Healthcare in the news: Faucets, Noise Pollution and Social Networks for Mental Health

There have been some interesting articles I’ve seen posted online lately, pertaining to health care.

1. Hospital Faucets Pose Infection Risk

Healthcare Design Magazine recently posted an article linked to a study illustrating aerators in hospital faucets increase microbes by 10 times. This reminds me of an article I saw in the Toronto Star in 2011 which found more bacteria in hands-free faucets than in other ones. Do hands-free faucets have aerators in them? The original study is at Infection Control Today.

2. The Link Between Noise Pollution and Heart Disease

An article in EDC Magazine refers to a German study where noise pollution increases the thoracic aortic calcification by 8%. Researchers at Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine found that ongoing noise pollution affects sleep patterns, causes headaches and affects learning.

Architecturally, they suggest using sound proof windows for people living in noisy environments as a way of deadening the noise, and reducing ongoing stress.

3. Redpath

Peggy Shaughnessy recently posted about a new venture she implemented: Redpath. A social network for mental health, it is primarily focused on addictions, but welcome to anyone with mental health issues.

The concept intrigues me, as I took the Social Context of Mental Health last year through Coursera, and a number of my classmates were mental health clients trying to understand their prognosis and gain ownership of their lives. I wonder if Redpath can become a part of a client’s mental health recovery process.

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