Friday Night Links

The politics of breast cancer. Are gulf shrimp safe? High journal rejection rates and the probability of erroneous results. The uninsured in Massachusetts. How to reduce malpractice lawsuits. Roboscout and the Four Factors of Basketball Success. ObamaCare threatens college health plans. Using the iPad for EMR.

Beers

As a Wisconsin-native, you may be surprised that this is my first post about Beers.  I do like beer.  My preference is for either dark beers (e.g., porters, stouts) or Belgian ales.  Today, however, I am not going to endulge you in a discussion about beer. Instead, I want to talk about the Beers criteria. …

Cavalcade of Risk is up

The latest edition of the Cavalcade of Risk (#112) is up at The Notwithstanding Blog.  This new entry into the blog-o-sphere is not only entertaining and informative, but also contains pictures.  Using the latest exchange rate (1 picture=1000 words), this edition of the CoR is sure to have enough information to enlighten even the most…

Sigmoidoscopy: The colonoscopy’s cheaper, equally effective predecessor

Physicians claims that colonoscopies are the gold standard of preventive medicine.  In 2008 the American Cancer Society deemed the colonoscopy as the preferred test and the health reform law (PPACA) will compel insurance companies to cover colonoscopies.  But does the sigmoidoscopy–the colonoscopy’s predecessor–offer less expensive, less invasive, equally effective preventive care? “[The sigmoidoscopy] looks at…

Book Review: This Time is Different

What is the history of financial crises?  Why to they occur?  Are they common?  In the book This Time is Different, authors Reinhard and Rogoff assiduously review the history of government defaults and crisis of the financial system. Their data on government default is truly astounding.  They document instance of government default in multiple ways:…