Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 10 February, 2020.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----It seems there is more happening and more in the way of cyber issues being reported. Spin central and its mates have also been active to what seems from the poll to universal condemnation.Also Vale Paul Shetler – the source of my favourite quote on the #myHealthRecord!Have a fun browse.-----https://www.theaustralian.com.au/b...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

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Last week, for the first time since 2007, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported new data on maternal mortality in the United States. As a result, we now also have a much more accurate picture of what is happening in the U.S. In previous years, not all states collected the same data in the same way. Now, we can compare rates between states and even globally.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Blog - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Laurie Zephyrin, M.D., Eugene Declercq Source Type: blogs

Patient Worries as a Central Feature of their Health Care Experiences
By JOHN JAMES, ROBERT R. SCULLY, CASEY QUINLAN, BILL ADAMS, HELEN HASKELL, and POPPY ARFORD Political forces trying to shape and reshape American healthcare without hearing the voice of patients provided the rationale for this work. Our experiences as patients, caregivers, and users of media sources cause us to worry. The Patient Council of the Right Care Alliance developed 6 questions to form a national survey of Americans to guide policy makers. The questions and our rationale were as follows: 1) Finding a doctor I can trust. Trust in our doctors is not as high as it once was. There are stories of serious patient a...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Patients Research Patient Council of the Right Care Alliance Patient Experience Source Type: blogs

U.S. Army develops novel way to analyze brain imaging data and shape emerging neurotechnology
We present the results of a large-scale analysis of event-related responses based on raw EEG data from 17 studies performed at six experimental sites associated with four different institutions. The analysis corpus represents 1,155 recordings containing approximately 7.8 million event instances acquired under several different experimental paradigms. Such large-scale analysis is predicated on consistent data organization and event annotation as well as an effective automated preprocessing pipeline to transform raw EEG into a form suitable for comparative analysis…This work demonstrates that EEG mega-analysis (poolin...
Source: SharpBrains - February 5, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology big data brain imaging data brain-activity brain-performance cognitive state cognitive-performance EEG NeuroImage Neurotechnology U.S. Army Source Type: blogs

U.S. Army develops novel way to analyze brain imaging data and shape emerging non-invasive neurotechnology
We present the results of a large-scale analysis of event-related responses based on raw EEG data from 17 studies performed at six experimental sites associated with four different institutions. The analysis corpus represents 1,155 recordings containing approximately 7.8 million event instances acquired under several different experimental paradigms. Such large-scale analysis is predicated on consistent data organization and event annotation as well as an effective automated preprocessing pipeline to transform raw EEG into a form suitable for comparative analysis…This work demonstrates that EEG mega-analysis (poolin...
Source: SharpBrains - February 5, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology big data brain imaging data brain-activity brain-performance cognitive state cognitive-performance EEG NeuroImage Neurotechnology non-invasive neurotechnology U.S. Army Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 5th February 2020
Some recent things you might want to know...CoronavirusNICE Evidence Search is a good place to find things relating to the current outbreak.  I am maintaining listson this blog. StatisticsBreastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks after birth: 2019 to 2020 quarterly data (Public Health England)Maternity Services Monthly Statistics October 2019, experimental statistics (NHS Digital)Pregnancy in artGreat expectations: art's struggle to depict pregnancy (Guardian)NICE Interventional Procedures GuidanceFetoscopic prenatal repair for open neural tube defects in the fetus (IPG667)Open prenatal repair for open neural tube defects in...
Source: Browsing - February 5, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Can ’t Quit Smoking? It Might Be To Do With How Sad You Are
By Emily Reynolds Emotions have a powerful part to play in both our behavioural choices and our health. Experiencing a range of positive emotions has been associated with lower levels of inflammation, for example, and emotional control has even been linked to higher performance in sportspeople. Negative emotions, too, can have a serious impact on behaviour: research has investigated the emotional triggers of self-harm, for instance. Now new research from Charles Dorison and colleagues at Harvard University, published in PNAS, has looked at the role of negative emotions in addiction. Though some theories say negative m...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - February 4, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Drugs Emotion Smoking Source Type: blogs

Domain Specific AI in Healthcare: An Ethical Perspective
What is Artificial Intelligence? This central question has captivated the minds of specialists – mathematicians, computer scientists, cognitive scientists, and the like – and passive observers since the days of Alan Turing and John von Neumann. In this discussion I will distinguish between three types of Artificial Intelligence – human level, superhuman, and domain specific. Through this exercise I hope to shed light on the difficulties in conceptually defining the term Artificial Intelligence, as well as dispel misconceptions about the state of the art in Artificial Intelligence. To what end? I hope that...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - February 3, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Bioethics Today Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Loneliness Erodes Your Mental Health: How You Can Get Past This Toxic Emotion
“Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact.” – Martha Beck Loneliness is one of the most miserable feelings to experience. Being alone, however, doesn’t necessarily mean a person is lonely. They may be, although they may be quite deliberate in wanting to be alone for a time, and have no negative affects from such solitude. It’s the protractedness and sense of isolation and desperation that can set in that seems to push loneliness to extremes, even potentially resulting in worsening mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety. Yet, for those who are sufferi...
Source: World of Psychology - February 2, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Relationships Self-Help Loneliness Source Type: blogs

It Really Is A Total Betrayal Of Public Trust The Way The ADHA Is Madly Trying To Spin The MyHR As A Raging Success - And Many Uncritical Journalists Just Lap It Up!
In the last week or so we have had the ADHA ramp up its spin supporting the #myHealthRecord.First we had this:Media Release: My Health Record sees a 62 per cent increase in general practitioners viewing documents23 December 2019: According to data released by the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency), general practices increasingly lead the way in using My Health Record, with usage (viewing and uploading) rising substantially since March 2019. In data released in December as part of a refreshed My Health Record statistics dashboard, general practices averaged around 200,000 My Health Record views per month througho...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 2, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Public or Private: Which Schools Forge Better Citizens?
Catherine StrausHorace Mann, often called “the Father of the Common School,” believed that universal public schooling was the best way to forge citizens for a democracy. He believed that uniform schools were key to making all people virtuous, which he envisioned as holding broadly Protestant religious beliefs and putting the common good, often through service to the state, ahead of self ‐​interest.Public schools are still thought to be crucial to forming good citizens, though the civic values they are expected to inculcate are secular.They should promote political knowledge and engagement, as well as c...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 30, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Catherine Straus Source Type: blogs

Neuroscience tips about gratitude, aging, pain and the brain: An interview with Dr. Daniel Levitin
___ About 13 years ago, I watched my very vital mother die a slow death from Lewy-Body dementia. For me, it was a wakeup call. If there were anything I could do to stay healthy myself—to avoid the slow decline of an aging brain—I wanted to do it. But what really helps us stay sharp longer? And how can we separate fad ideas from solid, evidence-based advice around aging? Enter Daniel Levitin’s new book, Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives. Levitin is a neuroscientist, psychologist, professor emeritus at McGill University in Montreal, and faculty fellow at U...
Source: SharpBrains - January 30, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness aging cognitive strengths conscientiousness dementia diet exercise failing memory hippocampus memory decay neuroscientist openness successful aging tips Source Type: blogs

More Evidence that the CRA Doesn ’t Always Help Low‐​Income Communities. But Proposed Changes Will Improve It
Diego ZuluagaThe Community Reinvestment Act issupposed to ensure that banks lend to low- and moderate-income households wherever they operate. But there are reasons to doubt its effectiveness.In theWashington Post this summer, I reported findings (from a forthcoming paper with Andrew Forrester) that more than two-thirds of recent home mortgages in the District of Columbia for which banks can get CRA points went to high- rather than low-income borrowers. This is because current CRA regulations count loans to low-income borrowersand loans made in low-income census tracts (Figure 1a). D.C. has rapidly gentrified in recent yea...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 28, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Diego Zuluaga Source Type: blogs

My Tribute to Kobe Bryant
I obsessed overfinding statistics to demonstrate that Kobe Bryant played basketball better than anyone not named Michael Jordan; I obsessed over labeling him “the best basketball player on the planet.” Kobe inspired me more than most others inspired me.Why Kobe? Actually, I can no longer remember the reason I adored him. It ’s like how you remember great speeches for how they made you feel as opposed to their words. I don’t know why I loved the dude; I just know watching and thinking about Kobe made me feel ambitious and amazed.Now, I don ’t care about labels or comparing people. Winning isn&r...
Source: cancerslayerblog - January 27, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: sports Source Type: blogs

Beyond heart health: Could your statin help prevent liver cancer?
Liver cancer is hard to treat. It’s a top-five cause of cancer-related death worldwide and a growing cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Since liver cancer is often found at a late stage, when treatment has limited benefit, there has been increasing interest in prevention. That’s where statin medications might come in. Liver cancer is usually caused by chronic liver disease, so an important way to prevent liver cancer is to treat the underlying trigger. For example, curing hepatitis C infection — an important cause of chronic liver disease — reduces the risk of liver cancer. However...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Irun Bhan, MD Tags: Cancer Drugs and Supplements Health Source Type: blogs

Asinine, Backasswards Colonoscopy Insurance Rules Make Patients Decline Medically Necessary Testing
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD I’ve had several telephone calls in the last two weeks from a 40-year-old woman with abdominal pain and changed bowel habits. She obviously needs a colonoscopy, which is what I told her when I saw her. If she needed an MRI to rule out a brain tumor I think she would accept that there would be co-pays or deductibles, because the seriousness of our concern for her symptoms would make her want the testing. But because in the inscrutable wisdom of the Obama Affordable Care Act, it was decided that screening colonoscopies done on people with no symptoms whatsoever are a freebie, whereas colon...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care Colonoscopy Hans Duvefelt Health insurance Source Type: blogs

The ACA Expanded Insurance Coverage of Contraceptives. Prices Soared.
Michael F. CannonIn today ’sLos Angeles Times, Cato senior fellow Dr.Jeffrey A. Singer and I note that once the Affordable Care Act ’s contraceptives‐​coverage mandate took full effect in 2014, “prices for hormones and oral contraceptives stopped falling and instead skyrocketed. By 2019, they had risen three times as fast as prices for prescription drugs overall.” Here we provide the underlying data.The Affordable Care Act (ACA) dramatically expanded insurance coverage for prescription contraceptives such as “the pill.” From August 2012 through January 2014, the federal governme...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 27, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

January is Financial Wellness Month: Here Are 3 Tips To Start The Year Off Financially Strong
You're reading January is Financial Wellness Month: Here Are 3 Tips To Start The Year Off Financially Strong, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. 2020 is not only the start of a new year—it also marks a new decade full of opportunities for growth, improvement and forward momentum. One specific area in which many people could stand to improve is financial management. January is Financial Wellness Month, making it an ideal time to work toward this goal. Almost 60% of Americans consider debt to be a ma...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: featured money and finance productivity tips self education self-improvement success Uncategorized financial wellness savings self improvement Source Type: blogs

Artificial Intelligence vs. Tuberculosis – Part 2
By SAURABH JHA, MD Clever Hans Preetham Srinivas, the head of the chest radiograph project in Qure.ai, summoned Bhargava Reddy, Manoj Tadepalli, and Tarun Raj to the meeting room. “Get ready for an all-nighter, boys,” said Preetham. Qure’s scientists began investigating the algorithm’s mysteriously high performance on chest radiographs from a new hospital. To recap, the algorithm had an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) of 1 – that’s 100 % on multiple-choice question test. “Someone leaked the paper to AI,” laughed Manoj. “I...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech Health Technology @roguerad AI Saurabh Jha TB tuberculosis Source Type: blogs

Alcohol Use Disorder in the API Community
Asian-American Pacific Islanders, also known as the API Community, are one of the fastest-growing minority groups in America. Due to model minority stereotypes and a lack of empirical data, the API community has been thought to have lower than expected rates of substance use disorders and behavioral addictions. However, alcohol use disorder in the API Community still exists, and it presents its own set of unique issues compared to other ethnicities and communities. These can include specific risk factors and barriers to treatment that other groups do not face. What is the API Community? In 1968, the term “Asian Amer...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 24, 2020 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates alcohol abuse alcohol dependence alcohol detox alcohol treatment alcohol treatment center alcohol treatment facility alcohol use Alcoholics An Source Type: blogs

Asinine, Backasswards Colonoscopy Insurance Rules Make Patients Decline Medically Necessary Testing
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD I’ve had several telephone calls in the last two weeks from a 40-year-old woman with abdominal pain and changed bowel habits. She obviously needs a colonoscopy, which is what I told her when I saw her. If she needed an MRI to rule out a brain tumor I think she would accept that there would be co-pays or deductibles, because the seriousness of our concern for her symptoms would make her want the testing. But because in the inscrutable wisdom of the Obama Affordable Care Act, it was decided that screening colonoscopies done on people with no symptoms whatsoever are a freebie, whereas colon...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care Colonoscopy Hans Duvefelt Health insurance Source Type: blogs

Ten Tips for Aging with Depression
Major Depression — the clinical type — is not a normal part of aging. Though it can appear at any age, older adults are at an increased risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) distinguishes this condition from having “the blues” and likens it to other medical illnesses that are treatable, like diabetes or hypertension. Overwhelming sadness and anxiety can last for weeks at a time or much longer, with a wide range of other discouraging symptoms. Yet, there are things that can help.  Statistics tell us that later in life, at least one chronic disease will affect 80 percent of u...
Source: World of Psychology - January 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jan McDaniel Tags: Aging Depression depression risk Elderly seniors Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Learn About Sex Therapy From a Licensed Sex Therapist
 In today’s digital culture, sex is easy to find. But most of our encounters with it are shallow and unrealistic. Sexual images and films easily capture the lust, or carnality, of sex, but there is very little conversation surrounding intimacy and how sex actually works in a real human relationship. In fact, many people believe there is something wrong with them because their sex life doesn’t look like it does in the media.  In this podcast, our guest Laurie Watson, sex therapist and licensed marriage and family counselor, discusses some of the most common sexual issues she encounters in her practice an...
Source: World of Psychology - January 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Podcast Tags: General Interview Marriage and Divorce Psychotherapy Relationships Sexuality The Psych Central Show Treatment Source Type: blogs

Inside Schizophrenia: Comorbidity with Schizophrenia
Comorbidity is the presence of one or more additional conditions co-occurring with a primary condition. In this episode, host schizophrenic Rachel Star Withers with her cohost Gabe Howard will be discussing comorbidity with schizophrenia. Comorbidity is associated with worse health outcomes, more complex clinical management and increased health care costs. Occupational therapist and host of the podcast Occupied, Brock Cook, will be joining us to discuss ways that he works with people with schizophrenia to manage multiple health issues.  Highlights from “Comorbidity with Schizophrenia” Episode [01:28] What ...
Source: World of Psychology - January 22, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rachel Star Withers Tags: Antipsychotic Inside Schizophrenia Mental Health and Wellness Psychiatry Psychology Psychotherapy Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia comorbid comorbid psychiatric conditions Comorbidities Comorbidity Diagnosis Of Schizophrenia Livi Source Type: blogs

Deaths in prison: a national scandal
This report aims to provide insight and analysis into findings from 61 prison inquests in England and Wales in 2018 and 2019. It details safety failures including mental and physical health care, communication systems, emergency responses, and drugs and medication. It also looks at the wider statistics and historic context. It makes recommendations to improve safety and prevent future deaths including reallocating resources from criminal justice to community-based health and welfare services.ReportInquest - press release (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - January 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Local authorities, public health and health inequalities Regulation, governance and accountability Source Type: blogs

How to manage the side effects of prostate cancer treatment
Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer diagnosed in men in the U.S. According to statistics gathered by the American Cancer Society, approximately 191,930 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in this country in 2020, with one in nine men at risk of being diagnosed with this cancer during his […]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 - January 21, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/miles-j-varn" rel="tag" > Miles J. Varn, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions Oncology/Hematology Urology Source Type: blogs

Adult social care statistics in England
This report sets out the findings from a review of adult social care statistics in England. Adult social care is a large and important area which requires strong evidence to support effective policy development, delivery of care and personal choice. While there is rightly a focus on delivery, a scarcity of funding has led to under investment in data and analysis, making it harder for individuals and organisations to make informed decisions. This review highlights three main areas for attention: better leadership and collaboration; gaps in available data; and improving existing official statistics. ReportPress release ...
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - January 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Social care Source Type: blogs

Why sometimes you need to be your family ’s doctor
My uncle died last year. As physicians, we are all too familiar with death. Even if we are practicing primary care, we are touched by death and the line between life and death. That patient who had what statistically should ’ve been acid reflux, but who you found to have stomach cancer. That breastfeeding mom who […]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 - January 20, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/karen-yeter" rel="tag" > Karen Yeter, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Oncology/Hematology Source Type: blogs

3 Ways a Medical Device Consultant Can Help You Save Time and Money
A medical device consultant can provide research, regulatory, communication and product development services, so that you can launch your product in the market with confidence.  Recent advances in technology and research has accelerated the growth of the medical device industry, which is growing at an unprecedented rate. It is predicted that the medical device market will achieve a compound annual growth rate of 4.9% over the coming years, leading to its value to top $200 billion in 2023, according to Fitch Solutions. Medical devices are heavily regulated. It’s a long and painstaking process to convert a pote...
Source: Medgadget - January 15, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Kolabtree Tags: Sponsored Content Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 15th January 2020
Some recent things to know about...StatisticsKey performance indicator (KPI) data reports for NHS population screening programmes for financial year 2018 to 2019(Public Health England)Includes antenatal and newborn screening.Maternity statistics monthly statistics (NHS Digital)NICE consultationsNICE are consulting on jaundice in newborn babies under 28 days, to see if Clinical Guideline CG98 needs updating.Acknowledgements: King's Fund Library Health Management and Policy Alert; Embed Health Consortium Health Bulletin. (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - January 15, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

GeneSight Test: No Significant Results? Try a Different Research Measure
As I’ve discussed previously, drug-gene testing, also referred to as pharmacogenomics or pharmacogenetics, doesn’t really yet work for psychiatric drugs and disorders. People are buying a promise that’s not backed up by the research. Recently, one company in this space published a followup study to a large outpatient study of patients with clinical depression. Since the first study did not show any statistical significance in the study’s primary outcome measure, the company decided to simply re-crunch the data with another measure. Voila! Significance found. In early 2019, Myriad Genetics, makers o...
Source: World of Psychology - January 14, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Brain and Behavior Depression Disorders Medications Treatment gene drug testing gene-drug genesight Source Type: blogs

“I Want Complete Labs Ordered Before My Physical”
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD Many patients make this or similar requests, especially in January it seems. This phenomenon has its roots in two things. The first is the common misconception that random blood test abnormalities are more likely early warning signs of disease than statistical or biochemical aberrances and false alarms. The other is the perverse policy of many insurance companies to cover physicals and screening tests with zero copay but to apply deductibles and copays for people who need tests or services because they are sick. It is crazy to financially penalize a person with chest pain for going to the ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Education Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care blood tests Hans Duvefelt Labs Source Type: blogs

Sunday Sermonette: Bez does it all
Yep, he's not just a carpenter and a goldsmith and a perfumer, he's a tailor and a jeweler . . .Thank God [sic] Exodus is almost over. There's one more chapter after this, then we get into Leviticus, which is maybe slightly more interesting than all of these specifications. However, the narrative doesn't start up again until Numbers. We're going to spend the next few months mired in the intricacies of various categories of rules, including believe it or not a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Skin Diseases. The interesting thing about these last few chapters of Exodus is that nobody pays any attention to them any more. ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - January 12, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

12 quick brain puzzles to welcome a sharp new year
___ Q: What is by far the most outstanding and surprising of all humankind’s successes? A: Waking up in the morning. Q: Of our many tools, which is one of the most powerful, and yet the most pliable? A: Statistics. Q: Who insists that mindless obedience is a sign of intelligence? A: All of us — when referring to our pets. Q: What is the root of all evil — Money? Satan? Greed? Fear? A: More than all the above put together: Expectations. Q: Why are mistakes so tiring? A: Because justifying them takes so much effort. Q: The difference between an idealist and a realist? A: The idealist takes most of what he s...
Source: SharpBrains - January 10, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Keith Perreur-Lloyd Tags: Brain Teasers Education & Lifelong Learning brain games for adults brain puzzles for adults brain teasers for adults brain teasers for teens brain-teaser-games cognitive-abilities cognitive-ability intelligence puzzle games for adults Source Type: blogs

What are ultra-processed foods and are they bad for our health?
You hear it all the time: the advice to “eat less processed food.” But what is processed food? For that matter, what is minimally processed food or ultra-processed food? And how do processed foods affect our health? What are processed and ultra-processed foods? Unprocessed or minimally processed foods are whole foods in which the vitamins and nutrients are still intact. The food is in its natural (or nearly natural) state. These foods may be minimally altered by removal of inedible parts, drying, crushing, roasting, boiling, freezing, or pasteurization, to make them suitable to store and safe to consume. Unproc...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN Tags: Healthy Eating Source Type: blogs

Physical Activity Correlates with Reduced Mortality
This study aims to overcome some of the previous gaps in the scientific literature by evaluating the relationship between PA, measured by accelerometry and questionnaire, and risk of all-cause mortality in community-dwelling older adults from a Southern Brazilian city. A representative sample of older adults (≥60 y) were enrolled in 2014. From the 1451 participants interviewed in 2014, 145 died (10%) after a follow-up of an average 2.6 years. Men and women in the highest tertile of overall PA had on average a 77% and 92% lower risk of mortality than their less active counterparts. The highest tertile of LP...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 3, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

The Spin Just Keeps Flowing From A Now Really Discredited ADHA. Secrets Are Still Being Kept.
This popped up last week:https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/news-and-events/news/media-release-my-health-record-sees-a-62-per-cent-increase-in-general-practitioners-viewing-documentsMedia Release: My Health Record sees a 62 per cent increase in general practitioners viewing documentsCreated on Monday, 23 December 2019According to data released by the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency), general practices increasingly lead the way in using My Health Record, with usage (viewing and uploading) rising substantially since March 2019. In data released in December as part of a refreshed My Health Record statistics dashboa...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 1, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Reinventing CDS Requires Humility in the Face of Overwhelming Complexity
Paul Cerrato and I have created a new book,Reinventing Clinical Decision Support, our first to be published about Platform thinking.  Although it is being published during my tenure at Mayo Clinic, it is not endorsed by Mayo Clinic and represents the personal opinions of Paul and me.  Below is the preface.In our last book, on mobile health(1),  we wrote about the power of words such as cynicism, optimism, and transformation. Another word with powerful connotations is misdiagnosis. To a patient whose condition remains undetected, it is a source of frustration and anger. To a physician or nurse who has be...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - December 30, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, December 30th 2019
This study presents the effects of berberine (BBR) on the aging process resulting in a promising extension of lifespan in model organisms. BBR extended the replicative lifespan, improved the morphology, and boosted rejuvenation markers of replicative senescence in human fetal lung diploid fibroblasts. BBR also rescued senescent cells with late population doubling (PD). Furthermore, the senescence-associated β-galactosidase (SA-β-gal)-positive cell rates of late PD cells grown in the BBR-containing medium were ~72% lower than those of control cells, and its morphology resembled that of young cells. Mechanistically...
Source: Fight Aging! - December 29, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Physicians should never underestimate the power of their words
It ’s no secret that America (and indeed a lot of the western world) faces an unhealthy lifestyle crisis. Shocking statistics suggest that over 70 percent of the United States population is overweight or obese (defined as a BMI over 25). The consequential health effects are well known, and don’t ne ed further explaining. As a country […]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 - December 29, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/suneel-dhand" rel="tag" > Suneel Dhand, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Primary Care Source Type: blogs

Genetic Variants are not an Important Risk Factor in the Vast Majority of People and Age-Related Conditions
This is an age of genetics, in which the costs of obtaining and working with genetic data have dropped by orders of magnitude, while the capabilities of the tools and technologies have expanded to a similar degree. Give the scientific community a hammer, and a great many parts of the field start to look like a nail. Thus there are innumerable studies of genetics and longevity, genetics and specific age-related diseases, and so forth. There is considerable interest in trying to find out whether there is a genetic contribution to survival to extreme old age, and then using this information to develop therapies. What t...
Source: Fight Aging! - December 27, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

What is an Opioid?
Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others. All individuals who take opioids run the risk of addiction. As such, when asking “what is an opioid?” it is important to know the different types, the signs of addiction, and the signs of an overdose. Prescription Opioids Opioids interact with the opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. This interaction interferes with communication between the body’s nerves and the br...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - December 27, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates Heroin Painkiller fentanyl opioid opioid crisis opioids prescription drug addiction Source Type: blogs

Refuting the Link Between Persistent Herpesvirus Infection and Alzheimer's Disease
There is a reasonable mechanism by which persistent viral infections might raise the risk of Alzheimer's disease: amyloid-β is an antimicrobial peptide, a part of the innate immune system. The presence of viral particles will contribute to greater production of amyloid-β, which will accelerate the pace at which amyloid-β might aggregate in older individuals due to an imbalance between production and clearance. The aggregates then cause the usual progression to neural inflammation, damage, and cognitive decline. Does the epidemiological data support a role for persistent herpes viruses in Alzheimer's risk, ho...
Source: Fight Aging! - December 26, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

The Recovery Of Victorian Hospitals From Malware Seems To Be Taking A While.
This appeared on Saturday las week:Victoria vows ransoms from cyber criminals will be ignored as battle to access hospital data continuesAlex White, Exclusive, Sunday Herald SunDecember 21, 2019 9:00pmSubscriber onlyHackers demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransoms have infiltrated government computer systems in Victoria.The Sunday Herald Sun can ­reveal ransomware has infiltrated several government agencies since July last year.Statewide there is one cyber ­attack on government bodies every 45 seconds. But the names of those targeted remains secret.Government cyber security principal adviser ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, December 23rd 2019
In this study, by adenovirus-mediated delivery and inducible transgenic mouse models, we demonstrate the proliferation of both HCs and SCs by combined Notch1 and Myc activation in in vitro and in vivo inner ear adult mouse models. These proliferating mature SCs and HCs maintain their respective identities. Moreover, when presented with HC induction signals, reprogrammed adult SCs transdifferentiate into HC-like cells both in vitro and in vivo. Finally, our data suggest that regenerated HC-like cells likely possess functional transduction channels and are able to form connections with adult auditory neurons. Epige...
Source: Fight Aging! - December 22, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Prediction of heart failure in leukemia
Researchers have developed a twenty one point score to predict the development of heart failure in acute leukemia patients treated with anthracyclines [1]. They obtained baseline echocardiographic measurements including left ventricular ejection fraction and global longitudinal strain in 450 acute leukemia patients treated with anthracyclines. A 21 point risk score was generated by evaluating potential risk factors for heart failure using Fine and Gray’s regression analysis. Six variables were selected based on their statistical significance and clinical relevance (assigned score points for each in brackets): Age ...
Source: Cardiophile MD - December 22, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Prof. Dr. Johnson Francis Tags: Cardio Oncology Onco Cardiology Source Type: blogs

Immigrant Neighborhoods Correlated with Fewer Trash Complaints in San Francisco
ConclusionThis second blog post in the Great Litter Debate of 2019 is an attempt to provide better evidence in this difficult to resolve disagreement. In San Francisco, a city fiercely criticized by immigration restrictionists and conservatives for its very real sanitation problems, there is no association between immigrant resident populations by Census tract and 311 complaints about garbage. Proponents of the “immigrants litter” theory have supplied zero evidence to support their claims. If they don’t like these analyses, we invite them to conduct their own. After all, numerous cities make these data re...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh, Andrew C. Forrester Source Type: blogs

Drills, needles, and pain, oh my! Coping with dental anxiety
For many people, going to the dentist is an unpleasant but manageable experience. For others, just the thought of going to the dentist causes severe anxiety, leading them to delay or avoid dental treatment. Unfortunately, this behavior can spiral into a vicious cycle of dental pain, health problems, worse anxiety, and more complex and costly dental procedures. Dental anxiety and phobia It’s very common for people to fear going to the dentist. When dental fear is severe and leads people to delay or cancel treatment, these individuals may meet criteria for dental phobia or odontophobia, which is included in the Diagnos...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - December 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tien Jiang, DMD, MEd Tags: Anxiety and Depression Dental Health Health care Tests and procedures Source Type: blogs

Is a Binge Drinker an Alcoholic?
Most people know that drinking alcohol to excess isn’t good for you, but does it mean you are an alcoholic? People who drink sometimes test limits and boundaries which could lead to binge drinking, whether intentional or unintentional. How can you tell if you’ve crossed the line between binge drinking and alcohol use disorder, and the answer to “is a binge drinker an alcoholic”? What Technically Is a Binge Drinker? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL. This typically o...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - December 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Recovery Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism alcohol abuse alcohol detox alcohol treatment alcohol treatment center alcohol treatment facility binge binge drinking Source Type: blogs

Declan Doogan of Juvenescence Presenting at Investing in the Age of Longevity
Investing in the Age of Longevity was an event held in London earlier this year as a part of the Longevity Week, a chance for Jim Mellon and the rest of the Juvenescence team to present their thesis on the longevity industry to the investor community - that this is an enormous opportunity to both greatly improve the human condition and generate returns on investment. A number of companies were there to present, as examples of the work on slowing and reversing aging presently taking place, and I was graciously invited to discuss the latest developments at Repair Biotechnologies. The presentations from the event have been po...
Source: Fight Aging! - December 16, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Healthy Life Extension Community Source Type: blogs