Could smartphones and ride-sharing apps solve transportation in healthcare?
Patients living in rural, suburban or urban areas with poor infrastructure often don’t have the proper means to get to the doctor’s appointment on time. In extreme cases, they have to wait even for emergency situations so much that they can call an ambulance and receive care in a hospital. Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft offer non-emergency medical transportation services, while start-ups, such as Circulation or Ride Health also promise to deal with the issue. Could smartphones and networked services solve transportation in healthcare? Why is getting to the doctor such a hassle? Where...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Future of Medicine Health Insurance Healthcare Design Telemedicine & Smartphones Hospital patient startup transportation uber lyft ride-hailing medical transportation NEMT Circulation Kaizen Helth Veyo Ambulnz RoundTrip Source Type: blogs

Are Gene Variant Interactions a Better Approach to Determining the Contribution of Genetics to Longevity?
The analysis of the effects of genetic variants on human life expectancy has employed ever large databases in recent years: more genes, more sequences, more people. As the data grows, the likely size of the effect of genetic variation on human longevity has become smaller. Outside of a few interesting genes, such as those relating to blood cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease risk, he picture is one of countless variants with small, interacting, environment-dependent effects, different in every study population. How much of this picture is a true assessment versus a consequence of larger effects being hidde...
Source: Fight Aging! - September 20, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Health Profile for England: 2021
Public Health England -The 2021 edition of the Health Profile for England provides aa overview of the health of people in England and updates indicators presented in previous reports. It also contains a summary of the wider impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on many aspects of health and health inequalities. In addition, the report makes comparisons with health in a selection of other countries (US, Canada, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland) where possible.Statistical reportPublic Health England - publications (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - September 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Covid-19 Public health and health inequalities Source Type: blogs

EXALT Model B Single-Use Bronchoscope: Interview with Dave Pierce, Boston Scientific
Boston Scientific recently announced FDA clearance of the EXALT Model B single-use bronchoscope, intended for bedside procedures in intensive care units or in the operating room. As a single-use device that boasts high quality imaging and suction capabilities, the bronchoscope is ready to go out of the packaging, which means it mitigates the risk of infection posed by ineffective device reprocessing between patients. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when healthcare staff are working hard to prevent viral transmission within healthcare facilities, the scope will likely prove particularly useful. Device reprocessing...
Source: Medgadget - September 9, 2021 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Critical Care Exclusive Medicine Surgery Thoracic Surgery Source Type: blogs

Anxiety, Worry or Fear? Disappointment, Grief or Depression?
By HANS DUVEFELT Especially in these strange and uncertain times, many people feel uneasy. Some of them come to us with concerns over their state of mind. In primary care, our job is in large part to perform triage. We strive to identify patients who need referral, medication or further evaluation. We also strive, or at last should strive, to reassure those patients whose reactions are normal, considering their circumstances. A set of emotions we consider normal during the first weeks of the loss of a loved one may constitute pathology of protracted or if there is no apparent trigger. But what is normal in toda...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care anxiety depression Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Immigration Undermines Affirmative Action in American States
Alex Nowrasteh and Michael HowardA newargument against liberalized immigration has recently emerged: more immigration will increase affirmative action. There are two arguments for why more immigration could increase the scale and scope of affirmative action. The first is that most immigrants are not white. As a  result, they would benefit from affirmative action and, thus, demand it. The second is that immigrants mostly vote for Democrats who support expanding affirmative action. To answer whether more immigration is correlated with affirmative action, we look at whether a larger immigrant population on the state...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 8, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh, Michael Howard Source Type: blogs

I sometimes like to open my posts with a joke. But not this time. There isn't a joke for this.Mrs. Dalai has cancer.How's that for a kick in the ass? I am neither vain nor arrogant enough to think that I could write the ultimate treatise on dealing with a loved one's cancer. There are any number of engaging stories out there on Caring Bridge and the like. You don't want to read a tear-jerker anyway, nor do you want to endure every last boring and/or gory detail. Mrs. Dalai would be very upset with me if I shared all that. Hell, she's probably going to be upset with me for writing this at all. She is a very private per...
Source: Dalai's PACS Blog - September 4, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: blogs

Tackling Income Inequality Could Boost Children ’s Vocabulary
By Emily Reynolds In 1995, a seminal book was published suggesting that children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds were exposed to 30 million fewer words than richer children by the age of 4 — the so-called “word gap”. The idea is now widespread and has informed early childhood policy in the United States (though the findings are more contentious than this ubiquity might suggest). But why might these kids be exposed to fewer words? A new study from a team at the University of California, Berkeley, finds that worries about financial insecurity reduced the amount that caregivers spok...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - September 2, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Developmental Language Money Source Type: blogs

Breast Cancer Screening: We Can Do Better
The three risk assessment tools now in use fall far short. Using the latest deep learning techniques, investigators are developing more personalized ways to locate women at high risk.John Halamka, M.D., president, Mayo Clinic Platform, and Paul Cerrato, senior research analyst and communications specialist, Mayo Clinic Platform, wrote this article.The promise of personalized medicine will eventually allow clinicians to offer individual patients more precise advice on prevention, early detection and treatment. Of course, the operative word iseventually.A closer examination of the screening tools available to detect breast c...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - August 31, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

Study examines common cognitive biases (have you tried this brain teaser?) and ways to mitigate them
Pic: Getty Images A fascinating new study, Tversky and Kahneman’s Cognitive Illusions: Who Can Solve Them, and Why?, probes into the cognitive “heuristics and biases” researched by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky since the late 1960s. If you have never encountered the “Linda brain teaser” before, please give it a try: Linda is 31 years old, single, outspoken, and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned with issues of discrimination and social justice, and also participated in anti-nuclear demonstrations. Which statement is more probable? (a) Linda is a b...
Source: SharpBrains - August 30, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Brain/ Mental Health adults Bayesian reasoning brain-teaser cognitive cognitive biases cognitive illusion cognitive illusions cognitive-abilities cognitive-ability cognitive-bias free-brain-teasers Linda problem l Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 30th 2021
Fight Aging! publishes news and commentary relevant to the goal of ending all age-related disease, to be achieved by bringing the mechanisms of aging under the control of modern medicine. This weekly newsletter is sent to thousands of interested subscribers. To subscribe or unsubscribe from the newsletter, please visit: Longevity Industry Consulting Services Reason, the founder of Fight Aging! and Repair Biotechnologies, offers strategic consulting services to investors, entrepreneurs, and others interested in the longevity industry and its complexities. To find out mo...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 29, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Pregnancy in Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy : LSCS or vaginal delivery ?
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a specific genetic disorder of myocyte (myosin and others) within the sarcomere. Though uncommon in pregnancy it raises considerable anxiety to the patient, family, and the obstetrician.  Hemodynamics Though we tend to worry more about dynamic LVOT obstruction, it is actually the restrictive physiology of LV myocardium that might cause more concern. Three key variables operate in this entity namely preload, afterload, and contractility that determine the cardiac hemodynamics and possibly the symptoms. We know the classical consequence of pregnancy is a fall in systemic vascular resista...
Source: Dr.S.Venkatesan MD - August 27, 2021 Category: Cardiology Authors: dr s venkatesan Tags: Pregnancy and heart pregnancy and heart disease Uncategorized esc ropac zahara pregnancy heart disease complicating pregnancy indication for lscs in hcm hocm lscs or normal delivery in hocm hcm pregnancy in hocm pregnancy in hypertrophic c Source Type: blogs

Phase 2 Clinical Trial Results for a First Generation Stem Cell Therapy to Treat Frailty
First generation stem cell therapies are simple in concept, a matter of transplanting cells taken from person A into person B in the hope of producing benefits, but the implementation hides a great deal of complexity. Tissue is provided by donors, cells are selected from that tissue, the resulting population of cells is expanded in culture, their behavior and state may be modified in simple ways via the addition of factors, the cells are manufactured into doses that can be frozen, and then injected into patients. For every one of those steps there are many, many different approaches, refinements, and epicycles. It r...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 26, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

The FDA ’s Culture: Should Safety Dominate All Practices?
By STEVEN ZECOLA An organization’s culture is an internal set of shared values, attitudes and practices. The cohesiveness of the organizational culture will affect whether the entity will meet its vision, purpose, and goals. One type of organizational culture is hierarchical in nature.   Unlike a risk-taking culture, this structure features policy, process and precision. It is best suited for mature and stable organizations. The disadvantage of a hierarchal culture is that its stability and control can turn into rigidity. In many cases, the organization develops a negative attitude towards ide...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy FDA Parkinson's Disease Steven Zecola Source Type: blogs

Tech On the Front Lines: 3 Things Healthcare Organizations Must Do to Improve Security
The following is a guest article by Rom Hendler, CEO and Co-Founder at Trustifi. The past year has brought some sobering statistics to light regarding healthcare cybersecurity. Despite HIPAA and its strict regulations, reports show a staggering 25% increase in data breaches throughout the industry in the past year. According to a 2021 Identity Breach […] (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Author Tags: Ambulatory Health IT Company Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System LTPAC Security and Privacy CaptureRX Email Encryption Healthcare MFA Healthcare Ransomware Healthcare Security HIPAA HIPAA Breach Multi Factor Authentication R Source Type: blogs

How to read, understand and write great medical research
These excellent tips are kindly shared by RK Sharma and HL Ogle, two medical students at the University of Exeter, aiming to clear up many of the inaccurate assumptions of how difficult publishing is and provide a clear guide for students to begin their own writing journeys. #1. Find your why: Evidence-based medicine means that these are vital skills, and it has long been thought that the habits should be learned from early on. #2. Play to your strengths and be realistic: A little bit of thought and planning at this stage will create a much friendlier introduction to research. Take a little time to reflect and think about ...
Source: SharpBrains - August 23, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health evidence-based-medicine how to read and understand how to remember what you read medical research read research tips Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 23rd 2021
In this study, we used the UK Biobank (n = 440,185) to resolve previous ambiguities in the relationship between serum IGF-1 levels and clinical disease. We examined prospective associations of serum IGF-1 with mortality, dementia, vascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer, finding two generalized patterns. First, IGF-1 interacts with age to modify risk in a manner consistent with antagonistic pleiotropy; younger individuals with high IGF-1 are protected from disease, while older individuals with high IGF-1 are at increased risk for incident disease or death. Second, the association between IGF-1 and risk ...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 22, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

62 Percent of U.S. Consulates Were Fully or Partially Closed in August
David J. BierEffectively repeating myself fromlast month, the State Department remains a  major barrier to reopening the United States to legal travel and immigration. As of mid‐​August, 62 percent of consulates remained fully or partially closed to anything other than emergency nonimmigrant visa appointments, and 40 percent are completely closed to non‐​emergency nonimmigrant visa appointments. The fully open consulates (38 percent) are reporting ever‐growing wait times —in many cases, six months or longer.Consular officershave all received the opportunity to obtain COVID-19 vaccinessince May.More tha...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 20, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: David J. Bier Source Type: blogs

How to find which lesion is causing angina in multivessel CAD ?
Yes, it is a triple vessel disease, with one tight lesion and at least two other significant lesions. One of them appears diffuse as well.  Representative Image: Source courtesy DOI: 10.14740/cr548w LicenseCC BY-NC 4.0 “What to do next?. Is he symptomatic?  Yes. Definitely has significant angina” but LV function is normal. “Ok then. If you are daring enough, ask this question”. Which lesion is causing angina? No easy answer at all. Try looking for some clues right from history, ECG, stress ECHO, meticulous assessment of individual lesions. Realize, even sophisticated i...
Source: Dr.S.Venkatesan MD - August 20, 2021 Category: Cardiology Authors: dr s venkatesan Tags: Cardiology - Clinical Cardiology -Definitions cardiology- coronary care Ethics in Medicine Uncategorized ACC AHA ESC Guidelines for multivessel cad angina related artery ara vs ira approach to tvd cabg vs pci vs medical maangement ov cad Source Type: blogs

We Need to Open Up the AI Black Box
To convince physicians and nurses that deep learning algorithms are worth using in everyday practice, developers need to explain how they work in plain clinical English.Paul Cerrato, senior research analyst and communications specialist, Mayo Clinic Platform, and John Halamka, M.D., president, Mayo Clinic Platform, wrote this article.AI ’s so-called black box refers to the fact that much of the underlying technology behind machine learning-enhanced algorithms isprobability/statistics without a human readable explanation.Oftentimes that ’s the case because the advanced math or the data science behind the algorit...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - August 17, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

Strength Training and Aerobic Exercise Reduce Cancer Mortality
Researchers here note that undertaking strength training and aerobic exercise acts to reduce mortality due to cancer, to a similar degree as these activities are known to reduce all cause mortality in later life. The mechanisms involved are likely diverse, but it is worth noting that (a) muscle tissue is metabolically active in beneficial ways, such that more muscle is better than less muscle, (b) better immune function is linked to exercise, and immune surveillance is critical to cancer prevention, and (c) exercise helps to reduce chronic inflammation, where chronic inflammation helps to drive the establishment and develo...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 17, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer ’s & Dementia researchers challenge FDA ’s approval of Aduhelm given lack of evidence for beta-amyloid as a marker
Doctors Blast Biogen Alzheimer Approval as ‘Regulatory Failure’ (Bloomberg): Top researchers who advised the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Biogen Inc.’s Alzheimer’s drug blasted the agency for approving it, calling the decision a “regulatory failure” that is “at odds with the evidence.” The New England Journal of Medicine opinion piece, signed by seven members of an advisory panel that opposed clearing Biogen’s Aduhelm, is another sign of persistent furor over the agency’s decision … The new commentary is signed by them and four other panel members, ...
Source: SharpBrains - August 5, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Aduhelm Alzheimer's drug Alzheimers-treatment beta-amyloid Biogen cognitive FDA approval surrogate Source Type: blogs

Around The World, People Co-operate More Willingly With Others From Their Own Country
By Matthew Warren Many of the world’s most pressing problems require global co-operation. If we are to combat climate change or contain the spread of devastating diseases, for instance, we need to work across borders and share resources. So a new study in Nature Communications doesn’t make for encouraging reading. Using a common paradigm for studying co-operation, Angelo Romano from the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods and colleagues look at how more than 18,000 participants from 42 different countries co-operate with people from their own nation and elsewhere. They find that in ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 4, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Cross-cultural Political Social Source Type: blogs

Gene names, data corruption and Excel: a 2021 update
It’s an old favourite of this blog, isn’t it. We had Gene name errors and Excel: lessons not learned (2012). Followed by Data corruption using Excel: 12+ years and counting (2016). Perhaps most depressingly of all, the conclusion of the trilogy, When your tools are broken, just change the data (2019-20). Well, I’m happy (?) to see the publication of the latest instalment, inspired in part by the title of my first post: Gene name errors: Lessons not learned, from Mark Ziemann’s group. Here’s the accompanying Twitter thread. Summary: it’s even worse than we thought. Tagging this one with t...
Source: What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate - August 3, 2021 Category: Bioinformatics Authors: nsaunders Tags: bioinformatics statistics errors excel genes hgnc Source Type: blogs

When living with pain is too hard
Living with persistent pain can be really hard, and clinicians, family and the person with pain can be worried about suicidal thoughts and possible actions. There’s good reason to be concerned, too, as a recent study from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey shows. Grocott, Sommer and El-Gabalawy (2021) used the data obtained from this Canadian Health Survey to explore the relationships between pain intensity and suicidality in people with arthritis, migraines and low back pain. The first question is how many people in the overall population involved in this study had any of the three diagnostic groups &...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - August 1, 2021 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: BronnieLennoxThompson Tags: Chronic pain Coping strategies Low back pain Pain conditions Professional topics Research biopsychosocial Clinical reasoning Health Suicidal thoughts Therapeutic approaches Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 2nd 2021
This study aimed to determine the association between: (i) cognitive decline and bone loss; and (ii) clinically significant cognitive decline on Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) over the first 5 years and subsequent fracture risk over the following 10 years. A total of 1741 women and 620 men aged ≥65 years from the population-based Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study were followed from 1997 to 2013. Over 95% of participants had normal cognition at baseline. After multivariable adjustment, cognitive decline was associated with bone loss in women but not men. Approximately 13% of participants ...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 1, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

This obstetrician recommends midwifery care
In 2014 I learned about the worsening maternal mortality statistics in the U.S. and the racial disparities in maternal health, which socioeconomic or medical risk factors could not explain away. I decided a community-based solution was necessary because, as an African American obstetrician, I had no expectation that my fellow obstetricians would soon recognize howRead more …This obstetrician recommends midwifery care originally appeared (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 30, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="" rel="tag" > Leslie Farrington, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician OB/GYN Source Type: blogs

Update: Promote brain plasticity by taking your daily exercise pill — physical and cognitive
By lordzg/ Welcome to a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring nine scientific reports and industry developments to help promote lifelong brain health. #1. A must-read, and must-practice: Promote brain plasticity and keep your mind at ease by taking your daily “exercise pill” #2. If cognitive stimulation came in a pill it’d be worth a quadrillion, give or take a few trillions: Study finds that cognitive activity in old age may delay the onset of dementia by 5 years #3. “A young child with low cognitive control is also more likely to develop anxiety later on in c...
Source: SharpBrains - July 30, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Education & Lifelong Learning SharpBrains Monthly eNewsletter Technology & Innovation Brain Teasers Brain-games Brain-Plasticity cognitive-control cognitive-stimulation EEG eMindful mindfulness apps neuroscienc Source Type: blogs

On the bias of science: more on methods
Actually I could probably spend the next six months writing a book about this, but this will be my last post on methods, at least for a while, because I want to move on to the remaining sections of the generic research paper. I'm going to focus specifically on research involving psychiatric diagnoses, but much of what I will say applies more broadly to any sort of question in which people's subjective experiences are variables. That's a whole lot of published research in psychology, social science, and medicine.The culture of science strongly favors quantification, which means counting, and in order to count phenomena, you...
Source: Stayin' Alive - July 29, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Elamipretide Increases Mitochondrial Production of ATP for a Short Time After Administration
Stealth BioTherapeutics develops elamipretide, a mitochondrially targeted peptide that appears to improve mitochondrial function in older individuals. Mitochondria are the power plants of the cell, producing the chemical energy store molecule ATP to power cellular operations. Mitochondria falter with age, however, negatively affecting tissue function throughout the body. Here, researchers note a short term gain in ATP production following elamipretide infusion. The results in detail make it clear that individual responses are highly variable, but the average settles down to a statistically significant 27% gain. Like...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 27, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

All Too Much of the Demographic Data on Survival to Extreme Old Age is of Poor Quality
There are many challenges inherent in trying to learn something about aging through analysis of the demographics of extreme human longevity. First of all, there are just not that many supercentenarians, making it very hard to obtain enough data to make statistically sound inferences about health, tied as it is to the many complex and varied processes of aging. Secondly, and as illustrated by the paper here, much of the data that might otherwise be useful is of poor quality due to issues of fraud and lax recordkeeping. The concentration of remarkable-aged individuals, within geographic regions or 'blue zones' or wi...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 26, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Causality in Medicine: Moving Beyond Correlation in Clinical Practice
A growing body of research suggests it ’s time to abandon outdated ideas about how to identify effective medical therapies.Paul Cerrato, senior research analyst and communications specialist, Mayo Clinic Platform, and John Halamka, M.D., president, Mayo Clinic Platform, wrote this article.“Correlation is not causation.” It’s a truism that researchers take for granted, and for good reason. The fact that event A is followed by event B doesn’t mean that A caused B. An observational study of 1,000 adults, for example, that found those taking high doses of vitamin C were less like ly to develop lun...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - July 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

On the bias of science: more on methods
As I have said, there are many different methods used by scientists. What I will focus on today is so-called Gaussian statistics and a number called the p-value. This has been discussed enough in scholarly literature of late that many non-scientists probably have a general idea that there is controversy associated with it and think they at least understand the gist of it. Just in case you don't really understand it, let me try to explain it as simply as I can. If you flip a coin multiple times, the most likely result will be an equal number of heads and tails. The second most likely will be one more heads or one more ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - July 23, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

How I resurrected my ancient PhD thesis using R/bookdown (and some other tools)
An ancient thesisI’ve long admired the look of publications generated using the R bookdown package, and thought it would be fun and educational to publish one myself. The problem is that I am not writing a book and have no plans to do so any time soon. Then I remembered that I’ve already written a book. There it is on the right. It’s called “Cloning, sequence analysis and studies on the expression of the nirS gene, encoding cytochrome cd1 nitrite reductase, from Thiosphaera pantotropha“. Catchy title, hey. It’s from my former life, as a biochemistry graduate turned reluctant molecular mi...
Source: What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate - July 22, 2021 Category: Bioinformatics Authors: nsaunders Tags: personal statistics bookdown oxford phd rstats thesis thesisdown Source Type: blogs

I Think I Have Said That We Need 50% Usage Of E-Prescriptions To Declare Them Success. Are We There Yet?
I first looked at this in March. See here: And my comment on what would look like success – in the blog title – is here – again in March: This interesting collection of partially useful updated statistics appeared last week. Huge rise in ‘very helpful’ electronic prescribing The number of electronic prescriptions being used in Australia is increasing by 500,000 every week. Jolyon Attwooll 14 Jul 2021 The continued growth of electroni...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 21, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

University of Freiburg – Research Assistant position
We are seeking a full-time or part time research assistant to support and manage research projects at the Department of Neurology. We study how the brain works and how it recovers from damage. Clinical and neuropsychological behavioural tests (eg: language, spatial processing, praxis, spatial perception, memory) are correlated with brain anatomy and function (eg: fMRI, rsfMRI, DTI, sMRT, PET, TMS) in group studies of patients (mainly stroke, Parkinson ’s disease and migraine). In a large scale project carefully selected stroke patients (first ever stroke, single ischemic lesion) are prospectively tested during acute ...
Source: Talking Brains - July 19, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Two ‐​Thirds of Consulates Fully or Partly Closed in July
David J. BierThe State Department remains a  major barrier to reopening the United States to legal travel and immigration. As of mid‐​July, two thirds of consulates remained fully or partially closed to anything other than emergency nonimmigrant visa appointments. About 44 percent are completely closed to non‐​emergency nonimmigrant visa appointments. The open consulates are reporting ever‐​growing wait times—in many cases, six months to a year.Consular officershave all received the opportunity to obtain COVID-19 vaccinessince May.More than 3.5 billion COVID-19 vaccines have been administered wo...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: David J. Bier Source Type: blogs

Tucker Carlson vs. the NSA
Julian SanchezCable television host Tucker Carlson hasleveled an explosive charge at the National Security Agency: He claims the spy agency has been snooping through his e-mails and text messages as part of plot to discredit Carlson and his eponymous Fox News program. The NSAtook the rare step of issuing a public statement denying that Carlson had been an intelligence target, and his own network —both its executives and its news division—has beenconspicuously muted about the allegations. So what's going on here?Based on the publicly available facts, I feel reasonably confident about three things: First, Carlson...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Julian Sanchez Source Type: blogs

Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs: How Technology Can Help
The global statistics on substance use are disquieting. Globally, about 3 million people die every year from alcohol abuse. Tobacco kills up to half of its users – over 8 million people annually. And the UN’s 2021 World Drug Report estimated that around 275 million people used drugs worldwide in 2020, while over 36 million people suffered from drug use disorders. Disruptive technologies could act only as additional tools for managing preventive or reactive treatment for both victims and physicians next to therapy. Alcohol content-measuring wristbands, smart lighters, nicotine tracking wearables, stop smoking ap...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 15, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Health Sensors & Trackers Portable Medical Diagnostics Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality alcohol digital health Innovation smoking technology VR health Source Type: blogs

The bias of science, part the next
Before I get to the subject of this post I should ask, if you don't think government-funded research should be conducted by university-based scientists, and you don't think it should be done by government itself, who do you think should do it? Maybe award research grants at random? This is  generally applied, not basic research. Although at one time some corporations supported basic research enterprises -- notably Bell Labs -- that's largely a thing of the past. You can't patent basic knowledge so you can't really profit from it, and profit is all that matters nowadays. In most industries, that's okay as far as i...
Source: Stayin' Alive - July 13, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Shanghai score for Brugada syndrome
Shanghai score system for diagnosis of Brugada syndrome was proposed at J Wave Syndromes Consensus Conference held at Shanghai in 2015 [1]. Participants included members of Heart Rhythm Society, the European Heart Rhythm Association and the Asian-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society. It was based on available literature and clinical experience of members of the task force. Scores were based on ECG parameters, clinical history, family history and the results of genetic testing. Highest points in the score was for a spontaneous Type I Brugada ECG which had 3.5 points. A probable pathogenic mutation in Brugada syndrome susceptibilit...
Source: Cardiophile MD - July 9, 2021 Category: Cardiology Authors: Prof. Dr. Johnson Francis Tags: ECG / Electrophysiology Source Type: blogs

The neuroscience behind why our brains will need time to adjust to ‘un-social distancing’
This article was originally published on The Conversation. News in Context: Can you grow your hippocampus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it matters Three ways to protect your mental health during –and after– COVID-19 Exploring the human brain and how it responds to stress (1/3) Brain teaser: What do you see first, people or other animals? Three quick brain teaser games to test your perceptual and cognitive skills The post The neuroscience behind why our brains will need time to adjust to ‘un-social distancing’ appeared first on SharpBrains. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 6, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Conversation Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning anxiety brain-teaser cognitive-function cognitive-skills COVID-19 hippocampus mental health neuroscience social distancing social homeostasis social memory Stress Source Type: blogs

The dark truth of physician burnout
Burnout among doctors is not something new. In fact, way before the pandemic, 69% of physicians reported they were somewhat or incredibly happy in 2020, before the pandemic started. This number drastically fell to 49% when COVID-19 stepped in. This is a statistic that we need to be aware of. For many of us, weRead more …Find jobs at  Careers by  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 4, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="" rel="tag" > Tomi Mitchell, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, July 5th 2021
In conclusion, the findings suggest that DNAm GrimAge is a strong predictor of mortality independent of genetic influences. Heart Failure Correlates with Increased Cancer Risk Age-related disease results from the underlying cell and tissue damage that causes aging. Different people accumulate that damage at modestly different rates, the result of lifestyle choices and exposure to infectious disease. Thus the presence of a sufficient burden of damage to produce one age-related disease will be accompanied by a ...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 4, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Cato Does Really Well in an Unusual Supreme Court Term
Ilya ShapiroThis week marked the end of what was supposed to be a new, 6 –3 conservative Supreme Court. Despite the last day’s high‐​profile cases that broke down on such “partisan” lines—to my mind correctly resolving issues ofelection regulation anddonor disclosure—the term was marked largely by bothsurprising unanimity andnever ‐​before‐​seen splits. There just turned out not to be too many ideological ‐​looking decisions this term, though of course that’s partly because the more pragmatic justices worked hard to forge grand compromises.More savvy ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 2, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Ilya Shapiro Source Type: blogs

Why I Seldom Recommend Vitamins or Supplements
By HANS DUVEFELT People here in northern Maine, as in my native Sweden, don’t get a whole lot of natural sunlight a good part of the year. As a kid, I had to swallow a daily spoonful of cod liver oil to get the extra vitamin D my mother and many others believed we all needed. Some years later, that fell out of fashion as it turned out that too much vitamin A, also found in that particular dubious marine delicacy, could be harmful. This is how it goes in medicine: Things that sound like a good idea often turn out to be not so good, or even downright bad for you. Other vitamins, like B12, can also cause harm: ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Hans Duvefelt primary care supplements vitamins Source Type: blogs

Heart Failure Correlates with Increased Cancer Risk
Age-related disease results from the underlying cell and tissue damage that causes aging. Different people accumulate that damage at modestly different rates, the result of lifestyle choices and exposure to infectious disease. Thus the presence of a sufficient burden of damage to produce one age-related disease will be accompanied by a raised risk of other age-related conditions. The conditions themselves need not have any direct relationship with one another, but can be distinct outcomes of the same root causes. Here, however, researchers propose that heart failure may provoke increased cancer risk via inflammatory and ot...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 1, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

We Feel Happier When Behaving More Extraverted Than Normal
This study also took place over a shorter time period, with the researchers comparing responses during two three-day periods rather than across several weeks). Again, participants reported lower levels of positive affect during periods in which they had behaved in a more introverted fashion, while in more extroverted periods they experienced higher levels — although these effects were only trends which did not reach statistical significance. In these studies, behaving in a more extraverted manner than normal did not seem to have negative impacts, even for the more introverted participants, in the longer term. Howe...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - June 29, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Personality Source Type: blogs

The rs-FC fMRI Law of Attraction (i.e., Resting-State Functional Connectivity of Speed Dating Choice)
Feeling starved for affection after 15 months of pandemic-mandated social distancing? Ready to look for a suitable romantic partner by attending anin-person speed dating event? Just recline inside this noisy tube for 10 minutes, think about anything you like, and our algorithm willPredict [the] Compatibility of a Female-Male Relationship!This new study byKajimura and colleagues garnered a lot of attention on Twitter, where it was publicized by@INM7_ISN (Simon Eickhoff) and@Neuro_Skeptic. The prevailing sentiment was not favorable (check the replies)... Oha... " Resting-State Connectivity Can Predict Compatibility...
Source: The Neurocritic - June 29, 2021 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

Ischemic ST depression maximal in V1-V4 (vs. V5-V6), even if less than 0.1 millivolt, is specific for Occlusion Myocardial Infarction (vs. subendocardial non-occlusive ischemia)
This is a case from many years ago that I discovered recently.  The patient has heart failure as a result of this event.A 50-something man with history only of alcohol abuse and hypertension (not on meds) presented with sudden left chest pain, sharp, radiating down left arm, cramping, that waxes and wanes but never goes completely away.  There was SOB at the start and increased work of breathing.  He had been drinking 5 beers.  He does not seek medical attention often.  He called 911.  Medics recorded this ECG:There is a lot of artifact, but you can clearly see ST depression in V2 and V3....
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - June 27, 2021 Category: Cardiology Authors: Steve Smith Source Type: blogs