Monday, February 24, 2014

More From Mike Shaw's Eco-Logic

From ACSH: Upholding its tradition, a new Lancet piece on chemicals aims to scare rather than inform
February 19, 2014

The current issue of Lancet Neurology has a “sky is falling” alarm about the alleged ever-rising threat of environmental chemicals for our children’s neurological development. The authors are well-versed in this subject: not toxicology or neurology, no, we mean they are experts in the subject of trying to scare parents and the media about remote or hypothetical chemical threats. In this case, they wave the skull-and-crossbones banner of a “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity.” If they hoped to garner media attention — and they surely did — they succeeded beyond expectations: fright is in the air…….Original here. BTW--"Toxic terrorists" is one term, but I prefer "Science welfare frauds."

February 16, 2014

Those of a certain age may recall the title of this posting as a 1949 tune popularized by Guy Lombardo. Right, of course, but what we're getting at here is a look at vacations. This HND piece cites data suggesting that vacations are good for your health.

We also spotlight an up-and-coming luxury travel company, with prices that surprisingly are not so luxurious.    Read the complete article.

February 11, 2014

Here's a heartbreaker for you, and just in time for Valentine's Day...Posted by Ann Coulter. As Commies will always say, "If you want an omelet, you gotta break some eggs." Every single one of you who voted for this incompetent buffoon as president have blood on your hands.  And there will be a whole lot more.

Let's make this one viral, folks. Plenty more great stuff on their site.

February 03, 2014

This HND piece explains the relatively new concept of population health—defined as "The health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." While these groups are usually geographic, they can also comprise other populations, such as employees, ethnicities, those with disabilities, or those incarcerated.

Evaluating outcomes on the basis of a cohort, rather than on individual results is a necessary accommodation to the Feds being in charge, of course, but how this will affect health care long term is still an open question. More than that, "Giant" health care seems to require virtually endless amounts of IT, which always seems to be able to acquire funding.

Many "providers" (as in physicians) are complaining—with plenty of justification—that the tail is wagging the dog.  Read the complete article.

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