Quotation of the day: On technological progress

You’re mistaken when they think that technology just automatically improves. It does not automatically improve. It only improves if a lot of people work very hard to make it better. And actually it will, I think, by itself degrade actually. If you look at great civilizations like ancient Egypt and they’re able to make the…

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…

How to become a centaur

Interesting article on how human intelligence and artificial intelligence can be seen as complements rather than substitutes.  Human+AI combinations have been shown to perform better than human or AI alone.  Why? AIs are best at choosing answers. Humans are best at choosing questions. The advent of AI is not a zero sum game.  The symbiotic…

The Stethoscope

The site 99% Invisible has an interesting post on the invention of the stethoscope had how it transformed medicine. René Laennec actually felt that patient’s accounts of their own disease were still important, but the quest for objective information about disease was underway, and the stethoscope was just the beginning. Now we have X-rays, CT…

Orphan Medical Products

Should health insurers cover orphan drugs?  Although the clear answer appears to be yes, the issue is tricky.  An orphan drug is one which treats a limited number of people.  In Europe, this designation generally applies to patients with a disease with an overall prevalence between 5 and 10,000 individuals. In order to incentivize innovators…