Apple faces patent suit over Apple Watch heart monitor tech
Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) is facing a lawsuit that claims its heart rate sensor infringes on patents from Omni MedSci, according to court documents posted early this month. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based startup claims the watch infringes on a total of four of its patents which reference laser and light-based technology designed to monitor physiological metrics based around blood and heart rate, according to the filing. The suit claims that patent inventor Dr. Mohammed Islam met with various individuals from Apple discussing possible future applications of the light-based diagnostic patents shortly before the Cupertino, Calif.-ba...
Source: Mass Device - April 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Diagnostics Legal News Patent Infringement Apple Source Type: news

Judge Orders Trials In Opioid Suits, DEA Records As'Step Toward Defeating The Disease '
First up in 2019's series of bellwether trials over the opioid crisis are lawsuits filed by Cleveland and Summit and Cuyahoga counties. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Legal Newsline, Contributor Source Type: news

Public Health England. A Review of New Psychoactive Substances in Secure Mental Health Settings
New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are a group of drugs that are designed to replicate the effects of other illegal substances. People use them for experimental, recreational purposes and some may become dependent on them. NPS usually fall into one of the following four categories: Synthetic cannabinoids (SC), Depressants, Stimulants, and Hallucinogens. They present a challenge due to the significant variation in substances and perceptions of legal status. Due to the increase of NPS use in secure environments Public Health England (PHE) and partners have developed a toolkit providing information about NPS use in secure cus...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental health of adults in contact with the criminal justice system.
This quality standard covers recognising, assessing and managing mental health problems in adults (aged 18 and over) who are in contact with the criminal justice system (this includes police contact, court and prison custody, street triage, liaison and diversion services, and probation services). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid trials to begin in 2019 as settlement is also pushed
In a shift, judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid industry lays out plan for trials starting in 2019 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

​CBJ Morning Buzz: Latest in Atrium's doctor saga; CLT's new parking option; Up next for York County
In local news: Atrium Health had seemingly been ready to see a group of its doctors' branch off into a standalone practice — after those 92 physicians, who make up Mecklenburg Medical Group, filed a lawsuit earlier this month to form an independent group. Not so fast, according to a new Charlotte Observer repo rt. The daily newspaper obtained an internal email Wednesday from an Atrium executive to doctors in Mecklenburg Medical Group, asking that they reconsider their decision to separate. That… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 12, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jenna Martin Source Type: news

Obamacare is now so bad that nearly HALF of all Americans aren’t even going to their doctor — even when they’re sick
(Natural News) One of the most unforgivable failures of the Republican congressional majority is their inability and/or outright refusal to completely repeal Obamacare.  And while getting rid of the law’s individual mandate as part of the recently-passed (and very excellent) tax cuts and reform measure was a good thing, it wasn’t nearly enough. In fact,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gingrich: Mueller, Rosenstein now behaving like the Gestapo in Nazi Germany as never-ending POTUS probe expands
(Natural News) It’s become crystal clear that the once-esteemed federal law enforcement institutions in our country have been so thoroughly politicized and corrupted by the last administration they no longer function as designed and as such have lost all legitimacy. The FBI raid of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s New York office this week, in which... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Talcum powder cancer risk: Man wins $117m in Johnson's baby powder lawsuit
AN AMERICAN man has won a $117 million payout after a court ruled that Johnson ’s baby powder had given him cancer. Here’s what you need to know about the risk. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lawsuit claims Thermo Fisher discriminated against ex-Marine with PTSD
The complaint, which was filed in Boston federal court on Wednesday, alleges that Thermo Fisher violated laws barring discrimination against veterans and people with disabilities. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 12, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Max Stendahl Source Type: news

EU court adviser says ban on Swedish snuff tobacco product valid
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An EU ban on the sale of snus, a wet snuff tobacco product made by Swedish Match, is valid, an adviser to the European Union's top court said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Health Highlights: April 12, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Former U.S. House Speaker Boehner Now Backs Marijuana Legalization, Joins Cannabis Company Board Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner used to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 12, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Former U.S. House Speaker Boehner Now Backs Marijuana Legalization, Joins Cannabis Company Board
Title: Former U.S. House Speaker Boehner Now Backs Marijuana Legalization, Joins Cannabis Company BoardCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/12/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/12/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - April 12, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Islam and cannabis: legalisation and religious debate in Iran - Ghiabi M, Maarefand M, Bahari H, Alavi Z.
Iran is currently discussing cannabis and opium regulations, which could bring a legalisation of drug consumption through a state supervised system. The article engages with the question of cannabis by looking at the legal interpretation of religious autho... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Text-document clustering-based cause and effect analysis methodology for steel plant incident data - Verma A, Maiti J.
The purpose of this study is to develop a text clustering-based cause and effect analysis methodology for incident data to unfold the root causes behind the incidents. A cause-effect diagram is usually prepared by using experts' knowledge which may fail to... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Men selling sex to men in Sweden: balancing safety and risk - Kuosmanen J, de Cabo A.
The purpose of this study is to examine how men who sell sex to men perceive the risks in this activity and what experiences they have of actual denigration, threats, and violence in their relations with customers. We also discuss the self-defense strategi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Classification of serial homicide and comparison of serial homicide with single homicide in Japan - Kiire S, Kubota H, Niioka K, Ochi K.
It is reported that there are no victim-offender relationships in serial homicides, so offender profiling is useful for resolution of serial homicide cases. The present study aimed to describe characteristics of serial homicide offenders as a part of offen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Causal evidence in risk and policy perceptions: applying the covariation/mechanism framework - Baucum M, John R.
Today's information-rich society demands constant evaluation of cause-effect relationships; behaviors and attitudes ranging from medical choices to voting decisions to policy preferences typically entail some form of causal inference ("Will this policy red... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Is the "ghost surgery" the subject of legal punishment in Korea? - Hong SE, Hong MK, Park BY, Woo KJ, Kang SR.
PURPOSE: Recently a controversy has arisen about so-called "ghost surgery" practices, and people have voiced their opinions for legal sanction against such practices, which clearly undermine the foundation of medical ethics. However, there has been a lack ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Ancient sites savaged in Yemen, Iraq
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Source: ScienceNOW - April 12, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Lawler, A. Tags: Anthropology, Scientific Community In Depth Source Type: news

U.S. judge schedules 2019 trial in opioid litigation
(Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits seeking to hold drug companies responsible for their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic on Wednesday set an aggressive schedule that would have the first trial take place in March 2019. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Talcum Powder Lawsuit: J & J, Imerys to Pay $80M in Punitive Damages
Johnson & Johnson and talc supplier Imerys SA must pay an additional $80 million in punitive damages to a man who said he developed mesothelioma after using asbestos-contaminated talcum powder, a New Jersey state court jury ruled Wednesday. The court has awarded $117 million in total damages in the case. Last week, a New Brunswick, New Jersey, jury ordered J&J and Imerys to pay $37 million in compensatory damages to plaintiff Stephen Lanzo III and his wife. It was the first trial loss for J&J over allegations that its talc-based products contain deadly asbestos. Last year, a Los Angeles Superior Court ruled in...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 11, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Mississippi River diversions will produce new land, but more slowly than shoreline is lost
The best solution to sustaining portions of the Mississippi Delta may be river diversions that bring sediment to shrinking coastlines. However, a new study concludes that the rate of land-building will likely be dwarfed by the rate of wetland loss. "Scientists studied how fast the Mississippi River Delta grew each year before people inhabited the area and began changing the environment," said Justin Lawrence, a program director in the National Science Foundation's Division of Earth ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=244724&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News...
Source: NSF News - April 11, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

J & J, Imerys unit must pay $117 million in N.J. asbestos cancer case
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Johnson& Johnson and Imerys Talc America, a unit of Imerys SA, must pay $117 million in damages in a case involving a man who said he developed cancer due to his exposure to asbestos in talc-based products, a New Jersey state court jury said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Women's everyday mobility: frightening situations and their impacts on travel behaviour - Stark J, Meschik M.
This paper investigates frightening situations women face in their everyday mobility. The focus is not on serious criminal offences but rather on all situations causing fear such as harassment and the influence on the travel behaviour of women. Two surveys... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

When do drivers conform? When do they deviate? - Demir S, Demir B, Özkan T.
Traditional and dominant social influence strategies based on group research aim to motivate people towards compliance with the group norm for behaviours in general and in traffic in particular. Yet, deviance and dissent have the potential to motivate peop... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Terrorism and voter turnout in seven urban centers in the United States - Hunter LY, Meares WL, Ginn MH.
Scholars have long held that terrorist attacks have a noticeable effect on citizens' emotions such as anxiety and fear. Consequently, it is not surprising that researchers have discovered that terrorism influences vote choice in individual nation states as... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Sexual offending hierarchies, personality attributions, and the clinical implications - Challinor LE, Duff S.
PURPOSE The purpose of this paper is to examine sexual offending hierarchies constructed by the general public and forensic staff based on personal attitudes and perceived severity of offence. In addition, six sexual offence perpetrators are differentiate... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Sexsomnia as a defense in repeated sex crimes - Mohebbi A, Holoyda BJ, Newman WJ.
Sexsomnia and related sexual behaviors during sleep may be diagnosed in individuals accused of sex crimes. Although sexsomnia is now formally recognized in the DSM-5, the variable presentation of such behaviors and the possibility of malingering in medicol... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Searching for signs of extremism on the web: an introduction to Sentiment-based Identification of Radical Authors - Scrivens R, Davies G, Frank R.
As violent extremists continue to surface in online discussion forums, law enforcement agencies search for new ways of uncovering their digital indicators. Researchers have both described and hypothesized a number of ways to detect online traces of potenti... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Random assignment in sexual offending programme evaluation: the missing method - Walton JS.
PURPOSE The need for random assignment in sexual offending programme evaluation is clear. Decades of high dependence on weak-inference methodology, that of observational studies, has inhibited professional agreement regarding the effects of programmes. Ob... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Reefer madness or much ado about nothing? Cannabis legalization outcomes among young adults in the United States - Parnes JE, Smith JK, Conner BT.
In 2012, Colorado became one of the first two U.S. States to legalize cannabis for recreational use for adults 21 and older. Given that cannabis use holds potential physical and mental health risks, particularly among adolescent users, concerns have grown ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

A vehicular mobile standard instrument for field verification of traffic speed meters based on dual-antenna doppler radar sensor - Du L, Sun Q, Cai C, Bai J, Fan Z, Zhang Y.
Traffic speed meters are important legal measuring instruments specially used for traffic speed enforcement and must be tested and verified in the field every year using a vehicular mobile standard speed-measuring instrument to ensure speed-measuring perfo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Social, family and trauma risk factors for common disorders in Israeli youth - Lawrence S, Bifulco A.
Trauma exposure needs to be differentiated from trauma impacts in models of psychological disorder. Early life trauma experience is well established as a risk for psychological disorder in teenage and adult years. However, trauma experience is a broad cate... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson, Imerys must pay $117 million to New Jersey man in asbestos cancer case
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Johnson& Johnson and a unit of Imerys SA must pay $117 million in damages to a man who said he developed cancer due to his exposure to asbestos in talc-based products, a New Jersey state court jury said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Former US House speaker to promote legalizing marijuana
Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he has had a change of heart on marijuana and will promote its nationwide legalization (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Health insurance giant terminates contract with Nashville firm amid accusations of overcharging
Nashville-based Envision Healthcare has been dealt some more bad news, this time by UnitedHealthcare. According to a court filing, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review, United is terminating its contract with Envision and its subsidiaries no later than Jan. 1, 2019. Envision had previously sued the Minnesota-based health insurer for allegedly violating their contract; UnitedHealthcare has sinc e filed a motion to force arbitration to resolve the dispute. Envision is No. 5 on the Nashville Business… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

The Latest: Bevin official calls abortion suit 'disturbing'
A spokeswoman for Kentucky's Republican governor says a lawsuit seeking to block the state's new abortion law is "disturbing." (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Fake Marijuana Likely Laced With Rat Poison Has Killed 3 People and Sickened More Than 100
Fake marijuana likely contaminated with rat poison has killed three people in Illinois and caused severe bleeding in more than 100 others, including a few in four other states. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has alerted doctors nationwide that patients with severe, unexplained bleeding may be additional cases. The CDC is helping Illinois authorities investigate the outbreak in that state, which began in early March. Illinois reported seven more cases on Tuesday, bringing the nationwide total to at least 116. Several patients and samples of so-called synthetic marijuana from Illinois have tested posi...
Source: TIME: Health - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Tanner / AP Tags: Uncategorized Marijuana onetime Source Type: news

Federal lawsuit seeks to block Kentucky's new abortion law
Opponents of a new Kentucky law putting more restrictions on abortions have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block it (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Scholars gather to honor career, contributions of Lawrence Marks
Professor emeritus and senior research scientist in environmental health sciences, Marks is retiring from the Yale School of Public Health after five decades. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - April 11, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Two Prominent Plaintiffs Firms Are Trying To Drown Each Other In Flint Water Crisis Litigation
Alleged are an ultimatum, a money grab and unethical behavior in the battle for clients in Flint, MI. A TV star makes an appearance, too. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Legal Newsline, Contributor Source Type: news

Building healthy, equitable communities through equitable laws & policies (Webinar)
April 24, 2018 2:00-2:45pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Are Pre-Signed Prescriptions a Good Idea? Even Legal? Are Pre-Signed Prescriptions a Good Idea? Even Legal?
Can I fill in a pre-signed prescription for a patient in the physician's absence? What if I'm also a prescriber?Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Ask the Expert Source Type: news

Why California hospitals and healthcare systems are opposing this bill that would regulate prices paid by patients
A San Jose lawmaker has authored a new bill that would allow the state to set prices for specific services and procedures provided by hospitals and other health care providers. Proponents of the bill argue it would give Californians greater access to health care by lowering costs, while representatives of insurance providers and hospitals say price regulation would disrupt the health care system. Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), introduced the Health Care Price Relie f Act, or Assembly Bill 3087,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 11, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Kayla Webster Source Type: news

FBI raids Trump’s personal lawyer on referral from special counsel Mueller; furious POTUS calls “disgraceful” raid “an attack” on country
(Natural News) The offices of President Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, were raided on Monday by FBI agents acting on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, whose actions continue to leave little doubt that there is no evidence whatsoever of so-called “collusion” between Team Trump and Russia during the 2016 election. Reports... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Does talcum powder cause cancer? A legal and scientific battle rages
Visitors who walk into Deborah Giannecchini's ranch house in Modesto, California, will notice a well-tended garden, four small dogs who greet every visitor with enthusiasm and a sign that hangs prominently displayed in her living room that reads "It's never too late to live happily ever after." (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kaiser Health News Labels Routine Clinical Laboratory Testing and Other Screening of Elderly Patients an ‘Epidemic’ in US
Some experts in medical community question value of health screenings of older patients with shortened life expectancies, though many aging adults are skeptical of calls to skip tests What does it mean when a credible health organization makes the assertion that there is an “epidemic” of clinical laboratory testing being ordered on the nation’s elderly? […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 11, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations AgingCare.com American Cancer Society American Journal of Public Health anatomic pathology Beth Israel Deaconess Medical C Source Type: news

Policing registered sex offenders - Kewley S.
PURPOSE The purpose of this paper is to outline current police risk assessment and management practice when working with those convicted of sexual offences. The paper introduces the newly implemented Active Risk Management System (ARMS), a risk- and stren... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news