September 24, 2012 |
Management consultants say 60% of senior executives experience high stress and anxiety on a regular basis, and a thriving industry of motivational speakers teaches business leaders how to manage their corrosive burden of stress. But just how uneasy lies the head that wears the crown? Not so uneasy, it turns out. A new study reveals that those who sit atop the nation's political, military, business and nonprofit organizations are actually pretty chill. Compared with people of similar age, gender and ethnicity who haven't made it to the top, leaders pronounced themselves less stressed and anxious.
September 23, 2012 |
WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - It was the down slope of August, and in the icy winds and freezing rain that masquerade as summer on the Arctic coast, Shell Alaska had to move its community barbecue indoors to the school gym. Billed as the oil company's thank-you to the Iñupiat Eskimo village that is about to become a base for offshore drilling operations, the event featured free hamburgers, beans and something rarely seen up in the Far North - plates heaped...
September 19, 2012 |
Do you start to panic if your cellphone isn't nearby? Does just the thought of losing your phone make your heart pound? Do you keep an extra phone on hand, just in case your primary phone breaks? Do you check your phone in the middle of the night? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, than you may suffer from nomophobia (no-mobile-phone-phobia) -- the fear of being without your phone. The good news is that you are not alone. The better news is that it may be treatable.
August 17, 2012 |
At a job fair in West Los Angeles, hundreds of unemployed and underemployed workers lined up to apply for positions at the new Target store opening in downtown Los Angeles in October. Many applicants, dressed in business attire and carrying resumes, showed up as early as 6:30 a.m. at the Olympic Collection Banquet, Conference and Entertainment Center, hoping to land one of 250 positions, including cashiers, sales clerks and backroom stockers. "Anything I can get, I'll apply for it," said Ozzy Buckley, 18, who was wearing a pinstriped suit.
August 9, 2012 |
Baby boomers are in a state of stress, with half unsure of their retirement prospects and the vast majority blaming political gridlock for damaging their economic security, according to interest group AARP. Nearly half of voters ages 50 to 64 who have yet to retire say they're dissatisfied with their financial situation, AARP found in a recent survey . A majority believe the economic downturn will shrink their retirement savings, forcing them to rely more on Social Security and Medicare.
July 23, 2012 |
LONDON -- It's time again. The every-four-year itch needs scratching. London will have its Olympics, and the tizzy is at high pitch. The Olympic rings hang proudly under the Tower Bridge and over the Thames River. The airports are flooded with arrivals, and with people in official London Olympic orange and purple, slobbering over those arrivals. "Can I help you, sir? Is there anything you need?" That's a bit jarring. This is London, a huge city that understandably operates in the tone and temperament of Donald Trump.
July 8, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Everything is relative, perhaps heat most of all. That's why some Midwesterners are feeling grateful for Sunday's temperature downgrade from “lava-hot” to “merely baking.” Those are not official meteorological terms, by the way, but the drop from Saturday's high of roughly 105 degrees here in the nation's heartland - after a grueling week of similar heat - to more sensible July highs of 96 and 94 and 92 on Sunday...
June 20, 2012 |
Jerome Williams believes the breathing problems that forced him to be hospitalized after Monday night's 31/3-inning start against the San Francisco Giants were caused by "a mixture of asthma and anxiety. " The right-hander rejoined the Angels on Wednesday but was put on the 15-day disabled list to clear a roster spot for Jered Weaver , who returned from a lower-back strain to start against the Giants. Williams, who passed out in the clubhouse Monday night and was taken by ambulance to UCI Medical Center in Orange, was released Tuesday and returned to the hospital for more tests Wednesday.
June 12, 2012 |
As Father's Day approaches, I find myself thinking a lot about the anguished cries of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas in his last moments of consciousness. "Dad! Dad!" he screamed as police fired Tasers at him and beat him with their flashlights on a Fullerton street. The first time I heard that plaintive cry for help on my car radio, I had to pull over to compose myself. As a former emergency room physician, I'm not particularly squeamish. But as a father of two and a pediatrician who has cared for innumerable children with "developmental issues," I found that Thomas' pleas for help from his father (who was nowhere nearby)