Reducing Mental Effort – Part 2
We continue the series on reducing mental effort. Distracting thoughts are a major source of wasted mental energy, so in this part we’ll cover a few ways to reduce internal distractions. Empty your head One reason we dwell on certain thoughts is that we’re trying to remember certain to-dos, ideas, and items that require deeper consideration. Refreshing these items in our minds sucks up extra neural energy and doesn’t necessarily move much towards completion. If your brain is using its working memory to continually bring up distracting thoughts, you can often free up extra processing power by a...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - March 3, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Productivity 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

Lessons From Ayahuasca
Last week I was in Costa Rica, engaging in four nights of ayahuasca ceremonies with a group of friends who invited me to share this experience with them. This was the first time I’ve taken ayahuasca. It’s illegal in the USA and most other countries, but it’s legal in Costa Rica. Taking ayahuasca four nights in a row was physically challenging – nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and more – but I gained many insights from the alternative perspectives it provided. I actually count last week among the most cherished weeks of my life. I’d like to record a video (or a few videos) to share the...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - November 13, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Creating Reality Source Type: blogs

Chile's Success Story is Difficult to Deny
Ian V ásquezWeeks after a 3.75% rise in metro fares in Santiago, Chile sparked violent protests by a small group of students that then generated more widespread disruption, mostly peaceful mass protests continue. Some observers have seized on the political crisis to make often-repeated claims that Chile ’s free-market model has generated growing inequality and been fundamentally unjust despite having produced greater wealth.Yet such claims are difficult to square with the facts. Since its free-market reforms began in 1975, Chile has quadrupled its income per capita, making it the most prosperous country in Lat...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 4, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ian V ásquez Source Type: blogs

15 Years of Blogging
Today (Oct 1) is my blog’s 15th birthday. I wrote my first post on Oct 1, 2004, starting with WordPress 1.0.Tomorrow (Oct 2) is the 10-year anniversary of our first 3-day workshop (the original Conscious Growth Workshop in Las Vegas). That’s also the day my wife Rachelle and I first met. Since then we’ve done 16 3-day workshops on a variety of different themes.I’ve really enjoyed this past decade. I’m especially glad I leaned into taking more trips, which comprise some of my fondest memories during this time period. Before 2009 I’d never traveled outside the USA. Now I do so pretty regul...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - October 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: blogs

Capital Gains Taxes: Already Too High
Chris EdwardsDemocrats are proposing to raise capital gains taxes. Ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, Ron Wyden, wants to tax capital gains on an annual basis, not the current realization basis. He also wants to hike the top capital gains tax rate for high earners to match the top rate on ordinary income. CNBCreports“Almost every major Democratic presidential candidate supports taxing capital gains as ordinary income . . .Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday outlined an even more aggressive planthat would impose a new 14.8 percent tax on investment income to help finance Social Security.”These are rad...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Macri Is the Only One Responsible for His Downfall
TheWall Street Journal described it as a “setback, ” but the appropriate term is a “shellacking.” Mauricio Macri’s chances of being reelected in Argentina are pretty much over after he finished 12 points behind the Peronist ticket of Alberto Fernández and former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Sunday’s mandatory presidential primaries. Even thoughMacri might still think he can make a miraculous comeback, the markets are already writing him off for the election in October. Thus, it ’s not too soon to write his presidential obituary.The case against Macri is...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Juan Carlos Hidalgo Source Type: blogs

Ways the Long-Lived Live Longer
We read about them with astonishment and awe. In 2017 and 2018 there were many news reports of people who lived well past 100. Emma Morano died in April 2017 at age 117, 137 days. Violet Brown died in September 2017 at 117 years, 189 days. And Yisrael Kristal who died that same month at 113 years, 330 days almost made it to 114! Chiyo Miyako died in July 2018 cage 117, 81 days. How did they do it? Surely they had something in common. Turns out they did.  Ways the long-lived live longest: Choose the right parents. Well, maybe it’s not a choice. But genetics have a lot to do with it. Simply put: If your parents ...
Source: World of Psychology - July 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. Tags: Aging Exercise & Fitness Family Habits Health-related Spirituality Stress Diet Positive Psychology social support stress reduction Volunteer Source Type: blogs

Why Is the USA Only the 35th Healthiest Country in the World?
By ETIENNE DEFFARGES According the 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, the U.S. ranks 35th out of 169 countries. Even though we are the 11th wealthiest country in the world, we are behind pretty much all developed economies in terms of health. In the Americas, not just Canada (16th) but also Cuba (30th), Chile and Costa Rica (tied for 33rd) rank ahead of us in this Bloomberg study. To answer this layered question, we need to look at the top ranked countries in the Bloomberg Index: From first to 12th, they are Spain; Italy; Iceland; Japan; Switzerland; Sweden; Australia; Singapore; Norway; Israel; Luxe...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Economics Health disparities Health Policy American healthcare Etienne Deffarges Mediterranean Diet Opioids world health Source Type: blogs

Threefold Increases in Border Arrests for Nicaraguans and Indians in 2018
Since 2012, Border Patrol has apprehended a growing number of nationals from countries other than Mexico —almost all of them from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Last year, however, the agency saw threefold increases in apprehensions of Nicaraguans and Indians. These spikes may represent a widening awareness that America will accept people from around the world who come to the border to request asylum.Figure 1 shows that from fiscal year 2017 to 2018, the number of Nicaraguans arrested by Border Patrol increased from 1,098 to 3,337 —a 204 percent increase—and the number of Indians grew from 3,135 to...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 9, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

Stalking the wild garganey in West Sacramento #birding #eBird #iNaturalist #birdphotography #nikonD500
So - I did a thing today. A new thing for me. I officially became a bird nut. For the first time in my life, I went on an outing to see a rare bird that I read about online.I went to West Sacramento, to a pond there, to see, and hopefully take pictures of, a garganey. What, you ask, is a garganey? It is a kind of duck. According to Wikipedia:The garganey (Spatula querquedula) is a small dabbling duck. It breeds in much of Europe and western Asia, but is strictly migratory, with the entire population moving to southern Africa, India (in particular Santragachi), Banglade...
Source: The Tree of Life - March 10, 2019 Category: Microbiology Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs

Five Misconceptions about the Crisis in Venezuela
Some media reports and analyses on the latest developments in Venezuela are repeating the following five misconceptions: 1.      “Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself president of Venezuela” Juan Guaid ó is the president of the National Assembly, a body that is controlled by the opposition. On January 10 a new presidential term started and, as required by the Constitution, the president-elect had to be sworn-in in front of the National Assembly. However, Nicolás Maduro was “reelected” last M ay in a sham election that the leading opposition parties w...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 28, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Juan Carlos Hidalgo Source Type: blogs

Center for Immigration Studies Shows a Very Small Threat from Terrorists Crossing the Mexican Border
Todd Bensman, the Senior National Security Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), wrote a recent report entitled “Have Terrorists Crossed Our Border?” in which he presents a list of  “15 suspected terrorists have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, or en route, since 2001.”  Bensman lists these 15 individuals, some of which don’t have names, and describes their actions.  He writes that his research is based on publicly availab le information, so it is likely a “significant under-count” of the actual terrorists who entered.  Bensman also writ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 28, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

The Migrant Caravan, Central America, and Vaccination Rates
Many commentators have recentlywritten andsaid that members of the migrant caravan and Central American immigrants in general are diseased.   Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent David Ward claimed that the migrants are “coming in with diseases such as smallpox,” a disease that the World Health Organization (WHO) certified as beingeradicated in 1980.   One hopes Mr. Ward was more careful in enforcing American immigration law than in spreading rumors that migrants are carrying one of the deadliest diseases in human history nearly 40 years after it was eradicated from the human population.&n...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 1, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

Rabies in Costa Rica
Recently, a biologist in Costa Rica acquired rabies while working in a cave.  For over five decades, Costa Rica has reported the lowest rates of rabies in Central America (El Salvador reports the highest rates), both in terms of cases and cases per 100,000 population. [1,2]   Costa Rica also reports the lowest incidence of animal rabies for the region. In the above graph, data for Costa Rica appear as a row of red dots at the lower margin (arrow). References: Berger S. Rabies: Global Status, 2018. 475 pages , 557 graphs , 2,570 references  https://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/rabies-global...
Source: GIDEON blog - October 29, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs Source Type: blogs

Socialist Experiments
In the summer of 1982, after the Cato Institute ’s week-long seminar at Dartmouth, I drove to Boston with one of the other attendees. Touring the city, we encountered a protest rally on Boston Common. I don’t remember just what the rally was about – probably the “nuclear freeze” or a general protest against nuclear weapons, which was a strong movement then. As we watched, a young woman approached and handed us flyers calling for socialism. “Like in Russia and China?” I asked her. Unwilling to defend those disastrous results, she responded “We’re more interested in the e...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 3, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

The World ’s First Wireless, App-Based Ultrasound: Interview with Dr. Ryu, CEO of Healcerion
Healcerion, based in South Korea, was the first company to receive FDA clearance for a wireless, app-based ultrasound system back in 2015. The groundbreaking work done by South Korean engineers and scientists laid the foundation for the development of an ultrasound transducer that works with most smartphones or tablets. Since introducing the SONON 300C convex transducer, the company has been making progress to further advance this branch of ultrasound devices. Their latest, the SONON 300L linear transducer, weighs only 13 ounces (370 grams) including the battery, and features color Doppler mode for easier musculoskele...
Source: Medgadget - June 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Yuriy Sarkisov Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiology Critical Care Emergency Medicine Exclusive Ob/Gyn Surgery Source Type: blogs

Fixing our health care system won ’t make us healthy
Like all doctors, I am frustrated when I see my patients missing out on what could be years of good health. And our medical system is so dysfunctional that it’s tempting for doctors and patients to blame poor health outcomes on how we pay for medical care. But, our ridiculous payment system is a symptom, not the cause of our problems, and fixing our medical system is not going to vault us to the top of the healthiest countries list. The quality of a nation’s health care system reflects its values, and as Americans, we value self-reliance, competition, and capitalism. Although often productive, these values have...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - May 31, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/christopher-j-frank" rel="tag" > Christopher J. Frank, MD, PhD < /a > Tags: Policy Public Health & Washington Watch Source Type: blogs

Malaria Rates in Central America
Although CDC declared that there is no risk for malaria to American travelers in Costa Rica as of 2014, six of eleven cases reported by the latter in 2017 were classified as “autochthonous”. [1]  For much of the past fifty years, Costa Rica has reported the lowest rates of malaria in Central America; and rates for the entire region have decreased dramatically since 2000 [2,3] References: https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/vigilancia-de-la-salud/boletines/enfermedades-de-transmision-vectorial-2017/3443-boletin-epidemiologico-no-31-2017-zika-chikungunya-y-dengue/file Berger SA. Malaria: Global S...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 14, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs ProMED Source Type: blogs

World Top 5 Wellness Retreat destinations for Body and Mind
You're reading World Top 5 Wellness Retreat destinations for Body and Mind, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Wake up and enjoy a rich and healthy breakfast in bed. Open the window and the view is amazing. You aware with aesthetic treatments and several hours of massage to free yourself from the stress and tension. In addition, spend time meditating in a splendid Buddhist temple. Get a result to clear mind to continue with your daily life full of positive energy. No, it is not just a dream, to find moments ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: sophiapeterson Tags: health and fitness meditation destinations Wellness Retreat Source Type: blogs

Costa Rica ’s Election: It Wasn’t the Economy, Stupid!
Is it the economy, stupid? A preliminary analysis would have concluded that such a maxim would prevail in Costa Rica ’s presidential race: unemployment is high (especially among the youth), the cost of living is one of the highest in Latin America, and public finances are at a breaking point. However, culture wars, in particular same-sex marriage, dominated the debate leading up to the first round of elections h eld on Sunday. How can this be explained?From the beginning this was an atypical presidential race for Costa Rica, due to the rise of a right-wing populist candidate who led the polls for many months. With a ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 8, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Juan Carlos Hidalgo Source Type: blogs

Precision Medicine and Public Health (from Precision Medicine and the Reinvention of Human Disease)
Excerpted fromPrecision Medicine and the Reinvention of Human DiseaseDespite having the most advanced healthcare technology on the planet, life expectancy in the United States is not particularly high. Citizens from most of the European countries and the highly industrialized Asian countries enjoy longer life expectancies than the United States. According to the World Health Organization, the United States ranks 31st among nations, trailing behind Greece, Chile, and Costa Rica, and barely edging out Cuba [42]. Similar rankings are reported by the US Central Intelligence Agency [43]. These findings lead us to infer that acc...
Source: Specified Life - February 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Tags: cancer cancer vaccines precision medicine prevention public health Source Type: blogs

How to Deal with Honduras ’ Quagmire
There are good reasons to believe that fraud took place in Honduras ’ presidential election.The Economistdid astatistical analysis of the election results and found “reasons to worry” about the integrity of the vote—although they were not conclusive. Areport from the Organization of American States Observation Mission points out “irregularities, mistakes, and systemic problems plaguing this election [that] make it difficult… to be certain about the outcome.”At the heart of the controversy is how the results of the presidential election shifted dramatically after a blackout in the ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 6, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Juan Carlos Hidalgo Source Type: blogs

Anti-Paper Prophet: Comments on The Curse of Cash
ConclusionRogoff raises many other interesting issues in his response, and trying to cover them all would make this article  much too lengthy. His arguments are generally sophisticated and sometimes challenging, even when I disagree with him or believe he hasn’t adequately addressed my concerns. Our most fundamental difference remains our analysis of the State. Rogoff unreflectively adopts what Harold Demsetz characte rizes as the“nirvana” approach to public policy. This makes him far more optimistic than is justified about the overall benevolence and competence of governments, particularly in develo...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 15, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey Rogers Hummel Source Type: blogs

Case of the Week 453
This week's case was kindly donated by one of my former Clinical Microbiology fellows, Dr. Adam Caulfield. The specimen (shown below) was extracted from the leg of a 70 year old man who had recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica. It measures approximately 1.5 cm in length. Identification? (Source: Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites)
Source: Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites - July 22, 2017 Category: Parasitology Source Type: blogs

6 Harmful Thoughts Fueling Your Battle with Food
This article courtesy of Tiny Buddha. (Source: World of Psychology)
Source: World of Psychology - May 30, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: Disorders Eating Disorders Health-related Personal Publishers Tiny Buddha acceptance bodies Brenda Godinez Diet dieting Eating Habits food Losing Weight nourish Self-Conscious Skinny Source Type: blogs

Putting the Health and Care in Healthcare
Red, white, and blue. The blue represents Americans’ collective mood. Is it our work-centric culture? Our reticence to discuss mental health? Our collective independence? Regardless the U.S. stands for Under Stress. But why are we so unhappy — at least compared to our Scandinavian brethren? Denmark and Norway top Forbes’ list of the world’s 10 happiest countries. The two countries pace CNBC’s list as well. By comparison, the stars and stripes check in at #15, lagging behind, umm, Costa Rica. The U.S. is an economic powerhouse; our personal incomes are steadily increasing too. But we are runn...
Source: World of Psychology - May 26, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Matthew Loeb Tags: Health-related Personal Policy and Advocacy Stress affordable care act Health Care Health Insurance Healthcare Reform life expectancy Medicine Single Payer unemployment uninsured universal health insurance Source Type: blogs

5 things I learned while having 3 kids during medical school
During medical school, I made it a goal to graduate with a degree in one hand and a baby in another. I had a supportive husband, so we started trying to conceive when I was in my third year of medical school. We didn’t get pregnant as quickly as I thought, and we almost gave up on the idea of having a baby at that time. I was already 28 years old, which I didn’t think was too young, and I had already been married five years. Anyway, we stopped trying to have a baby and my girlfriend and I took a trip to Costa Rica for spring break. It was such a beautiful magical place, with the lush rainforest, green mountains...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - April 27, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/habiba-tunau" rel="tag" > Habiba Tunau, MD < /a > Tags: Physician OB/GYN Residency Source Type: blogs

CHC impact: The Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) taxonomy of cognitive abilities has gone global
The CHC taxonomy is officially a globetrotter with a large bank of frequent flier miles.   An indicator of the increasing prominence and spread of the CHC taxonomy is reflected in the globalization of CHC assessment activities in countries beyond the United States.  Several examples, which are not exhaustive, are summarized below. The influence of CHC theory, primarily via university assessment training in the use of the CHC-basedBater ía III Woodcock-Munoz(BAT III; Mu ñoz-Sandoval, Woodcock, McGrew, Mather, N. (2005a, 2005b), is prominent in Spanish speaking countries south of the US bord...
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - March 6, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Tags: AJT COGTEST ASI ASIS BAT III CHC CHC theory CoVaT-CHC global Indonesia INSBAT Insight OECD PAA WJ III WJ III-IE WJ IV Source Type: blogs

The Snowbird Lifestyle: Healthy Anti-Aging Solution or Horrifying Misadventure?
photo:wikimediaBy Crabby McSlackerSo what's a snowbird? (Besides, apparently, a ski resort in Utah?)I'll offer one definition of a snowbird:a species of silver-crested North American, usually of advancing years, that migrates annually for the winter from colder northern climates to warmer southern ones. Best known for upsetting local ecosystems and annoying year-round inhabitants.Regular readers may be aware that my wife (aka "The Lobster") and I are a couple of those dreaded snowbirds. Yet: we are not all that old. Nor, we hope, are we all that annoying.And it's not just us: Snowbirds seem to be getting younger....
Source: Cranky Fitness - February 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Self-Collected HPV Testing for Cervical Cancer Screening
HPV infection is the cause of cancer of the cervix (see:HPV and Cancer). Here's a short quote from theNational Cancer Institute about the etiology of this neoplasm: Virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV, and just two HPV types, 16 and 18, are responsible for about 70 percent of all cases. Cytopathologists have long known about this association and kept it in mind when screening cervical specimens. Here's another quote from the NCI addressing the relationship between Pap tests and HPV testing:HPV testing is used to look for the presence of high-risk HPV type...
Source: Lab Soft News - January 16, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Clinical Lab Industry News Clinical Lab Testing Cost of Healthcare Health Insurance Lab Processes and Procedures Laboratory Industry Trends Medical Consumerism Medical Research Test Kits and Home Testing Source Type: blogs

My Favorite Questions for Making Tough Decisions
Sometime you’ll encounter tough decisions that can leave you wallowing in indecision, such as whether to change jobs or careers, end a relationship, move to a new city, or pursue a new lifestyle direction. There are many processes you can use to make intelligent decisions, but all of them have shortcomings when you’re dealing with imperfect information. Sometimes all it takes to gain sufficient clarity though is to ask the right questions. A good question can shift your perspective about your decision and make the wise path obvious. When I face tough decisions, here are some of my favorite questions to ask: Wil...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - January 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Values Source Type: blogs

My Favorite Questions for Making Tough Decisions
Sometime you’ll encounter tough decisions that can leave you wallowing in indecision, such as whether to change jobs or careers, end a relationship, move to a new city, or pursue a new lifestyle direction. There are many processes you can use to make intelligent decisions, but all of them have shortcomings when you’re dealing with imperfect information. Sometimes all it takes to gain sufficient clarity though is to ask the right questions. A good question can shift your perspective about your decision and make the wise path obvious. When I face tough decisions, here are some of my favorite questions to ask: Wil...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - January 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Values Source Type: blogs

7 Marketing Tips for Personal Success (even if you ’re an introvert!)
You're reading 7 Marketing Tips for Personal Success (even if you’re an introvert!), originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. A couple of years ago, I took a position in corporate marketing. At first, I thought I made a mistake accepting—it had a nice salary bump, so I convinced myself that it was good for my career. But the more I pondered upon it, the more it appeared to me that I made a rather hasty decision, and the job was a bad fit for my personality—as an introvert, I don’t exactly ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: evelynmarinoff Tags: career featured happiness self improvement success best marketing advice best self improvement blog career advice pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Broken Edges
Discussion Forums From 2006 to 2011, we had the discussion forums here. They became popular instantly because I fed traffic to the forums from my blog. We’d normally see between 500 and 1000 new posts per day, and we eventually passed 1M messages posted and more than 50K registered members. We did a lot of things right that made this work well for several years. Here were some of the broken edges with the forums: Lots of work to manage the community (at least a dozen moderators were needed) A sense of entitlement from some members, for whom the community became their personal online hangout Some good action alignmen...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - January 3, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Abundance Creating Reality Relationships Source Type: blogs

Why Don ’ t You Use Technologies to Live Healthier?
The consequences of our unhealthy lifestyles are deadly diseases and the unsustainability of healthcare. It would be wise for everyone to live an active and healthy way of life. Wearables and trackers could help us to get there. So why do you hesitate and why don’t you start using technologies to live healthier today? The consequences of our unhealthy lifestyles are very disappointing It is already common knowledge that an unhealthy lifestyle leads to serious diseases. According to the World Health Organization, the use of tobacco kills around 6 million (!!) people, while the harmful use of alcohol results in 3.3 mil...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 23, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers data gc3 Healthcare Innovation wearable wearables Source Type: blogs

Our Laziness Kills Healthcare: Technology And Design Help!
Healthcare is unsustainable: the cost of care is rising and there is a shortage of doctors worldwide. But did you know that its biggest cause is our laziness? It basically destroys healthcare. But don’t panic, I’m going to show you what to do in order to save it. American health spending will reach nearly $5 trillion, or 20 percent of gross domestic product by 2021. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there is a worldwide shortage of around 4.3 million physicians, nurses, and allied health workers. And at the same time, civilizational diseases like diabetes and obesity are on the rise. You m...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 25, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Healthcare Design future gc3 laziness Personalized medicine social media technology wearables Source Type: blogs

Trump's Trade Deficit Obsession
My previous attempts atasking a Trump trade adviser directly about trade policy failed. I ’m now going to try another approach: Interpreting something surprising two other Trump advisers said.Here ’s what Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarrowrote recently:The saddest fact here is that Hillary Clinton doesn ’t know the difference between a good trade deal and a bad one. Exhibit A is the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).In her economic speech in Detroit, Clinton bragged that she voted against the one multilateral trade deal that came before the Senate while she was there. That was indeed CAFTA-DR, ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 31, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Simon Lester Source Type: blogs

Seymour Papert & the Power of (Patient) Engagement
By LYGEIA RICCARDI Image source: Alchetron.com The best healing takes place when the patient or consumer is engaged… Last Sunday Dr. Seymour Papert passed away at the age of 88. The world lost a great thinker, teacher, and mathematician, but his spirit lives on in many former colleagues and students, including (with gratitude), me. Seymour cut an eccentric figure, with a bushy grey beard, a rumpled tweed jacket, and a thick South African accent. However charmingly quirky, he was the real deal: a visionary, a trailblazer in the world of technology and its application. He spoke softly, but his words quickly cut to the...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Measles Vaccination Rates and Immigration
A recent outbreak of measles at the Eloy Detention Center has raised some concerns over disease and immigration.  The disease was carried in by an immigrant who was detained, allowing it to spread among some of the guards who were not vaccinated.  The Detention Center has since claimed that it vaccinates all migrants who are there and is working on getting all of its employees vaccinated.  Regardless, how much should we worry about measles brought in by unvaccinated immigrants?  Very little. First, measles vaccines are highly effective at containing the disease.  There are two primary measles vacci...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 11, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

Coral Bleaching Is Not a Tell-Tale Sign of Imminent Extinction
Climate alarmists seem to be working overtime these days to persuade the public to support legislation to combat dangerous climate change, which they claim will occur unless CO2 emissions are drastically reduced. And after nearly two decades of over-predicting global warming (there has been little to no global warming since the late 1990s), they are getting awfully desperate in their attempts to convince the public that there is an imminent climate catastrophe on the horizon. The rhetoric-of-choice is good old-fashioned fear mongering. The latest example is a New York Times article by Michelle Innis entitled “Climate...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 13, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Craig D. Idso Source Type: blogs

Average Telomere Length is a Terrible Measure of Aging
In this study, telomere length is measured in leukocytes, which is common across most research. But some types of leukocytes tend to have longer telomeres than others. "Telomere length tends to be longer in the type of leukocyte that becomes more dominant when a person is ill. Therefore, a sick person might appear to have 'longer' telomere length, but that is deceptive. In fact, these critically ill individuals may be much more likely to die in the short-term despite the appearance of 'longer' telomeres." It also is plausible that telomere length is a better predictor of long-term mortality, compared to sh...
Source: Fight Aging! - April 7, 2016 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Could Dangerous Mandatory Vaccines Containing Aluminum Salts be Responsible for Microcephaly in Brazil?
Conclusion There is mounting evidence to suggest that vaccinations and medications containing aluminum salts are harmful to brain development. We need to ask ourselves why a vaccination known to contain well above the recommended levels of aluminum has been passed as safe for use in pregnancy by the Brazilian Health Ministry. For more information on the dangers of aluminum, I recommend parents read the growing number of articles, studies and peer-reviewed papers that the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute have listed on their website.   References: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7087284 www.cdc.gov/...
Source: vactruth.com - March 1, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Christina England Tags: Christina England Logical Top Stories adjuvants Aluminum Salts Brazil Dr. Sears Microcephaly Source Type: blogs

Woman With Stutter Detained By U.S. Customs
Last month, Kylie Simmons—a Kalamazoo College student returning from studying abroad—was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. She was expecting to catch a connecting flight home to visit her family after her six-month stay in Costa Rica. When asked where she’d been, she stuttered on her reply and was immediately pulled aside for questioning. During the hour she estimates an agent questioned her, Simmons was accused of lying about her stutter and was asked if something was wrong with her. She cooperated politely, only asking for an apology onc...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 3, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: News Fluency Disorders stuttering Source Type: blogs

“Pedro Enrique Duarte, a 48-year-old accountant from Cuba,...
"Pedro Enrique Duarte, a 48-year-old accountant from Cuba, shaved inside the bathroom of a fire station in rural Costa Rica. American law has long given Cubans special status to live in the U.S. and apply for a green card — provided they make the treacherous, 5,000-mile journey. Pedro, however, got stuck when Nicaragua refused to let the migrants pass. Soon, though, he and nearly 11,000 other Cubans will be back on the trail, continuing their perilous travel through 8 countries. "I would tell anyone not to take this trip," he said. "You spend the whole time straddling between life and death."...
Source: Kidney Notes - January 11, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Joshua Schwimmer Source Type: blogs

Where Do K-1 Visa Holders Come From?
Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were killed last week in a gun battle with police after they committed a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.  Malik entered the U.S. on a K-1 visa, known as the fiancé visa, accompanied by Farook.  Their attack is the first perpetrated by somebody on the K-1 visa - igniting a debate over increasing visa security.    The government issued approximately 262,162 K-1 visas from 2005 to 2013 – 3177 or 1.21 percent of the total to Pakistani citizens.  Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) SECURE Act identifies 34 countries as particularly terror-prone. ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 7, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

Health at a glance 2015
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) -This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the performance of health systems in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). It includes a new set of dashboards of health indicators to summarise in a clear and user-friendly way the relative strengths and weaknesses of OECD countries on different key indicators of health and health system performance, and also a special focus on the...
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - November 4, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: The King's Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: NHS measurement and performance Workforce and employment Source Type: blogs

Pythiosis in Humans
The following background data are abstracted from Gideon www.GideonOnline.com Primary references are available on request. Human pythiosis was first described in Thailand, in 1987; and thirty-two cases had been published worldwide as of 2002.  Most cases are reported from tropical and subtropical regions; however, human infection has also been encountered in United States, Israel and Australia.  The principal pathogen is identified as Pythium insidiosum, and at least one case of Pythium aphanidermatum infection has been reported. Most case reports of pythiosis are published from Thailand, which accounte...
Source: GIDEON blog - August 18, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: General Source Type: blogs

Can body wash fragrance be touch activated? Episode 76
 On this week’s show Perry and I explain how the new Caress Body Wash fragrance is “touch activated.” We also cover a handful of beauty science news stories.  Claim to fame: Can body wash fragrance be “touch activated?” This is the segment where we review popular beauty product claims and tell you what the claims really mean, how the company might support them, and if the claim is compelling enough to entice you to buy the product. Today we’re talking about the new Caress Fine Fragrance Body wash. What is the claim and what does it mean? Here are the claims featured on the...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - March 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Randy SchuellerDiscover the beauty and cosmetic products you should use and avoid Source Type: blogs