Throughout human history children often struggled to make it to age five, due to infant mortality and childhood diseases. Undoubtedly the poor bore the brunt of infant mortality. However, the rich were not immune. Scientific American recently wrote about the mummy of the first-born son of an Austrian noble, who died at age 18 months. Although well fed, he apparently died of a vitamin D deficiency about 400 years ago.
- Tyler Cowen: 2022 was a great year for affirming the wisdom of classical economic theory.
- Debunking the benefits of exercise. (speculative)
- Researchers discovered more than half a million conspiratorial and misleading English languages tweets about covid. NYT still hasn’t discovered Elon Musk’s released tweets showing how Twitter censored good information and promoted bad. I guess you have to watch Fox News to know about that.
- The fact that we failed to notice 99.999% of life on Earth until a few years ago is unsettling and has implications for Mars. HT: Tyler
- Why did the IRA bill allow the free-food-for-kids program to expire, while extending tax subsidies for health insurance for the rich. (NYT) Answer: kids don’t vote.
The other day I was surfing the web when I ran across an advertisement for TherapyNotes, a mental health electronic health record (EHR) system. I was a little curious. TherapyNotes lets counselors schedule an appointment and allows their clients to book through a client portal. Counselors can meet with clients in person or remotely with secure telehealth sessions. Then TherapyNotes facilitates documenting the session with easy‑to‑use templates. Finally, TherapyNotes creates and submits insurance claims with just a few clicks.
There is considerable debate about whether plaque causes Alzheimer’s disease or is a byproduct of Alzheimer’s. One of the original studies that supposedly nudged scientists down the path of plaque atrophy theory has now been accused of using doctored photos to bolster their case.