Using large sample sizes from China and the US, the data show that the first year of residency is a stressful time and may lead to a marked increase of depression. Tailoring interventions may be important to develop further improvements to the mental health of training physicians in both the US and China.
A group including Tingting Qin, Christopher Lee , Shiting Li ,Peter Orchard, Heming Yao, Hanrui Zhang, Shuze Wang , Snehal Patil, Alan Boyle and Maureen Sartor recently published their work in Genome Biology.
The link between obesity and illness, particularly type 2 diabetes, is well known. Yet researchers are actively working to understand what it is about fat tissue that leads to metabolic disease. Studies in mice have shown that an increase in immune cells called macrophages in fat tissue causes insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.