Dean Jenkins - random blog - stuff to share.
Unraveling the IT Productivity Paradox — Lessons for Health Care — NEJM: Good article from RAND Corporation.
There is ongoing debate about the wisdom of the $27 billion federal investment driving the adoption of health information technology (IT) under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009. Proponents expect IT to catalyze the transformation of health care delivery in the United States from a fragmented cottage industry plagued by poor quality and high costs to a highly organized, integrated system that delivers high-quality care efficiently. Skeptics suggest that the productivity benefits of health IT have been overstated, arguing that it may create safety problems and could even increase costs. Debates about the . . . Jones, Spencer S.. Heaton, Paul S.. Rudin, Robert S.. Schneider, Eric C. http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMp1204980.
Hydration Stickers - Improving oral hydration in vulnerable patients Alysha Bhatti. Javier Ash. Shyam Gokani. Suveer Singh. BMJ Quality Improvement Reports.
Unhealthy Britain: half of adults walk less than a mile a day – survey: Poll commissioned by Cancer Research UK finds 52% of adults walk only 2,000 steps a day, figures described as ‘worrying’ and likely to increase cancer risk
Digital autopsies should be standard for probable natural deaths, says study: CT scanning techniques should be used instead of invasive autopsies in cases of probable natural death- and should be offered free of charge, say researchers
Race vs Burden in Understanding Health Equity: To the Editor Dr Kindig discussed the concepts of rate and burden in terms of population health equity. We question several of the concepts put forth in his Viewpoint.1 Kindig’s proposition that the statistical burden of white health inequity has been underappreciated is problematic. We agree that... Rachel R. Hardeman. Eduardo M. Medina. Katy B. Kozhimannil. JAMA.
It's time for academics to take back control of research journals: The evolution to a high-profit industry was never planned. Academics need to make the case for lower-cost journals
Juno Spacecraft Reveals Spectacular Cyclones At Jupiter's Poles: The NASA has spotted enormous cyclones at the gas giant's north and south poles. The probe has also returned other data that have project scientists scratching their heads.
Patterns of change and continuity in ochre use during the late Middle Stone Age of the Horn of Africa: The Porc-Epic Cave record: Ochre is found at numerous Middle Stone Age (MSA) sites and plays a key role in early modern human archaeology. Here we analyse the largest known East African MSA ochre assemblage, comprising 40 kg of ochre, found at Porc-Epic Cave, Ethiopia, spanning a period of at least 4,500 years. Visual characterisation of ochre types, microscopic identification of traces of modification, morphological and morphometric analysis of ochre pieces and modified areas, experimental reproduction of grinding processes, surface texture analysis of archaeological and experimentally ground ochre facets, laser granulometry of ochre powder produced experimentally on different grindstones and by Hamar and Ovahimba women from Ethiopia and Namibia respectively, were, for the first time, combined to explore diachronic shifts in ochre processing technology. Our results identify patterns of continuity in ochre acquisition, treatment and use reflecting both persistent use of the same geological resources and similar uses of iron-rich rocks by late MSA Porc-Epic inhabitants. Considering the large amount of ochre processed at the site, this continuity can be interpreted as the expression of a cohesive cultural adaptation, largely shared by all community members and consistently transmitted through time. A gradual shift in preferred processing techniques and motions is interpreted as reflecting cultural drift within this practice. Evidence for the grinding of ochre to produce small quantities of powder throughout the sequence is consistent with a use in symbolic activities for at least part of the ochre assemblage from Porc-Epic Cave. Daniela Eugenia Rosso. Francesco d’Errico. Alain Queffelec. PLOS ONE.
Impact evaluation of different cash-based intervention modalities on child and maternal nutritional status in Sindh Province, Pakistan, at 6 mo and at 1 y: A cluster randomised controlled trial: A cluster randomised trial reveals cash-based interventions reduce stunting in children from very poor families in Pakistan. 6 months of age is a critical point in alleviating this Bridget Fenn and colleagues reveal. Bridget Fenn. Tim Colbourn. Carmel Dolan. Silke Pietzsch. Murtaza Sangrasi. Jeremy Shoham. PLOS Medicine.
UEA course cut a blow for mental health work | Letters: Letters: Students and former students protest at the end to counselling training at the University of East Anglia
Association Between Teaching Status and Mortality in US Hospitals: This study uses national Medicare data to compare 30-day mortality among patients hospitalized or undergoing surgical procedures in teaching vs nonteaching hospitals between 2012 and 2014. Laura G. Burke. Austin B. Frakt. Dhruv Khullar. E. John Orav. Ashish K. Jha. JAMA.
WHO elects first ever African director-general after tense vote: Former Ethiopian health minister Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to lead World Health Organisation after a long and fraught campaign
Scribd says it has over 500,000 subscribers paying $8.99/month for ebooks, audiobooks, and now news: The content subscription site is adding content from newspapers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
That feeling when you see your code (or at least an interpretation of it) in the innards of some project.
I've been asked to help look around the innards of onexamination again to make it even slicker and better. Found a lovely Chebyshev rational function staring out at us from the code.
"After all this time it is still working ... but apparently has lost all its documentation. Glad to still feel of value explaining the innards of #edtech."
Switzerland votes to phase out nuclear power - BBC News: The referendum result allows the government to go ahead with plans to switch to renewable energy.
How Fonts Are Fueling the Culture Wars – Backchannel: Pay attention: Typography isn’t just catchy visuals. It can also be dangerous.
DEcentralised Citizens Owned Data Ecosystem. EU funded project.
"Citizens give up data in blockchain project to improve cities: The DECODE project will give residents of Barcelona and Amsterdam more control over how their personal data is harnessed by local government and businesses"
BGS Election Manifesto: Caroline Cooke is Policy Manager at BGS. Here she explains why BGS has published its own election manifesto, what it says and how you can get involved. The 2017 General Election offers an opportu…
Tax plastic drinking straws, firm says - BBC News: A waste disposal firm claims that plastic drinking straws are "the ultimate in human wastefulness".