Can you believe this? Ticagrelor approved for Primary Prevention of STEMI
It’s all happening. FDA approves Ticagrelor for high-risk cad primary prevention and stroke. I am sure, even Astra Zenica wouldn’t have expected this. At best, the evidence from THEMIS for this Indication, can be called as a statistical extrapolation of comical proportion.  Meanwhile, Ticagrelor thanks Aspirin for its extreme kindness for agreeing to co-live with it.   The twitter reacts. This one is fromDr. Davide Capodanno , current Editor In chief , of  EuroIntervention, the journal with one of the top Impact factor with a huge following. New FDA label for ticagrelor in "h...
Source: Dr.S.Venkatesan MD - June 3, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: dr s venkatesan Tags: Uncategorized fda approves ticagrelor THEMIS TRIAL ticagrelor for primary prevetnion Source Type: blogs

BCL-xL as a Longevity Gene
BCL-xL is a mitochondrial protein that acts to suppress the programmed cell death response of apoptosis, and is overexpressed in some cancers, as well as in senescent cells. Thus small molecules that bind to BCL-xL have been used as chemotherapeutics and more recently as senolytics that selectively destroy senescent cells. That removal of senescent cells is a legitimate rejuvenation therapy that quite literally turns back aging in animal models has caused greater attention to be given to BCL-2 family proteins and their role in allowing cells to hold back apoptosis. Separately, as noted here, evidence shows that BCL-...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 1, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

A Different Kind of Wide Rhythm -- Pleomorphic Ventricular Tachycardia
===================================MY Comment by KEN GRAUER, MD (6/1/2020):===================================YOU are asked to interpret the ECG shown in Figure-1. Unfortunately, no history is available to assist.WHAT are the diagnostic possibilities for the rhythm?What are the prognostic implications of this rhythm?Figure-1: The initial ECG in the ED. Please note that the long lead II rhythm strip is not simultaneously obtained with the 12-lead tracing above it. (See text).MY THOUGHTS on ECG #1: My initial impression on looking at the ECG...
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - June 1, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: ECG Interpretation Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Letter to BMJ Paediatrics Open About that CBT-Music Therapy Study
UPDATE: I sent the following correction to Dr Choonara shortly after sending the letter of concern. Dear Dr Choonara: I wanted to make a slight correction in point #3 below. The first sentence should have read: “Why was the outcome of recovery not mentioned in the trial registration and statistical analysis plan yet still highlighted […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - May 31, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized BMJ music therapy norway Source Type: blogs

Anxiety, Despair, and the Coronavirus Pandemic
Jeffrey A. SingerPublic health interventions entail non ‐​economic as well as economic trade‐​offs. Some trade ‐​offs can involve other aspects of public health.I havewrittenabout how blanket bans on elective medical procedures combine with the fear already infused in the public to cause crucial delays in necessary health care. This adds to human suffering from causes other than the COVID-19 virus. Many people with chronic conditions, particularlychronic pain patients, are disproportionately affected by reduced access to routine care. Then there ’s the dramatic drop ‐...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 30, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey A. Singer Source Type: blogs

Can celiac disease affect life expectancy?
Celiac disease (CD), triggered by the ingestion of gluten, occurs in people genetically predisposed to develop the chronic autoimmune condition. During the past few decades, doctors have learned much about how the disease develops, including genetic and other risk factors. However, results from studies on whether people with CD have an increased risk of premature death linked to the condition have been mixed. A recent study shows a small but statistically significant increased mortality rate. Celiac disease can affect the entire body Until recently, CD was considered a mainly pediatric gastrointestinal disorder, associated...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maureen Leonard, MD, MMSc Tags: Allergies Autoimmune diseases Source Type: blogs

What ’s a diagnosis about? COVID-19 and beyond
By MICHEL ACCAD Last month marked the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Graunt, commonly regarded as the father of epidemiology.  His major published work, Natural and Political Observations Made upon the Bills of Mortality, called attention to the death statistics published weekly in London beginning in the late 16th century.  Graunt was skeptical of how causes of death were ascribed, especially in times of plagues.  Evidently, 400 years of scientific advances have done little to lessen his doubts!  A few days ago, Fox News reported that Colorado governor Jared Polis ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Medical Practice Physicians Diagnosis MICHEL ACCAD Source Type: blogs

A Vigilante in Statistical Badlands
This study, for instance, attributes a patient’s waitlist/transplant outcome to the very last dialysis facility the patient was associated with.  In epidemiology speak, this means the causal inference authors are trying to draw between for-profit status and good transplant outcomes is subject to time-varying confounding. As an example, if one is seeking an association between testosterone levels and risk of a heart attack, using the last testosterone level available would be a poor way of doing this study because testosterone levels are known to vary over time. The same applies to dialysis facilities. Patie...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Eric Weinhandl JAMA medical research public health Public Policy public policy research Source Type: blogs

We need more physicians in politics and (social) media
It ’s simple: we need more physicians in media and politics. COVID-19 has proven to be a crash course in the practical application of microbiological, pathophysiological, clinical, statistical, and ethical principles. As a newly graduated MD preparing to enter residency, I spend my mornings filtering through recent journal correspondence, case reports, observational studies, and randomized control […]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 - May 22, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="" rel="tag" > James Mattson, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Facebook Mainstream media Twitter Source Type: blogs

FinCEN ’s Suspicious Statistics
Diego ZuluagaIt ’s difficult to outdo the crypto community when it comes to makingbold quantitative claims that, stripped out of context, mislead the incautious. But Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Director Kenneth Blanco recently came close.Inremarks last week to the annual (and, alas, virtual) Consensus conference for crypto professionals and enthusiasts, Blanco declared that, “since 2013, FinCEN has received nearly 70,000 Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) involving virtual currency exploitation.” That impressive figure was bound to get attention—andit did. The speech is also likely...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 22, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Diego Zuluaga Source Type: blogs

COVID is not a great equalizer
Some media outlets and public figures have heralded the ongoing pandemic as a great equalizer, referencing the pathogen’s indiscriminate spread and disregard for national borders and tax brackets. The sobering mortality statistics, however, dispense any notion of an equal-opportunity crisis, revealing a familiar theme among public health challenges in America: significant racial disparities exist, and […]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 - May 20, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="" rel="tag" > Ritodhi Chatterjee < /a > < /span > Tags: Policy COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Public Health & Source Type: blogs

I highly recommend this
It's a primer on epidemiology as applied to Covid-19, with interactive simulations.It shows what happens if we do nothing, and if we take various measures against transmission, and it adds important concepts one at a time. There's a lot to take in but it's all made very clear and presented so you can grok one idea before you move on to the next.One of the most important things to take away is that it matters how fast we get to herd immunity. Assuming there's no vaccine, that's the only realistic way out. (A permanent regime of testing and contact tracing is possible, but not much fun and it means people are still getting s...
Source: Stayin' Alive - May 19, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Brain Regions Identified as Being Associated with Verbal Reasoning through the Use of Imaging Regression via Internal Variation: Journal of the American Statistical Association: Vol 0, No ja******************************************Kevin S. McGrew, PhDEducational& School PsychologistDirectorInstitute for Applied Psychometrics (IAP)****************************************** (Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner))
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - May 19, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: blogs

Debunking COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories
One person in Wuhan eats an uncooked bat, and your local Walmart runs out of toilet paper. This is such a surreal scenario, no wonder people are looking for alternative answers to how their normal lives got blown into pieces in the matter of weeks. And while conspiracy theories are usually a marginal phenomenon, in this age of misinformation, these theories seem to take over the place of truth and science. While the truth is usually complex and often hard to understand, these clean-cut conspiracy narratives are designed to prey on pre-established suspicions, so they can seem like viable alternatives. And unfortunately, ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 19, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Judit Kuszkó Tags: Conspiracy theories Future of Medicine fda drug research coronavirus covid covid19 pandemic plandemic Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: More Strangeness with that Norwegian CBT/Music Therapy Study
By David Tuller, DrPH In a well-designed clinical trial, the protocol, the registration and the statistical analysis plan should complement and not contradict each other. Investigators spend huge amounts of time developing clinical trial protocols. These are road-maps to the project, complete with (hopefully) well thought-out and clearly defined primary and secondary outcomes. These documents have […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - May 18, 2020 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

100% of H-1B Employers Offer Average Market Wages —78% Offer More
David J. BierThe Economic Policy Institute (EPI) releaseda  report last week that purports to show that “H-1B employers undercut local wages.” Employers usethe H-1B program to hire temporary foreign workers in specialty occupations. EPI writes, “By setting two of the four wage levels below the median—and thereby not requiring that firms pay market wages to H-1B workers—the DOL [Department of Labor] has in effect made wage arbitrage a feature of the H-1B program.” This post explains why this is mistaken.The median wage for an entire occupation is not the “market” wag...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 18, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: David J. Bier Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, May 18th 2020
This study provides direct evidence for the contribution of gut microbiota to the cognitive decline during normal aging and suggests that restoring microbiota homeostasis in the elderly may improve cognitive function. On Nutraceutical Senolytics Nutraceuticals are compounds derived from foods, usually plants. In principle one can find useful therapies in the natural world, taking the approach of identifying interesting molecules and refining them to a greater potency than naturally occurs in order to produce a usefully large therape...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 17, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

And now for some good news on health
When it comes to health concerns, the COVID-19 pandemic is top of mind for most people right now. And that’s for good reason. But there is some very good non-COVID health news that may not be getting the attention it deserves. According to the CDC, the rates of six of the top 10 causes of death in this country, which account for about three-quarters of all deaths, have been declining. That’s remarkable. And these improvements are occurring despite an aging population and an obesity epidemic that affects several health conditions. Six positive health trends Let’s look at the trends in these conditions...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Cancer Health Health trends Heart Health Source Type: blogs

It ’s Not About Tradeoffs
By MICHEL ACCAD It is tempting to oppose the harmful effects of COVID-related lockdown orders with arguments couched in terms of trade-offs.  We may contend that when public authorities promote the benefits of “flattening the curve,” they fail to properly take into account the actual costs of imposing business closures and of forced social distancing: The coming economic depression will lead to mass unemployment, rising poverty, suicides, domestic abuse, alcoholism, and myriad other potential causes of death and suffering which could be considerably worse than the harms of the pandemic itself, es...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Economics MICHEL ACCAD Source Type: blogs

Can we mix philosophy with science in medical teaching ?
Take Our PollI think it is an Invalid question. Whether you like it or medical science and philosophy are always bonded together and its relationship is eternal. It doesn’t make sense to separate them. I think we have misunderstood the meaning of philosophy. While science is presumed truths, philosophy is trying to believe in unknown truths. Philosophical truths are built-into every decision a medical professional takes.                                                         ...
Source: Dr.S.Venkatesan MD - May 14, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: dr s venkatesan Tags: Uncategorized ethics in medicine Source Type: blogs

Statutory homelessness in England
House of Commons LibraryThis briefing paper provides statistics on statutory homelessness in England and explains local authorities' duties to assist homeless households. The paper includes an overview of, and comment on, government policy in this area. The most recent statistical release covers the period between July and September 2019.Briefing paperMore detail  (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - May 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Local authorities, public health and health inequalities Source Type: blogs

Enduring the pandemic: How to support your friend on the frontlines
Troubled by the volume of patients dying before they could even be taken out of ambulances, a New York emergency physician recently ended her own life. Are we all just vital statistics, waiting to be calculated? COVID-19 has infected and killed more than 56,000 Americans. We must remember that every single one of these deaths […]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 - May 12, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="" rel="tag" > Jesse O'Shea, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs

Wearable Device to Prevent Sudden Death from Epilepsy
A spin-off of Purdue University is developing a wearable band to prevent sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). The fatal condition is poorly understood, but preventing seizures and mitigating any seizures that do develop may help to save the lives of those living with epilepsy. Neurava, a firm founded by two grad students at Purdue University, hopes its patented technology can detect relevant biosignals of patients and notify clinicians, family, or caregivers about potential danger. The company’s prototype device is worn around the neck, which allows it to be on during the night, a particularly dangerous ti...
Source: Medgadget - May 12, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Neurology Source Type: blogs

Plasma from Young Rats Reduces Epigenetic Age Measures and Senescent Cell Burden in Old Rats
This study is interesting on a few counts. Firstly, transfusion of old individuals with plasma from young individuals has failed to produce usefully large benefits in human trials, and the evidence in mice looks similarly shaky. Yet here, in rats, benefits are observed with a specific approach to producing a plasma fraction for use in therapy. The authors do not divulge details regarding the methodology of production, as they intend commercial development in the near future. Secondly, it connects epigenetic age reduction with reduction in senescent cell burden. It is worth noting that the epigenetic clocks used here to ass...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 12, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Who Lends to Small Businesses?
Diego ZuluagaThis question has gained new urgency as the federal government scrambles to bring emergency funding to millions of small businesses across the country under thePaycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP consists of forgivable loans that borrowers may use to cover employee payroll, rent, and utilities for eight weeks. The Small Business Administration (SBA)manages the PPP, but funds are allocated by authorized private lenders.Although the program ostensibly seeks to assist the smallest concerns in America, which cannot gain access to funding through other Fed and Treasury facilities, it came under strong critic...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 11, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Diego Zuluaga Source Type: blogs

“Being Fun” Is An Important Marker Of Social Status Among Children
By Emma Young When my 9-year-old has his best friend over to play, the house is filled with the sound of giggles. Yes, this friend plays fair, is outgoing and shares my son’s interests. But he’s also good fun. Any parent knows that kids this age are obsessed with having fun (something that’s in short supply for many home-schoolers right now). And yet “being fun” has been overlooked as an indicator of a child’s social status, argue the authors of a new paper, published in the International Journal of Psychology. Their new studies are, they say, the first to establish it as a unique f...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - May 11, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Developmental Social Source Type: blogs

Want to Stem the Rising Mental Health Crisis? Look Beyond the Usual Suspects for Help
As the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects spread, concerns about mental health impacts continue to grow. For example, we worry for health and human services professionals whose duties involve higher risk for trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress. Reports of global increases in family violence also suggest that there will be many violence victims and witnesses in need of mental health support. Add to this the potential effects of social isolation, health-related anxiety, and that these mental health problems may persist and worsen long after society goes back to “normal.” And this is all happening as...
Source: World of Psychology - May 11, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lynsay Ayer, Ph.D. & Clare Stevens, M.P.H. Tags: Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Stress Suicide coronavirus COVID-19 Depression pandemic Task sharing Source Type: blogs

Florence Nightingale 200
I wrote about Nightingale in 2015, when I met her in my elder son's AS level revision and discovered her connection with Sheffield.  It is time to meet her again, as 12th May this year is the bicentenary of her birth.A quick search of Cinahl suggests the nursing journals are busy publishing commemorative articles, and findsa quarter page in the Danish nursing journal Sygeplejersken about a commemorative anniversary Nightingale Barbie doll (p. 9).  I was intrigued by the subtitle of an article in Gastrointestinal Nursing by a lecturer at De Montfort University (also in Leicester) looking at her legacy ( "...
Source: Browsing - May 11, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: nursing Source Type: blogs

The hidden wounds of COVID-19
By the time we started to have a significant number of COVID-19 patients in our hospital, I was working as the attending on the inpatient infectious disease service.  Along with the rest of my infectious disease colleagues, we had all been tracking the evolving COVID-19 statistics and mounting predictions that we would eventually become inundated […]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 - May 10, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="" rel="tag" > Andrew Trotter, MD, MPH < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Will the Uncertainties of COVID Science Resurrect Blogs?
Health news was popular before the pandemic. Now, almost all news is health news. It’s not only a rapt audience contributing to the deluge of COVID19 news. Two other factors: 1) the availability of preprint servers, digital archives where a scientific paper can be published without formal peer-review and 2) the attention economy. Attention is currency. Since the business model of both scientific journals, internet-based medical news sites and mainstream media is attention (citations, views), both groups are eager to publish all that is COVID. The slew of COVID papers are outpacing the normal vetting proce...
Source: Dr John M - May 9, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr John Source Type: blogs

Reflections on “Security Threats in Contemporary World Politics”
Christopher A. PrebleEditor ’s note:In 2014, Cato releasedA Dangerous World? Threat Perception and U.S. National Security an edited volume of papers originally presented ata Cato conference the previous year. In each chapter, experts on international security assessed, and put in context, the supposed dangers to American security, from nuclear proliferation and a rising China, to terrorism and climate change.As part of ourProject on Threat Inflation, Cato will be republishing each chapter in an easily readable online format. Even six years after its publication, much of the book remains relevant. Polic...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 6, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Christopher A. Preble Source Type: blogs

How Can Parents Help Teach Generation Z Teens about Living in Uncertain Times?  
The prolonged health and safety stressors of COVID-19 has many parents reaching out to mental health professionals with concern over their teenagers’ increased levels of anxiety. In the United States, teenagers already experience higher rates of anxiety disorders than any previous generation in history. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the prevalence of anxiety disorders among adolescents aged 13-18 is 31.9%, with females at a higher rate (38%) than males (26.1%). Some teen anxiety is normal due to typical teen life stressors, including friends and family dynamics, self-identity, body image, ach...
Source: World of Psychology - May 6, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Susan Zinn, LPCC, LMHC, NCC Tags: Children and Teens Parenting Child Development Coping Skills coronavirus COVID-19 Emotional Development pandemic Uncertainty Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 6th May 2020
Some recent things you might need to know about...COVID-19Maternal and perinatal outcomes with COVID-19: a systematic review of 108 pregnancies (Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica) (Open access)StatisticsChild and Maternal Health (Public Health England)A range of data including mental health in pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, anda profile of data relating to conception and birth.  Data can be searched by geographical areaMaternity services monthly statistics, January 2020 (NHS Digital)BooksGuardian Book clinic: Which novels or memoirs will help prepare me for motherhood?Acknowledgemen...
Source: Browsing - May 6, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Don't Make the Pandemic Worse with Poor Data Analysis
The need for immediate answers in the face of severe public health and economic distress may create a temptation to relax statistical standards. But urgency should not preclude expert analysis and honest assessments of uncertainty. Mistaken assumptions could lead to counterproductive actions. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - May 6, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Matthew D. Baird; David G. Groves; Osonde A. Osoba; Andrew M. Parker; Ricardo Sanchez; Claude Messan Setodji Source Type: blogs

A health librarian and music: Johann Sebastian Bach
I discovered Bach's organ music as a student, listening on the radio to BBC Radio 3's Choral Evensong (that was the sort of student life I led).  I knew thefamous one but not the rest.  I liked the way the bass often plays the tune, but also that sometimes other parts of the register do.  I liked the patterns as the tune moved up and down the scale and the way that several patterns weave in and out of each other (all those are non-technical descriptions, of course!).  That love of Bach's organ music has continued and while working at home in these locked down times, I sometimes listen to ...
Source: Browsing - May 5, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: music Source Type: blogs

Is it VT or SVT with Aberrancy?
Here is a classic ECG, presented and analyzed by Ken Grauer:Figure-1: The initial ECG in this case, obtained by the EMS team (See text).===================================MY Comment by KEN GRAUER, MD (4/18/2020):===================================The 12-lead ECG in Figure-1 was obtained from a woman in her 80s who was seen by EMS for symptoms of new confusion and hypotension. She had a history of an MI in the past.WHAT is the rhythm in ECG #1?How certain are you of your diagnosis?Smith's comment on management:First, what do you want to do?The patient has confusion and hypot...
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - May 5, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: ECG Interpretation Source Type: blogs

Minimizing your Risk of PTSD from COVID-19
I was recently asked if I thought the pandemic is a national trauma. The answer is a simple “Yes.” By the standards of the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), the volume used by mental health professionals to guide diagnosis and treatment, the COVID-19 pandemic meets the criteria for trauma. Not all stressful events meet those criteria. The DSM-5 definition of trauma requires “actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence” (italics mine). Stressful events not involving an immediate threat to life or physical injury (such as a divorce or job loss) are not considered ...
Source: World of Psychology - May 4, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. Tags: Psychology PTSD Self-Help coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic social distancing Trauma Source Type: blogs

Causes of Death Coding in COVID-19 Pandemic
Reporting causes of death is an important function in our society, and involves a number of people in completing each death certificate: Pronouncer of death – may be a physician Certifier of death – usually a physician; assigns cause of death Funeral director – completes the demographic information, next of kin, and burial information portions … Continue reading "Causes of Death Coding in COVID-19 Pandemic" (Source:
Source: - May 3, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: D. Joy Riley Tags: Health Care Allocation / Access / Public Health bioethics Cause of Death COVID-19 Death Certificates Health Care Practice syndicated Vital Statistics WHO Source Type: blogs

Can The Tablighi Jamaat ’s Conference be India’s Own Epidemiological Diamond Princess?
By SOMALARAM VENKATESH, MD “It has always been science versus fundamentalism, not science versus religion.” Abhijit Naskar, Biopsy of Religions: Neuroanalysis Towards Universal Tolerance On February 3, 2020, the luxury cruise ship Diamond Princess docked on Japanese shores and was promptly quarantined with 3711 people on board, because a passenger who had disembarked at Hong Kong two days earlier had tested positive for SARS-Cov-2,  or also known as  COVID-19. Passengers & crew members were either repatriated or hospitalized in Japan over the next 4 weeks. In total,, more than 700 of th...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Diamond Princess India Somalaram Venkatesh Tablighi Jamat Source Type: blogs

Technical summary: Public Health England data series on deaths in people with Covid-19
Public Health England -This document summarises the Public Health England (PHE) data series on deaths in people with Covid-19 which started on 29 April 2020. This data series provides a daily and cumulative count of all deaths in people who had a laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 test. This document explains the PHE data series, what it includes, details of the data sources, how the numbers are generated, and how it compares to previous data series and weekly reports of Covid-19 death registrations reported by the Office for National Statistics.GuidancePublic Health England - publications (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - April 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Local authorities, public health and health inequalities Source Type: blogs

Researchers Once Found That People Believe In “Climate Change” More Than “Global Warming” — But Word Choice No Longer Seems To Matter
By guest blogger Jesse Singal One of the biggest political challenges of this era is getting powerful people to take the threat of climate change seriously. The most straightforward way to do that would be with bottom-up pressure: if the people who vote demand that their leaders take assertive action against climate change, then politicians will have no choice but to do so (at least if they want to get into office, or to stay there). The major challenge to this, in turn, has been the lingering influence of climate denialism: disbelief in the reality that humans are the cause of climate change, or in the seriousness of...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - April 29, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: environmental Language Replications Source Type: blogs

Is the COVID-19 Antibody Seroprevalence in Santa Clara County really 50-85 fold higher than the number of confirmed cases?
We report the prevalence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in a sample of 3,330 people, adjusting for zip code, sex, and race/ethnicity. We also adjust for test performance characteristics using 3 different estimates: (i) the test manufacturer’s data, (ii) a sample of 37 positive and 30 negative controls tested at Stanford, and (iii) a combination of both First and foremost, we note the substantial degree of selection bias inherent in the use of social media for recruitment of participants in the study. This resulted in a cohort that was quite n...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Christos Argyropoulos Pandemic public health santa clara Source Type: blogs

It ’s time to honor those who died from COVID-19 by sharing their stories
As of this moment, 40,265 Americans have died. They loved their families and friends. They had hopes and dreams. They were moms and dads, daughters and sons, grandmas, and grandpas. They meant something to somebody. Their deaths are barely acknowledged by anyone. They exist as statistics. This is a frightening time we live in. We […]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 - April 23, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="" rel="tag" > Susan Shannon, RN < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs

Three Reasons Why Immigrants Aren ’t Going to Take Your Job
Alex NowrastehPresident Trump recently said that there weretwo reasons for virtually halting all immigration to the United States in response to COVID-19. The first was to prevent the spread of the disease domestically.The second was to save American jobs for American citizens. We ’ve alreadyanalyzedthefirst claim, this post will look at whether reducing immigration further will help save jobs for Americans. The answer is no.Unemployment isspiking during theCOVID-19 crisis. Americans are reacting to the virus by changing their economic behavior by working at home where possible,spending less time in dense public plac...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 22, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

Beware the COVID-tech Cowboys
This article originally appeared on the Hardian Health blog here. The post Beware the COVID-tech Cowboys appeared first on The Health Care Blog. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Provide Emotional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Physicians Facing Psychological Trauma From the COVID-19 Crisis
By SUZAN SONG MD, MPH, PhD The U.S. now has the highest number of COVID-related deaths in the world, with exhausted, frightened physicians managing the front lines. We need not only medical supplies but also emotional personal protective equipment (PPE) against the psychological burden of the pandemic. As a psychiatrist, my role in COVID-19 has included that of a therapist for my colleagues. I helped start Physician Support Line, a peer-to-peer hotline for physicians staffed by more than 500 volunteer psychiatrists. Through the hotline and social media, physicians are revealing their emotional fatigue. One doctor sh...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy coronavirus Mental Health Pandemic Psychology Source Type: blogs

Research assistant / Lab manager position available in the O-Lab at Duke University
We are looking for a highly motivated recent or soon-to-be graduate to join the O-Lab, led by Prof. Tobias Overath, in the Department of Psychology& Neuroscience at Duke University. Work in our lab investigates how sounds, from simple sinusoids to complex speech signals, are analyzed in the human brain, using a combination of behavioral (psychoacoustics) and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG, ECoG) to track the underlying neural processes. Current projects investigate the transformation from acoustic to linguistic analysis of temporal speech structure, online measures of statistical learning, and optimization of coc...
Source: Talking Brains - April 21, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

The Value of Living
Jeffrey Miron,Peter Van Doren, andRyan BourneDuring pandemics, what economic costs associated with regulation should society tolerate to reduce health risks? Economists usually argue that the answer should be guided by the decisions we observe in labor markets in which individuals accept additional morbidity and mortality risk in return for higher compensation. Coal miners and construction workers, for example, are paid more than others with similar skills because they face higher statistical risk of injury and death on the job. A recent estimate of the Value of a Statistical Life (VSL) is $9 million, which impli...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 20, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey Miron, Peter Van Doren, Ryan Bourne Source Type: blogs

Conspiracy Theory Disorder: Understanding Why People Believe
Whenever something new happens — whether it’s a pandemic that grips the world, a rise in a disorder’s diagnosis, or a new technology being rolled out — people have theories. Specifically, conspiracy theories. More often than not, such theories are based upon specious links between one or more unrelated events. Rarely do conspiracy theories have any scientific backing. And when they do, it’s often a lone article or white paper published online. Or maybe just a YouTuber who “was told by my friend who works at so-and-so.” Friend-of-a-friend-of-someone-who-knows (or works there, someon...
Source: World of Psychology - April 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Brain and Behavior General Psychology Research 5g Conspiracy Theories conspiracy theory disorder coronavirus covid19 Source Type: blogs

Knee arthroscopy: Should this common knee surgery be performed less often?
Imagine you’re walking along and suddenly experience excruciating knee pain. Though it initially seems stuck in one position, after a minute or two you can limp along home, but just barely. At your doctor’s visit, an x-ray is normal but symptoms continue for weeks. An MRI is performed and now you have an explanation: a torn meniscus. (Two menisci — rubbery cartilage pads that act as shock absorbers — separate the bottom of your knee bone from the top of your shin bone.) A month later, you’re no better despite rest, pain medicines, and physical therapy. It’s time for surgery to fix it, ri...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Injuries Osteoarthritis Pain Management Surgery Source Type: blogs