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Anger or gratefulness it’s up to you

15 Aug

Gratefulness could be the best way to happiness and to avoid child’s mental health problems in case of a pathogenic infancy. In France our psychologists developed the concept of resilience. Anglo-Saxon world put the accent on gratefulness as a tool for resilience, paving the way for the happening of a state of mind conducive to happiness. Listen to how Nancy Floy, an acupuncturist from Chicago, got through a very difficult childhood thank to her grand mother’s teaching of gratefulness for yet being still alive after a night of alcoholic chaos perpetrated by her own genitors.
Gratefulness is a very good way of conducting once life, don’t you think? Anyway my three dogs already behave according to this precept: they manifest energetically their joy, eyes full of gratefulness whatever the littlest good I do for them (like for example just giving them a little cup of water when they are thirsty, or appearing in the evening after a full day of absence, nothing more than that makes them very happy ;-)

Thanks to the media HUMANKIND for broadcasting such interesting programs.

The interview of Nancy Floy

The public radio HUMANKIND.

Instead of exporting manufactured products to Africa you should form its engineers

8 May

I recently saw two videos reproduced here and they provoked the thought stated above in the title of this post.
The first video advertised a carbon for water program consisting in sending to Africa a lot of water filters. The second was about solar-powered internet schools manufactured by Samsung and placed on the African soil.

And then I remembered this young engineer, whose name is Tsengue Tsengue, student of the Ecole Centrale de Paris, who came back in his native country, namely the Congo, to patent several of his invention and install a factory which hired numerous young unemployed.

What should be the best: bringing materials and devices already packaged to Africa or bringing well-educated African engineers to Africa? Neither of the two propositions aren’t good in my view. Instead, the best would be to form directly engineers in Africa with exchange of students between Africa and other countries. Indeed I think that it serves better the African’s interests to develop enterprises leaded by African entrepreneurs than to carry toward Africa devices and goods already manufactured abroad. That’s why the OAPI (African Intellectual Property Organization) must be strongly supported. Patented African innovations would be the only pathway to reduce the unemployment of the youth and to enhance the proud of African nations.

Here below is another video in French about Tsenge Tsenge and his enterprise called Challenge Futura, click below:
http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xkcffn_rencontre-avec-l-inventeur-tsengue-tsengue_news
Rencontre avec l’inventeur Tsengue-Tsengue par Congo-SiteOfficiel

2 May

Ha-Vinh:

A tremendous post on the question to know whether information technologies trump the scholarly publishing or whether the academic publishing subordinates itself to the information technologies. In my view the response is that both statements are true because the respective influence is not at all linear but instead pretty much interactive. As for the sponsored payments by the tobacco industry for author-paid open access publishing, the expression of concern is also relevant for the traditional publishing because private corporations can very well sponsor subscriptions in reader-paid publishing. The key point is the conflict of interest disclosure (which is perhaps more easy to uncover in the open access publishing where the payment is made on behalf of the author).

Originally posted on The Scholarly Kitchen:

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Does scholarly publishing drive information technology (IT)? Or does IT drive scholarly publishing?

If you believe the former, you essentially agree that academic culture trumps technology — that incentives reflecting a deeper belief system ultimately blunt and shape any intrusion of technology; legal and cultural precedents largely withstand the whims of technological change; and human nature remains fundamentally the same despite a new veneer of technological capabilities.

If you believe the latter, you probably instinctively feel that technological revolutions will inevitably yield social revolutions on a magnitude as great or greater than the technology itself would suggest; that legal and social contracts can crumble under the pressure of technological change; and that human nature can be overcome if surrounded by enough technology.

Open access advocates and self-anointed revolutionaries often come from the “technology trumps culture” camp. I remember asking Harold Varmus in the early days of e-Biomed why it…

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Homeopathy will continue to be reimbursed in Switzerland

30 Apr

Following the favorable conclusions of a health Technology Assessment report the Swiss mandatory health care reimbursement fund will continue to reimburse some alternative medicines such as homeopathy alongside with phytotherapy, neural therapy, anthroposophically extended medicine and traditional Chinese medicine – phytotherapy.

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The design of some analysis implemented for arguing the report does not compare the results of a therapy but it only compares the individuals who were included in. And everybody already knew that individuals who trust homeopathy and parallel medicine are, at baseline and by their simple way of life, in a better shape and have less bad conditions than individuals who do not attach importance to this kind of medicine.

More contents:

1) The Swiss government report:

http://rd.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-20638-2/page/1

2) A blog advocating for homeopathy and as it was foreseeable quoting abundantly the Swiss governmental report :

http://www.naturalnews.com/035714_homeopathy_Switzerland_health_care.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/035499_homeopathic_medicine_Swiss_report.html

The way forward

28 Apr

Why western governments should increase budget spending instead of cutting them.

Nouriel Roubini, Turkish economist, professor ...

Nouriel Roubini, Turkish economist, professor of economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University. From the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise conference, 2009. ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Nouriel Roubini, tyrkisk økonom, professor ved Stern School of Business ved New York University. Fra NHOs Årskonferanse 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Public budget spending cuts induce a lowering of consumption that is inevitably followed by a slowdown of the economy’s pace and ultimately unemployment which also results in the lowering of consumption of goods; but moreover governments spending cuts reduce the efficiency or research by hampering the integrity of the scientist’s behaviour as we will see below.

Public budgets should instead be invested in enhancing the level of infrastructure, research and education in the aim to create the jobs and opportunities of tomorrow. High ranked economists and financial law scholars of the University of Cornwell and of the University of New-York describe what should be the way forward for western governments to follow in the present worse economic crisis since 1930 crossed by the developed countries.

Research is one of the sector in which governments should spent more money as written by Dr Ferric C Fang editor in chief of the journal Infection and Immunity in an editorial that quoted the here above economists report. The editorial of Dr Fang pointed the fact that he observes more and more misconducts in science articles because researchers are desperately lacking of financial supports and grants from the government.

More content:

1) The Way Forward

Moving From the Post-Bubble, Post-Bust Economy to Renewed Growth and Competitiveness
  • By Daniel Alpert, Westwood Capital; Robert Hockett, Professor of Law, Cornell University; and Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics, New York University

October 10, 2011 |

2) Reforming Science: Structural Reforms

  1. Ferric C. Fang, Editor in Chief, Infection and Immunity and
  2. Arturo Casadevall, Editor in Chief, mBio

A scientific speech addressed to medical journalists

21 Apr

When Gary Schwitzer talks at a health care journalists congress the result is the below brilliant course of medical research methodology.

The way health care journalists report the lowering of risk linked to a medical or pharmaceutical intervention has an impact on the size of the interest the public will give to the so-called innovative therapy. The example chosen by Gary with Nolvadex and breast cancer risk is very striking (see slide 36).

Thank you Gary Schwitzer for this very informative lecture which benefits not only to journalists but also to health care consumers (i.e. all of us).

The gene sequencing start up is not for sale (even for $5.7 billion)

15 Mar

Molecular medicine.

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Roche implements a strategy to treat the chronic diseases at a molecular level. To do so it has to acquire the start-us that possesses the relevant knowledge. Molecular engineering, including the DNA molecule, is far from the usual chemistry to which the traditional drugs makers are accustomed. In order to complete this goal the Swiss Drug maker leads a policy of takeover bid for American High Tech Companies settled in California (e.g. San Diego, for Illumina, Inc. or San Francisco for Genentech, Inc.) or Arizona ( Tucson for Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.). For now, Illumina has not yet been bought by Roche but it would be only a matter of time according to financial analysts. From a medical point of view Genentech makes human antibodies which are human molecules targeting the antigens located on the cell membrane. The action of such antibodies results in various therapeutic effects in chronic diseases. But unfortunately, as soon as the treatment is stopped the symptoms reappears. Ventana makes also antibodies, but for diagnosis purpose. The molecular diagnostic tests it produces aims to classified cancer cells in order to refine the individual prognosis of the disease (and to indicate the targeted treatment that is needed). More deeper in the molecular level, clerly in the heart of the cell and the identity of the person, Illumina discovered the method to sequence the genotype of the patient. It’s of the greatest importance for Roche to buy this start-up because in the future, treatment will be prescribed not only with regard of the condition diagnosed by the Doctors but also relatively to the genome of the patient.

Valentine’s day, from Virginity to Viagra

13 Feb

The eve of the Valentine’s day, let’s talk about sex (in a scientific manner of course).

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Study number 1: The more a state is prone to teach abstinence only until marriage in its teen education program the more its rate of teen’s pregnancy is high.

Study number 2: Women think of sex between 1 and 140 times per day. And if men think about sex a little more that’s because they also think more about sleep or food (i.e. physiological needs) when compared to women.

Study number 3: a study with small effectives brings a proof of concept (i.e.proof-of-principle) that DHEA hormone intake could enhance the rate of sexual intercourse, the sexual activity and the sexual interest (i.e. provide a better sex life) in post menopausal women. Of course at this stage of the research progress those findings only raise hypothesis and studies at a larger scale are needed to confirm or infirm the concept.

Study number 4: a book treating about sexuality during the entire lifespan enlightens that Sexual Transmissible Infections have tripled among women aged over 50. The cause could be found in the beginning (i.e. start over) of a new sentimental and sexual relation after widowhood or a divorce.

Study number 5: And last but not least, an erectile dysfunction in men could be the earlier symptom of an artery obstructive disease and should lead to an in-depth examination of arteries and blood pressure according to Dr John Ludlow, MD, urologist. Indeed the cause could come from two little arteries of the penis being clogged.

Works consulted:

Study number 1:

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0024658

http://jflahiff.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/abstinence-only-education-and-teen-pregnancy-rates-why-we-need-comprehensive-sex-education-in-the-u-s/

Study number 2:

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-11-debunks-stereotype-men-sex-day.html

http://www.englishblog.com/2011/12/cartoon-how-often-men-think-about-sex.html

Study number 3:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/20/menopause-dhea-sex-idUSL6E7NJ2NG20111220?feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssHealthcareNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FUShealthcareNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Healthcare+News%29

Study number 4:

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-02-virginity-viagra.html

Study number 5:

http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2012/02/erectile-dysfunction-save-life.html

I Need a Dollar

29 Jan

Viral campaign on the internet.

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To raise funds for a health cause it is sometimes easier on the internet era to ask one dollar to a million people than to find a millionaire who accepts to donate.
This fact has been well understood by Dr Wise Young, professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Dr Eric L. Ding, Instructor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. The both of them are using viral marketing campaigns on the internet for funding their research on cure of chronic spinal cord injury base on umbilical cordon stem cells for the former and cancer prevention based on nutrition for the latter. We wish their viral campaigns bring them money stemming from millions of anonymous donators.
They need a dollar, a dollar is what they need as is singing Aloe Black.

Read more about those two researchers who need a dollar:

Dr Wise Young, professor atRutgers, The State University of New Jersey,

http://www.justadollarplease.org/f-a-q/wise-young-m-d-ph-d/

Donate to search a cure for chronic spinal cord injury

http://www.justadollarplease.org/about/

Dr Eric L. Ding, Instructor, Department of Medicine, HarvardMedicalSchool

http://www.dfhcc.harvard.edu/membership/profile/member/1694/0/?PHPSESSID=6c780ec714098e3a525112f1a8295208

Donate for cancer prevention:

http://www.causes.com/causes/210-campaign-for-cancer-prevention/projects

Antoine Flahault’s Blog, the spring of medical research?

http://blog.ehesp.fr/blog/2011/12/10/printemps-de-la-recherche-medicale/

The perfusionist, the cardio pulmonary bypass and the cell phone

28 Jan

Distracted Doctoring

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Shiver people, while you are asleep anaesthetists email or tweet on their cell phones and nurses take a look at their Facebook page. The sleeping patient should ask “where is everybody?”
It’s not me who says that but a very serious study reported in the Antoine Flahault’s Blog and published in the very scholarly journal: Perfusion. Given the increasing number of Geek among the medical practitioners as it is testify by the increasing number of medical blogs especially in Marseilles, a law should be issued strictly forbidding to Doctors from chatting or tweeting when providing cares ;-).
Neurosurgeons, beware of posting comments or blogging only during the hours of the day your operating program is ended!

A name has been given to this problem: “distracted doctoring”.

And indeed Doctors should keep an eye to the patient while reading what happens on their tablet’s screen unless risking to provide better care to the I patient than to the real patient!

But we should be confidents to our young colleagues whose brain is multitasking functioning, since they have grown up being connected.

If not we could return to the good old times when surgeons and nurses had no computers nor smart phones in the operating room but were only talking each others of their love affairs while listening hard-rock on the cassette player and when the anaesthetist didn’t read his I pad but a romantic paperback ;-).

If you desire to learn more about the distracted doctoring effect:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/health/as-doctors-use-more-devices-potential-for-distraction-grows.html?_r=2

Formatted Citation:

Smith T, Darling E, Searles B. 2010 Survey on cell phone use while performing cardiopulmonary bypass. Perfusion. 2011 Sep;26(5):375-380. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0267659111409969.

The Antoine Flahault’s Blog

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