Podcast: Helping Children Grieve
When children experience the deep pain of separation or death, it can be extremely healing to learn they are still connected to their loved ones by an invisible string of love. That’s the premise of the children’s book The Invisible String, written by Patrice Karst, today’s guest on the Psych Central podcast. Patrice sits down to talk with Gabe about what sparked her idea for writing this classic book as well as her subsequent books, including The Invisible Leash, a story to help kids deal with the loss of a pet. As Patrice puts it, her books are about love and connection to each other, to our animals...
Source: World of Psychology - March 19, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Podcast Tags: Children and Teens Death & Dying General Grief and Loss Inspiration & Hope Interview The Psych Central Show Source Type: blogs
Microneedles Offer Possibilities for Inner Ear Treatments
Researchers at Columbia University’s medical and engineering schools are developing 3D-printed microneedles that may safely deliver drugs to the largely inaccessible inner ear. Because of the ear’s anatomy, delivering drugs—including promising gene therapies and other drugs for hearing loss—to the inner ear is challenging. The inner ear is almost completely surrounded by bone, and is shielded from substances in nearby blood vessels by a barrier similar to the blood-brain barrier. Study Identifies 38 New Hearing-Related Genes in Mice ASHA Voices: What If Permanent Hearing Loss Could Be Reversed? New...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 14, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Carol Polovoy Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Slider hearing loss Source Type: blogs
Is your IVF doctor using you as a guinea pig ?
All of us believe that as medicine advances, IVF pregnancy rates will constantly keep on improving, and this is perfectly normal. After all, science does progress , and IVF pregnancy rates today are much better than what they were 10 years ago.Unfortunately , this expectation also gives rise to the phenomenon of treatment creep . Doctors start introducing all kinds of new ancillary procedures , even though they haven't been proven to be effective.Part of the problem is that many doctors are very optimistic that something which is new will be more effective better than the current solutions. We are always under pressure to ...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - December 29, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
The role of "fate" and "luck" in IVF
Embryo implantation is a still a "black box" as far as medical science is concerned, because we can't predict or control which embryos will implant. This is hardly surprising, given that it's a complex biological process, which involves an intricate interchange of signals between the embryo and the uterine lining.There are lots of factors which determine success, and while we know what some of these are, many are still beyond our comprehension.For example, we know that a top quality embryo has a better chance of resulting in a pregnancy, as compared to a poor quality embryo.However, we also know that not every pe...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - December 9, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
Qantas monitors brainwaves of pilots and passengers to test 19.5 ‑hour flight from NY to Sydney
Monitoring brainwaves via dreem werable device (Qantas) _______________ Qantas’ first 19.5‑hour research flight from New York to Sydney takes off (Nine News): “Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, who today is in New York for the research flight, told Today Show via a live cross that he will be selecting an aircraft for the mammoth job by the year’s end, in line with a previous time-line. “The flight is going to be ground-breaking, as you said. We’ve got 19 hours — we’ve got a lot of scientists and we’re looking at different ways of making the operation actually great for our passengers,...
Source: SharpBrains - October 21, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology alertness Dreem monitor sleep New York productivity Quantas safety Sydney wearable Source Type: blogs
Is There Such a Thing as a Free-Market Gold Standard?
Twice recently I ’ve come across arguments to the effect that, despite what some libertarians, goldbugs, cryptocurrency fans, and Fed Board candidates imagine, the idea that the historical gold standard kept governments from managing money, leaving the job to market forces, is a myth.Inhis June 24th piece criticizing Facebook ’s Libra Currency, which is being marketed as a sort of internationalstablecoin, Barry Eichengreen writes:Mercifully, Facebook avoided the idea that astablecoin will free us from the tyranny of the Federal Reserve. Typically, stablecoin purveyors invoke a mythical past in which the monetar...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 9, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs
Why we do research
Why do we study autistic or dyslexic or schizophrenic or other subjects, in our scientific experiments? That is a question that was asked, rather impolitely, by “dyslexic in LA”, who challenged the “arrogance” of a perspective that engages such individuals as “scientific guinea pigs”. There are two simple answers to this question. We want to understand. If possible, we want to help. There are few if any individuals in the current era who have contributed more to understanding and helping autistic individuals than Tito, Soma, and Portia. I’ve tried to help them. I have the GREATES...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - July 1, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Autism Origins, Treatments Brain Fitness Brain Trauma, Injury Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Language Development Reading and Dyslexia Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, et ali Source Type: blogs
Podcast: Sexual Abuse: The Last Stage in Recovery
While searching for a way past her own childhood sexual abuse, Rachel Grant learned that many people don’t understand what, exactly, sexual abuse is and how to recover. Using her counseling background, Rachel was able to research and learn valuable coping skills to improve her own life. Join us as Gabe and Rachel discuss the many factors involved in recovering from sexual trauma, steps society could take to reduce sexual abuse, and what the first step could be for others trying to get beyond surviving. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Guest information for ‘Sexual Abuse Recovery’ Podcast Episode Rache...
Source: World of Psychology - June 13, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Podcast Tags: Podcast Recovery The Psych Central Show Trauma Source Type: blogs
Gluteomorphin: The opiate in your food
Yes: there are opiates that derive from various food proteins that exert peculiar effects on the human brain. The worst? The opiates that come from the gliadin protein of wheat and related grains. Opiate receptor researchers at the National Institutes of Health originally coined the term “gluteomorphin” nearly 40 years ago when it was determined that the gliadin protein of wheat undergoes partial digestion (since humans lack the digestive enzymes to fully digest proline-rich amino acid sequences in proteins from seeds of grasses) to yield peptides that are 4- to 5-amino acids long. Some of these peptides w...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 11, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Opioids addictive binge eating bulimia eating disorders Gliadin opiates wheat belly Source Type: blogs
People Have A Hard-To-Explain Bias Against Experimental Testing of Policies And Interventions, Preferring Just To See Them Implemented
By Jesse Singal Randomised experiments (also known as A/B testing) are an absolutely critical tool for evaluating everything from online marketing campaigns to new pharmaceutical drugs to school curricula. Rather than making decisions based on ideology, intuition or educated guess-work, you randomise people to one of two groups and expose one group to intervention A (one version of a social media headline, a new drug, or whatever, depending on the context ), one group to intervention B (a different version of the headline, a different drug etc), and compare outcomes for the two groups. To anyone who believes in...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - May 21, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Decision making Occupational Political Source Type: blogs
Fight Aging! Newsletter, April 8th 2019
This study did not confirm the hypothesis that ELL individuals have lower polygenic risk scores for cardiovascular-related phenotypes. Only the HDL cholesterol and triglyceride PRS were nominally significantly associated with ELL participants. In contrast and as expected, ELL individuals had higher polygenic risk scores for exceptional longevity (EL). In regards to the associations of the various cardiovascular PRS with EL, no findings survived correction for multiple testing. This is despite validating the utility of the lipid PRS by confirming positive associations with measured lipid levels in our sample. Interestingly,...
Source: Fight Aging! - April 7, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Mitochondrial Ion Channels in the Mitochondrial Dysfunction that Occurs with Aging
Mitochondria are the power plants of the cell, present by the hundred in near every cell type in the body. They are important in many fundamental cellular processes, but their primary task is to package chemical energy stores in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Mitochondrial function declines with age in all tissues, and this is particularly problematic in energy-hungry tissues such as the brain and muscles. The cause of this decline may be failure of the quality control mechanisms of mitophagy, responsible for dismantling damaged mitochondria, or it may have deeper roots, such as loss of capacity for mitochondria...
Source: Fight Aging! - April 4, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
Kunjin Virus Infection
The following background information on Kunjin virus infection is abstracted from Gideon www.GideonOnline.com and the Gideon e-book series  Primary references are available on request. Kunjin virus (KUN), a subtype of West Nile virus, was first isolated in Australia in 1960, from mosquitoes (Culex annulirostris). The virus is named for an Aboriginal clan living on the Mitchell River in Kowanyama, northern Queensland Most cases of human infection are reported in Australia, with sporadic reports from Nepal. Serosurveys suggest the presence of human infection in Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guin...
Source: GIDEON blog - April 3, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology ProMED Source Type: blogs
Fight Aging! Newsletter, March 18th 2019
This study provides a possible reason why genes carrying health risks have persisted in human populations. The second found evidence for multiple variants in genes related to ageing that exhibited antagonistic pleiotropic effects. They found higher risk allele frequencies with large effect sizes for late-onset diseases (relative to early-onset diseases) and an excess of variants with antagonistic effects expressed through early and late life diseases. There also exists other recent tangible evidence of antagonistic pleiotropy in specific human genes. The SPATA31 gene has been found under strong positive genomic sele...
Source: Fight Aging! - March 17, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Burden of Age-Related Disease Varies Broadly Between Regions of the World
Researchers here present an interesting view of the variance in the burden of age-related disease exhibited by populations around the world. Unsurprisingly, the impact of age falls most heavily on those living in the poorest and least developed regions. Modern medicine and the other comforts of technology, for all that they do not directly target the causes of aging, do manage to have a sizable influence on the pace at which aging and age-related disease progresses over a lifetime. The largest gaps are mostly likely due to a combination of sanitation, particulate exposure from fires, and control of pathogens - akin to the ...
Source: Fight Aging! - March 15, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
When IVF is bad for you !
While IVF can be a very effective treatment option for infertile couples, the sad truth is that it sometimes causes more harm than good.Thus, many IVF doctors push unproven and untested tests and treatments on their patients. These are disguised in the garb of being the "latest technological advance", but actually serve only to improve the clinic's profits, and not the patient's pregnancy rates. However, patients are desperate, and unethical doctors are happy to take advantage of the patient's vulnerability.Over the last 30 years, we have seen many of these "advances" come and go. They were ...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - March 12, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
Senate GOP Bill Doesn ’t Extend TPS. It Guts It
President Trumpannounced on Saturday that he had a new plan to open government that includes “a three-year extension of temporary protected status or TPS.” But as in the case of DACA—for reasons I explainedhere—theactual legislation that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced to implement his proposal does not extend TPS. Rather, it ends it as it exists now, and replaces with an entirely different program with much more restrictive criteria.Temporary protective status, or TPS, is granted to nationals of country where the government feels it could not, at one time or another, send people b...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 22, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs
Why IVF Genetic Screening of embryos should not be used in clinical practice
Sadly, many IVF doctors are selling PGT/ PGS to their IVF patients, claiming that this will improve their IVF success rates. They charge a lot more money for doing this unproven experimental procedure.Don't let your doctor use you as a guinea paig ! (Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog)
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - December 28, 2018 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
The Ovarian Rejuvenation Scam
Patients with ovarian failure can be very depressed and disheartened when they learn that they can't have a baby with their own eggs .Lots of them are not prepared to accept this harsh truth, and are not willing to use donor eggs , even though this has a very high success rate, either for psychological or religious reasons. As a result of their desperation, they are emotionally very vulnerable , and are happy to clutch at straws. Because they're willing to do anything in order to have a baby, it ’s easy for crooked doctors to cheat them . In the past , doctors would take them for a ride, by “treating” the...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - December 12, 2018 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
Innovative Ultrasound Trial Goes off Without a Hitch and Successfully Treats Early Stage Alzheimer ’s
At West Virginia University ’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, a group of researchers led by neurosurgeon Ali R. Rezai, MD, are successfully using ultrasound waves to treat early stage Alzheimer ’s.The groundbreaking procedure uses microscopic bubbles and a specialized helmet with over 1,000 probes to emit ultrasound waves focused on an exact spot in the brain. In turn, the blood-brain barrier is disrupted, a region in between the brain ’s blood vessels and cells that’s considered practically impenetrable. “It’s protected on one end for us to function but also prevents larger mo...
Source: radRounds - December 8, 2018 Category: Radiology Authors: Julie Morse Source Type: blogs
Optically Pumped Magnetometer to Measure Electric Activity of Fetal Hearts
Assessing the electrical activity of a fetal heart is extremely difficult, since ECG is not an option. Ultrasound is not a substitute for electrical conduction study like ECG, so there’s always a search for a better alternative. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen believe that a new technology they’re working will give clinicians an unprecedented diagnostic tool for fetal cardiac assessment. Published in journal Nature Scientific Reports, the technology relies on a cloud of cesium atoms that is very sensitive to magnetic fields, and therefore able to discern faint electromagnetic signals coming fro...
Source: Medgadget - November 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Cardiology Materials Medicine Pediatrics Source Type: blogs
Brain stimulation during sleep does not enhance memory for learned material
“Learn while you sleep” has been the claim of snake oil salesmen since the 1950s. The old pseudoscience methods involved listening to tapes and records. From a 1958 article byLester David:Max Sherover, president of the Linguaphone Institute of New York ... coined the word “dormiphonics, ” defining it as a “new scientific method that makes quick relaxed learning possible, awake or asleep.” Dormiphonics, declares Mr. Sherover, works by “repeated concentrated impact of selected material on the conscious and subconscious mind.”An “experiment” was conducted at the Tula...
Source: The Neurocritic - September 10, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs
Fractional Reserve Banking and " Austrian " Business Cycles, Part III
Inthe first of this series of posts, I explained that the mere presence of fractional-reserve banks itself has little bearing on an economy ’s rate of money growth, which mainly depends on the growth rate of its stock of basic (commodity or fiat) money. The one exception to this rule, I said, consists of episodes in which growth in an economy’s money stock, defined broadly to include the public’s holdings of readily-redeemable ban k IOUs as well as its holdings of basic money, is due in whole or in part to a decline in bank reserve ratiosIn asecond post, I pointed out that, while falling bank reserve rati...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 28, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs
Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 13th 2018
We report that the disruption of excitation-contraction coupling contributes to impaired force generation in the mouse model of Sod1 deficiency. Briefly, we found a significant reduction in sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase (SERCA) activity as well as reduced expression of proteins involved in calcium release and force generation. Another potential factor involved in EC uncoupling in Sod1-/- mice is oxidative damage to proteins involved in the contractile response. In summary, this study provides strong support for the coupling between increased oxidative stress and disruption of cellular excitation contraction mac...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 12, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Papers Drawn from the Ongoing Investigation of Naked Mole-Rat Biochemistry
A sizable amount of effort is devoted to the comparative biology of aging, and in particular mapping the noteworthy differences between naked mole-rats and other similar-sized rodent species. Naked mole-rats live nearly ten times longer than mice and are near immune to cancer. It is possible that a sufficiently comprehensive understanding of why this is the case could result in therapies for humans, though I believe the odds of this coming to pass in the near future of the next couple of decades are much larger for cancer than aging. Research into calorie restriction mimetic drugs has demonstrated that safely inducing even...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 7, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs
TWiV 504: Flying foxes and barking pigs
The TWiVerinos discuss Nipah virus and the recent outbreak in India, and the first cast of polio in Papua New Guinea in 18 years. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>&lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&amp;lt;span […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - July 29, 2018 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology date palm sap henipavirus Nipah virus outbreak Papua New Guinea poliovirus Smithsonian Institution vaccine viral viruses Source Type: blogs
Papua New Guinea is no longer polio-free
Last week we discussed the case of polio in Venezuela that turned out not to be polio. Unfortunately the same cannot be concluded about a bona fide case of polio in Papua New Guinea. Surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) revealed a 6 year old boy in Papua New Guinea with lower limb weakness on […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 28, 2018 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Information cVDPV OPV Papua New Guinea poliovirus Sabin vaccine reversion viral viruses vrus Source Type: blogs
Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 242
LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog - Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF…introducing Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 242. Readers can subscribe to FFFF RSS or subscribe to the FFFF weekly EMAIL Question 1 Is stuttering more common in boys or girls? Reveal Answer expand(document.getElementById('ddet85544164'));expand(document.getElementById('ddetlink85544164')) Boys. W...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - June 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark Corden Tags: Frivolous Friday Five ASS Austin flint austin flint murmur botulism botulus breath sounds broncho-vesicular King George VI sausage stuttering TLA TOF tonsil guillotine Source Type: blogs
Fight Aging! Newsletter, June 18th 2018
Fight Aging! provides a weekly digest of news and commentary for thousands of subscribers interested in the latest longevity science: progress towards the medical control of aging in order to prevent age-related frailty, suffering, and disease, as well as improvements in the present understanding of what works and what doesn't work when it comes to extending healthy life. Expect to see summaries of recent advances in medical research, news from the scientific community, advocacy and fundraising initiatives to help speed work on the repair and reversal of aging, links to online resources, and much more. This content is...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 17, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Not Everyone Feels the Urgent Need for Therapies to Treat Aging, and this is a Sizable Divide in our Broader Community
One of the many important points made by the advocacy community for rejuvenation research is that participants in the mainstream of medical science and medical regulation are not imbued with a great enough sense of urgency. We are all dying, and yet with each passing year the regulatory process moves ever more slowly, rejects an ever greater number of prospective therapies, becomes ever more expensive. The number of new therapies reaching the clinic falls. Regulators continue to reject the idea that treating aging is an acceptable goal in medicine. We live in an age of revolutionary progress in the capabilities of biotechn...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 16, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Healthy Life Extension Community Source Type: blogs
The Trumpification of Research Ethics: It ’s Now OK to Use Prisoners as Guinea Pigs
By Celia Fisher, PhD Fordham University Federal regulations prohibiting scientists from using prisoners to study health problems not directly related to the causes and conditions of their incarceration are now threatened by the same morally ambiguous forces undermining other U.S. regulations designed to protect the public. As reported in The New York Times, to resolve scientific […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 6, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Ethics and Society Tags: Health Care Informed Consent Research Ethics Celia B. Fisher Celia Fisher Center for Ethics Education coercion exploitation federal regulations Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Human subjects protections In the News I Source Type: blogs
A Live-Attenuated Herpes Simplex Virus Vaccine Candidate
By Gertrud U. Rey There is currently no vaccine to prevent infection with herpes simplex virus type 1 or type 2 (HSV-1 or HSV-2). Infection with either of these viruses results in life-long viral latency. Sporadic reactivation and viral shedding may lead to painful oral and genital disease and an increased risk of HIV transmission. […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - May 25, 2018 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Gertrud Rey Information guinea pig herpes simplex virus herpesvirus latency mouse reactivation vaccine viral viruses Source Type: blogs
A radical new theory proposes that facial expressions are not emotional displays, but “tools for social influence”
Expressing sadness or seeking protection? By Emma Young You’re at a ten-pin bowling alley with some friends, you bowl your first ball – and it’s a strike. Do you instantly grin with delight? Not according to a study of bowlers, who smiled not at a moment of triumph but rather when they pivoted in their lanes, to look at their fellow bowlers. That study provided the earliest evidence for a controversial hypothesis, the Behavioural Ecology View (BECV) of facial displays, outlined in detail in a new opinion piece in Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Carlos Crivelli at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - May 2, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Emotion Faces Social Source Type: blogs
New cross-cultural analysis suggests that g or “general intelligence” is a human universal
By Alex Fradera Intelligence is a concept that some people have a hard time buying. It’s too multifaceted, too context-dependent, too Western. The US psychologist Edwin Boring encapsulated this scepticism when he said “measurable intelligence is simply what the tests of intelligence test.” Yet the scientific credentials of the concept are undimmed, partly because intelligence is strongly associated with so many important outcomes in life. Now Utah Valley University researchers Russell Warne and Cassidy Burningham have released evidence that further strengthens the case for intelligence being a valid ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - April 24, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Cross-cultural Intelligence Source Type: blogs
Which Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Test to Choose?
Due to the collapse of the price of genetic testing and the FDA’s gradual ease of the regulatory environment, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies are booming. You can inquire your deoxyribonucleic acid about your ancestry, health risks, metabolism, and some start-ups even promise you to find true love or your kids’ talents. As the jungle of DTC companies is getting denser, more and more people ask me which genetic tests are worth the try. They love the possibility of getting access to their DNA but don’t know where to start. Here’s the DTC genetic testing kick-starter package! Naviga...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Genomics 23andme ancestry DNA DTC future genetic test Genetic testing genetics Genome genome sequencing Health 2.0 Source Type: blogs
What can we do differently in the next IVF cycle ?
When an IVF cycle fails, this is the commonest question which patients ask - What can we do differently next time ?They naively believe that the fact that the cycle failed means something went "wrong", and if we identify and " correct" this, the next cycle will succeed.This is why doctors do lots of tests; and propose lots of new and more "advanced" treatments, in order to improve the chances of a pregnancy.Here's a list of the tests which may be proposed , to allow the doctor to "investigate" the reason for the failed implantation in more detailsERATB PCRhysteroscopyAnti...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - March 13, 2018 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
Is your IVF doctor ordering too many tests ?
Most patients are understandably wary about signing up for any surgical treatment options which a doctor offers, because they understand that these treatments can be expensive and can have side effects. This is why they take a long time before providing consent for any invasive treatment. Unfortunately, they don't utilize the same skepticism when the doctor advises a panel of tests.It is this unwillingness to question the need for tests which causes so many problems today. The fact of the matter is that too many doctors these days order too many tests. A lot of these tests are unnecessary, because they don't provide a...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - February 17, 2018 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
Device Delivers Sound and Electric Stimulation to Reduce Tinnitus
At the University of Michigan, scientists have developed a non-invasive technology to treat tinnitus, in most sufferers, by training the brain to “desynchronize” and to begin responding properly to real sounds. Their approach involves stimulating touch sensitive nerves using electrodes attached to the skin, while producing sounds, heard through headphones, that coordinate with the electric skin stimulation. This produces so called long-term depression (LTD) in the cochlear nucleus, which led to a reduction in tinnitus symptoms in both guinea pigs and in humans. (Of note, those interested in learning more about ...
Source: Medgadget - January 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: ENT Neurology Source Type: blogs
When Does Being Sexually Uptight Become Dangerous?
Is the US the world’s most uptight nation regarding sex? Maybe not the most, but certainly among them. For example, the US has more laws regulating sexual behavior than all European countries combined. US prudishness is so severe as to be deadly. To end sexual violence and harassment against women, something has to change. Is America the World’s Most Uptight Nation When It Comes to Sex? Less than half of girls and boys in the US have received the HPV vaccinations that can protect them from deadly cancers. Why? Because HPV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI), and discussing teen sexual activity is taboo. ...
Source: World of Psychology - January 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: Brain Blogger Mental Health and Wellness Publishers Sexuality Harassment prudishness Sexual Activity Sexual Behavior Sexual Violence sexually uptight Taboo Source Type: blogs
BioViva Illustrates the Tension Between Progress and Regulation
Elizabeth Parrish of BioViva, you might recall, has made every effort to publicize the follistatin and telomerase gene therapy that she underwent. This is a strategy intended to accelerate progress; I suspect she was not the first, and that others were just more circumspect. The technology exists, it is not expensive in the grand scheme of things, and at the very least hundreds of people have the laboratory access and the knowledge to carry out such an operation. BioViva's efforts, and those of other ventures such as the Odin and Ascendance Biomedical illustrate the tension between desire for progress and desire for regula...
Source: Fight Aging! - December 27, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
New MRI Boasts Unique Magnetic Field Strength
Professor David Lurie has created a MRI that he calls “100 different MRI scanners in one.” The highly sophisticated scanner took 10 years to develop and is now being used to analyze the brains of patients who are recovering from a stroke.Called the Fast Field-Cycling MRI scanner, the machine ’s special power is that its strength can be adjusted during procedures. “This gives an extra dimension to the data collected from each patient, greatly expanding the diagnostic potential,” Lurie toldthe BBC. The researchers hope that the new MRI will help physicians make fine-tuned analyses of their patie...
Source: radRounds - December 22, 2017 Category: Radiology Authors: Julie Morse Source Type: blogs
How many IVF cycles should I do?
This is one of the commonest questions patients who have failed an IVF cycle ask when they come to me for a second opinion.Is it worth doing another IVF cycle? What should I change ? Do I need to do anymore tests ? Should I expect to do three ? or four? How much stamina do I need? How much will this deplete my bank balance? Will multiple IVF cycles damage my health ?Sometimes, with a lot of patients, you know that repeating the IVF treatment is futile, but many patients continue clutching at straws , because they're not willing to accept the truth.Often they read about some fancy new research ( either in the news...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - December 6, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
Unity Farm and Unity Farm Sanctuary Update for November 2017
Starting next month, my daughter Lara will take charge of our instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds, providing daily updates about the Farm and Sanctuary. As we approach winter 2017, we can officially declare that the farm and sanctuary are now fully built and we're transitioning to daily operations. We have over 250 animals at this point, all kept healthy, warm and fed every day. Here's a summary of the past month, as told in pictures.From mid October to early November, the swamp maples, oaks, and poplar take on shades of crimson and bright yellow, turning Unity Lane into the kind road less travele...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - November 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs
Guide to the Diversity Visa: Demographics, Criminality, and Terrorism Risk
ConclusionThe diversity visa is a relatively small green card category that has allowed in about a million legal immigrant principals since 1993, or about 5 percent of the total. As far as we know, immigrants who entered on the diversity visa are responsible for committing one terrorist attack on U.S. soil that murdered eight people. Foreign-born people from countries that have sent many diversity visa immigrants to the United States have lower incarceration rates than native-born Americans. Calls to end the diversity visa based on a single deadly terrorist attack are premature. Table 1Diversity Vis...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 2, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs
A Veterans Day tribute
This is a letter I wrote to my wife’s grandfather for Veterans Day back when he was still alive. He was pretty proud of it, and that made me smile because I knew that if nothing else, he deserved to be proud of what he did for America. When he died a few months ago, I was able to muster up the fortitude to read it at his funeral. Here it is, submitted as a personal tribute to him, as well as to the dying breed of Americans who fought to rid the world of fascism. *** Today I think about you more than any other day of the year. I’ve only known you for about a decade, but a single event in ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 21, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/keith-pochick" rel="tag" > Keith Pochick, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Emergency Medicine Source Type: blogs
Travel Ban Is Based on Executive Whim, Not Objective Criteria
ConclusionFor countries on the list, and for any country wishing to remain off the list, it is vitally important that they understand which factors led to their inclusion or exclusion. If the United States is acting in good faith —seeking to change behavior as opposed to looking for an excuse to ban people—its criteria should be clearly explained and understood. The Iran nuclear deal, for example, hasvery precise requirements for Iran to avoid sanctions, down to the exact percentage of purity for its enriched uranium. This is very far from the case here.No consistent combination of factors or mitigating factors...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 9, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs
How to Do Just about Anything
You're reading How to Do Just about Anything, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. There are few satisfactions greater in life than setting goals, working toward them, and achieving goals. Of course, it also stinks when you fail miserably at a goal, but let’s pretend that doesn’t happen. Setting goals is step zero in the process of doing just about anything. Next, you should Set aside an hour a day to learn This is helpful regardless of whether you have a goal in mind. Spend an hour every day lear...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brains Report Tags: self improvement achieving goals best self improvement blog goal setting journaling persistence pickthebrain Source Type: blogs
The futile quest for certainty in IVF treatment.
Every couple who does IVF wants to get pregnant in the first cycle, and of course, every IVF doctor wants their patients to get pregnant in the first cycle as well ! It's very fulfilling to be able to add so much happiness to your patients' life by giving them a deeply loved baby, and if we had a 100% success rate, our life would be much easier !Unfortunately, our IVF technology still has a long way to go .While we're good at doing certain things, there are lots of gaps in our knowledge . This is especially true after we've transferred an embryo back into the uterus. This is literally a black box , and we have no idea what...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - September 28, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
Baby Foreskin Is Being Used To Make Vaccines
Conclusion Vaccine companies have regularly used blood and body parts from killed cows, dogs, worms, mice, chickens, human babies, monkeys, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, rats, etc., to make these vaccines, so using foreskin from newborn babies may not surprise some. For many, it is appalling.  Circumcisions fuel multi-billion dollar industries. If you see neonatal foreskin for sale, which is very easy to find on the internet, remember that these newborn children didn’t consent to being circumcised and they didn’t consent for their foreskin to be sold, used for research purposes, or to be injected into the...
Source: vactruth.com - September 28, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Augustina Ursino Tags: Augustina Ursino Top Stories circumcision truth about vaccines Source Type: blogs