Circuit Breakers

By: Luca Dellanna Date: April 21, 2020 In: Personal Blog Key Subjects Regulations tend to be optimized for everyday life. Not for emergency situations (such as the current pandemic). Need for circuit breakers. Alternative regulations that kick-in fast during an

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How does coronavirus kill?

Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes. By: Meredith Wadman, Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, Jocelyn Kaiser, Catherine Matacic In: Science. Apr. 17, 2020 How does the virus attack cells around the body? A clear picture is elusive.

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The Drive with Peter Attia — John Barry

On: 1918 Spanish flu pandemic—historical account, parallels to today, and lessonsEpisode: 107 Date: 17 April 2020Historian and author of “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History”.Key Subjects1918 Spanish Flu pandemic killed between 50-100 million people (out

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Sleeping with the Baby

By: John Seabrook In: New Yorker, October 2015 Babies and sleep. Polyphasic sleep. Babies tend to sleep in bouts, not distinguishing between night and day. Opposite of monophasic sleep: one seven- or eight-hour chunk at night. REM sleep (dream stage).

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The Drive with Peter Attia — Amesh Adalja

On: Comparing COVID-19 to past pandemics, preparing for the future, and reasons for optimismEpisode: 106 Date: 13 April 2020Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. focused on emerging infectious disease, pandemic preparedness, and biosecurity.Key Subjects:Spread.COVID-19 may

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The Drive with Peter Attia — Katherine Eban

On: Fraud in the generic drug industryEpisode: 71 Date: 16 September 2019Investigative journalist and author of “Bottle of Lies”.Key Subjects:Generic and brand name drugs.Generic is a cheaper version of a brand name drug.Made either after a brand name drug has

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Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids

Why being a great parent is less work and more fun than you think By: Bryan Caplan Published: 2011 Read: 2020 Summary Parenting absorbs ever more time and people wrongly believe that happiness and having (more) kids are incompatible. Based mainly

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EconTalk — Bryan Caplan

On: Parenting Episode: N/A Date: May 2011 Background: Economist and author of “Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids”. Key Subjects: Parents have very little effect on long-run outcomes of how their kids turn out. There is a short-term impact on

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The Fragile Generation

Bad policy and paranoid parenting are making kids too safe to succeed. By: Lenore Skenazy and Jonathan Haidt In: Reason, December 2017 Summary Key claim: kids are over-protected and under-prepared. We raise kids unaccustomed to facing anything on their own,

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Testing – Sensitivity and Specificity

Takeaways: There is a trade-off to where you set the sensitivity for a test. You’ll either have more false positives or false negatives. When you test for a disease, a more sensitivity test means: Improve your chance of catching a

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