Our Stone Age Bodies in a Modern World

We all know we're supposed to eat sweets sparingly, but the CRAVING is still there. It can be unstoppable, and NPR Books just published an article that explains the cause from an evolutionary biological perspective.In short, our Paleolithic bodies were trained to crave sugars because they were a quick energy supply that wasn't usually available. … Continue reading Our Stone Age Bodies in a Modern World

Libraries and New Health Care Laws

Starting today, consumers in all states will be able to choose new affordable health insurance options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.  The following organizations received money from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to serve as Navigators, "in-person resources for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans", in … Continue reading Libraries and New Health Care Laws

The American Diet: Lots of Cheese

The Center for Science in the Public Interest released a report card called "The Changing American Diet" yesterday and, as usual, there's good news and there's bad news. . Let's start with the good news... GOOD JOB, AMERICA! We are... Eating less sugar, shortening, beef, whole milk and flour Eating more chicken and yogurt Eating about … Continue reading The American Diet: Lots of Cheese

UMHS 5th Most Social Media Friendly Hospital

Congratulations are in order! MHADegree.org, an organization that advocates for healthcare administration worldwide, recently cultivated a list of the 50 most social media friendly hospitals. They found that UMHS was the 5th best hospital in terms of social media use. To compile the list, they looked at the number of followers each institution has on different … Continue reading UMHS 5th Most Social Media Friendly Hospital

Resources: Affordable Care Act in Michigan

Michigan representative John Dingell has created a locally relevant guidebook on the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and how it relates to Michigan residents. We've previously covered resources from the federal government, but Dingell's efforts focus on questions and information specifically tailored to Michigan residents. You can see the full list of questions here and … Continue reading Resources: Affordable Care Act in Michigan

The Myth of Supplements

Via The Atlantic's The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements : Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue. A bevy of … Continue reading The Myth of Supplements

New Report: The Global Burden of Disease & the State of US Health

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington has recently released a new report, The State of US Health: Innovations, Insights, and Recommendations from the Global Burden of Disease Study.  "The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) approach...is a systematic, scientific effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss due to … Continue reading New Report: The Global Burden of Disease & the State of US Health

HealthCare.Gov: The New Guide to Marketplace Health Insurance

This week the federal government launched a new consumer-focused website and 24 hour call center to provide information on the coming Healthcare Insurance Marketplace, which will help people buy private insurance or locate free or low cost government options under the Affordable Care Act (or, Obamacare). Right now HealthCare.Gov has fairly general information, but is … Continue reading HealthCare.Gov: The New Guide to Marketplace Health Insurance

Nationwide Hospital Charges

On the heels of yesterday's post on U-M's analysis of its visualization activities, today's post also touches on the impacts of visualization, although on a much broader scale. The New York Times recently released an interactive data visualization map that tells you how much hospitals charge per procedure. You can search by location (state & zip code) … Continue reading Nationwide Hospital Charges