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Just One Puff of Low-THC Weed Can Help Ease Sadness, Study Finds

It might take just one puff of cannabis to quickly if temporarily dull depression, depending on the strain, suggests a new study published this month in the Journal of Affective Disorders. But smoking weed for too long might also make you sadder over time, the researchers found.Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Drugs, Marijuana, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, 420


2018 First Quarter Link Love

So I decided that I was going to start doing a monthly link love update, highlighting some posts that I’ve bookmarked in my Feedly account.  And then promptly didn’t write any of the posts.  We’re now in the fourth month of the year.  Good job, self. So here’s a dump of some things I’ve enjoyed.  I culled this list way down, so some other posts will be highlighted over the next few months. The Journey Begins – Ruth is one of the loveliest people you will ever have the chance to meet, and her sto...
Tags: Health, Meta, Pearl Harbor, Caribbean, Ruth, Michelle, Christine, Amanda, Katie, Gina, Kecia, Lectie


Empowering young women to use their voices in health care

Women’s voices are finally being elevated on a national level to the prominence they deserve on workplace, political, and social issues. But as a physician (and father of two adult daughters), I’m concerned that women may not feel empowered to use their voices for their own health care. A 2015 survey found that only 22 percent of women in the United States possess health literacy skills, although health literacy is critical to achieve optimal outcomes. Other research suggests women’s physical sy...
Tags: Health, United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Primary Care, Conditions, OB/GYN


Trajectories of 12-Month Usage Patterns for Two Smoking Cessation Websites: Exploring How Users Engage Over Time

Background: Little is known about how individuals engage with electronic health (eHealth) interventions over time and whether this engagement predicts health outcomes. Objective: The objectives of this study, by using the example of a specific type of eHealth intervention (ie, websites for smoking cessation), were to determine (1) distinct groups of log-in trajectories over a 12-month period, (2) their association with smoking cessation, and (3) baseline user characteristics that predict traject...
Tags: Health, WebQuit


A call for cost transparency

Physicians are the building blocks of value-based care, yet the cumulative human and financial cost of our decisions are mostly hidden from us. Instead, our reality is analogous to being on a diet and a budget at a restaurant that doesn’t put prices or calorie counts on the menu. We need and want cost transparency. A survey from Deloitte University discovered cost is a part of the information puzzle physicians find most valuable but have the least access to. Looking at seven types of data, physi...
Tags: Health, Policy, Gastroenterology, Deloitte University, Oncology/Hematology


The rise and fall of smoking in the west

From the 1920s to the 1980s, the United States was the most smoking country in the developed world. In the 1960s, consumption peaked over 10 a day, per capita. But now it's near the bottom of the chart—only Britain smokes less, among rich western countries. Don't fret for the health of the Tobacco business, though: China's taking up the slack.
Tags: Health, Post, News, Smoking, China, Britain, United States, Don


Can You Easily & Willingly Age Out Of Your Pathology?

As astrologers we can see see things in charts that can and have caused problems in our lives. I spoke with a client this morning who is concerned about various patterns of behavior in her past. She can point to … Read More...
Tags: Psychology, Aging, Addiction, Astrology, Relating, Saturn-in-Scorpio


The Korean eHealth Literacy Scale (K-eHEALS): Reliability and Validity Testing in Younger Adults Recruited Online

Background: In this digital era, eHealth literacy is an essential skill set to leverage health information available online to promote health outcomes. South Korea has an advanced health information technology infrastructure, including widespread use of the internet and mobile phones. A few studies have explored eHealth literacy in South Korea using translated versions of the eHEALS; however, they were not fully validated. A unified reliable and valid assessment tool is critical to assess and en...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Korea, CVI, Cronbach


Analysis of College Students’ Personal Health Information Activities: Online Survey

Background: With abundant personal health information at hand, individuals are faced with a critical challenge in evaluating the informational value of health care records to keep useful information and discard that which is determined useless. Young, healthy college students who were previously dependents of adult parents or caregivers are less likely to be concerned with disease management. Personal health information management (PHIM) is a special case of personal information management (PIM)...
Tags: Health, University of Kentucky, PCA, SPSS, Analysis of College Students, IBM Corp Armonk NY USA Results


Breaking the silence: 3 stories of opioid abuse

When I was 12, my father got into a bicycle accident resulting in traumatic brain injury. Although I was unaware of it at the time, this day became the first day of the rest of my life. Despite having never seen either of my parents so much as have a sip of wine with dinner, I watched my father spiral into a crippling alcohol addiction that wreaked havoc on our lives. As I entered my rebellious teenage years, I learned an important lesson: addiction fuels in others a desire to be overly accommod...
Tags: Health, Psychiatry, Pain Management, Center for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Conditions


My first objective structured clinical examination

After a semester of studying and taking written exams, we had our first OSCE in medical school. An OSCE — or an objective structured clinical examination — is the real deal. Instead of filling out multiple choice boxes, we instead work with a real human being, which for me is a welcome change. The actor is given a script with their unique condition and story — it’s a simulation of what an actual patient encounter would be like when we attain our credentials in the upcoming years. For our first O...
Tags: Health, Education, OSCE, Medical School, Primary Care


Stigma and Its Association With Glycemic Control and Hypoglycemia in Adolescents and Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes: Cross-Sectional Study

Background: Qualitative studies in type 1 diabetes indicate that visibility of diabetes supplies, self-care, and hypoglycemia symptoms are associated with stigma and suboptimal management. This may be particularly salient in youth who face concurrent challenges such as establishing autonomy and making vocational choices. Objective: The aim of the study was to estimate stigma prevalence in youth (aged 14-24 years) with type 1 diabetes and its associations with glycemic control. Methods: Participa...
Tags: Health


Helping Your Husband Deal With the Shock of Male Infertility 

A diagnosis of azoospermia – no sperm, a type of male factor infertility – isn’t just shocking for a man, it’s a blow to his masculinity and ego. Some men pride themselves on their virility and ability to father children. “Thank you for your She Blossoms blog; specifically, the articles on male infertility,” writes Nan on What to Do When Your Husband Has Azoospermia.   My husband and I found out about a year ago that he has azoospermia. Like you and your husband, we’re dealing with infertility ...
Tags: Health, Jesus, Infertility, Nan, Male Infertility Tips, Sperm Count & Motility Tips, Abnormal Sperm, Azoospermia, damaged DNA in sperm, Male Factor Infertility, Sperm Donor Tips, Male & Female Infertility, Improve Male Fertility Naturally, Increase Male Fertility, Infertile Husband, Michael S Sorensen


It’s official: Mariners, opponents will soon no longer be able to chew tobacco at Safeco Field

The King County Board of Health voted unanimously Thursday to prohibit smokeless tobacco in field and clubhouse areas, which means half of all MLB stadiums now have bans on the habit.
Tags: Health, News, Sports, Mlb, Local News, Northwest, Mariners, Safeco Field, King County Board of Health


Advice for graduating medical students

Since graduations will soon be upon us, this is a graduation speech that I’d like to give one day: Hello everyone, and welcome. To the practicing doctors in the audience, I hope you can look back on your own graduations. To the med students, I hope you can look ahead. And, hopefully, everyone can look forward to what are some heartfelt insights. To the graduating class: As you’re sitting here ruminating about the last four years, and as your future is illuminating in front of you, please think a...
Tags: Health, Education, Medical School


6 things this physician learned after retiring

In February 2017, I saw my last patient and left clinical medicine. Most people would say I retired. I have chosen to say I have repurposed. I no longer see patients, but I still work. I am writing the Doctors Guide series of books, keeping up a blog and working with physicians who need help with a financial makeover, usually to eliminate their debt, set themselves up for retirement or develop a reasonable spending plan. So I still put in some work hours, but those hours are now very flexible. I...
Tags: Health, Finance, Surgery, Practice Management


The FDA is finally doing something about the medical device security dumpster-fire

Medical device security very, very, very, very, very, very, very bad. (more…)
Tags: Health, Security, Gadgets, Post, News, Regulation, Infosec, Fda, cyberMed Safety (Expert) Analysis Board (CYMSAB


Academia and high tech companies join forces to increase production capacity for microfluidic systems

The University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences and four high tech companies are combining forces to increase the production capacity for microfluidic systems. As part of this pilot line project (“proeftuin”), they are improving access for SMEs to their facilities, including the MESA+ NanoLab and High Tech Factory.
Tags: Health, Academia, MESA NanoLab


Innovative method based on FluidFM technology could revolutionize biological research

A groundbreaking new method for single cell analysis based on FluidFM technology allows scientist to investigate the behavior of individual cells within their natural environment. The new method has been developed at ETH Zurich and could revolutionize biological research as it opens up a completely new dimension for the study of individual cells.
Tags: Health, Eth Zurich


New imaging technology to effectively screen for colorectal cancer among young adults

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the country. While the rates of colorectal cancer among patients older than 50 years old has decreased in recent years due to screening, it has increased by 22 percent among those under the age of 50, which could place a burden on the health care system over the next decade.
Tags: Health


Scientists find link between soil metals and cancer mortality

Spanish epidemiologists and geologists have found associations between esophageal cancer and soils where lead is abundant, lung cancer and terrains with increased copper content, brain tumor with areas rich in arsenic, and bladder cancer with high cadmium levels.
Tags: Health


Researchers discover blood biomarkers that may help detect, confirm mild traumatic brain injury

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, Georgetown University and the University of Rochester have found that specific small molecules in blood plasma may be useful in determining whether someone has sustained a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), commonly known as a concussion.
Tags: Health, University of Rochester


Advion introduces inert Atmospheric Solids Analysis Probe for easy sampling and fast analysis of air-sensitive compounds

Advion, Inc., a leading systems and consumables developer for the life sciences industry, announced today the availability of the inert Atmospheric Solids Analysis Probe, or iASAP, for easy sampling and fast analysis of air-sensitive compounds such as metal catalysts and organometallics.
Tags: Health, Advion Inc


Her brothers were molested by a priest as kids. Now she’s trying to reconcile with the Catholic Church

For Jennifer Wortham, the process of reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church began with a six-page letter to Pope Francis. Wortham’s two younger brothers were molested by their parish priest more than three decades ago. In December 2016, the Rancho Mirage resident and healthcare executive faxed the letter to Francis talking about how his acknowledgement of the church’s transgressions touched her deeply. A year ago, Dr. Jennifer Wortham sent a fax to the Vatican about her family’s angui...
Tags: Health, Texas, News, Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Judaism, Pope Francis, Vatican, Catholic Church, Francis, Orange, Michael, Miller, Patrick


Study shows distinctions between age groups in predicting and responding to stress at home

A recent study finds that older adults are better than younger adults at anticipating stressful events at home - but older adults are not as good at using those predictions to reduce the adverse impacts of the stress.
Tags: Health


Researchers discover new information related to rare form of leukemia

International research consortium led by researchers from the University of Helsinki, Finland, discovered new information related to a rare form of leukemia called aggressive NK-cell leukemia.
Tags: Health, University of Helsinki Finland


Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awards $1.9 million grant to tackle global water and sanitation challenges

Good intentions are not the same as good results - as much as half of all water and sanitations systems in developing countries fail after five years.
Tags: Health, Conrad N Hilton Foundation


High-tech microscope reveals how cancer-causing virus anchors itself to human DNA

Using a homemade, high-tech microscope, scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have revealed how a cancer-causing virus anchors itself to our DNA. That discovery could pave the way for doctors to cure incurable diseases by flushing out viruses, including HPV and Epstein-Barr, that now permanently embed themselves in our cells.
Tags: Health, Epstein Barr, University of Virginia School of Medicine


Excelitas Technologies launches new powerful LED light source for fluorescence microscopy

Excelitas Technologies Corp., a global technology leader focused on delivering innovative, customized photonic solutions, today introduced its X-Cite XYLIS light source for fluorescence microscopy.
Tags: Health, Excelitas Technologies, Excelitas Technologies Corp


Male fruit flies like sex and alcohol

Researchers at Bar-Ilan University in Israel have found that male fruit flies (Drosophilia melanogaster) enjoy ejaculation and sex and are also keen on alcohol consumption. The results of this novel study that shows that sexual gratification is preserved across species was published in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology this week.
Tags: Health, Israel, Bar Ilan University, Current Biology



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