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policyskeptic: What really went wrong at Addenbrooke’s
A botched IT project is responsible for the fall in the quality of Cambridge's famous teaching hospital, by the looks of it.
addenbrookes  hospital  health  management  politics  IT  cambridge 
september 2015 by pw201
A&E in crisis: a special report - Telegraph
"As the NHS faces its worst winter in years, Robert Colvile provides an in-depth, first-hand account of the pressures facing the health service." Interesting: combination of people unable to see a GP quickly enough and hospitals unable to turf old people to social care quickly enough. Targets sometimes provide perverse incentives.
nhs  health  healthcare  medicine  hospital 
january 2015 by pw201
Why we need to sleep in total darkness
Blue light at night is bad. Any light is probably a bit bad. Time to get some blackout curtains (although I think they make it harder to wake up).
health  light  sleep  blue  melatonin 
january 2014 by pw201
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A doctor writes about the difficulties of dealing with obesity: dealing with a social problem, and applying epidemiology to individuals. Via Metafilter.
food  fat  obesity  medicine  health 
may 2013 by pw201
How Not to Die - Jonathan Rauch - The Atlantic
Many doctors aren't good at having "the Conversation". A doctor uses film to illustrate patients' options at the end of their lives.
film  ethics  death  health  medicine  intensive-care 
april 2013 by pw201
Alex Gabriel // P.E. lessons ruined how I felt about myself
"P.E. lessons made me feel that my body belonged to someone else." "I don’t believe [fitness] is really the motivation. If it were, why object, as Cameron does, to ‘Indian dance, or whatever’?" Obviously it's worse if you're out as gay, as Alex was, but this all sounds a bit familiar. PE certainly put me off exercise, and were it not for dancing restoring my confidence, I'd probably be in a much worse physical state.
health  fitness  sport  school  education  physical-education  PE 
november 2012 by pw201
The Fireplace Delusion : Sam Harris
"I recently stumbled upon an example of secular intransigence that may give readers a sense of how religious people feel when their beliefs are criticized. It’s not a perfect analogy, as you will see, but the rigorous research I’ve conducted at dinner parties suggests that it is worth thinking about. We can call the phenomenon “the fireplace delusion.”"
sam-harris  wood  health  psychology  fireplace  samharris  religion 
march 2012 by pw201
Fat Acceptance Movement. || kuro5hin.org
kuro5hin is still alive: who knew? Anyway, this is a recent Diary entry from HollyHopDrive who discovered a bunch of Fat Acceptance blogs while looking for fitness information. Her division of what she found into stuff she agrees with and bullshit looks sound.
medicine  health  fat 
january 2012 by pw201
How Doctors Die « Zócalo Public Square
Doctors are better at making end of life choices for themselves than they are for their patients, as they're often hamstrung by patients, families and "the system".
death  medicine  health  healthcare  ethics  dying  doctors  medical 
december 2011 by pw201
What "socalized healthcare" is really like
Not perfect, but pretty good at treating urgent stuff.
uk  nhs  health  medicine 
february 2011 by pw201
Kill or cure?
"Help to make sense of the Daily Mail’s ongoing effort to classify every inanimate object into those that cause cancer and those that prevent it." Marvellous. Now there's no need to read the Heil.
cancer  science  health  funny  daily-mail  journalism 
august 2010 by pw201
Topic of Cancer | Culture | Vanity Fair
Hitch on his cancer: "To the dumb question “Why me?” the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: Why not?"
cancer  hitchens  mortality  christopher-hitchens  health 
august 2010 by pw201
Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning
Spotting the "instinctive drowning response". People who are drowning don't look distressed or yell, apparently, as their bodies are working too hard at staying afloat.
health  drowning  safety  swimming  death 
july 2010 by pw201
Erasing David
Ross Anderson on poor operational security in the NHS, made worse by politics: "Last night’s documentary Erasing David shows how private eyes tracked down a target by making false pretext telephone calls to the NHS. By pretending to be him they found out when he and his wife were due to attend an ante-natal clinic, and ambushed him as he came out."
privacy  security  nhs  ross-anderson  health 
may 2010 by pw201
Furious backlash from Simon Singh libel case puts chiropractors on ropes | Martin Robbins | Science | guardian.co.uk
"A staggering one in four chiropractors in Britain are now under investigation for allegedly making misleading claims in advertisements, according to figures from the General Chiropractic Council." Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.
science  simon-singh  chiropractor  guardian  health  pseudoscience  quackery  woo-woo  libel  legal  law 
march 2010 by pw201
Photographic Height/Weight Chart
Self-submitted photographs of people, tabulated by weight and height. Interesting stuff. Via Metafilter.
health  photos  photography  images  height  weight  statistics  photo  biology 
march 2010 by pw201
HOWTO: Be a homeopathic bioterrorist
I'm shocked that this sort of information is freely available on the Internet. Why do you hate America?
homeopathy  woo-woo  terrorism  funny  satire  woo  health  medicine 
november 2007 by pw201
badscience » Heroin On Prescription
An essay arguing that heroin should be available on prescription.
medicine  politics  science  heroin  drugs  health 
november 2006 by pw201

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