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Monday, November 26, 2007

5:08PM - Voice Post

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

11:57PM - The wrong direction for healthcare?

With the presidential campaigns pushing universal health care back into the forefront of our collective consciousness, the industry itself has gotten into the debate. Unfortunately, it seems to have come in on the wrong side of the debate. An article from the New York Post, which appeared on the Cato Institute's web page, reports that The American Cancer Society is pushing for government-run health care.

Unfortunately for their patients, getting their way will undoubtedly mean worse outcomes for their patients. Although free markets often create greater variation in outcomes than bureaucratically managed systems, they are also the only way to gaurantee consistent quality care to the majority of customers.
clipped from www.cato.org
The American Cancer Society announced recently that it will spend its entire advertising budget next year
on campaigning for a government takeover of the U.S. health-care system. This is perverse: It's hard to imagine anything worse for cancer patients than government-run health care.
Cancer patients understand this. The overall five-year survival rate for all types of cancer for men in America is 66.3 percent, and 62.9 percent for women, the best outcome in the world.
free-market U.S. medicine provides the incentives that lead to innovative breakthroughs in new drugs and other medical technologies. U.S. companies have developed half of all the major new medicines introduced worldwide over the last 20 years.
Take prostate cancer, for example.
we are less likely to die from the disease. Fewer than 20 percent of American men with prostate cancer will die from it, against 57 percent of British men and nearly half of French and German men.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

2:06AM - Job's tries to keep his winning streak alive.

Apple's trend of "can do no wrong" will likely get another dose of adrenaline this week, as Jobs makes more pronouncements to wow the faithfull, and catch the attention of some of the rest of us...
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk
Chief executive Steve Jobs said Apple "dream big" and wanted to expand the 4.9% market share Safari enjoys.
He said Safari was "the fastest browser on Windows", saying it was twice as fast as Internet Explorer.
Mr Jobs used the conference to lift the lid on new features of its forthcoming operating system (OS) for Macs, called Leopard.
He said the OS has 300 new features and demoed 10, including a new organisational system for the desktop called Stacks and a new folder system which lets users browse files and applications visually, just as music lovers can browse album covers in iTunes.
Mr Jobs also gave the greenlight to third-party development of new applications for its forthcoming iPhone mobile phone.
Instead of having to test each and every new application themselves, Apple will allow developers to build web applications for the phone which run inside the device's web browser Safari and which were built on existing web standards.
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2:00AM - I can't believe Scotland's that bad...

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk
The Federation of Small Businesses' annual Index of Wealth compared 10 countries on economic performance, employment rates, health and education.
Scotland's life expectancy rate was a major factor in it coming bottom.
The FSB Scotland index examined countries with fewer than nine million people, including Norway, Iceland and the Republic of Ireland.
"The reason why Scotland is stuck at the bottom of the pile is largely due to our poor health and our low life expectancy," he said.
The figures were 74.2 for men and 79.3 for women, compared to the UK average of 76.6 and 81 years.
However, Mr McLaren added that even if health was taken out of the equation Scotland would still be "fairly low" on the table, in about fifth or sixth place.
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This article reflects the inherent shortcoming of our western society's propensity for quantifying all things. The assertion that Scotland is the worst small western European country rests primarily upon it's shorter life expectancy. This relatively minor, 2 year difference takes in to account none of the things which make a life qualitatively better... like enjoying a fine glass of single malt scotch rather than some snooty French wine...

12:17AM - New 1st line tx. for hepatocellular ca.

clipped from www.medscape.com
orafenib (Nexavar) is the first effective systemic treatment for advanced liver cancer.
researchers showed that the targeted multikinase inhibitor extends survival by 44%.
There is currently no widely accepted standard of care for advanced liver cancer. Doxorubicin is reportedly the most widely used agent, despite the fact that only 1 randomized controlled trial of 60 patients has supported its use and the drug is said to have a 25% rate of fatal complications. Mitoxantrone is licensed for hepatocellular carcinoma but is not considered a gold standard
double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, investigators studied 602 patients. The trial, known as the Sorafenib Hepatocellular Carcinoma Assessment Randomized Protocol (SHARP), looked at the primary end points of overall survival and time to symptomatic progression. Patients received oral sorafenib 400 mg twice daily or placebo for 6 months, but the trial was stopped early because the findings were so positive
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

1:50PM - Bubliki

"Bubliki" on Google Video
kak mi eli bubiki v Odesse
My little girls playing in Odessa. I can't wait till they get back...

Saturday, June 24, 2006

10:22PM - layout of the scriptures

The Scriptures are rightly divided into 49 books. The Bible that you see in front of you today (with 66 books) has been rearranged to suit the whims of various compilationists. By rearranging the order and cutting books in parts, publishers have done people a disservice. The overlying structure and form of our scriptures is no longer readily apparant to the lay person (and lets face it, we're ALL lay people).

The historical scriptural format looks more like this:
the Torah:
Gen Ex Lev Num Deut

the prophets:
Josh-judges (1 book), book of the Kings (1&2 kings)
Isa Jer Ezekiel
the 12 minor prophets: Hosea Joel Amos... etc.

the writings:
psalms prov job
song ruth lamentations
daniel ezra-nehamiah (1 book) chronicles
...so that, at the end of the "OT" we have 22 books, the number of letters in the hebrew alphabet...

the gospels & Acts:
Matt mark luke john

the general epistles (placed 1st):
Jacob(James) 1Pete 2Pete 1John 2John 3John Juda

the epistles of Paul:
Rom 1Cor 2Cor Gal
Eph Phil Col
1Thes 2Thes
1Tim 2Tim Titus Phil


thus, there are 49 books. 22 "old", 5 gospels+Acts, and 22 "new".