Ontario nursing homes are drugging helpless seniors at an alarming rate with powerful antipsychotic drugs, despite warnings that the medications can kill elderly patients suffering from dementia.
A Star investigation has found that some long-term care homes, often struggling with staffing shortages, are routinely doling out these risky drugs to calm and “restrain” wandering, agitated and sometimes aggressive patients. At more than 40 homes across the province, roughly half the residents are on the drugs. At close to 300 homes, more than a third of the residents are on the drugs.
Don't be surprised if we see more of this in the US, as well.
When the time comes, I really don't want to live out my last days in a nursing home.
You may have noticed I've been poking around twitter a bit more. Sometimes it provides leads to interesting articles or it just provokes a thought worth pondering. This tweet reminded me that memory and prediction of future events may rest upon the same or closely related neural processes.
This observation raises the question of whether we can look at degree and type of memory impairment to make appraisals of likely impairments in judgment.
Though I studied neuropsych and had three years of clinical training experience doing neuropsych assessment, that was long ago. If I suspect a neuro compromise, I refer out, on occasion to the ER, but more often to a neuropsychologist or neurologist depending upon what I'm seeing.
What's my point? I don't keep up with neuropsych assessment, so there may be plenty of literature on assessing judgment based on assessment of memory function. Of course, memory is only part of this, but it seems to me that certain types of memory impairments would also compromise ability to predict and, therefore, compromise judgment resting upon that ability.
Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Kentucky, and University of Maryland found that for people 60 and older who do not have dementia, light alcohol consumption during late life is associated with higher episodic memory — the ability to recall memories of events.
Findings from animal studies suggest that moderate alcohol consumption may contribute to preserved hippocampal volume by promoting generation of new nerve cells in the hippocampus. In addition, exposing the brain to moderate amounts of alcohol may increase the release of brain chemicals involved with cognitive, or information processing, functions.
They can't be sure, however, that better memory doesn't cause one to drink more. Not to mention, causation may lie with unmeasured variables that give rise to the link that was found.
There is no way to rule out all potential threats, but:
Lufthansa, Germanwings’ parent company, is widely seen as having one of the best recruitment screening programmes in the industry, carrying out in-depth interviews and psychological testing before candidates can begin its two-year pilot training programme and filtering out more than 90% of initial applicants.
While it, too, has no formal psychological testing programme once pilots have qualified, the company has a generally effective self-monitoring and reporting system. This actively encourages pilots who experience potential problems themselves or observe them in their colleagues to report them to the airline without fear of repercussion. No such report was filed in relation to Lubitz.
Any assumption that periodic psych screenings after hiring would prevent extremely rare incidents like the Germanwings crash would be misplaced. Moreover, the kind of depth eval that might possibly be a bit helpful would probably run afoul of employment law in the US. Too intrusive and far too many false positives to root out the needle in the haystack.
Best bet, IMO, is non-retaliatory coworker reporting, self-reporting, and two crew in the cockpit rule.
A small herd of around two dozen bison could be grazing on restored grassland south of Chicago as soon as this fall now that the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie has final approval for an experimental project that's been years in the making.
Officials announced Friday they plan to introduce a mix of young and mature animals at the prairie 45 miles southwest of Chicago, where the U.S. Forest Service and other groups have been trying to restore grassland at a site that was for decades a U.S. Army ammunition plant. The 1,200-acre project area could eventually support a little over 100 bison.
A difficulty the settlers encountered was that their plows, made for forest soils, were not able to cut through the dense prairie sod. It was not until 1837, when John Deere invented the self-scouring, steel-bladed plow in Grand Detour, Illinois, that it was possible to break the prairie sod and farm the prairie on a large scale. Then, in a remarkably short period of perhaps 50 years, the vast majority of prairie in Illinois was plowed and converted to agriculture. Prior to settlement, more than 60% of Illinois, approximately 22 million acres, were covered with prairie. Today, just over 2,000 acres remain, less than one-hundredth of one percent.
The owner of a rooftop club across the street from Wrigley Field has been indicted on federal fraud charges for not paying about $600,000 owed to the Cubs as well as state and local taxing bodies, the U.S. attorney's office announced Friday.
R. Marc Hamid, 46, is accused of under-reporting attendance and revenue at the Skybox on Sheffield between 2008 and 2011, according to an indictment handed down Thursday.
If he'd been a big banker or some other big shot, prosecution would have been deferred. Since he was a relatively little guy who defrauded a big company, he will be treated like a regular person.
It's not that I'm against prosecution of the little guy. Fraud is fraud. I'm against the nearly automatic deferred prosecution of those behind crimes when they occur at big companies.
Backstory: the rooftop owners are locked in a legal wrangle with the owners of the Cubs.