Dreams Aren ’t Just Visual: We Often Hear Voices And Other Sounds Too
By Emma Young “At least since the philosophers of ancient Greece, scholars have pointed out the analogy between madness (psychosis) and dreaming…” So begins a new paper, published in PLoS One, that seems to shore up that analogy. Dreams and psychotic hallucinations do have things in common. They both feature perceptual sensations that seem real, but which are conjured up by our brains. However, there are also differences. While dreams are known to be highly visual, psychotic hallucinations are primarily auditory. They generally involve hearing things that aren’t real rather than seeing things ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - March 31, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Perception Psychosis Sleep and dreaming Source Type: blogs

The Elephant and the Virus
With respect to the coronavirus pandemic, I am concerned about India. Given their population density and more than 1.3 billion residents, the virus situation there could soon make what’s happening in Italy and Spain look tame. Earlier this week India was reporting only 129 infections and 2 deaths. Today it’s at 249 cases and 5 deaths. While those numbers may seem ridiculously low relative to India’s population, they appear to be starting out much the same as any other country. While mathematical illiterates might dismiss these numbers as trivial, fortunately India’s Prime Minister and their Na...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - March 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Health Source Type: blogs

The Cruise Industry Assistance Washington Should Give: Repeal the Passenger Vessel Services Act
Colin GrabowAs the coronavirus produces gaping holes in the balance sheets of companies throughout the economy, President Trumphasgivennumerousindications that he considers the cruise industry a  prime candidate for a federal bailout. With many of the world’s major cruise lines headquartered in electorally‐​important Florida, that’s not a surprise.But before appropriating a  single dollar of taxpayer money to these cruise lines, Congress and the White House should opt for another form of relief: repeal of the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA). Passed in 1886, the law mandates that ves...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 19, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Colin Grabow Source Type: blogs

Death By Corona: What Are the Numbers?
   This morning, we learned that actor Tom Hanks and his wife have contracted COVID-19 infection. Indeed, 43 famous persons have already been affected by the disease, including six Iranian leaders and four European soccer players. We might speculate that this reflects a single exposure event in Iran…or the fact that European athletes travel frequently in a high-incidence environment. Perhaps similar reasoning can be used to explain the striking variation in coronavirus death rates between countries. As of March 12, 126,258 cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide; and 4,368 died of the disease –...
Source: GIDEON blog - March 12, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Epidemiology Events General Source Type: blogs

New Maritime Report Marked by Factual Errors and Dubious Claims
Colin GrabowThe Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments recently released a report on the U.S. maritime sector that hasgarneredconsiderablepraise from the Jones Act lobby. That ’s no surprise. EntitledStrengthening the U.S. Defense Maritime Industrial Base, the report explicitly calls for the Jones Act ’s retention. Overlooked amidst the plaudits, however, are factual errors and dubious assertions that call its endorsement of the law into question. This blog post will lay some of these out.Factual errorsThe report includes a number of factual errors. In this section, I note these inco...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 28, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Colin Grabow Source Type: blogs

Vice Chair Quarles ’ Stigma Problem
George SelginSpeaking to NYU's " Money Marketeers " last week, Randy Quarles, the Fed's Vice Chair for Supervision, shared his views on Fed policy, and particularly on steps he thinks the Fed should take to reduce the size of its balance sheet.Perhaps better than anyone else at the Fed, Mr. Quarles understands the role that liquidity requirements play in propping-up banks'demand for excess reserves, and how those requirements foiled the Fed's attempt to get the quantity of such reserves substantially below its crisis-era peak.Rather than accept that defeat, Mr. Quarles wants the Fed to try again, after first taki...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 13, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs

Even Preschoolers Associate Positions Of Power With Being A Man
By Emily Reynolds An imbalance in power — personal and political — is at the heart of many of the conversations we have around gender. #MeToo sparked a global conversation on the topic, and issues around the gender pay gap and women in leadership roles also deal with matters of unequal power. But our assumptions about how gender and power interact may start far before we even reach the workplace, new research suggests. In a paper published in Sex Roles, Rawan Charafeddine from the CNRS in Paris and colleagues conclude that associations between power and masculinity start when we’re barely out of napp...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - February 3, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Developmental Gender Social Source Type: blogs

U.S. health care from a global perspective, 2019: higher spending, worse outcomes?
The Commonwealth Fund - This briefing assesses U.S. health care system spending, outcomes, risk factors and prevention, utilisation, and quality, relative to ten other high-income countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. It also compares U.S. performance to that of the OECD average, comprising 36 high-income member countries.BriefingMore detail (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - January 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Quality of care and clinical outcomes Source Type: blogs

Waterloo sunset ’ s fine, as is Norwegian Wood
I’ve got another gig performing for local seniors. It’ll be an afternoon singalong in a residential carehome, it’ll be fun. I’ve recruited some people I know who will bring guitars and pianos to play and all of whom can sing really well. The last time I did such a gig was a harsh moment of learning. We were actually a late booking as the proper old-time music band had cancelled a the last minute. We didn’t have any time to pull a setlist together letalone rehearse. I thought…okay…the majority of the audience is in its 70s, same as my parents were and my parents love Buddy Holly, ...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - January 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Sciencebase Source Type: blogs

A Look Back at 2019
I've always been an optimist.  I believe humans are basically good and that the nice guy will win eventually.After traveling 400,000 miles to 40 countries in 2019, helping government, academia, and industry, my view of the world has not changed.Despite our focus on the negative 24x7 news cycle, 2019 has been thebest year for humanity in history.My best memories, looking back at 2019:*Serving the Gates Foundation in South Africa and Northern India.  Experiencing the rollout of technology enabled platforms that reduced HIV disease burden and improved diagnosis/treatment of tuberculosis.*Working with mayors and...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - December 31, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

The Top Digital Health Technologies Helping Refugees Around the World
“Refugees are persons who are outside their country of origin for reasons of feared persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or other circumstances which have seriously disturbed public order and, as a result, require international protection,” writes the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). However, refugees’ plea isn’t limited to people leaving their home country en masse following atrocious wars or political instability, but can be that of anyone else, like you and me, following unforeseen calamities, be it natural or man-made, leading to similar situations. The November ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Telemedicine & Smartphones digital health technology digital technology digital innovation refugee Source Type: blogs

Thanking a lot of people - all the Acknowledgement sections from all my papers
This article was written using the Authorea scientific writing platform.The authors would like to thank the Coronado Pop Warner Islanders for initial collection of the sample and participation in Project MERCCURI, as well as Kris Tracy who assisted in the etymology of the proposed species name.The 16S rRNA sequence analysis was performed under the MiSeq Com- petition MkIIm by New Zealand Genome Limited and with the assistance of Patrick Biggs (NZGL) for MiSeq sequence processing. We thank Alex- ander Forrest for the loan of the Brancker CTD. We are grateful to three anonymous reviewers for their comments and suggestions. W...
Source: The Tree of Life - November 28, 2019 Category: Microbiology Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs

Butterfly Network Expands Applications for Smartphone-Connected Ultrasound: Interview
Butterfly Network, the digital health unicorn democratizing medical imaging, is continuing to add new applications for its handheld, single probe, smartphone-connected ultrasound technology. The Butterfly iQ, the multi-purpose pocket-sized ultrasound, won FDA clearance a couple years ago and earlier this year received the CE Mark, clearing it for distribution in Europe. The innovation found within Butterfly iQ centers around the device’s matrix array of microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensors. As part of an integrated circuit, Butterfly iQ provides high-resolution performance comparable to that of a full-size u...
Source: Medgadget - November 14, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiology Critical Care Emergency Medicine Exclusive News Ob/Gyn Pediatrics Radiology Surgery Urology Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

Wealth Tax Revenues
Chris EdwardsPresidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have each proposed an annual wealth tax on the richest Americans. There are so many flaws with such a tax that it probably would not pass Congress. If it did pass, it would likely be repealed soon after as the damage became obvious even to the politicians.The number of European countries with annual wealth taxes has fallen from 12 in 1990 to just 3 today. The Europeans found that wealth taxes induced avoidance, evasion, and capital flight,as I discuss here. The taxes were also full of exemptions and raised relatively little revenue.Let ’s look a...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 11, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

$2 Trillion+ in New Taxes for Single Payer, or $50 Billion to Strengthen ObamaCare? Next Question, Please
By BOB HERTZ It is not wise for Democrats to spend all their energy debating Single Payer health care solutions. None of their single player  plans has much chance to pass in 2020, especially under the limited reconciliation process. In the words of Ezra Klein, “If Democrats don’t have a plan for the filibuster, they don’t really have a plan for ambitious health care reform.” Yet while we debate Single Payer – or, even if it somehow passed, wait for it to be installed — millions of persons are still hurting under our current system. We can help these people now! Her...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Medicare Obamacare Politics Affordable Care Act American healthcare Bob Hertz Medicare For All Single payer US Health Care System Source Type: blogs

Simple “Hypocrisy Intervention” Reduces Collective Blaming Of Muslims For Extremism, With Long-Lasting Effects
A rally in Melbourne against racism and Islamophobia following the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings. Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images By Emily Reynolds Log on to Twitter, open a newspaper or turn on the news and you’ll soon see just how prevalent anti-Muslim sentiment is, as well as how likely collective blame is to be placed on the group as a whole for actions perpetrated by a few Islamic extremists. Though American mass shootings are far more likely to be perpetrated by white men than Muslims, collective blame is rarely assigned to that group — instead, they are characterised as “lone wolves&rd...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - October 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Cognition Terrorism Source Type: blogs

Welfare State Causes Wealth Inequality —Euro Experience
Chris EdwardsDemocrats running for president are condemning wealth inequality while calling for an increase in social spending. But expanding social spending would magnify wealth inequality, not reduce it, because it would displace private wealth accumulation by lower- and middle-income households.Evidence comes froma study by Pirmin Fessler and Martin Schurz for the European Central Bank. The authors explore the relationship between government social spending and wealth distribution in 13 European countries using a survey database of 62,000 households. The database contains household balance sheet information.Regression a...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Our Brains Represent The Meaning Of Words the Same Way Whether We Read Them Or Hear Them
By Emma Young In an era of TED talks, podcasts, and audiobooks, it’s easy to choose to listen to factual information or fiction, rather than to read it. But is that a good thing? Are there any differences in the way the brain processes the meaning of words that are heard rather than read? According to the researchers behind a thorough new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the answer to this last question is “no”. But it may still be too soon to conclude that listening to an audiobook is effectively the same as reading it. Fatma Deniz at the University of California, Berkeley, and coll...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - September 25, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Brain Reading Source Type: blogs

Healthcare after Brexit: updated guidance
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) - The guidance accessing health care after Brexit has been updated. It covers access to health care for UK residents visiting or living in the EU and Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland after Brexit.Visitor guidanceEmigrant guidance (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - August 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Brexit Source Type: blogs

Is there a role for surgery in treating Hashimoto ’s thyroiditis?
This study raises the possibility of a role for surgery for patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis who continue to feel poorly despite optimal treatment with thyroid hormone. However, the study, while well done, is a relatively small one. We need longer-term follow up and confirmation with additional studies done on diverse populations. It’s also important to consider that thyroid surgery in patients with advanced Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is difficult. Rates of complications, including injury to the laryngeal nerve (which controls voice) and the parathyroid glands (which maintain normal blood calcium levels...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - August 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Garber, MD, FACP, FACE Tags: Health Thyroid Disorders Source Type: blogs

Campylobacteriosis in Scandinavia
For more than twenty years, rates of campylobacteriosis in Scandinavia have been more than 50% above those of Europe as a whole. [1]. During 1995 to 2000, approximately 20-to-60 cases per 100,000 were reported in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden; increasing to 60-to-100 cases per 100,000 during 2010 to 2018. [2]  Similar regional trends have been reported for EHEC (enterohemorrhagic E. coli) infection; while rates of yersiniosis have been decreasing. Sweden = Laboratory reports     other countries = Cases References: 1. Berger S. Campylobacteriosis: Global Status, 2019. 157 pages , 102 graphs , 1,...
Source: GIDEON blog - July 29, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology ProMED Source Type: blogs

How Large Is American Government?
America ’s strong economic growth and high living standards were built on our relatively smaller government. U.S. per capita income is higher than nearly all major countries and our government spending is still somewhat less.However, America ’s lower-spending advantage has diminished. TheOECD publishes data on total federal-state-local government spending as a percentage of GDP for its member countries. The chart shows spending for the United States and for the simple average of 30 OECD countries which have data back to 1995. These are high-income countries such as Canada, Germany, and Japan.The chart shows tha...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

The Flynn Effect in Families: Studies of Register Data on Norwegian Military Conscripts and Their Families
https://www.mdpi.com/2079-3200/2/3/106/htmSent fromFlipboard (Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner))
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - July 15, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, June 24th 2019
This study sought to investigate what could be learned from how these men have fared. The men were born in 1925-1928 and similar health-related data from questionnaires, physical examination, and blood samples are available for all surveys. Survival curves over various variable strata were applied to evaluate the impact of individual risk factors and combinations of risk factors on all-cause deaths. At the end of 2018, 118 (16.0%) of the men had reached 90 years of age. Smoking in 1974 was the strongest single risk factor associated with survival, with observed percentages of men reaching 90 years being 26.3, 25.7, ...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 23, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Take Optimal Care of Your Health and the Odds of Reaching Age 90 are Still Poor with Today's Medical Technology
This study sought to investigate what could be learned from how these men have fared. The men were born in 1925-1928 and similar health-related data from questionnaires, physical examination, and blood samples are available for all surveys. Survival curves over various variable strata were applied to evaluate the impact of individual risk factors and combinations of risk factors on all-cause deaths. At the end of 2018, 118 (16.0%) of the men had reached 90 years of age. Smoking in 1974 was the strongest single risk factor associated with survival, with observed percentages of men reaching 90 years being 26.3, 25.7, ...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 19, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

The Brain Stage: The Power & Promise of The Cephalic Phase for Health
Listen to the Podcast or Read the Transcript [00:00:03] Hi I’m Dr. Alan Greene pediatrician and I’d like to talk with you tonight about The Brain Stage. [00:00:10] I remember vividly when I was a pediatric resident in training go to a Grand Rounds about a surprising topic. [00:00:18] The function of the brain and the function of the skin and one of the things that dermatologists talked about was a common procedure freezing warts. Freezing warts was then, and is still, one of the most common ways to get rid of warts. What she talked about was how wildly different the results were in different studies. People use...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - May 23, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Cephalic Phase Placebo The Brain Stage Source Type: blogs

Why Is the USA Only the 35th Healthiest Country in the World?
By ETIENNE DEFFARGES According the 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, the U.S. ranks 35th out of 169 countries. Even though we are the 11th wealthiest country in the world, we are behind pretty much all developed economies in terms of health. In the Americas, not just Canada (16th) but also Cuba (30th), Chile and Costa Rica (tied for 33rd) rank ahead of us in this Bloomberg study. To answer this layered question, we need to look at the top ranked countries in the Bloomberg Index: From first to 12th, they are Spain; Italy; Iceland; Japan; Switzerland; Sweden; Australia; Singapore; Norway; Israel; Luxe...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Economics Health disparities Health Policy American healthcare Etienne Deffarges Mediterranean Diet Opioids world health Source Type: blogs

Tick-Borne Diseases of Norway
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is one of eight zoonoses carried by ticks in Norway (the others are Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Louping ill, Lyme borreliosis, Relapsing fever, Rickettsial spotted fever and Tularemia).  As displayed in the following graphs, rates of human TBE are considerably lower than those of other tick-borne diseases in Norway, and below TBE rates reported by neighboring countries. [1-3]     References: Berger S. Infectious Diseases of Norway, 2019. 387 pages , 138 graphs , 858 references. Gideon e-books,  https://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/country/infectious-diseases-of-norway/ Berg...
Source: GIDEON blog - April 1, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs ProMED Source Type: blogs

How long does a joint replacement last?
Joint replacement surgery represents one of the biggest and most life-changing advances in modern medicine. It has meant the difference between disability from crippling arthritis and nearly normal mobility for millions of people in recent decades. The hip and knee are, by far, the most commonly replaced joints, and they have the most reliable results. In the US each year, more than 300,000 hips and 700,000 knees are replaced, and the results are generally good. But every time a joint is replaced, an important question looms: how long will it last? It’s a fair question. After all, no one wants to go through the risk,...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Bones and joints Health Surgery Source Type: blogs

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson found out he had throat cancer via Google
He actually describes the process very well, and it worked: The Iron Maiden singer opens up about his battle with cancer in Scandinavian talk show Skavlan. Also present in the studio are Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway, and Swedish director and actor Felix Herngren. Posted atClinical Cases and Images. Stay updated andsubscribe, follow us onTwitter and connect onFacebook. (Source: Clinical Cases and Images - Blog)
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - Blog - March 8, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Google Music Oncology Source Type: blogs

8 Health Risks of Untreated Depression
Medication side-effects can seem unbearable at times: dry mouth, nausea, dizziness, constipation. Certain prescriptions can also increase our risks for developing chronic conditions like thyroid disease and diabetes. Three years ago, I decided that the pills’ side-effects weren’t worth the relief they brought, so I slowly weaned off all my medication. I then plummeted into a severe depression that ended up taking a far greater toll on my health than the nuisance of my drugs. You may be justifiably concerned about how your mood stabilizer and antidepressant are altering your biochemistry, but also consider the g...
Source: World of Psychology - March 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Therese J. Borchard Tags: Depression General Medications Antidepressant Cognitive Decline Diabetes Mood Stabilizer Source Type: blogs

A conference where all the speakers are women - happening this week #YAMMM #manels #STEMDiversity #GenderBias
It was now six years ago that I wrote here wondering if it would be a good idea to have a conference where all the speakers were women.See The Tree of Life: A conference where the speakers are all women?I wrote about this because of the general issue with excessive numbers of conferences where most or all of the speakers were men. I had come up with a term for such meetings -YAMMM. Yet Another Mostly Male Meeting. I even made some little pics / images to represent such YAMMMs.And I blogged and Tweeted about such meetings a lot (and still do). See STEM Diversity posts and related links her...
Source: The Tree of Life - February 26, 2019 Category: Microbiology Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs

Norwegian Clinical Psychologists Reveal The Complexities Involved In Working With Children And Teens Experiencing Gender Dysphoria
By Jesse Singal With the number of referrals to the UK’s only gender identity development service (GIDS, at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust) increasing sharply in recent years – a pattern seemingly mirrored in other European countries and the US (anecdotally, at least — many countries don’t keep comprehensive data the way the UK does) – debate has inevitably intensified over how best to help transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) youth. As some expert clinicians have pointed out, there has been a tendency for commentators, campaigners and the general public to adopt an ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - February 25, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Gender Qualitative Therapy Source Type: blogs

BRCA Exchange Available on the Web; Understanding BRCA Variants
It's not known among some healthcare consumers that there are a host of BRCA variants other than the standard ones. Normal BRCA testing looks forthree specific genetic variants that are linked to hereditary cancers. Two of these variants — 185delAG and 5382insC — are in the BRCA1 gene. One variant — called 6174delT — is in the BRCA2 gene. A patient may test positive for a variant other than these common ones and it may not be clear under such circumstances what treatment to offer to the patient. The BRCA Exchange is now avai lable on the web that may be of assistance to researchers, ph...
Source: Lab Soft News - February 13, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Clinical Lab Industry News Clinical Lab Testing Healthcare Innovations Lab Industry Trends Lab Processes and Procedures Medical Consumerism Medical Research Preventive Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

Fitness and Aging Well Go Hand In Hand
How vital is fitness to aging well? Very. A recent study of participants in the 2015 National Senior Games, also known as the Senior Olympics, revealed that the typical participant had a fitness age of more than 20 years younger than his or her chronological age. According to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, fitness age is determined by a measure of cardiovascular endurance and is a better predictor of longevity than chronological age. I asked Robert Drapkin, MD FACP, to help us understand ... Read more on HealthCentral about how fitness and aging well connect: MedicareFAQ – Medicare Resource Cente...
Source: Minding Our Elders - January 18, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Brexit: What Now?
ConclusionOver the coming weeks, Parliament will likely host lots of indicative votes on all these options. The government has to bring forward a revised motion and try again. But so far the Prime Minister appears unwilling to change much of substance, and it ’s not clear where she turns.Crucial now will be the sequencing of votes by MPs for alternatives. If it gets to a stage where it ’s the prospect of no deal against the last perceived line of defense against that happening, then Remainers and soft Brexiteers could unite. For now though, they are hopelessly divided too. Absent further constitutional vandalis...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 17, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Bourne Source Type: blogs

PhD scholarship/stipends: Language, Cognition and Brain Sciences Laboratory Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia.
Applications are invited for PhD scholarship/stipends for projects with the Language, Cognition and Brain Sciences Laboratory (http://www.langcogbrain.net) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia.Research in the lab makes use of a range of methodologies, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electrophysiology (intracranial and scalp-recorded EEG), transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation (TMS& tDCS), and behavioural paradigms, in both healthy and neurologically disordered populations. Current projects involve research into the cognitive and neural mechanisms of heal...
Source: Talking Brains - January 15, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Health Insurance 101
Over the course of the years, decades and centuries I have found I need to spell out some elementary facts for the newbies who come here unenlightened.Health care is not like most commodities, say for example cheese or oven mitts. People who make remarks to the effect that it's a violation of their liberty to make them buy health insurance or tell them what the minimal contents of their insurance must be and how would you feel if the government forced you to buy cheese and it had to be cheddar only think they're being clever.If you want to drive a car, the government requires you to buy insurance and tells you what that in...
Source: Stayin' Alive - January 9, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

High Tax Rates Won ’t Work in Today’s Economy
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezis making headlines calling for raising the top individual income tax rate to 70 percent to fund a Green New Deal. Sympathetic commentators are saying that such a high rate on the wealthy is no big deal because the top tax rate used to be 70 percent and above. Noah Smith atBloombergsays the congresswomen ’s plan would be “a return to the 20th century norm.”The problem is that globalization has dramatically changed the economy over recent decades. High tax rates were not a good idea back then, but they would be disastrous now.Before the 1980s, capital controls under fixed curre...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 8, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

For the Years of Investigation to Come: a Guide to Resources for Challenging Health Care Corruption
The Enduring Problem of Health Care CorruptionNow arrives the years of investigation.  Here in the US, a new majority in the US House of Representatives promises multi-pronged investigations of, among other topics, the corruption that now seems pervasive at the highest reaches of the US government, corruption that has badly affected efforts to truly reform US health care (lookhere).  Meanwhile, similar investigations are likely to get underway in various US states.  We can only hope that this flurry of activity will end up with some positive steps to reduce US health care corruption,an enduring problem about...
Source: Health Care Renewal - January 2, 2019 Category: Health Management Tags: health care corruption Transparency International Source Type: blogs

What Are the Expected Results of California Board Quotas?
Beginning in 2019, California is set toimplement a new law that requires companies fill around 40 percent of corporate board positions with women.[1]  This means California is following the lead of european countries including Norway, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, and Spain which have legislated similar reforms for corporate boards.The California mandate may face federal and state legal challenges. However, assuming the law is implemented, observers will no doubt be interested to see whether it accomplishes its objectives. For example, will the law improve corporate leadership representation for women?A st...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 31, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Vanessa Brown Calder Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: My Norwegian Interview
By David Tuller, DrPH In addition to giving a couple of talks in Norway, I also answered some questions from Trude Schei, assistant Secretary General of the Norwegian ME Association. I doubt I said anything I haven’t stated many times before. However, members of the GET/CBT ideological brigades–in Norway and elsewhere–continue to maintain against all […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - December 31, 2018 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

69% Oppose Creating Federal Paid Leave Program If It Harms Women ’s Career Prospects
The national  Cato 2018 Paid Leave Survey of 1,700 adults finds widespread support for creating a federal paid leave program, with 74% in favor. However, 69% of Americans would oppose establishing a federal paid leave program if it meant that fewer women would get promoted and become managers. But would establishing a federal program actu ally do this? Research suggests that it could and that’s why we asked about it on the survey:Read about the full survey results and methodology here.First, let ’s consider the different career outcomes between women in the United States and women in Western...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Emily Ekins Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: The View From Norway
By David Tuller, DrPH I spent the last week of November in Oslo. The Norwegian ME Association invited me to give a couple of talks and have some meetings with public health officials. The city was charming, even if dark and overcast at this time of year. Not surprisingly, the same tussle taking place over […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - December 12, 2018 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The Most Intensive Therapy for OCD: The Bergen Treatment
My son Dan suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder so severe he could not even eat. He spent nine weeks at an intensive world-renowned residential program where he learned techniques through the use of exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy. These skills have allowed him to live a happy and productive life. Well, at least I thought it was an intensive program. At Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway, there is a treatment program for OCD that is truly intensive. And short. Four full days. There are many people who spend years of their lives suffering with OCD; it can be a cruel, insidious disorder. Ho...
Source: World of Psychology - December 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Caregivers OCD Personal Research Treatment Source Type: blogs

Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs: Can Digital Solutions Give A Helping Hand To The Addicted?
Alcohol content measuring wristbands, smart lighters, nicotine tracking wearables, stop smoking apps, virtual reality therapies, automated messaging platforms are the newest elements in the arsenal of digital health technologies supporting everyone in the fight against addiction to cigarettes, alcohol or drugs. Addiction and dependency ruins lives Once you become addicted, it sticks with you for a long time, if not for life. It doesn’t matter whether it’s about cigarettes, alcohol, medication, drugs, gambling, sex, etc., any of these substances or phenomena could cause you strong dependency and might impact you...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Medical Professionals Patients Researchers alcohol cigarette digital health drugs health technology Innovation medication opioid opioid crisis smartphone smartphone apps smoking virtual Source Type: blogs

No Let Up On The Bad News About Overdose Deaths
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) just issued  Data Brief Number 329, entitled “Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999-2017.” Drug overdose deaths reached a new record high, exceeding 70,000 deaths in 2017, a 9.6 percent increase over 2016. That figure includes all drug overdoses, including those due to cocaine, methamphetamines, and benzodiazepines. The actual breakdown according to drug category will be reported in mid-December. However,  estimates are opioid-related deaths will account for roughly 49,000 of the total overdose deaths. The big takeaways, quoting...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 29, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey A. Singer Source Type: blogs

“National narcissism” is rife, finds survey of 35 countries
This study could also be seen as evidence for a cousin of the famous Lake Wobegon effect, or the tendency of people to overestimate their abilities, leading a majority of individuals to view themselves as “above average” in various domains. It shouldn’t be surprising, given what we know about in-group psychology, that people often err similarly when evaluating their own groups relative to others. It would be fascinating to see a study like this repeated on a larger, more cross-nationally representative group of respondents. One could make a case for more highly educated people both overestimating or under...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - November 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Cross-cultural guest blogger Social Source Type: blogs

Psychotherapy and Medication (and Thrift Shopping) Will Beat My Depression
For the last few months, I’ve been depressed, so much so that I haven’t been able to thrift shop. Thrift shopping is my cure-all. This particular kind of retail therapy usually takes away my mental — and sometimes physical — pain. But my presence hasn’t graced the local thrift stops because I’ve been doing a lot of sleeping and staying in the house. When extremely depressed, it’s difficult to get myself together to go out. My mood has picked up. I’m thrift shopping again. The thrift store is a huge place that sells everything under the sun. One never knows what one will find...
Source: World of Psychology - November 18, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Laura Yeager Tags: Happiness Medications Personal Psychotherapy Bipolar Disorder Depression Depressive Disorder Source Type: blogs

How to Upgrade your Speech by Not Saying “Like”
You're reading How to Upgrade your Speech by Not Saying “Like”, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Language and speech are a beautiful thing. And while there are countless books available on the ‘correct’ way to use words and sentences, ultimately the only right way is the way you wish. Each culture and sub-culture contains as many variations on the local language as it does individuals. Efforts to regulate the way people talk are often bound up in politics and social currents that ha...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - October 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Taylor Tags: featured self improvement success Source Type: blogs