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In My Chronic Illness, I Found a Deeper Meaning - The New York Times
American: seeing fault in illness/lack of sufficient effort + insurance and doctors deciding if you're actually ill.

"We are born needing care and die needing care, and I am no exception. At brief moments in the middle of life, we hold the illusion of independence, but we are always driving on roads we did not build, eating foods we did not pick or raise. Allowing the illusion of my own independence to drop away unmasked a fundamental truth of being human.

Like many people, I had once measured my worth by my capacity to produce things and experiences: to be productive at work, share responsibilities at home, “show up” equally in my friendships and rack up achievements. Being sick has been a long, slow detox from capitalist culture and its mandate that we never rest."
healthcare  illness  health  medicine  interdependence 
14 minutes ago by emmacarlson
Black Mold Symptoms - How To Get Rid Of Black Mold | Apartment Therapy
The idea of black mold is alarming enough, let alone seeing something you suspect is black mold in your home. As is so often the case, however, knowledge is power — including the power to calm fear and deal with a current or potential problem head-on. Here's what you need to know about black mold, the health problems it can cause, and what to do if you think you have it in your home.
house  health 
2 hours ago by ponders_life
Stanford's AI predicts death for better end-of-life care • IEEE Spectrum
Jeremy Hsu:
<p>Using artificial intelligence to predict when patients may die sounds like an episode from the dystopian science fiction TV series “Black Mirror.” But Stanford University researchers see this use of AI as a benign opportunity to help prompt physicians and patients to have necessary end-of-life conversations earlier.

Many physicians often provide overly rosy estimates about when their patients will die and delay having the difficult conversations about end-of-life options. That understandable human tendency can lead to patients receiving unwanted, expensive and aggressive treatments in a hospital at their time of death instead of being allowed to die more peacefully in relative comfort. The alternative being tested by a Stanford University team would use AI to help physicians screen for newly-admitted patients who could benefit from talking about palliative care choices.

Past studies have shown that about 80% of Americans would prefer to spend their last days at home if possible. In reality, up to 60% of Americans end up dying in an acute care hospital while receiving aggressive medical treatments, according to research cited by the Stanford group’s paper “<a href="">Improving Palliative Care with Deep Learning</a>” published on the arXiv preprint server.</p>

I guess it was inevitable. But the reality is that most doctors don't want aggressive medical treatments at EOL. Ask the professionals what <em>they</em> want, and try offering that to patients. It doesn't really take AI.
health  ethics  analytics 
3 hours ago by charlesarthur
The Secret History of World War III, by J.G. Ballard • Presidential Writings
Ballard imagined an America fascinated by the medical detail of its president's health, even while real events are happening everywhere:
<p>"…here’s an update on our report of two minutes ago. Good news on the President’s CAT scan. There are no abnormal variations in the size or shape of the President’s ventricles. Light rain is forecast for the DC area tonight, and the 8th Air Cavalry have exchanged fire with Soviet border patrols north of Kabul. We’ll be back after the break with a report on the significance of that left temporal lobe spike.."

"For God’s sake, there’s no significance." I took the remote control unit from Susan’s clenched hand and began to hunt the channels. "What about the Russian Baltic Fleet? The Kremlin is putting counter-pressure on Nato’s northern flank. The US has to respond…"

By luck, I caught a leading network newscaster concluding a bulletin. He beamed confidently at the audience, his glamorous copresenter smiling in anticipation. "As of 5:05 Eastern Standard Time we can report that Mr Reagan’s inter-cranial pressure is satisfactory. All motor and cognitive functions are normal for a man of the President’s age. Repeat, motor and cognitive functions are normal. Now, here’s a newsflash that’s just reached us. At 2:35 local time President Reagan completed a satisfactory bowel motion." The newscaster turned to his copresenter. "Barbara, I believe you have similar good news on Nancy?"

"Thank you, Dan," she cut in smoothly. "Yes, just one hour later, at 3:35 local time, Nancy completed her very own bowel motion, her second for the day, so it’s all happening in the First Family." She glanced at a slip of paper pushed across her desk. "The traffic in Pennsylvania Avenue is seizing up again, while F-16s of the 6th Fleet have shot down seven MiG 29s over the Bering Strait. The President’s blood pressure is 100 over 60. The EGG records a slight left-hand tremor…"

"A tremor of the left hand…" Susan repeated, clenching her fists. "Surely that’s serious?"</p>

Tell me this is fiction and I'll say, give it 20 years or so. He'd already got the cat-and-laser-pointer nature of US TV news - and its audience.
president  health 
4 hours ago by charlesarthur
Ask HN: In 2018, what are you doing to get into or stay in shape? | Hacker News
I've started both 2 years ago (it was when Mark Zuckerberg was running 1mi/day), and successfully maintained both for the past 2 years.
Archive  health 
4 hours ago by chrisweiss
23 And Me
the $169 version has health info including caffeine metabolism stuff
health  purchasing  science 
5 hours ago by jedusor
Analyzing Risk: Principles, Concepts, and Applications | Executive and Continuing Professional Education | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Program Overview
A Risk Analysis Course

Risk analysis is a scientific tool designed to help us determine the existence and extent of threats to human health, provide information about how best to manage these risks, and improve our ability to communicate with the public about the proper response to these hazards.

This continuing education course explores the principles of risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication, ensuring you can identify, explain, and make decisions about risks to public health. You will learn how risk analysis is done, how it is interpreted, and how it influences regulatory decision-making. This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to analyze how environmental hazards impact human health.

This program uses case studies, lectures, and small-group work to explore such topics as hazard identification, toxicology and epidemiology in risk analysis, risk perception, risk communication, life-cycle assessment, and the interplay of risk management and the law. You will gain the skills needed to:

* Perform a broader, nuanced risk assessment
* Improve the effectiveness of current risk assessment practices
* Apply these concepts to diverse risk analysis and management issues

During this executive education program, you will explore the legal and policy framework which will inform the direction of risk analysis in upcoming years, gain the skills needed to perform a quantitative risk assessment, discuss key factors influencing the effectiveness of risk assessment and management, and apply these concepts in local, state, federal, or international settings. After completing the course, you will be able to determine whether hazards pose an unacceptable risk to public health, communicate effectively about health risks, and utilize risk analysis to improve decision-making.
Harvard  course  risk  risk-assessment  education  health  public-health 
5 hours ago by pierredv

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