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 conversational you ar...
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 Americ...
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.BACKGROUNDTheta o...
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 as adults, Smith sai...
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 of the ty...
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 again...
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 refugees ha...
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 forehea...
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 company’...
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 think holisticall...
Source: MDDI - October 10, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Cushing Hamlen and Bradley Fern Tags: MD & M Minneapolis Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Nixon Lawyer: Donald Trump Abused Pardon Power When He Freed Joe Arpaio
During the last two days of his embattled presidency, Richard Nixon made a rare principled decision. With the Watergate special prosecutor and congressional impeachment proceedings closing in, he rejected last-minute requests for pardons from his two former top aides, the men who could most damagingly testify against him. Unfortunately, while dust is settling on Donald Trump’s pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, its message suggests a much cruder view of the pardon power, and sets a dangerous precedent for the months to come. Most pardons attract little attention. Over the course of a presidency, typical pre...
Source: Top Science and Health Stories - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John W. Dean and Ron Fein Tags: Uncategorized Donald Trump Source Type: news

‘Let’s Make a Deal’ Host Monty Hall Dies at 96
(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) — Monty Hall, the genial TV game show host whose long-running “Let’s Make a Deal” traded on love of money and merchandise and the mystery of which door had the car behind it, has died. He was 96. Hall, who had been in poor health, died Saturday morning of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, said his daughter, Sharon Hall of Los Angeles. “Let’s Make a Deal,” which Hall co-created, debuted as a daytime show on NBC in 1963 and became a TV staple. Through the next four decades, it also aired in prime time, in syndication and, in two brief outings, with h...
Source: Top Science and Health Stories - October 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lynn Elber / AP Tags: Uncategorized onetime remembrance Source Type: news