Give Pain A Voice

“A few days ago, Bob Paddock made the long trek from Pennsylvania to Toronto to be interviewed for our new Doc on Chronic Pain. Hearing first hand about Karen's long and hard fight for appropriate diagnoses and medical care, of a horrificly painful CSF leak- makes me all the more “on fire” to right the wrongs done to us as pain patients and GET OUR STORIES OUT THERE. Thats why I #GivePainAVoice.” - Movie Producer Tina Petrova.

2016/10/01 01:10 · bpaddock · 0 Comments

Affirmed personal values reported the least stress

Abstract: Stress is implicated in the development and progression of a broad array of mental and physical health disorders. Theory and research on the self suggests that self-affirming activities may buffer these adverse effects. This study experimentally investigated whether affirmations of persona l values attenuate physiological and psychological stress responses. Eighty- five participants completed either a value affirmation task or a control task prior to participating in a laboratory stress challenge.

Participants who affirmed their values had significantly lower cortisol responses to stress, compared to control participants. Dispositional self-resources (e.g., trait self-esteem and optimism) moderated the relationship between value affirmation and psychological stress responses, such that high self- resource participants who had affirmed personal values reported the least stress. These findings suggest that reflecting on personal values can keep neuroendocrine and psychological responses to stress at low levels. Implications for research on the self, stress processes, and health and for interventions are discussed.

PDF: “Affirmation of Personal Values Buffers Neuroendocrine and Psychological Stress Responses”

2016/10/01 01:05 · bpaddock · 0 Comments

The Mystery Headache Migraine, Positional Headache, Spinal Fluid Leak?

This great video explains what my wife went through for most of her adult life.

“The Mystery Headache: Migraine, Positional Headache, Spinal Fluid Leak?”:

Karen's Journal is now required reading at Duke School of Medicine because of what is in this video…

2016/03/13 21:24 · bpaddock · 0 Comments

Evidence of a Christmas spirit network in the brain functional MRI study

Evidence of a Christmas spirit network in the brain: functional MRI study

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good pain free night…

2015/12/25 00:01 · bpaddock · 0 Comments

2016 US Rail Shut-down?

This is a short excerpt of a longer article appearing in the November 2015 issue of Coal Age Magazine, on possible shutdown of the US Rail System at the start of 2016.

TIH: Toxic Inhalation Hazards. TIH release in a densely populated area could have catastrophic consequences.

As of December 14th 2015, H.R.3651 to extend the deadline is stuck in committee:

Latest Title: Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015 Sponsor: Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] (introduced 9/30/2015) Latest Major Action: 10/1/2015 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

2015/12/15 02:27 · bpaddock · 0 Comments

On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit

The Society for Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM) and the European Association for Decision Making (EADM) published this interesting article in their current Journal (V10#6, Nov/2015). Might help at your next appointment: :-)

[Yes, I read strange stuff. 'Normal' is only a setting on the dryer…]

2015/12/07 23:00 · bpaddock · 0 Comments

Creating your own Online Course.

Saw an ad in my feed for “…how to create (and sell) profitable online courses…” were they were selling course create software.

Google has similar Open Source Software for free:

2015/12/07 00:02 · bpaddock · 0 Comments


I use this blog for items that don't fit in my other blogs.

I blog on medical stuff and Embedded Systems/Software Safety at my other blogs.

2015/11/19 01:50 · bpaddock · 0 Comments

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