Is the DEA Branching Out Into Regulating Medicine?
Jeffrey A. SingerThe Drug Enforcement Administration, having virtually eliminated the diversion of prescription pain relievers into the underground market for nonmedical users, appears to be setting its sights on regulating the medical management of pain, a mission not suited for law enforcement. Acting under the authority of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act), the DEA announced a proposal to reduce, once again, the national production quotas for fentanyl, morphine, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone, and oxymorphone, ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 23, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey A. Singer Source Type: blogs
Fight Aging! Newsletter, September 23rd 2019
Discussion of Developmental Effects on Aging Microtubule Function and Longevity in Nematodes Quantifying the Correlation Between Poverty and Faster Pace of Aging Matthew O'Connor Presenting on Underdog Pharmaceuticals at Undoing Aging 2019 https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2019/09/matthew-oconnor-presenting-on-underdog-pharmaceuticals-at-undoing-aging-2019/ Here Matthew O'Connor of the SENS Research Foundation talks about the research that led to founding of Underdog Pharmaceuticals, a biotech startup incubated by the foundation to commercialize a means of targeting 7-ketocholesterol in atheroscleros...
Source: Fight Aging! - September 22, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Psychology Around the Net: September 21, 2019
This week’s Psychology Around the Net looks at the successes and failures of New York City’s mental health first aid program ThriveNYC, whether or not eco-anxiety should be classified as a mental illness, the problems with controlling partner therapy veterans, and more. Chirlane McCray’s ThriveNYC Fell Short of Mental Health Goals: Mayor’s Report: The mayor’s annual performance review of city agencies was just released and it highlights ThriveNYC’s shortcomings. ThriveNYC, the $1 billion “mental health first aid” program spearheaded by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife C...
Source: World of Psychology - September 21, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Psychology Around the Net Anger eco-anxiety parents of teens SMERTI Teenage Behavior ThriveNYC virtual assistant Source Type: blogs
Patients Fear That Medical AI Can ’t Handle Their Unique Needs
A new study has concluded that patients are skittish about interacting with medical AI technology in part because they fear that AI won’t address their unique characteristics adequately. The study looked at how receptive consumers were to the use of “medical AI,” which researchers defined as any machine using an algorithm or statistical model to […] (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: AI/Machine Learning Ambulatory Clinical Communication and Patient Experience EMR-EHR Healthcare IT Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring Consumer Healthcare AI Attitudes Consumer Medical AI Attitudes Healthcare AI Research Medical AI Rese Source Type: blogs
Was the Housing Bailout Good Business for the Taxpayer?
Diego ZuluagaEarlier this month, the Department of the Treasury released its long-awaited housing financereform plan, which focused mainly on the two government-sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The feds took both GSEs over in 2008, when rising defaults jeopardized their viability. The blueprint ’s release date was propitious, eleven years almost to the date after the controversial bailout.But was the controversy justified? As the GSEs ’ long-overdue exit from government “conservatorship” becomes a more realistic possibility, somemarket participants with a vested interest aretelling...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 19, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Diego Zuluaga Source Type: blogs
Family Caregivers are the Heart of Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
...These statistics should make it glaringly obvious that family caregivers are indispensable to our nation as well as to the rest of the world. Without this so-called free care, global health systems would be in far worse trouble than they currently are. I am one of that army of caregivers. Over the span of two decades, I have provided primary care for a total of seven elders, four of whom had dementia of different types. Therefore, I know intimately the toll that years of caregiving for someone with dementia can take. Read the full article on HealthCentral to learn more about family caregivers and how they support e...
Source: Minding Our Elders - September 19, 2019 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs
Senolytic Treatment with Dasatinib and Quercetin Confirmed to Reduce the Burden of Senescent Cells in Human Patients
Setting aside the mice genetically engineered to destroy senescent cells, the combination of dasatinib and quercetin is the oldest of the senolytic treatments used in animal studies. Senolytic therapies are those that selectively destroy senescent cells in old tissues in order to produce rejuvenation, turning back the progression of numerous age-related conditions. Unusually for early stage research, these initial senolytics are actually quite effective, considered in the grand scheme of things. Thus they have moved directly to human trials in some cases. The first data on their ability to produce the same outcomes in huma...
Source: Fight Aging! - September 18, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs
We Can Stop America ’ s Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies
By STUART H. SMITH Imagine a massive public health crisis in the United States that affects tens of thousands of people. Now imagine that the government had a simple tool at its disposal that could prevent this kind of physical and psychological trauma. You might think that I’m writing about America’s deadly outbreak of gun violence, which has made headlines this summer from Dayton to El Paso. But actually I’m talking about a different crisis that affects even more people – all of them children — and which could be sharply reduced with one simple step that lacks the bitter political anim...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Patients Big pharma NAS syndrome Opioid Justice Team Opioid-Dependent Babies Opioids public health Stuart Smith Source Type: blogs
How To Cope Under Pressure, According To Psychology
In this study, the stressor was physical – volunteers had to submerge their feet into cold water – but in theory, the same effect could hold for other forms of stress.) In some trials, participants actually had their partner in the same room. These people reported less pain than those who just imagined that their partner was there, but the blood pressure data for the two groups were statistically equivalent. “The results suggest that accessing the mental representation of a romantic partner and a partner’s presence each buffer against exaggerated acute stress responses to a similar degree,” th...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - September 17, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Emotion Feature Positive psychology The self Source Type: blogs
Deportation Rates in Historical Perspective
Alex NowrastehIn last week ’s Democratic primary debate, Univision anchor Jorge Ramosasked Joe Biden about President Obama ’s record on immigration enforcement. Ramos said, “you served as vice president in an administration that deported 3 million people, the most ever in U.S. history.”Democratic partisans were very upset on twitter, but the numbers don ’t lie. President Obama removed more people from the United States,no matter how you dice the numbers than any other president. But was President Obama's removal record an anomaly? To answer that question, I looked at the number of removals per...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 16, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs
How racism harms children
Racism hurts children, in real and fundamental ways. It hurts not just their health, but their chances for a good, successful life. That’s the bottom line message of a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is a call to action for all of us. If we care about the health and future of all of our children, it says, we need to take real steps to end racism — and to help and support those who are affected by it. Racism informs our actions when we structure opportunities for and assign value to people based on our interpretation of how they look. Biologically we are truly just one race...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Children's Health Health care disparities Mental Health Parenting Stress Source Type: blogs
Digoxin in Heart failure: Foxglove blossoms again, please don ’ t crush it this time!
William Withering the British Botanist of 18th century now laid to rest in the St Barthomlew Churchyard ,Edgbaston is known for his astonishing isolation of the wonder moelcule Digoxin from Foxglove. (Of course, let us not forget original old lady Ms. Hutton from Shropshire who was treating epidemic dropsy with a concoction of herbal Tea ) He reported this in the seminal paper “An account of Foxglove’ in the year 1750 and subsequently became a fellow of Royal college of science. (The story of Withering and Digoxin is extensively researched and written by Dr Dennis M, Krikler in a classic review article of 198...
Source: Dr.S.Venkatesan MD - September 14, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: dr s venkatesan Tags: cardiac failure history of cardiology dig trial radiance proved history of digoxin Source Type: blogs
New Hearing Aid Apps Stream Sound, Translate Calls, Sync With Your House
Manufacturers are stepping up efforts to integrate hearing assistive technology with smart phones and Bluetooth technology, according to a recent article from NextAvenue—a PBS media outlet for older adults. The article describes apps that work directly with hearing aids from Audibel, NuEar, Oticon, Phonak, Starkey, and others. The apps allow users to stream sound directly to their hearing aids, translate calls into text, and sync with smart home systems. Others automatically turn off the lights when you turn off your hearing aid at night, alert you when someone rings the doorbell, or use your phone as a microphone to...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 13, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Source Type: blogs
The IRAA and SLAA: Moving Beyond Nonviolent Drug Offenders to Address Mass Incarceration
Jonathan Blanks“Mass incarceration” has become the term to describe the millions of people held in jails and prisons throughout the United States. The oft-cited statistic that Americans make up roughly5 percent of the world ’s population but hold 25 percent of the global prisoners remains true. Part of the reason for this is that the United States incarcerates individuals for much longer sentences than most of the rest of the world. And while nonviolent drug offenders serving decades-long draconian sentences have gotten the most attention in legislation, presidential debates, andexecutive commutations, th...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 13, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Jonathan Blanks Source Type: blogs
Psychotherapy leads in treating post-traumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common, often debilitating mental health condition that occurs in some people who have experienced trauma. It can have a negative impact on mood, mimicking depression, and is characterized by petrifying episodes in which affected people re-experience trauma. New research suggests psychotherapy may provide a long-lasting reduction of distressing symptoms. Over the course of a lifetime, many people directly experience or witness trauma, such as sexual assault, violence, or natural disasters. Experts estimate that 10% to 20% of these people will experience acute (short-term) PTSD. So...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adam P. Stern, MD Tags: Anxiety and Depression Mental Health Source Type: blogs
What's new in midwifery - 11th September 2019
Some recent things...NICE GuidanceTwin and triplet pregnancy (NICE guideline, NG137)Multiple pregnancy: twin and triplet pregnancy (Quality standard, QS46)Caesarean section (Clinical guideline, CG132)SafeguardingNHS safeguarding accountability and assurance framework - revised 3rd SeptemberSepsisClinical Knowledge Summaries - evidence based, information on how to recognise and manage it - new.StatisticsUnexplained deaths in infancy, 2017 (National Statistics)In the newsJennifer Gunter: ‘Women are being told lies about their bodies’End NHS maternity charges for vulnerable migrants, say midwivesGPs are ignor...
Source: Browsing - September 11, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs
Extracting Sydney transport data from Twitter
The @sydstats Twitter account uses this code base, and data from the Transport for NSW Open Data API to publish insights into delays on the Sydney Trains network. Each tweet takes one of two forms and is consistently formatted, making it easy to parse and extract information. Here are a couple of examples with the interesting parts highlighted in bold: Between 16:00 and 18:30 today, 26% of trips experienced delays. #sydneytrains The worst delay was 16 minutes, on the 18:16 City to Berowra via Gordon service. #sydneytrains I’ve created a Github repository with code and a report showing some ways in which this data ...
Source: What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate - September 10, 2019 Category: Bioinformatics Authors: nsaunders Tags: programming statistics rstats sydney sydstats transport Source Type: blogs
Fight Aging! Newsletter, September 9th 2019
We examined human lung tissue from COPD patients and normal control subjects, and found a substantial increase in p16-expressing alveolar cells in COPD patients. Using a transgenic mouse deficient for p16, we demonstrated that lungs of mice lacking p16 were structurally and functionally resistant to CS-induced emphysema due to activation of IGF1/Akt regenerative and protective signaling. Fat Tissue Surrounds Skeletal Muscle to Accelerate Atrophy in Aging and Obesity https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2019/09/fat-tissue-surrounds-skeletal-muscle-to-accelerate-atrophy-in-aging-and-obesity/ Researchers her...
Source: Fight Aging! - September 8, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Why We Created a Virtual Support Group for PhD Students in CSD
No one ever said being a doctoral student is easy, but getting support from your peers along the way makes a big difference. Based on personal experiences navigating the first four years of two different doctoral programs, we realized how much the support of other PhD candidates in communications sciences and disorders (CSD) will help us succeed as future independent researchers and university faculty. Doctoral programs involve a significant amount of “learn-as-you-go” knowledge not directly passed on by your academic mentor or through courses. Peers provide a safe space to ask questions we might hesitate to as...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 4, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Natalie Covington Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Slider Speech-Language Pathology communication sciences and disorders Professional Development Source Type: blogs
What's new in midwifery - 4th September 2019
Some things you might like to know about.StatisticsMaternity statisticsApril 2019May 2019 Quarterly conceptions to women aged under 18 years (England)April to June 2018Public Health EnglandGeneration genome and the opportunities for screening programmesIncludes opportunities in screening for fetal anomalies, sickle cell and thalassemia, infectiosu diseases in pregnancy, and newborn blood spot screening and newborn hearing screening.NewsLots this time...The man who gave birth (Guardian podcast)Freddy McConnell is a trans man who decided to begin the process of conceiving and delivering his own child. The fil...
Source: Browsing - September 4, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs
Giving People Simple “Moral Nudges” Encourages Them To Donate Much More To Charity
By Emma Young How do you persuade people to do the “right thing” when there’s a personal price to pay? What convinces someone to spend time and effort on a task like recycling batteries, for example — or literally spend cash by giving to people in desperate need? It’s an important question. “Finding mechanisms to promote pro-social behaviour is fundamental for the wellbeing of our societies and is more urgent than ever in a time of key global challenges such as resource conservation, climate change and social inequalities,” write the authors of a new paper, published in Scient...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - September 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: environmental Money Social Source Type: blogs
Declines in Limb Muscle Mass Correlate with Higher Mortality in Late Life
Given that resistance training is shown to reduce mortality in older individuals, it makes sense that we would see the opposite effect when looking at low muscle mass in limbs. Skeletal muscle isn't an inert tissue, being quite involved in insulin metabolism, for example, and exercise has all sorts of interesting effects on the operation of metabolism, such as upregulation of beneficial cellular stress response mechanisms. Aging is associated with a progressive loss of muscle mass and strength, with the loss of stem cell activity being a leading cause. This ultimately results in frailty and the condition of weakness known ...
Source: Fight Aging! - September 2, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
Fight Aging! Newsletter, September 2nd 2019
In conclusion, in the absence of obesity, visceral adipose tissue possesses a pronounced anti-inflammatory phenotype during aging which is further enhanced by exercise. Methods of Inducing Cellular Damage are Rarely Relevant to Aging, and the Details Matter https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2019/08/methods-of-inducing-cellular-damage-are-rarely-relevant-to-aging-and-the-details-matter/ One of the major challenges in aging research is determining whether or not models of cellular or organismal damage and its consequences are in any way relevant to the natural processes of aging. One can hit a brick with...
Source: Fight Aging! - September 1, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Trial By Error: Lead Author of Cochrane ’ s New Bias Guideline is LP Study Co-Author
By David Tuller, DrPH Jonathan Sterne, a professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at Bristol University, is the corresponding author of Cochrane’s revised “risk of bias” tool, which BMJ published online on August 28th. Whatever the merits or defects of this revision, Professor Sterne’s involvement as the first of more than two dozen authors has […] (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - August 31, 2019 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
Handheld MasSpec Pen for Molecular Cancer Detection During Surgeries
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a new handheld pen for rapid intraoperative cancer detection. Their work demonstrates that the tool can identify different molecular profiles between cancerous and non-cancerous tissue without harming the sampled tissues. This exciting development can one day improve cancer diagnosis and allow for more precise surgical removal of tumors. Currently, surgeons rely on tissue sectioning and histology to determine whether or not the tumor has been fully excised. This process, which takes at least 30 minutes and requires trained operators, is time- and reso...
Source: Medgadget - August 30, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Siavash Parkhideh Tags: Diagnostics Oncology Pathology Surgery Source Type: blogs
On Targeting the Price of Gold
Thanks to President ’s Trump’s picks for prospective Fed Board nominees, the subject of gold price targeting (or a gold “price rule”) is getting attention once again.The idea, which got a lot of attention back in the 1980s,after Arthur Laffer and other supply-siders, includingAlan Reynolds, first began promoting it, is that the Fed could mimic a gold standard, keeping inflation in check and otherwise making the dollar “sound,” by employing open-market operations to stabilize the price of gold. The topic has come up again because three of Trump’s prospective nominees have at o...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 29, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs
How does UK healthcare spending compare with other countries?
Office for National Statistics (ONS) - This briefing provides an analysis of UK health care spending relative to comparable countries, such as the G7 group of large developed economies or member nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It finds that the UK spends an average of £2,989 per person on health care which is the median for OECD countries.Briefing (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - August 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: NHS finances and productivity Source Type: blogs
What's new in midwifery - 28th August 2019
Maternite, by RenoirMaternite, or, L'enfant au sein, in the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. Read more about itin French here. Some recent things...NICE ConsultationsIntrapartum care: women with existing medical conditions or obstetric complications and their babies: quality standard consultationThis is a draft quality standard, due for publication in February 2020, and you can comment until 23rd September at 5 pm.StatisticsFemale genital mutilationGlobal healthDeveloping and applying a " living guidelines " approach to WHO recommendations on maternal and perinatal health" Living guidelines " is ...
Source: Browsing - August 28, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs
Clinical Trial of a Cross-Link Breaker to Treat Presbyopia in the Aging Eye
Presbyopia in the aging eye manifests as a difficulty in focusing on close objects. It is caused by hardening of the lens, which is in part the result of cross-linking in the extracellular matrix of that tissue, though other mechanisms are involved as well. Cross-links are hardy metabolic byproducts resulting from the normal operation of metabolism, capable of degrading the structural properties of tissue, particularly elasticity, by linking proteins together and restricting their motion. Cross-linking is likely of great importance in skin aging and cardiovascular aging. The primary age-related cross-links of the lens are ...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 27, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
Internet of Things for health sector – the present and the future
You're reading Internet of Things for health sector – the present and the future, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. IoT devices had overwhelm the world conventional snags that were taking it to the paranoid ambiance, because of IoT world had turned into digital valley, from mobile charger to the plan IOT devices playing their pivot role to build the intended world as well as IoT devices plucked up the industries from paranoid and intimidating circumstances to soaring heights. IoT statistics ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - August 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Davidjimmy Tags: health and fitness ASCO annual meeting 2018 hire the VR IoT devices iPad Hire Source Type: blogs
Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 26th 2019
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! - August 25, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Children With An Older Brother Have Poorer Language Skills Than Those With A Big Sister
By Matthew Warren The role of birth order in shaping who we are has been a matter of some debate in psychology. Recent research has cast doubt on the idea that an individual’s position in relation to their siblings influences their personality, for instance. But there may be other domains where birth order is still important: in particular, researchers have found that children with a greater number of older siblings seem to have worse verbal skills. However, a new study published in Psychological Science has found that the situation is a bit more complicated than that. Young children with an older sibling ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 23, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Developmental Gender Language Source Type: blogs
Dr. Epstein, Political Bias, & Google Search Results
I’m a little confused by claims made by Dr. Robert Epstein and his assertion, based upon a single study of 95 participants, that Google somehow intentionally biased the results shown before the 2016 U.S. presidential election. And therefore, likely impacted the election results itself. That’s a huge assertion to make. One would hope that an esteemed researcher such as Dr. Epstein would have the scientific data to back it up. Unfortunately, I don’t see it. Science is only objective up until the point where a scientist acknowledges and accounts for her or his own biases. Science is not based on a preset ag...
Source: World of Psychology - August 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Policy and Advocacy Psychology Technology google bias Robert Epstein Source Type: blogs
Mass Shootings & Mental Illness: Sloppy Reporting Paints False Connection
There’s an unfortunate confusion that exists when talking about mass shootings in America. This confusion is reinforced by politicians and the media, each pushing their own agendas and biases. Some have erroneously claimed it’s a mental illness issue. I’m not being pedantic when I say we should not confuse mental illness with other, related concerns, such as psychological distress. The two are very different things. A person can be under psychological distress and still not have a mental illness. Here’s why the distinction is important and why sloppy reporting by both journalists and law enforcement...
Source: World of Psychology - August 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Brain and Behavior General Minding the Media Research Violence and Aggression Mass Shootings Mental Illness Source Type: blogs
What's new in midwifery - 21st August 2019
Some recent (some less so) things you might like to know about:StatisticsBirth summary tables, England and Wales 2018https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/birth-summary-tables-england-and-wales-2018Births in England and Wales: summary tableshttps://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/livebirths/datasets/birthsummarytablesAntenatal and screening data January - March 2019via https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-screening-programmes-kpi-reports-2018-to-2019ResearchAntibiotics after assisted vaginal delivery (NIHR Signals)Teenage mothers'experience of repeat pregnancies (in London,...
Source: Browsing - August 21, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs
How to Flip a Yield Curve
If the recent yield curve panic proves anything, it proves that, in financial markets, what may start out as a mere statistical correlation, and possibly a spurious one, can become a genuine causal relationship. In particular, if enough people subscribe to a post-hoc fallacy, it may not stay a fallacy for long.A Self-Fulfilling ProphecyIt was, therefore, just a matter of time before the discovery that inverted yield curves often anticipate recessions resulted in the world ’s first yield-curve induced panic. And the distance between panic to recession is no great stretch. Knowing that the curve has turned turtle, and ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 19, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs
Left-Handed People Are Being Unnecessarily Excluded From Neuroimaging Research, Study Finds
By Matthew Warren In a world made for right-handed people, life can sometimes be frustrating if you are among the 10% or so who are “adextral” — that is, left-handed or ambidextrous. Now a new grievance can be added to the list. Brain imaging researchers are systematically excluding adextrals from participating in their studies, according to an analysis of recent research papers published in top neuroimaging journals. Yet there’s no good reason to exclude this population, say the authors — and in fact, the practice could be detrimental to research. The tendency to include only right-handed pe...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 19, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Brain Methods Source Type: blogs
The Genetics of Human Longevity in a Nutshell: Only a Few Identified Variants, and Everything Else a Mystery
The human genetics of longevity are exceedingly complex, that much is possible to say from the research to date. Nearly every study of associations between gene variants and longevity in a human population identifies some correlations, and, barring just a few genes, none of those associations are found in any other study. So the genetics of longevity involves myriad tiny conditional contributions, each such contribution very dependent on a web of environmental factors and a network of other gene variants. This is one of the reasons why I see efforts to map the genetics of centenarians and long-lived families to be of only ...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 19, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
Turn Off the Procrastination Station
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ― Karen Lamb As I was beginning to type this article, a series of thoughts appeared on the movie screen of my mind, “Nah, I don’t feel like doing this. I should be at the gym. Did I remember to call or email whoever I said I would to schedule appointments, meet a deadline, or answer questions? I need to check the dryer to be sure that the latest load of laundry will be dry in case there is anything I want to wear to the office today where I will be in a few hours, sitting with clients whose own mental meanderings resemble mine.”...
Source: World of Psychology - August 18, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Tags: Books Creativity Habits Perfectionism Self-Help Procrastination Source Type: blogs
Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 19th 2019
In conclusion, our data show how oncogenic and tumor-suppressive drivers of cellular senescence act to regulate surveillance processes that can be circumvented to enable SnCs to elude immune recognition but can be reversed by cell surface-targeted interventions to purge the SnCs that persist in vitro and in patients. Since eliminating SnCs can prevent tumor progression, delay the onset of degenerative diseases, and restore fitness; since NKG2D-Ls are not widely expressed in healthy human tissues and NKG2D-L shedding is an evasion mechanism also employed by tumor cells; and since increasing numbers of B cells express NKG2D ...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 18, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
How to become a nurse anesthetist
Thinking of becoming a nurse anesthetist? It’s a good idea—the profession’s been listed among U.S. News & World Report’s “best jobs” consistently since 2016 and it’s the #3 “best health care job” for 2020. Their median salary is $165,000, their unemployment rate is just .4 percent, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 16.2 percent The post How to become a nurse anesthetist appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine. (Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University)
Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University - August 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Online Editor Tags: On the Pulse dnp Nurse Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs
President Trump ’s DHS Sides with Cato on How to Measure Immigrant Welfare Use
The federal government released the final version of thepublic charge rule this week. My colleague David Biercovereditextensively while some of our other Cato research onimmigrantwelfare use and how toreduce it was also prominently featured. Unexpectedly, the published public choice rule contained a gem that seems to settle a long-running methodological disagreement between Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and myself on how best to measure immigrant use of welfare.First, some background. Cato has published two studies of immigrant welfare use since 2013. Cato published ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs
Study finds psychiatric diagnoses to be ‘scientifically meaningless’
__________ Psychiatric diagnosis ‘scientifically meaningless’ (Science Daily): “A new study, published in Psychiatry Research, has concluded that psychiatric diagnoses are scientifically worthless as tools to identify discrete mental health disorders. The study, led by researchers from the University of Liverpool, involved a detailed analysis of five key chapters of the latest edition of the widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), on ‘schizophrenia’, ‘bipolar disorder’, ‘depressive disorders’, ‘anxiety disorders’ and ‘trauma-related disord...
Source: SharpBrains - August 15, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness anxiety-disorders bipolar-disorder depressive disorders diagnostic labelling digital biomarkers DSM DSM-5 mental health mental health disorders psychiatric diagnosis psychiatry research sc Source Type: blogs
International migration and the healthcare workforce
Office for National Statistics (ONS) - This analysis draws on all currently available data to set out how many migrants work in health care in the UK and explore their age structure, location and changes over time. It also presents data on specific health workers in England, such as hospital nurses and general practitioners.Report (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - August 15, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Brexit Workforce and employment Source Type: blogs
Progressives ’ Financial Inclusion Agenda Is Likely to Backfire
In a recentop-ed for CNN, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) suggests a plan for improving the financial inclusion of minority households. She believes that reversing the Trump administration ’s recent regulatory initiatives on credit discrimination and mortgage reporting legislation would improve matters.While Rep. Tlaib is right to point out thedisproportionate numbers of blacks among those lacking access to financial services, their financial exclusion goes back, not years or months, but decades. Moreover, her recommendations would mainly double down on existing regulations that seem to perpetuate rather than mitigate fina...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 14, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Diego Zuluaga Source Type: blogs
“Lack Of Scientific Proof” That Microdosing Psychedelic Drugs Improves Wellbeing Or Creativity
By Emma Young “Microdosing” psychedelic drugs involves regularly taking amounts so tiny that they don’t impair a person’s normal functioning, but — it’s claimed — subtly enhance wellbeing, concentration and creativity. In May, for example, the Digest reported on a study that found hints of reduced stress and increased emotional intensity among people who microdosed LSD and psilocybin, from ‘magic’ mushrooms. However, we also stressed that there has been little research into the technique — and now a review of the field published in the Journal of&nb...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 14, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Creativity Drugs Source Type: blogs
Health Data Outside HIPAA: The Wild West of Unprotected Personal Data
“…the average patient will, in his or her lifetime, generate about 2,750 times more data related to social and environmental influences than to clinical factors” —McKinsey analysis The McKinsey “2,750 times” statistic is a pretty good proxy for the amount of your personal health data that is NOT protected by HIPAA and currently is broadly unprotected from sharing and use by third parties. Read the rest of our article on The Health Care Blog. It’s part of the series “The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Privacy? Sharing? Both?”. The post Health Data Outside H...
Source: e-CareManagement - August 13, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Vince Kuraitis Tags: Health Policy/Reform Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) data sharing health data health IT HIPAA privacy privacy legislation Source Type: blogs
Major Surgery in Later Life Produces a Minor Acceleration of Cognitive Decline
In conclusion, major surgery is associated with a small, long term change in the average cognitive trajectory that is less profound than for major medical admissions. During informed consent, this information should be weighed against the potential health benefits of surgery. Link: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4466 (Source: Fight Aging!)
Source: Fight Aging! - August 13, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
Popular drugs used for treating enlarged prostates associated with high-grade prostate cancer
If a man has an enlarged prostate, there’s a good chance he’ll be treated with a type of drug called a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (5-ARI). These drugs shrink the gland to improve urinary flow, and the approved forms used for treating enlarged prostates come in two varieties: Proscar (finasteride) and Avodart (dutasteride). However, a side effect of 5-ARI inhibitor treatment is that it suppresses blood levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) by about 50%. Doctors measure PSA during prostate cancer screening, and if a man on 5-ARI therapy winds up with results that are artificially low, then he might be falsel...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - August 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Schmidt Tags: BPH Health Prostate Knowledge Screening HPK Source Type: blogs
Public Charge Rule Bans Almost Entirely Self-Sufficient Legal Immigrants
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finalizeda regulation today that would ban legal status to immigrants who its officers determine are likely to become “public charges”—that is, wards of the state. DHS claims that the rule will promote self-sufficiency among immigrants, but the goal is a farce. The rule is designed to exclude immigrants regardless of the degree to which they are supporting themselves and contributing positively to the economy . DHS actually made the final rule worse than the proposed rule.DHS responded tomy comments on theproposed rule inits final rule without naming me specifical...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 12, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs