Re: What is the state of global medicine today?
Everyone deserves quality health care, and to live (as much as possible) free from the burden of disease, but progress towards these goals is, at best, patchy. Economic disparities appear to be the main hurdle.
Market driven health-care systems value the life/health of poor people far less than that of the rich. Thus, in the US a lucky few get wonderful high-tech care from physicians of their choice, yet tens of millions effectively get no health care. Between rich and poor countries the gap is even more marked.
Diseases prevalent in the developing world receive little attention from drug companies who can't see the profit, or from researchers with funding tied to health issues of the (aging) rich.
Disparity between health care systems also robs poorer countries of the medical professionals they trained.
Our global community must re-focus on eliminating/ preventing/ treating the most common and severe diseases. Extra investment can pay off: healthy people are more productive.
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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