Organ Sales

What is do be done regarding the long waits for those needing a donated organ to save their life? As expected, economists recommend market creation as the solution. Freakonomics authors Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt argue in the New York Times (“Flesh Trade“) that the creation of a market for organs makes sense.…

Nobel prize winner Milton Friedman dies at 94

Milton Friedman is one of the 20th century’s most renowned economists.  The International Herald Tribune has an informative obituary (“Milton Friedman…“) in yesterday’s paper.  Below are some selected excerpts from the article. Friedman’s most famous book is Capitalism and Freedom.  One of the major tenets of the book is that “you have to have economic…

China and AIDS

The New York Times has an interesting article (“China’s Muslims…“) of how AIDS is affecting Muslims in western China. The newspaper reports that there is a “sea change by the Chinese public health establishment” in which intravenous drug users are now being sent to treatment instead of jail. The major impetus for this change was…

Weekend Reading

Some interesting readings for your weekend… The Health Affairs blog gives a succinct explanation comparing the U.S. health care system to the typical European model. (“U.S. Pluralism vs. International ‘Systemness‘”) On Wednesday, the Health Business Blog reported that Toyota is starting its own medical clinic to provide primary and outpatient care for its employees at…

Getting water to China’s north

Having a safe and reliable water supply is a prerequisite for longevity. In China’s arid northern region, procuring water has always been a problem. In this week’s Economist, the magazine reports (“A modest proposal“) on some of China’s latest efforts to bring water to this region. The Chinese have already been hard at work diverting…

Medicare prescription drug co-author loses race

Nancy Johnson, a co-author of the Medicare prescription drug, has lost in her bid for re-election.  According to Fox News (“GOP Rep. Johnson loses…“), the 12-term Republican representative has lost to Democrat Chris Murphy in the Connecticut house race.  The Boston Herald (“Johnson loses…“) reports: “Murphy, 33, has slammed Johnson for her support of the…

2006 Corruption Perceptions Index

Every year Transparency International puts out a Corruption Perceptions Index ranking each country’s corruption level. The index is constructed from a survey of various resident and non-resident country experts as well as business leaders (see methodology here). The 2006 Corruption Perceptions Index gives us one clear conclusion: there is a lot of corruption in the…

The next epidemic

Health professionals are worried about the growing number of people with tuberculosis. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) website states that “in 1993 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared tuberculosis to be a global emergency.” The HPA reports the following TB statistics. TB cases (thousands) TB infection rate per 100,000 Africa 2573 356 The Americas 363…

An Unwelcome Discovery

While I was reading the The New York Times Magazine, I came across a very interesting article regarding scientific integrity.  The article (“An unwelcome discovery“) documents how a Eric Poehlman, a faculty member at the University of Vermont, had fabricated ten years worth of data.  This is a serious problem .  Sally Jean Rockey of the…