Friday Links

  • A good article from Thomas Friedman (not something I say often) on 3D printing, “contests” (he uses quotation marks in the article, as if no one knows what a contest is…), and the Internet of Things
  • This article, on “Me Medicine” (e.g., pharmacogenetics, personalized medicine) versus “We Medicine” (e.g., vaccines, public health measures), takes the argument too far. Proponents of individualized therapy for cancer aren’t against the flu vaccine, and the anti-vaxxers have nothing to do with personalized medicine – they’re just lunatics
  • Why do wellness programs fail to work, and given that they don’t work, why are they so pervasive? Austin Frakt and Aaron Carroll look at Penn State’s wellness program, Take Care of Your Health. It’s a vexing question – these programs should work, right? There’s an efficacy link missing
  • Trader Joe’s is dropping the under-30 hour part time group from its health insurance, and it’s refreshingly frank about why: it’s better for (most of) the employees. Those against the Affordable Care Act will make a lot of noise about companies doing this, but it’s best for individuals – and best for the health care system as a whole – to have employers out of health care
  • I don’t know what to think about this wealthy, white South African family that moved into a black slum for a month to see what it was like. On the one hand, they’re refreshingly frank about why they did it (for themselves), and genuinely seemed to have the right idea and intentions; on the other, it’s bothersome for the usual reasons these things are bothersome (though I think the reactions outlined in the article were a bit extreme)

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