5 reasons to get involved in organized medicine
The following are intended to inspire to medical students and residents to learn more about organized medicine. Whether it be at the national, state, county, or specialty level, there are numerous societies with opportunities for contribution. 1. To pull back the curtain. Many physicians are innately curious and like to “see how the sausage is made,” so to speak. There is a great deal of policy behind the scenes of our day-to-day workflow, as well as the larger picture of the state of medicine today. Resolutions and debate include topics such as Medicare coverage of services provided by proctored medical studen...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 24, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/frances-mei-hardin" rel="tag" > Frances Mei Hardin, MD < /a > Tags: Policy Public Health & Washington Watch Source Type: blogs

Food items we should avoid “ like the plague ” …
I just read a very interesting interview with/article about a food poisoning lawyer (imagine that…!!!) who shares his knowledge about food, potentially contaminated food. And some of it isn’t so obvious. That is why I’m posting the link to the article, as a warning/reminder to those of us who have weakened immune systems: goo.gl/NG3oty I never buy prepackaged (washed? Hah!) salad, e.g., or anything that has been cut and washed by others. I never go near salad bars, no matter how clean the restaurant looks. Bacteria bacteria bacteria! Better be safe than sorry… After my SMM diagnosis, I began ...
Source: Margaret's Corner - June 24, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll food poisoning sprouts Source Type: blogs

Philadelphia Brain Death Conflict – Areen Chakrabarti May Be Transferred from CHOP
The two-month-long conflict between the family of 14-year-old Areen Chakrabarti and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia may be resolved without a ruling from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Like Israel Stinson (whose case is still pending in the U.... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 24, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Well-Meaning but Hasty Comments Just add to Caregiver ’s Heavy Load
Dear Carol:  I am caring for both of my parents who are over 90. Mom has Alzheimer’s. Dad tries to help but he's limited in what he can do. Frankly, some days I feel limited as well. I’m so exhausted all the time that I can’t even enjoy my grandchildren. I know that I need more outside help, and maybe even need to change our living arrangements, so I’m looking into that. What spurred me to write to you, though, was that people who were caregivers, but whose parents are long deceased, will say to me, “At least you still have your parents." This happens even if I just sigh or...
Source: Minding Our Elders - June 24, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Tough Family Talks: Where Do Your Parents Want to Live Their Last Years?
Ideally, family members see one another often enough that they can become comfortable discussing issues that come up naturally as parents grow older. When this is the case, adult children are likely to hear when close friends of their parents have moved to assisted living, or have become ill. They may even hear stories where their parents’ friends didn’t assign powers of attorney for healthcare and their finances so that when one or both became very ill, their children are left trying to care for their parents with their hands legally tied. Read the full article on HealthCentral about having a series of talks w...
Source: Minding Our Elders - June 23, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Childcare Regulation and Quality
David Boaz blogged today on theWashington Post story about a lawsuit regarding DC childcare regulations. DC is set to require directors of child-care facilities to obtain a bachelor ’s degree in early childhood development, and assistant teachers and home-care providers to have Child Development Associate (CDA) certificates in the same subject.The WaPo write-up follows the usual boilerplate for these discussions: on the one hand, providers say complying with the regulations will be burdensome and increase costs; on the other hand, the government talks up the educational benefits of the new regulations. This all impli...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 22, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Bourne Source Type: blogs

Could Inefficiency Balance Out Overregulation?
The top left-handstory on the front page of the Metro section of today ’s Washington Post:Lawyers for the District argued Wednesday for the dismissal of a lawsuit that challenges city regulations requiring some child-care workers to obtain associate degrees or risk losing their jobs ….The requirements … stipulate that child-care center directors must earn bachelor’s degrees and assistant teachers and home-care providers must earn Child Development Associate (CDA) certificates.Meanwhile, just across the page,in the top right-hand space:About 1,000 teachers in D.C. Public Schools — a quar...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 22, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

Have They Finally Got to You? - the Firing of Dr Gu
DiscussionThis story suggests that in our current political era, health care professionals, particularly trainees or others at the bottom of the totem pole, may be increasingly beholden to the political sensibilities of their bosses, and hence increasingly wary of espousing political views that run counter to those of their bosses. While it is reasonable for residency programs to require their trainees to be professional, since when did " professional " mean stifling political views that might offend hospital corporate leadership?As we wrote in February, It may not be unreasonable to expect physicians a...
Source: Health Care Renewal - June 22, 2018 Category: Health Management Tags: academic freedom anechoic effect Donald Trump free speech post-graduate medical education Vanderbilt University Source Type: blogs

Quick Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling on Cell Phone Location Data
The Court todayreached the right result for the wrong reason. The majority extends the “reasonable expectation of privacy” to cell-site location data and thereby carves an exception to the third-party doctrine—as well as making various caveats about not reaching different technologies, security-related investigations, and other hypothetical situations. Good enough for restrictin g law-enforcement overreach in some cases, but just adding cautionary barnacles to a rusty and outmoded Fourth Amendment hull.It ’s Justice Neil Gorsuch who’s right that we need to go to the theory of the matter and th...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 22, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro Source Type: blogs

Senate Appropriations Committee Praised for Leaving D.C. Death with Dignity Act Intact
Compassion & Choices praised the Senate Appropriations Committee for approving a government funding bill on Thursday afternoon without a policy rider approved by the House Appropriations Committee last week that would repeal the D.C. Death with Dignity Act. However, the bill text was not posted online until this morning. The House policy rider is part of the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2019 that starts on Oct. 1, 2018 (see bill summary at bit.ly/HseAppBillSumm). The Senate version of the same bill (S.3107) approved by Senate Appropriations Committee exclud...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 22, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Physician burnout can affect your health
There is a severe and worsening epidemic of physician burnout in the United States, which threatens the health of doctors and patients alike. What is burnout? How does it affect doctors? And, how can this affect patient care? Finally, what can be done about this issue, to breathe life and energy back into the field of medicine? What does physician burnout look like? Burnout among doctors is generally described in terms of a loss of enthusiasm for one’s work, a decline in satisfaction and joy, and an increase in detachment, emotional exhaustion, and cynicism. It manifests in disproportionately high rates of depression...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Peter Grinspoon, MD Tags: Health Managing your health care Source Type: blogs

Court of Public Opinion Impact on End of Life Decision Making
Neera Bhatia, Senior Lecturer in Law at Deakin University, delivered a compelling presentation at ICCEC in Oxford this week. Looking to the Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans cases, she demonstrated the high sophistication of their social media campaigns. M... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 22, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Adjusting for Risk Adjustment
By JONATHAN HALVORSON Risk adjustment in health insurance is at first glance, and second, among the driest and most arcane of subjects. And yet, like the fine print on a variable-rate mortgage, it can matter enormously. It may make the difference between a healthy market and a sick one. The market for individual health insurance has had major challenges both before and after the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) risk adjustment program came along. Given recent changes from Washington, like the removal of the individual mandate, the market now needs all the help it can get. Unfortunately, risk adjustment under the A...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Economics Repeal Replace ACA Health Plans Jonathan Halvorson New York State Source Type: blogs

Handling Sudden Awareness That Parents are Aging
...Many families are close, while others can be both physically and emotionally more distant. Still, there is a parent-child relationship that younger people rarely think deeply about. It just is. Then there’s that first time when it really registers with you that your parents are aging. Perhaps this awareness occurs after one of them has suffered an emotional or physical trauma.  Read the full article on HealthCentral about how suddenly we can see that our parents are aging and may need help: Photo credit Alex Pavloff: Unsplash Support a caregiver or jump-start discussion in support groups with real s...
Source: Minding Our Elders - June 22, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Bumping the Constitution to Ban Bump Stocks
For years, the Justice Department ’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has maintained that “bump stocks”—devices that allow a firearm to reciprocate slightly and assist in “bump firing”—are not “machineguns.” From 2007 to 2017, spanning multiple administrations (including the current one), the ATF issued 10 different opinion letters confirming that the devices were not “machineguns” or “machine gun conversions,” and thus did not fall under the purview of the National Firearms Act of 1934 and Gun Control Act of 1968, two federal laws which ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Josh Blackman, Ilya Shapiro, Matthew Larosiere Source Type: blogs

The Rising Popularity of Increasing Immigration
The most fascinating phenomena of American politics is the increasingly anti-immigration opinions of politicians like Donald Trump that contrasts with an increasingly pro-immigrant public opinion.  Gallup has asked the same poll question on immigration since 1965: “In your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased, or decreased?”  Gallup’s question does not separate legal from illegal immigration, likely meaning that answers to this question undercount support for increasing legal immigration.  They recently released their2018 poll results.   The support for incr...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

House GOP Bill Cuts Legal Immigration By 1.4 Million Over 20 Years
The Houseis scheduled to vote tomorrow on a bill —the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act,the supposed GOP compromise bill. The authors claim intheir bill summary that “the overall number of visas issued will not change,” yet that is simply incorrect. In fact, the proposal would reduce legal immigration at least 1.4 million over 20 years.The bill would reduce the number of legal immigrants in five ways: 1) eliminating the diversity visa lottery, 2) ending sponsorship of married adult children of U.S. citizens, 3) ending sponsorship of siblings of U.S. citizens, 4) restricting asylum claims, and 5) ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier, Stuart Anderson Source Type: blogs

Pro-business? Wilbur Ross Channels Hillary Clinton
On Wednesday members of the Senate Finance Committee questioned Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross about the costs to American businesses of the administration ’s tariffs.Ross was unsympathetic:When Thune warned that the drop in soybean prices (caused by China ’s retaliatory tariffs) was costing South Dakota soybean farmers hundreds of millions of dollars, Ross responded by saying he heard the price drop “has been exaggerated.”…Ross told Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) that he ’s heard the rising cost of newsprint for rural newspapers “is a very trivial thing,” and he told Sen. Benja...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

High Court Reads and Applies Constitution
The Supreme Court issued a major separation-of-powers decision this morning, which may have more long-term ripple effects than theinternet sales-tax case. In Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Court rule 6.5-2.5 – I’ll explain shortly – that SEC administrative law judges are “officers of the United States” and thus must be appointed by the president or the “department head,” in this case the SEC itself (rather than being selected by commission staff). This is important because it makes ALJs, w ho make decisions with significant monetary and regulatory impact, mor...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro Source Type: blogs

South Dakota v. Wayfair: A Taxing Decision
Today, the Supreme Court handed the states a victory in their battle to collect taxes on online sales, but, in doing so, dealt a heavy loss to the national market, small businesses, and the people at large.South Dakota v. Wayfair ’s focus was on whether to overturnQuill Corp. v. North Dakota, which held that states could not impose tax collection obligations on businesses with no physical presence in the state. In a bizarrely split 5-4 decision –with Justice Kennedy writing the majority joined by Thomas, Ginsburg, Alito, and Gorsuch and Chief Justice Roberts writing the dissent joined by Breyer, Sotomayor, and ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Trevor Burrus, Matthew Larosiere Source Type: blogs

Supreme Court Clicks Wrong Box in Internet Sales Tax Case
By removing the physical-presence requirement for charging state taxes on internet sales, the Supreme Court inSouth Dakota v. Wayfair has thrown this area of law into disarray. South Dakota ’s tax kicks in at $100,000 or 200 transactions, but other states might set other thresholds or leave it unclear. Overturning bad precedent in and of itself isn’t bad – when old cases are really wrong and create unworkable legal regimes, they deserve to be overturned – but here the Court is saying thatQuillis out of step with modern Commerce Clause precedents. That ’s the wrong way to go: the Court sho...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro Source Type: blogs

Podcast: What Does It Mean to be Transgender?
Gender transitioning has always been a topic that makes many people uncomfortable. And ever since Bruce became Kaitlin, it’s been a frequent topic of conversation. Most of the discomfort comes from unfamiliarity, from presumptions, and (of course) from bigotry. In this episode, two transgender women explain what it means to be transgender, both generally and personally. They talk about their experiences going back more than twenty years. They discuss how transitioning, and the science of it, changed over the decades. And they offer their views on what they believe are the most important things for society to know abo...
Source: World of Psychology - June 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Show Tags: General Mental Health and Wellness Stigma The Psych Central Show Gabe Howard LGBTQ Psych Central Show Podcast Transgender Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs

Charlie ’ s Law – UK Proposal for Resolving Family – Clinician Conflicts
The parents of Charlie Gard have been working with NHS medical professionals, ethicists, and legal experts to develop draft legislation that will prevent long and painful conflicts between hospitals and families with sick children (BBC News). The bill provides three key changes to improve existing legislation. Charlie’s Law will: 1. Prevent cases reaching courtNo one wants to see disagreements over the care of seriously ill children to be decided in the courts. The legislation helps prevent cases from reaching court by providing access to clinical ethics committees throughout NHS hospitals, access to medical mediatio...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 21, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Can Medicaid Expansion Survive?
By STEVE FINDLAY Amid fresh political rancor and legal machinations in the ongoing war over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there’s a bright spot: Medicaid. At least for now. This matters. True to predictions made by Obama and supporters when the ACA became law (2010), it has taken years and a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to this moment. As a reminder, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 ruled that states could opt out of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion—leaving each state’s decision to participate in the hands of governors and state lawmakers. On June 7, after a 4-year pitched political battle, Virgi...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: OP-ED Repeal Replace Medicaid Expansion Medicaid Work Requirements Source Type: blogs

Did Your Know That Seniors and Their Money Can Be Legally Hijacked?
While we like to think that most seniors have family members or at least lifelong friends to help them through their last years, many don’t. The term elder orphan is often used to describe these older Americans. While many have planned for this time in their lives by hiring attorneys to oversee the legal issues surrounding their potential need for care, others may not have been so wise. These seniors could be a prime target for a guardianship company that can swoop in and—legally—take over their lives, including their finances. Read the full article on HealthCentral about how older adults can have their m...
Source: Minding Our Elders - June 21, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Did You Know That Seniors and Their Money Can Be Legally Hijacked?
While we like to think that most seniors have family members or at least lifelong friends to help them through their last years, many don’t. The term elder orphan is often used to describe these older Americans. While many have planned for this time in their lives by hiring attorneys to oversee the legal issues surrounding their potential need for care, others may not have been so wise. These seniors could be a prime target for a guardianship company that can swoop in and—legally—take over their lives, including their finances. Read the full article on HealthCentral about how older adults can have their m...
Source: Minding Our Elders - June 21, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

This is what dying poor in America looks like
Signing the divorce papers was probably Charlie’s lowest point.  His wife sitting by his side, occasionally she would swat at the air at some invisible fly buzzing around the room.  There was no fly.  Just the acrid smell of the nursing home, a horrifying mix of sweat, shit, and desperation.  He tried to focus his aged eyes on the legal papers as the tears swirled past his nose and losing traction, fell onto his crusty sweater.  He had no intention of leaving his beloved’s side.  No interest in abandoning his life.  But if he was going to give the level of care neces...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 20, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/docg" rel="tag" > DocG, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Geriatrics Public Health & Policy Source Type: blogs

Alternatives to Detention Are Cheaper than Universal Detention
ConclusionTheFlores Settlementwill limit the government ’s ability to detain families indefinitely unless Congress changes the law—which they likely will not. To get around this problem, the Trump administration could expand the ISAP II program, increase bond issuances, and allow Community Management Programs to house and monitor migrant families wit h some sort of incentive/disincentive to make sure that the people they monitor show up to their hearings. Trump could also stop prosecuting every border crosser but that is too much to ask. If past experience is any guide, these ATD programs could ensure that 90 p...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 20, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

WTF Health | Self-Reported Patient Monitoring Startup from Finland, Kaiku Health
By JESSICA DAMASSA WTF Health – ‘What’s the Future’ Health? is a new interview series about the future of the health industry and how we love to hate WTF is wrong with it right now. Can’t get enough? Check out more interviews at www.wtf.health.  Central to the ‘WTF Health’ ethos is the idea that around the world, there is a shared passion for creating a new future for healthcare — and that the less-positive ‘WTF moment’ is a shared experience, regardless of which country’s health system one is standing in. So, I’m going around the world this year ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Holt Tags: Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Finland Jaakko Laukkanen Kaiku Health Nordics Oncology Patient Monitoring patient portal Startup Upgraded Life Festival Source Type: blogs

Do you remember a guy named Barack Obama?
He's on Facebook.Here's what he posted today.His tone is measured, his words dignified, he refrains fromad hominem attacks. Here's what he writes:Today is World Refugee Day. If you've been fortunate enough to have been born in America, imagine for a moment if circumstance had placed you somewhere else. Imagine if you'd been born in a country where you grew up fearing for your life, and eventually the lives of your children. A place where you finally found yourself so desperate to flee persecution, violence, and suffering that you'd be willing to travel thousands of miles under cover of darkness, enduring dangerous conditio...
Source: Stayin' Alive - June 20, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

3rd International Conference on End-of-Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice
Join me at the 3rd International Conference on End-of-Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice, which takes place March 7-9, 2019 in Ghent, Belgium. ICEL1 (in Brisbane) and ICEL2 (in Halifax) were world class. So, this should be too. ICEL3 will be a 2 ½ day deep dive into stopping/not starting potentially life-sustaining treatment, palliative sedation, medical assistance in dying, and the next generation end of life issues. This is a multidisciplinary, multisectoral, and multinational conference, with presenting disciplines including, but not limited to, law, medicine, nursing, philosophy and bioethics, and sectoral r...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 20, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Jun 19, Blaise Pascal: Today in the History of Psychology (19th June 1623)
Blaise Pascal was born. A pioneering physicist and mathematician, Pascal established the basic tenets of probability theory in conjunction with Pierre de Fermat during their correspondence over a 'gambling problem' relating to consistent losses in a particular game of dice. Pascal's work on laws of probability and prediction became firmly rooted within mainstream scientific inquiry, including experimental design and statistics in psychology. See following link for a great tutorial on experimental design concepts.Experimental Design (Source: Forensic Psychology Blog)
Source: Forensic Psychology Blog - June 20, 2018 Category: Forensic Medicine Source Type: blogs

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The recent federal district court ruling allowing the merger of AT&T and Time Warner — a case of so-called vertical integration— will likely encourage similar unions throughout the U.S. economy, including in health care. Nevertheless, a close look at the court’s decision, and at the wide variety of vertical health care mergers underway, suggests that policymakers and private actors should not interpret the court’s ruling as an unconditional green light for vertical integration in health care, or any other sector.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David Blumenthal, M.D. Source Type: blogs

82% of Dreamers Won't Benefit from House Bill's Citizenship Path
ConclusionIn the best case scenario, the House GOP plan would likely provide a pathway to citizenship to fewer than 630,000 Dreamers —barely a third of the president’s promise in January and just 18 percent of the entire Dreamer population. Moreover, only an estimated 421,000 immigrants are likely to become citizens.If Congress wants to fulfill the president ’s promise of a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers, it would need to institute a broader legalization program for Dreamers with as few risks and costs, and as little confusion, as possible. Congress would also need to provide legal certai...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 19, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier, Stuart Anderson Source Type: blogs

Must The Court Step In When Other Branches Fail?
As Inoted yesterday, the Supreme Court has decided the Wisconsin gerrymandering case of  Gill v. Whitford on standing grounds, without reaching the main constitutional issues: the case returns to lower courts for a chance to repair the standing issue with most or all of its central contentions intact. Much the same can be said of the Maryland claims inBenisek v. Lamone, where timing as opposed to standing was the issue.Along the way, however, Chief Justice Roberts in his opinion for a unanimous Court in Gill paused to linger over one argument that had been raised along the way. This is the argument  that the...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 19, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

A Trade Armistice in the Works?
President Trump set off another round of Twitter hyperventilation and financial market selling these past 18 hours with his latest threat to assess duties on another $200 billion of Chinese imports. What to make of this?I see two (and only two) ways of looking at this. You can conclude that Trump is irrational, engaging in rhetoric and taking actions that are inconsistent with his goals, or you can see him as rational. You may not like his goals, but that doesn ’t make him irrational.  And he may be rational, but that doesn’t mean he’s not misguided.  It seems to me, though, that if you think Tr...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 19, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Ikenson Source Type: blogs

10 Questions to Take Your Relationship to a Deeper Level
They might be uncomfortable. But that’s good. Let’s face it: we all love taking shortcuts. And if we aren’t careful, our relationships are often taken for granted. But too many shortcuts can lead to a lazy, unintentional relationship that merely exists, instead of thrives. If you want to shed years of emotional baggage, feel loved and cared for, and become your partner’s ultimate partner, then you probably want to keep reading, because with a list of deep questions to ask your boyfriend, you can overcome your intimacy issues. Maybe you’ve been dating or married for several years. Or maybe you&...
Source: World of Psychology - June 18, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: Publishers Relationships YourTango Communication connection Dating Independence Intimacy married Sex support Source Type: blogs

Partisan Gerrymandering: Court Kicks Both Cases Down the Road
In unanimous decisions this morning, the Supreme Court turned away both partisan gerrymandering cases on grounds other than their ultimate merits – Gill v. Whitford (Wisconsin) by declaring the individual complainants to lack Article III standing arising from injury in their own districts and sending the case back for them to establish that, and Benisek v. Lamone (Maryland) by finding it not an abuse of discretion for the lower court to deny a preliminary injunction, which does not mean the case will not be back at the regular injunction stage.Neither decision reaches or resolves th...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 18, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

USC Ended Partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev in April; Ohio State and San Diego State Should Follow Suit
I have been informed by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work that the School and its research team that had been involved in the Smart Drinking Goals project terminated its involvement with the project in April 2018 and that they are no longer associated in any way with the project.The USC team had prepared toolkits summarizing the best current scientific thinking regarding environmental strategies for alcohol prevention. Although the team's involvement was apparently slated to last at least through 2018, they terminated their involvement in April and have completely disassociated themselves from the Smart Dri...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 18, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Anheuser-Busch InBev Proves that Its Smart Drinking Goals Program is a Complete Hoax: Ohio State and USC Have Fallen Prey
Two years ago, Iexplained why I think Anheuser-Busch InBev's Smart Drinking Goals program is a complete farce. Last year, Icriticized the NIAAA for endorsing the alcohol industry's Smart Drinking Goals program. Today, I will show how Anheuser-Busch itself has proven that its Smart Drinking Goals program is a huge hoax, designed solely as a public relations ploy and devoid of any sincere intent to reduce alcohol consumption.For brief background, senior employees of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) appeared in an Anheuser-Busch InBev promotional video that was designed primarily to serve the com...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 18, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Jayden Auyeung " Dies " During Court Conflict over Brain Death with Children ’ s Hospital of Philadelphia
In May 2018, the parents of 10-year-old Jayden Auyeung obtained a temporary restraining order in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, after Children's Hospital of Philadelphia declared him brain dead and planned to remove organ-sustaining treatment. That b... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 17, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

The EBM Wars: Manufacturing Equipoise (Part 1)
By ANISH KOKA The phone rings.  It’s not supposed to be ringing.  It’s 2 am.   The voice on the other line is from an apologetic surgery resident. Resident: There is this patient.. Me: Yes, go ahead. Please. Resident: He’s tachycardic. Me: How fast? Resident: 160 ? Me: What’s the blood pressure? Resident: 130/90 Me: Rhythm? Resident: An SVT I think.. I gave adenosine.  Nothing happened Me: Audibly groaning.  I’ll be in.. Forty five minutes later I’m at the bedside of a decidedly ill appearing man. I want to be triumphant that his heart rate is only ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: anish_koka Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

California Appeals Court Suspends Lower Court Ruling, Reinstates End of Life Option Act
A California appeals court today granted emergency motions by the two terminally ill adults and a physician represented by Compassion & Choices for an “automatic stay” to immediately suspend a lower court’s judgment invalidating the End of Life Option Act. The appeals court also granted a motion by Attorney General Xavier Becerra for a “discretionary stay” of the lower court ruling. The rulings reinstate the law, effective immediately. Similar to laws in Washington, D.C. and six states, the California law gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six mo...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 16, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Some Doubts about Hate Speech
Would hate speech laws reduce discrimination, violence, and psychic injuries to vulnerable groups? Nadine Strossen says they would not in her new book,Hate Speech: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship.She believes we have insufficient evidence to conclude that “hate speech” in general harms others, and even less evidence thatconstitutionally protected“hate speech” does so.  Naturally, proponents of “hate speech” laws blame expression for anti-social attitudes and conduct. Strossen maintains that we should refrain from censorship on the basis of expected effect, &...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 15, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: John Samples Source Type: blogs

The physician-assisted suicide predicament
During the 1990s Dr. Jack Kevorkian drove his Volkswagen van through an unmet need in American medicine euthanizing 130 patients who felt death was the only solution to their suffering. He euthanized his “patients” with devices he named the “Thanatron” and the “Mercitron.” The former allowed his patients to administer IV barbiturates and potassium while to latter delivered carbon monoxide. When convicted of manslaughter, he told the court, “Dying is not a crime.” Seven-hundred years before the Thanatron, Thomas Aquinas formulated an ethical doctrine called “The Principl...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/michael-a-salvatore" rel="tag" > Michael A. Salvatore, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Hospital-Based Medicine Palliative Care Source Type: blogs

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Yesterday, the Trump Administration's Department of Justice dropped a bombshell in a rural Texas federal courthouse. The administration stated in a court filing that it would not defend three key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the judge in the case agrees, millions of Americans with preexisting conditions could face denial of coverage or higher premiums.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - June 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Timothy S. Jost Source Type: blogs

Hospitals Cry Foul Over Anthem's Radiology Reimbursement Policy
In a previous post, I noted that health insurance company Anthem was refusing to pay the hospital rate for outpatient MRIs and CT scans, dictating that their insurance holders receive outpatient imaging services from less expensive free-standing radiology centers (see: Anthem Won't Pay for Outpatient MRIs and CT Scans in Hospitals). Hospitals are fighting back and taking Anthem to court over this policy (see:Hospitals cry foul and sue Anthem over new policies). Below is an excerpt from this article:County courtrooms are no strangers to contract disputes between local hospitals and insurers. Lately, though, th...
Source: Lab Soft News - June 15, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Healthcare Business Healthcare Delivery Healthcare Insurance Hospital Financial Radiology Source Type: blogs

I Will Bet Drew Altman $100 that ObamaCare's Preexisting Conditions Are Unpopular
The Trump administration announced it will argue in federal court that ObamaCare ’s preexisting-conditions provisions are unconstitutional. Supporters of the law, including many reporters, are beside themselves with glee.Republican fools! Everyone knows ObamaCare ’s preexisting-conditions provisions are the most popular part of the law! (Democrats, crush them!!)ObamaCare ’s supporters have this one exactly backward. The law’s preexisting-conditions provisions are not popular. They are wildly unpopular. Supporters of the law believe they are popular – and have fooled even Republicans into ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 14, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

Some Good —Mixed with Much Bad—in GOP Immigration Deal
House Republicansmay have worked out a compromise bill between House GOP leadership, some conservatives, and some moderate Republicans that will come up for a vote next week. The compromisedooms an effort by moderates to force a vote on bipartisan legislation that had the most likely chance of passing the House and Senate (though only a slim chance of a presidential signature).The draft bill has leaked, and like any compromise, it is a real mixed 293-page bag. But on net, the bill would make the immigration system worse than it is right now.Some Very Positive ElementsIndefinitely renewable status: On the positive side, the...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 14, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

Dementia Care Here is the Silver Lining in Losing Your Temper
It takes the patience of a saint to deal with many of the odd, frustrating, STRESSFUL behaviors of dementia.by Paula Spencer ScottAlzheimer's Reading RoomUm, I'm no saint.I admit it: I've groused, "Dad! I just told you!" after he asked the score for the tenth time in five minutes.I've argued with my father-in-law that no, his"new bride" (imaginary) was not "coming any minute in the Buick,"even though I knew his frontotemporal dementia was behind his frequent delusions and hallucinations. I've walked out of a room when I couldn't stand any more crazy behaviors.Even as I knew better.Topic -Alzhe...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - June 14, 2018 Category: Neurology Tags: Alzheimer's family alzheimers care anger care of dementia patients dementia care help alzheimer's help with dementia care stress temper Source Type: blogs