The Science Behind Your Weird Coronavirus Dreams (And Nightmares)
Earlier this month, my friend Claire Arkin, 30, a non-profit worker in Berkeley, Cali., told me she’d been having oddly vivid and specific dreams. In one, she was getting dressed to attend a fancy gala, but instead of donning an evening gown and diamonds, she wrapped herself in toilet paper, “like some kind of f–ked up status symbol,” she said. A few nights later, she dreamt about men she’d met on a fictional dating app making her anxious by not staying the social distance-required six feet away from her. Many people have been paying attention to their dreams more during the global coronavirus...
Source: TIME: Health - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sophie Weiner Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

'Friendship' groups could help flamingos stay in the pink – study
UK survey of Gloucestershire flocks shows birds hang out in small social networksThe sight of tens of thousands of flamingos flocking together to create a huge pink cloud may be one of the wonders of the natural world but research suggests that within these vast congregations, individual birds form intimate, long-lasting friendship groups.A five-year study of captive flocks in Gloucestershire has found that flamingos spend large amounts of time with specific close “friends” in groups of up to four or five.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 14, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Steven Morris Tags: Animal behaviour UK news Animals University of Exeter Environment Biology Science Source Type: news

‘We Carry That Burden.’ Medical Workers Fighting COVID-19 Are Facing a Mental Health Crisis
As a critical care doctor in New York City, Monica is used to dealing with high-octane situations and treating severely ill patients. But she says the COVID-19 outbreak is unlike anything she’s seen before. Over the past few weeks, operating rooms have been transformed into ICUs, physicians of all backgrounds have been drafted into emergency room work, and two of her colleagues became ICU patients. While Monica is proud of her coworkers for rising to the challenge, she says it’s been hard for them to fight a prolonged battle against a deadly, highly contagious illness with no known cure. To make matters worse,...
Source: TIME: Health - April 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news

Asia-Pacific Response to COVID-19 and Climate Emergency Must Build a Resilient and Sustainable Future
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAPBy Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Apr 8 2020 (IPS) The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the COVID -19 pandemic and its multi-faceted impact on people’s lives around the world is taking a heavy toll on Asia and the Pacific. Countries in our region are striving to mitigate the massive socioeconomic impact of the pandemic, which is also expected to affect the region’s economic health. In its annual Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020 launched today, the United Nations...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Financial Crisis Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Boston Scientific Cuts Pay and Withdraws Revenue Guidance
As expected, medical device companies are feeling the financial impact of the new coronavirus – and it's only going to get worse. Boston Scientific was already expecting the virus to lower first-quarter revenue by $10 million to $40,000 as early as Feb. 5, when the company hosted it's last earnings call. Then, as COVID-19 reached a global pandemic level in March, procedure volumes took a nose dive. The Marlborough, MA-based company now expects first quarter 2020 revenue growth to be flat to "up slightly" compared to first quarter 2019 revenue, and an organic...
Source: MDDI - April 2, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Global Air Pollution Has Fallen Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak, but Experts Warn It Isn ’t a Silver Lining
Around the world an unexpected impact of the economic shuttering due to the coronavirus outbreak is striking blue skies and clear water in places, from Venice to Beijing, Los Angeles to Bangalore, where only weeks ago pollution dominated. COVID-19 has driven the global economy to a near-halt as the pandemic sweeps the globe. With factories shuttered and cars parked in garages, air pollution has dissipated in cities. The Chinese capital Beijing, known for the lung-choking levels of toxic pollution that shroud the city, has had the unusual sight of clear skies as factories in the region have shut down production. Given China...
Source: TIME: Science - April 1, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk Source Type: news

When Will You Know You Are Ready for Treatment?
While some people who’ve become addicted to alcohol and drugs have to hit rock bottom before they’re ready to accept treatment, most realize or can be convinced of the need to get professional help long before such a calamitous event. As for the timing, knowing when you are ready for treatment, it’s different for everyone. It may help to know some of the common signs you’re ready to take the crucial next step.  You’ve Had Enough — And So Has Everyone Else The list of addictive behaviors is long and varied, including problem drinking and alcohol abuse that descends into alcohol use disorder, substance use d...
Source: Psych Central - March 27, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Addictions Alcoholism Habits Substance Abuse Source Type: news

Health Workers Are the Frontline Soldiers Against Covid-19. Let ’s Protect Them
Health workers are at the frontlines in the fight against the new Corona Virus. Credit: John NjorogeBy Mutahi Kagwe and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 2020 (IPS) Many soldiers have seen first-hand the horrors of war and, terrifying though it often was, they knew who they were fighting, and could recognise their enemy. The COVID 19 or the new Corona Virus is different. In this virus we have an enemy which is invisible and sometimes deadly, and the task is harder. About a century ago the Spanish flu pandemic killed an estimated 50 million people, more than the combined total casualties of World Wars I and II. Ou...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mutahi Kagwe and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Statistical sightings of better angels: analysing the distribution of battle-deaths in interstate conflict over time - Cunen C, Hjort NL, Nyg ård HM.
Have great wars become less violent over time, and is there something we might identify as the long peace? We investigate statistical versions of such questions, by examining the number of battle-deaths in the Correlates of War dataset, with 95 interstate ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Trump ’s State of Emergency Is an Admission of Failure by the U.S. Government
President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency is designed to speed federal support to parts of America that are struggling to prepare for a coming surge of COVID-19 cases, unlocking $50 billion in aid, giving hospitals and doctors more freedom to handle a potential tsunami of sick patients and scrambling to make tests available. In a Rose Garden press conference Friday, Trump presented the emergency measures as proof that, “No nation is more prepared or more equipped to face down this crisis.” But for epidemiologists, medical experts and current and former U.S. public health officials, the ...
Source: TIME: Health - March 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: W.J. Hennigan Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

May I have a word about … Cobra and coronavirus | Jonathan Bouquet
Why did it take so long for the government to summon its emergency committee? Perhaps it should be renamedExactly how powerful is a cobra? I only ask because it seems the species is getting something of a bad name. It can move at up to 12mph, a damn sight quicker than I can run, and the amount of venom it can deliver in a single bite is enough to kill 20 people, or even an elephant. So not to be sniffed at.So why is the government ’s emergency committee known asCobra? You would have thought that the coronavirus crisis would have seen it summoned earlier than thebeginning of last week to produce a robust response. I feel ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 8, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jonathan Bouquet Tags: Cobra (Civil Contingencies Committee) Coronavirus outbreak Science Infectious diseases World news Source Type: news

Paclitaxel Controversy Is Causing CE Mark Delays for New Paclitaxel Devices
Tension over stents and balloons that are either coated with or are designed to release paclitaxel has eased up in the United States, but across the pond may be a different story. The meta-analysis published in late 2018 that showed an increased risk of death for patients treated with paclitaxel devices seems to have given European regulators pause with regards to these devices. Eden Prairie, MN-based Surmodics submitted all the required modules for its SurVeil drug-coated balloon (DCB) to the European notified body before the end of the company's fiscal year 2019, but CEO Gary Maharaj said the organization has...
Source: MDDI - February 7, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Sensing Changes in Remote and Surgical Devices
The role of sensors in medical devices is becoming increasingly more important, especially when it comes to developing new technologies such as wearable devices that can diagnose and transmit information for long periods of time. Recent developments in sensor technologies are driving the trend toward the decentralization of healthcare by putting diagnostic instruments in the hands (or on the bodies) of patients. The move toward miniaturization in medical devices has also enabled sensors to be placed on laparoscopic instruments, providing surgeons with valuable haptic feedback. Experts will examine sensor advancements in th...
Source: MDDI - February 6, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Susan Shepard Tags: Electronics Source Type: news

Choosing Freedom, After Decades of Switching Addictions
This article includes references to self-injury, intravenous drug use and disordered eating.* One in five US high school students have reported being bullied. Approximately 160,000 teenagers have skipped school as a preventative measure. I encountered bullies for the first time in second grade, in the midst of such an innocent time of my youth. I dreaded entering my elementary school classroom, as I was well aware of what my presence would entail. I endured both verbal and physical harassment from my fellow peers for nearly a decade. I was passive, inevitably leading to the acceptance of my “fate,” in addition to suffe...
Source: Psych Central - January 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Megan Lane Tags: Addictions Anorexia Bullying Depression Eating Disorders Personal Stories Substance Abuse Addiction Recovery Anorexia Nervosa Drug Use heroin Self Harm Self Injury Source Type: news

Revealed: The trusts where patients lost their sight after follow-up delays
Dozens of patients suffered permanent or long-term harm to their eyes after waiting too long for a follow-up appointment, HSJ can reveal — with thousands more waiting over a year longer than they should have. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news