Wednesday Links

  • A significant study of the causes of childhood diarrhea, bankrolled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, found five main pathogens responsible: rotavirus, cryptosporidium, shigella, and two forms of E coli.  Together (and with other, less significant pathogens) diarrhea is estimated to kill 800,000 children under the age of five each year. Worryingly, as the New York Times notes, cryptosporidium had previously been associated with AIDS death, which makes me wonder if, in addition to the myriad other harms AIDS brings on a society, it may help spread a pathogen that kills children
  • Maryland’s going to try a per-capita cap on health care spending, it seems. This would replace the current regime of all-payer rate setting,where the Annapolis administration sets rates for procedures. One of the reasons APRS worked was because Annapolis convinced the federal government to increase its Medicare reimbursement rates, though
  • Thoroughly-reported and research look at suicide in America. The clinical psychologist at the heart of the article, Thomas Joiner, is the “author of the first comprehensive theory of suicide, an explanation… for all suicides at all times in all cultures across all conditions.” Which is simple: if someone doesn’t fear death, is lonely, and feels like a burden, they’re at high risk of suicide
  • The pessimist’s response to “31 Charts That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity:” 31 Charts That Will Destroy Your Faith in Humanity
  • A map of all of the places Bob Dylan has referenced in a song
  • An oral history of the 2003 World Series of Poker, which kicked off my years-long interest/obsession with poker (now subsided)

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