Longevity-Risk-Adjusted Global Age, by Country
People tend to live longer in some parts of the world than in others, the result of a cultural distribution of lifestyle choices such as smoking and becoming overweight, environmental exposure to, say, particulate air pollution and infectious disease, and access to medical technology. One can use the worldwide statistics of life expectancy to produce a "longevity-risk-adjusted global age" to compare with chronological age: longevity-risk-adjusted global age is higher than chronological age in countries with a higher late-life mortality rate and shorter life expectancy. What happens at the population level says ve...
Source: Fight Aging! - September 3, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Announcing The COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge
By FARZAD MOSTASHARI In Partnership with Resolve to Save Lives, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Maryland, Catalyst @ Health 2.0 is excited to announce the launch of The COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge. The COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge is looking for novel analytic approaches that use COVID-19 Symptom Survey data to enable earlier detection and improved situational awareness of the outbreak by public health and the public.  How the Challenge Works: In Phase I, innovators submit a white paper (“digital poster”) summarizing the approach, methods, analysis, findings, relevant figures...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Data Health Policy challenge Facebook Source Type: blogs

The AMA Opioid Task Force 2020 Report Should Come as No Surprise to Those Who Follow the Data
Jeffrey A. SingerThe American Medical Association recently released itOpioid Task Force 2020 Report. The Task Force found there was a 37.1 percent decrease in opioid prescriptions between 2014 and 2019; a 64.4 percent increase in the use of state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) in the last year (739 million queries in 2019); and hundreds of thousands of physicians accessing continuing medical education courses on opioid prescribing (now mandatory in some states). However, the report states:Despite these efforts, illicitly manufactured fentanyl, fentanyl analogues and stimulants (e.g. methamphetamine...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 31, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey A. Singer Source Type: blogs

The hardly hidden costs
Chronic/persistent pain management is not sexy. No-one gets a magic cure. Lives are not saved – at least not in a way that mortality statistics show. Chronic pain management is under-funded. And now: buried in a list of other proposed service cuts in the local health board’s plan to save millions of dollars, is a proposal to “save” $650,000 from the pain clinic. You’ll note also reductions in community services, GP support for vulnerable, and healthy lifestyles programmes. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/122558278/hundreds-of-staff-nurses-and-services-may-be-axed-at-canterbury-d...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - August 30, 2020 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: BronnieLennoxThompson Tags: Chronic pain Interdisciplinary teams News Pain conditions Research Science in practice Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The ultimate outrage
 Okay, probably not. Nobody knows what the ultimate outrage is, we've fallen into a black hole of outrages and there is no bottom. But for the Commissioner of the FDA to stand up before TV cameras in the White House and tell a blatant lie because his God Emperor ordered him to is such a grotesque perversion of public responsibility, professional ethics and basic morality that I don't see any room underneath him.Specifically,James Hahn told the world that 35 out of 100 people who would otherwise die from Covid-19 would survive if given convalescent plasma. That was a lie, which Hahn repeated to the world on orders, bec...
Source: Stayin' Alive - August 25, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

What I Wish I Had Said about Mental Health and Suicide
Thirty years ago, the atmosphere surrounding mental health and suicide was very different than it is today, especially in some areas. Even today, where you live could affect the information, help, and reactions you receive. Since that time, I’ve learned a better way to respond when a loved one struggles. If someone you care about changes in some way, something may be wrong. The difficulties go beyond available support. According to statistics, most people who ultimately end their lives are dealing with a mental illness or behavior disorder — whether they realize it or not — though this is not always true....
Source: World of Psychology - August 25, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jan McDaniel Tags: Depression Personal Suicide Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Is Police (CIT) Crises Training Needed?
A mentally ill man is standing in your yard yelling at the mailbox. What do you do? You call the police, right? Not so fast, according to today’s guest, mental health advocate Gabriel Nathan. There is a better way to do things. Gabriel believes that rather than training police officers to de-escalate people in mental health crises, the police shouldn’t be called at all in these situations. Our host Gabe has a different take on things, as he is an advocate for training police officers in crisis intervention practices. Join us for an enlightening and nuanced conversation regarding the role of the police when it ...
Source: World of Psychology - August 25, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Not Crazy Podcast Tags: General Interview Not Crazy Podcast Policy and Advocacy Source Type: blogs

3 Things Medical Events Could Learn From Video Game Streamers
500 000, 500 000 and 100 000: these are the numbers of attendees to recent live events that lasted for hours, even during the ongoing pandemic. No, these aren’t the statistics for the thousands of beachgoers flocking en masse and risking contracting the virus. Rather, these numbers refer to those who tuned in worldwide to watch video game livestreams of Guy Beahm (Dr Disrespect), Michael Grzesiek (Shroud) and Tyler Blevins (Ninja), respectively. These individuals, known as streamers, gathered those numbers remotely in less than one day for only one livestream event. The numbers don’t end with viewers either ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 25, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Design Medical Education conference technology medical event video games gaming streaming Source Type: blogs

Industry Mix in L.A. Area Helps Explain Recent Record Unemployment Rates
The Los Angeles Combined Statistical Area reported more than 270,000 job cuts between March and early August. Considering which industries have cut jobs may provide a window into the area's unique labor market and help explain how the area currently has among the highest unemployment in the nation. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - August 24, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Jason Michael Ward Source Type: blogs

Under Mounting Pressure, Jones Act Lobby Claims the Law Is Cost ‐​Free to Hawaii
Colin GrabowJones Act supporters in Hawaii can be forgiven for feeling a bit on edge these days. Last December Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii),citing the Jones Act ’s impact on the state’s cost of living, introducedthree bills aimed at reforming the law. A May poll of state residents, meanwhile, found that, among those familiar with the Jones Act, a stunning85 percent thought it should be repealed or changed. And just last month the Honolulu-based Grassroot Institute of Hawaii releaseda study placing the Jones Act ’s annual cost to the state at $1.2 billion.Amidst this mounting pressure the American Maritime Part...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 24, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Colin Grabow Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 24th 2020
We report that electrical stimulation (ES) stimulation of post-stroke aged rats led to an improved functional recovery of spatial long-term memory (T-maze), but not on the rotating pole or the inclined plane, both tests requiring complex sensorimotor skills. Surprisingly, ES had a detrimental effect on the asymmetric sensorimotor deficit. Histologically, there was a robust increase in the number of doublecortin-positive cells in the dentate gyrus and SVZ of the infarcted hemisphere and the presence of a considerable number of neurons expressing tubulin beta III in the infarcted area. Among the genes that were unique...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 23, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

I Registered to Vote
After decades of never voting in any election, I finally registered to vote for the first time ever. My registration is nonpartisan. I’m not a member of any political party. Some would say that I should have remedied this long ago. Why did I wait so long? Partly I’ve been stuck with an old frame that I adopted when I was much younger, a frame that hasn’t aged very well. While I was growing up, my parents belonged to opposite political parties, so their votes would cancel each other out, which made voting seem extra pointless. This first presidential election I could vote in was 1992...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - August 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Creating Reality Values Source Type: blogs

Statistical Evidence and Its Use in Medical Litigation
Kian Peng Soh (Singapore Management University), Statistical Evidence and Its Use in Medical Litigation, 36 (2) J. Prof. Neg. 78 (2020): In cases involving a missed or delayed diagnosis, to successfully establish a claim, patients must demonstrate that they had... (Source: HealthLawProf Blog)
Source: HealthLawProf Blog - August 21, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: Katharine Van Tassel Source Type: blogs

Reminders Of God Don ’t Actually Encourage Us To Take Risks, Replication Study Finds
 By guest blogger Sofia Deleniv “…Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.” This passage, pulled from Isaiah 41.10, is just one example of the Bible’s many references to God’s power to protect. And this protective persona might affect you much more than you think. At least that’s what emerged in 2015, when researchers from Stanford University published a string of studies finding that people prompted to think of God made significantly riskier decisions — whether or not they were religious. The scie...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 19, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Cognition Decision making Religion Replications Source Type: blogs

Unity Biotechnology Fails Phase II Trial of Localized Senolytics for Knee Osteoarthritis
UNITY Biotechnology is the largest of the handful of biotech startups working on senolytics, therapies capable of selectively destroying a sizable fraction of the senescent cells that accumulate in old tissues. The company entered clinical trials with a first generation senolytic drug quite early in the development of this presently small industry, with so far only the Mayo Clinic and Betterhumans also running trials in humans. This week, UNITY announced the failure of a phase II study for knee osteoarthritis, an outcome that was half expected by some observers and competitors, but which will no doubt prove to be a burden ...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 18, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Teaching As a Human Trait
What did people have to talk about when language was new? They had been getting along fine without words, and suddenly they had a few, but what was there to say?Donald M. Morrison has   written a book (The Coevolution of Language, Teaching, and Civil Discourse among Humans) that proposes language got up and running as a teaching system. Speculation about teaching is common, but usually limited to teaching how to make stone tools. Opinions are mixed as to whether language was necessary to teach how to make the early tools, especially Oldowan tools. Showing without talking might well have been enough to teach how to mak...
Source: Babel's Dawn - August 17, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Blair Source Type: blogs

What Unemployment Statistics Obscure About Temporary Layoffs
As the broadest COVID-19 shutdowns were underway this spring, a historic number of American workers entered temporary layoff. Those temporary layoffs represent an economy put on pause. What has happened to them since then tells us if the economy can hit play again. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - August 16, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Kathryn A. Edwards Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 17th 2020
In this study, we sought to elucidate the role of VRK-1 in regulation of adult life span in C. elegans. We found that overexpression of VRK-1::GFP (green fluorescent protein), which was detected in the nuclei of cells in multiple somatic tissues, including the intestine, increased life span. Conversely, genetic inhibition of vrk-1 decreased life span. We further showed that vrk-1 was essential for the increased life span of mitochondrial respiratory mutants. We demonstrated that VRK-1 was responsible for increasing the level of active and phosphorylated form of AMPK, thus promoting longevity. A Fisetin Variant, C...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 16, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

A Lack of Diversity in the Field of Dental Hygiene
Tonya Jeffries-Beatty, A Lack of Diversity in the Field of Dental Hygiene, SSRN: As mentioned earlier, most of the research seeks to identify hard statistical data that demonstrates that lack of diversity in the field of dental hygiene and showing... (Source: HealthLawProf Blog)
Source: HealthLawProf Blog - August 15, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: Katharine Van Tassel Source Type: blogs

Reviewing Associations Between Physical Activity and Loss of Average Telomere Length with Age
Telomeres are repeated DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes. With each cell division a little telomere length is lost, and this is an important part of the countdown mechanism that limits replication of somatic cells. Somatic cells with short telomeres become senescent or self-destruct. Stem cells, on the other hand, use telomerase to lengthen their telomeres, and thus produce daughter somatic cells with long telomeres throughout a lifetime. This two-tier system of privileged stem cells and limited somatic cells, present in near all animals, keeps the risk of cancer low enough for evolutionary success, while still allo...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 13, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunities: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Radical (RADx-rad) Emergency Awards
We’ve joined the NIH Office of the Director and several institutes in two Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Radical (RADx-rad) initiative funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). These FOAs offer an excellent opportunity for NIGMS-supported researchers with expertise in technology development and/or artificial intelligence/machine learning to conduct innovative research addressing the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. RADx-rad Wastewater Detection of SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) (U01-Clinical Trials Not Allowed)RFA-OD-20-015Solicits cooperative agreements for field studies and small business research on ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - August 13, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

The Story of an American Mask Distributor
By SAURABH JHA Seven weeks before President Trump declared COVID-19 a federal emergency heralding the economic lockdown, Jesse’s customers began cutting their orders. Jesse sells garments and cotton, imported predominantly from India, to wholesalers and retailers, big and small, in malls across the North East corridor.  His business had a good January. December was like any December. But February was different.  His customers, reassuring him that it wasn’t personal, were predicting a falling demand for their products because of COVID-19. They may be over reacting, but better shortage than glut,...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy masks Pandemic Saurabh Jha Source Type: blogs

Maternal Mental Health: Mommy Brain?
Before having a child of my own, I spent 3.5 years working in a home based child abuse prevention program. I would screen new mothers for postpartum depression and help link them to mental health resources, while I was working on my master’s degree in social work to be a therapist myself. I would listen to them talk about “postpartum” when referencing their emotional state after giving birth and constantly heard the phrase, “I have mommy brain” or “I don’t know what’s going on with me, I’m not myself.” Never did I truly understand the weight of these phrases until...
Source: World of Psychology - August 12, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ashley Cory, MSW, LSW Tags: Parenting Pregnancy Women's Issues Motherhood postpartum depression Source Type: blogs

COUNTER 5 SUSHI harvester
Annually I compile COUNTER usage statistics of our licensed e-resources to contribute to our library’s national reports and to update our local e-resources statistics dashboard. Until last year this was a manual process requiring a significant amount of time. I would need to log in to a separate administrative portal of over 60 platforms, to download Excel spreadsheets of usage data for over 350 resources. Because we report based on our fiscal year (June 1 start) I would need to download two calendar-year spreadsheets and then combine them into one. Compiling all of the disparate data into three categories of e-journ...
Source: Organization Monkey - August 11, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Marie Kennedy Tags: e-resource mgmt usage statistics Source Type: blogs

The Future Of Food And Eating
I do not have to stress how important a role food and eating play in our lives. Food is at the base in Maslow’s hierarchy of our needs; it is essential for our survival. It shows perfectly the creativity of humankind: food exists in the richest variety of ingredients, forms, shapes, tastes and colors all over the world from the Greenlandic kiviak (dozens of small birds stuffed into a seal fermented under a rock) through the Liquid Pea Sphere of molecular gastronomy to the tagliatelle with hand-cut meat ragout from the world’s best restaurant, Osteria Francescana. The advent of novel digital health tools will ra...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 11, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Future of Food 3d printing genomics Innovation technology GC1 sensors nutrigenomics food sensors Source Type: blogs

30% to 40% of Dementia Might be Avoided via Lifestyle Choices
Today's open access research materials present a statistical exercise that uses broad epidemiological data to determine the impact of individual lifestyle choices and environmental factors to the incidence of dementia. The results are not declaring that, say, particulate air pollution is responsible for 2% of dementias. Rather if the statistics point out that particulate air pollution is associated with 2% of cases, smoking with 5%, and hearing loss with 8%, then one starts to see priorities in the choices that people should be making to better manage their health over the long term. Summing all of the impacts toget...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 10, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 10th 2020
This study aimed to characterize the role of BDNF in age-related microglial activation. Initially, we found that degrees of microglial activation were especially evident in the substantia nigra (SN) across different brain regions of aged mice. The levels of BDNF and TrkB in microglia decreased with age and negatively correlated with their activation statuses in mice during aging. Interestingly, aging-related microglial activation could be reversed by chronic, subcutaneous perfusion of BDNF. Peripheral lipopolysaccharide (LPS) injection-induced microglial activation could be reduced by local supplement of BDNF, while shTrkB...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 9, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Large study finds that placebo works as well as vitamin D supplements to prevent depression and improve mood
This study, called VITAL-DEP (Depression Endpoint Prevention in the Vitamin D and Omega‑3 Trial), was an ancillary study to VITAL, a randomized clinical trial of cardiovascular disease and cancer prevention among nearly 26,000 people in the US. From that group, Okereke and her colleagues studied the 18,353 men and women who did not already have any indication of clinical depression to start with, and then tested whether vitamin D3 prevented them from becoming depressed.” The Study: Effect of Long-term Vitamin D3 Supplementation vs Placebo on Risk of Depression or Clinically Relevant Depressive Symptoms and on Chang...
Source: SharpBrains - August 6, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness adults brain health Brain-Fitness cholecalciferol depression improve brain fitness improve-brain-health middle-age mood neuroplasticity older-adults placebo supplementation VITAL Vit Source Type: blogs

Finally, One Area Where We Don ’t Think We’re Better Than Others: Remembering Names
By Matthew Warren We tend to see ourselves as better than our peers across a whole range of traits and skills. We think we’re more environmentally friendly,  morally superior, and more observant than those around us. The bias can even spill over to our perceptions of our loved ones: we overestimate the intelligence of our romantic partners, for instance. But according to a new study in Psychology and Aging there’s one domain where we don’t see ourselves as “better than average”: remembering other people’s names. Past work has shown that the better-than-average effect is less l...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 5, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Language Memory Social Source Type: blogs

4 Examples Of Merging Gaming & Digital Health
Pausing to check his map, Sam confirms that he is on the right track for his next delivery, only 2 kilometres left. He takes the opportunity to quench his thirst and check if his delivery load is securely attached to his back; some contain fragile vials of medicines and digital pills susceptible to damage if handled inappropriately. After making sure of the integrity of those packages, Sam takes a final look at his surroundings. “It’s quite peaceful with nobody around,” he thinks to himself and resumes his path.  Upon arrival at his destination, his gear is disinfected before he has access to the ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 4, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Augmented Reality Digital Health Research Healthcare Design Healthcare Policy Telemedicine & Smartphones Virtual Reality fda gamification Fitbit covid19 Apple Watch WHO gaming roche MySugr Foldit A Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 3rd 2020
In this study, we examined the effects of oxytocin on the Aβ-induced impairment of synaptic plasticity in mice. To investigate the effect of oxytocin on synaptic plasticity, we prepared acute hippocampal slices for extracellular recording and assessed long-term potentiation (LTP) with perfusion of the Aβ active fragment (Aβ25-35) in the absence and presence of oxytocin. We found that oxytocin reversed the impairment of LTP induced by Aβ25-35 perfusion in the mouse hippocampus. These effects were blocked by pretreatment with the selective oxytocin receptor antagonist L-368,899. Furthermore, the tr...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 2, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Post #51 Our Family ’s School Decision Making Process
My boys do not want to wear pants.A small factor, but part of the reason they campaigned for remote learning. My daughter, who generally prefers clothing, remained on the fence.The remote vs. in-person learning decision has so many different factors it is very difficult as a pediatrician to give families a single clear answer.As new data emerges, it further confounds a family ’s decision that seemed crystal clear just 2 internet articles ago.Several people have asked point blank, “What are you doing for your own kids?”If I have left your text unanswered or have not replied to your email or Facebook commen...
Source: A Pediatrician's Blog - August 1, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

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 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Patient involvement, experience and feedback Source Type: blogs