Vendor and Supplier Qualification Program for FDA Regulated Industries
The FDA regulates manufacturers of medical products such as devices, pharmaceuticals, tissue products, and biologics. However, the regulations don’t usually extent to suppliers. Instead, the FDA expects the medical product manufacturer to implement an effective program to qualify and re-qualify suppliers for these regulated industries. An effective supplier qualification program has some specific elements including determining expectations and requirements, identifying potential suppliers, evaluating them, selecting a supplier, and re-evaluating the selected suppliers. When issues arise, the manufacturer communicates...
Source: Medgadget - September 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: ComplianceOnline Tags: Sponsored Content Source Type: blogs

Transit Industry Claims That Correlation Proves Causation
Anew report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) comes out firmly in support of the belief that correlation proves causation. The report observes that traffic fatality rates are lower in urban areas with high rates of transit ridership, and claims that this proves “that modest increases in public transit mode share can provide disproportionally larger traffic safety benefits.”Here is one of the charts that APTA claims proves that modest increases in transit ridership will reduce traffic fatalities. Note that, in urban areas with fewer than 25 annual transit trips per capita – which i...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 6, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Randal O ' Toole Source Type: blogs

Lay Health Workers Increase Documentation of Care Preferences
by Ben SkochReview of Effect of a Lay Health Worker Intervention on Goals-of-Care Documentation and on Health Care Use, Costs, and Satisfaction Among Patients with Cancer. A Randomized Clinical Trial. Patel MI, Sundaram V, Desai M, et al. JAMA Oncology July 2018. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.2446I ’m sure many, if not most health professionals who have spent time around an oncology unit have encountered patients receiving care in the late stages of their disease and had the thought, “Is this really helping?” Or possibly, “Has anyone asked this patient how they feel about this treatmen t?&rdq...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - September 5, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Tags: advance care planning journal article pallimed writing group skoch Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 5th September 2018
This report, the result of a nationwide Freedom of Information Act request, shows that the majority of NHS trusts in the UK make the process of requesting a caesarean lengthy, difficult or inconsistent adding anxiety and distress to women at a vulnerable time.”NICESurveillance reports (these report decisions to update, or not, existing guidance).Pregnancy and complex social factors: a model for service provision for pregnant women with complex social factors (CG110, 2010)– this will not be updated.  Details of the decision arehere. Medtech innovation briefingMIB155 - Neon EEG electrode for EEG monit...
Source: Browsing - September 5, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

30 million downloads of open access book chapters
We’re proud to announce that there have now been more than 30 million chapter downloads across our open access (OA) books portfolio. That is for just over 500 OA books published by Springer Nature since we started tracking downloads from our official platform, SpringerLink, in 2013. We very recently published our 550th OA book. At Springer Nature our mission is to advance discovery and an important way in which we are doing this is via our commitment to open research and providing authors with the ability to publish open access. We offer open access book and chapter publishing options to researchers of all discipline...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - September 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Christina Emery Tags: Open Access Publishing open access books Source Type: blogs

Depression and Addiction
How does depression cause addiction? Addiction is a common place issue amongst people who are experiencing a depressive disorder. Alcohol is classified as a central nervous system depressant. This means it will actually trigger typical symptoms of depression like sadness, lethargy and hopelessness. Many people who are depressed reach for alcohol and drugs as a way to numb the pain. This tends to lead to depression and addiction further feeding each other and each condition making the other amplified. When someone is experiencing both addiction and depression, it is often referred to as a dual diagnosis. This diagnosis can ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 4, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcoholism Anxiety Behavioral Addictions Depression Depression Treatment Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eating Disorder Treatment Sober Source Type: blogs

The “experiential advantage” is not universal – the less well-off get equal or more happiness from buying things
By guest blogger Juliet Hodges Being rich(er) may not guarantee happiness, as shown by ample evidence from the social sciences, but there are ways of spending money that will make you happier than others. Recent research has uncovered the “experiential advantage”: greater happiness from spending money on experiences (holidays, meals, theatre tickets) instead of material things (gadgets, clothes, jewellery). This could be for a number of reasons, such as experiences being more closely aligned with our values and being less likely to produce rumination and regret. There are exceptions to this rule, of course. Stu...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - September 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Emotion guest blogger Money Source Type: blogs

Greater Life Expectancy Correlates with Greater Economic Productivity
This report is devoted to exploring the latter relationship. More specifically, based on previous theory and evidence, we develop a statistical method for assessing the extent to which differences in life expectancy explain cross country variation in productivity - measured in terms of GDP per hour worked, per worker, and per capita. We also explore two of the potential channels through which life expectancy might influence productivity - increased educational attainment and greater participation in the labour market. While our previous research focussed on possible reasons why different age dynamics might affect pr...
Source: Fight Aging! - September 3, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Of Interest Source Type: blogs

Aug 31, Edward Thorndike: Today in the History of Psychology (31st August 1874)
Edward Thorndike was born. An influential figure in the early days of modern psychology, Thorndike obtained his M.A. degree under the supervision of William James at Harvard before transferring to Columbia to study animal intelligence with James McKeen Cattell; during which time he earned his Ph.D. in the subject, a landmark moment in the scientific study of animal behavior. It is, however, for his pioneering contribution within the field of educational psychology that Thorndike is best remembered. In the course of a long and prodigious academic career Thorndike published over 500 papers on topics including, laws of learni...
Source: Forensic Psychology Blog - September 1, 2018 Category: Forensic Medicine Source Type: blogs

Primary prevention of CAD with Aspirin : Why we are asking same research question for over 50 years & still go wanting ?
Thousands of delegates* converge annually in glittering convention centers on a regular basis to present high quality research. It’s all about overflowing seminar halls, stunning speeches , Intense questions , adoring debates , cozy discussions in grand dinner nights . The meet continues further, as news breaks in global TV shows, spreads in non-stop handles of twitter after igniting the face books. Finally , it ends over the week-end ! (It has to you know ! ) . . . Every one flies back, only to come back next year to ponder “almost the same issue”  all over again. (Some times the questions are left ...
Source: Dr.S.Venkatesan MD - August 31, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: dr s venkatesan Tags: Preventive cardiology Primary prevention of CAD Primary prevention studies Public Health Public health issues What is the role of aspirin for primary prevention of cad Source Type: blogs

How to Overcome Being Cyberchondriac?
We must all have experienced the features of being a cyberchondriac every once in a while: you wake up with a headache, you feel dizzy and dehydrated, but after googling your symptoms you’re inclined to think you have brain cancer instead of crediting your unwell to the company cocktail hour the day before. As nowadays the diagnosis seems to be only a click away, the danger of becoming constantly anxious about diseases got a lot closer. Here’s how you can overcome being a cyberchondriac. Illness anxiety is real What is the common denominator of Charles Darwin, Andy Warhol, and Howard Huges? No, it’s not ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Empowered Patients Social media in Healthcare cyberchondria cyberchondriac diagnosis digital health google Health 2.0 health app hypochondria online diagnosis technology Source Type: blogs

How to Overcome Being Cyberchondriac?
We must all have experienced the features of being a cyberchondriac every once in a while: you wake up with a headache, you feel dizzy and dehydrated, but after googling your symptoms you’re inclined to think you have brain cancer instead of crediting your being unwell to the company cocktail hour the day before. As nowadays the diagnosis seems to be only a click away, the danger of becoming constantly anxious about diseases got a lot closer. Here’s how you can overcome being a cyberchondriac. Illness anxiety is real What is the common denominator of Charles Darwin, Andy Warhol, and Howard Huges? No, it’...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Empowered Patients Social media in Healthcare cyberchondria cyberchondriac diagnosis digital health google Health 2.0 health app hypochondria online diagnosis technology Source Type: blogs

Flexible Self-Powered Knee Sensor for Rehab Monitoring
Engineers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have developed a self-powered knee sensor to help monitor patients undergoing rehabilitation therapy. The device has a tubular shape and it generates its own electricity every time it’s flexed, enough so to power not only the sensor, but the electronics, and an antenna for wireless data transmission. The electricity is generated using electromagnetism and the triboelectric effect, which involves a material becoming electrically charged when another material rubs against it. This device has the capacity to be used continuously by rehab patients without having to exchan...
Source: Medgadget - August 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Materials Orthopedic Surgery Rehab Source Type: blogs

Food allergy: Death is not our only fear
Recently, a respected allergist reassured his audience: the mortality rate for food allergy is very low. The risk of dying in a car crash is much greater than the risk of dying from food allergy. The implication seemed to be that the anxiety around food allergy is misplaced. Though any loss of life is too great; statistically, food allergy deaths are rare. To the food allergy community, it just doesn’t feel that way. As a scientist, I believe evidence should triumph over emotional reasoning. But as a food allergy mom, I was not reassured. Other food allergy families present that day felt the same. Why, I wondered, is...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 28, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/gianine-d-rosenblum" rel="tag" > Gianine D. Rosenblum, PhD < /a > Tags: Conditions Allergies & Immunology Source Type: blogs

Peter Kirsanow's Numerous Errors
Last Thursday,Tucker Carlson invited Peter Kirsanow onto his top-rated Fox News showTucker Carlson Tonight to discuss illegal immigration and crime. They began the segment by playing a recent clip of me and Carlson arguing about data on illegal immigrant criminality in Texas. In thatearlier segment, Carlson said we don ’t have good data on illegal immigrant criminality and I said we do, specifically from thestate of Texas. The data show that illegal immigrants have a lower murder conviction rate than native-born Americans.  Kirsanow responded to my clip in a multi-minute near-monologue. Unfortunately, Kirsanow m...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 27, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

Beneath the Surface of Helicopter Parenting
The prevalence and rise of anxiety is documented and, with the abundance of informational sources available at arms-length, you do not have to look far for bad news. A sense of danger, both subtle and blatant, projects from the screens that dominate attention. As the world gets bigger in an interconnected way, the interpersonal sphere of those closest and most important to us becomes more influential, particularly to the basic needs of children. The holding environment created by parents while children are dependent, as well as the health of the attachment, become crucial to the quality of two vital parenting responsibili...
Source: World of Psychology - August 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John C. Panepinto, PsyD, LPCS, NCC Tags: Anxiety and Panic Children and Teens Family Minding the Media Parenting Self-Esteem Technology building resilience Coping Skills helicopter parenting overbearing overcoming adversity Responsibility Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 27th 2018
Fight Aging! provides a weekly digest of news and commentary for thousands of subscribers interested in the latest longevity science: progress towards the medical control of aging in order to prevent age-related frailty, suffering, and disease, as well as improvements in the present understanding of what works and what doesn't work when it comes to extending healthy life. Expect to see summaries of recent advances in medical research, news from the scientific community, advocacy and fundraising initiatives to help speed work on the repair and reversal of aging, links to online resources, and much more. This content is...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 26, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Death Notification as Behavior Modification: Let's think this through
by Ben Skoch (@skochb)Opioid Problem. Opioid Epidemic. Opioid Crisis.Call it what you will (as long as you don ’t use the word narcotic, butthat ’s another article), but the United States has a real issue with opioids right now. It has been much talked about, publicized, criticized, politicized, has left some people ostracized, to a point where the concern has become supersized. Six years ago,a reportstated enough opioid prescriptions were written for every adult in the US to have a bottle of pills, about 259 million. Couple that with thereport from the CDC that over 42,000 people died from opioid (illicit and ...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - August 24, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Tags: behavior change burnout california journal article opioids research skoch The profession Source Type: blogs

A Review of the Effects of MitoQ on Biomarkers Related to Aging
If you have been following the development of mitochondrially targeted antioxidants as a potential therapy to modestly slow aging, you might find this open access paper interesting. MitoQ is one of the readily available compounds, with SkQ1 as the other. My impression from the papers is that SkQ1 and closely related plastoquinones have a larger effect size on life span in animal studies, but it still isn't more than a fraction of that produced by calorie restriction. Mitochondrially targeted antioxidants appear to function by improving mitochondrial metabolism, but the most medically relevant effect observed so far...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 24, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

A Feeble Defense of the Jones Act
Rep. Duncan Hunter is not pleased with theCato Institute ’s efforts to repeal the Jones Act. Taking notice of arecent op-ed I penned criticizing the California congressman ’s support of this costly law, Huntertook to the pages of the same newspaper last weekend to defend his stance. It ’s worth reviewing the piece in full, as it recycles several arguments typically offered in support of the Jones Act—and exposes some glaring weaknesses.Hunter begins his defense of the Jones Act by disputing accusations that the law negatively impacts Puerto Rico ’s economy:Like many opponents of the Jones Act,...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 23, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Colin Grabow Source Type: blogs

The Blatant, Accepted Fraud of the " Anti-Aging " Marketplace Will Eventually Evaporate
The existence of actual, working rejuvenation therapies will eventually chase out the fraud and lies from the "anti-aging" marketplace, and what will be left is just plain old medicine - but much better, more advanced medicine than we have today. This will take years, however, and the established hucksters will continue to have a fine old time on their way out. They will continue to cherry-pick studies, cloak the junk that doesn't work in a thin veneer of science, mimicking the voices and marketing of legitimate ventures. The basic lie that is loudly propagated by the "anti-aging" business, that their p...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 23, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

First randomised-controlled trial of an employee “Wellness Programme” suggests they are a waste of money
This study can’t speak to why certain individuals are deterred from signing up, but perhaps it has to do with their other commitments and dependents, and their perceptions of the programmes as somehow not for them. To increase up-take among these groups will therefore likely require addressing these perceptions and providing additional support to help overcome any obstacles to taking part.  For now, the impression of a positive impact given by wellness programmes looks largely a mirage. —What Do Workplace Wellness Programs Do? Evidence from the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study Alex Fradera (@alexfrad...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 23, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Occupational Source Type: blogs

The UN ’ s Extreme Poverty Report: Further Evidence US Healthcare Is Divorced From Reality
By DAVID INTROCASO, Ph.D. In May Philip Alston, the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, and John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University Law School released his, “Report of the Special Rapporteur On Extreme Poverty and Human Rights on His Mission to the United States.”  The 20-page report was based, in part, on Alston’s visits this past December to California, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.  After reading the report and the response to it, one is again forced to question how legitimate is our concern for the health and well being ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Patients human rights laws Poverty United Nations Source Type: blogs

New book on how “Forest Bathing” can promote physical and mental health
– The Kumano Kodo trail in Japan “Nature deficit disorder” is a modern affliction. With more people living in cities, working in high-rise office buildings, and becoming addicted to their innumerable electronic devices, many of us are indeed experiencing a nature deficit. This is true for children and adults alike. In his new book, Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, Japanese medical doctor and researcher Qing Li presents some sobering statistics: By 2050, according to the United Nations Population Division, three quarters of the world’s people will live in cities. Eve...
Source: SharpBrains - August 22, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness actigraphy actual sleep time anger anxiety circadian phase depression electronic devices forest bathing forest walking Japan Mental-Health Nature deficit disorder physiological stress Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 22nd August 2018
Some recent things you might need to know about.Royal College of AnaesthetistsThe care of the critically ill woman in childbirth: enhanced maternal care 2018. Summarises recommendations relevant to the care of pregnant or recently pregnant, acutely or chronically unwell women, who require acute hospital maternity and critical care specialist services. NHS EnglandCCG maternity assessment, containing the independent panel commentary, methodology of the ratings for 2017/18 and the CCG individual assessment ratings for 2017/18. CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework (CCG IAF) – Maternity Support Offer,an...
Source: Browsing - August 22, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

The Murder of Mollie Tibbetts and Illegal Immigrant Crime: The Facts
Yesterday, authorities in Iowa charged 24-year old Cristhian Bahena Rivera with the murder ofMollie Tibbetts. Facts in these types of cases come out slowly and some details, substantive or minor, may change in the months ahead that could alter the correct view of this case. But nothing can change the fact that the murder of Tibbetts was a brutal and unforgivable act and that the murderer should be punished to the full extent of the law. Rivera is charged with that murder and there is a lot of evidence to support a conviction.     This terrible murder is already feeding into a political firestorm.  Peopl...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 22, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

Suicide Can Bring a Complicated Type of Grief
The path of grief is never a straight line. I got the call on a Wednesday evening from my husband. Earlier in the day, he had driven by a cliff where traffic had been stopped, with helicopters and fire engines on the scene. He had heard that a truck had gone over the cliff, but that’s all he knew. Later that day, he found out the truck had been driven by our friend. The place where it was driven off the cliff made it clear that it had been purposeful. The day before, I had heard news of Kate Spade’s suicide, and that same morning, had heard statistics on npr about the rising number of suicides in America, calli...
Source: World of Psychology - August 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: Grief and Loss Publishers Spirituality & Health Suicide suicide crisis line suicide crisis text Source Type: blogs

The Role of Technology in Chronic Disease Management – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 8/24 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Colton Ortolf (@ColtonOrtolf) who blogs at tech prescribed on the topic of “The Role of Technology in Chronic Disease Management“. Chronic disease is an incredibly broad term, but it can be simply defined as “a physical or mental health condition that lasts more than one year and causes functional restrictions or requires ongoing monitoring or treatment.” In all, 86% of $2 trillion in US healthcare expenditures eac...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT #HITsm Topics Chronic Care Management Chronic Disease Management Colton Ortolf tech prescribed Source Type: blogs

Brainsway Transcranial Stimulation Cleared in U.S. for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Brainsway, Israel’s leading magnetic stimulation company, won FDA de novo clearance for its system to be used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in the United States. The company’s Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation system is used to deliver magnetic field pulses to the front of the brain, altering brain activity in the process. It is non-invasive and the therapy is delivered over a number of sessions throughout approximately ten weeks. It already has FDA clearance to treat drug resistant depression and pain related to certain migraine headaches, and European CE Mark for autism, Alzheime...
Source: Medgadget - August 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Neurology Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

​Increasing Your Child ’ s Attention Span & Ability to Focus
Back in 2015, a survey conducted by Microsoft showed that people in this digital age have a shrinking attention span. In fact, sources like Time magazine claim we have the attention span of a goldfish. What a horrible thought! But it turns out that assertion may be just a fish story. The statistics on which this statement was based were too vague to be trusted. Our reputation for being more attentive than goldfish appears to be, for the moment, safe. Unfortunately, that isn’t the end of it. We may not have a goldfish attention span, but there’s no denying our focus has been compromised thanks to the consta...
Source: World of Psychology - August 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tyler Jacobson Tags: Children and Teens Habits Parenting Personal Self-Help Technology Source Type: blogs

Digital Technologies for Improving Hygiene in Health Facilities
150 years after Semmelweis advised fellow physicians to sanitize their hands to mitigate the effect of infections, the maintenance of hygiene is still a widespread problem in hospitals and the source of healthcare-associated infections. Now, technological solutions line up against microorganisms, bacteria, and fungi. Here are a few examples. 1 in 9 in-patients will die due to infection According to the US Center for Disease Control, studies show that on average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. This significantly contributes to the spread of healthcare-associated infections (H...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Healthcare Design Medical Professionals Policy Makers clean digital digital health future HAI healthcare-associated infection hygiene Medicine robot robotics sensors technology trackers wearable Source Type: blogs

Digital Technologies for Improving Hygiene in Health Facilities
150 years after Semmelweis advised fellow physicians to sanitize their hands to mitigate the effect of infections, the maintenance of hygiene is still a widespread problem in hospitals and the source of healthcare-associated infections. Now, technological solutions line up against microorganisms, bacteria, and fungi. Here are a few examples. 1 in 9 in-patients will die due to infection According to the US Center for Disease Control, studies show that on average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. This significantly contributes to the spread of healthcare-associated infections (H...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Healthcare Design Medical Professionals Policy Makers clean digital digital health future HAI healthcare-associated infection hygiene Medicine robot robotics sensors technology trackers wearable Source Type: blogs

The Chance of Being Murdered or Injured in a Terrorist Attack in the United Kingdom
On Tuesday, a Sudanese immigrant to the United Kingdom namedSalih Khater crashed his car into cyclists and pedestrians in a terrorist attack in London. Fortunately, Khater did not murder anybody in his attack but he did injurethree pedestrians, one of whom was so lightly wounded that he was treated at the scene and released. The other two wounded people have since been released from the hospital.  Terrorism has been relatively common in the United Kingdom for decades, from the Irish Republican Army to al Qaeda to ISIS. However, there islittle research on the actual risk of a British person being killed or injured in a...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 15, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

A re-replication of a psychological classic provides a cautionary tale about overhyped science
via Strack et al, 1988 By guest blogger Jesse Singal If you wanted a poster child for the replication crisis and the controversy it has unleashed within the field of psychology, it would be hard to do much better than Fritz Strack’s findings. In 1988, the German psychologist and his colleagues published research that appeared to show that if your mouth is forced into a smile, you become a bit happier, and if it’s forced into a frown, you become a bit sadder. He pulled this off by asking volunteers to view a set of cartoons (paper ones, not animated) while holding a pen in their mouth, either with their tee...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Emotion Faces guest blogger Replications Source Type: blogs

Updated: A re-replication of a psychological classic provides a cautionary tale about overhyped science
via Strack et al, 1988 By guest blogger Jesse Singal “Update: On Twitter, some researchers argued, reasonably in my view, that I wasn’t quite sceptical enough in relating these findings. See the update at the end of this post for more details.” If you wanted a poster child for the replication crisis and the controversy it has unleashed within the field of psychology, it would be hard to do much better than Fritz Strack’s findings. In 1988, the German psychologist and his colleagues published research that appeared to show that if your mouth is forced into a smile, you become a bit happier, and ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Emotion Faces guest blogger Replications Source Type: blogs

The California TRUST Act Reduced Deportations
Sanctuary policies on the city, county, and state level are frequently in the news.   Opponents claim that they increase crime in jurisdictions while proponents claim that they allow illegal immigrants, their families, and their American neighbors to rest a little easier knowing that the local government won’t help the federal government enforce its immigration laws.  Both sid es assume that sanctuary policies produce those results by decreasing the scope and scale of immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions that, in turn, reduce the number of deportations from there.There are undoubtedl...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 14, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh, Andrew Forrester Source Type: blogs

The Top Bioprinting Companies
In the next 5-7 years, the bioprinting market is estimated to expand by 15.7 percent, and it is anticipated to grow over $4.70 billion by 2025, according to the latest study of BIS Research. While the growth statistics indicate a turbulent landscape, it is worth familiarizing with the main players. Here, we collected the best bioprinting companies currently on the market. The future of bioprinting: tissues not organs The idea of lab-grown organs might mean the end of testing drugs on animals or humans, the solution for organ shortages and an ending of the desperate state of organ donations worldwide. If the creators of the...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: 3D Printing in Medicine Biotechnology Business Future of Medicine 3d printed bioprinting company Healthcare Innovation market regenerative skin Source Type: blogs

The Top Bioprinting Companies
In the next 5-7 years, the bioprinting market is estimated to expand by 15.7 percent, and it is anticipated to grow over $4.70 billion by 2025, according to the latest study of BIS Research. While the growth statistics indicate a turbulent landscape, it is worth familiarizing with the main players. Here, we collected the best bioprinting companies currently on the market. The future of bioprinting: tissues not organs The idea of lab-grown organs might mean the end of testing drugs on animals or humans, the solution for organ shortages and an ending of the desperate state of organ donations worldwide. If the creators of the...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: 3D Printing in Medicine Biotechnology Business Future of Medicine 3d printed bioprinting company Healthcare Innovation market regenerative skin Source Type: blogs

Health Statistics on the Web
Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on August 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET for the class Health Statistics on the Web. Sponsored by MAR, this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources. This course offers 1 MLA CE and has been approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing for 1 CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES). You can register for In He...
Source: BHIC - August 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Erin Seger Tags: General Source Type: blogs

Making Today ’s Media Environment Work for the Professions—and You
Most ASHA members would like to see communication sciences and disorders (CSD) professions featured in the news. Some have taken this desire a step further and have reached out to the media (print or on-air) in their communities to discuss topics they care deeply about. Others want to do so, but don’t know where to start or what resonates with reporters. So what are reporters interested in hearing about? “Old school” still works: government statistics on communication disorders, new research findings, an awareness month or week—to name a few examples. In past columns, I provided advice on how to tak...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 13, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Francine Pierson Tags: Advocacy Audiology Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Surgical VR Firm Osso VR Launches Collaborative Training Tool: Exclusive With CEO Dr. Justin Barad
Osso VR, a leading virtual reality (VR) surgical training technology company, has recently announced the launch of its collaborative training feature that allows multiple surgeons to train together in a single immersive VR space. The option to train collaboratively offers improved learning opportunities for surgeons and the surgical teams regardless of their physical location and at a moment’s notice, allowing for more efficient and frequent training sessions. It also allows medical device companies to offer unlimited training to multiple surgeons in one session. Surgeons can train one-on-one in a virtual environment...
Source: Medgadget - August 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Alice Ferng Tags: Exclusive Orthopedic Surgery Source Type: blogs

Grief and the Healing Property of Time
This article will not begin to address the complexities presented in suicidal, homicidal, child or antepartum, perin atal, or postpartum bereavement.)For most adults who experience the death of a loved one, they will move through normal grief reactions without any pathology.[11] What I try to reframe are the expectations we have regarding what ’s “appropriate coping”. Sometimes I get called to a family because the patient or family is crying too much; other times it’s because they aren’t crying at all. What I want everyone to know is either response is acceptable. Grief can cause you to withdr...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - August 10, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Tags: bereavement grief latimer Source Type: blogs

How Scientists Use Statistical Deception to Fake Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness
Statistical manipulation misinforms people by use of false measurements. Vaccine scientists often conceal the true effectiveness of the influenza vaccine through risk calculations. Researchers use a calculation that essentially artificially inflates the effectiveness of influenza vaccines. Rather than use the statistical measure that more truthfully represents vaccine effectiveness, the researchers choose to use a statistical […] VacTruth.com (Source: vactruth.com)
Source: vactruth.com - August 10, 2018 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tom Stavola Tags: Influence & Psychology Absolute Risk Reduction (ARR) influenza vaccine Relative Risk (RR) Risk Calculation Statistical Deception Source Type: blogs

Study: Brain training games could be used to assess cognitive abilities, replace the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE)
----Study: Brain training games could be used to assess cognitive abilities, replace the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) //SharpBrains___The Use of Mobile Games to Assess Cognitive Function of Elderly with and without Cognitive Impairment (Journal of Alzheimer's Disease):Abstract: In the past few years numerous mobile games have been developed to train the brain. There is a lack of information about the relation between the scores obtained in these games and the cognitive abilities of the patients. The aim of this study was to determine whether or not mobile games can be used to assess cognitive abilities of elderly. Tw...
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - August 10, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: blogs

Study: Brain training games could be used to assess cognitive abilities, replace the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE)
___ The Use of Mobile Games to Assess Cognitive Function of Elderly with and without Cognitive Impairment (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease): Abstract: In the past few years numerous mobile games have been developed to train the brain. There is a lack of information about the relation between the scores obtained in these games and the cognitive abilities of the patients. The aim of this study was to determine whether or not mobile games can be used to assess cognitive abilities of elderly. Twenty healthy young adults, 29 old patients with cognitive impairments (Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) [20- 24]) and 27-aged c...
Source: SharpBrains - August 10, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology assessment cognitive evaluation cognitive-abilities cognitive-function Cognitive-impairment cognitive-impairments dementia Mini-Mental-State-Exam MMSE mobile games Serious-Games Source Type: blogs

Women with partners higher in trait conscientiousness get more pleasure from sex
By Christian Jarrett Especially if you are in a long-term relationship your own sexual functioning is not a purely an individual matter but is bound up with your partner’s. Previous research has looked at this dynamic, finding for example that people are generally happier with their sex lives when they have the perception that they and their partner are sexually compatible. Surprisingly, however, before now the influence of your partner’s broader personality traits on your own sex life had not been studied. A German study of nearly a thousand long-term couples (98 per cent of them heterosexual) is the first to ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Gender Personality Sex Source Type: blogs

The Following is an Excerpt from the Book “ Let ’s Talk About Death (Over Dinner): An Invitation and Guide to Life ’ s Most Important Conversation ”
By MICHAEL HEBB The train sped along from Seattle to Portland on a spectacular summer morning, following the track along the waterways of the lower Puget Sound. One of my daughters lived in Portland at the time, so I found myself on the train frequently. Like most of us, I don’t seek out conversations with strangers while traveling, which is unfortunate, as I have had transformative moments when I decide to engage and treat fellow passengers as fellow humans. That day the train was crowded, and I didn’t have the option of keeping my distance. I found myself at a table with two women—both physicians and bo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Care Books Physicians Let’s Talk About Death (Over Dinner) Source Type: blogs

People with strong self-control experience less intense bodily states like hunger and fatigue
By Christian Jarrett You may think of people with high self-control as having enviable reserves of willpower, but recent findings suggest this isn’t the case. Instead it seems the strong-willed are canny folk, adept at avoiding temptation in the first place. A new study in the journal Self and Identity builds on this picture, showing that people high in self-control tend to experience less intense visceral states, like fatigue, hunger and stress (states that are known to encourage impulsive behaviour). The new findings make sense: after all, it is much easier to be in control of your decisions if you are organis...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Decision making Personality Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 6th 2018
In this study, we analyzed FGF21 levels and alterations in the expression of genes encoding components of the FGF21-responsive molecular machinery in adipose tissue from aged individuals so as to ascertain whether altered FGF21 responsiveness that develops with aging jeopardizes human health and/or accelerates metabolic disturbances associated with aging. We studied a cohort of 28 healthy elderly individuals (≥70 years) with no overt signs of metabolic or other pathologies and compared them with a cohort of 35 young healthy controls (≤40 years). Serum FGF21 levels were significantly increased in elderly indiv...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 5, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs