Eating Ourselves into Shorter, Less Healthy Lives
We humans have not evolved for optimal function given a continually high calorie intake. We, and all other species, evolved in an environment characterized by periods of feast and famine: we desire food constantly, but nonetheless need some amount of hunger in order to be healthy. Periods of low calorie intake spur increased activity of tissue maintenance mechanisms throughout the body. A lower overall calorie intake minimizes excess visceral fat tissue that causes chronic inflammation and metabolic disease. In this modern society of comfort and cheap calories, all too many people are eating themselves into shorter, less h...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 30, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Avoiding COVID-19 when following the guidelines seems impossible
By now, we all know the drill: Maintain physical distance. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Avoid people who are sick and stay away from others if you are sick. While these measures may seem simple enough, they are not easy to keep up month after month. Yet they are likely to be with us for a while. But what about those who cannot comply? Certain conditions can make the standard measures to stay safe during the pandemic seem impossible. At the same time, some of those likely to have the most trouble following the guidelines — such as older people with dementia — are at higher risk for illness and death if they do ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Alzheimer's Disease Anxiety and Depression Asthma Caregiving Coronavirus and COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Self-Help Cliches Have a Peculiar Value
  Take the bull by the horns! Pick yourself up by your bootstraps! Are these cliches condescending for people with mental illness? Or is there a grain of truth to them? Today, Gabe and Lisa debate the pros and cons of the all too common “taking your life back” advice we all get from well-meaning people. Gabe shares his personal story of gaining back control of his life a day at a time while healing from depression. When you struggle with mental illness, how much of your behavior, thoughts and emotions do you actually have control over? Is it helpful to feel in control of your life, even when it screws you...
Source: World of Psychology - July 28, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Not Crazy Podcast Tags: General Mental Health and Wellness Not Crazy Podcast Self-Help Source Type: blogs

A Genomic Search for Longevity-Associated Genes Points to Iron Metabolism in Human Aging
As a general rule, one should be skeptical about any and all single studies that identify longevity-associated genes from human data. Typically the results cannot be replicated in different study populations, and the effect sizes are in any case small. Identified gene variants confer only small changes in the odds of reaching a given age. Only a handful of gene variants show up reliably in multiple studies carried out in different human populations. So, unfortunately, however interesting or novel the data in a new study, such as the association of longevity with maintenance of normal iron levels noted in today's open acces...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 27, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Are Surging State COVID-19 Cases Due to Early Reopening?
Alan Reynolds"How Coronavirus Cases Have Risen Since States Reopened" inThe New York Times July 9 claimed, " Florida and South Carolina were among the first to open up and are now among the states leading the current surge. In contrast, the states that bore the brunt of cases in March and April but were slower to reopen have seen significant decreases in reported cases since. Average daily cases in New York are down 52 percent since it reopened in late May and down 83 percent in Massachusetts " (which reopened May 18).The purpose of this note is to question whether or not it is accurate to simply attr...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 24, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Alan Reynolds Source Type: blogs

The Murky Origins of the H-2B Program ’s Prevailing Wage Rule
ConclusionThe strange and complex regulatory history of the H-2B program ’s prevailing wage requirement highlights the importance of Congress offering clearer immigration statutes, and courts not allowing as much discretion to the administration to invent immigration requirements that Congress did not impose. However, a future administration will still have substantial latitude to improve the prevailing wage requirement for the H-2B program.[1] See Section 101(a)(15)(H) and Section 214(c) ofPublic law 82 –414[2] See Section 101(a)(15)(H) and Section 214(c) ofPublic law 82 –414[3]17 FR 10013 (November...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 23, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: David J. Bier Source Type: blogs

GRCm39: the new mouse reference genome assembly
The GRC is pleased to announce the release of GRCm39 (GCA_000001635.9), the latest version of the mouse reference genome assembly. GRCm39 is the first coordinate-changing update to the mouse reference since the 2012 release of GRCm38. More than 400 reported issues were resolved in the production of the new assembly, which also incorporates the sequence edits released as scaffolds in the six GRCm38 patch releases.The new reference assembly exhibits substantial improvements in contiguity. As shown in Fig 1, the scaffold N50 has increased by 95% to 106.1 Mb in GRCm39, and 1.9 Mb of non-N bases were added to the assembly....
Source: GenomeRef - July 22, 2020 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: blogs

Suicide Loss: The Double-Edged Sword of Blame and Shame
After spending over a decade listening to the pain of those who have lost loved ones to suicide, I have felt, vicariously, the two sides of that double-edged sword thousands of times. Blame and shame are two of the words that describe what makes suicide loss so different. They are connected and can come from words someone says to the bereaved or — worse — from inside a survivor’s own heart following a death which is still, in most places, a societal taboo. What these words carry forward are speech and actions that make the aftermath of this kind of loss infinitely more difficult. Ironically, both are und...
Source: World of Psychology - July 22, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jan McDaniel Tags: Grief and Loss Self-Help Suicide Bereavement grieving Shame Survivor Guilt Source Type: blogs

Funding Trends: MIRA Applications and Overall Impact Scores
One of the most common questions we receive about the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) program is the likelihood of an application’s funding given a certain overall impact score. Frequent readers of this blog may note that we typically provide statistics as they relate to our R01 portfolio, but we’ve yet to provide a similar “funding curve” for the MIRA program. One reason that MIRA applications haven’t been included in these analyses is that, unlike most R01 applications, MIRA R35 applications don’t receive a percentile score. The percentile score allows for norm...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - July 21, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Trends Funding Outcomes Funding Policies MIRA Source Type: blogs

Is Asperger ’ s Your Superpower?
Do you think maybe you have some of the characteristics of people with autism? Did your score on the Autism Quiz on this site suggest that you might be autistic? Has someone suggested that your behaviors are a little or a lot unusual might be “spectrumy”? Are you worried that having autism can be stigmatizing or that it makes you crazy? Not so fast. Get the facts. People with autism with average to high intelligence but who have difficulty with social skills used to be diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (named after the pediatrician who first characterized the condition in the 1940s). In the latest edition of the...
Source: World of Psychology - July 18, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. Tags: Aspergers Autism Books Asperger’s Syndrome Autism Spectrum neurotypical Source Type: blogs

Gender differences in cardiovascular disease: Women are less likely to be prescribed certain heart medications
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading killer of both women and men in the US. Despite the significant impact CVD has on women, awareness and education for women’s heart disease has historically been low. A recent study, based on data from over two million patients, suggests that women were less likely to be prescribed aspirin, statins, and certain blood pressure medications compared to men. CVD is a group of diseases involving the heart or blood vessels. It includes high blood pressure (hypertension), coronary artery disease, heart attacks, heart failure, heart valve problems, and abnormal heart rhythms. CVD ca...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - July 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Gaggin, MD, MPH Tags: Drugs and Supplements Heart Health Women's Health Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Debating ‘ Anti-Psychiatry ’ Advocacy
Conclusion, do not visit cardiologists. They will give you heart attacks. No, that’s ridiculous. It’s so mind blowing that anyone even said this, right? It’s just ugh. Obviously, people who are extremely sick and who are at risk of killing themselves get psychiatric care. No kidding. So, yeah, this is, in fact, very dangerous. Gabe: The word bullshit is not big enough. This is the literal equivalent of me saying that I looked at fifty thousand people who went to the hospital in the last year. And you were much more likely to die if you had a hospital admission. Now, I’m talking physical health now. ...
Source: World of Psychology - July 14, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Not Crazy Podcast Tags: General Mental Health and Wellness Not Crazy Podcast Psychiatry Treatment Source Type: blogs

Do Immigrants Make the United States More Left ‐​Wing?
ConclusionHow immigrants affect the size and growth of government is a complex issue with many moving parts. Immigrants have tended to vote for the Democratic Party or its predecessor since the 1790s. When the Democratic Party was the laissez-faire party, immigrants voted for it. When it became the interventionist party, immigrants continued to vote for it. They did so because the Democratic Party has been more pro-immigration than its competitors during most of American history.With some exceptions,people tend to choose a political party first and then change their opinions to match that party’s platform. Public opi...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 13, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh, Andrew C. Forrester Source Type: blogs

Doctors and Democracy: Why Vote-By-Mail is Good Public Health
Rob Palmer Josh Hyman Isaac Freedman By ROB PALMER, ISAAC FREEDMAN, and JOSH HYMAN Suppose tomorrow you were informed that patients could no longer have medications delivered to their homes. Thus, in the midst of the worst pandemic in recent history, your patients would have to go to pharmacies to get essential medications. Undoubtedly, you’d be puzzled, wondering why your patients must needlessly put themselves and others in harms’ way to care for their own health. In light of the change, you might even debate if it’s worth the risk of getting your own medications.  Thankfully, th...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Isaac Freedman Josh Hyman public health Rob Palmer Vote By Mail Source Type: blogs

Can a daily pill lighten heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids?
Fibroids are generally benign (not cancerous) tumors that form within the tissues of the uterus. They are very common in reproductive-age women: studies report that up to 70% of white women and 80% of Black women may develop fibroids by age 50. And research suggests Black women are more likely to experience severe or very severe symptoms related to fibroids, such as heavy and sometimes prolonged monthly periods. In some cases, women seek medical care due to menstrual bleeding so heavy that they develop anemia and require iron supplements or, much more rarely, blood transfusions. The FDA recently approved new medicine, take...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Huma Farid, MD Tags: Fertility Health Health care disparities Women's Health Source Type: blogs

A Conversation with John Ioannidis
By SAURABH JHA, MD The COVID-19 pandemic has been a testing time for the already testy academic discourse. Decisions have had to be made with partial information. Information has come in drizzles, showers and downpours. The velocity with which new information has arrived has outstripped our ability to make sense of it. On top of that, the science has been politicized in a polarized country with a polarizing president at its helm. As the country awoke to an unprecedented economic lockdown in the middle of March, John Ioannidis, professor of epidemiology at Stanford University and one of the most cited physician sc...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Public Health John Ioannidis Saurabh Jha Source Type: blogs

Health disparities in our patients are evident but difficult to address
I am Jewish, bisexual, and female. Statistically, these three identities put me at risk for experiencing violence in this country. But I am also white, and so I am not afraid. I can go for runs in my neighborhood without fear of being attacked. I can shop in fancy stores without fear of being followed. […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  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 7, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/rachel-fogel" rel="tag" > Rachel Fogel < /a > < /span > Tags: Policy Public Health & Source Type: blogs

2019 adult inpatient survey statistical release
Care Quality Commission (CQC) - The majority of people who stayed as an inpatient in hospital were happy with the care they received, had confidence in the doctors and nurses treating them and felt their fundamental needs were met, according to the latest CQC adult inpatient survey. However, survey respondents were less positive about arrangements and information received when leaving hospital, and access to support and further services once at home. This was a particular concern for people who self-reported as being frail. The survey was conducted before the Covid-19 pandemic.Statistical releaseMore detailPress relea...
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - July 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Patient involvement, experience and feedback Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, July 6th 2020
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: https://www.fightaging.org/newsletter/ 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 m...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 5, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

More Evidence Linking Particulate Air Pollution to Increased Mortality in the Old
The present consensus on how particulate air pollution (such as wood smoke from cooking fires, still commonplace in much of the world) causes an acceleration of age-related disease and mortality is that this is a matter of inflammation. Particules lodge in the lungs, and there spur chronic inflammation that drives onset and progression of all common age-related conditions. The evidence for this to be a causal relationship seems fairly compelling, based on studies of similar populations with different particulate exposure that rule out socioeconomic factors. It is certainly the case that more polluted regions are usually le...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 3, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Obesity Correlates with Higher Dementia Risk
Excess visceral fat tissue generates chronic inflammation via a range of mechanisms, including an accelerated creation of senescent cells. Most of the commmon age-related conditions have an inflammatory component, and thus people who are overweight or obese suffer a raised risk of age-related disease, higher lifetime medical costs, and a shorter life expectancy. This is illustrated here in yet another study showing that greater BMI and waist circumference (the latter a better measure of visceral fat burden) correlate with greater risk of dementia. Researchers collected data from 6,582 people in a nationally repres...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 2, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Can controlling blood pressure later in life reduce risk of dementia?
This study was so successful at reducing the risk of mild cognitive impairment by lowering high blood pressure that it ended early, because the data and safety monitoring board felt that it was unethical to continue the control group. However, the dementia endpoint had not yet reached statistical significance — likely because of this early termination. Thus, while the study succeeded in one sense, it ultimately concluded that treating systolic blood pressure to below 120 mmHg (versus lower than 140 mmHg) did not reduce risk of dementia. A new analysis of many studies Because SPRINT-MIND and many other prior studies h...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew E. Budson, MD Tags: Brain and cognitive health Healthy Aging Heart Health Hypertension and Stroke Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, June 29th 2020
In conclusion, metabolomics is a promising approach for the assessment of biological age and appears complementary to established epigenetic clocks. Sedentary Behavior Raises the Risk of Cancer Mortality https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2020/06/sedentary-behavior-raises-the-risk-of-cancer-mortality/ Living a sedentary lifestyle is known to be harmful to long term health, raising the risk of age-related disease and mortality. Researchers here show that a sedentary life specifically increases cancer mortality, and does so independently of other factors. This is one of many, many reasons to maintain a re...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 28, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Community Organizations Can Reduce the Privacy Impacts of Surveillance During COVID-19
By ADRIAN GROPPER, MD Until scientists discover a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, our economy and our privacy will be at the mercy of imperfect technology used to manage the pandemic response. Contact tracing, symptom capture and immunity assessment are essential tools for pandemic response, which can benefit from appropriate technology. However, the effectiveness of these tools is constrained by the privacy concerns inherent in mass surveillance. Lack of trust diminishes voluntary participation. Coerced surveillance can lead to hiding and to the injection of false information. But it’s not...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: CORVID-19 Data Health Policy Adrian Gropper contact tracing COVID-19 data privacy health data privacy Source Type: blogs

Gastrointestinal Diseases in America: The Costly Impact on Employers and Patients
SPONSORED POST By SAM HOLLIDAY Medically reviewed by Jenny Blair, MD Gastrointestinal diseases like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are more prevalent—and costlier—than many employers realize. Up to 70 million Americans are affected by gastrointestinal (GI) diseases each year—twice as many people as those living with diabetes (34.2 million).[1],[2] Overall direct healthcare costs for GI diseases are estimated to be $136 billion each year in the U.S., more than heart disease ($113bn) and mental health disorders ($99bn...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech gastrointestinal diseases Oshi Health Sam Holliday Source Type: blogs

Podcast: The Trauma of Racism- An Open Dialogue
As the world watched in horror the brutal murder of George Floyd by a police officer, many people are searching for answers. In today’s Psych Central Podcast, Gabe and Okpara Rice, MSW, tackle all of the tough subjects: white privilege, systemic racism, disparities in education and the concept behind Black Lives Matter. Why does racism still exist in America and what can be done? Tune in for an informative discussion on race that leaves no stone unturned. This podcast was originally a live recording on Facebook. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW   Guest information for ‘Okpara Rice- Racism Trauma’ Podcast...
Source: World of Psychology - June 25, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Podcast Tags: General Interview Podcast Policy and Advocacy Racism The Psych Central Show Source Type: blogs

Delaying Work Permits for Asylum Seekers Could Increase Crime
Alex NowrastehPresident Trump issued a presidentialproclamation earlier this week that will further restrict many temporary work visas. With much less fanfare, the administration will also publish a final rule this week that, among other things, would delay issuing work permits to people claiming asylum for a full year. The final rule will expand the period that an applicant for asylum must wait before receiving work authorization from the current 180 days to 365 days.Pending asylum claims can take up to several years to resolve, a situation made more precarious by a backlog of almos...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 24, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

How Traditional Health Records Bolster Structural Racism
By ADRIAN GROPPER, MD As the U.S. reckons with centuries of structural racism, an important step toward making health care more equitable will require transferring control of health records to patients and patient groups. The Black Lives Matter movement calls upon us to review racism in all aspects of social policy, from law enforcement to health. Statistics show that Black Americans are at higher risk of dying from COVID-19. The reasons for these disparities are not entirely clear. Every obstacle to data collection makes it that much harder to find a rational solution, thereby increasing the death toll. In the c...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Data Health Tech Public Health Adrian Gropper health records Privacy structural racism universal health records Source Type: blogs

Lower Socioeconomic Status Correlates with Faster Age-Related Decline
This study demonstrates that lower SES (defined by wealth) is related to accelerated decline over 6 to 8 years in 16 outcomes from physical, sensory, physiological, cognitive, emotional, and social domains, independently of diagnosed health conditions, self-rated health, education, and other factors. It provides evidence for the pervasive role of social circumstances on core aging processes and suggests that less affluent sectors of society age more rapidly than more privileged groups. Aging involves decline in a range of functional abilities and phenotypes, many of which are also associated with socioeconomic statu...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 24, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Help Us Strengthen Rigor of Animal Research: Public Feedback Requested
Ever figured out a clever solution to a vexing challenge that affected the rigor of your work with laboratory animals, and then thought that those solutions could improve the quality and transparency of animal research supported across NIH? Recently found yourself at virtual lab meetings brainstorming ways to facilitate translating the findings from your animal study to human biology and disease? Questioned the status quo on how the research culture drives the choice of animal models and the design of experiments? Well, we want to know more. We recently released a Request for Information (RFI) aimed at enhancing rigor, ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus: Rock Talk Blog - June 23, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Animal Welfare Request For Information (RFI) Source Type: blogs

President Trump ’s Cancellation of Many Work Visas Will Hurt the American Economy
Alex NowrastehThe Trump Administration has just issued anproclamation that will restrict the issuance of many temporary economic migrant work visas. The proclamation will go into effect on June 24 at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time. The visas affected are the H-1B visa for skilled temporary migrant workers, theH-2B visa for temporary lower ‐​skilled non‐​agricultural employment, mostJ visas, andL visas for intracompany transfers.Trump ’s proclamation justifies the restriction on new visas by citing the recession caused by COVID-19 and the government’s response to it so far. Like most of the o...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 23, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

Heavy Coffee Drinkers Want Coffee A Lot More Than They Actually Like It
By Emma Young If I had to choose between giving up alcohol or coffee, it would have to be alcohol. I just love coffee too much… But do I, really? Or do I just want it, which is different? Despite being the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world, there’s ongoing debate about just how addictive caffeine is. It does share some of the criteria for dependence: regular users who skip their morning cup will often report withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, for example. “Caffeine use disorder” is even being discussed for potential inclusion in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statist...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - June 22, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Drugs Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, June 22nd 2020
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: https://www.fightaging.org/newsletter/ 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 m...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 21, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

In memory of all the fathers lost to COVID-19
In April, I lost my dad to COVID-19,  and this Father’s Day is going to be very difficult.  As I was thinking about this, it occurred to me that there are many people out there suffering the same fate.  Each death is not just a statistic.  Each number represents a person with a family.   My dad was an amazing father, […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 20, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/jennifer-shaer" rel="tag" > Jennifer Shaer, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs

USMLE Step 1 During COVID-19: A Fog of Uncertainty
Marcus Wiggins Puneet Kaur Pranav Puri By PRANAV PURI, PUNEET KAUR, and MARCUS WIGGINS, MBA As current medical students, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic represents the most significant healthcare crisis of our lifetimes. COVID-19 has upended nearly every element of healthcare in the United States, including medical education. The pandemic has exposed shortcomings in healthcare delivery ranging from the care of nursing home residents to the lack of interoperable health data. However, the pandemic has also exposed shortcomings in the residency match process. Consider the United States Medical Licensing Examinati...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Medical Education Medical Practice Marcus Wiggins Pranav Puri Puneet Kaur Step 1 USMLE USMLE Pass/Fail USMLE Step 1 Source Type: blogs

The Facts About H-4 Visas for Spouses of H-1B Workers
ConclusionH-4 EAD holders are highly educated contributors to the U.S. economy in their own right, but they are also important draws for keeping their talented spouses here as well. The National Science Foundation found that family motivated a quarter of foreign scientists and engineers who came between the ages of 18 and 34 to relocate to the United States.[55] Denying their family the right to work for many years could motivate just as many to leave the United States. The purpose of the H-4 EAD rule was the prevent this outcome. It was the right goal in 2015, and it is just as important a goal in 2020.[1]Stuart Anderson,...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 16, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: David J. Bier Source Type: blogs

The New Deal and Recovery, Part 1: The Record
George Selgin“Under the New Deal, the US economy grew at rapid rates, even for an economy in recovery.” (Eric Rauchway,The Money Makers, p. 100.)Before I  start telling you what “the New Deal” did and didn’t do, I had better make clear what I mean by the phrase, if only to assure you that my meaning is perfectly conventional. LikeWikipedia, when I  say “the New Deal,” I mean the “series of programs, public work projects, financial reforms, and regulations enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the United States between 1933 and 1939.” I&n...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 16, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs

Good Grief: Healing After the Pain of Loss
Coping with grief after loss can be one of life’s greatest challenges. We all experience loss — whether it’s a death of someone we love, the end of a relationship, decline in health, or a job transition. Loss disrupts the continuity we feel in our lives. And that may throw our emotional balance into turmoil. Sadness, disbelief, anger, and fear can all be part of how we grieve. Or we may even feel detached and numb. We often describe the grieving process as linear, where we move through these emotions in an orderly, sequential fashion that ends in acceptance. But the truth is healing after loss can seem li...
Source: World of Psychology - June 15, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Patrick Testa, MHSA, BSN, RN Tags: Grief and Loss Bereavement grieving Source Type: blogs

Loss of Visual Acuity Correlates with Dementia Risk
Many aspects of aging correlate with one another, even those with quite different underlying mechanisms and proximate causes. The various forms of root cause damage that result in the aging process, as well as their downstream consequences, all interact with one another. So whether or not any specific correlation teaches us anything about the way in which aging works under the hood is very dependent on the details. That loss of vision and hearing correlate with dementia risk is known, but the relative contribution of different mechanisms is up for debate. How much is due to similar biochemical mechanisms of damage in nervo...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 15, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Driving across the country in a pandemic
Thinking about traveling during the pandemic? Before heading out, there’s a lot to think about, including: Do you have risk factors for severe COVID-19, such as advanced age or chronic medical conditions? What about your co-travelers’ health and risk factors? Are your co-travelers part of your household or tight social circle? Is the virus spreading in the places you’re going? Who are you going to see along the way, and what’s their health risk profile? If you get sick while traveling, will healthcare be available? And do you have the supports you need in case you have to quarantine for two weeks w...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Coronavirus and COVID-19 Health Infectious diseases Source Type: blogs

Pandemic Makes Municipal Stadiums an Even Worse Deal for Taxpayers
David BoazCities across the country are struggling to make their debt payments on municipal stadiums in an era of canceled events, report Sebastian Pellejero and Heather Gillers in theWall Street Journal:Public officials have borrowed billions of dollars to build stadiums for major teams. Since 2000, more than 40% of almost $17 billion in tax ‐​exempt municipal bonds sold to finance major‐​league stadiums were backed by levies on hotels and rental cars—making tourism taxes the predominant means of public stadium finance, according to the Brookings Institution.The borrowers envisioned the sports facilities as ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 11, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

Usage statistics season
Our university’s fiscal year just ended on May 31 so it is time to complete all of our end-of-season tasks. A big task that I’m responsible for is gathering usage statistics for our electronic resources, to contribute to some annual library reports. Every year I check to see if e-resources that didn’t offer COUNTER usage statistics before, do now. I came across the Chronicle of Higher Education and wondered if they offered COUNTER. Hah, NOPE. ~~ The Horror ~~ (Source: Organization Monkey)
Source: Organization Monkey - June 11, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Marie Kennedy Tags: e-resource mgmt titter usage statistics Source Type: blogs

The Facts About the L-1 Visa Program
ConclusionMultinational companies play an exceptionally important role in the United States. U.S. parent companies account for nearly a  quarter of all private sector output, nearly half of all exports, and nearly three quarters of all private research and development.[44] More than 30 million American workers ’ jobs depend on multinationals. The U.S. government should not further upend investment and job growth by these companies in the United States during the economic recovery. The unemployment rate in computer occupations where many L‐​1s are employed did not increase at all during the downturn,[45] and ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 10, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: David J. Bier Source Type: blogs

The racial disparities of COVID-19 [PODCAST]
 “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, […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 10, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/the-podcast-by-kevinmd" rel="tag" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Public Health & Policy Source Type: blogs

A very fast wide complex tachycardia
A patient presented by EMS with non-specific symptoms.  He had a very rapid rhythm that was not converted by 6 mg, then 12 mg of adenosine.On arrival, his BP was 94/75, pulse 127.Here is his 12-lead:Wide complex, Rate 265( " Pulse " was 127, so many of these beats are not resulting in a strong enough pulse to be palpated.)What do you think?Because of the extremely fast rate, the treating physicians thought that this was atrial fib with WPW.  However, this is clearly a misdiagnosis.When the rate is so fast, it is possible to mistake a regular rhythm for an irregular one.  So one should use calipers ...
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - June 9, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Steve Smith Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, June 8th 2020
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: https://www.fightaging.org/newsletter/ 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 m...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 7, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 530 – Results – 7th June, 2020.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe The ADHA Is Providing Fair And Accurate Statistics On The Performance, Value And Use Of The #myHealthRecord?Yes 1% (1) No 97% (108) I Have no Idea 2% (2) Total votes: 111 An almost unanimous vote. The ADHA is not actually being honest with the public it would seem. Really it is quite absurd that a Federal Government Agency refuses to tell the full truth about the outcomes of their spending of public money! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A good number of votes for some reason. It must also have been an easy question with 2/111 readers wer...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The 2 calamities killing Americans: COVID-19 and racism
There are two calamities killing Americans: COVID-19 and racism. One is novel, and the other is perennial. It is not coincidental that black Americans have died of COVID-19 at almost three times the rate of white people. Both biological and socioeconomic factors contribute to this alarming statistic. However, as emergency physicians and public health practitioners […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 6, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/josyann-abisaab" rel="tag" > Josyann Abisaab, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Policy Public Health & Source Type: blogs

Chloroquine is not useful for Corona declares this Important study from Lancet … but
The antiviral properties of hydroxychloroquine are well known. The doubt is whether this property works against the pandemic Coronavirus. Mechanism of HCQ’s antiviral action. HCQ primarily gets concentrated intracellular endosomes, that’s where the virus resides and multiply. The study, all of us were expecting has come out. It concludes,    While, many of us might think, its end of the controversy, but definitely not. Why the top medical journal uses a term “unable to confirm” the benefits of HCQ on covid. Why it hasn’t concluded as “No benefit”  This is bec...
Source: Dr.S.Venkatesan MD - June 5, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: dr s venkatesan Tags: Uncategorized antiviral properties of corona chloroquine for corona hcq for corona Source Type: blogs

Covid-19 testing data: methodology note
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) - The DHSC publishes daily statistics on COVID-19 testing and provides daily updates to the Cabinet Office for use in the government ’s daily media briefings. These statistics cover: testing for COVID-19 – tests, people tested, and positive cases; and capacity to process tests – which is published weekly. This document sets out information on the data sources and methodology used to generate each of these headline measures. It will be updated with further detail on an ongoing basis.DocumentMore detail  (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - June 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Local authorities, public health and health inequalities Source Type: blogs