Category Archives: Briefs/Thoughts

Are Flu-tracking Apps Really Useful?

A report on NPR’s Market Place this morning prompts me to wonder if tech companies are compounding the misery of the flu by giving false hope. [caption id="attachment_2493" align="alignnone" width="783"] Does HIs Fever Mean He's Got The Flu?[/caption]   This year seems to be turning out to be a relatively bad year for the flu,…
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The North Korean Soldier and the Ick Factor

The guys at coffee klatsch yesterday were expressing revulsion at the large worms that were found in the intestine of the North Koran soldier who deserted, and needed surgery for the guns shot wounds he received as he fled. It’s a bad case of the “ick-factor.”   From the pictures I could find on line,…
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Why Your Doctor May Be Dangerously Burned Out

Interesting article in the New York Times about how medical educational and work environments are highly likely to lead to your doctor being burned out - which in turn is linked to less empathy and more errors. My take is there's too much of the "I put up with it, so you've damn well got…
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How You Nurture Junior Affects Epigenetics and Heart Disease

New research shows how that factors like breast feeding and parental deprivation in an infant can manifest as illness in adulthood – and helps knock that idea that what happens to you is not so much what genes you inherit, as how they function. [caption id="attachment_2437" align="alignnone" width="1025"] It's Interesting How This . . .…
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