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Proposed FDA Guidance on Financial Disclosure and the Physician Payment Sunshine Regulations – Divergent Paths and Duplicated Efforts
Conclusion The increased regulation and requirements to disclose FCOIs creates a tremendous burden for researchers and institutions that are repetitive, overlapping but not-identical, and time-consuming. Nevertheless, institutions that receive PHS funding can manage FCOIs in a number of ways: (1) public disclosure of the FCOI (e.g., when presenting or publishing the research); (2) disclosure of the FCOI directly to human participants; (3) appointment of an independent monitor capable of taking measures to protect the design, conduct, and reporting of the research against bias resulting from the FCOI; (4) modification ...
Source: Policy and Medicine - May 17, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs
Saving Money While Providing Benefit In Medicare: A Standard Applied Only To Hospice
Medicare is caught between two countervailing impulses: the desire of beneficiaries (and providers and the adult children of beneficiaries) to have a benefit package that covers more, rather than less, and the desire to restrain program spending due to its impact on the federal budget. This tension is heightened by the transition of the Baby Boomers from paying taxes into Medicare to receiving benefits. The default is that Medicare covers acute care therapies, tests and procedures if there is a patient that wants to receive them and a provider who is willing to deliver them, whether there is evidence of any benefit to the...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - May 16, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Donald Taylor Tags: All Categories Comparative Effectiveness End-of-Life Care Health Care Costs Medicare Policy Quality Source Type: blogs
Personal Health Record Use by Adolescents
In response to many questions about PHR use by adolescents, I asked Fabienne Bourgeois, the expert at Children's Hospital Boston, to write this guest blog post -As more and more practices and hospitals are making patient portals available to their patients, providers of adolescent patients are encountering a major hurdle: how to handle confidential adolescent information.While adult patients generally maintain full personal control of their personal health record (PHR), adolescent PHRs are anything but personal. Adolescents rarely have full control of their record, but instead rely on parents and guard...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - May 15, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Source Type: blogs
Robots in healthcare: scary, promising, or both?
Robot Aids in Therapy for Autistic Children Wall Street Journal (05/01/13) Shirley S. Wang University of Notre Dame researchers will present study findings at the annual conference of the International Society for Autism Research showing promise in the use of robots for teaching social skills to autistic children. The study, involving 19 autistic children, is believed to be the largest trial to date using robots in this way. The children interacted with a two-foot-tall robot therapist that was programmed to ask novel questions and engage children in conversation. The study participants showed greater conversational ...
Source: FutureHIT - Speculations on the Future of Health IT - May 15, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Hunscher Source Type: blogs
Should Men and Women Eat Differently?
There are many factors that can affect nutrient requirements for both men and women. Every person is different, and factors such as body size, muscle mass, physical activity level and illnesses that change nutrient requirements can all change the amount of different nutrients that need to be consumed as part of our daily diets. It follows that men and women, being very different physically, can also have very different nutrient requirements and thus may need to follow quite different diets to achieve optimum nutrition. As men are in general larger than women, in general they have higher requirements for a lot of nutri...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - May 14, 2013 Category: Life Coaches Authors: Alex Chris Tags: Community Posts diet health self improvement Source Type: blogs
Dignity and the Day Program
I am in love with Nat’s Day Program provider, ASA (Autism Services Association). I went to their 50 year celebration today, and I was surrounded by ASA clients and staff. I also was sitting next to my old friend Margaret Bauman, who was one of the speakers (along with ASA Founding Parent Barbara Cutler and Martha Zeigler, two other Autism/Intellectual Disability Community Glitterati). When I walked into the chaotic, bright room, my eyes connected with Nat’s immediately. How does that happen? It’s like our bodies know the other is in the room before our minds! I sat down next to his lovely and lively job c...
Source: Susan's Blog - May 13, 2013 Category: Autism Authors: Susan Senator Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
Doing Business: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
Dalibor Rohac and Marian L. Tupy A few weeks ago, we published a piece that defended World Bank’s Doing Business project against its critics. At the time, we didn’t know much about the politics behind the attack on the project – namely that the initiative to review Doing Business had come from China, which ranks relatively low in the ranking. Perhaps unwittingly, the Chinese government has been assisted in its effort to shut the project down by a spectrum of organizations skeptical of markets, including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, or Save the Children. Most recently, Christina Chang, a lead economic analyst at CAFO...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 13, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Dalibor Rohac, Marian L. Tupy Source Type: blogs
Fight Aging! Newsletter, May 13th 2013
In this study we used the hMTH1-Tg mouse model to investigate how oxidative damage to nucleic acids affects aging. hMTH1-Tg mice express high levels of the hMTH1 hydrolase that degrades 8-oxodGTP and 8-oxoGTP and excludes 8-oxoguanine from both DNA and RNA. Compared to wild-type animals, hMTH1-overexpressing mice have significantly lower steady-state levels of 8-oxoguanine in both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA of several organs, including the brain. hMTH1 overexpression prevents the age-dependent accumulation of DNA 8-oxoguanine that occurs in wild-type mice. These lower levels of oxidized guanines are associated with in...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 12, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
It Seems The NEHRS / PCEHR Has Had a Bit Of A Make Over. Interesting Changes In A Couple Of Areas.
After the outage overnight I wandered along to see what changes had been made to the what the user sees. Here is what the navigation menu down the side now looks like. Health Record Overview Clinical Documents Shared Health Summary Medication Records Prescription and Dispense View Personal Personal Health Notes Personal Health Summary Advance Care Directive Custodian Your Personal Details Emergency Contact Details Child D...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 12, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs
Unthinking Autism Guide Shannon Rosa Attacks Autism Parents .... AGAIN.
Shannon Rosa, with the Twitter help of Seth Mnookin and Dr. Jon Brock is at it again, misrepresenting autism disorders and the state of knowledge about autism causation and of course blaming autism parents fighting for their children for the latest report of a professional caregiver abusing an autistic child because they dare talk honestly about the negative aspects of autism DISORDERS : "At their worst, negative media-sown autism messages influence people like Greg Simard, who brutally beat a 12-year-old, non-speaking autistic boy in his care. Simard justified his actions by saying of the boy, .......
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - May 12, 2013 Category: Autism Authors: H L Doherty Source Type: blogs
How to know if your toddler has autism
About half of all children in the United States with an autistic spectrum disorder are diagnosed at age five or older according to a May 2012, NCHS (National Center for Health Statistics) data brief. However, many parents are suspicious much sooner. As part of autism awareness month, we bring you clues in toddler development that can alert you to a potential issue. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - May 11, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Conditions Neurology Pediatrics Source Type: blogs
he language of mathematics: Investigating the ways language counts for children’s mathematical development
The language of mathematics: Investigating the ways language counts for children's mathematical development Vukovic, Rose K.; Lesaux, Nonie K. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Vol. 115 Issue 2 – 2013: 227 - 244 10.1016/j.jecp.2013.02.002 http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0022096513000428 * (Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner))
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - May 11, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs
Friday Afternoon LinkFest
■ First the bad news. From the Annals of the Much Vaunted National Health System© comes this alarming development:"Almost half of Britons say they or their families have experienced poor care and neglect at the hands of the [MVNHS©] ... Despite tens of billions of pounds being invested in the NHS, 46 per cent of respondents said they thought standards of care had declined over the past ten years"Welcome to the future of American health care. ■ On the other hand, scientists at the Boston Children's Hospital have developed a "micro-particle that can be injected into your bloodstream to oxygenate your blood – without ...
Source: InsureBlog - May 10, 2013 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs
Lilly Diabetes – Connecting the Dots
Lorraine Sisto, Mike Hoskins, Kim Vlasnik, John Lechleiter, PhD, Adam Brown, Ruth Gimeno, PhD, Scott Johnson, Leighann Calentine, David Moller, MD, George Simmons, Kris Freeman, Cherise Shockley, Scott Benner, Kelly Kunik, Kelly Close, Bennet Dunlap I recently returned from a short trip to Indianapolis, IN for a visit with Lilly Diabetes*. They hosted a summit with about a dozen people from the diabetes online community and gave us a chance to learn more about what they’ve been up to since the last meeting. I was pleased with the meeting and felt they did a great job hosting. The group was small, which made it more i...
Source: Scott's Diabetes Blog - May 9, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Scott K. Johnson Tags: Blog Posts Adam Brown Bennet Dunlap Cherise Shockley David Moller MD George Simmons John Lechleiter PhD Kelly Close Kelly Kunik Kim Vlasnik Kris Freeman Leighann Calentine Lilly Diabetes Lorraine Sisto Mike Hoskins Ruth Gimen Source Type: blogs
Announcing New Transparency Bill to Disclose Vaccine Ingredients to Parents
Conclusion We at VacTruth applaud the efforts of Representative Boland and wish her every success in this important legislative endeavor. Ms. Sallie O. Elkordy encourages supporters of this bill to contact the Maine House of Representatives in support of LD754: An Act To Encourage Transparency in the Disclosing of the Ingredients in Vaccinations for Children. Additionally, you may write letters in support of this historic bill to The Portland Press Herald, The Bangor Daily News, The Kennebec Journal, The Lewiston Sun Journal, and The Biddeford Journal, or contact your own local newspaper and legislators. How to Cont...
Source: vactruth.com - May 9, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Christina England Tags: Christina England Top Stories Andrea Boland informed consent LD 754 vaccine ingredients Vaccine Safety Source Type: blogs
HHS-OIG: Podcast on Improper Payments
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers a wide array of resources and tools for healthcare providers, patients and various stakeholders on their webpage. Included in this list of resources are a number of Podcasts about important issues the healthcare industry is facing. We previously reported about the significance of healthcare compliance for corporate boards. Consequently, OIG recently posted a new podcast with Kay Daly, the Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services, who discussed a report about improper payment reporting. Daly explained t...
Source: Policy and Medicine - May 9, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs
Holistic Center to Offer Services for Low Cost to Free
A new concept in the fight against Autism, holistic therapies are gaining steam with more and more parents looking for non-invasive ways to treat their children. The Om Holistic Center for Autism & Developmental Disorders is going in a new direction.Contributor: Debbie StonePublished: May 08, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - May 8, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs
Let Us Fear the Price of "Cutting-Edge" Drugs!
I must respond to the opinion piece by Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, regarding the high cost of new drugs. The piece. titled "Another Voice: Cutting-edge drugs are worth the cost in the long run," was published in The Buffalo News of all places (here)."We shouldn’t fear the price tag of these new medicines," says Pitts. "Expensive medicine may be a bitter pill, but these advanced therapies offer hope to millions of patients, keeping them healthier for longer."Unfortunately, the numbers Pitts cites in defense of that statement suggests the opposite.Pitts says that the ...
Source: Pharma Marketing Blog - May 7, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Tags: Drug prices Drug development Peter Pitts Source Type: blogs
Disruptor Profile: Jayne Mackta
I can’t remember how or when I met Jayne Mackta, but I’ve always been grateful I did and I hope you’ll agree when I introduce her to you today. Jayne is an entrepreneur, pursuing the kinds of niche needs that – at their core – are the underpinnings of the discoveries in biomedicine that we depend upon to heal us when we’re ill. She’s one of many, I’m sure, but is one of the best (I’m sure of that, too). She not only works in the ‘trenches,’ but often goes there first and digs them herself to support the many others who will come later. Her most recent effort, Curious Young Writers, is the latest of h...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 7, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized biomedical research Genetic Alliance Source Type: blogs
Prenatal Checkups and Tests
What You need to Know Pamela Brawer Save a Tot Prenatal care is the care you get while you are pregnant. This care can be provided by a doctor, midwife or other health care professional. The goal of prenatal care is to monitor the progress of a pregnancy and to identify potential problems before they become serious for either mom or baby. All mothers-to-be benefit from prenatal care. Women who see a health care provider regularly during pregnancy have healthier babies, are less likely to deliver prematurely, and are less likely to have other serious problems related to pregnancy. During prenatal visits, the health care p...
Source: Cord Blood News - May 6, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: joyce at mazelabs.com Tags: babies brain development Cord Blood medical research parents pregnancy stem cells Uncategorized affordable cord blood banking bananas and potassium bone marrow transplant breast feeding cord blood banking information cord blood b Source Type: blogs
The Medical Periodic Table
Here's the latest "medical periodic table", courtesy of this useful review in Chemical Communications. Element symbols in white are known to be essential in man. The ones with a blue background are found in the structures of known drugs, the orange ones are used in diagnostics, and the green ones are medically useful radioisotopes. (The paper notes that titanium and tantalum are colored blue due to their use in implants). I'm trying to figure out a couple of these. Xenon I've heard of as a diagnostic (hyperpolarized and used in MRI of lung capacity), but argon? (The supplementary material for the paper says that argon pla...
Source: In the Pipeline - May 6, 2013 Category: Chemists Tags: Odd Elements in Drugs Source Type: blogs
Adult Autism Care in New Brunswick: An Open Letter to Premier David Alward
May 6, 2013 Honourable Premier David Alward Respected Cabinet Ministers and Party Leaders Dear Premier Alward I am the Acting President of the Autism Society New Brunswick and a parent that was involved, with many other parents, in the advocacy that led to the establishment of the UNB-CEL autism intervention training program, the provision of early autism intervention to children aged 2-5, UNB-CEL autism specific training of Education Aides and Resource Teachers and the reversal of the decision to close the Stan Cassidy Center tertiary care autism team. We also argued with some modest ...
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - May 6, 2013 Category: Autism Authors: H L Doherty Source Type: blogs
May 2013 Update on Medical Innovation
As the weeks go by, we try to collect stories and news coverage regarding physician-industry collaboration and the breakthroughs and successes that come from such relationships. Below is a short summary of some recent physician-industry-academic-government collaborations and the impact they have had on individual patients, the U.S. healthcare system, and beyond. In light of the recently proposed budgets for FY 2014, numerous scientific and medical groups have urged Congress and the Obama Administration to increase funding for research. The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Researchers of America (PhRMA) recently note...
Source: Policy and Medicine - May 6, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs
In memoriam: Ricardo Portillo
You probably haven't heard of Mr. Portillo, of Murray, Utah. Here are excerpts and pictures from the AP:A Utah soccer referee who slipped into a coma after being punched by a teenage player during a game a week ago died Saturday night, police said.Ricardo Portillo, 46, of Salt Lake City passed away at the hospital, where he was being treated following an assault, Unified police spokesman Justin Hoyal said.Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching Portillo after the man called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card."The suspect was close to Portillo and punched him once i...
Source: Running a hospital - May 5, 2013 Category: Health Managers Source Type: blogs
health and medicine, continued
(In case you haven't picked up on it yet, I have embarked upon a long-form essay. It will continue.)So what is “medical” attention? It is well known but seldom seen as remarkable that most societies known to history and anthropology, even small scale ones with limited hierarchy and division of labor, have cultural roles for specialists in healing people. In societies large enough to support full-time specialists, as far as I know there is always a full-time healing profession. In some times and places these people have also been more generalist priests, with additional assigned powers, and priests can always try to get...
Source: Stayin' Alive - May 3, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Source Type: blogs
UPenn Medical School Establishes Biomedical Informatics Institute
Medical schools are getting much more interested in developing more expertise in the field of bioinformatics. Here's an excerpt from an article about the development of a new bioinformatics center at the UPenn School of Medicine (see: Big data gets a home at University of Pennsylvania’s medical school): University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia has established a dedicated center for biomedical informatics, underscoring the expansion of big data from drug development to population health. The Institute for Biomedical Informatics will focus on improving patient care and the resear...
Source: Lab Soft News - May 3, 2013 Category: Pathologists Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Clinical Lab Industry News Clinical Lab Testing Healthcare Information Technology Hospitals and Healthcare Delivery Lab Information Products Laboratory Industry Trends LIS Definitions and Strategy Medical Research Source Type: blogs
Scientists Developing New Autism Vaccine Ignoring Likely Cause, Pushing Pharma’s Agenda
Conclusion Governments are so determined to push vaccinations and reassure mothers that vaccines do not cause autism, they have come up with yet another flawed study to prove it. This effort is followed by a massive vaccination drive and media campaign to scare parents into accepting vaccines. Just to reassure parents further, the government is now encouraging the development of a vaccine to alleviate the symptoms of autism, just in case they are wrong. Really reassuring, isn’t it? Here we have yet another example of just how desperate governments and the pharmaceutical industries are to protect the vaccination schedule....
Source: vactruth.com - May 3, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Christina England Tags: Christina England Top Stories autism vaccine clostridium bolteae Dr. Frank DeStefano Hannah Polling Lisa Blakemore-Brown MMR Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis(SSPE) Source Type: blogs
Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act: Gets Kicked Down The Road for Privacy Reasons
In 2012, Congress passed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act), which originally was meant to prohibit insider trading by members of Congress and their staffs. The legislation came after a CBS 60 Minutes investigation suggested some members of Congress were using insider information to gain a competitive edge over other investors in the stock market. The STOCK Act included language requiring high-level staff at nearly all federal agencies to publicly disclose their financial records,” wrote Regulatory Focus—covering about 28,000 officials. Here is a summary of the Act from Congress. ...
Source: Policy and Medicine - May 3, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs
Feeding tubes and weird ideas
My favorie BADD post: Tube-ageddon. I haven't had much time to write anything here about the hell I went through getting my GJ tube. I had every indication for a GJ tube. I had gastroparesis so bad it was starting to affect my breathing, in a way that doctors said was likely to result in infection after infection until I died. From the emergency room onward, doctors were saying my best hope was to get a feeding tube. Yet the pressure I got from doctors, while in the hospital for one of those infections, was to just keep getting infections, go home, wait to die. Most of them wouldn't say that outright. But som...
Source: Ballastexistenz - May 2, 2013 Category: Autism Authors: Amanda Tags: Abuse Autism Bullying Cognitive disability Degradation Developmental disability Disability Rights Discrimination Ethics Ethics, justice, etc. Food Hatred Medical Medical stuff Outside Perceptions Physical disability Power Source Type: blogs
The Testosterone Trap
Should the Modern Man Be Taking Testosterone? Is It Low T? .com By now you've likely seen the commercials. Fit-looking middle-age men telling you how they put on weight, had less energy, and were no longer the sexual tigers they were in their twenties -- until, that is, they started rubbing testosterone gel on their shoulder, upper arm, or abdomen. Now they feel more like the men they used to be. The commercials don't mention a 2009 study in the New England Journal of Medicine wherein a group of men on testosterone replacement therapy had more than four times the number of cardiovascular problems -- so many that the s...
Source: PharmaGossip - May 2, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs
4 Potent Life Lessons From Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin's accomplishments are otherworldly, and his advice is golden. Here are four life lessons I've learned from reading his autobiography (twice). All quotes are by Ben Franklin. Accept Full Responsibility For Your Life "Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is." Benjamin Franklin was born into poverty and obscurity. It was like he started a game of monopoly with $2 instead of the standard $1,500. Do you know what his response was? He said that he would accept a repeat if he could do it all over again. This response is more profound than it seems, because it means that Ben Franklin didn't wi...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - May 1, 2013 Category: Life Coaches Authors: sguise Tags: self improvement success benjamin franklin life lessons success quotes Source Type: blogs
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Month. Through media, local and national events, the hope is to reduce stigma about mental illness and promote well-being for children and adults. This year's theme is "Pathways to Wellness" — and calls attention to strategies and approaches that help achieve wellness and good mental and physical health. Take a look at what wellness really is about:Wellness is essential to living a full and productive life. It’s about keeping healthy as well as getting healthy. Wellness involves a set of skills and strategies that prevent the onset or shorten the duration of illness and pr...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - April 30, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs
Drug donations are great, but should Big Pharma be setting the agenda?
Monday 29 April 2013 12.01 BST Critics fear that giving out free medicines allows pharmaceutical companies to decide which diseases are treated Vaccine donations might end after a period of time, leaving governments to pick up the bill. Photograph: Chris Hondros/Getty Images Adam Robert Green for African Arguments, part of the Guardian Africa Network In the early 2000s, pharmaceutical companies were high on activists' hit lists, prompted by Big Pharma's ill-advised attempt to sue the South African government for patent infringement on HIV drugs; an attempt to deal with the country's epidemic by allowing cheaper, generi...
Source: PharmaGossip - April 30, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs
ADHD or Just Plain Tired?
In Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit, Dr. Thatsal G. Thakkar talks about the concept that the incidence of Attention Deficit Disorder has coincided with people getting less sleep as their days have gotten busier and longer. He wonders if the symptoms that get attributed to ADD might be a result of too little sleep. And if not too little, then maybe the wrong kind of sleep. Dr. Thakkar goes on to talk about his own difficulties with focus and concentration and how he believes these symptoms were because his sleep architecture was disordered: too much dreaming, too little deep sleep -- a problem that was s...
Source: Shrink Rap - April 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
This is my angelic child. He is (now)15.5 months old, bright, funny, cheerful. He loves reading books & splashing in the bathtub. He has a short fuse & his yet primary way of communication(for anything) is yelling at the top of his lungs. And for the most part, he's healthy.(seasonal allergies notwithstanding) But... He isn't walking yet. He'll pull himself around all over everything in Creation, but has no interest in taking independent steps. (when forced to do so, he does the stop,drop, and laugh at Mommy) Otherwise, if he wants to get something that can't be gotten via holding on, he will crawl.(he can crawl faster the...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - April 27, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs
Trying to sort out all the STEM and STEM related departments, graduate programs , at #UCDavis
Well, I was in a meeting yesterday for the UC Davis ADVANCE program. This program is an NSF funded project to improve presence of women and underrepresented minorities on the faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). So I decided to see - how many departments at UC Davis might participate in such an initiative. And, well, wow. I knew there were a lot of STEM or STEM-related departments at UC Davis but I did not know there were this many. Here is a list I compiled of UC Davis STEM or STEM-related Departments. I included medical departments here since many people in such...
Source: The Tree of Life - April 27, 2013 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs
Youth Health Resources
FindYouthInfo Program Directory Searchable directory of evidence-based programs to prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people. Includes programs addressing mental health and substance abuse issues. Available here: http://1.usa.gov/10DI7e8 Child Trends What Works Guide: Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS) Summarizes evaluations of programs aimed at enhancing children’s development by addressing mental and physical health, education and more. Includes programs conducted in rural areas and small towns. Available here: http://bit.ly/17l9loG Blu...
Source: BHIC - April 25, 2013 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Monica Rogers Tags: Public Health Websites Source Type: blogs
Tribal Management Grant (TMG) Program Indian Health Service – Grants to assist federally-recognized tribes and tribally-sanctioned tribal organizations in assuming all or part of existing Indian Health Service programs, services, functions, and activities. Deadline: May 31, 2013 For more information: http://bit.ly/14eOQMp Social and Economic Development Strategies Program (SEDS) Administration for Native Americans – Grants for tribal community-based organizations, tribes, and village governments for social and economic infrastructure development. Deadline: June 6, 2013 For more information: http://...
Source: BHIC - April 25, 2013 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Monica Rogers Tags: Scholarships and Grants Source Type: blogs
FDA: Enhancing Benefit-Risk Assessment in Regulatory Decision Making
Last summer, Congress enacted the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), which included the fifth authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V). Title I of FDASIA reauthorizes the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), which provides FDA with the necessary user fee resources to maintain an efficient review process for human drug and biologic products. The reauthorization of PDUFA includes performance goals and procedures that represent FDA’s commitments during FY 2013-2017. These commitments are referred to in section 101 of FDASIA. Section X of these commitments relates ...
Source: Policy and Medicine - April 25, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs
So cool - NSF has a program to provide supplemental funds when CAREER PIs go on family leave
Just got pointed to this by Siobhan Brady from UC Davis: US NSF - Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2013 Career-Life Balance (CLB)-Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Supplemental Funding Requests (nsf13075) It is an NSF program to "The purpose of this DCL is to announce the continuation of the supplemental funding opportunity initiated in FY 2012 for PIs supported in the CAREER program. CAREER Principal Investigators (PIs) are invited to submit supplemental funding requests to support additional personnel (e.g., research technicians or equivalent) to sustain research when the PI is on family leave. These requests...
Source: The Tree of Life - April 25, 2013 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs
Nature, Nurture, and Me
Which came first, the addiction or the trauma? About a year ago, Jonathan Taylor, a professor at California State University in Fullerton, assigned his students some reading from my book, The Chemical Carousel, for his “Drugs, Politics, and Cultural Change” course. At the same time, the class watched an interview with Dr. Gabor Maté, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. In a letter written for his readers, Dr. Mate´ insists that addiction “is very close to the core of the human experience. That is why almost anything can become addictive, from seemingly healthy activities suc...
Source: Addiction Inbox - April 25, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Dirk Hanson Source Type: blogs
PhRMA Report: Over 5400 Medicines in Development and 70% are First in Class
According to report released by PhRMA, companies have more than 5,400 medicines in development globally, and more than 70% of therapies in the pipeline are potentially first-in-class and could offer patients new treatment options, and a notable number of potential therapies target diseases with limited treatment options such as ALS and rare diseases. A breakdown of their report offers insight into the various medicines in development for different diseases and populations. Older Americans America’s biopharmaceutical research companies are developing 465 new medicines that target the 10 leading chronic conditi...
Source: Policy and Medicine - April 24, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs
YAMMGM: Yet another mostly male genomics meeting
Just got an email from Illumina - key parts are below: 2013 Illumina Scientific Summit Dear Jonathan, Illumina's third annual Scientific Summit will be held June 3rd through 7th in charming New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Loews Hotel. Described by a past attendee as, "an upscale Gordon Conference", the Scientific Summit is an invitation-only meeting of 120 leading scientists and thought leaders plus the Illumina executive and R&D leadership teams. Plenary sessions will be focused on the Genetic Etiology of Cancer and Genetic Diseases, The Changing Landscape of Medical Genetics, Microbial Detection, and Epigene...
Source: The Tree of Life - April 24, 2013 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs
Hamartomatous Polyps - A rare cause of adult intussusception
We describe a case of jejuno jejunal intussusception in a middle aged female secondary to a multiple polyps in the small & large bowel loops which was detected on CT. Case Submitted by Dr. Chetan (DMRD, DNB resident), Dr. Karunakaran N. (consultant), Department of imaging & interventional radiology, Meenakshi Mission Hospital & Research Centre, Madurai Case Details : A 37 year old female presented with complaints of intermittent pain in the epigastric and periumbilical region with significant weight loss for one year with bleeding PR. The physical examination was unr...
Source: Sumer's Radiology Site - April 22, 2013 Category: Radiologists Authors: Sumer Sethi Source Type: blogs
Connect WC: a superb MN resource for children and adults with developmental disabilities
Washington County is a predominantly exurban and suburban region west of the Twin Cities. I didn't expect it to be the home of well done website on Developmental Disabilities Resources and Information funded by the CCP Foundation . Some of the material is Minnesota specific, but much of it applies anywhere in the US. Only a few topics are truly specific to Washington County.I learned a few things about developmental disability options in our region -- and that doesn't happen too often. Some the pages to check out include:SportsEntering Adulthood: I didn't know my son could get a 50 cent (!) reduced fee ID card.Dating...
Source: Be the Best You can Be - April 20, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: Twin Cities disability law adult sharing knowledge autism Source Type: blogs
Food Aid as Industrial Policy
Simon Lester It’s understandable that Americans would see malnourished people in other countries and want to help. Despite our recent economic woes, we are still relatively wealthy, and our instinct is to make the world a better place if we can. The role of the government in any such issue is debatable. But not surprisingly, once the government gets involved, the original purpose gets distorted. In practice, after becoming a government program, the idea of giving food to poor people has been turned into an industrial policy tool. Instead of simply giving money to people to buy food from the cheapest source, the...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 19, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Simon Lester Source Type: blogs
Aubrey de Grey on "The Undoing of Aging"
Philanthropy by high net worth individuals has the potential to move the needle on any major biotechnology project these days. The cost of research in the field is falling rapidly, thanks to spectacular ongoing gains in computational power and materials science. There are now thousands of individuals in the world with a net worth sufficient to completely fund a cure for a disease, from a starting point of nothing but ideas through to first human trials. But of course to exchange your entire net worth for a cure, to give up on the whole of the vast process that has been your business life to date, you'd have to be something...
Source: Fight Aging! - April 19, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Reason Tags: Activism, Advocacy and Education Source Type: blogs
The following is a guest post: Pineal tumors are associated with the pineal gland, which is located near mid-brain. The pineal gland is part of the body’s endocrine system and produces a hormone called melatonin, which affects your awake and sleep patterns and how the body adjusts to changes in seasonal climate. The endocrine system consists of organs, which help, in regulation of various functions such as metabolism, growth, and development. Pineal tumors disrupt the production of the hormones this gland produces with the expected results. Sleep patterns are disturbed which can then multiply into other physical problem...
Source: Medicine and Technology by Dr. Joseph Kim - April 18, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Tags: tumors guest post brain tumors Source Type: blogs
From the Archives: Exploring Aachen, Berlin, the Eifel, and the North Sea
In this entry from the archives, as we continued our summer trip to Germany, A. and I explored many different cities, and she even made a fast friend despite the language barrier. July 16th, 2006: I'm totally behind in relating my adventures, so I don't...(read more) (Source: From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism)
Source: From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism - April 18, 2013 Category: Autism Authors: Devon Alley Tags: Autism development friends Source Type: blogs