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

Fight Aging! Newsletter, July 6th 2020
Fight Aging! publishes news and commentary relevant to the goal of ending all age-related disease, to be achieved by bringing the mechanisms of aging under the control of modern medicine. This weekly newsletter is sent to thousands of interested subscribers. To subscribe or unsubscribe from the newsletter, please visit: https://www.fightaging.org/newsletter/ Longevity Industry Consulting Services Reason, the founder of Fight Aging! and Repair Biotechnologies, offers strategic consulting services to investors, entrepreneurs, and others interested in the longevity industry and its complexities. To find out m...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 5, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

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

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

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

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

COVID-19: information for health and care professionals
Last updated 24th November 2020, 0920 UK time - entries added marked NEW.On this page, evidence summaries, guidelines and government and related information for practitioners.See also theepidemiology and genetics andcurrent awareness pages.  There is a page ofjournal and database publishers making content available free.NEW - REACTFindings from the Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission studyResources from Royal Colleges (list maintained by HEE)Clinical TrialsThe WHO ICTRP indexes trials from a number of sources, including the US and EU registries.  From thelaunch page you can download lists of ...
Source: Browsing - June 27, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus COVID-19 NCOV Source Type: blogs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fight Aging! Newsletter, June 22nd 2020
Fight Aging! publishes news and commentary relevant to the goal of ending all age-related disease, to be achieved by bringing the mechanisms of aging under the control of modern medicine. This weekly newsletter is sent to thousands of interested subscribers. To subscribe or unsubscribe from the newsletter, please visit: https://www.fightaging.org/newsletter/ Longevity Industry Consulting Services Reason, the founder of Fight Aging! and Repair Biotechnologies, offers strategic consulting services to investors, entrepreneurs, and others interested in the longevity industry and its complexities. To find out m...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 21, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

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

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

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

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