American Council on Science and Health The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is a consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health. ACSH is one of the few fearless voices of reason on these matters.
Christopher Whalen One guy who really understands the financial crisis. Brilliant insights. Links to his other sites.
The Coach's Team Coach Kevin Collins has an impressive resume, and uses all of his talents to demolish the Left. Site includes some guest columnists, as well.
Discussions In Infection Control This blog, designed and written exclusively by Lawrence F Muscarella, PhD, gives you the most comprehensive discussion of healthcare-associated (hospital) infections (or, “HAIs”), infection control, and both instrument and endoscope reprocessing in the world.
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Provides much-needed balance to the increasingly strident health care lobby that seems intent on scaring everyone about almost everything.
Formaldehyde Facts Your antidote to formaldehyde phobia in the media, from ACC's formaldehyde panel.
Health Care Renewal Expert analysis of what's wrong with American health care. Advocating for accountability, integrity, transparency, honesty, and ethics in leadership and governance of health care.
Health News Digest One of the best and biggest health sites on the web. New content on a daily basis, geared to the professional and informed lay audience.
Interscan Corporation The independent pros in gas detection, known for taking on the tough applications. Site has much technical material, way beyond mere product touts.
Jewish World Review One of the original news/opinion aggregate sites. Founder/Editor-in-Chief/Publisher Binyamin L. Jolkovsky calls it "The intersection of faith, culture and politics." Loaded with content tending toward politically conservative. An oasis for energetic Judaism.
JunkScience.com Steven Milloy and company do a great job in exposing junk science, which he defines as: Faulty scientific data and analysis used to advance special and, often, hidden agendas. Lots of good content.
Loren Feldman Feldman does videos, marketing, commentary and...puppets. He also understands tech and art.
Overlawyered Chronicling the high cost of our legal system. Water Olson and company explore an American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public’s expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability.
Paradigms and Demographics Ohio-based "bug guy" Rich Kozlovich dishes on junk science, junk politics, and many other matters. Rich is also on the prowl 24/7 for supplemental content written by Others. And he still has time to kill pests!
Quiet Music Nick Francis is a superb music programmer. Of course, it helps that he has an encyclopedic knowledge of music. Stream, subscribe, enjoy.
Selwyn Duke Hard-hitting and well-written conservative commentary, from a modern day renaissance man. The Duke is not afraid to ruffle some feathers, or invoke his Catholic faith, either.
SenSoft International Expert assistance on GSA, VA, DOD, and other federal contracts. Yes, there really can be great customer service in such an esoteric space.
The Excel Addict Most of us use Excel. Some of us use it a lot, and are constantly looking for easier ways to do things. Francis Hayes--the Excel Addict--offers plenty of free tips, a regular newsletter, and an inexpensive book to download.
The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics Everything you know about cholesterol causing heart disease is wrong, and this website is run by eminent doctors who are trying to set the record straight. But, with billions of dollars in drug sales at stake, it won't be easy.
The Nutrition Experts The name says it all. Jo-Ann Heslin and Karen Nolan have sold millions of books, and have re-launched their information-packed website. What's more, they encourage website visitors to submit questions.
Weasel Zippers Conservative commentary from all over the Web. Updated constantly.
Zero Hedge Works to...
Widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public; provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint; liberate oppressed knowledge
This HND piece takes a look at a few new directions in healthcare IT. At the heart of this is a pretty serious role reversal: Healthcare is now dictating to IT. Healthcare is demanding better products, and no, one size definitely does not fit all.
Four trends are covered, including increased use of the Cloud; invoking some of gaming culture; getting more in artificial intelligence; and putting lots more customer service into the mix. Most patients are interested in becoming their own best healthcare advocates, and they will leverage technology to achieve these ends.
Our friends at Interscan continue to build out their already very comprehensive website. The latest addition is the completion of the "More on the gases we detect" section. Culled from a host of sources, these little summaries address..
How they’re used
Where they might be encountered
Occupational health and regulatory information
Links to the Interscan product pages, for the particular gas
This HND piece covers another disturbing healthcare story, that is creating far too little outrage.
"All" that's wrong here is that maybe 300,000 British patients received incorrect assessment of their cardiovascular risk. This means that many people were either under- or over-treated as a result.
This mishap occurred because QRISK2, a prediction algorithm for cardiovascular disease, when incorporated into a popular healthcare IT system, somehow didn't work quite right. Oh yeah, this error goes back to 2009.
I'm not sure what's worse: The fact that QRISK on its own works just fine, and only gets messed up when Incorporated into the IT package; or the fact that those in charge are attempting to minimize the damage that has been done. Or, perhaps it's that no one bothered to even test QRISK inside the system, and compare its results to the standalone version.
This HND piece was inspired by the uneven experience most of us get when surfing through various health-related websites. It is ironic, of course, that in this era of endless communications media, too many of us have forgotten how to communicate effectively. Perhaps it has something to do with the rise of social media, and the old adage that the opposite of communication is ego.
We touch on the big topic of customer-centric website design, as championed these days by our friends at LCN.com. Of course, this is hardly revolutionary, as this very same idea was being stressed at the dawn of Web 2.0. Back to the basics, right?
Also included are five best practices, that should be followed in everyone's web design.
This HND piece proves that there's more to mobile apps than games, still cameras, social media, music, and video. Among other things, we discuss a cool new app, that ties a personal emergency warning device into a mobile phone.
Based on recent experience on some big websites for which I write, I am inclined to agree (around 90 percent, anyway). In one particular case relating to a health care matter, a commenter seemed to delight in—paraphrasing a certain Jesus of Nazareth—ignoring the "plank" in his argument, while scrutinizing the speck in mine.
I have encountered this often, among what I tend to call "stat freaks," those who would endlessly and misguidedly analyze the quality of data while missing the obvious point of the research. Ironically, stat freaks tend to criticize the few good studies out there, while ignoring the junk science.
On political websites, you might see the "regulars" gang up on a newbie, just for being a newbie.
This sort of "engagement" probably scares off more visitors than it attracts.
This HND piece examines the vital importance that "moving pictures" of all sorts have on health care. While it certainly helps providers, the biggest impact is--and will continue to be--on patient education.
Also included are plenty of good links, and some precepts on how one can evaluate the accuracy and utility of the constant stream of scientific—especially health-related—information.
This HND piece walks through memory lane, and references the first web page ever created, while taking the reader through some basics. As always, content is king.
Of course, these days, creating that website is a whole lot easier, based on cool CMS (Content Management System) products, such as WordPress. A number of solid tips, garnered from experts, are presented.
This HND piece explores network discovery, as it applies to both computer networks and networks of people. Interestingly, the two worlds intersect quite readily in the field of health care. One example is how social network discovery ("social network" here refers to the people, rather than the websites that link them) enables epidemiologists to trace the source of infections—to better prevent them from recurring.
On the computer side, we spotlight IPsonar, a leading product for determining what is on your network, to better protect your data. As we found out, most organizations are aware of only about 80-85% of what's really on their network.