There Is Limited Evidence To Support The Widely Held Belief That Psychotherapy Changes The Body As Well As The Mind
By guest blogger Tomasz Witkowski Looking at the latest epidemiological data, it could be argued that we are in the midst of a pandemic of mental illness, of dimensions never before seen in human history. The WHO estimates that over 350 million people around the world are presently suffering from depression, which constitutes almost 5-6 per cent of the population. At its extreme, depression may lead to suicide, by which it is estimated that around 1 million people die every year. And the numbers continue growing. Faced with this rising tide of illness, it is impossible to overestimate the importance of hard facts and ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - May 13, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: biological guest blogger Health Mental health Therapy Source Type: blogs

TWiV 536: A flock of seagulls, a herd of seals
Vincent and Alan travel to Tufts Veterinary School where they meet up with members of the Runstadler lab to talk about their work on influenza virus circulation in water birds and seals. Click arrow to play Download TWiV 536 (54 MB .mp3, 96 min) Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Show notes at microbe.tv/twiv (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 24, 2019 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology avian influenza ecology influenza virus pandemic seagull seal seal influenza spillover Tufts veterinary school viral viruses water birds Source Type: blogs

Could A.I. Turn The Tables On The Physician Burnout Epidemic?
There’s an urgent need to lower the staggering levels of physician burnout around the globe as it results in reduced quality of life for the medical community, decreased levels of patient care – and a worsening human resources crisis in the long run. While technology, especially EHRs, are often considered as an essential factor contributing to physician burnout, we expect artificial intelligence to significantly reduce the administrative burden an improve medical professionals’ work experience in the future. < The rough numbers of physician burnout The emotional and mental well-being of medical p...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 31, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine administration administrative AI burnout digital health EHR future health technology Healthcare Innovation medical medical records physician physician burnout Source Type: blogs

TWiV 532: Morbillivirus had a little lamb
The TWiVers discuss the spread of African swine fever virus and its threat to pig farming, and the zoonotic potential of peste des petits ruminants virus. Click arrow to play Download TWiV 532 (60 MB .mp3, 99 min) Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Show notes at microbe.tv/twiv (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 27, 2019 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology African swine fever asfarvirus fusion gain of function GOF host range measles virus morbillivirus pandemic pandemic potential peste des petits ruminants virus PPRV viral wild boar 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

Case of the Week 524
Happy Holidays to all of my readers and fellow parasitologists! Here is a little holiday cheer by way of a photo and poem from Blaine:Dashing through the furWith modified jumping legsO ’er the hair we goSpreadingYersinia pestis all the way! Mwa ha haPiercing and sucking mouthpartsMake for a painful bite!Oh what fun it is to spreadThis deadly pandemic blight!Oh, Jingle Bugs Jingle BugsJingle All the WayOh what fun it is to spreadYersinia pestisall the way!Oh, Jingle Bugs Jingle BugsJingle All the WayOh what fun it is to spreadYersinia pestisall the way! (Source: Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites)
Source: Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites - December 24, 2018 Category: Parasitology Source Type: blogs

Nanopore Sensor Exploits Artificial Intelligence for Specific Virus Detection
Researchers at Osaka University in Japan have developed a nanopore sensor to detect single influenza viral particles in a biological sample. The researchers used artificial intelligence to work out the “hallmarks” of the virus, which allowed them to identify it using the sensor. The technique has potential as a point-of-care diagnostic tool for influenza patients, which could be very helpful in case of a dangerous outbreak. Influenza infects millions of people every year. In vulnerable patients, such as the elderly, the infection can prove fatal, and there is an ever-present risk of a global flu pandemic, which...
Source: Medgadget - November 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Genetics Informatics Materials Medicine Nanomedicine Pathology Source Type: blogs

The Global Impact of Health IT – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 11/30 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Vanessa Carter (@_FaceSA) on the topic of “The Global Impact of Health IT”. Global health pandemics like antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance are among the most critical issues to tackle and in future will require robust, harmonious data surveillance systems along with mass co-operation between the animal, human and environmental health sectors across every country [1]. This is known as One Health [2]. WHO initiatives like GLAS...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Healthcare Healthcare AI HealthCare IT #HITsm Topics Antibiotic Resistance GLASS Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System Global Health One Health Vanessa Carter Source Type: blogs

Climate Change and Mental Health
One of the most important issues our world currently faces is global warming. While there appears to be no shortage of research exploring the environmental effects of climate change, what about its psychological effects on people? In a study discussed in detail here, researchers determined that the way people were affected mentally and emotionally by climate change depended on what type of particular concern they had regarding the environment. Results showed that those who were most concerned about the planet’s plants and animals (biospheric concern) experienced more stress than those who were concerned about the en...
Source: World of Psychology - November 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Psychology Research Stress Suicide Trauma Climate Change Environment Global Warming Hurricanes Natural Disaster Source Type: blogs

100 years ago . . .
Although there have been some public reflections on WWI in corporate media, I've come across very little about the 1918 influenza pandemic. Check this out:The blue line is the age-adjusted death rate in the United States, and the orange line is life expectancy at birth. They've both been going in the right direction throughout the 20th Century, and most of the 21st until the past few years (more on that later), but as you can see in 1918 we spiked right back into the 19th. Our best estimates are that 50 million people died in the epidemic worldwide, and 675,000 in the U.S. The spike in deaths wasn't caused by the war, per ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - September 20, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Historical perspective and an update on the HIV pandemic: an interview with Anthony Fauci
(Source: Notes from Dr. RW)
Source: Notes from Dr. RW - September 13, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: infectious disease Source Type: blogs

Exec Tells Congress That New Health Data Threats Are Emerging
A senior security executive with a major academic health system has told Congress that in addition to attacks by random attackers, healthcare organizations are facing new threats which are changing the health security landscape. Erik Decker, chief security and privacy officer with the University of Chicago Medicine, testified on behalf of the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security in mid-June. He made his comments in support of the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, whose purpose is to improve the U.S. public health and medical preparedness for emergencies. In his ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Cloud Computing Connected Health Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Security Healthcare Leadership HIPAA Breaches Chief Pr Source Type: blogs

Shakespeare on palliative care
In his lifetime, William Shakespeare wrote almost 120,000 lines and about 900,000 words. His 37 plays and 154 sonnets burnished his reputation as the unrivaled wordsmith of the English language. So what would the Bard, who had something to say about everything, have said about palliative care of the suffering of the sick? Although I couldn’t resurrect him from his venerated grave, I could unearth quotes from his collective works which addressed the question of human suffering. My interview with William Shakespeare, I imagined, would go like this: Mr. Shakespeare thank you for agreeing to chat with me. I read that in ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 8, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/michael-a-salvatore" rel="tag" > Michael A. Salvatore, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Palliative Care Source Type: blogs

Pale Horse Pale Rider: From One Title, Two Perspectives on the Effects of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemicby J. Russell Teagarden
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Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 4, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Lucy Bruell Tags: Health Care A Different Take history of medicine Literature Arts and Medicine Blog syndicated Source Type: blogs

Influenza in children: reducing the death rate
A recent article and accompanying commentary in the journal Pediatrics describe what we currently know about children who have died from influenza over the past decade or more. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has collected information about this since the 2003-2004 influenza season. In that first report, there were 153 deaths. Since then there have been at least 100 influenza deaths annually among children. Several characteristics have not changed. About half of the deaths occur in children who were otherwise normal; that is, they had no underlying chronic condition that would predispose...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - May 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/christopher-johnson" rel="tag" > Christopher Johnson, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Infectious Disease Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Through the Revolving Door, with a Few Stumbles - Health Care Corporate Executives and Consultants Continue to Become Leaders of Trump's Department of Health and Human Services
We continue to see a remarkable stream of people transiting therevolving door from high-level positions in health care corporations to high-level positions in health care policy or regulation for the Trump administration.  Lately, though, these transitions have not been without missteps. The most recent cases we have found, in the order of their public appearance, appear below.John Bardis, Who Went from MedAssets to Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Administration, Resigned Under FireWe first discussed the appointment of Mr Bardis in May, 2017,here.  We noted then that most recently Mr Bar...
Source: Health Care Renewal - April 18, 2018 Category: Health Management Tags: conflicts of interest CVS Donald Trump finance health care corruption Pfizer revolving doors Source Type: blogs

Doctors Discuss Future of Medicine on eMedicoz: India's First Medical Education Centric Mobile app
Note by Dr Sumer Sethi Recently we launched our unique medical education centric app for young Doctors calledeMedicoz. On this in addition to routine discussions Doctors also discuss various aspects of the profession. In a recent discussion series young Doctors brainstormed and tried crystal balling the future of the medicine and technology. It is wonderful to hear their thoughts on future. It is for certain future looks really happening for medical profession, computers and machine learning will re- invent the way we practice medicine. Targeted therapy is another important area, 3D printing , understanding the value ...
Source: Sumer's Radiology Site - April 2, 2018 Category: Radiology Authors: Sumer Sethi Source Type: blogs

How can we end the HIV pandemic? Detect and treat everyone we can!
(Source: Notes from Dr. RW)
Source: Notes from Dr. RW - March 30, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: infectious disease Source Type: blogs

LexaGene ’s New LX6 Rapid Pathogen Detection System: Interview with CEO Dr. Jack Regan
With the ever-growing list of potentially harmful pathogens being discovered, the systems needed to detect different strains need to become more sophisticated as well. Enter LexaGene, a biotechnology company developing automated and sensitive solutions for efficient pathogen detection. LexaGene’s unique microfluidics approach to pathogen detection uses disposable cartridges to analyse the molecular signature of large volumes of samples. While LexaGene is initially targeting the food safety and vet diagnostics industry in the coming years, their technology is transferrable to the clinical diagnostics market. We recent...
Source: Medgadget - March 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Rukmani Sridharan Tags: Diagnostics Exclusive Pathology Public Health Source Type: blogs

NOT A FAIR FIGHT: “ Viruses Don ’ t Play By Our Rules, ” Says MacPhail
Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, or so the saying goes. So what can past worldwide pandemics teach us about future deadly outbreaks and the systems we’ve developed to combat them? Dr. Theresa MacPhail, a medical anthropologist who lived in China just after a deadly virus struck there, visited NIH… (Source: NLM In Focus)
Source: NLM In Focus - March 14, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Posted by NLM in Focus Tags: Events Source Type: blogs

Gaza on the Brink
The combined risk of violence and pandemic in Gaza makes this small coastal enclave a ticking time bomb. While neither Israel nor the U.S. has the solutions to all of Gaza's water and health woes, the United States'decision to withhold funding to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency could only make things worse. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - March 9, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Shira Efron Source Type: blogs

Investigative Epidemiology: Putting your head above the parapet
LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog - Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog Part of the joys of studying at the Liverpool Tropical School of Medicine is the weekly Wednesday lunchtime lectures. This week we were treated to investigative journalist Deborah Cohen (@deb-cohen), an award winning medically qualified TV, print and radio reporter, as well as being an editor on the British Medical Journal. Dr Cohen gives us a glimpse of her dark world, interviews ‘on’ and ‘off’ the record; brown envelopes; the manipulation...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - February 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Neil Long Tags: Investigative Epidemiology Bawa-Garba MVA85A Tamiflu Source Type: blogs

Defective viral genomes and severe influenza
The virulence of a virus – its capacity to cause disease – is determined by both viral and host factors. Even among healthy individuals, infection with a particular virus may have different outcomes ranging from benign to lethal. The study of influenza viruses that cause mild or fatal outcomes reveals that defective viral genomes play […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 16, 2018 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Information defective viral genome DI particles H1N1 influenza interferon pandemic virulence virus viruses Source Type: blogs

Stayin' Alive
Last Sunday I showed you all those characters in Genesis who lived 900 years, and I noted that is about 20 times what folks could actually expect back then. The story is a bit more complicated than that.Here's a useful resource from Oxford University about historic life expectancy. (You might enjoy exploring the site which has all sorts of other information about humans and the planet.) This only goes back to about 1850, when reasonably complete records are available, but in fact the story in 1750 was not markedly different than it was in 1750 BC.Life expectancy at birth, historically, has been around 37 year or so. Howeve...
Source: Stayin' Alive - February 2, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Yes, Of Course it is the Case that Life Expectancy at Birth Grew More Slowly in the Second Half of the 20th Century
To my eyes, the researchers here hold a few somewhat strange views of historical life expectancy data and its meaning, mixed in with the sensible thoughts, not least of which is their expectation of a ceiling or maximum to life span to exist. A great transition in trends for life expectancy at birth took place somewhere in the midst of the 20th century. In the early decades of the century, medical science made enormous inroads in the control of infectious disease, and then through to the middle of the century implementations of those advances fell in cost and spread out to less wealthy regions of the world. Infectious dise...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 31, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Over Eating Food Supplements add to Body Weight
The citizens of the information age are well informed about the health as the detailed information is pouring in from across the nook and the corners of the globe. At a time when the obesity and overweight is turning to be a global pandemic, advices related to nutritious diet and physical activities are on rise through the traditional media like TV and newspapers and digital media, the Internet. “Although the expert nutritionists and the dieticians are roped in for this purpose, the readers and followers still need to very cautious in taking them on their face value”, warn the scientists.  Irrespective of ...
Source: Sciences Blog - December 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: srinivas_s at omicsgroup.co.in (OMICS Publishing Group) Tags: Nutrition & Food Sciences OMICS Amino Acids Cholesterol proteins sweeteners Source Type: blogs

2018: The Near Future of Flu
The influenza virus continues to be wildly successful at growing and spreading in people around the world because it slightly changes its structure from time to time to avoid our body’s detection systems. In particular, influenza periodically changes some of the proteins in the outer envelope of the virus to mislead our immune systems. We get fooled again and again. When someone with the flu coughs or sneezes, huge amounts of virus are spewed out in droplets that travel up to about 6 feet. Inhaling these droplets is the surest way for the virus to enter our bodies. It can also enter through landing on the eye. Beyond...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - December 14, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Colds & Flu Cough Source Type: blogs

The Six Worst U.S. Health Disasters of the Last 50 Years
Up until the first half of the twentieth century, large-scale health disasters were mostly due to natural causes (earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, etc.) or infections (e.g., smallpox, influenza epidemics, cholera). But something peculiar happened as we entered the second half of the century: Health disasters due to natural causes became dwarfed by large-scale health disasters that are man-made. Here’s a list of the Six Worst U.S. Health Disasters of the Last 50 Years, mostly man-made phenomena that have exacted huge tolls: widespread disease, premature death, poorly managed (though nonetheless highly profitable fo...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - December 2, 2017 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Undoctored Wheat Belly Lifestyle autoimmune gluten grain-free grains Inflammation low-carb Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

How the Republican Tax Cuts Will Impact the Health Care System
Conclusion The U.S. spends a whooping amount on health care—across the board. Its’ commitments in this area of the economy are huge. Health spending is forecast to rise at a rapid clip over the next decade. Without substantial changes in the way we pay for health care that leads to a reduction in the rate of increase, rising expenditures are unavoidable and become unsustainable if other societal needs are to be met. Tax cuts and reforms that add to deficit spending and seek to reduce health care spending growth by (a) slashing budgets, (b) eliminating coverage or benefits and/or (c) shifting costs to consumers&...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized CBO Corporate Tax Rate Tax system Source Type: blogs

Games, They Do a Family Good
As a pediatrician, I’m regularly asked for the best developmental tools for kids. Family games are one of my favorite ways to stretch mental abilities and to enjoy time together as a family. Games that are too easy and predictable are boring. Those that are too difficult are frustrating. And just the right stretch is a lot of fun. Here are a few of my favorite family games with age recommendations: Frog Juice This is a magical card game where you get to make potions, cast spells, mix ingredients and use fairy tale powers. Be prepared to use basic math and probability skills and toss around toadstools, eye of newt, or...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - November 22, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Education Family Games Source Type: blogs

BioethicsTV (October 9-13, 2017): Drinking on transplant list; big pharma in pandemics; mortality forces morality
The Good Doctor (Season 1; Episode 3): A Patient Takes A Drink While on the Transplant List This week, a patient is finally at the top of the list for a heart transplant. The heart is at a hospital on the other side of the Bay and through a series of obstacles, getting the liver to the hospital while still viable becomes a challenge. At the same time, a final series of blood tests shows that the patient had a drink.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - October 13, 2017 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Craig Klugman Tags: BioethicsTV Clinical Trials & Studies Featured Posts Justice Media Public Health #DesignatedSurvivor #thegooddoctor #TheGoodPlace Source Type: blogs

Digital Maps Help Fight Epidemics
Have you ever thought that it would be possible to monitor drug overdoses, Zika cases or the spread of the flu in real time? Have you ever imagined that satellites wouldbe able to tell how and where a malaria epidemic will happen months before the actual outbreak? It is mind-blowing how, in the last years, digital maps developed to a level where they serve as effective tools for evaluating, monitoring and even predicting health events. That’s why I decided to give a comprehensive overview of digital maps in healthcare. John Snow, cholera and the revolution of maps in healthcare Before Game of Thrones monopolized Joh...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Mobile Health digital health digital technology epidemics epidemiology gc4 Innovation interactive maps Source Type: blogs

Faith and Morality and Medical Aid in Dying
Come to Hamline University on Thursday, October 5 for "Faith and Morality and Medical Aid in Dying." Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera (Trinity United Methodist Church in Pomona, CA) will be speaking from 11:20-12:40 p.m. in Giddens Learning Center Room 110W. Rev. Dr. Castuera is a graduate of the School of Theology at Claremont and was actively involved in the California End-of-Life Options campaign which culminated in the passage of that state’s medical aid in dying law in 2015. He has a long career advocating for social justice and nonviolence, created a positive religious response to the AIDS pandemic in his co...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - September 25, 2017 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Unpacking The Sanders Medicare-For-All Bill
On September 13, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)—with 16 Democratic cosponsors—released the Medicare-For-All Act of 2017, intended to transition the American health care system to a single-payer system. In addition to the bill text, Senator Sanders released an executive summary, title summary, and white paper on financing options. The Act would establish the Universal Medicare Program (UMP) and, in doing so, make sweeping changes to the health care system. Once the UMP went into effect (for children, on January 1 of the first calendar year after the bill is enacted and three years later for adults), most benefits...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - September 14, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Katie Keith and Timothy Jost Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage Bernie Sanders single payer Source Type: blogs

Terrorism and the New Domino Theory
Several weeks ago the Defense Departmentrevealed it is seriously considering drone strikes against Islamist terrorists in the Philippines, which would make it the eighth country the United States has bombed in the war on terror. Certainly the terrorists —who have operated in various forms there for over a hundred years—are a threat to Filipinos. They are not, however, a threat to the United States. Why, then, would the United States start bombing?The answer may lie in the misguided theory driving American thinking about terrorism.During the Cold War, America ’s political leaders subscribed to the domino t...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 28, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: A. Trevor Thrall, Erik Goepner Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, July 31st 2017
In conclusion, documentation is important, a critical part of advocacy and the development process at the larger scale. It isn't just words, but rather a vital structural flow of information from one part of the larger community to another, necessary to sustain progress in any complex field. We would all do well to remember this - and to see that building this documentation is an activity in which we can all pitch in to help. Evidence Suggests that, at Least in Earlier Stages, Alzheimer's Disease Blocks Rather than Destroys Memories https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2017/07/evidence-suggests-that-at-least-in-ea...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 30, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

A Civilization Intent on Eating Itself into an Early Grave
If the successes in technological development achieved over the past few hundred years is teaching us anything, perhaps it should be that individual members of a species that evolved in an environment of pervasive scarcity and intermittent famine are not well equipped for an environment of consistent plenty. Our biochemistry and our instincts lead us astray: eat too many calories and life expectancy and long-term health will suffer for it. This is not new. We are no different from our ancestors in this aspect of the human condition. The change lies in the fact that we now live in an age so wealthy and capable that consiste...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 25, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Prices Testifies On Proposed Budget Cuts
We continue to follow the President’s budgets with potential cuts to the NIH and possible legislation to address drug prices. With that in mind, HHS Secretary Tom Price’s testimony in front of a House appropriations subcommittee is particularly relevant. The head of HHS reiterated his support for the President’s cuts to NIH and noted that he is working on a plan to lower the cost of drugs in the United States. Chairman Tom Cole’s (R-Okla.) remarks before Price’s testimony can be found here. Price’s testimony The Secretary faced a number of questions regarding the promotion of Obamacare...
Source: Policy and Medicine - July 12, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

TWiV 446: Old sins die hard
The TWiV hosts review an analysis of gender parity trends at virology conferences, and the origin and unusual pathogenesis of the 1918 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus. Click arrow to play Download TWiV 446 (68 MB .mp3, 112 min) Subscribe (free): iTunes, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Show notes at microbe.tv/twiv (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - June 18, 2017 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology 1918 pandemic gender parity H1N1 influenza virus Spanish flu viral virology conferences viruses Source Type: blogs

Public Health Funding And OMB Director Mulvaney ’s “Taxpayer First” Test
The first formal budget of the Trump era—billed as a “Taxpayer First” budget—contains some very bad news when it comes to the health of the American public. It proposes dramatic cuts in federal investments that keep us healthy and protected from harm, including a $1.2 billion cut from the budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is on top of the catastrophic cuts that will occur with the loss of the Prevention and Public Health Fund if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. It is the opposite of both what American taxpayers have asked for and what is owed to them. Office o...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - June 8, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Edward L. Hunter Tags: Costs and Spending Featured GrantWatch Public Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Chronic Care Consumers Effectiveness Health Philanthropy Health Promotion and Disease PreventionGW vaccines Source Type: blogs

Big Data and the Social Good: The Value for Healthcare Organizations
The following is a guest blog post by Mike Serrano from NETSCOUT. It’s a well-known fact that Facebook, Google, and our phone companies collect a lot of information about each of us. This has been the case for a long time, and more often than not it’s to improve the user experience of the services we rely on. If data is shared outside the organization, it’s anonymized to prevent the usage of any one individual from being identified. But it’s understandable while this practice has still sparked a passionate and longstanding debate about privacy and ‘big brother’-style snooping. What is o...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT Population Health Management Mike Serrano NETSCOUT Public Health Subscriber Information Source Type: blogs

40th Annual Health Law Professors Conference
If you teach health law, come to the 40th Annual Health Law Professors Conference, June 8-10, 2017, at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta.  Here is the schedule: Thursday, June 8, 20178:00-12:00 AM Tour of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Separate registration is required. Participants meet in the lobby of Georgia State Law to take a shuttle to the CDC.) 9:45 – 11:15 AM Tour of Grady Health System (Separate registration is required. Participants meet in the lobby of Georgia State Law and will walk over to Grady as a group.) 2:00 – 5:00 PM Conference Registration – Henso...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - April 27, 2017 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Student Researcher Finds New Clues About Flu with Old Data
Do you like to find new uses for old things? Like weaving old shirts into a rug, repurposing bottles into candle holders or turning packing crates into tables? Katie Gostic, a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) graduate student, likes finding new uses for old data. She channeled this interest when she analyzed existing data to study whether childhood exposure to flu affects a person’s future immunity to the disease. Gostic conducted research for the flu project during the summer of 2015 when she was visiting her boyfriend, a tropical biologist, in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. Credit: Charlie de la Rosa. As an...
Source: Biomedical Beat Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 21, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Roya Kalantari Tags: Being a Scientist Computers in Biology Big Data Infectious Diseases Training Source Type: blogs

The Public Health Enemy at the Gate
By ARTHUR CAPLAN President Donald Trump  keeps getting kicked around in court when challenges are brought against his ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Trump says he wants to halt the flow of people who might be planning attacks. What we cannot forget is that the kind of attack he has in mind is not confined to bombs and shootings. Trump is terrified that immigrants bring diseases with them. If racism fails, public health will likely afford Trump the rationale he seeks for making it difficult for those he does not like to enter our country. The president is a self-described germaphobe. He has doub...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized Art Caplan Ebola Pandemic Zika Source Type: blogs

What Three Decades Of Pandemic Threats Can Teach Us About The Future
Editor’s Note: This post reflects on a speech on pandemic preparedness Dr. Fauci gave on January 10, 2017 in Washington, DC, hosted by  The Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center, the Harvard Global Health Institute, and Health Affairs. One of the most important challenges facing the new Administration is preparedness for the pandemic outbreak of an infectious disease. Infectious diseases will continue to pose a significant threat to public health and the economies of countries worldwide. The U.S. government will need to continue its investment to combat these ...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - February 9, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Anthony S. Fauci Tags: Featured Global Health Policy Ebola HIV/AIDS NIH pandemic preparedness Zika Source Type: blogs

Fact sheets on winter health dangers
APHA’s Get Ready campaign has fact sheets on winter storms, cold weather safety, and cold and flu. The PDF documents are available in English and Spanish. Not familiar with APHA Get Ready? This American Public Health Association (APHA) campaign “helps Americans prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies.” (from Get Ready: About) (Source: BHIC)
Source: BHIC - January 31, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Annette Parde-Maass Tags: Emergency Preparedness Public Health Source Type: blogs

Emerging Pathogen Surveillance with Jonna Mazet
I spoke with Jonna Mazet, PhD, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, about emerging pathogen surveillance and public health. Dr. Mazet is the Principal Investigator and Global Director of the novel viral emergence early warning project, PREDICT, that has been developed with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. Recorded at the Emerging Infectious Diseases A to Z (EIDA2Z) conference hosted by the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL). (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - January 17, 2017 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Information deep sequencing EIDA2Z emerging infection Jonna Mazet NEIDL pathogen surveillance public health viral virus viruses Source Type: blogs

You Ought to Have a Look: How to Properly Worry about Climate Change, aka, Lukewarming
You Ought to Have a Look is a regular feature from the Center for the Study of Science.   While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic.  Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary.—In our lastepisode ofYou Ought to Have a Look (which was prominently quoted in aneditorial inNature magazine this week), we looked at reasons why folks who are wishing climate change mitigation should be the driving force behind most federal regulations should be very worri...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 9, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. " Chip " Knappenberger Source Type: blogs

Joining a crowd transforms us psychologically, with serious health implications
Image: AlGraChe/Flickr By guest blogger Laura Spinney Glastonbury 1997, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2008: what do they have in common? All three were the backdrop to outbreaks of communicable disease, and so of interest to doctors working in mass gathering medicine. The goal of this relatively young field is to address the specific health problems associated with mass events, but two British psychologists now claim that this can only be done effectively by understanding the psychological transformation that people undergo when they join a crowd. Joining a crowd changes a person...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - January 4, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: guest blogger Health Social Source Type: blogs