Archive for May, 2012

NYT Well Blog on Common Wasteful Medical Procedures

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Stories that stand the test of time come from the self, and without fear. Tips from the greats

Monday, May 28th, 2012

???Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.???

– Kurt Vonnegut. more

John Steinbeck, after winning a Nobel Prize: If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes, but by no means always, find the way to do it. You must perceive the excellence that makes a good story good or the errors that makes a bad story. For a bad story is only an ineffective story.???

Also:??Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material. more

Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
– Jack Kerouac. more

Finally:??If you want ACTION, don???t write. Go and tell the guy what you want.??
– David Ogilvy. more

Source:??Brain Pickings

Epidemics no more

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Powerful image of the 1918 flu epidemic. Can you imagine this happening today? I hope not. In this connected world, where we can check our symptoms online, know when facebook friends are nearby, and tweet that our kids are sick, it is only a matter of time before all would-be epidemics are recognized early through analysis of social networks. The US government is even sponsoring a challenge in this exact area. Ubiquitous health monitoring devices will take early detection to a higher, more reliable level, toward a world of epidemics no more.

Researchers develop low-cost medical ventilators for global disasters

Thursday, May 17th, 2012
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After learning that his hospital would be short ventilators in the event of an influenza pandemic, Matthew Callaghan sketched out concepts for a less expensive ventilator on a napkin at a lunchtime meeting with a fellow physician.


Matthew Callaghan, MD, had an epiphany about medical device design during a pandemic planning meeting, when his hospital was drafting a worst-case scenario protocol to decide which types of patients would receive life support from the hospital’s limited number of breathing ventilators.

 “The physicians assumed that we’d have to ration the ventilators, and that if we put the criteria on paper, we wouldn’t feel bad about the life-or-death decisions we were making,” said Callaghan. “All of a sudden, I realized that the task force wasn’t addressing the root problem. So I asked, ‘Why not design a cheaper ventilator so rationing isn’t necessary?’”

So Callaghan started to think about why ventilators, which primarily move air in and out of impaired lungs, cost upwards of $40,000, and why no one had designed a low-end model that could be stockpiled for large-scale disasters.

“Our team decided to design a ventilator that could operate in the middle of nowhere during emergencies, without all the bells and whistles — such as remote monitoring or neonatal care — that are not only hard to use, but are only needed for one in 1,000 patients,” said Callaghan.

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My favorite song: Different People, Different Ways

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Wait for it (the music)

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