Capital Gains Taxes: Already Too High
Chris EdwardsDemocrats are proposing to raise capital gains taxes. Ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, Ron Wyden, wants to tax capital gains on an annual basis, not the current realization basis. He also wants to hike the top capital gains tax rate for high earners to match the top rate on ordinary income. CNBCreports“Almost every major Democratic presidential candidate supports taxing capital gains as ordinary income . . .Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday outlined an even more aggressive planthat would impose a new 14.8 percent tax on investment income to help finance Social Security.”These are rad...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

How Large Is American Government?
America ’s strong economic growth and high living standards were built on our relatively smaller government. U.S. per capita income is higher than nearly all major countries and our government spending is still somewhat less.However, America ’s lower-spending advantage has diminished. TheOECD publishes data on total federal-state-local government spending as a percentage of GDP for its member countries. The chart shows spending for the United States and for the simple average of 30 OECD countries which have data back to 1995. These are high-income countries such as Canada, Germany, and Japan.The chart shows tha...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

The Perils of CEO Worship - What Happens When the Leader Becomes Demented?
Introduction: the Cult of the CEOAlthough the US and most developed countries are nominally democratic, many of us seem to be again yearning for a man on a white horse, and in the current era, the horse ridden is corporate.On Health Care Renewal, we having been talking about this pheonomenon for a long time. We have written about it in terms ofthe messianic (or visionary, or charistmatic) CEO,CEO disease, and theimperial CEO.These concerns are diffusing into the broader media.  For example, from the introduction to a revent Vox article entitled "The Problem with CEO Worship"Society has always had heroes, be ...
Source: Health Care Renewal - December 2, 2018 Category: Health Management Tags: accountability anechoic effect CEO disease Donald Trump imperial CEO leadership Source Type: blogs

‘Immigrants’ Bring Patient Engagement Energy
By MICHAEL L. MILLENSON An Irish software expert who’d been helping companies sell on eBay walks into a room with a Slovenian inventor who’d built a world-class company in the “accelerator beam diagnostics market.” (Don’t ask.) What they share is not just foreign birth, but “immigration” to health care from other fields. Both have come to the MedCity Invest conference in Chicago seeking funding for start-ups focused on patient engagement. They’re not alone in their “immigrant” status, and their experience holds some important lessons. Eamonn Costello, chief execut...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Holt Tags: Health 2.0 digital health engineer Entrepreneurs Healthcare Immigration inventor mHealth Michael Millenson patient engagement software start-ups Source Type: blogs

Top 12 Companies Bringing Blockchain To Healthcare
Security, trust, traceability, and control – these are the promises of the blockchain, the technology with the most potential in healthcare at the moment. As these are highly attractive traits for storing sensitive health data or for the operation of supply chains, many companies aim to leverage its powers for healthcare. We collected the most promising enterprises here. The buzzword of the year award goes to blockchain It would be a big surprise if the buzzword of the year award would not go to blockchain in 2018. Although the technology is indeed a game-changer, the craze and hype around it remind some experts of t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Security & Privacy AI artificial intelligence big data blockchain future genetics genomics Health health data health IT health market Innovation Personalized medicine Source Type: blogs

More Evidence of the High Collateral Damage of a War on Cash
The leading arguments for banning large-denomination currency notes are those made in a much-cited working paper byPeter Sands and at book length byKenneth Rogoff. They have been rebutted persuasively byPierre Lemieux andJeffrey Hummel in their respective reviews of Rogoff ’s book. I have previously offered my own rebuttalshere andhere.The justification for returning to the topic now is that two recent reports, issued by the  Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and by theEuropean Central Bank, provide new evidence on the public ’s use of large-denomination notes. This evidence is essential to any serious...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 26, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Lawrence H. White Source Type: blogs

Jellybean 83 Pre-Hospital Medicine with Gregor Prosen
LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog - Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog ED people doing house visits? Medical retrieval teams having a cup of tea and taking a detailed social history? Emergency doctors going to someone’s home before they come to the ED and recommending treatment at home? Including End of Life treatment? Sound Crazy? Ever been to Maribor? Slovenia? I spoke with Slovenian Emergency Physician and Pre-Hospital Gregor Prosen at dasSMACC. He talks like an emergency physician. He curses like an emergency physician. Gre...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - November 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Doug Lynch Tags: JellyBean gregor prosen Serbia Source Type: blogs

People with Dementia Are Often Undertreated for Pain
When people lose their ability to articulate what is causing them pain, this pain is often overlooked by doctors. A recent Slovenian study presented at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) in Copenhagen and conducted by Dr. Martin Rakusa investigated this problem. It involved 452 patients with an average age of 65 who had been treated for diabetes over a period of many years. Some 44 percent (199 individuals) were considered cognitively impaired. Using careful examination to compare pain levels of those who could communicate with those who could not, it became obvious to the team that those who co...
Source: Minding Our Elders - July 3, 2017 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Top Healthcare Companies in Robotics
Robotics has the power to completely reshape the landscape of healthcare both in its structure and its operation. Here, you find my own list about the most relevant companies and start-ups on the healthcare robotics market. With robotics for the sustainability of healthcare As I outlined in my open letter to regulators, the long-term sustainability of healthcare systems could be solved by automation powered by digital health technologies, such as artificial intelligence, 3D-printing or robotics. The latter could take over monotonous work from healthcare workers, which would allow them to focus more on patients and to have ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 2, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Robotics GC1 google Health Healthcare Innovation pharma robot companion surgical robot Source Type: blogs

OECD Economic Research Finds That Government Spending Harms Growth
At the risk of understatement, I ’mnot a fan of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Perhaps reflecting the mindset of the European governments that dominate its membership,the Paris-based international bureaucracy has morphed intoa cheerleader for statist policies.All of which was just fine from the perspective of the Obama Administration, whichdoubtlessly appreciated the OECD ’s partisan work topromote class warfare andpimp for wasteful Keynesian spending.What is particularly irksome to me is the way the OECD often uses dishonest methodology to advance the cause of big government:Decepti...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 29, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Mitchell Source Type: blogs

Incidence of High Blood Pressure Rises and Spreads, Following Increased Wealth
Rates of obesity and high blood pressure, or hypertension, follow the increases in wealth and comfort that have spread through much of the world over the past 60 years. Regions that are in the process of transitioning from predominantly poor agricultural populations to a level of wealth and mix of occupations that looks much more like Europe or the US, with South Korea as a good example of the full span of such a transition, see rising life expectancy as well as a rising level of lifestyle conditions. High blood pressure drives the development of cardiovascular disease, and is made worse by excess fat tissue and lack of ex...
Source: Fight Aging! - November 29, 2016 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

JellyBean 050 with Sara Nikoli ć
You might be a nurse or a doctor or a paramedic. But thats not all you are. Here is a little celebration of everyone in the #FOAMed world because we are more than clinicians. We are people. We have feelings and we get sad. Get ready for a surprise. Last week we spoke about Ethics with Julian Savulescu the Oxford Professor of Ethics. The week before we spoke about Ultrasound saving the world with Resa Lewiss. This week we are singing from a different song sheet… I speak to Sara Nikolić who was a student in Slovenia when I contacted her, then she qualified before I met her, then she danced around the virtual intrapl...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - October 3, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Doug Lynch Tags: JellyBean Sara Nikolić Source Type: blogs

People with Dementia Are Often Undertreated for Pain
When people lose their ability to articulate what is causing them pain, this pain is often overlooked by doctors. A recent Slovenian study presented at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) in Copenhagen and conducted by Dr. Martin Rakusa investigated this problem. It involved 452 patients with an average age of 65 who had been treated for diabetes over a period of many years. Read more on HealthCentral about how pain is often undertreated when people have dementia: Support a caregiver or jump start discussion in support groups with real stories - for bulk orders of Minding Our Elders e-mail Car...
Source: Minding Our Elders - September 13, 2016 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

People with Dementia Are Often Undertreated for Pain
Credit: Thinkstock  When people lose their ability to articulate what is causing them pain, this pain is often overlooked by doctors.  A recent Slovenian study presented at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) in Copenhagen and conducted by Dr. Martin Rakusa investigated this problem. It involved 452 patients with an average age of 65 who had been treated for diabetes over a period of many years.  Some 44... (Source: Carol Bradley Bursack's SharePosts)
Source: Carol Bradley Bursack's SharePosts - August 26, 2016 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders Source Type: blogs

Will The Medical Tricorder From Star Trek Become Real?
Analyzing disease instantly: the medical tricorder has been one of the most exciting futuristic technologies in medicine since Star Trek. But will it ever get to the black bag of General Practitioners? As a movie fan, I love talking about how the science fiction movies of the last 100 years have shaped our ideas about medical technology. When university students doing film studies asked me to give a talk on how sci-fi influenced medical technology, I dedicated a whole section to technology inspired by Star Trek. The long list includes telepresence, the hypospray for painless injections, voice–activated communicators,...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 25, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Portable Diagnostics GC1 Source Type: blogs

Zika virus and microcephaly
Three reports have been published that together make a compelling case that Zika virus is causing microcephaly in Brazil. An epidemic of Zika virus infection began in Brazil in April 2015, and by the end of the year the virus had spread through 19 provinces, many in the northeastern part of the country. Six months after the start of the outbreak, there was a surge in the number of infants born with microcephaly. It was not known if most of the mothers had been infected with Zika virus, as results of serological tests, virus isolation, or PCR were not available. An initial report of 35 Brazilian infants with ...
Source: virology blog - February 11, 2016 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Information flavivirus microcephaly mosquito next generation sequencing placenta pregnancy viral viruses Zika Source Type: blogs

“October: Asylum seekers in Dobova, #Slovenia on the way...
"October: Asylum seekers in Dobova, #Slovenia on the way to a Slovenian registration camp. The nation was flooded with thousands of migrants this year. @sergeyponomarev spent months documenting the crisis, sharing many of his images along the way on Instagram. This photograph, which he shot while on #nytassignment, is included in the 2015 #NYTYearInPictures. We'll share more photos from the selection this #nytweekender." By nytimes on Instagram. Posted on infosnack. (Source: Kidney Notes)
Source: Kidney Notes - December 28, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Joshua Schwimmer Source Type: blogs

This Year Give The Gift of the Health Care System
By NATHAN MOORE, MD and ELISABETH ASKIN,MD The United States health care system is a big, expensive mess, and the people working in the system today often don’t even know how to start learning about the system, and it’s problems.  My own frustration with the health care system – and lack of teaching about it during medical school – lead me to write The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the US Health Care System with my colleague Elisabeth Askin.  The goal was to create an understandable primer on the health care system for providers so that we can all work together to impr...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Simon Nath Tags: THCB Nathan Moore Source Type: blogs

Give The Gift of the Health Care System
By NATHAN MOORE, MD and ELISABETH ASKIN,MD The United States health care system is a big, expensive mess, and the people working in the system today often don’t even know how to start learning about the system, and it’s problems.  My own frustration with the health care system – and lack of teaching about it during medical school – lead me to write The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the US Health Care System with my colleague Elisabeth Askin.  The goal was to create an understandable primer on the health care system for providers so that we can all work together to impr...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Simon Nath Tags: THCB Nathan Moore Source Type: blogs

Where Do K-1 Visa Holders Come From?
Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were killed last week in a gun battle with police after they committed a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.  Malik entered the U.S. on a K-1 visa, known as the fiancé visa, accompanied by Farook.  Their attack is the first perpetrated by somebody on the K-1 visa - igniting a debate over increasing visa security.    The government issued approximately 262,162 K-1 visas from 2005 to 2013 – 3177 or 1.21 percent of the total to Pakistani citizens.  Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) SECURE Act identifies 34 countries as particularly terror-prone. ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 7, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

“Mounted police officers escorted hundreds of migrants...
"Mounted police officers escorted hundreds of migrants after they crossed into Dobova, Slovenia, from Croatia on Tuesday. #Slovenia has faced a surge of migrants since Saturday, when Hungary sealed its border with Croatia. @sergeyponomarev took this photo while on #nytassignment. Follow him to see more photos of the migrant crisis." By nytimes on Instagram. Posted on infosnack. (Source: Kidney Notes)
Source: Kidney Notes - October 21, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Joshua Schwimmer Source Type: blogs

Funeral Chapel with Breeze [EOL in Art 26]
The breeze flows through the center of this funeral chapel that Tria Studio completed at a village cemetery in Slovenia's Tuhinj Valley. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 5, 2015 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope Tags: Health Care medical futility blog syndicated Source Type: blogs

Research and Reviews in the Fastlane 073
Welcome to the 73rd edition of Research and Reviews in the Fastlane. R&R in the Fastlane is a free resource that harnesses the power of social media to allow some of the best and brightest emergency medicine and critical care clinicians from all over the world tell us what they think is worth reading from the published literature.This edition contains 7 recommended reads. The R&R Editorial Team includes Jeremy Fried, Nudrat Rashid, Soren Rudolph, Anand Swaminathan and, of course, Chris Nickson. Find more R&R in the Fastlane reviews in the R&R Archive, read more about the R&...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - March 4, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Soren Rudolph Tags: Education Emergency Medicine Neurosurgery Pre-hospital / Retrieval Resuscitation Trauma critical care examination Intensive Care R&R in the FASTLANE research and reviews Source Type: blogs

Skiing Robots!
While I welcome our new robot overlords, I'm unsure that I want them to be better at skiing than me. Hats off to a team from Slovenia and another team from the University of Manitoba for making robots that are cool enough to ski. (Source: Bayblab)
Source: Bayblab - February 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Rob Source Type: blogs

International Physician Payments Sunshine: EFPIA Code on Transfers of Value and Inconsistencies Within European Member Associations
The recent National Disclosure Summit featured many practical seminars for compliance with the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The presentation entitled "The Status of Implementation of EFPIA's Code by Member Associations and, to the Extent Countries have done so, where are there Consistencies/Inconsistencies among the Codes" expanded its sights beyond the United States and onto European disclosure laws. D. Jeffrey Campbell, Managing Principal of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, spoke first to the large European pharmaceutical market, which comprises 26 percent of the global market, employs 700,000 people in the...
Source: Policy and Medicine - March 20, 2014 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

Why FOAM? Facts, Fallacies and Foibles
Still not convinced that you should be involved in FOAM? In this talk I explore the facts, fallacies and foibles of ‘Free Open Access Med(ical edu)cation’ and hope to convince you that FOAM cannot be ignored and that you have a moral imperative to get involved. I recorded the video for the first Slovenian emergency medicine trainees’ conference (@SolaUrgence on Twitter), being held at  the University Clinical Centre in Maribor, 6th and 7th December 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWBnq-Mgvvs Here are the slides: Here is the audio only version: References and Links Journal articles Ber...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - December 4, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Chris Nickson Tags: Education Emergency Medicine Featured FOAM FOAMed Health Intensive Care Social Media Video audio critical care Free Open Access Meducation lecture notes medical education Twitter Source Type: blogs

The 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global Neurodiscovery Challenge
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, in association with the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative, announce preliminary winner, finalist for the awards, and open voting to the public. +Alzheimer's Reading Room Online Voting begins on November 1  and ends of November 5 From November 1 – 5, 2013 the public will have the opportunity to vote for the grand prize winning entry. Click the image above for details. The grand prize winner will receive an additional $50,000 award to continue research specifically in the area of male/female differences in Alzheimer’s disease. ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 29, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

Story behind the paper guest post by Corey Nislow (w/ Metka Lenassi) on "Genomics w/o Borders"
Below is another in the "Story behind the paper" series of guest posts here.  This one is from Corey Nislow w/ Metka Lenassi.  If anyone else has published an open access paper on anything relating to this blog and would like to write a guest post on the Story behind the paper, please let me know. Genomics without Borders: Genome Sequence of the Extremely Halotolerant Yeast Hortaea werneckii  by Corey Nislow (with Metka Lenassi) In this guest post (thank you Jonathan!) I wanted to tell the story behind a paper that my colleagues and I published two weeks ago in PLoS ONE. The story also o...
Source: The Tree of Life - September 12, 2013 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs

Immigration Does Not Decrease Economic Freedom
Alex Nowrasteh A common criticism of immigration reform (here, here, and here) is that it will decrease economic freedom in the United States, by increasing the voting pool for the Democratic Party.  Leaving aside the issue of which party supports economic liberty, if any, it’s important to see what the actual impacts of immigration are on economic freedom in the United States and the world.  The political effects of immigrants after they arrive are less certain than the economic benefits.  Do immigrants decrease economic freedom in their new countries?  The bottom line: fears of immigrants decre...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 8, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

European Union Sacrifices Serb Self-Determination—Again!
Doug Bandow The Balkans Wars ended years ago, but ethnic divisions remain strong, promoted, unfortunately, by the European Union. The latest example of geopolitical malpractice is the EU-brokered agreement for Serbia’s de facto recognition of Kosovo’s independence. Two decades of America’s and Europe’s toxic mix of diplomacy and war-making followed one consistent policy: the Serbs always lose. Everyone else in the disintegrating Yugoslavia got their own country. Minority ethnic Serbs were expected to live under the sometimes heavy boot of others. Independence for Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedoni...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 22, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Doug Bandow Source Type: blogs

Loved this photo album
http://imgur.com/a/YjHXNhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/17/little-prince-matej-peljhan-photos_n_3102439.html "In a photo series entitled "The Little Prince," Matej Peljhan, a Slovenian photographer, brings Luka's imagination to life by including the 12-year-old in a variety of lifelike scenes." (Luke has muscular dystrophy) (Source: Occupational Therapy Students (B)e(LO)n(G))
Source: Occupational Therapy Students (B)e(LO)n(G) - April 19, 2013 Category: Occupational Therapists Source Type: blogs

Yet Another Six SMACCers!
PK SMACC-talks are turning into the FOAM equivalent of the Ginsu steak knife — there’s always more! First up, Colin Parker (@empemorg) of the original paediatric emergency medicine podcast empem.org — and one of my buddies and teachers from back in Perth — reduces the terror of paediatric emergency medicine to 400 seconds of clarity in PEM for Dummies. Colin, why didn’t you tell me this earlier? Nat Thurtle (@turtle1doc) is an ED doc and former Heavy Metal adviser to MSF (did I miss a word in there somewhere?), and another friend and colleague of mine — this time from the Liverpool DTMH...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - January 22, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Chris Nickson Tags: Health andrew schidt colin parker gregor prosen mike stone nat thurle PK-SMACC talks Source Type: blogs

So, you wanna know about SMACC CLUB?
FOAM is sometimes considered frivolous or lacking in rigour by those in the dark (ages). Here is our chance to show that FOAMers are as interested in the evidence (or lack thereof) underlying the things we do as much as the next emergency medicine or critical care practitioner. It’s called SMACC CLUB! Image by @squartadoc – click image for source. Here are the 8 rules of SMACC CLUB (they may seem strangely familiar to Chuck Palahniuk fans): The first rule of SMACC CLUB is that you MUST talk about SMACC CLUB! Yeah, you know the second rule … If someone says “stop” or goes limp, taps out the ...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - January 21, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Chris Nickson Tags: Conference Emergency Medicine Evidence Based Medicine Featured FOAM Intensive Care Journal Pre-hospital / Retrieval Resuscitation Social Media 24 hour journal club SMACC CLUB Video worldwide Source Type: blogs

So, you wanna know about SMACC CLUB?
FOAM is sometimes considered frivolous or lacking in rigour by those in the dark (ages). Here is our chance to show that FOAMers are as interested in the evidence (or lack thereof) underlying the things we do as much as the next emergency medicine or critical care practitioner. It’s called SMACC CLUB! Image by @squartadoc – click image for source. Here are the 8 rules of SMACC CLUB (they may seem strangely familiar to Chuck Palahniuk fans): The first rule of SMACC CLUB is that you MUST talk about SMACC CLUB! Yeah, you know the second rule … If someone says “stop” or goes limp, taps out the ...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - January 21, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Chris Nickson Tags: Conference Emergency Medicine Evidence Based Medicine Featured FOAM Intensive Care Journal Pre-hospital / Retrieval Resuscitation Social Media 24 hour journal club SMACC CLUB Video worldwide Source Type: blogs