Clinicians, public health experts should focus on helping people flourish, article says

first_img Read Full Story Clinicians and public health practitioners should start considering the concept of flourishing when examining patients and assessing population-level health trends, according to a new Viewpoint article in JAMA, authored by Tyler VanderWeele, Ph.D. (Human Flourishing Program — Harvard), Eileen McNeely, Ph.D. (SHINE — Harvard), and Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H. (Culture of Health — Harvard). It explores how even more holistic measures of “well-being” from medicine, psychology, economics, sociology, and government, while coming closer to capturing an individual’s complete well-being, still often fall short.The article, published on April 1, contends that doctors tend to focus on the absence of disease as a defining trait of health, while public health experts tend to home in on quantifiable measures of societal health, such as leading causes of mortality. But these measures don’t fully account for factors such as happiness and life satisfaction, character and virtue, and social relationships, all of which can affect health. These factors, which are not easily measured, fit within the broad notion of human flourishing, which “has the potential to capture health more broadly than existing wellness measures for both patients and populations.”There is evidence that the medical and public health fields are paying closer attention to human flourishing. Researchers have recently developed a “flourishing index” consisting of six domains that account for qualities such as happiness, financial stability, and mental and physical health, among other factors. According to the JAMA article, the index has potentially wide applications at the patient level and population level — and across society at large. Already researchers are examining how employers might use measurements of flourishing to help assess and improve employee well-being.The authors also conclude that the concept of flourishing has the potential to capture health more broadly than existing wellness measures for both patients and populations. Asking questions related to flourishing can inform and refine many complex trade-offs for patients facing treatment decisions. The concept can potentially guide clinicians in assessing their own personal well-being as well as delivering better patient-centered care. At the population level, too, attention to flourishing may represent a more useful way to address policy and societal goals than current options. Such an approach could open a national conversation that reframes and reimagines traditional concepts of health.last_img read more

Tampa man sentenced in CU takeover-illegal Bitcoin operation

first_img continue reading » New court documents stemming from Tuesday’s sentencing of a Florida man revealed more than $60 million in ACH transactions was processed through a small New Jersey credit union that was commandeered to operate an illegal Bitcoin operation.Anthony Murgio of Tampa, the creator and operator of, an unlicensed online Bitcoin exchange that defrauded financial institutions for years to process illegal transactions, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Alison J. Nathan in New York City.Federal prosecutors asked Judge Nathan to impose a 10 to 12 year prison sentence given Murgio’s blatant criminal conduct. What’s more, the NCUA also asked the federal judge in a letter to give Murgio the “maximum sentence allowed under the federal sentencing guidelines.”In January, Murgio pleaded guilty to conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, conspiring to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and conspiring to obstruct an NCUA examination. 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mahrez, Mane, Salah nominated for African Footballer of the Year award

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah plus Riyad Mahrez from Manchester City were named as the three candidates for this year’s African Footballer of the Year award, to be decided next month. Senegal talisman Mane will be the favourite for the award ahead of his Egyptian club mate after Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League. However, he faces stiff opposition from Mahrez, who won the English Premier League with Manchester City and also captained Algeria to the Africa Cup of Nations title in mid-year. The nominees were named on Sunday after being selected by a panel of technical experts from the Confederation of African Football plus former players and media. The coaches and captains of the 54 African national teams will now vote for the winner, to be announced on January 7 at a ceremony at Hurgada in Egypt. Salah has been African Footballer of the Year the last two years while Mahrez was the winner in 2016. Sane was third in 2016 and runner-up to Salah the last two years. Reuters/NAN.Tags: African Footballer of the Year AwardLiverpoolManchester CityMohamed SalahRiyad MahrezSadio Manelast_img read more