Doctors Urge Caution in Interpretation of Research in Times of COVID-19
September 9, 2020 To:       American College of Cardiology American College of Chest Physicians American College of Physicians American College of Radiology American Heart Association American Society of Echocardiography American Thoracic Society European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging European Society of Cardiology European Society of Radiology Heart Rhythm Society Infectious Disease Society of America North American Society of Cardiovascular Imaging Radiologic Society of North America Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Soci...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Medical Practice Patients Physicians myocarditis Saurabh Jha Source Type: blogs

Which Human Experiences Are Universal?
By Emma Young As everyone knows, American undergrads are not representative of all humanity — and the perils of drawing conclusions about people in general from WEIRD studies have been well-publicised. To really understand which human experiences are universal, and which are a product of our individual cultures, we need big, well-conducted studies of people from many different cultures. Fortunately, there are studies like this. Here are some of their most fascinating insights… Personal space How big is your “personal space”? As a Brit, I’d expect mine to be larger th...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - September 15, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Cross-cultural Feature Source Type: blogs

How Did We Screw A Pandemic Up So Bad?
We’re still in the thick of things when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. Countries are bracing themselves for a second wave. Scientists are still racing to find a vaccine. We wrote a whole e-book with resources to help you in the fight against COVID-19 while indoors. And we even had to tackle the conspiracy theories that captured way too many people’s imagination. Thankfully, those conspiracy theories represented the thoughts and actions of an irrational minority. But even the slow and misguided actions of the rational majority further escalated and worsened the crisis. In our tech-aided, always-connect...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 9, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Pharma Healthcare Policy Video china leadership Fauci Trump pandemic second wave covid-19 Bolsonaro U.S. vaccine new normal Source Type: blogs

To harness our best selves, “Temper your empathy, train your compassion, and avoid the news”
In the novel Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys are shipwrecked on an island and eventually turn savagely against each other. The book is a cautionary tale about humanity’s underlying cruelty and the need for civilization to tame our darker impulses—a message that resonates with many people today. But that’s not what happened to a real-life group of shipwrecked kids in 1965. Unlike the fictional Lord of the Flies characters, they developed a game plan for survival that was cooperative, fun, and peaceful, resulting in lifelong friendships. In other words, the boys didn’t turn into devils when l...
Source: SharpBrains - September 1, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain-damaging stress coronavirus humankind Lord of the Flies mental health mental hygiene mindfulness Rutger Bregman Source Type: blogs

Wearable Sweat Sensor Made from Microbial Nanocellulose
Researchers in Brazil have developed a wearable sweat sensor made from microbial nanocellulose. The natural polymer provides a breathable interface with the underlying skin and allows sweat to travel through for electrochemical analysis using printed electrodes. The system can measure a wide variety of metabolites and biomarkers present in sweat, and could be useful for monitoring conditions such as diabetes. Wearable sensors are developing apace, and hold significant promise in monitoring various biomarkers. However, developing materials that interface well with the skin is a challenge, with many sensors, including pla...
Source: Medgadget - August 18, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Materials Medicine Sports Medicine Source Type: blogs

Hey indeedy for this headline . . .
 Two decades of pandemic war games failed to account for Donald Trump.  What's interesting about this is that they never realized they needed a way to simulate ineptitude. The scenarios foresaw leaky travel bans, a scramble for vaccines and disputes between state and federal leaders, but none could anticipate the current levels of dysfunction in the United States. The gist is that public health specialists have been running simulations of pandemics knowing that they will happen and that nations, and the world, need to be prepared. In these simulations, the U.S. was presumed to have the most robust ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - August 10, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Can appealing to teenagers ’ vanity improve sun-protective behaviors?
As the summer warmth lures us outside, parents may be struggling to get their teenagers to follow sun protection guidelines. It can be challenging to catch the attention of younger people, for whom health concerns such as skin cancer feel like a lifetime away. One promising strategy for educating teens about sun-protective behavior is to appeal to their vanity and meet them where they are — on their smartphones. Mobile app reveals possible effects of UV exposure A recent study in JAMA Dermatology looked at the impact of using a face-aging mobile application on sun-protective behaviors in a group of Brazilian high sch...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shinjita Das, MD Tags: Cancer Skin and Hair Care Source Type: blogs

Will There Be A Second Wave Of COVID-19?
In short? Yes, there most certainly will. Or, looking at it from another perspective, there might not be a second wave as the first one won’t end. In any case, which scenario is more probable depends on your country’s leadership and decisions and whether people will be compliant enough to go along with the restrictions. Because how governments are preparing for it over the next few weeks will be crucial in the fight against the pandemic. The search is still on for a vaccine and it certainly won’t be ready by the time experts say the second wave hits the stage. Technically, to talk about a second wave, ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 30, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Digital Health Research Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones vaccination coronavirus covid19 vaccine research leadership pandemic second wave flatten the curve researchers Anthony Fauci Mike Pence lockdown Source Type: blogs

Researchers Assume White Americans Are More Representative Of Humankind Than Other Groups, According To Analysis Of Psychology Paper Titles
By Matthew Warren It’s well-known that psychology has a problem with generalisability. Studies overwhelmingly involve “WEIRD” participants: those who are western and educated, from industrialised, rich and democratic societies. And while there is increasing recognition that other populations need better representation in research, many psychologists still often draw sweeping conclusions about humanity based on results from a narrow portion of the world’s population. A new study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science suggests that this problem may have had another, more insidi...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - July 29, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Cross-cultural Methodological Source Type: blogs

2020: Jumanji Or Dystopia
“There’s No Going Back to ‘Normal’”, crudely proclaims the headline of a June piece from The Atlantic. “The Terrible Consequences of Australia’s Uber-Bushfires” reads a recent Wired article. One of our own April articles was titled “Will Medical Workers Deal With PTSD After COVID-19?”. If it wasn’t clear, an article published earlier this year in The Conversation rightly asks: “Are we living in a dystopia?”.  Indeed, what was once relegated to the fertile minds of fiction novelists has become daily occurrences. Many are drawing similariti...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Science Fiction Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality black mirror dystopia coronavirus covid19 jumanji Death Stranding video games bushfires Source Type: blogs

Religious People In The US — But Not Elsewhere In The World — Have More Negative Attitudes Towards Science
By Matthew Warren It’s a common view among the public — and certain intellectuals — that science and religion are in fundamental opposition to each other, despite claims to the contrary. As Richard Dawkins put it in his essay The Great Convergence, “To an honest judge, the alleged convergence between religion and science is a shallow, empty, hollow, spin-doctored sham.” Part of this conviction that science and religion cannot be reconciled comes down to a belief that the two doctrines are psychologically incompatible. How can someone put their faith in a divine being while also trying to ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - July 21, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Personality Religion Source Type: blogs

Chest Pain and Ischemic ST Depression — but there is no Cath Lab available. Thrombolytics?
===================================MY Comment by KEN GRAUER, MD (7/14/2020):===================================This middle-aged man with hypertension and hyperlipidemia presented to the ED with 2 hours of new-onset chest pain — and the ECG shown in Figure-1. The patient was hemodynamically stable. No prior tracing was available for comparison.HOW would you interpret the ECG shown in Figure-1?Immediate cath lab activation was not an option in this hospital. Should acute thrombolysis be used?Figure-1: The initial ECG in the ED (See text).My THOUGHTS on EC...
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - July 15, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: ECG Interpretation Source Type: blogs

Exposed, silenced, attacked: failures to protect health and essential workers during the pandemic
Amnesty International - Amnesty has collated and analysed a wide range of available data showing that more than 3,000 health workers have died after contracting Covid-19 in 79 countries, though the figure is likely to be a significant underestimate due to under-reporting. According to Amnesty ’s monitoring, the countries with the highest numbers of health worker deaths thus far, are: Russia (545), UK (England and Wales: 540, including 262 social care workers), USA (507), Brazil (351), Mexico (248), Italy (188), Egypt (111), Iran (91), Ecuador (82) and Spain (63). In the UK, early studi es indicate that black, As...
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - July 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Local authorities, public health and health inequalities Workforce and employment Source Type: blogs

Determining America ’s “Dependence” on China for Essential Medical Goods
Scott LincicomeThe unfortunate onset of COVID-19 has caused many politicians and pundits to proclaim that the United States is distressinglydependent on China for essential medical goods, and to ask whether this “dependence” demands new government programs—in particular, protectionism, subsidies and “Buy American” procurement mandates—to fix the alleged problem.A  little‐​noticedreport from United States International Trade Commission (ITC) begins to provide the answer to that question,  though probably not the answer those same politicians and pundits were expecting.The Ju...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 13, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Scott Lincicome Source Type: blogs

The Horrible Fiasco With COV-19 In The USA Can't Go Unremarked...
As I watch my Twitter feed it is becoming clear that a full-blown humanitarian disaster is unfolding in the South West of the US, while Florida Disneyland is reopening for heaven's sake! We are seeing NY like scenes of hospitals failing to cope and death rates spiraling out of control. As of today only 7 of the 50 States are seeing the virus spread slowing (r
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 12, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The trouble with magical thinking . . .
is that it doesn't work, by definition.That's why they call it magical. Now that Brazilian mini-Trump Jair Bolsonaro is sick with Covid-19  -- though still throwing in some magical thinking about hydroxychloroquine -- his months long dismissal of the virus as " just a little flu " and his continual urging that Brazilians simply ignore it looks, well, completely idiotic.The officially reported death toll from the virus in Brazil is over 66,000 but we know that is a gross understatement. Aerial photographs show mass graves, and we know that poor Brazilians have little access to health care and most certainly d...
Source: Stayin' Alive - July 7, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Making telemedicine more inclusive
As a primary care physician at an academic community health care system in Massachusetts, I received a rapid introduction to telehealth this year. Within days after Massachusetts declared a state of emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19, almost all of our patient visits became telemedicine visits. Our staff reached out to patients to inform them of different ways they could get in touch with their doctor. Many would be able to gain access to health care through a health app connected to their healthcare web portal, or through a phone call or video call. The enormous potential of telehealth was apparent to me with...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - July 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meera Sunder, MBBS, MRCOG Tags: Coronavirus and COVID-19 Health Health care disparities Health trends Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
June 11, 2020 Edition. ----- It would be hard to imagine more unwinding of the coherence and polity of the US than we have seen in the last week or two. The country appears to be imploding right now and their President is encouraging the collapse. What an awful scenario that we see evolving … In the UK it is hard to know what is happening with COVID-19 as to whether they are winning or losing. With that it is clear Brazil is loosing awfully! In Australia the pandemic appears to be under control for now. We only have to wonder after the demos if that will still be the case. 2-3 weeks. We are sure at some risk. Other ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 11, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Facts About the L-1 Visa Program
ConclusionMultinational companies play an exceptionally important role in the United States. U.S. parent companies account for nearly a  quarter of all private sector output, nearly half of all exports, and nearly three quarters of all private research and development.[44] More than 30 million American workers ’ jobs depend on multinationals. The U.S. government should not further upend investment and job growth by these companies in the United States during the economic recovery. The unemployment rate in computer occupations where many L‐​1s are employed did not increase at all during the downturn,[45] and ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 10, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: David J. Bier Source Type: blogs

It is unethical for the United States to send hydroxychloroquine to Brazil
Much controversy surrounds whether or not hydroxychloroquine is effective in preventing or treating infection with COVID-19. While much of the data so far suggests that hydroxychloroquine is not effective at treating COVID-19, and perhaps that it might even be harmful, multiple clinical trials focusing both on prevention and treatment are ongoing. The controversy around hydroxychloroquine […]Find jobs at  Careers by  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 7, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="" rel="tag" > Charles E. Binkley, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Meds COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Medications Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Using Nature and Animals to Manage Anxiety
 When was the last time you simply enjoyed being in nature? Whether it’s a camping trip to the mountains, a walk in the park or just watching the squirrels from your backyard, being in nature is profoundly healing. In today’s Psych Central Podcast, our guest Richard Louv, a journalist, author and co-founder of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network, discusses the science behind nature’s healing powers. What counts as “nature?” Are pets included? What are some modern barriers to accessing nature, and how can we overcome them? Join us for the answers to these questions and more. SUBSCRI...
Source: World of Psychology - May 21, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Podcast Tags: Anxiety and Panic General Green and Environment Interview LifeHelper Mental Health and Wellness Podcast Stress The Psych Central Show Source Type: blogs

It Is Amazing Just What Google and Apple Can Infer About Our Activities From Our Phones!
This appeared last week:Google travel data show lockdown fatigue in Australia, USBy Paresh Dave on May 4, 2020 6:32AM Return to parks and jobs as infection rates flatten.More people stayed home in Brazil, Japan and Singapore in April as those countries' novel coronavirus cases surged, while people in the United States and Australia returned to parks and jobs as infection rates flattened, data from Google show. The latest weekly update of aggregated travel patterns Google collected from its users' phones pointed to increased disobedience with lockdown orders in place since March but rising compliance with those issued last...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

COVID-19 and Fame
Ask anybody on the planet, “What do Tom Hanks, Boris Johnson, and Prince Charles have in common?” and they will instantly shout – “Corona.” Ask these same people, “Who were the three Prime Ministers that died of Coronavirus last month?” Few will respond, “Well…there was Nur Hassan Husein from Somalia, Mahmoud Jabril from Libya and Joachim Yhombi-Opango from Congo – who died (respectively) in London, Cairo, and Paris.” As of May 4, no fewer than eleven movie stars had contracted COVID-19, nine with fatal results. Other victims include retired Commanders of ...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 4, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Cases Events VIPatients Source Type: blogs

The bittersweet post-COVID life for this physician
This week, I opened my planner and came across a list of my goals for Spring that I ’d written back in early January: attend a Latin dance festival; get my blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; travel. These sorts of activities open my mind, allowing me to make progress in areas of my life outside of […]Find jobs at  Careers by  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - April 25, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="" rel="tag" > Sarah Fraser, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Hospital-Based Medicine Infectious Disease Primary Care Source Type: blogs

Lessons from Zika in the Era of COVID-19
By CHADI NABHAN, MD, MBA, FACP If you are a soccer fan, watching the FIFA World Cup is a ritual that you don’t ever violate. Brazilians, arguably more than any other fans in the world, live and breathe soccer—and they are always expected to be a legitimate contender to win it all. Their expectations are magnified when they are the host country, which was the case in 2014. Not only did the Germans destroy Brazilian World Cup dreams, but less than a year after a humiliating loss on their turf, Brazilians began dealing with another devastating blow: a viral epidemic. Zika left the country scrambling to understa...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Chadi Nabhan epidemic Pandemic Zika Source Type: blogs

Combating COVID-19 Misinformation with Disassociation
Matthew FeeneyDeadly misinformation spread across social media long before COVID-19 emerged, but amid the ongoing pandemic attempts to tackle such content are once again in the limelight. These efforts provide an opportunity for classical liberals to emphasize the importance of freedom of association and to prepare for discussions about how private institutions handle misinformation amid a  crisis.Too often we think of the freedom of speech to be a  freedom that protects speakers from government censorship. And while the freedom to speak is a necessary condition for a functioning liberal society it&rsqu...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 1, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Matthew Feeney Source Type: blogs

Outsourcing Fact Checking, and Reputation with It
This article is very much important to each and every one of us. Please read and retweet it. COVID-19: Further Evidence that the Virus Originated in the US.— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517)March 13, 2020This deliberate disinformation was met withcalls for Twitter to remove Zhao ’s tweets. Twitter refrained from removing the tweets but posted an update to their misinformation policies,stating: “Official government accounts engaging in conversation about the origins of the virus and global public conversation about potential emergent treatments will be permitted, unless the content co...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 1, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Will Duffield Source Type: blogs

The coronavirus crisis – Covid-19
There is a lot of disinformation about Covid-19 (FAQ here) out there and it can be very disheartening to read the nonsense and conspiracy theories especially when they come from moronic world leaders. Indeed, when the US president tweets that there is no problem and then a week later claims he knew it was a pandemic before anyone else it becomes very depressing watching this play out. His daily “fake news” tweets about what drugs might work are completely inappropriate from a pharmacological point of view. He mentioned one drug that would have no effect on a virus and then a drug combination that can actually c...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - March 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Sciencebase Source Type: blogs

Virus vs Culture
Some people may be surprised to learn that most viruses don’t have much respect for the following: Optimism, blind or otherwiseFearlessnessMathematical illiteracyFeelingsOpinionsConspiraciesSpring breakJobsEconomicsLyingDenialIgnoranceIrrationalityInsultsPoliticsExcusesIncompetenceToilet paper abundance Relative to human beings, who may be compassionate and understanding about some of the above, the behavior of viruses could be considered by some to be borderline rude. For example, the recent coronavirus has shown a most unpleasant disregard for Italian culture and optimism, now claiming 3405 lives in Italy ...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - March 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Health Lifestyle Source Type: blogs

The Voice and Role of Palliative Care in the Era of COVID-19
by Suzana Makowski (@suzanakm)Theguidelines outlined in the recent letter co-sponsored by Pallimed and Geripal serve as important reminders of key messages for clinicians: social distancing, handwashing, use of personal protective equipment to help flatten the curve of viral spread, adhering to protocols about screening, testing and even triaging.I would advocate for another layer of engagement in this effort. Palliative care as a specialty is uniquely positioned to address the people who are likely to be disproportionately affected by the disease: the chronically ill and the aged. After all, this population is the demogra...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - March 17, 2020 Category: Palliative Care Tags: covid emergency preparedness makowski Source Type: blogs

Birds, Pigs and Silent VIP ’s
It has become a tragic fact that every year the flu season brings an immense burden on health care services and now has dozens of subtypes cataloged, from ‘swine flu’ to ‘bird flu’ to ‘Asian flu’ and beyond. Typically, between late Fall and early Spring, over the last ten years, the United States alone has suffered hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths across all ages [1]. But shortly after the turn of the century the ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic of 1918 to 1920 was different in the extreme, and like every disease or virus did not discrimina...
Source: GIDEON blog - March 4, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: General Source Type: blogs

Senator Sanders Is Wrong on Cuban Education and Healthcare
Marian L. Tupy andChelsea FollettThe current frontrunner among the contenders vying to become the Democratic Party ’s presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (D‑VT), sang Cuba’s praises in a recent60 Minutesinterview on CBS. Senator Sanders applauded Cuba ’s education and healthcare system. Potential Sanders supporters should know that Cuba’s literacy rate and healthcare system are nothing to lionize.First, consider literacy. According to Sanders, “When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? ” S...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 25, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Marian L. Tupy, Chelsea Follett Source Type: blogs

Neoliberal Policies Challenge the Constitutional Right to Health in Brazil
by Alexandre A. Martins, Ph.D. Imagine an effective and efficient universal health care system that delivers care to low-income families. Now imagine dismantling that program to further marginalize those same families. This scenario raises questions of global health disparities that threatens justice. Removing access to care for low-income families is a problem in the U.S. where Medicare work requirements restrict access and where efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act mean fewer people can sign for insurance. Globally, the same problem is occurring in Brazil with implementation of neoliberal policies that foster the...
Source: - February 10, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Alexandre Martins Tags: Featured Posts Global Ethics Health Care Health Disparities Health Regulation & Law Politics Public Health Social Justice Source Type: blogs

Agriculture Purchase Commitments Under the U.S.-China Trade Deal: The Case of Beef
Simon Lester andHuan ZhuYesterday, President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed a " phase one "U.S.-China trade deal. A " phase two " deal may be coming, although the timing is unclear, and many people (including us) are skeptical that it will happen any time soon. There are some technical and complicated parts of the phase one deal, and it will take some time to digest it all and come up with an overall evaluation. But it's worth exploring some specific aspects right away. One of the most talked about parts of the phase one deal is the commitments by China to purchase large amounts of U.S. pr...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 16, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Simon Lester, Huan Zhu Source Type: blogs

Technology versus Learning
Dr Oliver Flower Technology versus Learning Technology is good for learning, but technology is bad for learning. Spot the difference and have a personal strategy to make a difference (Source: Life in the Fast Lane)
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - January 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dr Oliver Flower Tags: Education & Communication SMACC19 active learning information technology powerpoint presentation Simulation Simulation training Victoria Brazil Source Type: blogs

Human Freedom Waning in Many Countries
This article originally appeared on theFraser Forum on January 2, 2020. (Source: Cato-at-liberty)
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 10, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Tanja Por čnik Source Type: blogs

2020 Mandrola Update
This study garnered the big stage at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting and its findings were published in two leading cardiac journals–JACC and Heart Rhythm. (We kept the spin to a minimum!) Being part of an RCT was almost as nifty as pacing the his bundle. That image is intoxicating. A cool thing about the time we live in is the ability to have mentors all over the world. Here, Dr. Andrew Foy and his team at Penn State University in Hershey PA, deserve mention. Andrew is a true academic; he has helped me understand research methods. We have published many papers together, including my favorite: The Case for B...
Source: Dr John M - January 4, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr John Source Type: blogs

Physical Activity Correlates with Reduced Mortality
This study aims to overcome some of the previous gaps in the scientific literature by evaluating the relationship between PA, measured by accelerometry and questionnaire, and risk of all-cause mortality in community-dwelling older adults from a Southern Brazilian city. A representative sample of older adults (≥60 y) were enrolled in 2014. From the 1451 participants interviewed in 2014, 145 died (10%) after a follow-up of an average 2.6 years. Men and women in the highest tertile of overall PA had on average a 77% and 92% lower risk of mortality than their less active counterparts. The highest tertile of LP...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 3, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Case of the Week 572
This week's cool case is from Dr. Marta Maia. The specimen is skin currettings, and the object below was viewed using a dissecting microscope. The patient had developed a firm, painful 3 mm-diameter lesion on the sole of his foot after a recent vacation in Brazil. During his vacation, we swam in the ocean and walked barefoot on the beach. Identification? (Source: Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites)
Source: Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites - December 10, 2019 Category: Parasitology Source Type: blogs

Answer to Case 572
Answer toParasite Case of the Week 572: Tungiasis, due to the parasitic female sand flea. As Blaine mentioned, it is most likelyTunga penetrans,but in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, there is a second species infesting humans:T. trimamillata.It's not possible to tell the two species apart from this image alone.What we can see from this beautiful image by Dr. Maia is an anterior portion of the femaleTungaflea that had been curretted from the patient's foot lesion.Infestation with theTungaflea is called tungiasis. From anonymous: Tungiasis " is one of our favorite words as sounds very nasty and rolls off the tongue very nicel...
Source: Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites - December 8, 2019 Category: Parasitology Source Type: blogs

Thanking a lot of people - all the Acknowledgement sections from all my papers
This article was written using the Authorea scientific writing platform.The authors would like to thank the Coronado Pop Warner Islanders for initial collection of the sample and participation in Project MERCCURI, as well as Kris Tracy who assisted in the etymology of the proposed species name.The 16S rRNA sequence analysis was performed under the MiSeq Com- petition MkIIm by New Zealand Genome Limited and with the assistance of Patrick Biggs (NZGL) for MiSeq sequence processing. We thank Alex- ander Forrest for the loan of the Brancker CTD. We are grateful to three anonymous reviewers for their comments and suggestions. W...
Source: The Tree of Life - November 28, 2019 Category: Microbiology Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs

I've considered writing about Jeffrey Epstein for a long time, but I kept expecting more information about the sordid case to be forthcoming from the Southern District of New York. So far however we have seen no additional indictments or any investigative report. This surprises many people because there are strong indications that there is ample basis for additional indictments, despite Epstein's death. I'll get to that.I don't have any information to add to what is publicly known, obviously, but many people don't fully understand the story and the mysteries connected with it, so I figured I'd provide a summary as a servic...
Source: Stayin' Alive - November 6, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Remembering Don Smith
Peter Goettler andRobert A. LevyOur entire Cato community is deeply saddened by the passing of Donald G. Smith. Don was a longstanding member of Cato ’s board of directors, a generous benefactor of the Institute, and a great champion of liberty. But above all, he was a dear friend to so many of us.We ’ve known few who have been as dedicated to advancing liberty as Don. A brilliant investor who formed his own firm, Donald Smith& Co., in 1980, Don placed his success squarely in the service of human freedom. He was an important partner of not only the Cato Institute, but many organizations working to create a ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 1, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Peter Goettler, Robert A. Levy Source Type: blogs

Exoskeletons: Robotic Structures Making Paralyzed People Walk Again
A paraplegic man made the first kick of the World Cup in Brazil in 2014; another paralyzed man was able to move all four of his limbs through mind-control, and yet another could walk down the aisle with the love of his life due to robotic structures called exoskeletons. These are just a few mind-blowing and heart-warming stories about their current power, but they haven’t reached their full potential yet. We looked around what exoskeleton technology can do today and what it promises for tomorrow. Exoskeleton becomes as real as a donut Remember the huge mechanic beasts fighting against the indigenous people on m...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 29, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Robotics digital health exoskeleton science fiction technology exoskeletons rehabilitation paralyzed stroke injury spinal cord exoskeleton technology Source Type: blogs

The Future Of Hearing: How Technology Might Turn Us Into Superheroes
The objective of medical tools for personal use started to go beyond measuring health parameters and vital signs, offering accurate, as well as easy and patient-friendly measurements. Lately, they are also coupled with aesthetic appearance. Elements of design thinking and UX become an ever more organic part of product development – and that’s also visible when looking at hearables. The trend also allows getting rid of societal stigmas bound with medical devices. Millions of people don’t want to wear hearing aids because it’s connected to aging and is perceived as being more dependent while signal...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine app artificial artificial intelligence ear hearing hearing aid hearing technology medical specialty otoscope smartphone superhero Source Type: blogs

A 50-Year-Old Terrorist Innovation Is Still Creating Life and Death Dramas
Fifty years ago, urban guerrillas in Rio de Janeiro kidnapped the American ambassador to Brazil, setting off a worldwide wave of terrorist kidnappings that continues today. Although few of the terrorist groups that engaged in kidnapping over the past half century have survived, seizing hostages funded their operations and earned them notoriety. And for that reason, it will likely remain a mainstay of the terrorist tool kit. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - September 25, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Brian Michael Jenkins Source Type: blogs

A 50-Year-Old Terrorist Innovation Is Still Creating Life-and-Death Dramas
Fifty years ago, urban guerrillas in Rio de Janeiro kidnapped the American ambassador to Brazil, setting off a worldwide wave of terrorist kidnappings that continues today. Although few of the terrorist groups that engaged in kidnapping over the past half century have survived, seizing hostages funded their operations and earned them notoriety. And for that reason, it will likely remain a mainstay of the terrorist tool kit. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - September 25, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Brian Michael Jenkins Source Type: blogs

Why Should Anyone Care About Health Data Interoperability?
By SUSANNAH FOX This piece is part of the series “The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both?” which explores whether it’s possible to advance interoperability while maintaining privacy. Check out other pieces in the series here. A question I hear quite often, sometimes whispered, is: Why should anyone care about health data interoperability? It sounds pretty technical and boring. If I’m talking with a “civilian” (in my world, someone not obsessed with health care and technology) I point out that interoperable health data can help people care for themselves...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Data Health Policy Tech The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? health data interoperability Susannah Fox Source Type: blogs

Avoiding nuts and seeds for better gut health? You shouldn ’t
Nuts and seeds are important components of a healthy diet. But if you have diverticula — little pouchlike structures that sometimes form in the muscular wall of the colon and bulge outward — you may worry about nuts or seeds getting stuck in those little pockets, which can cause a painful infection called diverticulitis. Take heart. While it was once believed that nut and seed consumption could lead to diverticulitis, the link is unproven. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Nuts and seeds are rich in fiber, which is important for gut health and keeping you regular. How much fiber do you need daily? If you&rsq...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Heidi Godman Tags: Digestive Disorders Healthy Aging Healthy Eating Nutrition Source Type: blogs

New Optical Method for Functional Brain Imaging
Researchers from the University of Birmingham in the UK and Washington University School of Medicine have developed a new non-invasive brain imaging method for studying the shape of the brain’s surface and oxygenation of brain tissues. Their discovery enables deeper brain imaging with higher resolution than prior studies with similar capabilities. This exciting development can one day improve brain mapping, ICU patient monitoring, and early diagnosis of a number of neurological conditions. Functional neuroimaging provides valuable medical information about the health and condition of brain tissue. Functional near-...
Source: Medgadget - August 22, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Siavash Parkhideh Tags: Neurology Radiology Source Type: blogs