What Has A.I. In Medicine Ever Done For Us? At Least 45 Things!
Remember Monty Python’s brilliant Life of Brian movie scene where the Palestinian insurgent commando, planning the abduction of Pilate’s wife in return for all the horrors they had to endure from the Roman Empire, asks the rhetorical question: what have the Romans ever done for us? With the hype and overmarketing, not to speak about the fears around A.I, we asked the same question. What has A.I. in medicine ever done for us? Well, we found at least 45 things. I have 45 responses to the pressing question on everyone’s mind who is interested in healthcare but tired of the hype or the doomsday scenarios a...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Future of Medicine administration AI cancer diagnostics digital health digital health technology Healthcare Innovation medical medical imaging Radiology treatment Source Type: blogs

What Can Brain Imaging Tell Us About Violent Extremism?
In this study,Sacred Values included:Palestinian right of returnWestern military forces being expelled from all Muslim landsStrict sharia as the rule of law in all Muslim countriesArmed jihad being waged against enemies of MuslimsForbidding of caricatures of Prophet MohammedVeiling of women in publicWhat were theNonsacred Values? We don't know. I couldn't find examples anywhere in the paper. It's crucial that we know what these were, to help understand the “sacralization” of nonsacred values, which was observed in an fMRI experiment (described later). So I turned to the Supplemental Material ofBerns et al. (201...
Source: The Neurocritic - January 21, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

Does the Migrant Caravan Pose a Serious Terrorism Risk?
Yesterday, President Trumptweeted that “unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” with themigrant caravan approaching the U.S. border. Vice President Pencelater tried to justify President Trump ’s comment by arguing that, “It is inconvincible that there are not people of Middle Eastern descent in a crowd of more than 7,000 people advancing toward our border.” Todd Bensman of the Center for Immigration Studieswrote that  “the president was obviously referencing … ‘special interest aliens’ … U.S.-bound migrants moving along well-established Latin America smuggl...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 23, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

Does the Migrant Caravan Pose a Terrorism Risk?
Yesterday, President Trumptweeted that “unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” with themigrant caravan approaching the U.S. border. Vice President Pencelater tried to justify President Trump ’s comment by arguing that, “It is inconvincible that there are not people of Middle Eastern descent in a crowd of more than 7,000 people advancing toward our border.” Todd Bensman of the Center for Immigration Studieswrote that  “the president was obviously referencing … ‘special interest aliens’ … U.S.-bound migrants moving along well-established Latin America smuggl...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 23, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

International Palliative Care Education - EPEC-Peds
By Stacy S. Remke (@StacyRemke)In about 2004, our program embarked on a regional pilot project to teach healthcare workers – doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and others – to provide pediatric palliative care. Our region is the Upper Midwest: Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. “Join pediatric palliative care,” we joked, “and see the world!!”Little did we know.From these first steps began a truly humbling and inspiring journey across many continents and into many communities.Much of this started when a project I was involved with –Education in Palliative a...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - September 21, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Tags: international pediatrics remke Source Type: blogs

Why Hillarycare failed …and what we need to learn from that failure
By MATTHEW HOLT In July 2005 George W Bush had relatively recently won a Presidential election in which the Republican won the popular vote (something that will likely never happen again) & the Republicans controlled all three branches of Government. Those of us liberals at the bottom of a dark trench were wondering if and how we’d get to health reform. So in another reprint to celebrate THCB’s 15th birthday, here was my then take on what went wrong in 1994 and what would happen next–Matthew Holt      There are lots of versions about what killed the 1993-4 health car...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Matthew Holt HillaryCare Source Type: blogs

Leishmaniasis in Palestine
In the following charts, I’ve compared reported incidence rates for cutaneous leishmaniasis in the two states which comprise Palestine.  Note that disease rates in  a third area (Gaza / West Bank) are two- to three-fold those reported by Israel and Jordan.  Significantly, current rates in Syria (per 100,000) are approximately one hundred-fold those of Israel (280 vs. 3 in 2016) [1,2]   References: Berger S. Cutaneous and Mucosal Leishmaniasis: Global Status, 2018. 166 pages , 111 graphs , 1,681 references. Gideon e-books,  https://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/cutaneous-and...
Source: GIDEON blog - July 22, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs ProMED Source Type: blogs

U.S. Withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council: Right Decision, Bad Optics
Confirming rumors that had been circulating for weeks, the Trump administration announced that the United States will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. That body consists of 47 member states with rotating, staggered 3-year terms. It is tasked with protecting human rights as well as highlighting and condemning regimes that violate those rights. The Council has been controversial since its inception, especially among American conservatives. George W. Bush ’s administration declined to make the United States a member when the UN General Assembly established the Council in 2006. President Obama reversed that dec...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 20, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ted Galen Carpenter Source Type: blogs

Five Thoughts on Jerusalem, Gaza, and What's in Between
Dozens of people have been killed and over 2,000 injured in protests in the Gaza Strip along the border with Israel. Continued clashes are expected until the fundamental problems of the strip are solved, including the governance vacuum, the Palestinian Authority-Hamas rift, and the conflict with Israel. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - May 15, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Shira Efron Source Type: blogs

Five Thoughts on Jerusalem, Gaza and What's in Between
Dozens of people have been killed and over 2,000 injured in protests in the Gaza Strip along the border with Israel. Continued clashes are expected until the fundamental problems of the strip are solved, including the governance vacuum, the Palestinian Authority-Hamas rift, and the conflict with Israel. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - May 15, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Shira Efron Source Type: blogs

Sunday Sermonette: Ill-gotten Gains
Genesis 13:So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him.2 Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.Yeah, which he got by pimping out his wife to Pharaoh.  3 From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of theLord.5 Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.6 But the land could not support them while they stayed toge...
Source: Stayin' Alive - April 22, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Profiles of Every Terrorism Vetting Failure in the Last 30 Years
In my newpolicy analysis released today, I identify 65 vetting failures where the visa vetting system allowed a foreign-born person to enter the United States as an adult or older teenager when they had already radicalized —80 percent occurred before 9/11. Just 13 vetting failures have occurred since 9/11, and only one—the last one (Tashfeen Malik)—resulted in any deaths in the United States. That’s one vetting failure for every 29 million visa or status approvals, and one deadly failure for every 379 million visa or status approvals from 2002 to 2016.As I note, 9/11 is reasonable point of analysis ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 231
LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog - Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF…introducing Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 231. Readers can subscribe to FFFF RSS or subscribe to the FFFF weekly EMAIL Question 1: You find yourself on holiday in Africa helping out with a dermatology clinic (yes, your forte as an emergency physician). In the queue is a young boy who describes&nb...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - March 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Neil Long Tags: Frivolous Friday Five anthrax cholera Dilip Mahalanabis Dr Bayford dysentery dysphagia lusoria ORS saber shins Thomas Hodgkin wool-sorters disease yaws Source Type: blogs

Sunday Sermonette: Moral Philosophy
Okay, here's the rest of Genesis 9. In case you thought it couldn't get any weirder . . .18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.)19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.We will once again ignore the implied incest, which was previously required of the children of Cain and Seth. 20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard.21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father na...
Source: Stayin' Alive - March 18, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

What to Make of Trump's Decision on Jerusalem
While the Israeli-Palestinian issue is not a high priority in the Arab world today with all the other turmoil engulfing the region, not even the Trump administration's closest allies support the president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. And it risks inflaming regional tension and increasing anti-American sentiment. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - December 28, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Dalia Dassa Kaye Source Type: blogs

Prior Presidents ’ “Travel Bans” Are Different From President Trump’s Ban
President Trump ’stravel ban Proclamation that bans immigration and travel from seven countries (and limits it from an eighth) is based on authority in immigration law that other presidents have used. But all but one of these bans were quite different from President Trump ’s. They banned at most a few thousand—almost always specifically named—individuals based on their personal conduct, not their nationality. In the one exception, not all nationals were banned, and the requirements to end the ban were very clear. Neither of which can be said for the Trump ban.Different in ScaleNo president has attem...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 16, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

How Salafism's Rise Threatens Gaza
The rise of hardline Salafism is a worrisome trend in Gaza, where Salafists could surpass Hamas as the most dangerous threat to other Palestinians and the state of Israel. Such a result could very well signal the sabotage of yet another chance for progress in one of the world's longest-running conflicts. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - October 11, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Colin P. Clarke Source Type: blogs

Travel Ban Is Based on Executive Whim, Not Objective Criteria
ConclusionFor countries on the list, and for any country wishing to remain off the list, it is vitally important that they understand which factors led to their inclusion or exclusion. If the United States is acting in good faith —seeking to change behavior as opposed to looking for an excuse to ban people—its criteria should be clearly explained and understood. The Iran nuclear deal, for example, hasvery precise requirements for Iran to avoid sanctions, down to the exact percentage of purity for its enriched uranium. This is very far from the case here.No consistent combination of factors or mitigating factors...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 9, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

A Visit to Israel Sheds Light on Two Health Systems
In July, Commonwealth Fund staff got some distance from American health care by visiting Israel and the occupied West Bank of Palestine for cross-national health care discussions. The trip involved meetings in Haifa and visits to health care facilities serving Israelis and Palestinians in Haifa, Jerusalem, and the West Bank. Civil strife at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank provided sobering background to our journey — and we got a chance to see firsthand the medical consequences of ethnic and political conflict when we spent a morning at the hospital that treats Palestinians injured in c...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: blogs

Idiot wind
Blowin'every time you move your teeth.Two stories from Daily Kos,one about the upcoming world tour, the otheron Republican attempts to defend Cheeto Benito in the Comey affair.It turns out that our Resident has too short an attention span, and is too ignorant, to participate in a standard NATO meeting, so heads of state are being encouraged to limit their speeches to 2 to 4 minutes. Also, it seems he doesn't understand the Israel-Palestine conflict, even though he's about to visit both countries.Meanwhile, the new talking point about the White House scandals is that he is too stupid to know what he's doing, so you can't bl...
Source: Stayin' Alive - May 17, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Death by Poison
​Poison has been used for many purposes since humans have existed, often for assassination or assassination attempts. Some of those make the news, the most recent being the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.Authorities identified the nerve agent VX on his face, and video corroborated two women wiping a substance on his face before his collapse and death. VX is the most potent nerve agent, and was developed in the United States in the 1950s during the Cold War. It is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, and exerts its effects like organophosphate insecticides. Victims develop...
Source: The Tox Cave - May 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

Hypocrisy on Election Interference
In his press conference last month, President Barack Obama sternlyvoiced concern about “potential foreign influence in our election process.”The goal may be a valid one, but it cloaks hypocrisy of staggering proportions. The United States has been assiduously intervening in foreign elections for decades —perhaps even for centuries.The central issue in the 2016 election was with some hacked emails, published by Wikileaks, indicating that some top members of the Democratic National Committee were rooting for Hillary Clinton to win their party ’s nomination for president. This seems to have been the ex...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 4, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: John Mueller Source Type: blogs

Muslims Rapidly Adopt U.S. Social Values
Concerns about Muslim assimilation made news again this week when Donald Trumperroneouslyclaimed that U.S. Muslim neighbors failed to report the San Bernardino shooters. But this persistent idea that U.S. Muslims are not assimilating could not be more inaccurate. In fact, U.S. Muslims —81 percent of whom are immigrants or children of immigrants —are the most socially liberal and religiously tolerant in the world and becoming more so with each passing year.U.S. Muslims Are Adopting Americans ’ Liberal Social and Religious ViewsMore than 80 percent of Muslim Americans are immigrants or the children of immig...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 13, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

Let’s Stop Making Excuses For Egregious Medical Errors
To save the life of a child, a zoo sacrifices a prized, endangered gorilla. In exchange for one nearsighted Israeli soldier captured in Gaza, Israel released 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. (This example from the Middle East may not be surprising. In Judaism, it is commanded that “to save a life is as if one saved the world.”) And there are other examples of extreme bravery to save one life. That’s how much societies value the life of each human being. So how, then, do we explain our national acceptance of approximately 251,000 preventable deaths each year from medical error (according to a recent BMJ study)...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - June 22, 2016 Category: Health Management Authors: Karen Wolk Feinstein Tags: Featured GrantWatch Health Professionals Hospitals Organization and Delivery Payment Policy Quality Consumers Health Care Delivery Health Philanthropy Health Professions insurers Medical Errrors MRSA Nurses outcomes data Pa Source Type: blogs

The Mideast’s Problem Is Politics, Not History
Chaos and conflict have become constants in the Middle East. Frustrated U.S. policymakers tend to blame ancient history. Said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech, the region’s ongoing transformation was “rooted in conflicts that date back millennia.” Of course, war is a constant of human history. But while today’s most important religious divisions go back thousands of years, bitter sectarian conflict does not. The Christian Crusades and Muslim conquests into Europe ended long ago. All was not always calm within the region, of course. Sectarian antagonism existed. Yet religious d...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 15, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Doug Bandow Source Type: blogs

“Yordanos Yemane and her 3-year-old daughter, who was...
"Yordanos Yemane and her 3-year-old daughter, who was stabbed in the head by an Israeli man outside the central bus station in Tel Aviv last year. The perpetrator told the police that he had attacked "a black baby" because she was a "black terrorist." The perpetrator was found mentally unstable and unfit to stand trial. The photographer @malinfezehai documented the stories of African asylum seekers in Israel, where the policy is to pressure them to self-deport, she writes. About 60,000 African asylum seekers have entered the country since 2005, most of them Muslims from the Darfur region of Sudan, ...
Source: Kidney Notes - November 3, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Joshua Schwimmer Source Type: blogs

The crisis in the Middle East, and the crisis in American health care
There are three visions of peace in the seemingly never ending, but really rather brief, Israeli-Palestinian perpetual crisis. One peace features two independent countries living in collaborative harmony on a piece of land approximately the size of New Jersey. Another peace yearns for a messianic Jewish state stretching from the blue Mediterranean shores to the Jordan River, and possibly beyond. The third and final peace is expected to materialize after the Zionist entity has been permanently erased from the face of this earth, or at least from the face of that New Jersey size holy piece of land.  Each definition is a...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 11, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Policy Health IT Source Type: blogs

Will Today's Refugees Become the 'New Palestinians'?
The conflicts in Syria and Iraq have generated the greatest volume of refugees since World War II. If the international community is to avoid seeing the emergence of a population of new Palestinians lasting decades into the future, it will have to craft a more coherent approach. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - October 9, 2015 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: blogs

Healthcare’s Perpetual War
By MARGALIT GUR-ARIE There are three visions of peace in the seemingly never ending, but really rather brief, Israeli-Palestinian perpetual crisis. One peace features two independent countries living in collaborative harmony on a piece of land approximately the size of New Jersey. Another peace yearns for a messianic Jewish state stretching from the blue Mediterranean shores to the Jordan River, and possibly beyond. The third and final peace is expected to materialize after the Zionist entity has been permanently erased from the face of this earth, or at least from the face of that New Jersey size holy piece of land. ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Simon Nath Tags: THCB Margalit Gur-Arie Power and Material Prosperity religious beliefs the future of medicine Source Type: blogs

The Price of Peace
Groundbreaking analysis by a team of RAND economists and policy experts reveals how much Israelis and Palestinians stand to lose from the enduring conflict, and how much they could gain in peace. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - June 24, 2015 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: blogs

War or Peace? Putting a Price on the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse
Today, more than 90 percent of Israelis and Palestinians were born after 1948 and have known nothing other than some version of the impasse. Both sides could be better off with a stable two-state solution. Prolonging the impasse for another generation would have real costs. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - June 9, 2015 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: blogs

Has the GOP Learned Anything from the Iraq Debacle?
“GOP Agrees Bush Was Wrong to Invade Iraq, Now What?”—that’s how the US News headline put it last week. A good question, because it’s not at all clear what that grudging concession signifies. It’s nice that 12 years after George W. Bush lumbered into the biggest foreign policy disaster in a generation, the leading Republican contenders are willing to concede, under enhanced interrogation, that maybe it wasn’t the right call. It would be nicer still if we could say they’d learned something from that disaster.  Alas, the candidates’ peevish and evasive answers to th...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 4, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Gene Healy Source Type: blogs

Americans Should Not Wait for Politicians to Help Syrian War Victims
KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT—Seventy-eight nations plus 40 non-governmental organizations recently gathered to raise money for the relief of Syrian refugees. Kuwait’s Emir opened the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria with a plea for funds. The small Gulf nation has carved out an international humanitarian role. “This is our baby,” one Kuwaiti official told me. Kuwait opened the proceedings with a promise of $500 million, matching last year’s donation. The U.S. won the number one position with an offer $507 million, but many participants offered little more than good will. O...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 21, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Doug Bandow Source Type: blogs

Gaza: H5N1 Influenza and Population Density
A recent ProMED posting (Avian influenza (80): Palestinian Auth (GZ) HPAI H5N1, spread, RFI) states that, “The Gaza strip is one of the most dense[ly] populated territories on earth.” Sadly, this talking point is inaccurate, but obsessively repeated in the media for the sole purpose of de-legitimizing Israel. The population density of Gaza is 5,046 inhabitants per sq km. Compare this to Boston (5,115 per sq km). Indeed, the Israeli town of Sderot, the prime target for bombs and missiles from Gaza, boasts 5,367 inhabitants per sq km. Needless to say, scores of other regions and cities in Asia are far more crowde...
Source: GIDEON blog - April 15, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Epidemiology ProMED Source Type: blogs

Religious Persecution: First Freedom Remains Under Global Siege
Doug Bandow Americans take religious liberty for granted. But four of five people around the world lack the freedom to worship and live faithfully. The Pew Research Center, with Peter Henne as lead researcher, recently issued its latest study on religious liberty. The report makes for a sad read. In some nations governments suppress the faithful. In other countries people make their societies unfriendly to minority beliefs, imposing a wide range of less formal sanctions, including murder. The overall global environment to religious faith is hostile. Concluded the study:  “restrictions on religion were high or v...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 19, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Doug Bandow Source Type: blogs

Top 10 PTSD Blogs of 2014
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often is linked to military veterans, but it can affect anyone following a traumatic event. There are five subtypes: normal stress response, acute stress disorder, uncomplicated PTSD, comorbid PTSD and complex PTSD. Sleep disturbances and flashbacks, where the sufferer relives the trauma, are hallmarks of the disease. PTSD has several other symptoms, some of which overlap with other disorders. These include a loss of interest in regular activities, feeling depressed, anxious and difficulty concentrating. A person with PTSD may find it difficult to relate to loved ones. Instead they are...
Source: World of Psychology - January 29, 2015 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Kim Lyon Tags: Best of the Web Brain and Behavior Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Military Psychology PTSD Stress Trauma Violence and Aggression abuse best ptsd blogs combat veterans Complex post-traumatic stress disorder Postt Source Type: blogs

Against the grain
There was a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival that I found surprisingly close to home in the health care world.  It was titled “Against the Grain” and was summarized as follows: Voices of individual courage and conviction examine strategies of steadfast truth telling in the face of social pressure and mass opinion.The panelists comprised a Who’s Who of writers who have taken a stand and engaged in acts of conscience in their work.Swapan Dasgupta, an Indian conservative columnist, says he is labeled as “contrary because I betray my class, “ a group that has “a self-image of b...
Source: Running a hospital - January 26, 2015 Category: Health Managers Source Type: blogs

Je Suis Juif, Je Suis Charlie
50 world leaders, and tens, maybe hundreds of thousands, marched in solidarity with the French cartoonists and Jewish civilians, slaughtered by radical Islamists. You will notice that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Palestinian leader Abbas, marched to either side of French President Holland. Not present? Our own President, the so-called leader of the Free World. His lame-duck, racist Attorney General was supposed to be our representative, but he was nowhere to be seen in the very extensive coverage. What message did we just deliver to the rest of the world? That we don't care, that we are above it al...
Source: Dalai's PACS Blog - January 11, 2015 Category: Radiologists Source Type: blogs

Combatants for Peace
If you are feeling frustrated and powerless with regard to the current state of relations between Israeli and Palestinians, here's a way to help.The “Combatants for Peace” movement was started jointly by Palestinians and Israelis who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence; Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army (IDF) and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle for Palestinian freedom. After brandishing weapons for so many years, and having seen one another only through weapon sights, we have decided to lay down our arms, and to fight for peace.  Our mission is to actively spread the mess...
Source: Running a hospital - August 23, 2014 Category: Health Managers Source Type: blogs

"Speaking Truth To Crap"
Dalai's note: This piece is reprinted from today's American Thinker. It is one of the most eloquent, heartfelt, and most importantly, ACCURATE renditions of the Mideast situation today. It is a long essay, but well worth your time. Know the history. Know the TRUTH.Speaking Truth to CrapBy Dan GordonI've been home from participating in Operation Protective Edge for about a week. I am in uniform no more, though I still wear my dog tags in solidarity with my brothers in arms, who, like all citizens of Israel, await the outcome of cease-fire talks in Cairo. Because we never wanted this war. It was forced upon us by Hamas. The ...
Source: Dalai's PACS Blog - August 19, 2014 Category: Radiologists Source Type: blogs

Medical judgment is paramount
The world is asunder.  Iraq is sinking into a sectarian abyss.  ISIS, a terrorist group, now controls a larger territory than many actual countries.  Russia has swallowed Crimea and has her paw prints all over eastern Ukraine.  China is claiming airspace and territories in Southeast Asia increasing tensions with Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.  The Israeli-Palestinian peace process is in another deep freeze.  Terrorists in Sudan and Nigeria are kidnapping and murdering innocents with impunity.  The Syrian regime has resulted in 160,000 deaths and has displaced over 6 million people.&n...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 16, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Physician GI Heart Primary care Source Type: blogs

Omar
We recently saw the Oscar nominated Palestinian film, Omar. If you can find it playing in your area, I highly recommend checking it out. If not, definitely rent it when it becomes available for the small screen. The screenplay, the direction and the acting were all superb. The eponymous Omar is a Palestinian freedom fighter who is involved in the murder of an Israeli solider. The film is less about the Palestinian cause than it is a study in how... (Source: Dr. X's Free Associations)
Source: Dr. X's Free Associations - March 6, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: DrX Tags: Front Page Source Type: blogs

Freedom of Thought Under Siege Around the Globe: When You are Not Free to Not Believe
Doug Bandow Much of the world has just celebrated the most sacred Christian holiday, yet persecution of Christians has never been fiercer, especially in the Middle East.  Other faiths also suffer varying degrees of persecution.  Nonbelievers also often are mistreated.  The lack of religious belief is less likely to be punished by communist and former communist regimes.  But such systems penalize almost all independent thought.  Moreover, atheists and other freethinkers are at special risk in theocratic and especially aggressively Muslim states.  The International Humanist and Ethical Union re...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 31, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Doug Bandow Source Type: blogs

Divide and Ruin
Been reading . Just read about 'Munich' regarding which the author, Fritz Stern, asserts that General Beck, then head of the German military, had prepared a coup should England have refused to give in to Hitler's demands. The first World War was in part occasioned by Britain's strategy of keeping down a strong power on the continent, which conflict Germany looked to win without German opposition. This apparently mirrored Britain's strategy in India where it sought to keep in conflict potentially rival factions so that it could rule. It is what Britain did in interwar Palestine promoting ant anti-Jewish mufti over other mor...
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - November 8, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Tags: Book Britain Germany Holocaust Jewish war Source Type: blogs

Sunday News Round-Up, Announcements Edition
A few things that have caught my eye recently: Rape Victims As Criminals: Illegal Abortion after Rape in Ecuador – I haven’t read this report yet, but wanted to pass it along for exploration of how restrictive anti-abortion laws make criminals out of rape victims. A reminder about the disproportionate violence experienced by transgender people. Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old black transgender woman, was beaten to death. Someone on Facebook this week mentioned they hope the vitriol directed at Chelsea Manning online was not representative of what people would say in person to a transgender individual; unfortunate...
Source: Women's Health News - August 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Tags: Abortion Abuse, Rape, & Safety Access, Rights, & Choice Adolescent Health Advertising/Marketing Birth Events & Observances Global Issues Health Research Libraryland Menstruation Miscellaneous News Round-Ups Shameless Self-Promoti Source Type: blogs

Sunday News Round-Up, Announcements Edition
A few things that have caught my eye recently: Rape Victims As Criminals: Illegal Abortion after Rape in Ecuador – I haven’t read this report yet, but wanted to pass it along for exploration of how restrictive anti-abortion laws make criminals out of rape victims. A reminder about the disproportionate violence experienced by transgender people. Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old black transgender woman, was beaten to death. Someone on Facebook this week mentioned they hope the vitriol directed at Chelsea Manning online was not representative of what people would say in person to a transgender individual; unfortunate...
Source: Women's Health News - August 25, 2013 Category: Medical Librarians Authors: Rachel Tags: Abortion Abuse, Rape, & Safety Access, Rights, & Choice Adolescent Health Advertising/Marketing Birth Events & Observances Global Issues Health Research Libraryland Menstruation Miscellaneous News Round-Ups Shameless Self-Promoti Source Type: blogs

Zuckerberg's Facebook Wall Hacked
Gizmodo: A Palestinian man hacked into Zuckerberg's Facebook page to demonstrate how much its security sucks. This happened after his efforts to communicate the access hole were snubbed by the company's security team on numerous occasions. [...] Here's a demonstration of the security hole as shown by the hacker, who goes by the name Khalil. (Source: Dr. X's Free Associations)
Source: Dr. X's Free Associations - August 19, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: DrX Tags: Front Page Source Type: blogs

An Evening with the TechGirls
Last year, I was awarded a grant from the Case Foundation through Finding Fearless, an online competition to search for fearless change makers in communities around the United States. Finding Fearless is just one example of how the Case Foundation unites the principles of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology to identify, test, prove and scale ideas and models to create exponential impact. As part of the support offered by the Case Foundation to its grantees, I met Alana Ramo, an emerging woman in technology on their social innovation team. Recently, Alana and I had the opportunity to meet some tr...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 31, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Global Health HIT/Health Gaming Innovation Technology Young Adults Source Type: blogs