why is IV tPA ≤4.5hrs? and other quirks of current medical guidelines

It's hard to believe I'm nearing the end of my preclinical journey in medical school. In theory at this stage, I am supposed to have learned all of the preparatory content for the first step of the board exams that are required to become a licensed physician ("Step 1"). In reality, I feel like I … Continue reading why is IV tPA ≤4.5hrs? and other quirks of current medical guidelines

Help with an interview project: humans of healthcare

Hi all—I’m embarking on a little (unofficial) side project to document the stories of health care providers around the world and am asking for your help. What: This project is purely personal/non-academic. The idea came about during my time at LSHTM—I’ve met many incredible people doing incredible things in health care around the world, and … Continue reading Help with an interview project: humans of healthcare

Why do we care more for a building than for human life?

My newsfeed has been bombarded by pictures of Notre Dame de Paris, burning. It is a dramatic blaze—orange flames engulfing the cathedral's spire, the cathedral's iconic rose window glowing from within, pillar of smoke visible for miles. On Facebook, countless friends post touristy photos of their past visits to the cathedral, in tribute to the … Continue reading Why do we care more for a building than for human life?

Matchmaker, matchmaker

Last week, Philipp Kircher gave the Royal Economics Society's annual public lecture on the economics of 'finding the right match', comparing the labor market to the marriage market. [1] This topic reminds me of matchmaking as a concept of market design. in 1962, David Gale and Lloyd Shapley published a (readable) paper on the problem of pairwise matching. They showed that … Continue reading Matchmaker, matchmaker

Thanksgiving Flight Patterns

The New York Times recently published an article summarizing Thanksgiving flight patterns using data collected from Google flights. Interestingly, it listed Miami, FL, followed by Orlando, FL, as the two most popular flight destinations in the week leading up to Thanksgiving. Not only might this reflect people's tendencies to visit warmer destinations, but also (if people congregate at the … Continue reading Thanksgiving Flight Patterns

FDA Approves the First Genetically Engineered Animal for Food Use

In case you don't get email updates from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the administration announced today that genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon is as safe to eat as non-genetically engineered salmon. "After an exhaustive and rigorous scientific review, FDA has arrived at the decision that AquAdvantage salmon is as safe to eat as any … Continue reading FDA Approves the First Genetically Engineered Animal for Food Use

I started this blog because I think we’re on to something.

Never before has the world focused so much attention on antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial resistance? The term sounds like jargon only scientists would use – it is, in fact, a scientific term, relating to the ability of microbes to survive in the presence of antibiotics – but given its recent overwhelming rise, it is a term that is relevant … Continue reading I started this blog because I think we’re on to something.