Monday, February 27, 2012


Prosthetics Breakthrough Might Fuse Nerves With Fake Limbs

Possibly the best news I've seen this week, we've got a new, promising scaffold to create functioning nerve/prostheses interfaces. The crippled may very well walk with these. Unadulterated good news is great.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Letters to the Editor

A little something I wrote in response to somebody who claimed that the lack of preventative care is what makes US medicine so expensive.
On a cash only basis, a primary care physician can provide continuity of care and routine maintenance for about $40 a visit. That’s under a day’s wage at the federal minimum wage. Is devoting two days of your labor a year (as the absolute worst case) to do routine checkups an unreasonable expectation? I do not believe so.
And for the very small minority where it’s the case, yes, there are doctors willing to provide free care if they know that they are not being taken advantage of. Just don’t expect to drive to the clinic in a car worth more than your doctor’s, with a cell phone that’s better than your doctor’s and expect the free care option.
What specific vaccinations are a problem? I just looked up the CDC’s posted price list and most of them are a buck or two a dose. The most expensive seem to be the zoster and HPV vaccines and those are under $15 each. Vaccines are one time expenses, not recurring, and many of them can be gotten for free from your local county because maintaining herd immunity is worth the expense of providing free vaccinations.
Speaking as someone who has had to juggle credit cards to pay for cancer care (a relative’s, not my own), I can feel your pain. But you’re missing some of the most important parts of the problem.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Where I'm writing these days

Somebody asked me whether I have a blog. Unfortunately, the comment system didn't allow for a full answer (I tripped a spam filter) so I'm writing it here if anyone cares.

Mostly these days I write as a contributing analyst for Wikistrat
I participate in the group blog Chicago Boyz
I have a personal blog which I do not often get to these days Flit-TM
I created this because I'm unfortunately locked out of my previous site where you can find me under the same blog name, Flit(TM)