Flying The Flag For Patients
Patient-centricity rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the blockbuster era. After decades of focus almost entirely on the prescription pads of physicians (we even supplied the pens!), it was only a handful of years ago that pharma companies felt the winds of change on their faces. Many tacked to catch those winds in their sails.However, turning a vessel as large and unwieldy as a multinational corporation is no easy task. Getting sales reps, marketers, medical affairs, health economists, clinicians, scientists and senior managers to stop asking, What do HCPs need? and start asking, What do patients need? was always going...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Hugh Gosling Source Type: news

Featured Review: Multifactorial and multiple component interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community
" It is crucial that people have an understanding of what interventions work in what populations so as to make correct clinical and policy practice related decisions. ”An international team, supported by   Cochrane Bone, Joint& Muscle Trauma, assessed whether fall-prevention strategies that target two or more risk factors for falls are effective in preventing falls in older people living in the community.As people age they are more likely to fall. Although most fall-related injuries are minor, they can cause significant pain and discomfort, affect a person's confidence and lead to a loss of independence...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Abusive Unlicensed Care Homes Are'Hidden In Plain Sight' In America, Researcher Says
After completing a year-long study on unlicensed care homes in the United States, researchers are recommending among other things further investigation, more oversight and new ways to locate homes where they say “egregious crimes” are being committed against the elderly, disabled and mentally ill. (Source: Healthcare News)
Source: Healthcare News - July 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robin Seaton Jefferson, Contributor Source Type: news

NinePoint Medical lifts Namati to the corner office | Personnel Moves – July 10, 2018
NinePoint Medical said earlier this month that it appointed Eman Namati as its new president and chief executive officer, succeeding Christopher von Jako who will remain on the company’s board of directors. Namati joined NinePoint Medical at its inception in 2010 as a technical co-founder, and operated as R&D VP for the past four years, the Bedford, Mass.-based company said. “With the recent strategic partnership NinePoint entered into with Merit Medical, along with Eman’s long history with the technology, business acumen, and strong leadership, this was a natural choice for the Board and a great next...
Source: Mass Device - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Alfred Mann Foundation Bonesupport Cutera Inc. Endologix GE Healthcare iRhythm Technologies Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. NinePoint Medical Inc. personnel-moves RTI Surgical SeaSpine second-sight-medical Source Type: news

EndoGastric Solutions adds $31m
EndoGastric Solutions, which last week reported raising more than $25 million, said today that the total raise was $30.5 million. Redmond, Wash.-based EndoGastric Solutions said the round was led by existing backers Advanced Technology Ventures, Canaan Partners, Canepa Healthcare, Chicago Growth Partners, CRG, Radius Ventures, Sightline Partners and “several new healthcare investors excited about EGS’ commercial advances.” In a regulatory filing last week the company said it raised $25.4 million from 28 investors as part of a $35.5 million offering. Today EGS said it plans to use the i...
Source: Mass Device - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Funding Roundup Wall Street Beat endogastricsolutions Source Type: news

UNISON vows to fight for the Good Friday Agreement
UNISON vowed to support members in Northern Ireland and the union’s structures in the nation to defend the Good Friday Agreement and work for human rights, when its national delegate conference opened for business in Brighton this morning. Motions on delivering on the promise of the agreement, and protecting human rights and equality in Northern Ireland were at the top of the agenda as delegates began their discussions. In the year that marks the 20th anniversary of the agreement, Gabrielle Carton of Northern Ireland UNISON, told delegates that the union “has always fought for a just peace, not just the absence...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2018 National Delegate Conference Northern Ireland Source Type: news

Book Review: The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques
Managing anxiety symptoms with medication can be effective, but is not always a great long-term solution. Anxiety happens for a variety of reasons. It may be experienced when there are too many stressors making someone feel overwhelmed with no change in sight. Or it may be a matter of cutting down on caffeine intake. Unfortunately, not knowing the cause or fix for anxiety typically tends to make people more anxious. In The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It, Margaret Wehrenberg acknowledges the complexity of managing anxiety and offers...
Source: Psych Central - June 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tina Arnoldi Tags: Anti-anxiety Book Reviews General Happiness Healthy Living Mindfulness Neuroscience Self-Help Anxiety Management help for anxiety Source Type: news

OptoVue wins FDA nod for AngioAnalytics tech
Ophthalmological-focused developer Optovue said yesterday it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its AngioAnalytics optical coherence tomography angiography blood vessel measurement tech designed to aid in managing disease that cause progressive blindness. The Fremont, Calif.-based company said it also won clearance for its 3D projection artifact removal software, designed to improve OCTA image quality to allow for accurate measurements and interpretation of its OCTA images. OptoVue touted that the newly cleared AngioAnalytics tech adds to its currently released AngioVue OCTA technology designed to provide high-resoluti...
Source: Mass Device - June 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Imaging Optical/Ophthalmic Regulatory/Compliance Optovue Source Type: news

Is There an End in Sight for J & amp;J Divestitures?
Johnson & Johnson has received an offer for its sterilization unit. The New Brunswick, NJ-based company said Fortive is seeking to acquire the business for $2.7 billion. The sterilization business is part of the Ethicon division and earned about $775 million in sales in 2017. J&J has 120 days to accept the offer and if the deal goes through it could close no later than early 2019. Fortive said it would finance the acquisition through debt or equity and with available cash. The company said it expects the deal to add to adjusted earnings in the first full year after the transaction. "As we balance the interests...
Source: MDDI - June 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Sterilization Source Type: news

When Did Humans Discover Fire? The Answer Depends on What You Mean By ‘Discover’
Fire is one of the most important forces on Earth. The use of fire by humans has long been considered as a defining property of intelligence, separating us from other animals. The exact timing of the discovery and use of fire by humans has been a subject of continuing research, yet perhaps two questions have, until now, received little attention: What was fire on Earth like before humans appeared? And what experience of fire could early humans have had? Three main components are needed for fire. First, there must be a fuel to burn. Second, oxygen must be available — after all, combustion is essentially an oxidation p...
Source: TIME: Science - June 1, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Andrew C. Scott Tags: Uncategorized Books Science Source Type: news

Why Milk, Meat & Eggs Can Make a Big Difference to World ’s Most Nutritionally Vulnerable People
By Silvia AlonsoADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Jun 1 2018 (IPS)As the world becomes increasingly aware of the growing demands being made of our planet, more and more of us are making lifestyle choices to reduce our negative environmental impact and carbon footprint. Understandably, this has led to calls for changes to our diets, including reducing the amount of livestock-derived foods, such as meat, milk and eggs, we consume.However, a new, extensive review of research published today (JUNE1) has found that these foods can make an important difference to nutritional well-being in the first 1,000 days of life, with life-long benefi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Silvia Alonso Tags: Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Environment Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Green Economy Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Source Type: news

Managing Dental Anxiety
Fear of going to the dentist is a common health-care related anxiety. Patients often express a broad range of triggers, such as the fear of pain, claustrophobia, needles, sounds, or sensations. Unfortunately, long term avoidance of oral healthcare can lead to deeply debilitating problems that can be physically, psychologically and socially impactful. Our mouth represents a center point for our survival, by impacting our ability to eat comfortably and communicate. So, caring for this immensely important part of our bodies is crucial for both our general health and psychological wellbeing.  Often minor dental problems c...
Source: Psych Central - May 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dr. Samuel Rosehill Tags: Anxiety General Habits Healthy Living Panic Disorder Phobias anxious thoughts Coping Skills dental anxiety dentist anxiety overwhelm Personal Hygiene worry Source Type: news

How Drones Are Helping Scientists Study and Protect Endangered Whales
The above video was provided by Intel. If you’re a six-foot human standing on a paddleboard, it’s just as well you don’t know that a 60-foot, 40-ton humpback whale with 16-foot flippers is surfacing directly beneath you. The only thing more unsettling would be if there were four 60-ft., 40-ton humpback whales with 16-foot flippers doing the same. Just such a don’t-look-down moment played out off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai in 2016. Ordinarily, it would have been the kind of experience that the paddleboarder—who came through unharmed—would have described to his friends with...
Source: TIME: Science - May 31, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Drones Source Type: news

Are We Growing Numb To The Opioid Epidemic?
By Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, author of The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs (out now on Simon & Schuster) It’s clear to me, as a public health doctor and journalist, that there have been fewer news stories on the opioid epidemic in recent months, in print, online, and on the radio and TV. While I don’t have a major survey to point to, my work demands that I pay attention to this epidemic and the stories written about it — and that I encourage others to take it seriously as well. Have we grown numb to the people who are dying every day? To the families thrown into...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health opioid epidemic Simon & Schuster Source Type: news

4 ways to make the most of the sun this summer
(Natural News) Summer is a season that doesn’t seem to last long enough for many of us, so when the sun is out and it’s hot, you definitely want to make the most of it. However, this can lead to inappropriate exposure and we end up cursing the sun for our short-sightedness in preparing ourselves... (Source:
Source: - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changing the Climate: How Public Health, Cities, and the Media Can Advance Climate Solutions
Boston University. 04/20/2018 This day-long symposium brings together thought leaders from public health, cities, and journalism to develop strategies that bring greater attention to, and produce visionary actions that address, the global climate challenge. Panelists discuss how many cities are developing far-sighted policies to reduce carbon emissions while also adapting to ongoing changes. Public health researchers are documenting how urban climate solutions can directly benefit the health of local residents, but this research has not yet been communicated in a manner that has motivated effective action. (Video or Multim...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Alligators on the beach? Killer whales in rivers? Get used to it
(Duke University) Sightings of alligators and other large predators in places where conventional wisdom says they 'shouldn't be' have increased in recent years, in large part because local populations, once hunted to near-extinction, are rebounding. A new Duke-led paper finds that far from being outliers, these sightings signify the return of highly adaptable predators to prime hunting grounds they occupied long ago -- a trend that opens new opportunities for future conservation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 7, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Sight Sciences launches pivotal trial of TearCare dry-eye disease treatment
Ophthalmic medical device company Sight Sciences today announced the launch of a new pivotal trial exploring the safety and effectiveness of its TearCare system in patients with dry eye disease. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company’s TearCare system is a wearable therapeutic eyelid technology designed to deliver energy over a specified period to liquify meibum, an oily coating on the eye’s surface which prevents tear film evaporation. The device allows the patient to blink and for the eye to remain comfortably open during the procedure, Sight Sciences said. “We need additional treatment options ...
Source: Mass Device - April 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Optical/Ophthalmic Sight Sciences Source Type: news

Entering a Golden Age of Medical Materials
Materials science is a field that is constantly evolving as technologies advance around us at lightning pace. New trends and developments continue to drive device innovation, but they also push new materials to the forefront as well. Device makers and engineers have made great strides in using these new materials to create exciting new technologies, with recent discoveries made from advances in medical electronics, biomaterials, plastics, and soft materials. Jacqueline Anim is the principal material engineer for Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson that manufactures surgical systems and instruments. She currently...
Source: MDDI - April 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Kristopher Sturgis Tags: MD & M East (New York) Materials Source Type: news

SightLife Surgical rebrands as CorneaGen
SightLife Surgical said today it is rebranding under the moniker CorneaGen, with plans to launch several new products under the new brand. Products set to launch under the new name include tissue storage media with antifungal Ampho B, Geuder preloaded glass cannula for DMEK and Intacs corneal implants for keratoconus, which join the company’s recent acquisition of the AcuFocus Kamra inlay. “Corneal implants are a natural fit with CorneaGen’s growing family of innovative  corneal products and services. The Kamra Inlay acquisition makes sense because of CorneaGen’s long-standing relationship...
Source: Mass Device - April 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Optical/Ophthalmic sightlife Source Type: news

Medtronic taps Harvard cardiologist Mauri for clinical research VP | Personnel Moves – April 10, 2018
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said last week it tapped Harvard Medical School professor and cardiologist Dr. Laura Mauri as its new vice president of global clinical research and analytics. In the new position, Dr. Mauri will direct dynamic global clinical research strategies as well as the development of novel analytical and data science solutions as the Fridley, Minn.-baesd company looks to address “expanding global requirements for clinical evidence for our products.” Dr. Mauri is slated to assume the role on September 1, Medtronic said. Prior to joining Medtronic, Dr. Mauri served as chief scientific officer of...
Source: Mass Device - April 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Avedro Inc. Clarify Medical GE Harvard Henry Schein Medical Mauna Kea Technologies Medtronic milestonescientific Nemaura Medical Omnicell Inc. personnel-moves Second Sight Stryker Source Type: news

Basking sharks gather in large groups off northeast US coast
(NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center) Groups of basking sharks ranging from as few as 30 to nearly 1,400 individual animals have been observed aggregating in waters from Nova Scotia to Long Island. While individual sightings are fairly common, seeing large groups is not. The reason why the animals congregate has not been clearly determined, and observations of these aggregation events are relatively rare. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 30, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Could This Device Replace Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment?
SetPoint Medical has launched a pilot trial to assess the safety and efficacy of a bioelectronics device in patients, who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and who are not adequately responsive to multiple biologic agents. The study will enroll a total of 15 subjects, aged 22 to 75, across seven U.S. investigational centers. Valencia, CA-based SetPoint's approach toward treating RA is designed to supplement the body's natural inflammatory reflex by providing "built-in" therapy and is intended to improve safety compared with drugs or biologic solutions. Currently pharmaceutical options are used to treat...
Source: MDDI - March 26, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Digital Health Implants Source Type: news

Zimmer Biomet picks ex-Covidien exec Lannum for IR chief | Personnel Moves – March 20, 2018
Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) said yesterday it tapped former Covidien investor relations head Coleman Lannum as its investor relations senior VP, reporting directly to prez & CEO Bryan Hanson. Lannum has more than 15 years in investor relations, having held positions with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:MNK), Covidien and Tyco Healthcare. During his time with Covidien, Lannum oversaw the company’s initial public offering, which was the largest-ever in healthcare, and led the investor relations efforts for its merger with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) in 2015, according to a press release.  Ima...
Source: Mass Device - March 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Biocoat Cogmedix Covidien Draeger Medical Elekta EMC Corp. Imaging3 imetechnologies Mallinckrodt Medtronic personnel-moves Siemens Sight Sciences Tyco Healthcare Varex Imaging zimmerbiomet Source Type: news

No Ordinary Match
Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta poses with Lions Clubs International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal and a Unified Football team during the medal ceremony at Loresho Primary school in Nairobi, Kenya- 27 February 2018.By David S. EvangelistaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19 2018 (IPS)The parched earth made for a tough football pitch, but the youth of Loresho Primary school were determined. It was blue against yellow- two teams competing for the coveted prize of pride and victory. In every way, this was the typical backdrop of a primary school. Pressed uniforms, dust rising from the running feet of an active student body, and the buzz o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David S. Evangelista Tags: Africa Aid Education Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Sen. Maggie Hassan Enters TIME ’s ‘Opioid Diaries’ Into the Senate Record
Sen. Maggie Hassan on Thursday entered TIME’s recent issue on the opioid crisis into the Senate record. The move came during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing, during which senators discussed strategies to fight drug addiction and heard from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. “I would like unanimous consent to enter some narrative and some photos from this week’s TIME magazine, called The Opioid Diaries,” Hassan said during the hearing. “It is compelling and I think the pictures in particular capture what is happening in our c...
Source: TIME: Health - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized Congress opioid crisis Opioid Diaries Source Type: news

Book Review: Mindful Eating
How long does it take you to eat lunch? 10 minutes? 15 minutes? Have you ever found yourself sitting at your desk or in front of the TV, realizing that you have no recollection of what you’ve eaten? If so, you’re not alone. We live in a busy world, where fast is expected. This impacts us in all areas, including the way we eat. Mindless eating does not necessarily imply a disorder needing psychiatric assistance. It is a habit that many of us employ when we’re simply not paying attention. In Mindful Eating, Jan Chozen Bays, MD shares how to have a better relationship with food through mindful eating. S...
Source: Psych Central - March 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tina Arnoldi Tags: Binge Eating Book Reviews Bulimia Diet & Nutrition Eating Disorders Healthy Living Mindfulness Self-Help Weight Loss books about eating mindful eating Source Type: news

Florida's Long-Lost Wild Flamingos Were Hiding In Plain Sight
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Source: NPR Health and Science - March 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nancy Klingener Source Type: news

LimFlow hopes to give end-stage CLI patients an alternative to amputation with its pDVA system
Earlier this year the FDA accepted LimFlow’s Percutaneous Deep Vein Arterialization system into its Breakthrough Device Program. CEO Dan Rose is hopeful that that designation, along with an increased feasibility study size, will help get the company’s pDVA product to critical limb ischemia patients in the US facing limb amputations with no other options. “There are over 270,000 ischemic major amputations in U.S. and Europe every year and these patients have no option today,” Rose said in an interview with “We’re really trying to provide a new solution for patients who hav...
Source: Mass Device - March 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Vascular LimFlow Source Type: news

Long-term blackouts are a harsh reality: 7 scary challenges you probably aren’t prepared for
(Natural News) A bug-out bag is only good for 72 hours, which is fine if the blackout in your area lasts no longer than three days. But what will you do if you’re stuck in a long-term blackout with no help in sight? (h/t to For this article, a long-term blackout may last for... (Source:
Source: - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

German NnBU looks to fund newborn device dev with cryptocurrency offering
German medical device maker NnBU Holdings is looking to support the development of its device designed to improve outcomes for babies delivered by Caesarean-section through an unusual path – the company this week revealed plans to raise $18.5 million (EU €15 million) through an “Initial Coin Offering.” The NnBU device in development is designed to massage the torso of C-section newborns to stimulate the positive stresses of natural birth, and focuses light on the baby’s fontanel to create a “comfortable waking process for the newborn baby,” the company claims. The company said that ...
Source: Mass Device - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Pediatrics nnbuholdings Source Type: news

Greg Laurie Talks Steve McQueen, Faith and Mesothelioma
“Steve McQueen: American Icon” — a feature documentary about the life, faith and cancer battle of the legendary actor — arrives on DVD and digital HD release Tuesday. Nicknamed “The King of Cool,” McQueen is known for his tough guy roles and action-packed sequences in films such as “Bullitt,” “The Great Escape” and “The Towering Inferno.” He received an Academy Award nomination in 1967 for his leading role in “The Sand Pebbles” and became the highest-paid movie star in the world in 1974. Shortly after, McQueen disconnected from Hollywood in...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 20, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: “Steve McQueen American Icon Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Barbara Minty McQueen Greg Laurie Harvest Christian Fellowship Jon Erwin Leonard DeWitt pleural mesothelioma Sammy Mason The King of Cool Source Type: news

Ethiopian women and girls see “remarkable results” in ending child marriage
KOLLA TEMBEIN, Ethiopia – Not long ago, the sight of a 10-year-old bride was a common occurrence in Ethiopia ’s Kolla Tembein District, said Daniel Hagos, the district’s chief administrator.  But the community’s women and girls are mobilizing to change things – and they are seeing enormous success.“We are getting remarkable results in the fight against child marriage,” said Atsede Girmay, one of the volunteers in this effort. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Lost Mayan City Discovered Under Guatemala Jungle
(GUATEMALA CITY) — Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defense works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought. The discoveries, which included industrial-sized agricultural fields and irrigation canals, were announced Thursday by an alliance of U.S., European and Guatemalan archaeologists working with Guatemala’s Mayan Heritage and Nature Foundation. The study estimates that roughly 10 million people may have lived w...
Source: TIME: Science - February 3, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APW onetime World Source Type: news

Solving the mystery of a shapeshifting neck tumor
Jaedin, 10 years old, holds the control for a remote-controlled race car, Christmas 2017. Amanda Brown couldn’t shake an uneasy intuition that something just seemed “off” throughout her second pregnancy. During a scheduled caesarian section at her local hospital in North Carolina, her instinct proved to be true. “I had given birth to my first son by C-section so I knew what to expect,” Amanda says. “But this time around, as the surgeons totally stalled in the middle of the delivery, I thought to myself, ‘it doesn’t take this long to pull a baby out.’” When her son...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 24, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Kat J. McAlpine Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Center for Airway Disorders cervical teratoma Dr. Reza Rahbar germ cell tumor Neck and Skullbase Surgery Program at Boston Children's NICU Solid Tumors Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Source Type: news

Starwatch: the moon and a pair of star clusters
The waxing moon is moving towards the Pleiades and HyadesThe Moon approaches two star clusters on the evening of 26 January. Both clusters are located in Taurus and can be seen with the naked eye. Find the waxing Moon in the south-west, then look to its upper right to see a tight grouping of stars known as thePleiades, or Seven Sisters. These stars all formed together some time within the last 100 million years. To the upper left is a more spread-out V-shaped cluster known as theHyades. Roughly six times the age of the Pleiades, the Hyades is the closest star cluster to Earth, just 150 light years away. But don ’t be...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 21, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Clark Tags: Astronomy The moon Science Space Source Type: news

Can a DIY fertility test help you plan when to have a baby?
A new wave of tech startups is promising women detailed insights into their ability to conceive. But experts are scepticalMy sisters, aged 27 and 30, are seated at their computers poring over the slick websites of companies promising to reveal secrets to them about their fertility. “Get insight into how your fertility is tracking relative to your age,” promises one. “Get the tools you need to have more control over your fertility,” says a second. “Gauge how long you have left to conceive,” says a third. The tests, which look at the levels of one or more female horm ones in the blood, sty...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 21, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Zo ë Corbyn Tags: Reproduction Technology Fertility problems Biology Health Society Science Women Life and style Source Type: news

How to Overcome Stage Fright in Almost Any Situation
“A little bit of stage fright, then I’m ready.” – Faith Hill Fear of speaking before an audience plagues many of us. It certainly held me captive for a few years in my early business career. Yet, whether standing on stage to deliver an extemporaneous speech or before your boss and co-workers when you give a presentation, or in front of assembled family members or friends, the ability to get past stage fright is a useful skill to master. Here are some suggestions on how to overcome it. Know the material. It’s never going to benefit you to get in front of an audience and wing it. No matter how c...
Source: Psych Central - December 20, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Anxiety Self-Help Stress anxious thoughts Fear jitter performance anxiety Public Speaking stage fright worry Source Type: news

How Much Should Device Designers Really Know about Micro-Coaxial or Twin-Axial Cables?
This article highlights the subtle impact that manufacturing steps have on an overall cable cost. He demonstrates how adding additional colors to the cable results in the non-obvious effect of lowering the overall assembly cost. Understanding the manufacturing process is always valuable. Customers should visit their suppliers whenever possible. Sometimes seeing the equipment in operation makes all the difference in understanding how a product is made and the impact that a design change might have. Hitachi Metals and Hitachi Cable America specialize in the field of very small cables and cable bundles. Hitachi Cable Am...
Source: MDDI - December 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Richard Roth Tags: MD & M West (Anaheim) Materials Source Type: news

Neuroscientists show deep brain waves occur more often during navigation and memory formation
FINDINGSUCLA neuroscientists are the first to show that rhythmic waves in the brain called theta oscillations happen more often when someone is navigating an unfamiliar environment, and that the more quickly a person moves, the more theta oscillations take place — presumably to process incoming information faster.In an unexpected finding, theta oscillations were most prominent in a blind person who relied on a cane to move. The scientists hypothesized that a sightless person explores a strange environment through multiple senses, which would require more brain activity to process the extra sensory input.BACKGROUNDThe...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 11, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

ADHD and Adults: How to Use Your Strengths to Succeed
ADHD coach Aaron D. Smith regularly works with clients who believe something is inherently wrong with them. After all, for years, they’ve been criticized, ridiculed and reprimanded—maybe by their parents or teachers or other authority figures, he said. For years, clinicians and doctors have hyper-focused on the problems of ADHD. They viewed ADHD from a deficit-based model, versus seeing positive traits or strengths. People with ADHD feel like ‘they are the problem’ not their behaviors.” They feel inadequate. They feel shame and self-doubt. This is especially true for people who were diagnosed ...
Source: Psych Central - December 10, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Attention Deficit Disorder Creativity Disorders General Motivation and Inspiration Self-Esteem Self-Help Stress Students Work Issues Adhd ADHD and success harnessing strengths School Source Type: news

UCLA faculty voice: DACA students represent the students we want, the doctors we need
UCLADr. Clarence Braddock IIIClarence Braddock III is vice dean for education of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Kelsey Martin is dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Thiscolumn originally appeared in U.S. News and World Report.Many eloquent voices have been raised in opposition to the move by President Trump and some members of Congress to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, justly protesting the profoundly negative, destructive impact it would have on the individuals and properly condemning its inconsistency with our values and history as a nation. We seek to add...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 30, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Blog Post: Supreme Court makes momentous decision on Minimum Unit pricing in Scotland
Today the Supreme Court has ruled that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol is legal. This is a momentous decision, following five years of legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association. It means that the Scottish Government can now implement MUP and allow a potentially game-changing alcohol policy to finally be introduced. After years of public debate on the merits and politics of MUP, we may lose sight of the basic principle behind it. MUP establishes a minimum price below which a unit of alcohol can be sold. It is not a new tax on alcohol, and – unlike alcohol taxes – it applies equally regardless o...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 15, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News minimum unit pricing Source Type: news

UCLA helps many to live long and prosper
In Westwood, more than 100 faculty experts from 25 departments have embarked on anall-encompassing push to cut the health and economic impacts of depression in half by the year 2050. The mammoth undertaking will rely on platforms developed by the new Institute for Precision Health, which will harness the power of big data and genomics to move toward individually tailored treatments and health-promotion strategies.On the same 419 acres of land, researchers across the spectrum, from the laboratory bench to the patient bedside, are ushering in a potentially game-changing approach to turning the body ’s immune defenses a...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 9, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Lack of International Action on Rohingya Crisis Called a “Disgrace”
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 2017 (IPS)As the crisis in Myanmar reaches unprecedented levels, frustration is at its peak as the international community remains slow to respond and act cohesively. Over 600,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh since the renewal of violence on August 25, making it the fastest-growing refugee emergency in the world.Idriss Jazairy. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeThe UN warns that up to one million—representing the entire Muslim population of Rakhine state—could flee to the neighboring nation by the end of the year if the crisis continues.Rohingya ref...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Indigenous Rights Migration & Refugees Religion TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Dreaming of a cure: the battle to beat narcolepsy
A global struggle to find the cause of the rare condition that causes uncontrollable sleepiness has a long and strange history, but there ’s hope of a cure at handOne of my first jobs was to keep a lookout for lions. There are some occupations that are not suitable for someone with untreated narcolepsy and this is probably one of them. I was 22, a recent zoology graduate studying meerkats in the Kalahari desert in South Africa. We worked in pairs, one of us on foot, walking with meerkats, the other in the jeep scanning the horizon for danger. On many occasions, I awoke with the imprint of the steering wheel on my for...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 22, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Henry Nicholls Tags: Neuroscience Sleep Health & wellbeing Life and style Source Type: news

Ethiopia:Make Vision Count - a Call for a Sight
[Ethiopian Herald] Fitsum Tekola, 26, is resident of Jimma Town in Oromia State. She has been suffering from long sightedness that caused vision problem and challenged her not to effectively perform well in schooling and daily activities for over two decades. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 18, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Journal Profile: Meet Sara Chexal, a physician who set her sights on solving vision problems
Sara Chexal hails from a long line of doctors, including her grandfather and her dad. Since moving to Central Texas from Los Angeles with her husband, who oversees real estate investments in Austin for an L.A. firm, she has specialized in helping people with vision problems — and is the first female physician to join Retina Consultants of Austin. (Source: Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 12, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Jan Buchholz Source Type: news

Sight Sciences raises $10m in Series C
Ophthalmic medical device company Sight Sciences said this week it closed a $10 million oversubscribed Series C round to support expanding manufacturing and its US commercial team and the launch of its devices into the dry eye and microinvasive surgery markets. The round was led by Allegro Investment Fund and was joined with full participation from existing Series A and Series B investors, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company said. As part of the funding around, Allegro’s chairman Steffan Encrantz will join the company’s board of directors as chair. Funds are also slated to support expanding the compa...
Source: Mass Device - October 11, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Optical/Ophthalmic Sight Sciences Source Type: news

Stop Doing This to Improve Your Device Manufacturing Process: Part 1
Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a two-part series.  The manufacturing world is full of practices to follow to improve manufacturing processes and reduce associated costs. These practices include, but are not limited to: minimizing the eight wastes of Lean, recognizing and eliminating non-value added work, implementing design for manufacturing and assembly, and using statistical process control (SPC). Unfortunately, as we continually add practices to our tool kit we lose track of the bigger picture. This occurs personally and organizationally, driven by the daily crush of getting stuff done. We do not t...
Source: MDDI - October 10, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Cushing Hamlen and Bradley Fern Tags: MD & M Minneapolis Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news