Half of longevity gains are due to healthcare →
Here’s a cool bit of literature review (yes, I deliberately wrote “cool bit of literature review”) by economist Austin Frakt in response to a previous infographic I posted on this blog.
Charting a Staggering Excess of Health Data →
Kaiser Fung shows that less can be more when it comes to visualizing complex data. If you show too much, none will read or understand; better to sacrifice a little detail for the sake of clear communication.
Realigning Health with Care →
This article has been on my to-read list for what feels like a burdensome amount of time, so I’m going to try to take a stab at lunch tomorrow.
A Prostate Screening Picture Worth A Thousand... →
This graphic, from WBUR’s Common Health blog, originally comes from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, which further based the graph on epidemiological data from a 2010 BMJ paper. Hat tip to Austin Frakt.
What would be the worst pie chart ever? →
Kim Rees imagines the horrific answer to be a Venn diagram made with pie charts. And it turns out there’s an app for that.
No, higher US cancer spending isn't worth it →
It’s great to see experts and reporters dig down into methodology. I recently posted on a critique of a study which suggested that higher US cancer spending drives superior outcomes. (At least, that’s how I read it.) Faced with significant criticism, the authors of the study published a response on the HealthAffairs blog. And now Dr. Aaron Carroll has written a lengthy response to that response on...
Is high spending on US cancer care worth it? →
I’m delighted to see Reuters report on the sometimes confusing nature of cancer statistics, and how these numbers can sometimes mislead (otherwise well intentioned) researchers.
Atul Gawande on Two Hundred Years of Surgery →
I was drawn to the article by this parenthetical anecdote posted by Austin Frakt on the Incidental Economist: “Liston operated so fast that he once accidentally amputated an assistant’s fingers along with a patient’s leg, according to Hollingham. The patient and the assistant both died of sepsis, and a spectator reportedly died of shock, resulting in the only known procedure with a 300%...
Two Amazing Healthcare Charts →
I love great charts. A great chart tells a story with a balance of clarity, beauty, and parsimony. Kaiser Fung (@junkcharts) shares two such charts on the relationship between national per capita health expenditures and life expectancy. These data aren’t new, but they are beautifully presented here to tell a very clear story with such elegant simplicity. I wish I made more charts like these....
Taishanese on your Windows Phone
I ran across a Taishanese mobile app. It’s 99¢ for a list of vocabulary terms and common phrases. The app publisher, WAGmob, lists 39 other language apps with the same vocab lists, simple quizzes, and flashcards. I haven’t tried out the Taishanese app, but based on the screenshots I saw, it would be hard for me to recommend it. The app follows a generalized phrasebook template, and leaves out...
Pay Gap Between Women and Men →
This is an amazing interactive chart by Nathan Yau. Women RNs make 4% less than men. For pharmacists the difference is 5%. For techs it’s 9%. The largest gap is for physicians, where women make 21% less than their male counterparts.
It’s been nine years since the University Buddhist Association first held a Vesak celebration at UCLA. If there is a universal Buddhist holiday it would be Vesak, which commemorates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. From a more practical and cross-cultural standpoint, Vesak’s recognition by the United Nations makes this celebration something of a lowest common denominator Buddhist...
Meditation Workshop at UCLA
On Tuesday I led a workshop on meditation and relaxation for UCLA SEACLEAR and the University Buddhist Association. I gave five tips for relaxation: stretch, think happy, be mindful, focus on the breath, relax & release. These exercises aren’t anything new, but it was good to get the support of a big group to encourage individual students to step back and relax a little. I certainly...