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Cocoa Flavanol Consumption Shown to Improve Memory, Brain Function
This study provides new evidence that the regular consumption of cocoa flavanols may improve cognitive function in elderly subjects with early memory decline. Alzheimer's Reading Room A study conducted by researchers from the University of L’Aquila in Italy and Mars, Incorporated provides new evidence that the regular consumption of dietary cocoa flavanols may improve cognitive function in elderly subjects with early memory decline. Published online in the journal Hypertension, this current study significantly advances understanding of the benefits of flavanols by specifically exploring the impact of regular cocoa fla...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - August 14, 2012 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs
Old Mystery Solved? Former FDA Reviewer Speaks Out About Intimidation, Retaliation and Marginalizing of Safety
At my Dec. 2005 post "Report: Life Science Manufacturers Adapt to Industry Transition" I wrote:... The recognition of a gap in formally-trained medical informatics-trained personnel in the pharmaceutical industry [by Gartner Group] is welcome. For example, from my own experience:I recall an interview I had last year with the head of the Drug Surveillance & Adverse Events department at Merck Research Labs in a rehire situation [after a 2003 layoff]. I came highly recommended by an Executive Director in the department, to whom I had shown my prior work. This included well-accepted, novel human-computer interaction design...
Source: Health Care Renewal - August 13, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: CDER FDA regulatory capture whistle-blowers retalation Source Type: blogs
WIRED Health Conference: Living By Numbers
Get ready for a new event this fall: WIRED Health Conference: Living By Numbers On October 15 and 16 in New York City, WIRED and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will launch a new conversation on the future of healthcare with 200 expert leaders from the worlds of medicine, science, technology, and business. The conference will span the gap between healthcare and technology, connecting pioneering researchers with ambitious entrepreneurs. First and foremost, it will be a forum for ideas. Expect new connections, new opportunities, and new insights in how better data is driving us all toward better health. Learn more abo...
Source: Medicine and Technology by Dr. Joseph Kim - August 13, 2012 Category: Technology Consultants Tags: conferences Source Type: blogs
Sonic bug repellants don’t work
More deceived wisdom debunked, this time sonic bug repellants. Whether they are meant to repel mosquitoes, cockroaches or ants they don’t. They are based on junk science, according to a Texas A&M entomologist Roger Gold who has studied these products for two decades. The Android and iPhone apps all fail too, even the paid ones. You are better advised to buy traps or chemical repellents that actually work or just ignore the bugs and live your life. Stop Wasting Money on Sonic Bug Repellants: They Don’t Work. Sonic bug repellants don’t work is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
Source: Sciencebase Science Blog - August 13, 2012 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: David Bradley Tags: Science Source Type: blogs
The LITFL Review 071
Welcome to the striking 71st edition!The LITFL Review is your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peaks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care. Each week the LITFL team casts the spotlight on the best and brightest from the blogosphere, the podcast video/audiosphere and the rest of the Web 2.0 social media jungle to find the most fantastic EM/CC FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation) around.The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beaut of the WeekEmergency Medicine AbstractsThis week’s top spot goes to Emergency Medicine Abstracts — a well known m...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - August 13, 2012 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Kane Guthrie Tags: Education eLearning Emergency Medicine Featured Health Intensive Care critical care FOAM LITFL review medical education Social Media Source Type: blogs
The Dark Side of Diagnosis by Brain Scan
Washington Post.Daniel Amen: Pioneer or profiteer?: Psychiatrist Daniel Amen uses brain scans to diagnose mental illness. Most peers say that’s bonkers.Right on the heels of a Molecular Psychiatry paper that asked, "Why has it taken so long for biological psychiatry to develop clinical tests and what to do about it?" (Kapur et al., 2012) comes this provocatively titled article in the Washington Post about neurohuckster Dr. Daniel Amen and his miraculous SPECT scans:Daniel Amen is the most popular psychiatrist in America. To most researchers and scientists, that’s a very bad thing.By Neely Tucker, Published: August 9....
Source: The Neurocritic - August 13, 2012 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs
Does Lice Shield Shampoo Really Work?
Rozy asks…How does Lice Shield shampoo prevent head lice? The Left Brain responds: To be honest, I was extremely skeptical when I first saw this stuff. But it looks like it might actually have a chance of working. Here’s why. Lice Shield ingredients Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco Glucoside, Cymbopobon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Glyceryl Oleate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus) Leaf Oil, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, TEA Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate, Carbomer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chlo...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - August 13, 2012 Category: Physicians With Health Advice Authors: Left Brain Tags: Questions Source Type: blogs
Stimulants Used for Cognitive Enhancement
Cognitive Enhancement - Beginning with a definition of cognitive enhancement (using off-label drugs to improve normal brain abilities), this talk discusses amphetamines and executive function, revealing that the drugs don’t improve cognitive function in all circumstances. Neuroethics behind amthetamines being used for enhancement is a major issue. Farah discusses research into how widespread it is (7% of US college students) and background into what, who, where and why it’s happening. Other drugs used for enhancement are also discussed. Lots of facts and data in this interesting video.
Source: Channel N - August 13, 2012 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at psychcentral.com (Sandra Kiume) Tags: All General Lecture addiction brain cognitive cog_sci cosmetic enhancement neuroethics science video Source Type: blogs
Longecity Soliciting Project Proposals for 2012 Funding Cycle
Longecity has funded modest scientific projects relating to longevity and aging for a few years now, raising funds through many modest donations from the community - efforts that predate the present crop of crowdfunding sites for scientific research, largely modeled after Kickstarter. Past Longecity projects include a study on laser ablation of lipofuscin, and a test of transplanting microglia into the brains of aging mice. These projects are generally funding for less than $20,000 - one of the noteworthy results of the ongoing biotechnology revolution is that significant small projects can be accomplished at this sort of ...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 13, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Reason Tags: Activism, Advocacy and Education Source Type: blogs
Leslie F. Greengard, M.D., Ph.D., Appointed to AccelPath Medical Advisory Board
AccelPath, Inc. (ACLP) (“AccelPath” or the “Company”) announced today that Professor Leslie F. Greengard, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed to the Company’s Medical Advisory Board. Professor Greengard is a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University in 1979, his M.D., and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, from Yale University in 1987. He has been at the Courant Institute since 1989, and served as the director of the Institute from 2006-2011. Research in Professor Greengar...
Source: Digital Pathology Blog - August 13, 2012 Category: Pathologists Authors: Kaps Source Type: blogs
Synthetic Drugs: Collected Posts
Catching up with bath salts and spice. The Low Down on the New Highs: Not all bath salts are alike. “You’re 16 hours into your 24-hour shift on the medic unit, and you find yourself responding to an “unknown problem” call.... Walking up to the patient, you note a slender male sitting wide-eyed on the sidewalk. His skin is noticeably flushed and diaphoretic, and he appears extremely tense. You notice slight tremors in his upper body, a clenched jaw and a vacant look in his eyes.... As you begin to apply the blood pressure cuff, the patient begins violently resisting and thrashing about on the sidewalk—still han...
Source: Addiction Inbox - August 13, 2012 Category: Addiction Authors: Dirk Hanson Source Type: blogs
Should've Cured Me at Least Twice Now
So here's what's been on my mind this week: The Cure. (Not this one, either.)I've had type 1 diabetes for just over 22 years now. It seems that every person I know who has been touched by diabetes, patients and caregivers alike, heard one line as part of their diagnosis story. That line is something like, "But it's possible there's a cure about ten years down the road."Whether the person with diabetes is 16 or 65, it seems like we've all heard it so many times. I'm here to make a confession today: I'm cynical about it.Today, I am 30-and-a-half, and in the past week, there was obviously a...
Source: Dorkabetic - August 13, 2012 Category: Diabetes Authors: Hannah McDonald Source Type: blogs
Cheeky pictures suggest psychologists identify with the arts
We present ourselves to our students and colleagues in our profile pictures and the way we do so may reveal more about ourselves than we think." _________________________________ Churches O, Callahan R, Michalski D, Brewer N, Turner E, Keage HA, Thomas NA, & Nicholls ME (2012). How academics face the world: a study of 5829 homepage pictures. PloS One, 7 (7) PMID: 22815695 Post written by Christian Jarrett for the BPS Research Digest.
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 13, 2012 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christian Jarrett Source Type: blogs
Updated: Journals and Publications
The MMR’s Journals and Publications page has been updated with the addition of IMU’s International e-Journal of Science, Medicine & Education (IeJSME) Hat-tip to @spinosum in the Dobbs forum for the info. from the Malaysian Medical ResourcesUpdated: Journals and Publications
Source: Malaysian Medical Resources - August 12, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Palmdoc Tags: - Palmdoc - Site changes - Site updates Source Type: blogs
Faith and science often seen working together
This is my column in today’s Greenville News. I hope you enjoy it. Edwin http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20120812/OPINION/308120004/Faith-science-often-seen-working-together?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Opinion|p This has been a terrible summer in many ways. A time of loss from fires in Colorado. Continued sporadic deaths of US combat troops have broken hearts at home. The shooter in Aurora, Colorado left us stunned, wondering about both mental health and evil. And even in my quiet Oconee County, the death angel has hovered, leaving us with drownings, shootings, car accidents and every assorted m...
Source: edwinleap.com - August 12, 2012 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Edwinlea Tags: apologetics church culture faith Good News Greenville News column medicine in general Science and reason technology Source Type: blogs
Sunday News Round-Up, Tomato Art Edition
Halfbrass at Tomato Art This week’s edition name in honor of yesterday’s Tomato Art Fest. I walked in the Tomato Art parade led by Halfbrass, watched Halfbrass play again later, checked out the art in the Art & Invention Gallery, stopped by the Bryant Gallery, had a bloody Mary from 3 Crow at an indecent hour of the morning and the hibiscus pop from Las Paletas, poked around the festival tents and Five Points Collaborative, and of course checked out East Side Story, the new bookstore focused in a big way on local authors. And for those following the car-free series, I was able to get there, around, and back...
Source: Women's Health News - August 12, 2012 Category: Medical Librarians Authors: Rachel Tags: Abortion Access, Rights, & Choice Breastfeeding Contraception Drugs Ethics Events & Observances Government Infectious Diseases Miscellaneous News Round-Ups Women's Health Affordable Care Act American Journal of Public Health an Source Type: blogs
TWiV 195: They did it in the hot tub
On episode #195 of the science show This Week in Virology, the complete TWiV team meets with Ken Stedman to discuss the discovery in Boiling Spring Lake of a DNA virus with the capsid of an RNA virus. You can find TWiV #195 at www.twiv.tv.
Source: virology blog - August 12, 2012 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology archaea boiling spring lake circovirus extremeophile ken stedman metagenomics sulfolobus tombusvirus viral virome Source Type: blogs
Fact: Vaccinations are Killing Our Kids
Baby Stacy Sirjacobs died after she received 9 vaccines in one day. Every day we are told that vaccinations are the best defense against the killer diseases threatening our children. The governments, media and pharmaceutical industries dish out billions of dollars advertising the benefits of vaccination in an effort to convince us. By the age of 18 months children in the USA will have received a staggering 38 vaccinations (1) these are: Up to 4 doses of the Hepatitis B Vaccine 3 doses of the rotavirus vaccine 4 doses of the DTaP 4 doses of the Hib vaccine 4 doses of the pneumococcal vaccine 3 doses of the polio vaccine up...
Source: vactruth.com - August 12, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Christina England Tags: Christina England Top Stories adverse Reactions Gardasil Death Vaccine Death vaccine schedule vaccines Source Type: blogs
Beauty Science News of the Week August 12
Here are my favorite beauty science stories from this week… Unlike orgasms, you can’t fake goosebumps. Here’s why. “Neurocosmetic” fragrance claims to reduce over-eating. Hmmm. Can you get sunburned from energy efficient light bulbs? Strawberries may protect skin from UV radiation (this is good to know if you have energy efficient light bulbs.)
Source: thebeautybrains.com - August 12, 2012 Category: Physicians With Health Advice Authors: Mid Brain Tags: Questions Source Type: blogs
The Situation of Money-Based Happiness
An excerpt from a recent, terrific New York Times piece by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton: The notion that money can’t buy happiness has been around a long time — even before yoga came into vogue. But it turns out there is a measurable connection between income and happiness; not surprisingly, people with a comfortable living standard are happier than people living in poverty. The catch is that additional income doesn’t buy us any additional happiness on a typical day once we reach that comfortable standard. The magic number that defines this “comfortable standard” varies across individuals and countries, but ...
Source: The Situationist - August 12, 2012 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Situationist Staff Tags: Altruism Book Deep Capture Distribution Emotions Illusions Life Positive Psychology Video Happiness money Source Type: blogs
Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 13th 2012
This study provides quantitative evidence in support of the hypothesis that hyperactivation of PARP due to an accumulation of oxidative damage to DNA during aging may be responsible for increased NAD+ catabolism in human tissue. The resulting NAD+ depletion may play a major role in the aging process, by limiting energy production, DNA repair and genomic signalling." COSMISM AND VIEWS OF RADICAL LIFE EXTENSION Wednesday, August 8, 2012 http://www.fightaging.org/archives/2012/08/cosmism-and-views-of-radical-life-extension.php A piece on the continuing tradition of Russian cosmism, influential on the transhumanist movement a...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 12, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Curiosity on Mars: "This has to be the greatest panoramic image of all time"
Source: bookofjoe - August 12, 2012 Category: Anesthetists Authors: bookofjoe Tags: Current Affairs Education Science Web/Tech Source Type: blogs
Biology major but gpa isn't great
by dreamer2007 (Posted Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:00 pm)So, I am in my second year of college, and I'm a biology major, and my GPA isn't high, it's 2.7 and I want to pursue a career in medicine. So I was thinking since my GPA isn't high enough to get into medical school, should i just try to get into a pre-med post bac program, and from what I heard, it's even harder to get into medical schools in CA, so should what should I do?? And would I even be admitted into a pre-med post bac program if I graduate with a BS in biology? Because I know most post bac programs are designs for students with no science background. Please help lea...
Source: Med Student Guide - August 11, 2012 Category: Medical Students Source Type: blogs
Which Type of Parent Are You?
This guest article from YourTango was written by Zita Fekete. After the Time Magazine cover story, “Are You Mom Enough?,” the age-old parenting debate gained new momentum. The topic of child rearing awakens powerful feelings and memories, and how we raise our kids touches ground within our collective conscience. On his website, Anderson Cooper poses the question,”Are you an unconventional parent?” Initially, the question confused me. What is unconventional? Is it the millions-of-years-old, affectionate, closeness-seeking child rearing? Or is it the less-than-hundred-years-old stimuli-response based ...
Source: World of Psychology - August 11, 2012 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: YourTango Experts Tags: General Parenting Psychology YourTango Ainsworth Strange Situation Anderson Cooper Attachment Type Body Contact Child Rearing Closeness Collective Conscience Constant Contact Fekete Genetic Changes Genetic Makeup Guest Articl Source Type: blogs
Martin Fleischmann Obituary
Telegraph reports that Martin Fleischmann has died at the age of 85 years. A Fellow of the Royal Society, he was once regarded as one of Britain’s brightest electrochemists. However, he is most well known for the curious incidence of cold fusion back in 1989, which caused no little stir in the scientific community just as I was starting my science writing career. Along with colleague, Stanley Pons, Fleischmann’s reputation was seriously compromised when they stunned the scientific world by announcing they had achieved nuclear fusion in a glass jar at room temperature. They hadn’t. Cold fusion does not occ...
Source: Sciencebase Science Blog - August 11, 2012 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: David Bradley Tags: Science Source Type: blogs
Where Are the Clinical Tests for Psychiatric Disorders?
This article explores why this journey has been difficult for psychiatry and what can be done about it.The question of "why" revolves around the "missing gold standard" - a biologically valid concept of a specific mental illness. During the Decade of the Brain (1990-1999) there was considerable optimism that advances in neuroimaging and genetics would lead to improvements in the validity of psychiatric diagnoses. However, that didn't happen. Many of the genetic association studies in schizophrenia failed to replicate, for instance. Readers of this blog (and others) know the problems and limitations inherent in contemporary...
Source: The Neurocritic - August 11, 2012 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs
Saturday Alzheimer's Review Alzheimer's Research
Researchers are attempting to treat Alzheimer's disease with antibodies, hormones and gene therapy. But will any lead to a cure? By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, talks about the latest research, and whether there might someday be a vaccine to protect the aging brain. This interview is excellent. It contains lots of useful information, explanations, and insights into Alzheimer's research. Transcript IRA FLATOW, HOST: This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. Earlier this week, yet another potential cure for Alzheimer's failed....
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - August 11, 2012 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs
AP101 Brief # 15: Beyond CHC: Cognitive-Aptitude-Achievement Trait Complex Analysis: Implications for SLD Assessment and Dx
This is the final post in a series of posts clarifying the nature of cognitive, aptitude, achievement ability constructs. Readers should consult the preceding post (which contains links to all prior background posts) that defined cognitive abilities, aptitudes, achievement abilities, and CHC cognitive-aptitude-achievement trait complexes (CATTCs). I apologize for not including the reference list. These posts are snippets of a manuscript in preparation and I like to post to IQs Corner for feedback that I might incorporate in the final manuscript. References are the last thing I do.Beyond CHC:&nb...
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - August 10, 2012 Category: Neurologists Tags: SLD cognitive-aptitude-achievement trait complexes ability constructs Beyond CHC CHC theory Source Type: blogs
Friday Afternoon Linkfest
■ First up, the folks at the Pioneer Institute are dubious that more government-directed healthcare in Massachusetts will really do all that much to contain costs: [click to embiggen] ■ Since the science is settled, who will ultimately pick up the ObamaTax? Turns out, the "wealthiest 2 percent of Americans will take the biggest hit." But don't start popping those corks just yet; all us "little people" will be sharing in that pain as we get "swept up in a hodgepodge of smaller tax changes that will help finance health coverage for millions in need." Not to worry, though, since all these extra taxes will ensure t...
Source: InsureBlog - August 10, 2012 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs
Monosodium glutamate, deceived wisdom
It sounds like a nasty chemical and people have been worrying about it for year. MSG. Monosodium glutamate. But the monosdium, that’s just sodium ions from common salt and the glutamate is just the soluble form of the essential protein-making amino acid, glutamic acid. The question of its safety arose in a Facebook discussion but it seems that much of the research into alleged negative effects of MSG refer to ingesting around 4 milligrams per kilogram of body mass. For a big bloke that’s still less than half a gram. Whereas quoting from MOTM: “On average, a person consumes between 10 and 20 grams of bound...
Source: Sciencebase Science Blog - August 10, 2012 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: David Bradley Tags: Science Source Type: blogs
Statins May Increase Cataract Risk
By Diane Fennell We've previously reported on research indicating a possible link between the cholesterol-lowering medicines known as statins and Type 2 diabetes. Now a new study in the journal Optometry and Vision Science suggests that statins may also increase the risk of age-related (AR) cataract, or a clouding of the lens of the eye. Studies in animals have indicated that long-term statin use at high doses is associated with a risk of AR cataracts. Because Type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for developing AR cataracts, and because many people with Type 2 are prescribed statins, researchers sought to evaluate the impac...
Source: Diabetes Self-Management - August 10, 2012 Category: Diabetes Authors: Diane Fennell Source Type: blogs
Up And Down The Ladder… Job Changes
Hired someone new and exciting? Promoted a rising star? Finally solved that hard-to-fill spot? Share the news with us and we’ll share with it others. That’s right. Send us your announcements and we’ll find a home for them. Don’t be shy. Everyone wants to know who is coming and going, especially with all the layoffs. Despite the downsizing, there is movement. Here are some of the latest changes. Recognize anyone? And here is our regular feature. Send us a photo and we will spotlight a different person each week. This time around, we note that Qforma hired Douglas Thiede as vp business development. Previously, he was...
Source: Pharmalot - August 10, 2012 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: Ed Silverman Tags: Uncategorized Aesica Akorn AnaptysBio Celltex Therapeutics Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Insmed Pharmanet/i3 Qforma Targeted Medical Pharma Tokai Pharmaceuticals Source Type: blogs
North American Quitline Consortium Responds to My Criticism of Its Conference Sponsorship by Big Pharma by Lying About My Position and then Failing to Address the Argument
Yesterday, I published a commentary in which I criticized the North American Quitline Consortium for accepting as sponsors of its annual conference three pharmaceutical companies that have a vested financial interest in the advice given to smokers via these quitlines. I argued that the funding by Big Pharma destroys the scientific integrity of the conference by making it impossible for the conference to objectively address critical issues in smoking cessation practice, such as the debate between the reliance on pharmaceuticals versus cold turkey quitting and the safety profile of Chantix.I concluded that "the acceptance of...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - August 10, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Source Type: blogs
Research May Lead to New Approach to Detect Prostate Cancer
ScienceDaily (Aug. 3, 2012) — An undergraduate student’s technique for detecting certain metabolites in urine samples could lead to a simpler and more accurate way to test for prostate cancer. Developed by Casey Burton of Lake Ozark, Mo., a senior chemistry major at Missouri University of Science and Technology, the technique also could prove to be less expensive than conventional prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer. That is because Burton’s technique does not require the use of high-tech instrumentation often used to detect metabolites. Instead, his technique relies on a simple ch...
Source: Dr. Buttery's Public Health BLOG - August 10, 2012 Category: Epidemiologists Authors: cbuttery Tags: Chronic Disease epidemiology policy Prevention research Surveillance Source Type: blogs
Open Science: making fly tracking open
We present Sensory Orientation Software (SOS) to measure behavior and infer sensory experience correlates. SOS is a simple and versatile system to track body posture and motion of single animals in two-dimensional environments. In the presence of a sensory landscape, tracking the trajectory of the animal’s sensors and its postural evolution provides a quantitative framework to study sensorimotor integration. To illustrate the utility of SOS, we examine the orientation behavior of fruit fly larvae in response to odor, temperature and light gradients. We show that SOS is suitable to carry out high-resolution behavioral tra...
Source: bjoern.brembs.net - a neuroscientist's blog : RSS feed of bjoern.brembs.net - August 10, 2012 Category: Neurologists Authors: bjoern Tags: science Source Type: blogs
My Presentation to the Health Informatics Society Of Australia: "Critical Thinking on Building Trusted, Transformative Medical Information: Improving Health IT as the First Step"
Discussion led by Australian investigative journalist and popular political TV program (Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Q&A - Adventures in Democracy") host Tony Jones.I don't have a picture of my panel moderated by Tony Jones at present, but here is another panel at HIC 2012. Click to enlarge.I will highlight several key points I made in my keynote and on the panel:Critical thinking is essential at all times in healthcare ... or your patient's dead.Critical thinking is not mindless criticism; on the contrary, it is reflective, inquisitive, logical thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe or do.Healt...
Source: Health Care Renewal - August 10, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: Health Informatics Society of Australia healthcare IT risk HIC 2012 HISA Tony Jones Source Type: blogs
Meet the Pioneer Advisory Group
BY BRIAN C. QUINN, PHD, TEAM DIRECTOR, PIONEER PORTFOLIO -- @quinnhealth Luke had Yoda. Sherlock Holmes had Watson. Franklin had Eleanor. Advisers can play an important role in innovation. They offer knowledge and vision. They bring an outside perspective. And, they often have networks of colleagues with additional experience and expertise. RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio is in the business of identifying and exploring new ideas and approaches that help shape the future of health and health care and accelerating those that have the potential to create breakthroughs. We recognize that the kind of innovation that can create trans...
Source: Pioneering Ideas - August 10, 2012 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Authors: RWJF Blog Team Tags: About Pioneer Conversations with Pioneers Source Type: blogs
Are Medical Conferences Useful? The Critics Want them Ended but for What Purpose
Medical progress and the advancement of science depend on a number of factors. Some discoveries take years and years to prove, others are serendipitous (but much rarer these days). Almost all breakthroughs require tremendous amounts of money and research, highly qualified experts, and institutional and academic support. One important factor, which may not always be emphasized, is scientific exchange. The exchange of ideas, theories, new information, among researchers and scientists can often lead to new discoveries. Where does this scientific exchange take place? At medical schools, professional medical organiza...
Source: Policy and Medicine - August 10, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs
Our New Reality
Our new reality. Dr Thomas: Hi Dr. Grumet. I was calling in regards to Mr. Chest Pain on 2N. Me: Oh...hey are you the new guy with Cardiology Physicians, welcome! Dr Thomas: No. I work with a company called EMR Consultants. We were hired by your hospital to review inpatient hospital stays. Me: Ok. Dr. Thomas: Getting back to Mr. Chest Pain, I see that you deemed his symptoms to be non cardiac. Me: Correct. He has muscle wall pain from coughing. Dr. Thomas: So you will be discharging him today? Me: Well, his cat scan showed bronchiectasis and bronchitis, and his lungs are very tight.&nbs...
Source: In My Humble Opinion - August 10, 2012 Category: Family Physicians Authors: Jordan Grumet Source Type: blogs
‘Buying Value’ herds private market toward value based purchasing (transcript)
This is the transcript of my recent podcast interview with Gerry Shea of the AFL-CIO. David E. Williams: This is David Williams, co-founder of MedPharma Partners and author of the Health Business Blog. I’m speaking today with Gerry Shea, Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. Gerry, thanks for being with me today. Gerry Shea: David, good to be with you. Williams: Gerry, you’re part of a new Buying Value initiative. Can you tell me what that is? Shea: Buying Value is an effort among private purchasers: employers, large corporations, union health funds and some of the leading business groups on health that have been...
Source: Health Business Blog - August 9, 2012 Category: Health Managers Authors: David E. Williams of the Health business blog Tags: Podcast Policy and politics Source Type: blogs
Amateur Cyborgs, Primed by Science Fiction, Play Doctor of The Future
When many people think of computer programmers, they envision Cap’n Crunch munching counter-culturalists that spend nights obsessing with things few of us care to know about. Surgeons, on the other hand, tend to convey qualities of professionalism, authority, and adherence to executing procedures in a well studied, pre-defined way. Because of ready access to modern technology and ubiquitously available information on how to apply it, a popular trend has appeared comprising people who are doing their best to implant anything they can think of into their bodies. The Verge magazine has an eye-opening and skin lacerating...
Source: Medgadget - August 9, 2012 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Gene Ostrovsky Tags: in the news... Source Type: blogs
North American Quitline Consortium is Sacrificing its Scientific Integrity by Taking Money from Big Pharma
The North American Quitline Consortium is an organization of individuals and groups which serves to promote and improve the use of smoking cessation quitlines. One of its major goals is to improve the effectiveness of quitline services by ensuring that the services provided are the most evidence-based and effective as possible.According to its web site: "The North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC) is an international, non-profit membership organization based in Oakland, California. NAQC seeks to promote evidence-based quitline services across diverse communities in North America. Quitlines are telephone-based tobacco ces...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - August 9, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Source Type: blogs
Missing the Point
This started as a comment to Bob’s post below - “Dying Poor” - but my comment began to run long and I think works better as a regular post. The NBER Working Paper (scroll to link "Were they Prepared for Retirement?") finds that 46% of people die with less than $10,000 in assets. We already know that about 50% of taxpayers have so little income that they pay no income tax. So is the NBER Paper helpful or even surprising information? I say no. In fact, I think it misses the point. Here’s what I think is the point. Most long-term poor people have no significant income or assets bef...
Source: InsureBlog - August 9, 2012 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs
For Those Of You Keeping Track Of Jeff Kindler…
Ever since Jeff Kindler departed as Pfizer ceo in late 2011, he has kept a rather low public profile. Now, though, he has emerged as a venture partner at Lux Capital, which invests in assorted energy, healthcare and technology enterprises (see this). He joins other recent additions to the firm such as Jim Woolsey, the former CIA director, and will be expected to identify further opportunities for investment, of course. “With tremendous leadership experience in the healthcare industry, Jeff has an appreciation for the intersection of novel science, product development and commercial transactions,” Lux Capital managing p...
Source: Pharmalot - August 9, 2012 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: Ed Silverman Tags: Uncategorized AgaMatrix Bill Steere CIA Intrexon James Woolsey Jeff Kindler Jim Woolsey Lux Capital Manhattan Theatre Club Pfizer PPD President Barack Obama President Obama R. James Woolsey Sheridan Healthcare Starboard Cap Source Type: blogs
The Benefits of Positive Behavior Support
All individuals have the right to aspire toward their own personal goals and desires. At times, mental health conditions and problem behaviors, such as aggression or property destruction, can create barriers to reaching those goals. Fortunately, a number of treatment practices exist that can assist an individual in adopting positive behaviors. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a mental health condition and has problem behaviors, consider talking to a mental health provider about the benefits of Positive Behavior Support (PBS). What is PBS? Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a philosophy for helping individual...
Source: World of Psychology - August 9, 2012 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Amy Van Wynsberghe, PhD Tags: Autism Bipolar Brain and Behavior Caregivers Children and Teens Depression Disorders General Medications Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy Psychiatry Psychology Schizophrenia Substance Abuse Treatment Violence Source Type: blogs
Free UK Kindle sampler of my book Deceived Wisdom
My publisher just released a freebie UK Kindle sampler for my forthcoming book, Deceived Wisdom. You can grab it on your Kindle right now. But you don’t need a Kindle, you can read it with any Kindle app on your iPad, laptop or desktop computer. MY publisher is working on getting the sampler on to Kindle outside the UK right now. Here’s how E&T describe the book on Amazon: David Bradley’s clear and witty writing examines the science behind the statements to reveal the truth behind many popular myths. This extended ebook sampler contains the following entries: ‘A different kind of snow’, ‘Infern...
Source: Sciencebase Science Blog - August 9, 2012 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: David Bradley Tags: Science book deceived freebie Kindle sampler sciencebase wisdom Source Type: blogs