An earlier COVID-19 infection, but not what’s known as “long-haul COVID-19,” was associated with increased risk of swollen lymph nodes after receiving the vaccination.
— Read on www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950221
Confirmation bias occurs when in spite of all the unchallengeable scientific evidence to the contrary, you continue to believe.
Our blind faith in the transformative power of higher ed is slipping. What now?
— Read on www.chronicle.com/article/the-crushing-contradictions-of-the-american-university
Note after reading this article that Laurentian University in Ontario has recently declared insolvency.
Teaching children to play chess found to decrease risk aversion
— Read on phys.org/news/2021-04-children-chess-decrease-aversion.html
My findings from a project paper I did for my Master’s degree in education, showed that risk aversion in chess playing decreased with age. I compared a university student cohort of chess players to a randomized group of senior (over 60) chess players, and found that along with taking more time to play but with greater accuracy, seniors were more risk averse. In other words, more familiarity breeds more careful play, and this seems intuitively true if a young player played a senior player – each with the same ICF ranking. Strategic decision making capability is a function – mostly, but not always – with age (as ‘wisdom’).
Many nurses are working under conditions that are brutal and unsustainable which can lead to burnout. But the weightiest burden will undoubtedly be suffered by patients themselves
— Read on www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-nurses-are-an-essential-resource-when-they-burn-out-patients-suffer/
Spot on. It’s time we all mustered the courage then the resources, to assist Nurses as much as possible to overcome burn-out. This includes incentives, a much lightened patient load, positive feedback for work well done, and time off to regain the strength to carry on.
Background: N-methyl-glycine (sarcosine) may improve symptoms of schizophrenia via NMDA-receptor modulation. We undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the short- and long-term effectiveness of sarcosine for schizophrenia. Research design and methods: The databases …
— Read on pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33538213/
Simple oral hygiene could help reduce COVID-19 severity, says study
— Read on medicalxpress.com/news/2021-04-simple-oral-hygiene-covid-severity.html
And mouthwashes are important too, as a supplement to brushing.
Handwashing responsible for bacteria in sinks, largest non-hospital study shows
— Read on phys.org/news/2021-04-handwashing-responsible-bacteria-largest-non-hospital.html
Wasn’t aware it was this prominent.
Moira McPherson warns that making the medical school a university has potentially serious impacts.
— Read on www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/lakehead-university-president-says-change-to-nosm-may-destabilize-medical-education-3649434
The Board of Governors at LU should be publicly supporting the President. Clearly a working compromise between LU and NOSM can be arranged?
Flushing a public toilet? Don’t linger, because aerosolized droplets do
— Read on phys.org/news/2021-04-flushing-toilet-dont-linger-aerosolized.html
So be forewarned.
The move comes as the Ford government is under fire after massive cuts at Laurentian University, especially to French-language programs.
— Read on www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2021/04/15/province-proposes-independent-university-status-for-hearst-northern-ontario-medical-school.html
This has been a blindsided blow to Lakehead University, and will not end well for students nor their communities. ‘Boomerang’ planning from ‘knee-jerk’ decision-making will most definitely come back to haunt the government.
Parkinson’s disease – The Lancet
— Read on www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00218-X/fulltext
A very good summary for the average reader.
Researchers discover new way to starve brain tumors
— Read on medicalxpress.com/news/2021-04-starve-brain-tumors.html
This is indeed good news.
An announcement was made April 12 that 100 professors would lose their jobs shortly. Check out Ford’s comments on CBC TV/Radio tonight.