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Knowledge+ Makes Studying More Efficient

As I am deep in the grind for Step 1 of the USMLE board series, I am keenly aware of how frustrating studying can be. Answering a question correctly on something I already know feels great and missing a question because I actually had no idea is almost debilitating but necessary for growth. It’s a delicate balance between reviewing what I already know, tackling what I need to know, and applying…

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Non-Specific Vaccine Effects

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An interesting paradigm is developing in the vaccine literature between specific and non-specific effects of vaccination. Specific vaccine effects give disease protection and are independent of the order in which vaccines are given. Non-specific effects refer to the effects a vaccine might have on the overall immune system, which seems to depend on the order of vaccination.


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Epic Marketing from Thailand

Epic Marketing from Thailand

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Post by Jeff Alagar.

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US Healthcare System Explained

Khan Academy and Brookings Institute team up to explain the U.S. healthcare system.  In addition to their “Introduction to the U.S.

Neural Plasticity in the Digital Age

Academic Earth, an online educational database, put together this great little video to get us thinking about how the internet might affect brain circuitry. I know that my brain is no exception! Check out their more of their elective videos here.


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Quitting for Winners via @WNYC


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AMA Encourages Checklist for Blood Pressure

As part of the AMA’s Improving Health Outcomes program, they announced their new pilot programon…

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Budget Cuts for Public Health

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has suffered a $270 million cut for 2014 when…

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Public Health Takes on Obesity Despite Budget Cuts

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Item: Bag of Produce from NYC Greenmarket

Value: $40


About: Greenmarket was founded in 1976 with a two-fold mission: to promote regional agriculture by providing small family farms the opportunity to sell their locally grown products directly to consumers, and to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer. // can’t wait to support this amazing clinic for the uninsured!!! and try to win this prize…

And the Winner is … Streetlights, for Applying Big Data to Community Health

Jan 15, 2014, 12:41 PM, Posted by Paul Tarini

Cropped Streetlight project

Big data, the buzzword of choice these days in information technology, holds the promise of transforming health care as programmers and policy-makers figure out how to mine trillions of ones and zeros for information about the best (and worst) health practices, disease and lifestyle trends, interconnections, and insights. The problem is, where to start? To jump start the process, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation joined in a Knight News Challenge: Health and issued its own call to developers to come up with innovative ways to combine public health and health care data, with a $50,000 prize to the best idea.

The results are in. When the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the winners of its News Challenge for ideas focused on unlocking the power of health data on January 15—you can see the list here—we also announced the winner of our companion prize for the best entries who combined public health data with data from health care to improve the health of communities. Our first place winner is the Streetlights Project from Chicago.

Streetlights brings together data from the Chicago Health Atlas, a website for displaying aggregate health-related information on a map so that people can see the prevalence of specific health conditions in their area and find out how they can improve their health; and HealtheRx, a website that connects people to resources to help them improve their health, manage disease, and live independently. The combined data will work as a shared and dynamic data resource for the public, and public health officials, independent of the health care system.

We set up the companion prize to award 2nd and 3rd place, but none of the other entries satisfied the criteria we set, demonstrating the scarcity of successful efforts to combine public health and health care data are.

In addition to the Knight Awards and our companion prize, the California Health Care Foundation also awarded a companion prize for Big Data on a Local Scale, that is, the best project to get health data into the hands of city and county officials—and spur them to use the information to improve people’s lives. The winner of there was the Solutions Journalism Network. See more details here.

Congratulations to all the winners and all the entrants. I encourage folks to read through as many as you can to get a picture of the interesting work and creative thinking that’s going on in this space. And I offer a special thanks to the folks at Knight for taking this on and managing the challenge. They did a great job.


This photograph shows the cortex of a human brain belonging to an epileptic patient. It was taken before an intracranial electrode procedure to treat the patient’s epilepsy. After removal of several brain sections, this patient made a full recovery and no longer suffers from seizures.

Judges chose it as the overall winner because of its detail. From judge Alice Robert explains: “The ‘gray’ matter (which is gray in death) is blushing pink. Small arteries are glowing with the scarlet blood pulsing through them, while purple veins lie thickly in the sulci, the crevices of the brain. And underneath that is somebody’s mind.”

a fascinating glimpse at the brain’s surface anatomy


"I feel sorry for any woman who suffers from menstrual pain.  But I also feel sorry for her husband.  Cramps, headaches, and body aches used to make my wife so depressed, so irritable that I suffered through those bad days each month, too."  Femicin ad, 1968 (via)  

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Health Tip // surround yourself with people who make you feel good

Story of Smallpox Video

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