Margaret Thatcher ’s Resignation 30 Years On
Marian L. TupyOn November 22, 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Six days later, she was replaced by her Chancellor of the Exchequer, John Major. Thirty years on, I still remember hearing of Thatcher ’s resignation on the radio. Like many people in what was then Eastern Europe, I could not make any sense of it (though, in my defense, I was only 14 years old). In my native Czechoslovakia, which only a year earlier saw the end of communism, Thatcher enjoyed the status of a demi ‐​God. Stylish and staunchly anti‐​communist, she was credited &nd...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 24, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Marian L. Tupy Source Type: blogs

Football and dementia
A link between playing football and dementia was in the news again this week.  Sir Geoff Hurst, member of course of the 1966 England team that won the World Cup, is giving interviews,reported in the Guardian.  Four of that squad have died with dementia, and one other is living with it now.  Jeff Astle, of West Bromwich Albion and England, had repeated heading of footballs recorded as a cause of his death (described by the coroner as an " industrial injury " ).  Arecent retrospective cohort study conducted in Scotland compared former soccer players and controls.  Death with ...
Source: Browsing - November 21, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: dementia football Source Type: blogs

British Social Attitudes 37: social inequality in England and Scotland
National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) -This new research from the 37th annual British Social Attitudes report seeks to understand the differences and similarities in attitudes to social inequality in England and Scotland. It reveals the levels of pessimism in both Scotland and England about current levels of social inequality, but finds that people in Scotland are slightly more ‘left wing’ than in England.ReportPress release (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - October 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Local authorities, public health and health inequalities Source Type: blogs

How coronavirus has affected equality and human rights
This report summarises evidence that helps to understand the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on different groups in society. It highlights potential long-term risks to equality and human rights covering key issues in the areas of: work; poverty; education; social care; and justice and personal security. It makes targeted recommendations for the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments to ensure equality and human rights considerations are integrated into the policy response to the pandemic.ReportMore detail (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - October 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Equality and diversity Source Type: blogs

Penicillin: the accident that saved many lives
Alexander Fleming in his laboratory, 1881 – 1955   There have been many happy accidents in science. Several of these were of great benefit to medicine. For example, in 1895, a German physicist working with a cathode ray tube happened to place his hand in front of the rays and found that he could see his bones in the image projected onto the screen. Soon after that, the first X-ray images were produced. There have been other instances where serendipity played a role in unearthing effective treatments against diseases.    THE FIND OF THE 20TH CENTURY The most famous of these happy accidents is the discov...
Source: GIDEON blog - September 28, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Microbiology News Source Type: blogs

Implementation of Abbott Architect High Sensitivity Troponin I in the ED
This was recorded by Stephen W. Smith to help clinicians implement the Abbott Architect High Sensitivity Troponin Assay.This describes the way we have decided to implement the assay, our algorithms, and the research behind the algorithms, primarily from our own UTROPIA studies, of which there are many.  (These studies were authored by Yader Sandoval, Fred Apple, and by me, Smith).  Very important data also comes from the High STEACS group in Scotland, led by Nick Mills.We believe these are reasonable pathways based on the data available, butalways remember that you must use your clinical judgment and ECG.  Y...
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - September 20, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Steve Smith Source Type: blogs

Saturday insanity roundup
A major difficulty with blogging nowadays is that there is just too much to write about. But I did come up with a theme that will let me put a few items together. I'm not exactly sure what to call it, but it's broadly about that river in Egypt.First let's consider Brexit and Boris Johnson's latest. Leaving the EU was never going to be anything but bad for the UK economy but they did finally make a deal that would have spared the British people the worst. But now the governing Tories have reneged. Their motivation is not entirely clear, but it has to do with the intractable problem of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border, wh...
Source: Stayin' Alive - September 12, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

COVID and pregnancy
As a member of the departmental EDI group, I wrote this as an email to Library and Leicester Learning Institute staff, as part of a series on how COVID affected protected groups.  Here is the email, minus anything specifically University of Leicester.All links were checked on 3rd July 2020.NHS,including information in British Sign Language.NHS Inform (from NHS Scotland): haslinks to health information in languages other than English, and the COVID information may include information about pregnancy. There is information in Arabic, Bengali, British Sign Language, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian...
Source: Browsing - September 10, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs

This Is Really An Invaluable Effort In Understanding The Global Digital Health Response To COVID19
This appeared a little while ago. The COVID-19-crisis and the information polity: An overview of responses and discussions in twenty-one countries from six continents Article type: Review Article Authors: Meijer, Alberta| Webster, C. William R.b| Contributing Authors1 Affiliations: [a] Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands | [b] University of Stirling, Scotland, UK Correspondence: [*] Corresponding author: Albert Meijer, Utrecht University School of Governance, Bijlhouwerstraat 6, 3511 ZC, Utrecht, The Netherlands. E-mail: Note: [1] Contributing Authors: Frank Bannister, Colin J. Bennett, Kaiping C...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 26, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Rutland Water Ospreys
Rutland Water is a reservoir, an artificial lake in the English Midlands. Several years ago, they introduced Osprey chicks from Scotland in a conservation experiment to see whether this migratory raptor would breed in England again. The experiment was rather successful. You can read all the details on the Wildlife Trust’s site, save me repeating it here… We’ve seen and photographed one of the Ospreys from the road that passes the reservoir having failed to see them from the northside reserve a couple of years ago. But on a visit in August 2020 we took to the hides on the southern shore…just as th...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - August 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Sciencebase Source Type: blogs

Gender recognition and the rights of transgender people
House of Commons Library - This briefing paper considers the current law relating to gender recognition; the medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria; the current protections from discrimination; consultations by the UK government and the Scottish government on reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004; and the'self-identification' debate.BriefingMore detail (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - July 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Equality and diversity Source Type: blogs

A health librarian and music - Ina Boyle
I was driving back from the computer shop after buying a plug in keyboard to address the fact that my laptop was no longer (or loner) allowing me to type g and h.And this was on the radio. The car radio told me what it was called, but not who wrote it.  I thought it sounded like Ralph Vaughan Williams, but it was not.  It was in fact (as you may have known) by Ina Boyle.  She lived in County Wicklow, Ireland, composed symphonies and concertos, settings of Irish and English language poems, including English translations of Scottish Gaelic.  She was a student of Vaughan Williams.  ...
Source: Browsing - July 17, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: music Source Type: blogs

When Reality Declines Your Offer
I made some offers to reality this year that it declined. My declined offers included planned trips to Portland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Costa Rica. If the original plans held up, Rachelle and I would be embarking on about 30 days of travel starting later this month, including two wonderful multi-day events with different groups of friends, lots of touristy activities, probably an Irish excursion, and our first time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Additionally I intended to do an all new public workshop in Las Vegas in October, perhaps even a Halloween-overlapping one like we did in 2010. And ...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - July 9, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Creating Reality Lifestyle Source Type: blogs

Has the Federal Government Preserved U.S. Shipbuilding Vitality? Or Sapped it?
Colin GrabowA recentNew York Timesfeature about the construction of containerships contains the following passage regarding the state of the U.S. shipbuilding industry:In the United States, large shipyards have been on the decline for decades, losing out on orders for massive commercial ships to cheaper foreign competition. Today, more than 90 percent of global shipbuilding takes place in just three countries: China, South Korea and Japan. What industry does remain in the United States is supported by the federal government, which orders American ‐​made ships of all kinds, from Coast Guard cutters to naval aircraft car...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 25, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Colin Grabow Source Type: blogs

Antifa is coming to steal your potatoes!
I live in the small town of Scotland, CT. The neighboring town to the west is Windham, which like Scotland is mostly rural and nearly 100% white but incorporates the borough of Willimantic, an urbanized area with an ethnically diverse population. The Willimantic NAACP decided to hold its Juneteenth observance on the Scotland town green, I presume in part for the symbolic reason that Scotland was the site of a notorious Ku Klux Klan rally in 1980. But in fact they've been holding rallies in various small towns in the area, trying to reach out beyond the urban base of the current movement and speak to, and recruit, a broader...
Source: Stayin' Alive - June 20, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

NHS hospital car parking policies in the UK
House of Commons Library - This briefing sets out policies on NHS hospital parking charges in the UK. Hospitals may charge for car parking in all NHS hospitals in England and Northern Ireland. Most hospital car parking charges were abolished in Wales in 2008 and Scotland in 2009. BriefingMore detail (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - May 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: NHS finances and productivity Source Type: blogs

Will Medical Workers Deal With PTSD After COVID-19?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly linked with war veterans. This mental health condition however can be triggered by suffering or witnessing any terrifying event like accidents, natural disasters,  violent experience – or a disastrous pandemic. It comes as no surprise that medical health professionals and other people in the frontline of the fight against coronavirus are expected to have a surge in trauma-related illnesses, particularly PTSD. Beside protecting and helping personnel physically as well as mentally, there are also digital health solutions that can come to the rescue. A Canadian r...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality digital health ptsd stress stress management medical professionals digital healthcare coronavirus covid covid19 Source Type: blogs

Stuck at Home? Read about the History of Liberty
David BoazLooking for intellectual stimulation while you ’re stuck at home? Why not take a short course in the history of liberty?The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, published in 2008 in hard copy, is nowavailable free online at Lib ​er​tar​i​an​ TheEncyclopedia includes more than 300 succinct, original articles on libertarian ideas, institutions, and thinkers. Contributors include James Buchanan, Richard Epstein, Tyler Cowen, Randy Barnett, Ellen Frankel Paul, Deirdre McCloskey, and more than 100 other scholars. In an interesting discussion of social change and especiallythe best ways to ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 6, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

Noc migging- Night flight call recording
I mentioned noc migging at the end of last year as something I planned to do in the spring of 2020. “Nocmig” or Night flight call (NFC) recording as the Americans know it, is basically making an audio (or indeed video) recording of the sky above you at night with the aim of plucking from the audio the calls of birds flying overhead as they migrate. We’re coming into the main migratory season in the UK with a few of our summer visitors already here, many more heading this way and crossing the Iberian Peninsula and other parts of the continent lying between their winter holiday homes further south and The B...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - April 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Sciencebase Source Type: blogs

Memory Care Searches for Tablet Donations to Help Residents Stay Connected
Dear Readers: The information below contains a note about a memory care facility that is looking for tablets for their residents to help them stay in touch with loved ones. Since this facility needs them, I imagine that others do as well, so if you have a tablet that you aren't using, try calling an assisted living, memory care, or nursing home in your location and ask if they need tablets for their residents. Thanks! Carol Photo credit Timothy Muza   CALEDONIA SENIOR LIVING & MEMORY CARE SEARCHES FOR TABLET DONATIONS TO DIGITALLY CONNECT RESIDENTS TO LOVED ONES WHAT: In an effort to assist residents, staff...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 30, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

How to Navigate Your Panic Attacks During These Turbulent Times
If you suffer from panic attacks or are prone to them, you might find that you are experiencing them more than usual. The uncertainty in these challenging times as we face a global pandemic — it’s the perfect storm for intense fear and a sense of dread that cripples those who suffer from panic attacks. It triggers physical symptoms like a pounding heart, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, or trembling. It can last 5 to 20 minutes but can feel like forever. Despite the scary situation you find yourself in, the “silver lining” is that once you learn to recognize when your attacks are c...
Source: World of Psychology - March 28, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Emily Waters Tags: Anxiety and Panic Stress Anxiety Attack coronavirus COVID-19 Panic Attack stress reduction Source Type: blogs

Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy: information for healthcare professionals
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists - The guidance covers the most up-to-date advice on how coronavirus affects pregnant women and their unborn babies, how labour and birth should be managed in women with suspected or confirmed coronavirus, as well as information on neonatal care and infant feeding. It has been jointly published with the Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland. It may be updatedif or when new information becomes available.GuidancePress release (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - March 8, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Patient safety Source Type: blogs

Aiber In-Flight Medical Emergency Response System
MIME Technologies, a startup originating at Aberdeen University in Scotland, unveiled the Aiber in-flight telemedicine system designed to be used by flight attendants to help stricken passengers. Using a tablet computer, flight attendants can communicate with physicians on the ground, transmitting observable symptoms, but also streaming data from sensors that can be stuck to the body of the victim. These can include heart rate, temperature, and respiration rate sensors, and the system includes a 12-lead ECG that first responders can be guided to use to potentially help spot heart attacks and other cardiac conditions. Th...
Source: Medgadget - March 3, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Emergency Medicine Telemedicine Source Type: blogs

House sparrow nicknames
Do you have a local word for Passer domesticus, the House Sparrow? Where I grew up in the North East of England we called them Spuggies, I hear from a Shropshire lad that it’s a common nickname for this species in that part of the country too. They’re sometimes called spugs in Northern England too. In the South P. domesticus is known as a sparr, sparrer (or Cockney sparrar), spadger (Northern Ireland too), spadgick, and phip or philip. That latter is a bit weird. In Scotland they’re often known as a spur or sprig (also Spriggies after a Mr Sprigg, apparently). One contact on twitter (hah!) said that his f...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - March 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Birds Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Clutter vs Hoarding- How to Live Clutter Free
Are you drowning in clutter? In today’s podcast, decluttering expert Tracy McCubbin identifies the 7 emotional clutter blocks that may be lurking in your psyche and offers tips to overcome each one. For example, do you have a basket full of unopened mail? Do you have an absurd number of name-brand shoes collecting dust in your closet? And what about that expensive candle you’ll light “one” day? Each of these clutter types is rooted in a different emotional clutter block. Is there an area in your home you’d really like to declutter? Tune in to hear all 7 emotional blocks and get some good advi...
Source: World of Psychology - February 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Podcast Tags: General Habits Interview LifeHelper Podcast Self-Help The Psych Central Show Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, February 17th 2020
Discussion of the Evolutionary Genetics of Aging Thymic Involution Contributes to Immunosenescence and Inflammaging The Potential for Exosome Therapies to Treat Sarcopenia Correlations of Mitochondrial DNA Copy Number and Epigenetic Age Measures Evidence for PASK Deficiency to Reduce the Impact of Aging in Mice The Aging Retina, a Mirror of the Aging Brain Evidence for Loss of Capillary Density to be Important in Heart Disease Aspects of Immune System Aging Proceed More Rapidly in Men Deacetylation of the NLRP3 Inflammasome as a Way to Control Chronic Inflammation Transplantation of Senescent Cells is an ...
Source: Fight Aging! - February 16, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

The Prospects for Telomerase Gene Therapy as a Treatment for Heart Disease
Telomerase gene therapy is considered in some quarters to be a viable treatment for aging. Telomeres are the caps of repeated DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes. They are an important part of the mechanism limiting the number of times that somatic cells in the body can divide, the Hayflick limit. A little telomere length is lost with each cell division, and short telomeres trigger cellular senescence or programmed cell death, halting replication. Stem cell populations use telomerase to lengthen their telomeres and thus self-renew to provide a continual supply of new somatic daughter cells with long telomeres to repla...
Source: Fight Aging! - February 12, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

A skein for a friend – a truly wild goose chase
In Stephen Rutt’s second book, Wintering, we follow him on a journey around the British Isles to find the elusive species and sub-species of what might at first light seem a rather dull and innocuous class of birds, the geese. The geese, you say? As in “what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander”? What could be more interesting? Well, hang fire, Rutt’s tale takes back through mediaeval droves to the ancient Greeks and the ancient Egyptians even, by way of the marshlands and reedy wetlands of Suffolk, Northumberland, and the wide rivers of the Scottish borderlands. It also takes us bac...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - January 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Sciencebase Source Type: blogs

2020 Mandrola Update
This study garnered the big stage at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting and its findings were published in two leading cardiac journals–JACC and Heart Rhythm. (We kept the spin to a minimum!) Being part of an RCT was almost as nifty as pacing the his bundle. That image is intoxicating. A cool thing about the time we live in is the ability to have mentors all over the world. Here, Dr. Andrew Foy and his team at Penn State University in Hershey PA, deserve mention. Andrew is a true academic; he has helped me understand research methods. We have published many papers together, including my favorite: The Case for B...
Source: Dr John M - January 3, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr John Source Type: blogs

A Look Back at 2019
I've always been an optimist.  I believe humans are basically good and that the nice guy will win eventually.After traveling 400,000 miles to 40 countries in 2019, helping government, academia, and industry, my view of the world has not changed.Despite our focus on the negative 24x7 news cycle, 2019 has been thebest year for humanity in history.My best memories, looking back at 2019:*Serving the Gates Foundation in South Africa and Northern India.  Experiencing the rollout of technology enabled platforms that reduced HIV disease burden and improved diagnosis/treatment of tuberculosis.*Working with mayors and...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - December 31, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

Study: For better memory and thinking skills at age 70 (and beyond), play cards and board games from age 11
Discussion: Playing games were associated with less relative cognitive decline from age 11 to age 70, and less cognitive decline from age 70 to 79. Controlling for age 11 cognitive function and other confounders, these findings suggest that playing more games is linked to reduced lifetime decline in cognitive function. The Study in Context: Can you grow your hippocampus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it matters How learning changes your brain Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging Can brain training work? Yes, if it meets these 5 conditions What are cognitive abilities and how to boost them?...
Source: SharpBrains - December 17, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness bingo board games chess cognition cognitive decline cognitive-function cognitive-reserve Intellectual functioning Longitudinal change mental-wor Source Type: blogs

Communication issues
Why being able to talk to colleagues is just as vital as talking to our patients Related items fromOnMedica Treatment of whistleblowers a “stain on NHS”, say MPs Can medicine be cured? GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Primary Care Home has positive impact on care and services NHS Scotland pressures ‘need urgent action now’ (Source: OnMedica Blogs)
Source: OnMedica Blogs - December 5, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: blogs

Warren Mosler and the Great American Banking Myth
ConclusionAlthough I've taken issue with various MMT claims in the past (see, andhere), I've grown to respect several Modern Monetary Theorists. Far from being ill-informed, people likeEric Tymoigne andNathan Tankus (the list is by no means exhaustive –these happen to be two whose work I know best) know a lot more than many orthodox economists do about the workings of the U.S. monetary system. Knowing this, I'm not inclined to accuse Modern Monetary Theorists of being ignorant just because I disagree with many of the school's positions and argu ments.But on the subject of bank runs, at least, Warren Mosler s...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 3, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs

Tick-borne encephalitis
Gerry Morrow discusses the rising prevalence of TBE and what could happen next Related items fromOnMedica Sharp rise of swine flu in Australia suggests pandemic UK Swine flu cases may be double the official figure 'Don't panic' over swine flu, doc leaders urge Scottish Bill passed to protect public from contamination WHO raises its level of swine flu alert (Source: OnMedica Blogs)
Source: OnMedica Blogs - November 18, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: blogs

Drugs policy
Health and Social Care Committee - The United Kingdom has some of the highest drug death rates in Europe, particularly in Scotland. This Report shows how the rate of drug-related deaths has risen to the scale of a public health emergency. It recommends a radical change in approach to UK drugs policy, moving from the current criminal justice approach to a health approach, with responsibility for drugs policy moving from the Home Office to the Department of Health and Social Care.ReportPress release (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - October 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Local authorities, public health and health inequalities Source Type: blogs

Carrie MacEwen discusses the critical role of leaders in delivering frontline care Related items fromOnMedica Better support and development for SAS doctors Health Secretary sets out plans for NHS workforce Whistle-blower support scheme to roll out nationwide Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' (Source: OnMedica Blogs)
Source: OnMedica Blogs - October 21, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: blogs

Government response to ACMD report'Ageing cohort of drug users '
Department of Health and Social Care -This document sets out the government ’s response to the recommendations made in the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) reportAgeing cohort of drug users. The Department of Health and Social Care sought contributions from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish administrations and coordinated responses to the report. Officials from each of the four nations have reviewed the council ’s advice and set out work underway to address the recommendations.ReportLetterDepartment of Health - publications (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - October 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Local authorities, public health and health inequalities Source Type: blogs

15 Years of Blogging
Today (Oct 1) is my blog’s 15th birthday. I wrote my first post on Oct 1, 2004, starting with WordPress 1.0.Tomorrow (Oct 2) is the 10-year anniversary of our first 3-day workshop (the original Conscious Growth Workshop in Las Vegas). That’s also the day my wife Rachelle and I first met. Since then we’ve done 16 3-day workshops on a variety of different themes.I’ve really enjoyed this past decade. I’m especially glad I leaned into taking more trips, which comprise some of my fondest memories during this time period. Before 2009 I’d never traveled outside the USA. Now I do so pretty regul...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - October 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: blogs

Before Brexit: Were Cameron ’ s EU concessions full of holes
Swiss researchers have looked at the pre-Brexit settlement negotiated by then UK Prime Minister David Cameron with the European Union and suggest that this was very much a missed opportunity for all parties that might have avoided the need for a referendum on the UK leaving the EU and all that ongoing problems to which that has led, despite the referendum being technically only advisory. The voting turnout for the referendum in June 2016 was not particularly high and the result was almost equally split with a very narrow margin for the leavers rather than the remainers. Nobody was more shocked by the result than many of th...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - September 7, 2019 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Sciencebase Source Type: blogs

Back in Black
Dr Chris Nickson Back in Black After checking the patient’s observations and refitting his oxygen mask, the nurse heard the patient ask: “Are my testicles black?” The nurse raised his eyebrows, then spoke in his Scottish brogue, “I’ll check if you like”. The nurse lifted up the bed sheets, poked around for a bit, then declared,”no, they’re not black”, as he […] (Source: Life in the Fast Lane)
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - September 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dr Chris Nickson Tags: Medical Humour test results testicles Source Type: blogs

Referral forms - barrier to timely patient care
James Booth reacts as a referral form is cited as a contributory factor in a patient death Related items fromOnMedica Northern Ireland GP patients encourage self-care NHS Scotland pressures ‘need urgent action now’ Online triage ‘not a solution’ to GP workload pressures BMA calls for maximum number of patients per GP GP patient care quality sliding into ‘state of emergency’ (Source: OnMedica Blogs)
Source: OnMedica Blogs - August 22, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: blogs

How Meditation Didn ’t Nearly Save My Life
My first introduction to meditation was shortly after I moved to the US in 2006. I was attending a two-day workshop and one of the speakers claimed that he’d have committed suicide if he’d not been introduced to meditation. That made me sit up and take notice. Not that I’d been contemplating suicide, but my sleep had been hit and miss since I was in my late teens and I did have a tendency to get stressed a tad too easily. As soon as I got home I jumped onto Amazon to peruse the ironically, overwhelming selection of cd’s from meditation teachers. One of the people who seemed to be popular and have gr...
Source: A Daring Adventure - August 6, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tim Brownson Tags: Life Coaching Source Type: blogs

Tackling loneliness
House of Commons Library - The government's Loneliness Strategy was published in October 2018. It set out a wide variety of cross-departmental measures that the government would take to provide'national leadership' to tackle loneliness in England. This briefing: explains the Strategy; the steps taken so far by the government; looks at research into the causes and impact of loneliness and possible interventions; and briefly outlines the situation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The briefing is accompanied by a reading list.BriefingMore detail (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - August 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Local authorities, public health and health inequalities Source Type: blogs

Review Body on Doctors ’ and Dentists’ Remuneration: forty-seventh report 2019
This report sets out the DDRB ’s analysis of evidence given by relevant organisations and makes recommendations for doctors’ and dentists’ pay and associated issues in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.ReportMore detail  (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - July 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Workforce and employment Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 17th July 2019
Some recent things...Global healthExploring the equity impact of a maternal and newborn health intervention: a qualitative study of participatory women ’s groups in rural South Asia and AfricaBaby ‐Friendly Community Initiative—From National Guidelines to Implementation: A Multisectoral Platform for Improving Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices and Integrated Health ServicesA study in KenyaExpanding the Agenda for Addressing Mistreatment in Maternity Care: A Mapping Review and Gender AnalysisAuditNational Maternity and Perinatal Audit Organisational Report 2019 (HQIP)Second report from this audit. &...
Source: Browsing - July 17, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Communication issues
Why being able to talk to colleagues is just as vital as talking to our patients Related items fromOnMedica Treatment of whistleblowers a “stain on NHS”, say MPs Can medicine be cured? GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Primary Care Home has positive impact on care and services NHS Scotland pressures ‘need urgent action now’ (Source: OnMedica Blogs)
Source: OnMedica Blogs - July 14, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: blogs

Lock up your boxes – there are invaders
The Box-tree Moth (Cydalima perspectalis, Walker, 1859) is an invasive species that has reached the British Isles. It originated in Asia and its larvae feed on, as the name would suggest, various species of Buxus, box tree (known as boxwood in the US). It turned up in my scientific trap night of 11th July 2019. I almost missed logging it as it flew up to a window as I was opening the trap. I’ve sent a record to the Cambridgeshire County Record. Box-tree Moth (Cydalima perspectalis) It’s a pretty pearlescent moth and was first seen in Europe in 2006, in Germany, specifically. It is most likely to have hitched a ...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - July 12, 2019 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Moths Source Type: blogs

A hint of flint
The Lepidoptera, the scaly-winged insects we know as moths and butterflies, have become some of a citizen science preoccupation for me over the last year or so, hopefully at least a few of you noticed. I’ve talked about how many of these insects are perhaps dowdy and drab but there is such huge variety in their form, shape, patterns, and behaviour and so many are brighter and more colourful and intriguing than the moths we call butterflies in English. With more than 2500 species in the British Isles, what’s an amateur naturalist going to do, but study, photograph, and write about them? Yesterday one of my coll...
Source: David Bradley Sciencebase - Songs, Snaps, Science - June 27, 2019 Category: Science Authors: David Bradley Tags: Moths Source Type: blogs

Psychology Has Been Greatly Enriched By Concepts From Non-English Languages (And Why It Should Engage Cross-Culturally Even More)  
“My project proposes that the field can engage with non-English ideas and practices in a much more inclusive and systematic way” By guest blogger Tim Lomas The novelist David Foster Wallace famously told a story of two young fish swimming in the sea, whereby an older fish glides by and asks, “how’s the water?”, to which they look at each other in puzzlement and say, “What’s water?” The central point of the parable is that we are constantly immersed in contexts to which we give little thought or consideration, but which nevertheless influence us profoundly. Among the most...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - June 7, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: guest blogger Language Source Type: blogs

Fear of a Gold Planet
Proposed nominees Stephen Moore and Herman Cain having dropped out of contention, discussion continues over the Trump administration ’s possible next nomination to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. The views of the latest candidate under consideration by the administration, Judy Shelton, have revived a question that commentators raised earlier about Moore and Cain: Should favoring some kind of gold standard disqualify a nominee from occupying one of seven seats on the Board? Here let me disclose that I worked with Judy Shelton on the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Sound Money Project. But th...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 4, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Lawrence H. White Source Type: blogs