Taylor Swift Tops Canadian iTunes Chart With Eight Seconds of White Noise Reply

“According to CBC News, paying $1.29 to download the song “

It is time for Taylor Swift to drop the mic and take a bow because she has just accomplished the unthinkable. Swift hit number one on the Canadian iTunes chart this week with eight seconds of pure static.

A glitch in the Canadian version of iTunes released a track called “Track 3,” that looked like it could be a new track from her upcoming album 1989 but was actually just white noise. Nevertheless, the song soared to the top, beating out her new songs that actually are real music, including “Shake It Off,” “Welcome to New York” and “Out of the Woods.”

Haters might hate but once a singer scores a chart-topping hit comprised solely of white noise, it’s hard to deny she’s an unstoppable musical force. More…

Honeysuckle Targets Viruses.. Researchers call it a ‘Virological penicillin’ MIR2911 ( + the Original Ebola discussion ) Reply

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Honeysuckle, clinical tests may of just confirmed it is a powerful virus killer. MIR2911
– In a new study, Chen-Yu Zhang’s group at Nanjing University present an extremely novel finding that a plant microRNA, MIR2911, which is enriched in honeysuckle, directly targets influenza A viruses (IAV) including H1N1, H5N1 and H7N9. Drinking of honeysuckle soup can prevent IAV infection and reduce H5N1-induced mice death.
– Furthermore, one of their ongoing studies shows that MIR2911 also directly targets Ebola virus, which is pandemic in West Africa and is becoming a crisis of public health. Thus, MIR2911 is able to serve as the “virological penicillin” to directly target various viruses.
* Cell Research advance online publication 7 October 2014; doi: 10.1038/cr.2014.130 Honeysuckle-encoded atypical microRNA2911 directly targets influenza A viruses More…

Chemical derived from broccoli sprouts shows promise in treating autism Reply

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– Most of those who responded to sulforaphane showed significant improvements by the first measurement at four weeks and continued to improve during the rest of the treatment. After 18 weeks of treatment, the average ABC and SRS scores of those who received sulforaphane had decreased 34 and 17 percent, respectively, with improvements in bouts of irritability, lethargy, repetitive movements, hyperactivity, awareness, communication, motivation and mannerisms.
– Zimmerman adds that before they learned which subjects got the sulforaphane or placebo, the impressions of the clinical team — including parents — were that 13 of the participants noticeably improved. For example, some treated subjects looked them in the eye and shook their hands, which they had not done before. They found out later that all 13 had been taking sulforaphane, which is half of the treatment group.
* Sulforaphane treatment of autism spectrum disorder PNAS 10 2014 More…

Giving physicians immunity from malpractice claims does not cut cost of medical care Reply

Study finds such protections do not cut cost of medical care

Changing laws to make it more difficult to sue physicians for medical malpractice may not reduce the amount of “defensive medicine” practiced by physicians, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Studying the behavior of emergency physicians in three states that raised the standard for malpractice in the emergency room to gross negligence, researchers found that strong new legal protections did not translate into less-expensive care.

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The findings are published in the Oct. 16 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Our findings suggest that malpractice reform may have less effect on costs than has been projected by conventional wisdom,” said Dr. Daniel A. Waxman, the study’s lead author and a researcher at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “Physicians say they order unnecessary tests strictly out of fear of being sued, but our results suggest the story is more complicated.”

It is widely said that defensive medicine accounts for a substantial part of the hundreds of billions of dollars of unnecessary health care spending that is estimated to occur annually in the United States. Malpractice reform has been advocated by many experts as a key to reining in health care costs. More…

Corruption of the Health Care Delivery System 1

” consumer demand for healthcare is manufactured and manipulated, driving up cost, waste and harm “

Public Release: 14-Oct-2014

Higher Integrity Health Care for Evidence-Based Decision Making

LEBANON, NH – The foundation of evidence-based research has eroded and the trend must be reversed so patients and clinicians can make wise shared decisions about their health, say Dartmouth researchers in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Drs. Glyn Elwyn and Elliott Fisher of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice are authors of the report in which they highlight five major problems set against a backdrop of “obvious corruption.” There is a dearth of transparent research and a low quality of evidence synthesis. The difficulty of obtaining research funding for comparative effectiveness studies is directly related to the prominence of industry-supported trials: “finance dictates the activity.”

The pharmaceutical industry has influenced medical research in its favor by selective reporting, targeted educational efforts, and incentivizing prescriber behavior that influences how medicine is practiced, the researchers say. The pharmaceutical industry has also spent billions of dollars in direct-to-consumer advertising and has created new disease labels, so-called disease-mongering, and by promoting the use of drugs to address spurious predictions.

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Report: Having $3,650 makes you “Wealthy” Reply

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

If you have $3,650, you’re among the wealthiest half of people in the world, according to Credit Suisse’s new report on global wealth. In numbers and charts, we break down the need-to-know stats.

Global wealth grew by 8.3pc – its fastest rate ever – over the last year, reaching a worldwide total of $263 trillion, according to Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Report for 2014. From average worth to millionaire growth, here are the other numbers you need to know.

• Over the past 12 months, the world got $20.1 trillion richer, growing at record pace to $263 trillion. That’s the first time household wealth has surpassed the $250 trillion mark.

• In 2013, global wealth increased by $21.9 trillion – the largest annual growth since 2000. That’s more than the total loss from the financial crisis in 2007 to 2008, which knocked $21.5 trillion off global wealth.

• The average person is worth $56,000. More…

The Politics of Ebola

 

“As a campaign stunt, Jenkins entered the apartment of the Ebola victim without protective gear and later bragged at a press conference that we was wearing the same shirt he wore while in the apartment that had been exposed to Ebola virus,” Natinsky posted on Facebook.
By DAVID LEE

DALLAS (CN) – Though praised for leadership during Dallas’ Ebola scare, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is facing criticism for exposing himself and perhaps others to the deadly disease in a “political stunt.”

Jenkins made headlines when he drove the family of Ebola patient Thomas Earl Duncan last week to an undisclosed home while their apartment was decontaminated and their belongings incinerated.

Jenkins did not wear a protective suit during the drive, raising concerns by parents at an elementary school where Jenkins’ daughter is a student.

Highland Park Independent School District officials were forced to address the concerns, stating that Jenkins asked them to “pass along the assurances of public health officials that he and his family are not at risk for exposure to Ebola as a result of his work on the case.”

 

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Executioners’ Names Are Not Privileged

Thursday, October 09, 2014

By KEVIN LESSMILLER

NASHVILLE (CN) – Prisoners put to death by the state have a right to know who is carrying out the execution, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled.

A group of death row inmates sued Tennessee Department of Correction officials last year, challenging the state’s lethal injection protocol. They claim that lethal injection has a risk of pain and suffering that may cause a lingering death.

In order to properly serve a number of John Doe defendants — those responsible for implementing the execution process — the inmates asked the state for their names.

The state objected, saying that the names of those individuals are not relevant and that they are confidential under its public records law. Instead, the inmates were offered the chance to look at the qualifications of the execution team.

The prisoners filed a motion to compel the names and the Davidson County Chancery Court ordered the disclosure of executioners’ identities subject to an agreed-upon protective order at a January hearing. More…

Chinese fisherman shot dead by S.Korean coast guard

English.news.cn | 2014-10-10 12:15:50 | Editor: Liu

SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) — A Chinese fisherman was shot dead by the South Korean coast guard Friday morning in what the coast guard claimed was its crackdown on illegal fishing.

“The skipper was shot dead in the process of crackdown. Details on the incident would be announced in the near future, but not today,” a coast guard official told Xinhua by phone.

The official declined to comment on how many blank and live ammunitions the South Korean coast guard officer shot and other details on the incident.

The 45-year-old skipper Song Houmu of the 80-ton fishing boat Noyoung 50987 was found having difficulties in breathing and belly ache in what the coast guard claimed was its crackdown on the boat ‘s illegal fishing, Yonhap News Agency reported. More…

Power can corrupt even the honest

New research, published in The Leadership Quarterly, highlights the influence of power in leader corruption
When appointing a new leader, selectors base their choice on several factors and typically look for leaders with desirable characteristics such as honesty and trustworthiness. However once leaders are in power, can we trust them to exercise it in a prosocial manner?

New research published in The Leadership Quarterly looked to discover whether power corrupts leaders. Study author John Antonakis and his colleagues from the University of Lausanne explain, “We looked to examine what Lord Acton said over 100 years ago, that ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.'”

To investigate this the authors used experimental methods to distinguish between the situational and individual component; and determine if power corrupts or if corrupt individuals are drawn to power. More…