Rosemary Bowen – Controlling Death with VSED (video)
At age 94, Rosemary Bowen hastened her death by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) in 2018.  For twenty years, Rosemary Bowen had told her family that she would hasten her death when she was no longer able to live independently. Seve... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 31, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

VSED – Growing Understanding & Acceptance
When Rosemary Bowen hastened her death by VSED, her daughter documented the process, day by day, in a 16-minute film shown yesterday at an End of Life Expo in Washington, DC. A Washington Post story on the event reports that VSED is "gradually en... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 4, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Haunted Houses And The Ghosts Of Psychology Past: The Week ’s Best Psychology Links
Our weekly round-up of the best psychology coverage from elsewhere on the web A large review of studies published over the past 40 years has found little evidence that cannabis is helpful in treating mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, Ruby Prosser Scully reports in New Scientist. Researchers say that people should be wary of claims by companies producing medical cannabis, and that there is a need for more large-scale, well-controlled studies into the effects of the drug on different conditions. “As more data points come in, understanding and interpretation become more complete — and mo...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - November 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Weekly links Source Type: blogs

Primary Care Is at the Center of a Health Revolution
By KEVIN WANG, MD If our urgent-care-as-healthcare culture isn’t killing us, it’s certainly wasting our time and resources.  Consider these facts highlighted by Advanced Medical Reviews, based on various studies:  U.S. physicians report that more than 20 percent of overall medical care is not needed. The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that up to 30 percent of the costs of medical care delivered in the U.S. pay for tests, procedures, doctor visits, hospital stays, and other services that may not actually improve patient health. Unnecessary medical treatment impacts the ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Hospitals Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care advanced primary care Care coordination health coaching Kevin Wang value-based care Vera Whole Health Source Type: blogs

Another Attempt To Bring Medication Supplies Into The Twenty First Century!
This appeared last week:Rosemary wants to be the 'Uber' of electronic scriptsCarrie LaFrenz Senior ReporterJul 8, 2019 — 12.00amThe former managing director of Dropbox Australia, a Microsoft Health executive and an early Atlassian employee are among the seed investors in Rosemary, a start-up that has created an app to help the millions of Australians struggling to manage their medications.Better management of medi cines can improve their efficacy and reduce waste. The app could also help the 5660-plus community-based pharmacies around Australia to compete better with giant chains such as Chemist Warehouse, not to men...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 19, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Phytonutrients: Paint your plate with the colors of the rainbow
Did you know that adding color to your meals will help you live a longer, healthier life? Colorful fruits and vegetables can paint a beautiful picture of health because they contain phytonutrients, compounds that give plants their rich colors as well as their distinctive tastes and aromas. Phytonutrients also strengthen a plant’s immune system. They protect the plant from threats in their natural environment such as disease and excessive sun. When humans eat plant foods, phytonutrients protect us from chronic diseases. Phytonutrients have potent anti-cancer and anti-heart disease effects. And epidemiological research...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN Tags: Health Healthy Eating Source Type: blogs

“ I need something to dip into guacamole ”
Dipping foods into various dips and sauces surely ranks among the favorite ways to enjoy food: dipping chips into salsa, celery sticks into guacamole, crackers into cheese, shrimp into cocktail sauce, etc. So how do we go about resuming our dipping habits sans wheat and grains? Here are some ideas for foods to use for dipping, healthy choices that contain no wheat or grains and provide limited exposure to carbohydrates, while remaining otherwise healthy. And some, like jicama and asparagus, also provide prebiotic fibers to nourish bowel flora; dip them into hummus and you’ll add even more probiotics to your day. Vegg...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - February 25, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: News & Updates gluten-free grain-free wheat belly Source Type: blogs

Split Pea and Celeriac Soup – Perfect.
If you want to know my perfect Saturday in NYC, here it is… Wake up latish – 8 am. Shower and have a cup of coffee while you plan tonight’s dinner. Make a shopping list, set up a loaf of bread to rise, then hit the streets with Mr TBTAM on the bikes. Ride across town, through Central Park, chatting a bit on the phone with your little brother who often calls you on Saturday mornings  (love my wireless airpods), across the West Side to Riverside Park and the West Side Greenway. If it’s a cold day in November, dress warmly – scarf, gloves – and don’t let the wind b...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - November 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Recipes Soups Vegetarian Pea soup Split pea Source Type: blogs

5 Ways to Stop Feeling So Irritated All the Time
Constantly annoyed? Here are some strategies. “I’m taking this car and moving to Florida!” the elderly man in front of me at the DMV raged. He held up the line for a good 20 minutes, all over a measly $25 fee. I’m sure I wasn’t the only person in line thinking, “By all means, head for that state line… and now.” But you can’t completely blame the guy. Sometimes life triggers what can feels like an endless case of road rage. Even us yogis and meditators aren’t immune from it. Every little thing starts to grate, from the headline in the Washington Post to the #$% co...
Source: World of Psychology - November 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Guest Author Tags: Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Anger Personal Publishers Self-Help Spirituality & Health Stress alone time annoyed anxiety Caffeine Calm Depression irritable irritated Mood Relax Source Type: blogs

Healthy, Low Calorie Cauliflower Breadsticks
Do you think whoever named the cauliflower plant knew that one day we would evolve into overweight, carbohydrate-overloaded, gluten-intolerant creatures, who, in searching for a suitable lo-carb substitute would find their holy grail in that crucifer whose name is homonymous with the ground product of the very thing we both crave and shun? Think cauliFLOUR. Then go grind up a head of cauliflower in the food processor (or be lazy like me and buy Trader Joes riced cauliflower), steam or microwave it for 10 minutes, strain out the liquid in a tea towel, pour into a large bowl and add two egg whites, 1/4 cup hemp or flax seeds...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - October 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Uncategorized breadsticks cauliflower crackers Gluten-Free Lo fat low calorie SOuth beach diet Source Type: blogs

The Future of Making Sense of the World
Hug shirts, smellphones, virtual tastes, bionic eyes and hearing aids doing translations – just a few keywords showing how technology will take human perception to a higher level in the future. Innovative healthcare solutions will go way beyond improving our senses when we experience problems, they will augment our capabilities and open new horizons for humanity. Let’s jump into the pool of details. How humans perceive the sensory cacophony called the world Car. Flower. Smartphone. Leaf. Shadow. Ponytail. Red Sweater. Monitor. Water. Coffee. Beeps. Sidney Bechet tunes. Bicycle. Laugh. Light breeze. Holiday mem...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Biotechnology Cyborgization Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients body augmentation future Healthcare hearing human human perception Medicine sense sensing smell taste touch vision Source Type: blogs

Conquering the Stigma of Being a Sober Mother
“I’ve always wanted to film the real ‘after party’ when the mom is passed out with her little kid in the background, or she gets into her car and drives drunk. It happens all the time.” When I made the decision to quit drinking, one morning in June 2017 when my relentless hangover was surpassed only by my anxiety and self-loathing, I didn’t think about how sobriety would affect my role as a parent beyond the obvious positives: less time nursing a glass of wine and more time to engage with my kids; a clearer morning mind during the pre-school madness; more patience, less irritability. Mor...
Source: World of Psychology - August 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: Addiction Parenting Personal Publishers Recovery Substance Abuse The Fix Women's Issues Drunk Mothers sober Stigma Source Type: blogs

It Would Be Nice To Have The Facts On Secure Messaging Without The Spin! Look More Closely And We Get Facts And There Is A Long Way To Go! Baby Steps!
This press release appeared last week from the ADHA.Media release - Industry collaborates to end the era of the fax machineJune 18, 2018Out of date and unsecure fax machines are being used to share patient information between healthcare providers, despite other sectors discarding them over a decade ago. Not only do fax machines cause frustration for healthcare providers trying to communicate with each other, they can also cause patient harm. In May 2018, a coroner ’s report revealed that Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient Mettaloka Halwala died alone following chemotherapy complications. His medical test results were f...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

4 Ways To Take Back Your Freedom and Step Into Total Prosperity
You're reading 4 Ways To Take Back Your Freedom and Step Into Total Prosperity, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. For a long time, I knew that prosperity was my divine right.  However, it did not seem to be my experience.  Between faulty religious beliefs and manipulative family traditions, I seemed to have shut down my ability to create prosperity.  It took deliberately choosing freedom and deliberately turning my back on some of the ideas I grew up with, in order to fully own my divine abili...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rnknight Tags: featured self improvement success confidence freedom pickthebrain prosperity Source Type: blogs

This Made Me Wonder Just What Was Happening With The “Bonfire Of The Faxes”?
This appeared last week:He died alone after his medical test results were faxed to wrong numberBy Melissa Cunningham10 May 2018 — 6:08pmMettaloka Halwala was alone in a hotel room near Shepparton when he was found dead from complications that arose from his chemotherapy treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Hotel staff opened the door of his room on the morning of November 17, 2015 to find the 58-year-old father of two decease d in his bed, fully clothed in jeans and a shirt, a lit torch beside him.Now, a Victorian coroner has found Mr Halwala's lonely death could have been prevented had he not been let down by a ser...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's: Aromatherapy Has Been Shown to Be a Tool
...Don’t let a bias against alternative medicine put you off. While we now have the blessing of the NIH to use rosemary, lemon, lavender, and orange by the inhaled method to help calm Alzheimer’s symptoms, we can also seek advice from trained professionals who may help us make the most of any number of ancient practices for ourselves and our loved ones. Read full article on how aromatherapy can help people with Alzheimer's (NIH study): Support a caregiver or jump-start discussion in support groups with real stories - for bulk orders of Minding Our Elders e-mail Carol   Photo credit Kelly Sik...
Source: Minding Our Elders - May 7, 2018 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Lentil Butternut Bolognese | Bunny Kitchen
  This recipe is for a multi tasker of a meal. Not only is it a perfect accompaniment to pasta, it’s fantastic on baked potatoes, in wraps or with a little extra stock, it makes a lovely warming, hearty soup. You could even use it to make a vegan version of the classic American Sloppy Joes which kids would love! It’s a perfect weeknight meal, with little prep and no stirring thanks to an ingenious piece of kit – the Optimum Induction Multi Function Pressure-Cook Pro. Since becoming disabled with widespread neuropathic pain, chronic migraine and fatigue, I can’t cook how I used to – al...
Source: Nursing Comments - March 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: M1gu3l Tags: Food Source Type: blogs

The FISA Follies: The " Schiff Memo " Edition
On Saturday (Feb. 24), House Intelligence Committee Democrats were finally able to publish theirrebuttal to the “Nunes Memo” written by the committee’s GOP majority staff and released earlier this month. So what have we learned from this Democratic rebuttal memo? As it turns out, not much we didn’t already know—though you wouldn’t get that impression from the media’s reaction to and characterization of the “ Schiff Memo” following its release. NPR ’sPhilip Ewing and his editors preferred to treat the dueling memos episode as a game:The more a game is played, ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 26, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Patrick G. Eddington Source Type: blogs

Fostering Civil Discourse – and Humor – in a Partisan Era
By Tarris Rosell, PhD, DMinFifteen years ago in the aftermath of 9/11, I was invited to respond as an Ethics panelist to a new, self-published book, The Fundamentals of Extremism (Blaker, et al., New Boston Books, Inc., 2003). The authors aimed to expose “the Christian Right” as a danger to democracy. While I sympathized with chief editor Kimberly Blaker’s agenda, the book itself struck me as taking much the same rhetorical tack as the religious fundamentalists that she and her co-authors vociferously critiqued.My invitation to a book-signing event came with the expectation that I, a progressive clergyman...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 18, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Bioethics Tags: Health Care religious fundamentalism religious fundamentalist syndicated Trump partisan era Source Type: blogs

7 Things Every Spiritual Person Seeking Purpose-Driven Success Requires
You're reading 7 Things Every Spiritual Person Seeking Purpose-Driven Success Requires, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. We live in a world where it is normal to settle for a lot less than we are capable of.  And when you are the weird one that decides to set your mind on a vision so big you are too scared to say it out loud, then you definitely need these 7 things. 1. Selective Hearing There will be those who feel the need to tell you what they think, even though you did not ask for it.  Choose n...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rnknight Tags: featured self improvement success best self improvement blogs. pickthebrain fulfillment happiness purpose driven Source Type: blogs

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 218
LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog - Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF…introducing Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 218, all about colours. Question 1 What colour are you if you are suffering from ‘argryia’? + Reveal the Funtabulous Answer expand(document.getElementById('ddet1414906888'));expand(document.getElementById('ddetlink1414906888')) Purple or Purpl...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - December 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark Corden Tags: Frivolous Friday Five amphotericin B argryia black lung blue bloater ciprofloxacin coal workers pneumoconiosis COPD emphysema infantile acrodynia mercury pink disease pink puffer Red man syndrome rifampicin silver skin teic Source Type: blogs

Avoiding holiday excess (and what to do if you overdo it)
The holidays are famously a time of celebration, and where there is celebrating, there is usually too much alcohol, too many rich foods, and not enough sleep. Here are some basic tips on not overdoing it — and how to manage when you have. Common sense rules You know the saying “Don’t go to the grocery store hungry”? The reason is pretty obvious. If you’re famished, you may not make the best food choices. Well, the same applies to holiday parties. If you are truly hungry, have something healthy and filling beforehand, like a beautiful salad. Pressed for time? Eat an apple. Already there? Look a...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Monique Tello, MD, MPH Tags: Behavioral Health Healthy Eating Prevention Source Type: blogs

Gun Violence: Prevention by Paying Attention
Tarris Rosell, DMin, PhDIn a time of heightened anxiety about gun ownership and gun violence, the theme of this blog may already have some “Second Amendment People” reaching for their Glocks in self-defense. Or those impassioned for increased regulation of gun sales and ownership may be anticipating a welcome shot in the arm of support for that cause, especially in the wake of “Las Vegas”— the newest city whose name now depicts a national tragedy.While I am unafraid to take on proponents of unfettered gun ownership and, as a life-long gun owner myself, I still remain an ardent proponent of tou...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - October 12, 2017 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Bioethics Tags: Health Care Grandparents Against Gun Violence gun laws Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence Sandy Hook syndicated Source Type: blogs

Aromatherapy Shown to be Safe and Effective for People With Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s disease can’t be cured. There are medications that help slow the development of symptoms for some people, but the type of care that seems to help most people with Alzheimer’s is hands-on attention. This often means that caregivers need to use a toolbox approach to providing care. Thus, opening our minds to ancient medicine can give us additional options. One ancient technique that’s been studied by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the use of aromatherapy. The NIH abstract on aromatherapy reports that the trial consisted of having subjects inhale the fragrance of rosemary a...
Source: Minding Our Elders - September 5, 2017 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

The challenges of formulating a natural cosmetic line
Conclusion While creating truly natural products can be challenging, it can be done demonstrated by successful brands like Burts Bees, Aveeno, and Physicians Formula. It requires you to figure out what your consumer believes is natural then make products that adhere to those natural standards. After that, success is just a matter of good marketing. (Source: thebeautybrains.com)
Source: thebeautybrains.com - August 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry Romanowski Tags: Natural cosmetics Source Type: blogs

Executive Functions in Health and Disease: New book to help integrate Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
__________ Neuroscience used to be the monopoly of a few elite universities located in a handful of countries. Neuropsychology used to be a quaint niche discipline relatively unconnected to the larger world of neuroscience and content in its methods with paper-and-pencil tests. Neuroscience itself was relatively unconcerned with higher-order cognition, and the very term “cognitive neuroscience” was often met with rolled eyes by scientists working in more established areas of brain research (a personal observation made in the 1980s and even 1990s on more than one occasion). And the ...
Source: SharpBrains - August 8, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Alexander-Luria clinical psychologists cognition cognitive-psychologists disease Executive-Functions frontal-lobe medical neurologists neuropsychologists Neuropsyc Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: May 20, 2017
Happy Saturday, sweet readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at how human psychology is costing us money, how walking and creativity might have developed together, how anger and depression are connected, and more. Enjoy! Your Psychology Is Costing You Money: Here’s How To Fight Back: Does human psychology make playing the “waiting game” look more attractive to us, and how could we benefit from choosing to wait rather than choosing instant gratification? Why We Shouldn’t Stigmatize Mentally Ill Prisoners: Dr. Elizabeth Ford, Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Serv...
Source: World of Psychology - May 20, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Anger Children and Teens Creativity Depression Grief and Loss Memory and Perception Money and Financial Psychology Psychology Around the Net body brain childhood grief Communication Crimi Source Type: blogs

Top 10 Spices for a Healthy Brain
Your diet plays a crucial role in your mental well being and physical health, as they are intricately connected. Have you ever thought about everyday spices that could give your brain an internal boost and reset from within to function at an optimal level? Consider adding these 10 spices below to your current diet, or better yet cook with them to improve overall brain health, and help prevent, or at the very least stave off future cognitive decline. These top spices have been studied extensively by world renowned psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen, and is widely discussed in many of his journal publications and books, including ...
Source: World of Psychology - February 24, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Emily Waters Tags: Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Books Health-related Mental Health and Wellness herbs rosemary Spices Turmeric Source Type: blogs

Thank you Rosemary Barton and MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes
Celina Caesar-Chavannes appeared tonight on CBC Power and Politics with host Rosemary Barton.  She was there to discuss her experiences with depression, before and since becoming MP for Whitby and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Parliamentary Secretary. Rosemary’s thorough, careful questions brought out responses I could relate to in my own experience – and even in present … Continue reading Thank you Rosemary Barton and MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes (Source: My journey with AIDS)
Source: My journey with AIDS - January 3, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Kenn Tags: biography/autobiography bipolar II health-care mental health politics stigma Source Type: blogs

The Doctor and the Rabbi: A Healing Conversation About End-of-Life Care
by Rev. Rosemary Lloyd“It routinely makes me hurt inside when patients and family are admitted to an ICU, as most have rarely if ever considered what care they truly want, or not. It is heart breaking to try and help them assimilate it all, and all too frequently decisions are left for families, with left over feelings that may linger for years.”This is what Dr. Jeff Dichter, an ICU Medical Director wrote gratefully to Rabbi Esther Adler of Mount Zion Temple in Saint Paul, Minnesota afterher sermon on Yom Kippur, a major holy day in the Jewish calendar.“As health care professionals,” he continued, &...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - November 12, 2016 Category: Palliative Care Tags: chaplain lloyd spiritual spirituality spirituality/religion Source Type: blogs

Building Faith in the Power of The Conversation
by Rev. Rosemary LloydWhen the senior minister of Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts, Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor, began her sermon one Sunday morning she raised a lot of eyebrows.“Mary,” she began, “you are going to die.” She started pointing out people in the church and telling them that they are going to die. Young and old, men and women, she called out congregants by name and reminded them that death is not a dirty secret; it’s a fact of life. Her sermon continu ed, weaving in humor to diffuse the tension and ultimately generating chuckles and nods of understanding from the crowd.“T...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - October 26, 2016 Category: Palliative Care Tags: chaplain communication community conversation project lloyd spirituality spirituality/religion Source Type: blogs

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, A Must Read for all Women (and Men)
Kate Clifford Larson’s masterful examination of the nearly-forgotten story of Rosemary Kennedy – sister of a President and two other famous brothers, but confined to the shadows for decades after a lobotomy – drew me in on multiple levels.  As a health professional, as a woman, as an activist – and as the niece of another soul lost to that misguided and devastating medical procedure of the early 20th century. Even with his vast financial resources, and his political and personal connections, Joseph Kennedy, Sr., perhaps saw no other way to deal with his mentally troubled daughter.  Maybe, ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - November 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Advocacy Source Type: blogs

Legalizing Medical Marijuana
TUESDAYS WITH ROSEMARY AND MYRAVirtually everyone is familiar with Mitch Albom’s book, Tuesdays With Morrie. Myra Christopher (Foley Chair at the Center and former Center CEO) and Rosemary Flanigan (Retired Center Program Staff) have decided to regularly contribute to the Center for Practical Bioethics’ blog and call it “Tuesdays with Rosemary and Myra” (even though it won’t necessarily be published on a Tuesday). Read more about Rosemary and Myra at the bottom of this post. Note:  Today, Myra and Rosemary are discussing an article about the legalization of marijuana that appeared in...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - September 2, 2015 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Bioethics Tags: Health Care syndicated Tuesdays with Rosemary & Myra Source Type: blogs

The Sale of Fetal Tissue
TUESDAYS WITH ROSEMARY AND MYRAVirtually everyone is familiar with Mitch Albom’s book, Tuesdays With Morrie. Myra Christopher (Foley Chair at the Center and former Center CEO) and Rosemary Flanigan (Retired Center Program Staff) have decided to regularly contribute to the Center for Practical Bioethics’ blog and call it “Tuesdays with Rosemary and Myra” (even though it won’t necessarily be published on a Tuesday). Read more about Rosemary and Myra at the bottom of this post. The Sale of Fetal Tissue M:  Rosemary, you know all the hub-bub about the video of the executive from Planned Paren...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - August 26, 2015 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Bioethics Tags: Health Care syndicated Tuesdays with Rosemary & Myra Source Type: blogs

Tuesdays With Rosemary and Myra
Virtually everyone is familiar with Mitch Albom’s book, Tuesdays With Morrie. Myra Christopher and Rosemary Flanigan have decided to regularly contribute to the Center for Practical Bioethics’ blog and call it “Tuesdays with Rosemary and Myra” (even though it won’t necessarily be published on a Tuesday). The words will come from Myra’s pen (actually her computer), but the writing will happen together.Why We Are BloggingFor several years before her retirement, Rosemary facilitated an online discussion group, primarily for ethics committee members, which had a faithful following. We hope s...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - August 3, 2015 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Bioethics Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

The Ethics of Resuscitation
A Brief History and Center for Practical Bioethics’ Efforts to Improve CPR OutcomesPromise and ProblemsCardio-pulmonary resuscitation has offered food-for-thought for philosophers and bioethicists from its beginning, and the Center for Practical Bioethics has a long history of grappling with this subject.In 1966, the National Academy of Sciences reported that closed chest cardio-massage and CPR should be ordinary treatments for hospitalized patients. Before that, CPR was a “hit-and-miss” proposition. Through the 1970s and 80s, the use of CPR became more prominent in hospitals, and CPR expanded to include ...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 16, 2015 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Bioethics Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

FDA Combination Product Classification Again Struck Down By D.C. Court
Whether the FDA considers a product to be a “medical device” as opposed to a “drug” has very important implications. Manufacturers of devices face less burdensome regulation and far cheaper application fees. A long-litigated case, Prevor v. FDA (Prevor II), highlights the gravity of FDA’s decision with regards to combination products. After five years in court, Prevor and the FDA continue to dispute whether Prevor’s Diphoterine Skin Wash (DSW) should be regulated as a medical device—Prevor’s preference—or a drug. Most recently, FDA argued that DSW meets the drug definit...
Source: Policy and Medicine - December 9, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

Be careful what you believe about ingredient lists
Design A Thought says…While I am a lover of these “chem free” products I love them because (I must stress some of them! you have to carefully look at the ingredients list!) they are using the ingredients grown from our good earth not cheaply mass produced in a lab so some company can reep the profits. I found that through some careful research, many of my products contained harmful chemicals which could be substituted with a natural one. But there goes profit, the cheaper the product the more of us hard up people with loads of bills are going to buy them. Not all of us have the knowledge to kno...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - November 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry Romanowski Tags: Natural Source Type: blogs

Appetizers for Summer Book Club
As much as I love book club, I love hosting it even more. Because hosting means I get to leave work early and do my favorite thing in the whole world – spend the late afternoon in my kitchen. I’m rarely at home at that time of day, when something wonderful happens to the light in our apartment as the sun begins to peek out from behind the tall apartment towers just south of us, and pours into my kitchen.  Add in NPR or a good book on tape and I’m in heaven. The evening promised good weather, so we planned to meet on the roof.  I took my cue for the menu from the book we were discu...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - September 3, 2014 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Appetizers Appetizer recipes Book Club Food Ideas Book Club Menu Fig & Blue Cheese Savories Olive all'Ascolana Recipes for book club Source Type: blogs

Factoring in human factors
This article in Crain's Detroit Business (originally from Modern Healthcare) notes:Recent studies have found that rapid implementation of new medical technology — electronic health records, patient monitoring devices, surgical robots and other tools — can lead to adverse patient events when it is not thoughtfully integrated into workflow. The right processes require understanding the devices and the users. Testing in controlled environments often does not adequately consider the “human factor,” or how people interact with technology in high-pressure, real-life situations.From 2011 to 2013, human-fac...
Source: Running a hospital - August 29, 2014 Category: Health Managers Source Type: blogs

Move Along, No Health Care Corruption to See Here
Health care corruption, remains a largely taboo topic, especially when it occurs in developed countries like the US.  Searching PubMed or major medical and health care journals at best will reveal a few articles on health care corruption, nearly all about corruption somewhere else than the authors' countries, usually in someplace much poorer.  While the media may publish stories about issues related to health care corruption, they are almost never so labelled.Yet Transparency International's report on global health care corruption suggested it occurs in all countries.  A recent TI survey showed that 43% of U...
Source: Health Care Renewal - August 21, 2014 Category: Health Management Tags: bribery Cancer Research and Prevention Institute complementary/ alternative medicine health care corruption Source Type: blogs

Africa’s Best No Lye Relaxer – Look at the label
Africa’s Best Dual Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer System is a top seller on Amazon.com. Is its “No Lye” claim truthful? Let’s look at the label to find out. I worked with the chemist who developed Motions and other world class relaxers. If you want to support the Beauty Brains please use our link below to shop for No-lye Relaxer or ANY product that you want from Amazon. Perry & I really appreciate your support! Is Africa’s Best Relaxer really no lye? Lye, in case you didn’t know, is another name for sodium hydroxide which is the most effective ingredient used in modern relaxers. Unfort...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - August 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Randy Schueller Tags: Claims Source Type: blogs

Can Gingko and Turmeric Help Stop Ebola?
Summary There is no known pharmaceutical currently available that specifically treats Ebola disease. One treatment modality that should be considered is the use of herbal medicines, which have both centuries old anecdotal success as well as recent modern biochemical and formal research rationales for their use. Five areas of action that could be addressed by the herbal medicines as it relates to Ebola would be: VP24/immune system evasion GP protein/replicatio; herbal strategies effective against similar hemorrhagic disease beneficial modulation of patient immune and inflammatory response systems prophylactic use for heal...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 2, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease ayurvedic baicalen cathepsin b dengue Ebola gingko herb Quercetin resveratrol rosemary sage st johns work turmeric Source Type: blogs

MDs in Missouri say, "Show me."
Here's a fascinating story in Governing about Missouri's approach to alleviating a physician shortage in rural areas.  (Thanks to the folks at Commonwealth Magazine for the tip in one of their daily newsletters.)  The lede:A new Missouri law allows recent medical school graduates to practice primary care in underserved areas without completing a residency in a teaching hospital.The Missouri State Medical Association, the law’s chief backer, is calling it an unprecedented effort to help deal with doctor shortages in rural and other underserved areas, but opponents raise questions about whether circumventing ...
Source: Running a hospital - July 27, 2014 Category: Health Managers Source Type: blogs