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rhahl
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Posted: Mar 25, 2017 - 9:02am



Opium prescriptions seem to be driving this trend.

I would add offshoring industrial jobs, small arms at home, the end of welfare, student loan debt on their children's educations, the war on drugs and mass incarceration followed by the prohibitions on felons getting any sort of corporate work or gov't assistance.
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Posted: Mar 24, 2017 - 8:18am

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wouldn't exercise and diet go a long way to improving and promoting good health?

these things are relatively easy (assuming the client takes a little initiative and cares about his/her health outcome)

it also looks to me that health care tech will be getting much better very soon and if it follows other tech trend lines the cost should drop

 
there's good news coming out quite frequently regarding the digitization of all things biological

one of the major goals/areas of applying tech to health is detection at "stage zero" as opposed to say stages three or four

sensor technology and computing power are making this happen right before our eyes

a multitude of companies are working on using relatively simple action by the consumer

sampling genetic material through breath, saliva, blood, urine, poop, etc. via a sensor

uploading the results/data to a cloud computing service and getting the precise diagnosis/results back in a timely fashion

tweak your news aggregator/rss feed or search and bookmark a few news sites

regards

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Posted: Feb 9, 2017 - 2:36pm

 miamizsun wrote:
wouldn't exercise and diet go a long way to improving and promoting good health?
 
Certainly would. My usual nemesis, TV, is intent on selling you stuff, though. And that stuff is seldom in your best interests. It takes your money and leaves you poorer.
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Posted: Feb 9, 2017 - 2:16pm

 Steely_D wrote:

Except it assumes that those deaths are all folks covered by health insurance.

Really, there's probably a larger death rate because of the lack of good national heath care coverage. I'd expect that having no/poor coverage makes that rate worse.

Oh, and the cost of health care coverage was skyrocketing, hence the attempt at the ACA (which was handicapped from the start by the folks who didn't want their incomes affected). 

Two different bad things, but correlation not meaning causation. 

 

wouldn't exercise and diet go a long way to improving and promoting good health?

these things are relatively easy (assuming the client takes a little initiative and cares about his/her health outcome)

it also looks to me that health care tech will be getting much better very soon and if it follows other tech trend lines the cost should drop
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Posted: Feb 9, 2017 - 2:02pm

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"It's almost as if a shadowy cabal figured out how to get people to pay more to die faster."
https://twitter.com/Honest_Hillary/status/829374618339258369/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

 
Except it assumes that those deaths are all folks covered by health insurance.

Really, there's probably a larger death rate because of the lack of good national heath care coverage. I'd expect that having no/poor coverage makes that rate worse. That matches with the first graph about life expectancy for the poorest.

Oh, and the cost of health care coverage was skyrocketing, hence the attempt at the ACA (which was handicapped from the start by the folks who didn't want their incomes affected). 

Two different bad things, but correlation not meaning causation. 


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Posted: Feb 9, 2017 - 1:54pm


"It's almost as if a shadowy cabal figured out how to get people to pay more to die faster."
https://twitter.com/Honest_Hillary/status/829374618339258369/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
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Posted: Feb 2, 2017 - 2:47pm


Life expectancy for middle and upper middle class men now exceeds that of women in those cohorts, an un-heard of reversal of widespread norms.

Hidden Distress Among Well-Off Women in America
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Posted: Jan 23, 2017 - 10:12am

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Posted: Jan 21, 2017 - 6:00am

The Economics of the Affordable Care Act (Counterpunch)  Dean Baker is good at this.


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Posted: Jan 18, 2017 - 7:05pm

Escalating MS drug costs in the US - Puzzling, troubling, and suspicious; Neurology 2015; 84:2105–2106; T. Jock Murray, MD..

"When the first disease-modifying therapy (DMT)
appeared in 1993, everything changed for patients
with MS, their families, and their neurologists.
...
"The disturbing escalation
of DMT prices in the United States is clearly
related to the political prohibition of US Medicare
to negotiate prices with the pharmaceutical industry.
What has happened defies common sense, logic, and
the expected rules of the marketplace. Since Food and
Drug Administration approval, and with increasing
product competition, Betaseron has gone from
$11,532 to $61,529, Avonex from $8,723 to
$62,394, glatiramer acetate from $8,292 to $59,158,
and Rebif from $15,262 to $66,394. These price increases,
and emerging evidence that long-term
outcomes are less than anticipated, undermine the
cost-effectiveness of MS DMTs. These counterintuitive
increases suggest the possibility of collusion among
the manufacturers, but the authors say they do not
have evidence.

"What justification does the pharmaceutical industry
in the United States offer for the remarkable
increase in the costs of these drugs? Well, they do
not have to explain, as they are allowed to set prices
in a black box, based on the business ethic of maximizing
profit, supported by a bizarre law that prevents
US Medicare (the US federal government
social insurance program) from negotiating prices
directly with the pharmaceutical industry. That this
is arbitrary and “just because they can” is shown by
comparisons with other countries, such as Canada,
Australia, and the United Kingdom, where the costs
of the same drugs are one-half to one-third as much.
What is even more striking is the contrast within the
United States, where the same drug covered by Medicaid
(insurance programs funded by the federal and
state governments and administered by the states)
may be 2 to over 4 times higher than to the federal
VA system (for armed service veterans), which is permitted
to negotiate prices (Betaseron is $49,146 via
Medicaid, but $10,583 via US VA).
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Posted: Jan 17, 2017 - 6:16am

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Thanks Miami.  I feel it's this type of thinking that could someday get us out of the hole we are in...if we can manage hang on until we hit that "100th monkey."

We live in a world of abundant resources...but we need to shift focus and investment from exploiting the same old ones we've been digging in the earth for, towards new technologies.  The resources are there, we just need to figure out how to develop them.
 
i believe (with good evidence) that technology is growing exponentially and will benefit humanity is a huge way

in short digitizing biology puts it on the back of moore's law and the six Ds (or something similar) come into play


Peter D's "6 D's of Exponentials" from Singularity University on Vimeo.

 

Diamandis and Kotler explain that the key to achieving exponential entrepreneurship is to understand the growth cycles of exponentially advancing technologies. These are broken up into the Six D's:

Digitalization: "A technology becomes exponential once it becomes digitalized. It becomes represented in ones and zeroes. Once that happens, it becomes an information-based technology and it hops on an exponential growth curve. A classic example being Moore’s laws covering transitions."

Deception: "These technologies get introduced and it takes a while for them to get up to speed, right. And there’s all this hype in the beginning and they fall into this deceptive period and people kind of dismiss them. 3D printing was in that deceptive period for a very, very long time. Robotics, AI, all these things. But all of the technologies that we’re talking about in Bold are now moving out of that deceptive period."

Disruption: The technologies then play a role in subverting established industries. "A classic example is Uber. It’s totally disrupting the taxicab industry. Instagram totally disrupting Kodak. These are classic examples of the disruption."

Demonetization: "For example, once you could store digital images on a camera, film was totally demonetized. And suddenly nobody was buying roll film anymore. Pixels did the same job. So the money comes out of the equation."

Dematerialization: "Think about all the 1980s or '90s technology that now come free with your cellphone, right? Peter and I did a calculation in Abundance and we were looking at this and we found the average cellphone houses over like a million dollars’ worth of technologies from the 1980s. You have your GPS locator, your encyclopedia, your radio and record player, your camera, video recorder, on and on and on, right. You can now, with Instagram, get access to editing software that 10 years ago was a $2 million package. And today it’s free with an Instagram account. So demonetization, dematerialization, the technology itself is disappearing. Nobody’s going out and buying cameras anymore because it comes on your smartphone."

Democratization: "These technologies themselves become cheaper and cheaper and cheaper. Cellphones are a classic example. Back in the '80s, these were a luxury technology that only the wealthiest could have and then it kind of slowly moved down the scale until where we are today. I mean 50 percent of the world ... carrying a supercomputer in their pocket. That’s how much these things have been democratized. Access becomes available to anyone."

And that's how you track the life cycle of an exponentially growing technology. Kotler uses smartphones as an example, but there are plenty of other applicable innovations that fit this paradigm. Amazon's digital-distribution business model went through all these stages up until the point when access to hardly any product you could ever want became available with a swipe of the finger.

Think about what technologies today are currently making their way through the above life cycle. Where are points for growth? Which innovations appear to be headed toward a bright future? Identifying them is key to jumping into the realm of exponential entrepreneurship.


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Posted: Jan 17, 2017 - 2:22am

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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 - 6:56am

Thanks Miami.  I feel it's this type of thinking that could someday get us out of the hole we are in...if we can manage hang on until we hit that "100th monkey."

We live in a world of abundant resources...but we need to shift focus and investment from exploiting the same old ones we've been digging in the earth for, towards new technologies.  The resources are there, we just need to figure out how to develop them.
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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 - 5:02am

proactive approach technology

pretty awesome stuff



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Posted: Dec 22, 2016 - 5:40am

i think we've talked about this before...detecting disease at stage zero


 
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Posted: Dec 21, 2016 - 12:09pm

let's hope so...

Lasers Cure Nearly 50% of Patients With Prostate Cancer in New Study 

IN BRIEF
  • Vascular targeted photodynamic therapy uses optical fibers, bacteria from the ocean floor, and lasers to treat prostate cancer.
  • In a trial for the treatment, only six percent of those who had cancer in remission needed to have their affected prostate removed.



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Posted: Dec 1, 2016 - 6:14pm

A New Alliance Could Give Humanity the World’s First Cancer Vaccine

In Brief
  • The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy has partnered with dozens of organizations to develop a cancer vaccine to prevent the disease which is expected to grow by an additional 21.7 million through 2030.
  • The plan is to target genetic markers specific to tumors to allow the body to generate an immune response to combat the cancer before it ever takes hold.

 


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Posted: Oct 4, 2016 - 2:45pm

 miamizsun wrote:

yes and that depends on a person's incentive (bad actors)

not to mention that it is much more difficult to engineer bad stuff

i suggest watching as much andrew hessell as possible

his mission?

open source biotech to wipe out cancer

detection at stage zero and individualized cures

cost? practically/almost free

a primer in exponential growth/tech is also recommended before watching

i've already posted a lot of his lectures/videos on rp

i'll see if i can dig something up

peace

edit: here's a short video that will shed some light



 

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