Novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak, China
Updated 21.1.20 1200 UK timeThe outbreak started in Wuhan, China, andaccording to De Volkskrant (in Dutch) has spread to Shenzhen and to Beijing.   The Guardian reports a case of human to human transmission of the virus.This new virus is causing SARS like symptoms, but is not thought to be SARS itself.  It seems to have no name yet apart from " novel coronavirus " .NewsSTATNews.  Nature - News roundup (15th January),news item (8th January) (University of Leicester access only).BMJ, 20th January (University of Leicester access only).  This has links to other news i...
Source: Browsing - January 20, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus Wuhan Source Type: blogs

Novel coronavirus (WN-CoV, nCoV) outbreak, China
Updated 22.1.20 1620 UK timeI will update this post as I find new things.Items marked UoL are accessible to University of Leicester staff and students only.An outbreak of a new ( " novel " ) coronavirus started in Wuhan, China, and has spread, with cases reported in Shenzhen, Beijing, Chongqing and other cities in China, and in Thailand and South Korea.  There has been a case in the United States. The Guardian reports a case of human to human transmission of the virus.This new virus has been referred to as WN-CoV and as nCoV.  NewsSTATNews.  Nature - News roundup (15th Janu...
Source: Browsing - January 20, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus Wuhan Source Type: blogs

New Twist on Medical Tourism; American Surgeon Travels to Cancun Hospital
I have posted a number of blog notes over the years about medical tourism. The options when seeking medical care abroad have taken many twists and turns (see, for example:Medical Tourism Business Model in Thailand Extends to Airport Facilities;A Competitive Threat to U.S. Healthcare in the Cayman Islands?). The latest twist entails having an American orthopedic surgeon travel to a Mexican hospital to perform the operation (see:A Mexican Hospital, an American Surgeon, and a $5,000 Check (Yes, a Check)), Below is an excerpt from an article on this topic:For...[her knee replacement],...[Donna Ferguson] would not only receive ...
Source: Lab Soft News - August 28, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Cost of Healthcare Healthcare Innovations Medical Consumerism Quality of Care Source Type: blogs

Is an End in Sight to the Longest Running World War?
The War on Drugs is not only fought on the home front. In fact, it is the longest running world war. While  Portugal has decriminalized all drugs, Uruguay never criminalized personal drug use and possession, the Czech Republic has decriminalized possession of small amounts of illicit drugs, and Norway and Mexico contemplate decriminalizing all drugs, the world-wide war on drugs continues apace. And drug prohibition’s futility and destruction are on world-wide display.I have written about the  resurgence of methamphetamine use and methamphetamine related overdose deathsin the US, despite state and federal eff...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 22, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey A. Singer Source Type: blogs

Reducing Healthcare Costs; Surgery at a Selected Hospital and Pharma Tourism
Individuals and self-insured companies have adopted various strategies to reduce the rising cost of healthcare for themselves and their employees. A recent article discussed howWalmart was flying employees who were candidates for particular surgical procedures to selected, distant hospitals for evaluation (see:Walmart Flies Employees to Top Hospitals for Surgeries in a Bid to Cut Healthcare Costs). Below is an excerpt from it:Walmart ’s answer [to rising healthcare costs] is its six-year-oldCenters of Excellence (COE) program. In partnership with third-party administrator Health Design Plus (HDP), Walmart directly contra...
Source: Lab Soft News - July 15, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Cost of Healthcare Healthcare Innovations Healthcare Insurance Medical Consumerism Pharmaceutical Industry Public Health Quality of Care Source Type: blogs

Is There Such a Thing as a Free-Market Gold Standard?
Twice recently I ’ve come across arguments to the effect that, despite what some libertarians, goldbugs, cryptocurrency fans, and Fed Board candidates imagine, the idea that the historical gold standard kept governments from managing money, leaving the job to market forces, is a myth.Inhis June 24th piece criticizing Facebook ’s Libra Currency, which is being marketed as a sort of internationalstablecoin, Barry Eichengreen writes:Mercifully, Facebook avoided the idea that astablecoin will free us from the tyranny of the Federal Reserve. Typically, stablecoin purveyors invoke a mythical past in which the monetary unit o...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 9, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs

5 Tips to Create Positive Food Memories for Pediatric Feeding Groups
Think about a favorite food memory. Do you remember only the taste of the food or does the entire scene—the smell of the dishes served, the sounds of the bustling restaurant or conversation of the friends’ home, the sight of the table setting and plating of the food—spring to mind? Food can trigger memories and emotions in a way other experiences can’t. How do these multi-faceted sensory memories created by good—or bad—food experiences affect our pediatric population when it comes to feeding? Using this question as my guide, I tried to find ways to create positive memories between food and sensory play for my ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 25, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Cindy Herde Tags: Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Feeding Disorders Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs

Diphtheria in Thailand
Although two fatal cases of diphtheria were recently reported in Thailand [1], rates of this disease have declined dramatically since the 1970’s.  In fact, Thailand can serve as an icon for the effectiveness of vaccination.  In the following graph, I’ve contrasted rates of diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus with WHO estimates of DPT vaccine uptake.  The second graph depicts the effect of DPT vaccination on diphtheria mortality in this country. [2,3] References: http://www.promedmail.org/post/6453182 Berger S. Infectious Diseases of Thailand, 2019. 506 pages , 169 graphs , 2,339 references. Gideon e-books,...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 3, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs ProMED Source Type: blogs

Streptococcus suis Infection in Thailand
Currently, Streptococcus suis infection is more commonly reported in Thailand than a number of more familiar zoonoses acquired from pigs – Trichinosis, Hepatitis E, Brucellosis and Japanese encephalitis. [1,2]   See graph below References: Berger S. Infectious Diseases of Thailand, 2019. 506 pages , 169 graphs , 2,339 references.  Gideon e-books,  https://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/country/infectious-diseases-of-thailand/ Gideon e-Gideon multi-graph tool,   https://www.gideononline.com/cases/multi-graphs/ The post Streptococcus suis Infection in Thailand appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases...
Source: GIDEON blog - April 23, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs ProMED Source Type: blogs

Eliminating Counterfeit Drugs from the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain: Interview with FarmaTrust CEO
Around the world, an estimated 1 million deaths are attributed to substandard and counterfeit drugs. The World Custom Organization’s Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Coordinator Christophe Zimmerman has claimed in the past that, “We have more fakes than real drugs in the market.” Inflexible, legacy systems and fragmented technical solutions have stymied improvement to the pharmaceutical supply chain. With new US and European legislation expected to come into effect by early 2019 aiming to increase accountability, a new approach, ideally one connecting all stakeholders, will be required. Stepping into this opportunity i...
Source: Medgadget - December 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Exclusive Informatics Medicine Public Health Society Source Type: blogs

Peace Through Health
By: Thitipong Tankumpuan In November 2018 I attended the UN Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference’s theme was “together for peace” and it aimed to promote sustainable peace by building up a strong, global network of leadership. The summit encouraged emerging young leaders to form and share innovative ideas about how The post Peace Through Health appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine. (Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University)
Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University - November 30, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Editor Tags: On the Pulse Conflict Peace UN Source Type: blogs

Manifestations of Fear in Cross-Cultural Interpretations of Sleep Paralysis
Frontispiece from:Blicke in die Traum- und Geisterwelt (A look into the dream and spirit world), byFriedrich Voigt (1854).What are you most afraid of? Not finding a permanent job? Getting a divorce and losing your family? Losing your funding? Not making this month ' s rent? Not having a roof over your head? Natural disasters? Nuclear war? Cancer? Having a loved one die of cancer?FAILURE?There are many types ofspecific phobias (snakes, spiders, heights, enclosed spaces,clowns,mirrors, etc.), but that ' s not what I ' m talking about here.What are youreally afraid of? Death? Pain? A painful death?Devils, demons, ghosts, witc...
Source: The Neurocritic - November 21, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

Neurofeedback or medication to treat ADHD?
CONCLUSION: Neurofeedback is a promising alternative treatment for ADHD in children who do not respond to or experience significant adverse effects from ADHD medication. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - October 17, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brainwave medication methylphenidate Neurofeedback Ritalin Source Type: blogs

Here ’ s Why Your ’ s & Elon Musk ’ s Lack of Sleep is Bad
If you wonder what lack of sleep looks like, look no further than Elon Musk’s erratic behavior over the past few months. From believing that he alone had the time and unique resources to save the Thai boys trapped in a cave to prematurely tweeting that he had “funding secured” (when he didn’t) for a private buyout of Tesla, his embattled electric car company, Musk has shown a troubling pattern of ignoring his own self-care. So what does lack of sleep look like, and why is it so bad? Let’s take a look. Sleep is vital to our body’s functioning, our mental and cognitive abilities, and our ...
Source: World of Psychology - August 24, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Industrial and Workplace Psychology Research Sleep Stress ambien use Elon Musk Good Sleep Sleep Habits tesla Source Type: blogs

On Holiday With Health Technologies
Scorching sun, ice-cold beverages, light naps in a poolside beach bed. The time for summer vacation has finally arrived, and you cannot even think of anything else just some margaritas in the pool bar. We collected the best digital technologies for you, so you don’t have to worry about emergency situations or your health on holiday. Have a great vacation! 1) Protect your skin with wearable patches! Although we have to wait a bit until nanoparticles make their way into UV-light absorbing sunscreens and anti-aging products, health apps and wearables already line up to save your skin from looking red potatoes the next day. ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Patients chatbot dermatology digital health food allergy food sensor health chatbot holiday summer technology telemedicine Source Type: blogs