Medical Notes this week…
The stress of the Coronavirus pandemic is stressing us out and—no surprise—a new study shows our diets are suffering as a result. The study in the European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education finds that nearly a third of people admit their diet has worsened… and that people who are stressed are much more likely to have disrupted eating patterns. Researchers say a quarter of us react to pandemic stress by skipping meals and nearly 40 percent overeat.
Speaking of stress, one group that’s especially prone to it right now is teachers… and when teachers are stressed, their students are more likely to get suspended. A study in the journal School Psychology Review finds that when teachers are having a bad day, students pick up on it and are more likely to behave badly… resulting in more discipline. Researchers say new teachers especially need more support, since nearly half of all teachers leave the field within the first five years.
And finally… eye doctors say they’re getting an influx of patients asking about eye irritation called “mask eye.” It’s actually an abnormal drying of the eye suffered by people who wear face masks long hours every day. The problem, according to the UK College of Optometrists, is that masks are worn too loosely at the top, so as people breathe out, air is directed over the eyes, drying them out. Doctors say eye drops can help… but you should also be sure masks are tight at the top, so air goes out the sides instead.