Sunny Suffolk – Lackford Lakes
Paid just our second visit of the year to Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve in the hope of seeing the Siskins that had been reported there this week. We stopped off at the ringing hut where two of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust team had netted various birds (Treecreeper, Blue, Great and Marsh Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Robin, and others) and were carefully recording the recatches and ringing any new catches for their conservation efforts. So, what did we see on the day? Not in order of sighting but loosely grouped: Siskin Goldfinch Redpoll Great Tit Blue Tit Long-tailed Tit Coal Tit Marsh Tit Dunnock Robin Nuthatch Wren Tre...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - November 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Birds Source Type: blogs

poem
 American SycamoreI wish I knew more about treesCould differentiate an oak from an elmBy sight.  Like a child, I know deciduousFrom pine. I know the white barkOf the birch. But that ’s the extent of itI suppose I could look itAll up.  Get a copy of “FieldGuide to the Trees of Ohio ”.But that would be cheating.  And all those poems littered With sugar maples and chestnutsWould be pretentious fakes.I always run up againstThe limits of language With regard to specificity.For instance, who exactlyAm I? What phony appellation shouldI conjure for proper designation? You can ’t just...
Source: Buckeye Surgeon - November 23, 2021 Category: Surgery Authors: Jeffrey Parks MD FACS Source Type: blogs

How We Wrested Control of Our Rx Drug Spending. Maybe You Can, too.
This week, we ' ve heard reporting that the big Congressional bill which was supposed to include a provision for Medicare, which is the taxpayer-funded senior insurance plan to actually negotiate prices on prescription drugs (just as most other countries, as well as the Veteran ' s Administration [VA] already do right now) was going to be omitted because of a handful of PhRMA-bankrolled lawmakers pushed to kill it. That said, it isn ' t over until its over. Although we don ' t know what she might or might not do, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi still has some tricks in her own playbook if it doesn ' t happen a...
Source: Scott's Web Log - November 1, 2021 Category: Endocrinology Tags: coupon-generating websites apps PBM prescriptions Source Type: blogs

Endangered Species and Morality
Randal O'TooleTwo weeks ago, the Fish&  Wildlife Service proposed to declare23 endangered species, including theivory ‐​billed woodpecker, to be extinct. Since the woodpecker had been sighted as recently as 2006 and many hold out hope that it survives, the agency ’s proposal seems to be more of an attempt to gain support (and funding) for its programs.The bald eagle was in danger of extinction in 1973, when the Endangered Species Act was passed, and now has healthy populations in 49 states. Yet the Endangered Species Act probably was not the primary reason for its recovery.Photo by Andy Morflew.This makes i...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 12, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Randal O ' Toole Source Type: blogs

A Jekyll And Hyde Emotion? Research On Anger, Digested
This study provided evidence of “the important role of anger in the psychological process underlying moral courage,” the team wrote. Of course, a person’s individual moral framework is crucial here, though. If the sight of women venturing outdoors alone or going to work, say, deeply offends you, then your resulting outrage will likely propel you to action, too. Expressing anger can also make you seem more authentic and sincere. At least, this was suggested by a 2021 study of Kickstarter pitch videos. Entrepreneurs are often encouraged to be only positive about their ventures, commented the researchers. But they fo...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - October 12, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Anger Source Type: blogs

The people we can be
A lot of the lyrics to my songs come out ad lib when I have a go at recording a first-pass demo of a new tune. I usually then edit them into shape as the song evolves. But, sometimes they have a bit more of a story, and although the basics just emerge as I’m putting it together, they do get more craft occasionally. My latest conflates a couple of encounters Mrs Sciencebase and I have had with Paris over the years. The most recent encounter was from a high altitude, a few years ago we were flying back at night from a trip to Croatia and could see Paris from the airliner. The Eiffel Tower was illuminated and looked lik...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - October 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Music Source Type: blogs

The people we can be – a song
Listen on SoundCloud or BandCamp A lot of the lyrics to my songs come out ad lib when I have a go at recording a first-pass demo of a new tune. I usually then edit them into shape as the song evolves. But, sometimes they have a bit more of a story, and although the basics just emerge as I’m putting it together, they do get more craft occasionally. My latest conflates a couple of encounters Mrs Sciencebase and I have had with Paris over the years. The most recent encounter was from a high altitude, a few years ago we were flying back at night from a trip to Croatia and could see Paris from the airliner. The Eiffel Tow...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - October 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Music Source Type: blogs

A song of courtship, love, memories, and a life together
Listen on SoundCloud or BandCamp A lot of the lyrics to my songs come out ad lib when I have a go at recording a first-pass demo of a new tune. I usually then edit them into shape as the song evolves. But, sometimes they have a bit more of a story, and although the basics just emerge as I’m putting it together, they do get more craft occasionally. My latest conflates a couple of encounters Mrs Sciencebase and I have had with Paris over the years. The most recent encounter was from a high altitude, a few years ago we were flying back at night from a trip to Croatia and could see Paris from the airliner. The Eiffel Tow...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - October 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Music Source Type: blogs

Could smartphones and ride-sharing apps solve transportation in healthcare?
Patients living in rural, suburban or urban areas with poor infrastructure often don’t have the proper means to get to the doctor’s appointment on time. In extreme cases, they have to wait even for emergency situations so much that they can call an ambulance and receive care in a hospital. Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft offer non-emergency medical transportation services, while start-ups, such as Circulation or Ride Health also promise to deal with the issue. Could smartphones and networked services solve transportation in healthcare? Why is getting to the doctor such a hassle? Wherever they...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Future of Medicine Health Insurance Healthcare Design Telemedicine & Smartphones Hospital patient startup transportation uber lyft ride-hailing medical transportation NEMT Circulation Kaizen Helth Veyo Ambulnz RoundTrip Source Type: blogs

Relative risk perception and public investment
 Motor vehicles are not quite in the top 10 causes of death in the U.S.The way the CDC categorizes causes of death, unintentional injuries are number 3, about 173,000 deaths per year, and motor vehicle-related injuries constitute about 1/3 of those. If you were to extract those 40,000+ motor vehicle deaths they would probably be at about #11. (This data is from 2019, and for 2020 Covid has undoubtedly bumped up cause number 9, " influenza and pneumonia, from 9 to 3 making unintentional injuries number 4, but we can hope this is temporary.) However, unlike the other leading causes of death, which disproportionatel...
Source: Stayin' Alive - September 21, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Finding the Beauty in Chaos
A new beginning that looks an awful lot like the old one.When I set out to explore fractal art, I face a confusing array of controls& parameters. It has taken me years to develop the eye to select the best cropping, the most flattering palette, and the most interesting settings, then present them in a pleasing manner. Without this discipline, the fractal is an utter mess with no focus. By making a few poorly chosen decisions, the same mathematical location and the same color palette can appear completely different —and far less appealing.Of course, anybody with the time and desire to learn the software can produce pl...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 19, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Family Goodreads Journaling Visualizing Writing Source Type: blogs

Policies, Techies, VCS: Musings From a Futurist
By IAN MORRISON I should’ve been in Paris last week on vacation with my wife, instead I listened in to the Policies Techies VCS:  What’s Next For Healthcare conference (I’ll explain why later).  Matthew Holt and Jessica DaMassa did a magnificent job of assembling the Who’s Who of digital health tech to wax lyrical about what the new kids on the block were up to, where it is all headed, and what it will mean for the system. (Full disclosure Matthew and Jess are friends of mine, I hired Matthew from Stanford almost 30 years ago to join the Institute For The Future (IFTF) and have watched proudly as he ha...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Health Tech Futurists Ian Morrison Policies Techies VCs Source Type: blogs

Wednesday Bible Study: Sing that thing
1 Samuel 2 is very long. It isn ' t clear why the monks didn ' t split it in half because the first part, Hannah ' s prayer, is really unrelated to the rest of it. The text doesn ' t say that this is sung rather than spoken, but one suspects it is intended as a song. These songs are commonly put in the mouths of women. Miriam organized an all female song and dance party after the exodus, and we see women singing and dancing on other occasions. We don ' t know the provenance of this poem or song -- nor really of any of the material so far. But it does seem anachronistic in referring to a king, since there had never been an ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - September 8, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Cancer
I sometimes like to open my posts with a joke. But not this time. There isn ' t a joke for this.Mrs. Dalai has cancer.How ' s that for a kick in the ass? I am neither vain nor arrogant enough to think that I could write the ultimate treatise on dealing with a loved one ' s cancer. There are any number of engaging stories out there on Caring Bridge and the like. You don ' t want to read a tear-jerker anyway, nor do you want to endure every last boring and/or gory detail. Mrs. Dalai would be very upset with me if I shared all that. Hell, she ' s probably going to be upset with me for writing this at all. She is a very p...
Source: Dalai's PACS Blog - September 4, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: blogs

Having a Bad Day? Here Are 21 Things You Can Do to Turn It Around
“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” Henry David Thoreau “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson Some days are great, better than you would have expected when you rolled out of the bed in the morning. Quite a few days are just good and OK days. And then we have the other ones. The days that just wind up being bad. What do you do then? I used to let them drag me down and I often wound up having not just one but a couple of bad days because of whatever happened. Nowadays I do things a bit differently. And this week I'd like to s...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - August 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Personal Development Source Type: blogs