- Claim: Sociopaths are not all bad. HT: Tyler
- Leap year explained.
- How the Paragon Health Institute proposes to reform Medicare Advantage.
- How the Alliance of Community Health Plans proposes to reform Medicare Advantage. Some of the recommendations are very similar.
- About 86 million U.S. adults age 20 or older have total cholesterol levels. Almost half of U.S. adults (45.5%) who could benefit from cholesterol medicine are not taking it.
Last week I wrote that more than 100,000 Americans die every year from drug overdoses in the United States. In the 12-month period ended in September 2023, 111,380 Americans had died. As recently as 2015 the number of Americans overdosing was less than half of recent figure.
Opioids, specifically fentanyl, are most often the cause of overdose deaths. The RAND Corporation released a study that found that 42% of American adults personally know someone who died by overdose. Furthermore, of those four-in-ten adults who know someone who died of an overdose the average number of people they know who died is two.
- Conflicting advice on how to live longer: Dr. David Sinclair, author of Lifespan, argues that it’s very important to limit the amount of protein in your diet. Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Attia, the author of Outlive. argues that it’s very important to have a high protein diet – eating far more protein that the standard recommended daily allowance guidelines show.
- Around 2% of babies in the US are now born through IVF.
- Google’s AI chatbot refuses to say if Hitler or Musk is worse.
- How we’re coming apart — politically speaking.
It’s almost a running joke among Baby Boomers and Gen X that Generation Z and Millennials are slackers. Gen Z and younger Millennials are more likely to be underemployed, live with their parents or receive financial support from their parents than previous generations, at least according to some recent surveys. Now a new study found that 20-somethings are also more likely to suffer unemployment due to ill health than previous generations of young workers. Indeed, 20-somethings are more likely to be unemployed due to health issues than workers twice their age.