Once you measure fat or calorie content as a proxy for the healthfulness of food, manufacturers will figure out how to decrease fat and calories without making the food more healthful. Goodhart’s Law: Once you measure something, it changes. Continue reading

byrd & belle — iPad Sleeve – Grey Wool Felt and Brown Leather I just got mine and it’s awesome. It’s from a self-made artist in Minneapolis making quite a nice living on Etsy: As sales heated up for the holidays, Angie Davis, a former project architect in Minneapolis who lost her job last year, said her Etsy shop, Byrd and Belle, which sells handmade … Continue reading

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brucehopperjrmd: Monthly rent $ 1083.25 down payment professional liability (medical malpractice) $ 1974.80 monthly professional liability $ 2032.76 I need to ramp up patient panel! For readers living in Philadelphia who want an awesome doctor, please visit Dr. Bruce Hopper in Rittenhouse Square. He’s one of my favorite people ever and he’s just started his practice and it’s powered by Hello Health. He’s blogging about … Continue reading budget

The telephone was an aberation in human development. It was a 70 year or so period where for some reason humans decided it was socially acceptable to ring a loud bell in someone else’s life and they were expected to come running, like dogs. This was the equivalent of thinking it was okay to walk into someone’s living room and start shouting. it was never … Continue reading

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A previously generic drug is now branded and expensive

Colchicine is a commonly used drug to treat gout. It used to cost pennies a pill, but now its price has since soared to $5 or more a pill. What happened? It’s an unintended consequence of FDA regulation. Colchicine had been used for centuries, but was caught up with the FDA’s zeal to regulate unapproved drugs. A profit-driven pharmaceutical company swooped in at the opportunity, … Continue reading A previously generic drug is now branded and expensive

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India has more cell phones than toilets.

India has 545 million working cell phones thanks to its booming emerging economy, a number expected to reach 1 billion by 2015, the UN University said Wednesday. That number exceeds the number of people who have access to toilet or sanitation facilities – only about 366 million, or 31 percent of the 1-billion strong population. Cell phones are a “growth industry.” Basic necessities that are … Continue reading India has more cell phones than toilets.

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C-section rates and its association with lawsuits

The C-section rate has reached the astronomical level of 32%, an increase of more than 50% since 1996. This is disturbing news. Why is the C-section rate sky high?  The C-section rate is skyrocketing primarily for non-medical reasons. While doctors blame the tort system as the proximate cause, the fundamental cause rests with patients, not lawyers or insurance companies. The fundamental cause is an inability … Continue reading C-section rates and its association with lawsuits