Jan. 1. Many other cuts from the Bush administration are set to disappear and a new set of taxes will materialize. And it’s not just the rich who will pay.

The lowest bracket for the personal income tax, for instance, moves up 50% — to 15% from 10%. The next lowest bracket — 25% — will rise to 28%, and the old 28% bracket will be 31%. At the higher end, the 33% bracket is pushed to 36% and the 35% bracket becomes 39.6%.

But the damage doesn’t stop there.

The marriage penalty also makes a comeback, and the capital gains tax will jump 33% — to 20% from 15%. The tax on dividends will go all the way from 15% to 39.6% — a 164% increase.

Both the cap-gains and dividend taxes will go up further in 2013 as the health care reform adds a 3.8% Medicare levy for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and joint filers making more than $250,000. Other tax hikes include: halving the child tax credit to $500 from $1,000 and fixing the standard deduction for couples at the same level as it is for single filers.

Letting the Bush cuts expire will cost taxpayers $115 billion next year alone, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and $2.6 trillion through 2020.

But even more tax headaches lie ahead. This “second wave” of hikes, as Americans for Tax Reform puts it, are designed to pay for ObamaCare and include:

The Medicine Cabinet Tax. Americans, says ATR, “will no longer be able to use health savings account, flexible spending account, or health reimbursement pretax dollars to purchase nonprescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin).”

The HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike. “This provision of ObamaCare,” according to ATR, “increases the additional tax on nonmedical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10% to 20%, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10%.”

Brand Name Drug Tax. Makers and importers of brand-name drugs will be liable for a tax of $2.5 billion in 2011. The tax goes to $3 billion a year from 2012 to 2016, then $3.5 billion in 2017 and $4.2 billion in 2018. Beginning in 2019 it falls to $2.8 billion and stays there. And who pays the new drug tax? Patients, in the form of higher prices.

Economic Substance Doctrine. ATR reports that “The IRS is now empowered to disallow perfectly legal tax deductions and maneuvers merely because it judges that the deduction or action lacks ‘economic substance.'”

A third and final (for now) wave, says ATR, consists of the alternative minimum tax’s widening net, tax hikes on employers and the loss of deductions for tuition:

• The Tax Policy Center, no right-wing group, says that the failure to index the AMT will subject 28.5 million families to the tax when they file next year, up from 4 million this year.

• “Small businesses can normally expense (rather than slowly deduct, or ‘depreciate’) equipment purchases up to $250,000,” says ATR. “This will be cut all the way down to $25,000. Larger businesses can expense half of their purchases of equipment. In January of 2011, all of it will have to be ‘depreciated.'”

• According to ATR, there are “literally scores of tax hikes on business that will take place,” plus the loss of some tax credits. The research and experimentation tax credit will be the biggest loss, “but there are many, many others. Combining high marginal tax rates with the loss of this tax relief will cost jobs.”

• The deduction for tuition and fees will no longer be available and there will be limits placed on education tax credits. Teachers won’t be able to deduct their classroom expenses and employer-provided educational aid will be restricted. Thousands of families will no longer be allowed to deduct student loan interest.

Then there’s the tax on Americans who decline to buy health care insurance (the tax the administration initially said wasn’t a tax but now argues in court that it is) plus a 3.8% Medicare tax beginning in 2013 on profits made in real estate transactions by wealthier Americans.

Not all Americans may fully realize what’s in store come Jan. 1. But they should have a pretty good idea by the mid-term elections, and members of Congress might take note of our latest IBD/TIPP Poll (summarized above).

Fifty-one percent of respondents favored making the Bush cuts permanent vs. 28% who didn’t. Republicans were more than 4 to 1 and Independents more than 2 to 1 in favor. Only Democrats were opposed, but only by 40%-38%.

The cuts also proved popular among all income groups — despite the Democrats’ oft-heard assertion that Bush merely provided “tax breaks for the wealthy.” Fact is, Bush cut taxes for everyone who paid them, and the cuts helped the nation recover from a recession and the worst stock-market crash since 1929.

Maybe, just maybe, Americans remember that — and will not forget come Nov. 2.

To Review the full article click here

Written by David Frederick

July 23, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Autism has unique vocal signature, new technology reveals

Here is some promising and interesting news. Like many challenges, early detection is the key to therapeutic success. Check it out.

-DF

Autism has unique vocal signature, new technology reveals
July 20, 2010

LENA (Language Environment Analysis), a new automated vocal analysis technology, could fundamentally change the study of language development as well as the screening for autism spectrum disorders and language delay, reports a study in the July 19 online Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The LENA (Language Environment Analysis) system automatically labeled infant and child vocalizations from recordings and thereafter an automatic acoustic analysis designed by the researchers showed that pre-verbal vocalizations of very young children with autism are distinctly different from those of typically developing children with 86 percent accuracy.

The most important of these parameters proved to be the ones targeting syllabification, the ability of children to produce well-formed syllables with rapid movements of the jaw and tongue during vocalization. The autistic sample showed little evidence of development on the parameters.

LENA comprises a digital language processor and language analysis software. The processor fits into the pocket of specially designed children’s clothing and records everything the child vocalizes but can reliably distinguish child vocalizations from its cries and vegetative sounds, other voices and extraneous environmental sounds.

You can check out the full article here

Written by David Frederick

July 21, 2010 at 9:54 AM