Pollution is a big deal

You may know that pollution is bad for your health, but how bad is it? Patrick Collison has a nice blog post summarizing the evidence. Chess players make more mistakes on polluted days.  – Künn et al 2019. An increase in pollution is associated with increased risk of Alzheimers (Fu et al 2019) and dementia…

Antibiotics Awareness Week

This week is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Antibiotics Awareness Week. Although antibiotics are inexpensive, but are among the most valuable treatments around for fighting infection. Unfortunately, antibiotic resistance is on the rise. While antibiotic resistance has existed since ancient times, in the modern world antibiotic resistance may costs the world economy…

Why is wellness gaining ground?

In the past I have written about the limited evidence that wellness program work. So we should see that employers are abandoning these programs or at least scaling back? According to one recent study, however employers are actually increasing investments in wellness programs. The study surveys employers from over 500 companies with more than 100…

Fear of Falling

As people age, falls become not only more common, but more problematic. Every year 300,000 elderly Americans are hospitalized for a hip fracture, and 95% of these fractures are due to falls. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among the U.S. elderly. What are people doing about it? Kaiser Health News…

The opioid crisis in numbers

Most people who spend time in health care are aware of the opioid crisis. But how bad is it really? The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation provides a number of interactive graphs to quantitatively describe how the opioid crisis has evolved between 2000 and 2017. For instance, the the graph below shows…

Polio eradicated in Africa?

Some positive news as reported in The Economist: On August 21st Nigeria marked three years since its last documented case of wild polio. That means the country is set to be declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation-backed Global Polio Eradication Initiative. If that happens, probably next year, all of Africa will be officially free…