ChatGPT in conversation with a language scientist (Hickok)
Some interesting failures in this conversation with ChatGPT, not just about the facts of language& brain but some glaring logical failures, like that people with complete damage to Wernicke ' s area would perform significantly worse than chance on a test of word comprehension. On questioning, it impressively " recognized " the error but then the bug re-emerged on the very last question.---------------------Which of the following is true about the neural basis of speech perception? a) it ' s bilateral in the STG. b) it ' s strongly left hemisphere dominant. c) it is dependent on Broca ' s area. d) it is the ability to p...
Source: Talking Brains - March 17, 2023 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

States Show How Criminal Justice Reform Can Help Millions of American Workers
Scott Lincicome and Ilana BlumsackThe Collateral Consequences Resource Center (CCRC) recently released new reports oncriminal record expungement policies andmarijuana legalization and expungement policies across the country. State officials report that over 60,000 records have beenautomatically expunged in Utah since the beginning of 2022, and in Missouri, over 5,000 marijuana convictions have beenautomatically expunged since legalizing recreational marijuana just this past December.This is welcome news —for these individuals and the U.S. labor market more broadly.As we discuss in ourchapter onCriminal Justice inEmpoweri...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 24, 2023 Category: American Health Authors: Scott Lincicome, Ilana Blumsack Source Type: blogs

RTLS & AI: Solving the Riddle of Healthcare Inefficiency
The following is a guest article by Steven Manifold, CMO at Ubisense. Many healthcare systems around the world are overburdened. Some face the lingering effects of COVID-19, while others lack funding and staff. Healthcare providers are increasingly turning to technology to help shoulder these burdens, but are fancy tech deployments really the cure or just another placebo?    RTLS RTLS (Real-time Location Systems) are not new technologies, but they remain uncommon in most healthcare settings. Popular in automotive, aerospace, and general manufacturing and logistics industries, they have paved the way towards smarter, mor...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 16, 2023 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Author Tags: Health IT Company Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System IT Infrastructure and Dev Ops LTPAC AI Artificial Intelligence Care Homes Care Processes Contact Tracing Digital Model Healthcare Inefficiency Healthcare RTLS Industry 4.0 Source Type: blogs

“ N-of-1 ” research – A clinically relevant research strategy!
I’ve been banging on about single case experimental research designs (SCED) ever since I studied with Prof Neville Blampied at University of Canterbury. Prof Blampied (now retired) was enthusiastic about this approach because it allows clinicians to scientifically test whether an intervention has an effect in an individual – but he took it further with a very cool graphical analysis that allows multiple cases to be studied and plotted using the modified Brinley Plot (Blampied, 2017), and I’ll be discussing it later in this series. Suffice to say, I love this approach to research because it allows clinicia...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - February 12, 2023 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: BronnieLennoxThompson Tags: Coping Skills Occupational therapy Professional topics Psychology Research Science in practice healthcare pain management Source Type: blogs

Terahertz Spectroscopy to Assess Severity of Skin Burns
Scientists at Stony Brook University in New York have developed a hand-held scanner that uses terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and neural network data analysis to non-invasively assess the severity of skin burns. At present, it is difficult to visually assess the depth of a burn injury, which could negatively influence treatment outcomes. The device probes the burn injury with pulses of terahertz radiation. The terahertz reflectivity of the skin is altered by burn injuries, allowing a neural network to assess the signal and estimate the burn depth. The technology could allow more precise assessments of burn injuries and ...
Source: Medgadget - February 9, 2023 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Dermatology Medicine Radiology Surgery stonybrooku Source Type: blogs

Nostalgia: 8 Benefits Of This Beautiful Emotion
Nostalgia has been rehabilitated from a disease of the mind to a beneficial emotional experience, but it has its psychological drawbacks. (Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog)
Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - February 7, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeremy Dean Tags: Emotion Source Type: blogs

Can Behavioral Health Be Objective and Data-Driven?
Before microscopes, doctors diagnosed as best they could using external symptoms. Now we test for the presence of specific bacteria, viruses, or lesions. Dr. Thomas Young, chief medical officer and founder of Proem Behavioral Health, is convinced that psychiatry and behavioral health are also entering an age where objective data collected from the body will drive diagnoses and treatment. Figure 1 shows some statistics about disorders tracked by Proem. Figure 1: Measures used by Proem Behavioral Health and their uses Two advances have come together over the past few years to enable better diagnoses and treatments: one in da...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 6, 2023 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: AI/Machine Learning Analytics/Big Data Clinical Health IT Company Healthcare IT Behavior Health Behavioral Health Research Dr. Thomas Young Healthcare AI mental health Mental Health AI Proem Behavioral Health Source Type: blogs

If a rose is a rose by any other name, how should we study treatment processes in pain management & rehabilitation?
A new instalment in my series about intensive longitudinal studies, aka ecological momentary assessment (and a host of other names for methods used to study daily life in real time in the real world). Daily life is the focus of occupational therapy – doing what needs to be done, or a person wants to do, in everyday life. It’s complex because unlike a laboratory (or a large, well-controlled randomised controlled trial) daily life is messy and there is no way to control all the interacting factors that influence why a person does what they do. A technical term for the processes involved is microtemporality, o...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - January 29, 2023 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: BronnieLennoxThompson Tags: Assessment Clinical reasoning Professional topics Research Science in practice intensive longitudinal research Occupational therapy Pain rehabilitation research methods single case experimental design Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, January 30th 2023
In conclusion, deletion of p16Ink4a cells did not negatively impact beta-cell mass and blood glucose under basal and HFD conditions and proliferation was restored in a subset of HFD mice opening further therapeutic targets in the treatment of diabetes. Communication Between Blood and Brain in Aging and Rejuvenation As noted here, joining the circulatory systems of an old and young mouse results in some degree of rejuvenation in the old mouse. Where brain function is improved, researchers are inte...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 29, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Cyclarity's Approach to Treating Atherosclerosis
The treatment of atherosclerosis is trapped in a rut, and has been for some time. Near all of the development in this field is focused on producing ever more innovative ways to reduce LDL-cholesterol in the bloodstream. Unfortunately, this cannot do more than modestly slow the condition; it can't reverse existing plaque to any great degree. By the time a plaque has formed, it has become a self-sustaining lesion, inflamed and attracting ever more immune cells to become overwhelmed by the toxic plaque environment and die, adding their mass to the plaque. The input of LDL-cholesterol from the bloodstream, while creating the t...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 23, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Drug Diversion – Can AI Monitoring Solve This Growing Issue?
The following is a guest article by Claire Reilly, Director of Clinical Operations at Imprivata and former Emergency Room Charge Nurse. Although often overshadowed by major news and events, drug diversion – the rerouting of medications intended for patients by healthcare staff and is actually theft – has been a persistent problem in all healthcare settings. Pharmacies, doctors’ offices, hospitals, and care homes are all places drug diversion can occur if prescribing is not carefully monitored and managed.    In recent years, multiple factors have combined to create a perfect storm for drug diversion. Healthcar...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 19, 2023 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Author Tags: AI/Machine Learning Analytics/Big Data Clinical Healthcare IT Regulations Adderall Alcohol Abuse Artificial Intelligence Big Data Technologies Claire Reilly COVID-19 Drug Abuse Drug Diversion Drug Overdoses EHR Electronic Hea Source Type: blogs

What ’ s the relationship between pain intensity and functional limitations?
This question comes up from time to time as some commentators strive to “find the cause and fix the problem at all cost.” The argument is that if pain was gone, the person would simply return to their old life just as they were. And for what it’s worth, there’s certainly a relationship between pain intensity and disability, and pain intensity and distress – but it’s not simple. One of the earliest papers I read when I was beginning my pain management career is one by Waddell, Main, Morris, Di Paola & Gray (1984). Gordon Waddell was an orthopaedic surgeon with an interest ...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - January 15, 2023 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: BronnieLennoxThompson Tags: Pain Research Science in practice biopsychosocial Clinical reasoning pain management Source Type: blogs

My family ’s disastrous experience with a growth-driven long-term care company
by “E-PATIENT” DAVE DEBRONKART Continuing THCB’s occasional series on actual experiences with the health care system. This is the secondin a short series about a patient and family experience from one of America’s leading ePatients. I’ve been blogging recently about what happens in American healthcare when predatory investor-driven companies start moving into care industries because of, as Pro Publica puts it, “easy money and a lack of regulation.”  The first two posts were about recent articles in The New Yorker on companies that are more interested in sales and growth than caring. My mother...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 12, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: The Business of Health Care ePatient Dave Patient Experience Respite care Source Type: blogs

The time is ripe for virtual care solutions in COPD
There’s a burgeoning crisis taking hold in the COPD management space; there are simply not enough pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, or pulmonary rehabilitation facilities to treat the growing number of COPD patients. This has left our field with an urgent window of opportunity to implement digital innovation into traditional treatment paradigms. Ironically enough, it was a Read more… The time is ripe for virtual care solutions in COPD originally appeared in (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 26, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions Mobile health Pulmonology Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, December 19th 2022
In conclusion, p16 deletion or p16 positive cell clearance could be a novel strategy preventing long term HFD-induced skin aging. Association of LDL-Cholesterol with Mortality Researchers here report on a study of LDL-cholesterol and mortality risk in older people. As they note, data on this topic is conflicted once one moves beyond the matter of cardiovascular disease. Over a lifetime, higher LDL-cholesterol makes it easier to reach the tipping point at which cholesterol deposited in blood vessel walls produces e...
Source: Fight Aging! - December 18, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs