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February 03 2013

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January 31 2013

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Remember the first dance we shared?
Recall the night you melted my uglyness away?
The night you left with a kiss so kind
Only a scent of beauty left behind

Ah, dear friend I remember the night
The moon and the dreams we shared
Your trembling paw in my hand
Dreaming of that northern land
Touching me with a kiss of a beast

I know my dreams are made of you
Of you and only for you
Your ocean pulls me under
Your voice tears me asunder
Love me before the last petal falls

As a world without a glance
Of the ocean's fair expanse
Such the world would be
If no love did flow in thee
But as my heart is occupied
Your love to me now has to die
Forgive me, I need more than you can offer me

Didn't you read the tale
Where happily ever after was to kiss a frog?
Don't you know this tale
In which all I ever wanted
I'll never have
For who could ever learn to love a beast?

However cold the wind and rain
I'll be there to ease up your pain
However cruel the mirrors of sin
Remember, beauty is found within

...Forever shall the wolf in me desire the sheep in you...
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Morocco: The Henna Experience

By Jillian C. York

Henna as an art form has existed for thousands of years.  Found from Morocco to Bangladesh, henna is used to dye the hair and decorate the body.  In Morocco, henna is used to decorate the hands and feet with intricate patterns, and to tint the hair at the hammam.

Recently, a new book documenting the ancient art of henna was released.  The book, entitled “Moor: A Henna Atlas of Morocco,” contains illustrations and photographs of the beautiful Moroccan version of the art form.  A sneak peek:

The book's authors also have a blog, entitled Moor Henna.

Peace Corps volunteer Emily (Emily and Jon in Morocco) recently experienced henna firsthand. On the blog, she posts photographs of henna being applied at the artisana where she works:

Henna being applied in Morocco

Emily also posts a photograph of her own arm, post-henna:

Henna after several hours of drying

Henna, several hours after application

Of the experience, Emily says:

When I got home I dabbed the dried henna with some olive oil before peeling it off. The girls told me to just use vegetable oil (probably because it's cheaper), but I opted for the good stuff. I think the oil is supposed to help the henna “set,” but it also just feels nice on the skin because the dried henna doesn't feel that great. when the henna first comes off it's bright yellow, then darkens up over the next several hours. By today it was a nice brown color.

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Can demographics explain why the income shares of high earners have increased?

The increasing concentration of incomes among a small number of high earners has been documented at length here ([1], [2], [3]) and elsewhere. Any sensible response to this development has to be based on at least a partial understanding of...
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Data from health care reviews could power “Yelp for health care” startups

A hospital in MaineA hospital in MaineGiven where my work and health has taken me this year, I’ve been thinking much more about the relationship of the Internet and health data to accountability and patient-driven health care.

When I was looking for a place in Maine to go for care this summer, I went online to look at my options. I consulted hospital data from the government at HospitalCompare.HHS.gov and patient feedback data on Yelp, and then made a decision based upon proximity and those ratings. If I had been closer to where I live in Washington D.C., I would also have consulted friends, peers or neighbors for their recommendations of local medical establishments.

My brush with needing to find health care when I was far from home reminded me of the prism that collective intelligence can now provide for the treatment choices we make, if we have access to the Internet.

Patients today are sharing more of their health data and experiences online voluntarily, which in turn means that the Internet is shaping health care. There’s a growing phenomenon of “e-patients” and caregivers going online to find communities and information about illness and disability.

Aided by search engines and social media, newly empowered patients are discussing health conditions with others suffering from disease and sickness — and they’re taking that peer-to-peer health care knowledge into their doctors’ offices with them, frequently on mobile devices. E-patients are sharing their health data of their own volition because they have a serious health condition, want to get healthy, and are willing.

From the perspective of practicing physicians and hospitals, the trend of patients contributing to and consulting on online forums adds the potential for errors, fraud, or misunderstanding. And yet, I don’t think there’s any going back from a networked future of peer-to-peer health care, anymore than we can turn back the dial on networked politics or disaster response.

What’s needed in all three of these areas is better data that informs better data-driven decisions. Some of that data will come from industry, some from government, and some from citizens.

This fall, the Obama administration proposed a system for patients to report medical mistakes. The system would create a new “consumer reporting system for patient safety” that would enable patients to tell the federal government about unsafe practices or errors. This kind of review data, if validated by government, could be baked into the next generation of consumer “choice engines,” adding another layer for people, like me, searching for care online.

There are precedents for the collection and publishing of consumer data, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s public complaint database at SaferProducts.gov and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s complaint database. Each met with initial resistance by industry but have successfully gone online without massive abuse or misuse, at least to date.

It will be interesting to see how medical associations, hospitals and doctors react. Given that such data could amount to government collecting data relevant to thousands of “Yelps for health care,” there’s both potential and reason for caution. Health care is a bit different than product safety or consumer finance, particularly with respect to how a patient experiences or understands his or her treatment or outcomes for a given injury or illness. For those that support or oppose this approach, there is an opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection at the Federal Register.

The power of performance data

Combining patients review data with government-collected performance data could be quite powerful in helping to drive better decisions and adding more transparency to health care.

In the United Kingdom, officials are keen to find the right balance between open data, transparency and prosperity.

“David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has made open data a top priority because of the evidence that this public asset can transform outcomes and effectiveness, as well as accountability,” said Tim Kelsey, in an interview this year. He used to head up the United Kingdom’s transparency and open data efforts and now works at its National Health Service.

“There is a good evidence base to support this,” said Kelsey. “Probably the most famous example is how, in cardiac surgery, surgeons on both sides of the Atlantic have reduced the number of patient deaths through comparative analysis of their outcomes.”

More data collected by patients, advocates, governments and industry could help to shed light on the performance of more physicians and clinics engaged in other expensive and lifesaving surgeries and associated outcomes.

Should that be extrapolated across the medical industry, it’s a safe bet that some medical practices or physicians will use whatever tools or legislative influence they have to fight or discredit websites, services or data that puts them in a poor light. This might parallel the reception that BrightScope’s profiles of financial advisors have received in industry.

When I talked recently with Dr. Atul Gawande about health data and care givers, he said more transparency in these areas is crucial:

“As long as we are not willing to open up data to let people see what the results are, we will never actually learn. The experience of what happens in fields where the data is open is that it’s the practitioners themselves that use it.”

In that context, health data will be the backbone of the disruption in health care ahead. Part of that change will necessarily have to come from health care entrepreneurs and watchdogs connecting code to research. In the future, a move to open science and perhaps establish a health data commons could accelerate that change.

The ability of caregivers and patients alike to make better data-driven decisions is limited by access to data. To make a difference, that data will also need to be meaningful to both the patient and the clinician, said Dr. Gawande. He continued:

“[Health data] needs to be able to connect the abstract world of data to the physical world of what really happens, which means it has to be timely data. A six-month turnaround on data is not great. Part of what has made Wal-Mart powerful, for example, is they took retail operations from checking their inventory once a month to checking it once a week and then once a day and then in real-time, knowing exactly what’s on the shelves and what’s not. That equivalent is what we’ll have to arrive at if we’re to make our systems work. Timeliness, I think, is one of the under-recognized but fundamentally powerful aspects because we sometimes over prioritize the comprehensiveness of data and then it’s a year old, which doesn’t make it all that useful. Having data that tells you something that happened this week, that’s transformative.”

Health data, in other words, will need to be open, interoperable, timely, higher quality, baked into the services that people use, and put at the fingertips of caregivers, as US CTO Todd Park explains in the video below:

There is more that needs to be done than simply putting “how to live better” information online or into an app. To borrow a phrase from Robert Kirkpatrick, for data to change health care, we’ll need to apply the wisdom of the crowds, the power of algorithms and the intuition of experts to find meaning in health data and help patients and caregivers alike make better decisions.

That isn’t to say that health data, once published, can’t be removed or filtered. Witness the furor over the removal of a malpractice database from the Internet last year, along with its restoration.
But as more data about doctors, services, drugs, hospitals and insurance companies goes online, the ability of those institutions to control public perception of the institutions will shift, just as it has with government and media. Given flaws in devices or poor outcomes, patients deserve such access, accountability and insight.

Enabling better health-data-driven decisions to happen across the world will be far from easy. It is, however, a future worth building toward.

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January 30 2013

Like many greens I have thoughtlessly repeated the claim that it requires 100,000 litres of water to produce every kilogram of beef. Fairlie shows that this figure is wrong by around three orders of magnitude. It arose from the absurd assumption that every drop of water that falls on a pasture disappears into the animals that graze it, never to re-emerge. A ridiculous amount of fossil water is used to feed cattle on irrigated crops in California, but this is a stark exception.
I was wrong about veganism. Let them eat meat (but farm it right) | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
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January 27 2013


Buying a house in Fort Myers

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December 16 2012


Buying a new house?

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