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CES Really Scared Me. Will HIMSS Make Me Feel Any Better?
Are Consumer Health Care Products Accurate & Safe Enough for Your Healthcare? At CES, the monstrous electronics show, I saw lots of consumer devices advertised for personal fitness and healthcare. There was even a Digital Health Summit, with a wide range of industry experts. Some companies were promoting their ability to send data to healthcare providers. That’s scary, since there are no standards governing many of these devices. A clear message from CES is that the divisions between ‘technology’ and ‘devices’ are diminishing. Alexa, Google Home, and Siri, won’t be tied to stand-alon...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mike Semel Tags: Digital Health Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA Breaches HIPAA General Mobile Health Care Mobile Health Security Wearables CES CES 2018 HIMSS HIMSS 2018 HIMSS18 Source Type: blogs

Sunquest Signs Contract to Provide LIS Support for 124 Hospitals in Australia
Sunquest Information Systems is embarking on a project that has the potential to change the face of lab computing. It has signed a contract to provide lab computing support for all of the hospitals in the state of Queensland, Australia, which has a population of about 4.5 million people (see:Queensland Health partners with Sunquest for Laboratory Information System). Below is an excerpt from the press release:The contemporary enterprise laboratory information system (LIS) and services will support improved care responsiveness, safety and healthcare outcomes for the millions of Queenslanders served by the state's 124 ho...
Source: Lab Soft News - February 22, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Clinical Lab Industry News Clinical Lab Testing Digital Imaging in Pathology Genomic Testing Healthcare Information Technology Healthcare Innovations Lab Industry Trends LIS Definitions and Strategy LIS Vendor News Pathology Informatics Source Type: blogs

Tales from the DOG Patch: Numero Deux
A tip of the hat to Dr. Roy Poses, who did a nice job summarizing the first blast from the DOG Patch. (For those who missed it, it's a distillate of all the dander we've mustered in recent health policy debates as they veer more and more toward the utterly surreal.) Danderomnium gatherum, hurled willy-nilly at the gentle readers of HCRenewal. Ready or not, another dispatch from the DOG Patch.Dr. Shulkin at the VA.We commented on the recentposting, also from Dr. Poses, dealing with VA Secretary David Shulkin's " apparently scandalous travel " to Europe way back in July. We've known Shulkin for a long time. He care...
Source: Health Care Renewal - February 21, 2018 Category: Health Management Source Type: blogs

What Zombie Ants Are Teaching Us About Fungal Infections: Q & A with Entomologists David Hughes and Maridel Fredericksen
  I can still remember that giddy feeling I had seven years ago, when I first read about the “zombie ant.” The story was gruesome and fascinating, and it was everywhere. Even friends and family who aren’t so interested in science knew the basics: in a tropical forest somewhere there’s a fungus that infects an ant and somehow takes control of the ant’s brain, forcing it to leave its colony, crawl up a big leaf, bite down and wait for the sweet relief of death. A grotesque stalk then sprouts from the poor creature’s head, from which fungal spores rain down to infect a new batch of ant...
Source: Biomedical Beat Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 21, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Chris Palmer Tags: Computers in Biology Cell Biology Cellular Processes Electron Microscopy Infection Source Type: blogs

With two new funding mechanisms, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative reaches out of neuroscience to expand its Neurodegeneration Challenge Network
___ RFA Now Open: CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative release): “The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications to join the CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network, an interdisciplinary collaborative initiative to increase understanding of the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative disorders. Applications are being accepted for two funding mechanisms: CZI Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Awards: investigator awards for early career academic investigators, especially those who are new to the field of neurodegeneration CZI Collaborative Science Awards: awards for small group ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 21, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Chan Zuckerberg Chan Zuckerberg Initiative computational machine-learning neurodegeneration Neurodegeneration Challenge Network neurodegenerative disorders Source Type: blogs

Review from a patient about Malpani Infertility Clinic
After getting cheated by doctors at local IUI and IVF clinics, we had lost trust in doctors.But we took one chance and visited Malpani clinic for their opinion. When we met Dr Anirudha he was very patient and understanding. He spoke to us in a very friendly manner and asked us not to blame ourselves.He clearly explained the procedure at Malpani clinic and all the costs involved. He also explained that IVF takes time and we should not lose hope. He also explained the number of times we have to visit the clinic. This was very less as compared to other clinics and doctors which allowed us to go on with our usual lives. W...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - February 21, 2018 Category: Reproduction Medicine Tags: dr malpani complaint Dr Malpani complaints dr malpani compliments dr malpani reviews Source Type: blogs

Post-doc at USC: University of South Carolina, Columbia
A post-doctoral position is available in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC, USA). Prospective hires will join a research team headed by Julius Fridriksson (www.sc.edu/comd/fridriks) as part of the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR), which is funded by a P50 grant from the NIH. The primary research focus of the lab is as follows: 1) neural basis of speech/language processing with special emphasis on brain plasticity; 2) neurophysiology of aphasia recovery; and 3) predicting aphasia recovery from neural, biographical and cognitive-linguisti...
Source: Talking Brains - February 21, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

I am 28 and my girl friend is 33.We want to get married. Will we able to have a baby ?
I am 28 and my girl friend is 33.We want to get married, but my mother is worried about her fertility, because she is older than I am Can you help ?While I can do some simple tests to check her fertility, I am very reluctant to do tests without  any good reason.If you are both healthy and active, then the odds are stacked in your favour that you will have  no problems at all - the human race has proved to be quite efficient at reproducing itself !If your girl friend is worried about her fertility because of her age, please share this with her.Please test your AMH level (  read more at http://www.dr...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - February 20, 2018 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

The Case of the Brew Master's Plot - Was the Veterans Affairs Secretary's Travel Spending Scandalous, or Was He Framed in a Plot to Oust a Political Moderate?
DiscussionDr David Shulkin, a holdover appointee of President Obama who was nominated to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President Trump, was alleged by the VA Inspector General to have committed various ethical violations involving a trip to Europe the Secretary took with his wife.  This appeared to be just the latest in a string of travel-related scandals by top officials of the Trump administration.When this was first reported, I was inclined to see Dr Shulkin as an entitled, and conflicted  former health care executive who ran afoul of the government's strict ethical standards.  (Dr Shulkin'sofficial...
Source: Health Care Renewal - February 19, 2018 Category: Health Management Tags: Donald Trump ill-informed management mission-hostile management political ideology politics Veterans Affairs Source Type: blogs

A Good Book Ruined By A Bit of Reality
I am a bookworm. As a child I always wanted to go to the library and didn't mind that if I read my newly selected books on the way home I might start to be a bit woozy from the wiggly New England roads. (Highways are much better for car reading.)In times of stress (read'medical disasters'among other things) I often turn to books as my personal form of avoidance. This was fine until my medical maladies kept interfering with my reading enjoyment. That would really suck.During college, after thyroid cancer, with my small paperback book collection, I would avoid studying or read in bed something less enlightening than any requ...
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - February 18, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: books cancer stigma coping reading Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, February 19th 2018
Fight Aging! provides a weekly digest of news and commentary for thousands of subscribers interested in the latest longevity science: progress towards the medical control of aging in order to prevent age-related frailty, suffering, and disease, as well as improvements in the present understanding of what works and what doesn't work when it comes to extending healthy life. Expect to see summaries of recent advances in medical research, news from the scientific community, advocacy and fundraising initiatives to help speed work on the repair and reversal of aging, links to online resources, and much more. This content is...
Source: Fight Aging! - February 18, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

How do I calculate the age of my IVF pregnancy ?
A patient sent me this emailI had a query. I have conceived through IVF and ET was on Jan 6 th and my LMP was on Dec 20th.I got my ultrasound done on 16th Feb and in scan it showed the pregnancy is 5 weeks 6 days.If I calculate the growth of the baby from the date of the transfer, this seems fine, but if I calculate from the date of the LMP , it seems to be lagging behind.I am completely confused - can you please help ?This is a common problem, because IVF patients use their common sense and assume that doctors would calculate pregnancy dates based on the age of the embryo. Since they know the date of the embryo transfer, ...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - February 18, 2018 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

First, Do No (Self) Harm
When a doctor in your hospital system kills himself, the entire medical staff receives a mass email informing everyone of “Dr. So-and-So’s sudden unexpected death”. Thoughts and prayers for his family and loved ones. Perhaps a link to your Employee Assistance Program is provided, for those who may need counseling or grief assistance.  This is followed later that day with another email detailing the schedule for the final arrangements. Calling hours. Funeral. Directions to the church.Not everyone will have known the physician. So most scan the email and then go about thei...
Source: Buckeye Surgeon - February 18, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Jeffrey Parks MD FACS Source Type: blogs

Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches – A Workshop
Here is a video of my talk from this week's workshop at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: "Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches." (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - February 16, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Development of Exosome Delivery as a Regenerative Therapy Continues Apace
If many stem cell therapies produce their benefits largely through the signaling generated by the transplanted cells, in a brief window of time before these cells die, unable to integrate into the local tissue, then why not skip the cells entirely and just deliver the signals? This is made an easier prospect by the fact that a great deal of cell to cell signaling takes the form of extracellular vesicles such as exosomes, tiny membrane-bound packages of various molecules. Thus researchers don't need to completely map and understand the entire set of signals used in order to recreate most of the signaling effects of stem cel...
Source: Fight Aging! - February 16, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Concept Maps Help Students Find Their Way| TAPP Radio 5
If you cannot see the audio playerclick here.(0:48) Blood doping stories related to the 2018 Winter Olympics (or in any context) are effective in helping student students apply and integrate diverse concepts in anatomy and physiologyOlympic athletes are cheating more often than you think (article concerning current issues in doping)Doping topics from The A&P Professor blog (various concepts that apply doping in A&P courses)World Doping Agency | WADA (website with various resources, including their official prohibited list)Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Basebal...
Source: The A and P Professor - February 16, 2018 Category: Physiology Authors: Kevin Patton Source Type: blogs

What The Hell Is Blockchain And What Does It Mean For Healthcare And Pharma?
Blockchain already earned the buzzword of the year award, so it is high time to address the elephant in the room. Is it really there? If it is, will it really change everything? How will it impact healthcare? Blockchain: More transformative than Trump on Twitter Don Tapscott, author of the book entitled Blockchain Revolution said in his superb, no-frills TED Talk that blockchain is the technology that is likely to have the greatest impact on the next few decades. No, it’s not social media. No, it’s not big data, not robotics, not even artificial intelligence. It’s the technology behind the cryptocurrency...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Security & Privacy blockchain future Health Healthcare Innovation Medicine pharma technology Source Type: blogs

Psychologists clash over how easy it is to implant false memories of committing a crime
By guest blogger Simon Oxenham Historically, the kind of false memories induced in volunteers by psychologists have been relatively mundane. For example, a seminal study used leading questions and the encouragement to confabulate, to apparently implant in participants the memory of getting lost in a shopping mall as a child. This reliance on mundane false memories has been problematic for experts who believe that false memories have critical real world consequence, from criminal trials involving false murder confessions, to memories of child abuse “recovered” during therapy using controversial techniques. The d...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - February 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Forensic guest blogger Memory Source Type: blogs

FDA authorizes marketing of first blood test to aid in the evaluation of concussion in adults
Advances in technology are leading to a host of innovations around reducing and detecting concussions.Today, the FDA authorized the marketing of the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), commonly referred to as concussion, in adults.The FDA reviewed and authorized for marketing the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator in fewer than 6 months as part of its Breakthrough Devices Program.The Brain Trauma Indicator works by measuring levels of proteins, known as UCH-L1 and GFAP, that are released from the brain into blood and measured within 12 hours of head injury. Levels of these blood proteins after mTBI/...
Source: Medicine and Technology by Dr. Joseph Kim - February 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

FDA Clears Canon Medical ’s Vantage Galan 3T XGO Edition MRI for Better Brain Imaging
Canon Medical Systems, previously known as Toshiba, won FDA clearance for its Vantage Galan 3T XGO Edition MRI scanner. The device sports the company’s Saturn X Gradient system that purportedly provides a 30% better signal-to-noise ratio when performing brain diffusion weighted imaging (DWI). The company touts that fewer breath holds have to be done when performing cardiac exams and that clinicians will benefit from being able to stack protocol sequences for quantitative analysis. High quality scans can be performed in less than five minutes, given certain conditions. This is partially thanks to new so...
Source: Medgadget - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Emergency Medicine ENT Neurology Neurosurgery Radiology Source Type: blogs

NHS Choices helps improve brain health and science literacy by reporting findings in context — as seen in this brain training & schizophrenia example
Conclusion offered by NHS Choices) This study showed some promising initial findings for a new way of managing auditory hallucinations in people with schizophrenia. It may be possible for people to be able to learn how to better control and cope with the sounds they hear by using a process of computer feedback. But this was only a pilot study and wasn’t designed to fully evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment. To do this would require: A much larger number of participants to see whether the effects could be consistently detected and not down to chance. A control group. It may be helpful to compare the results w...
Source: SharpBrains - February 13, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology auditory auditory hallucinations Brain-Training fMRI fMRI neurofeedback literacy neurocognitive neuroimaging NHS NHS Choices schizophrenia video-game Source Type: blogs

Coala Heart Monitor – The Swedish Response To The ECG Revolution
It has never been easier to measure ECG and monitor heart health at home. New pocket-sized gadgets, chest straps, even specialized earbuds promise accurate measurements during sports activity, cooking or watching TV at home. AliveCor’s Kardia, MocaCare, Skeeper, just to name a few digital devices The Medical Futurist already reviewed. Recently, a Swedish company sent me their version and I eagerly tested it. Let’s see what the Coala Heart Monitor can offer. The ECG Revolution A real revolution started in cardiology: miniaturized and patient-friendly designs of ECG monitors, single- and multi-channel ECGs arrive...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital health ecg future Healthcare Innovation Personalized medicine review technology Source Type: blogs

Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches – A Workshop
Here is a copy of my slides from today's presentation at the National Academy of Sciences workshop, "Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches." (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - February 12, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Flex Health Solutions Transforms Medtech: Interview with Dr. Kal Patel
Flex is an engineering and consulting company that works in a variety of industries. One is healthcare and it’s been helping companies develop new products and services that improve medical care. We checked out some of the biomedical technologies that Flex has worked on recently while at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, and got a chance to ask Kal Patel, M.D., SVP of Digital Health at Flex, about the company’s approach to developing new biomedical technologies, what new services it’s offering, and what the future holds for medicine. Flex has significant expertise in health, and its knowhow in the field spans a gamu...
Source: Medgadget - February 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Exclusive Source Type: blogs

The FISA Follies: " War of the Memos " Edition
As I was preparing for a Demand Progress-sponsoredpanel on Congressional oversight of intelligence matters on the afternoon of February 9, Demand Progress Policy Director Daniel Schuman and I agreed that if President Trump was going to refuse to “declassify” the House Intelligence Committee Democrats rebuttal to the “Nunes Memo,” he would wait until the late Friday news cycle to do it. We didn’t have to wait long for that prediction to cometrue.  In a moment,  I’ll get to the issue of whether Trump actually has the authority under the Constitution to do what he did, but I want ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 12, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Patrick G. Eddington Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, February 12th 2018
In conclusion, most experimental data on immune changes with aging show a decline in many immune parameters when compared to young healthy subjects. The bulk of these changes is termed immunosenescence. Immunosenescence has been considered for some time as detrimental because it often leads to subclinical accumulation of pro-inflammatory factors and inflammaging. Together, immunosenescence and inflammaging are suggested to stand at the origin of most of the diseases of the elderly, such as infections, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and chronic inflammatory diseases. However, an increasing number of gerontologists have chall...
Source: Fight Aging! - February 11, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

My doctor is insisting that I do IVF
A patient emailed me.I have had 2 miscarriages. My doctor advised to take a HSG test. The radiologist reported that my tubes are open, but I may have "peritubal disease " because there is "ampullary coiling" and the "fimbrial ends are clumped" . My doctor is insisting that I go for IVF . Can you please provide a second opinion about my case.This is has become a common racket. A HSG is a black and white shadow, and can only tell us if the tubes are open and closed. They cannot tell us if the tubes are working or not - and they definitely cannot tell us anything about what is happening outside t...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - February 11, 2018 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

New and Improved Planmed Verity CBCT Scanner Unveiled
Planmed, based in Helsinki, Finland, is releasing an upgraded new version of its popular Planmed Verity CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) extremity scanner. The system is intended for ortho, as well as head and neck imaging, and even advanced dental applications. It is CE marked in Europe and is now available wherever the mark applies. While the new device looks much like its previous version, the major changes are on the inside, such as a new and improved detector, a new operating system, and a number of new features and applications. For instance, there’s now a greater ability to capture maxillofacial and ENT im...
Source: Medgadget - February 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Dentistry Medicine Orthopedic Surgery Radiology Source Type: blogs

Costa Rica ’s Election: It Wasn’t the Economy, Stupid!
Is it the economy, stupid? A preliminary analysis would have concluded that such a maxim would prevail in Costa Rica ’s presidential race: unemployment is high (especially among the youth), the cost of living is one of the highest in Latin America, and public finances are at a breaking point. However, culture wars, in particular same-sex marriage, dominated the debate leading up to the first round of elections h eld on Sunday. How can this be explained?From the beginning this was an atypical presidential race for Costa Rica, due to the rise of a right-wing populist candidate who led the polls for many months. With a ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 8, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Juan Carlos Hidalgo Source Type: blogs

Federal Bureaucracy Resists Reform
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been scandal-plagued for years. It has run uphuge cost overruns on hospital projects and been guilty of appalling mismanagement and fraud related to waiting lists for veteran ’s care. Congress has held hearings on the VA’s failures and passed some reforms to make it easier to fire bad employees.But a newWashington Post story suggests that the department still doesn ’t have its act together.The piece says that the VA fired 2,537 workers last year. Maybe that sounds like a lot, but the VAhas a massive 381,000 employees, indicating an annual firing rate of just 0.7...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 8, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Overloaded with Instructions
I get it. I have a lot of ailments so I am in a lot of groups and follow a lot of organizations for their health tips. So I get lots of email. Tons of email to be precise. Some of it gets the delete button right away - especially if the subject line doesn't tell me anything.But then Iread glance at a lot of them before deleting. But often they provide suggestions or instructions how to be healthier for whichever ailment. But now I am overloaded with instructions/suggestions this week:No more asparagus for me because itcan lead to breast cancer spread. I like asparagus. Damn.Exercise can reducebreast cancer recurrence. I'm ...
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - February 8, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: breast cancer confusion fibromyalgia instructions rheumatoid arthritis Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Makes You A Superhero!
Superman, Spiderman, the Flash, the Avengers, Green Arrow, Catwoman. Idolized superheroes are able to fly, jump from one roof to another beating up the bad guys. Although they all have their unique characteristics and superpowers, one thing is common. They all use their abilities to the fullest. Digital health offers you the same. You can become a real superhero if you proactively harness the power of technology for your health. Technology has the potential to transform how we think about our health The current medical system in most countries works as a reactive setting. The patient goes to the doctor with existing sympt...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Cyborgization Future of Medicine Health Sensors & Trackers artificial intelligence comics digital digital health Healthcare Innovation marvel marvel universe superhero superpower technology Source Type: blogs

Cognitive approach to lie detection rendered useless by made-up alibi
By Alex Fradera The desire to catch people in a lie has led to the development of techniques that are meant to detect the physical markers of dishonesty – from the polygraph to brain scans. However, these methods are often found wanting. The insights of cognitive psychologists have arguably fared better, based on the idea that lying is more mentally demanding than telling the truth – real knowledge is automatically called to mind when we are questioned, and this needs to be inhibited  before we answer, leading to slower responses. Unfortunately new research in the Journal of Experimental Psycholo...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - February 8, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Cognition Forensic Source Type: blogs

How to identify a bad IVF doctor
A patient just sent me this email.This is my first IVf cycle. ET was done on 15.01.2018.. after that bhcg result on 29th jan was 112.. doctor did a repeat bhcg on 31st jan which was 144..again they called us on 6th feb the bhcg was 122 and in tvs no embryo sac was found.. doctor has asked to stop all medicines and wait for the periods..Please suggest what could be the possible reason for it and if i will go for second IVf will it be successful..This was my replyThe fact that the HCG did not double after 2 days means your pregnancy was not viable.The doctor should not have given you false hope and make you wait unnecessaril...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - February 8, 2018 Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like One Really Good Hospital Is Doing Its Best With High-Tech. Moving The Right Way With GP And Patient Information Access!
This appeared a day or so ago:Hi-tech health to benefit patientsThe Australian12:00AM February 3, 2018Sarah-Jane TaskerHospitals without patients, NASA-style command centres in healthcare facilities, 3D-printed organs — it sounds like something from a sci-fi novel but it could be part of Australia’s healthcare system in less than 10 years.With healthcare budgets reaching unsustainable levels as people live longer, using technology better is now at the forefront of innovation in the healthcare sector.The issue is being tackled globally. Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the chief executive of Nokia...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Inspirata Acquires Omnyx from GE Healthcare, Achieving an End-to-End Solution
The business model of Inspirata is relatively unique compared to other companies connected to digital pathology. The company seeks to enhance the digital pathology workflow of its clients presumably pathology departments and consulting firms. Here is a summary of the company goals copied from the company web page (WELCOME TO INSPIRATA):We...help cancer institutions overcome the financial barriers to adoption using our unique business and delivery model where we make the upfront capital investment in the hardware, software and storage needed to enable a cancer institution to move to a fully automated digital pathology ...
Source: Lab Soft News - February 7, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Digital Imaging in Pathology Food and Drug Administration Lab Industry Trends Lab Processes and Procedures Lab Regulation Pathology Informatics Surgical Pathology Source Type: blogs

The Only Cause Of Stress (and how you beat it)
You gaze down through the open window at the sparkling Ionia sea resplendent in the late summer sun. Your taxi weaves itself dexterously down the narrow mountain road from Vrachionas, the highest point on the Greek island of Zakynthos. The sun twinkles and a hundred shades of azure bounce back from the gently lapping waves. High above a Cory’s Shearwater banks and weaves barely beating it’s long brown wings as it scans the turquoise waters for an afternoon snack. It would gladly feast on an octopus like the one you had eaten the night before at the quiet beachfront taverna. But it probably wouldn’t care ...
Source: A Daring Adventure - February 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tim Brownson Tags: Life Coaching Stress Management cause of stress Source Type: blogs

PhD and postdoctoral positions - Investigating sensory aspects of human communication
Several researcher positions (Postdocs and PhD students) are available at the Human Communication Research Group, led by Katharina von Kriegstein. The group is currently based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany (MPI CBS; http://www.cbs.mpg.de/independent-research-groups/human-communication ) and will transfer to the Psychology Faculty of the TU Dresden, Germany, in 2018.The positions are funded by the ERC consolidator grant SENSOCOM. The aim of the SENSOCOM project is to investigate the role of auditory and visual subcortical sensory structures in analysing huma...
Source: Talking Brains - February 7, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Are snowdrops really appearing earlier these days?
At this time of year, give or take a week or two, we expect to see snowdrops in flower. They are purportedly one of the first signs of spring and a welcome sight, despite the imminent snowstorm we’re supposed to be facing in the coming days. Now, earlier varieties of Galanthus nivalis aside, are snowdrops really vernalising sooner rather than later? Here’s a quote from the experts at Kew Gardens, London, who keep an eye on such things and study phenology (year to year changes in seasonal events): Recent signs of change include a shift in the average flowering date of the common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis). In ...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - February 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Science Source Type: blogs

Reduced neural empathy for women wearing revealing clothes
The participants watched women being rejected in a ball-passing game (the black blocks over their eyes did not appear in the actual study); from Cogoni et al 2018 By Christian Jarrett Psychologists define objectification as when we look upon a person and think about them more in terms of their bodies than their minds, and see them as less capable than normal of having their own self-control and will. Any context that encourages us to focus on a person’s body, more than their mind, is said to lead to objectification, such as when, in a previous era, a Formula One fan looked upon an attractive “grid girl&rdq...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - February 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Brain Forensic Gender Sex Source Type: blogs

A New Blood Test Approach can Assess Levels of Amyloid- β in the Brain
This study has major implications. It is the first time a group has shown a strong association of blood plasma amyloid with brain and cerebrospinal fluid." Current methods to identify amyloid-β buildup in living people are limited to costly and sometimes highly invasive procedures, such as brain imaging with a PET scanner and spinal cord fluid extraction. So researchers set out to test whether the same information could be obtained from a blood sample. Using immunoprecipitation and mass spectrometry, the team isolated and characterized amyloid proteins in the blood from a cohort of 121 people in Japan span...
Source: Fight Aging! - February 5, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

How to Stop Being Petty and Live Life Joyously
I cannot recall the last time I was overly judgmental and petty, although I know it’s happened far more times in my life than I care to admit. I know that I was quick to criticize and complain when I was a young girl about real and/or imagined bad behavior toward me on the part of my older brother and his friends. Sometimes that got me into trouble instead of him. I remember that rankled me as unfair and I occasionally (OK, a little more often than that) wanted revenge. Still, over the ensuring years I’ve learned a lot about the value of being the best version of myself I can be. Here are some of my tips on ho...
Source: World of Psychology - February 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Happiness Mental Health and Wellness Mindfulness Motivation and Inspiration Relationships Self-Esteem Self-Help jealous joy Personal Growth petty Source Type: blogs

MKSAP: 75-year-old man with very severe COPD
Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 75-year-old man is seen for routine follow-up for very severe COPD. He has constant dyspnea and air hunger and spends most of the day in a chair. He has had no change in baseline cough and sputum production. He has had multiple COPD exacerbations that required ICU admission and intubation. He has not benefited from pulmonary rehabilitation in the past. He quit smoking 3 years ago. His medical history is also notable for hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and a myocardial infarction 3 years ago. Hi...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - February 3, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/mksap" rel="tag" > mksap < /a > Tags: Conditions Palliative Care Pulmonology Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: February 3, 2018
Well, ol’ Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday, so we might be looking at six more weeks of winter — “might,” because he’s usually wrong. However, if he’s right, there’s plenty of cozy wintertime activities to get us through the days and nights when it’s too cold or snowy to go out. One of my favorites? Reading! Coincidentally, in this week’s Psychology Around the Net we have a list of 10 new mental health books out in 2018! We also have the latest on the anti-diarrhea medicine overdoses, a psychologist’s controversial research regarding how we distinguish p...
Source: World of Psychology - February 3, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Addiction Books Habits Industrial and Workplace Medications Phobia Psychology Around the Net Research Substance Abuse anti-diarrhea medicine books about mental illness business coaches Gaydar Imodium Michal Kosinski Opioids Source Type: blogs

Navy Scandal: Classic Government Corruption
TheWashington Post does not do much investigating of waste, fraud, and abuse in federal agencies anymore, but it has done a great job with the Fat Leonard Navy corruption scandal. I discussed priorWaPo stories on the scandalhere andhere.The newspaper has another pair of stories today (here andhere) describing how Leonard Glenn Francis cozied up to Navy leaders in the Pacific to win lucrative deals for resupplying ships. He cashed in on overpriced contracts and fraudulent invoices, and he had numerous moles inside the Navy to steer business and profits his way. He wined and dined Navy officers, providing them with gifts, pr...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 2, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches – A Workshop
If you cannot join us in DC on Feb 12-13 for this National Academy of Sciences workshop ("Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches"), it will be streamed for free. Register here. The Board on Health Sciences Policy of ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - February 2, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

On mountains and miscarriage: a physician ’s story of loss
I feel the mountain in my bones. The methodical plodding of feet over uneven terrain, a meditation, the grace of a single forward path, with no decisions, no guilt or what-ifs, no fear. Just forward movement, forward momentum. I hear Mary Oliver’s words at my core: “I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention … how to be idle and blessed.” It’s taken me years to get to blessed. Idleness is something I’m still working on. My third miscarriage came a week before a scheduled trip to Kauai. What had been a “last hoorah” between finishing residency...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - February 2, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/meredith-bourne" rel="tag" > Meredith Bourne, MD < /a > Tags: Physician OB/GYN Source Type: blogs

Accelerate your Happiness with these 14  Steps
You're reading Accelerate your Happiness with these 14 Steps, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. 1. Message Your Family and Friends Often It’s so easy to let our social and familial lives slide down into a small corner of our lives in favor of our work lives. Because of our goals and “responsibilities” we’ve been taught that it’s okay to focus on staying “busy”. Yet, strong relationships have been shown in numerous studies, to be the strongest predictors of ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Samy Felice Tags: confidence featured happiness internet culture time management doyourbest growth pickthebrain productivity tips self growth self improvement Source Type: blogs

How a symbol influenced this patient encounter
I lightly knocked on the door of the next patient that I was set to obtain a history from. It was late in the morning in the middle of the week, and my mind was becoming increasingly preoccupied with deciding what to eat for lunch. My preceptor had allowed me to practice my history-taking skills with every patient that had an appointment with her that morning and had also given me the opportunity to report back to her with the information I collected before she saw the patient herself. It had been an awesome experience so far. After hearing a low-pitched “Come in!” I opened the door, stepped into the room, gree...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - February 1, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/christel-wekon-kemeni" rel="tag" > Christel Wekon-Kemeni < /a > Tags: Education Pediatrics Source Type: blogs