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Jump Aboard the Nurse Wellness Express
Once upon a time, I was talking on the phone with a colleague who is not a nurse himself but who interacts with nurses on a regular basis in his professional life. His comments about nurses and their self-care (or lack thereof) were extremely thought-provoking.Like I've said on this blog many times before, nurses are renowned for not taking good care of themselves, ostensibly because they're so busy taking care of others and living the lives of the saints that they are perceived to be. Let's face it. We all know that nurses aren't saints, while we also acknowledge that many nurses come close to sainthood vis-a-vis the...
Source: Digital Doorway - October 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Tags: nurse nurse self care nurse wellness nurses nursing self-care Source Type: blogs

Belgian Sunshine Act Decrees Issued, Providing Guidance
On June 23, 2017, the Belgian “Sunshine Act” became law, requiring life science companies to disclose relationships with healthcare actors in the country. The Decree confirmed that the first publication of data under the statutory transparency regime will cover transfers of value for the year 2017 and will be published on betransparent.be by June 30, 2018. The June 23 Decree notes that the provisions of the Sunshine Act apply to “premiums and benefits granted during calendar year 2017 to healthcare professionals, healthcare organizations and/or patient organizations.” A second Decree was issued on...
Source: Policy and Medicine - October 10, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

A Case of Missing Teeth
​An older man presented to the emergency department for respiratory complaints, and a routine series of studies—blood work, ECG, and a chest x-ray—almost automatically appeared in the orders.​Haziness on the left side—left hilar fullness probably isn't good. A CT scan would likely confirm the fears of cancer.​The large mass wasn't unexpected, but did you see the metallic foreign body in the stomach? There was something on the left side under the diaphragm on the upright chest radiograph. The same thing appeared on the coronal CT image. Did he swallow something?Upon detailed questioning, the patient ...
Source: Lions and Tigers and Bears - October 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

Secondhand Trauma — Is It Real? The 2017 Hurricane Season Is Affecting Everyone
As we have all witnessed in the last few months, 2017 has produced an incredibly destructive hurricane season. For many of us not living in the affected areas, just watching the devastation on TV and hearing about it on the radio or social media can also cause a deep sense of fear and anxiety. It can even cause many to suffer secondhand trauma or more specifically, Secondary Trauma Stress (STS). STS is a psychiatric condition which mimics symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It affects individuals who did not witness the traumatic event firsthand but were still exposed to it in other ways. When we are faced ...
Source: World of Psychology - September 22, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John Tsilimparis, MFT Tags: Anxiety and Panic Inspiration & Hope Minding the Media PTSD Trauma Climate Change Destructive Hurricane Earthquakes fight or flight Natural Disasters Panic Attack Posttraumatic Stress Secondary Trauma Stress secondhand trauma T Source Type: blogs

Unpacking The Sanders Medicare-For-All Bill
On September 13, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)—with 16 Democratic cosponsors—released the Medicare-For-All Act of 2017, intended to transition the American health care system to a single-payer system. In addition to the bill text, Senator Sanders released an executive summary, title summary, and white paper on financing options. The Act would establish the Universal Medicare Program (UMP) and, in doing so, make sweeping changes to the health care system. Once the UMP went into effect (for children, on January 1 of the first calendar year after the bill is enacted and three years later for adults), most benefits...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - September 14, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Katie Keith and Timothy Jost Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage Bernie Sanders single payer Source Type: blogs

Is It time For Physicians to Unionize?
By NIRAN AL-AGBA, MD Since the birth of our nation, labor unions have existed in one form or another in the United States.  Unions are a force to protect the ‘working population’ from inequality, gaps in wages, and a political system failing to represent specific industry groups.  Historically, unions organize skilled workers in a specific corporation, such as a railroad or production plant, however unions can organize numerous workers within a particular industry.  Known as “industrial unionism”, the union gives a profession or trade a collective and representative voice.  The ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The Best Positioned Tech Giant in Healthcare Today? The Answer May Surprise You.
By DAVID SHAYWITZ, MD When you think about tech giants playing in healthcare, you think of Google and the work Verily is doing; you think of Apple and their HealthKit and ResearchKit applications, as well as their rumored plans to organize all your medical data on your iPhone; you may even think of Amazon and their potential entry into the pharmacy market. But the name you may hear about least–Facebook–may actually be the company influencing healthcare the most, and may also be the best positioned to support the patient-centered future that so many imagine and...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Tech Uncategorized Facebook Health IT Organ Donor Zuckerberg Source Type: blogs

Opioids Aren ’t the Only Pain Drugs to Fear - The New York Times
Last month, a White House panel declared the nation's epidemic of opioid abuse and deaths"a national public health emergency," a designation usually assigned to natural disasters.A disaster is indeed what it is, with 142 Americans dying daily from drug overdoses, a fourfold increase since 1999, more than the number of people killed by gun homicides and vehicular crashes combined. A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 3.8 million Americans use opioids for nonmedical reasons every month.Lest you think that people seeking chemically induced highs are solely responsible for the problem, phy...
Source: Psychology of Pain - September 4, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs

Forgotten Heroes: Remembering Dr. Alvin Blount, Who Helped Integrate America ’s Hospitals
Mortar rounds shook the bunker. The 8225th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) was crammed with casualties—civilians, Americans, and KATUSAs (Korean Augmentation to US Army). The four surgical tables under the direction of its acting chief surgeon, Alvin G. Blount, often operated around the clock, doing as many as 90 surgeries during sleepless protracted engagements. Blount could shut out the mayhem and focus only on his patient’s needs, as if everything else in the world had stopped. His calm, gentle demeanor commanded respect. His was the first racially integrated MASH unit, and he was its first black chief ...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - September 1, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: David Barton Smith Tags: Featured Health Equity Hospitals Medicaid and CHIP Medicare Alvin G. Blount George Simkins health disparity Health Reform hospital segregation Simkins v. Cone Source Type: blogs

Doctoring Between The Lines
I don't know about anyone else but I have a primary care and then an oncologist, breast surgeon, endocrinologist, rheumatologist, pain management, orthopedic surgeon, meds therapist, social worker therapist, dentist, and periodontist. They all have their own specialties and focuses on specific portions of my body. But I swear they like to color outside the lines.Last week my rheumatologist started commenting on my regimen to control my acid reflux from my hiatal hernia. How does heart burn relate to my rheumatoid? And why did I need to explain it to her?In the past six months my pain management doctor has been messing with...
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - August 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: being a patient doctors Source Type: blogs

Three Structures in a Child ’s Mouth That Can Cause Picky Eating
Babies, toddlers, and older children can develop feeding difficulties—ranging from general picky eating to severe feeding disorders—for a variety of reasons. As a speech-language pathologist who specializes in feeding challenges in children, I peer into a lot of little mouths. In my professional experience, these three “mouth offenders” can shape a child’s willingness to try new foods. Misaligned teeth: Crowded, missing or blocked teeth that haven’t erupted properly can impact a child’s ability to adequately chew food. The way the teeth contact each other might also indicate misali...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 22, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Melanie Potock MA Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Feeding Disorders Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - August 2017
I ’ve put down the pitchfork and shovel, returning to the keyboard to update everyone about our Sanctuary progress.  Here ’s what’s happened over the past few weeks.As Kathy wrote on Facebook on July 25, Pippin, our 30 year old Welsh Pony passed away from cancer.  His last few months included daily play with three other ponies, walks in the woods, and generous servings of grain/treats.  He was the centerpiece of our horse work at the sanctuary and we miss him every day.  He ’s buried on a hill covered with oaks overlooking the barnyard marked by a large flat stone.The s...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - August 17, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

Sunshine Act Takes Effect in South Korea
In early 2017, South Korea joined the global transparency movement and enacted a “Sunshine Act” similar to others found around the world. The law requires pharmaceutical and medical device companies operating in South Korea to prepare an aggregated expenditure report if they have provided economic benefits to healthcare professionals and others employed at medical institutions during a fiscal year. Interestingly, while the scope of the Korean Sunshine Act is broader than the United States law, it does not require companies to submit the aggregated report and any supporting documents to the government unless it...
Source: Policy and Medicine - August 14, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

Patients Want Customizations – Just Not Too Much!
The following is a guest blog post by Cristina Dafonte, Marketing Associate of Stericycle Communication Solutions as part of the Communication Solutions Series of blog posts. Follow and engage with them on Twitter:@StericycleComms Everything around us is customizable: your laptop background, the layout of applications on your phone, any product dashboard you have access to. Customization sells, and consumers crave it. Consumers love to think that something is unique or special for just them, even if they know in their hearts that isn’t the case. Patient engagement, especially appointment reminders, sho...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 10, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Patients Communication Solutions Series Health Care Communications Patient Appointment Reminders Patient Experience Stericycle Stericycle Communication Solutions Source Type: blogs

How Regulations Impede Economic Mobility
Why are Americans less likely to move to better opportunities than they used to be? TheWall Street Journal reports:When opportunity dwindles, a natural response —the traditional American instinct—is to strike out for greener pastures. Migrations of the young, ambitious and able-bodied prompted the Dust Bowl exodus to California in the 1930s and the reverse migration of blacks from Northern cities to the South starting in the 1980s.Yet the overall mobility of the U.S. population is at its lowest level since measurements were first taken at the end of World War II, falling by almost half since its most recent pea...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 4, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

Fresh Thinking on Occupational Licensing
Occupational licensing started with the idea that jobs with serious consequences – doctors being the prototypical example – require some sort of government certification and oversight. But that rather innocuous motivation has ballooned into a harmful and unsustainable state of affairs.From laws requiring licenses tobraid hair to ones requiring licenses forfloral design andcasket manufacturing, occupational licensure has put barriers in the way of people who wish to do non-dangerous jobs and has done little to protect consumers. Instead, it ’s frequently used as a way for politically well-connected people ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 3, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro Source Type: blogs

The Failed MMR Vaccine Policies on College Campuses
Conclusions The current policy on most college campuses requires verification that incoming students have received two doses of the MMR vaccination. The goal of this policy is to prevent the diseases measles and mumps. A longstanding federal trial against Merck, the pharmaceutical company responsible for making the MMR vaccine, accuses Merck of manipulating data to show the MMR to be more effective against mumps than it is. Recent outbreaks of mumps on college campuses by students vaccinated with the MMR vaccine provides additional evidence that the MMR vaccine is ineffective. Data from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting...
Source: vactruth.com - July 25, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Michelle Goldstein Tags: Michelle Goldstein Top Stories college vaccination Mandatory Vaccination MMR vaccine truth about vaccines Source Type: blogs

Largest Fraud Takedown Announced by AG Sessions
On Thursday, July 13, 2017, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. The action charged 412 defendants across forty-one federal districts for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving $1.3 billion in false billings. The 412 defendants include 115 doctors, nurses, and other licensed professionals. Of the 412 defendants, over 120 of them were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other danger...
Source: Policy and Medicine - July 19, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

Medical Device Coating Points To and Kills Bacteria
Researchers at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) in Saudi Arabia, not to be confused with KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), have developed a special nanoparticle coating that can be used to give the surfaces of medical devices antibacterial properties. The coating is made of  gold nanoclusters containing lysozyme enzymes, an antibacterial agent, fused into a polymer matrix. The nanoparticles also contain kanamycin, an antibiotic.   This formulation keeps the nanoparticles from leeching into the body while only being triggered to release the kanamycin in the prese...
Source: Medgadget - July 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Nanomedicine Source Type: blogs

CMS Releases 2016 Open Payment Data
Conclusion Visitors to the CMS Open Payments website can look up individual clinicians and hospitals to see what they have received from drug and device makers and compare their payments to national and specialty averages.       Related StoriesOpen Payments Starts Review and Dispute…On A SaturdayChicago Releases Pharmaceutical Representative Disclosure Log DraftCalifornia Gift Ban Bill to be Heard Tomorrow  (Source: Policy and Medicine)
Source: Policy and Medicine - July 3, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

CMS Releases 2016 Open Payments Data
Conclusion Visitors to the CMS Open Payments website can look up individual clinicians and hospitals to see what they have received from drug and device makers and compare their payments to national and specialty averages.       Related StoriesOpen Payments Starts Review and Dispute…On A SaturdayChicago Releases Pharmaceutical Representative Disclosure Log DraftCalifornia Gift Ban Bill to be Heard Tomorrow  (Source: Policy and Medicine)
Source: Policy and Medicine - July 3, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

Health Affairs Web First: Significant Racial Disparities Found In Hospital Readmissions
This study will also appear in the July issue of Health Affairs.   (Source: Health Affairs Blog)
Source: Health Affairs Blog - June 21, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Lucy Larner Tags: Elsewhere@ Health Affairs Web First Source Type: blogs

Collecting Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Information On Older Americans Is Good Public Policy
Editor’s note: Measures of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) have been added to several federal surveys over the years, but recently the SOGI measure was eliminated from the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants conducted by the Administration for Community Living. Kathy Greenlee, former US Assistant Secretary for Aging, and administrator of the Administration for Community Living, reacts to this development. In 1984, a lesbian friend much older than me gave me very specific advice: “You should never come out to your doctor. And if you do, you should make sure they never write it down....
Source: Health Affairs Blog - June 12, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Kathy Greenlee Tags: Featured Health Equity Quality LGBT issues older americans act Source Type: blogs

Once Upon A Time, I Was A Healthy Person
I have many friends who, after cancer, get back to their old lives for the most part. I'm not talking about that'new normal'bull, but just doing normal things like going back to work, taking part in all their family activities and all sorts of regular, every day life things.Me, I did not get to go back to my regular life after breast cancer. My body had other plans for me. It decided it was time to fall apart.After breast cancer, I got gall stones and had my gallbladder out six months after radiation ended. That winter I slipped on the ice, landed on my left hand and started all my lymphedema crap.The following fall my bac...
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - May 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: ailments being healthy being me Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, May 29th 2017
In this study, we utilized an imaging-based assay to monitor the ability of disease-associated amyloid assemblies to rupture intracellular vesicles following endocytosis. We observe that the ability to induce vesicle rupture is a common feature of α-synuclein (α-syn) assemblies, as assemblies derived from wild type (WT) or familial disease-associated mutant α-syn all exhibited the ability to induce vesicle rupture. Similarly, different conformational strains of WT α-syn assemblies, but not monomeric or oligomeric forms, efficiently induced vesicle rupture following endocytosis. The ability to...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 28, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

I realize I haven't been blogging much for the past month or so. We went away for a weekend, we are on our second set of houseguests. This one came with a dog who freaked out one of our cats (who should have stood his ground and growled at the dog and he would have hid because he is really scared of cats).I have also been dealing with lots of fatigue. What is fatigue? When you need 12 hours of sleep each day and then make it through. I also keep getting myself in places where all of a sudden I am so tired I can't function.An example is this past Thursday. I got up and went to the grocery store and library in the morning. I...
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - May 28, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: distractions family quality of life Source Type: blogs

How to Build Your Side Business While Working Full Time
You're reading How to Build Your Side Business While Working Full Time, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Building a business is hard. What about building a business on the side while working full time? I built a freelancing business while studying dentistry, and I'm just 20 years old. And I forgot to mention that my GPA was 3.92 during my first 2 years. It seems impossible to a lot of people, but I did it. And the secret is rather simple. I know what I need to do, and I do it. But there's a bit more ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - May 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ahmedsafwan10 Tags: confidence featured self improvement best self-improvement blogs follow your passion How to build a business motivation tips pickthebrain side business side hustle Source Type: blogs

In Essence, All Aging Research Revolves around the Science and Advocacy of SENS, the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence
Today's popular science article for consideration is the usual mix of frustrating and interesting remarks that result when various researchers are convinced to talk to the press on the subject of SENS rejuvenation research. I in no way exaggerate when I say that all approaches to the research of aging, all of the intent in aging research, all of the fundamental disagreements in the field, ultimately revolve around SENS, the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence. The advocacy and the science of SENS are the moral and technological sun in this solar system, for all that many of those orbiting it apparently would ra...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 25, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Healthy Life Extension Community Source Type: blogs

Being mindful about mindfulness
I’m generally a supporter of mindfulness practice. It’s been a great discipline for me as I deal with everyday life and everything. I don’t admit to being incredibly disciplined about “making time for meditation” every day – that is, I don’t sit down and do the whole thing at a set time each day – but I do dip in and out of mindfulness throughout my day. While I’m brushing my teeth, slurping on a coffee, driving, sitting in the sun, looking at the leaves on the trees, cuddling my Sheba-dog I’ll bring myself to the present moment and take a couple of minutes to be ...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - May 21, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: adiemusfree Tags: Chronic pain Clinical reasoning Pain conditions Relaxation Resilience/Health Science in practice acceptance mindfulness persistent pain willingness Source Type: blogs

If You Think The myHR is Safe and Secure Think Again. There Are Some Weaknesses.
This appeared late last week.Your private health information is online and you don ’t even know itSue Dunlevy, National Health Reporter, News Corp Australia NetworkMay 5, 2017 10:00pmIT’S the $2 billion online health record you don’t even know you have and it could be putting your health privacy at risk.Millions of Australians are unaware they have an online My Health Record set up by the government that can reveal if they have a mental illness, sexually transmitted disease, an abortion or other embarrassing health problem.It can be accessed by 650,000 health professionals including dentists, dietitians, ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Dogs Go to the Dentist to Help Kids With Autism
Bright lights shining in your eyes and a cacophony of sounds inside your mouth—the scraping sound of metal against teeth, drilling of a cavity, x-ray machines and water jets. Not to mention the feelings of all those instruments invading a place as delicate as your mouth. Going to the dentist makes many of us nervous—at the least—so imagine how a child with autism reacts to sitting in a big chair with sensory overload in all directions. One dental clinic in Santiago, Chile, is using dogs to help children with autism stay calm during their dental visits. According to an article in The Washington P...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 10, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: News Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder social skils Source Type: blogs

Crash Course in Dementia Caregiving - Birmingham, Alabama
Crash Course in Dementia CaregivingFor readers in the Birmingham, Alabama area.Our expert Rita Jablonski-Jaudon will be giving this 3-hour talk designed for family caregivers of persons living with dementia. The focus will be on concrete ways to approach dementia-related behaviors (repetition, refusals, wandering, aggression, anxiety).Monday, May 15, 2017 9 am-12 noonCanterbury United Methodist Church350 Overbrook Road, Mountain Brook ALFor more information, please contact Valerie Boyd at 205-874-1523.If you are in the area I highly recommend this.You can also bring a friend or your entire support group.If you are in ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - May 9, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care alzheimer's caregiving tips Alzheimer's Communication ’s dementia course in dementia care senior care training for alzheimer's caregivers Source Type: blogs

Dentists and Freedom in Ivory Coast
I heard a report this morning on BBC Newshour on the shortage of dentists in Ivory Coast (Cote d ’Ivoire). I can’t find the report at theNewshour website, but here ’ssomething similar from CNBCAfrica, coauthored by a Unilever representative. It ’s a sad story of disease, pain, and school absenteeism.But stories like this miss the point. Why does Ivory Coast have so few dentists? Why does the Gates Foundation need to buymosquito nets for African countries? It ’s not because there’s something special about dentists and mosquito nets. It’s because African countries are poor. And they&...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 2, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

Health Affairs Forum: Oral Health In California
In December 2016, Health Affairs journal published its first-ever theme issue dedicated to oral health. Papers examined the topic from many angles, including how to expand access to care, how to diversify the oral health workforce, and how to improve public programs to accomplish both. For the third time this year, Health Affairs is taking its health policy programming to California, where we will host a May 17 event examining the current landscape of oral health in the state. The program will highlight key articles from our theme issue, and pay particular attention to the oral health safety net for California’s adul...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - April 28, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Health Affairs Tags: Elsewhere@ Health Affairs events Oral Health Source Type: blogs

AXESS Sedation Mask Hopes to Improve Comfort, Delivery of Gases
Accutron, part of Crosstex International, itself part of Cantel Medical based in Hauppauge, NY, recently unveiled its new AXESS nitrous oxide/oxygen nasal sedation mask. The device is designed to optimize comfort, minimize anxiety particularly in children, reduce opportunities for displacement, and allow for easy access to the mouth for dental and orthodontic procedures. It’s lightweight and stays out of the way of the eyes, as well as the nostrils as it doesn’t have any protruding nipples within its interior. It works with a reusable scavenging circuit that sucks up unused gas and recycles it automatically wit...
Source: Medgadget - April 26, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Editors Tags: Anesthesiology Dentistry Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Why Don't We Have Free Trade in Doctors?
With this blog post, I ’m taking a quick break from trying to figure out President Trump’s trade policies. (Is this going to be the most protectionist presidency ever? Or will it end up looking not too different from a typical presidency? The conflicting signals are making my head spin!) Instead, I want to talk about an issue that Dean Baker keeps raising: Whether U.S. trade policymakers are hypocritical because they have liberalized a lot of trade in manufactured products such as steel, but not very much trade in professional services such as medical care. (Seehere,here,here,here,here,here, andhere for ex...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 24, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Simon Lester Source Type: blogs

The myHR Becomes A Touch Political Would Seem. Interesting.
This came up in the discussion re access to Opt-Out myHR Records.Media Release – Catherine King MPShadow Minister For Health And Medicare = Member For BallaratANOTHER HEALTH BUNGLE – OPEN SLATHER ON YOUR HEALTH DATA UNDER TURNBULL” The revelation that hundreds of thousands of health practitioners will be given open access to sensitive health data is extremely concerning. Reports today say that electronic health records will be automatically set to “universal access” under the Turnbull Government’s opt-out scheme, meaning health practitioners will automatically have access to an individua...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Despite The Sound And Fury Do We Really Know How Opt-Out Settings Are Being Set?
This article appeared last week:Optometrists and dentists will know if you ’ve had an abortion or mental illness in health record bungleSue Dunlevy, National Health Reporter, News Corp Australia NetworkApril 10, 2017 10:00pmTHE private health records of Australians can be accessed by more than half a million people under the latest bungle with the $2.2 billion electronic My Health Record.News Corp Australia has learned that the privacy settings on the government’s computerised My Health Record, which lists every medicine a patient takes and records every medical visit and procedure, are automatically set on &ld...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 18, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

The MyHR Seems To Be Way Less Protected And Secure Than Anyone Knew – What A Mess.
This appeared this morning.Optometrists and dentists will know if you ’ve had an abortion or mental illness in health record bungleSue Dunlevy, National Health Reporter, News Corp Australia NetworkApril 10, 2017 10:00pmTHE private health records of Australians can be accessed by more than half a million people under the latest bungle with the $2.2 billion electronic My Health Record.News Corp Australia has learned that the privacy settings on the government’s computerised My Health Record, which lists every medicine a patient takes and records every medical visit and procedure, are automatically set on “u...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 11, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Framework for managing performer concerns
NHS England - This document provides the framework through which NHS England will oversee and manage GPs, dentists and optometrists who are registered as a performer on the NHS England national performers list. This framework is designed to be used in conjunction with the toolkit for managing performance concerns in primary care.FrameworkToolkitNHS England publications (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - April 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Commissioning Regulation, governance and accountability Source Type: blogs

A Nation in Pain
This past week, Governor John Kasich of Ohio issued an executive order limiting the amount of opioids doctors and dentists can prescribe to no more than a 7 day supply. Failure to comply could result in disciplinary action, including loss of license. Exceptions exist only for patients with cancer or those enrolled in hospice programs. For all the rest, it represents a hard full stop. No longer will the chronic pain sufferer, the woman status post lumbar back fusion x 3, be able to get a prescription for a month's supply of oxycodone with 3 refills.On the surface this appears to be a reasonable initiativ...
Source: Buckeye Surgeon - April 2, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Jeffrey Parks MD FACS Source Type: blogs

Review body on doctors ’ and dentists’ remuneration - forty-fifth report 2017
This report sets out the Review Body on Doctors ’ and Dentists’ Remuneration's (DDRB) analysis of evidence given by relevant organisations and makes proposals for doctors ’ and dentists’ pay and associated issues in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In this report the DDRB provides independent advice on the pay of doctors and dentists in the NHS to the: Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Health, First Minister of Scotland, First Minister of Wales and First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.ReportDepartment of Health - publications (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - March 29, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Regulation, governance and accountability Workforce and employment Source Type: blogs

Scholarships from National Health Service Corps
“You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines: Physicians (MD or DO) Dentists Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus) Certified Nurse-Midwives Physician Assistants The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.” Find more information and access the application on the National Health Se...
Source: BHIC - March 27, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Annette Parde-Maass Tags: Scholarships and Grants Source Type: blogs

Long-term use of opioids may depend on the doctor who prescribes them
You may have heard of the phrase “primum non nocere” — the Latin phrase that doctors are supposed to follow that instructs them to “first, do no harm.” Doctors also have an important ethical obligation to alleviate pain. But what happens when these two mandates collide? That, unfortunately, is the case with opioid pain relievers: powerful medicines like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone. These medications are potent pain relievers, but this relief comes at a serious, and sometimes deadly, cost. The United States is now in the era of an “opioid epidemic” in which deaths from...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Weiner, M.D. Tags: Addiction Drugs and Supplements Pain Management Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, March 27th 2017
In conclusion, DNAm of multiple disease-related genes are strongly linked to mortality outcomes. The recently established epigenetic clock (DNAm age) has received growing attention as an increasing number of studies have uncovered it to be a proxy of biological ageing and thus potentially providing a measure for assessing health and mortality. Intriguingly, we targeted mortality-related DNAm changes and did not find any overlap with previously established CpGs that are used to determine the DNAm age. Our findings are in line with evidence, suggesting that DNAm involved in ageing or health-related outcomes are mostly...
Source: Fight Aging! - March 26, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

An open letter to Psychological Medicine, again!
In conclusion, noted Wilshire et al., “the claim that patients can recover as a result of CBT and GET is not justified by the data, and is highly misleading to clinicians and patients considering these treatments.” In short, the PACE trial had null results for recovery, according to the protocol definition selected by the authors themselves. Besides the inflated recovery results reported in Psychological Medicine, the study suffered from a host of other problems, including the following: *In a paradox, the revised recovery thresholds for physical function and fatigue–two of the four recovery mea...
Source: virology blog - March 23, 2017 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Commentary Information adaptive pacing therapy CFS chronic fatigue syndrome clinical trial cognitive behavior therapy Dave Tuller exercise graded exercise therapy mecfs myalgic encephalomyelitis outcome PACE trial recovery Source Type: blogs

If You ’re an Astronaut, You Should Be Taking Lots of Vitamin D
Is space just a crazy vacuum that causes our bodies to age quickly and our bones to crumble? According toThomas Lang,MD, professor at the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and associate dean of research at the School of Dentistry at University of California San Francisco, space travel takes a toll on an astronaut ’s skeletal health, especially at the hip, an area susceptible to fractures for people with osteoporosis.Astronauts ’ bones deteriorate while in space because their muscles and bones cannot load in the solar system’s microgravity environment. Upon arriving back on earth, their body m...
Source: radRounds - March 23, 2017 Category: Radiology Authors: Julie Morse Source Type: blogs

Functional Tooth Regrowth Demonstrated in a Canine Model
This study represents a substantial advancement in organ replacement therapy through the transplantation of bioengineered organ germ as a practical model for future whole-organ regeneration. Whole-tooth replacement therapy holds great promise for the replacement of lost teeth by reconstructing a fully functional bioengineered tooth using three-dimensional cell manipulation in vitro. It is anticipated that bioengineering technology will ultimately enable the reconstruction of fully functional organs in vitro through the proper arrangement of epithelial and mesenchymal cell components. Many researchers have attempted ...
Source: Fight Aging! - March 21, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Dr. Janet Woodcock on the Opioid Epidemic
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers a podcast series, known as the Director’s Corner, that features the director of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). One of the most recent episodes featured an interview with Dr. Janet Woodcock, by Colleen Labbe from the CDER Office of Communications, who discussed the way the FDA has been addressing the opioid epidemic affecting many communities around the United States. CDER’s Response to FDA Labeling Changes One of the first questions asked of Dr. Woodcock was what, exactly, CDER did with regard to the various opioid safety lab...
Source: Policy and Medicine - March 20, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

What ’ s Behind 2.5 Million New Health Jobs?
December 2007 marked the start of the most severe recession in modern times. For more than two years, the economy shed jobs. By the start of 2010, there were 8.6 million fewer jobs than at the start of the recession. These losses would have been greater had health care employment not continued to grow; jobs outside health care fell by 9.2 million while health care added nearly 600 thousand jobs. It took until November 2014 for non-health jobs to return to their pre-recession level, at which point health jobs had grown by 1.7 million. As of January 2017, there are 2.5 million more health jobs than at the start of the recess...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - March 17, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Charles Roehrig, Ani Turner and Katherine Hempstead Tags: Costs and Spending Health Professionals Hospitals 2007 recession ambulatory care settings diagnosing and treating practitioners efficiency health sector job growth Source Type: blogs