The Catch on Caffeine

Nine out of 10 Americans consume some type of caffeine regularly, making it the most popular behavior-altering drug. For most people, moderate doses of caffeine (about two to three cups of brewed coffee a day) are not harmful. However, heavy daily caffeine use (about four to seven cups of coffee) can cause restlessness, anxiety, irritability, muscle tremors, sleeplessness, headaches, nausea, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems and abnormal heart rhythms.

The Importance of Developing a Support System

Part of life is experiencing ups and downs. We want people who understand us and can be depended upon during tough times. We need people who will listen to us and give us honest feedback. Research has proved that having a support system has many positive benefits, such as higher levels of well-being, better coping skills and a longer and healthier life. Studies have also shown that social support can reduce depression and anxiety. Some people do best with a large support group, while others need a small support system. Giving and receiving support from others is a basic human need.

Frontline Supervisor: Becoming a Better Manager

Each month, “The Balance Sheet” provides questions and answers from experts on a topic that’s important to you as a manager. Please feel free to share this information with other colleagues who also manage people.

Chronic Cough: Diagnosis and Treatment

Chronic cough is one of the most common complaints in adults seeking medical treatment in an outpatient care setting. In excess of 3.6 billion dollars are spent on over-the-counter medications to treat cough. Fortunately, 90 percent of people experience successful diagnosis and relief of their symptoms if a systematic and thorough approach is taken by their doctor.