Sunday, 23 November 2014

OECD's multinational comparisons of health systems data 2014 chartpack.

Published on November 19th this chartpack has slides comparing health system data on spending, quality and other measures across the developed world.

"International comparisons of health care systems offer valuable tools to health ministers, policymakers, and academics wishing to evaluate the performance of their country's system. In this chartbook, we use data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to compare health care systems and performance on a range of topics, including spending, hospitals, physicians, pharmaceuticals, prevention, mortality, quality and safety, and prices. We present data across several industrialized countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Whenever possible, we also present the median value of all 34 members of the OECD."

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/chartbooks/2014/multinational-comparisons-of-health-systems-data-2014

It comes as a PDF or a PowerPoint slide set.


Chemistry World talks about the protein called insulin.

Insulin has had a number of 'firsts' in biotechnology. Now it is big business.

"In the 90 years since Leonard Thompson’s astounding recovery, insulin has time and time again found itself in the vanguard of wider scientific advances. And with the diabetic population expected to balloon to over 550 million by 2030, there won’t be any shortage of people reaping the benefits of research into this remarkable protein."

http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2014/11/insulin-podcast


However, "Lack of reasonably priced insulin threatens lives for the poor" (source insulinforall.org)


Paper with title "Get me off your **** mailing list" accepted by journal.

Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdotScience/~3/013d884Oxk4/story01.htm

The authors are kind enough to make a copy of their paper available to view.

Figure 1 from the paper is particularly clear.


New battery made of many nano-batteries.

Researchers have managed to restructure the materials in a nano-battery, then bundle lots of these individual batteries into a larger device.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/11/new-battery-composed-of-lots-of-nanobatteries/

Britain's beer revolution

Roger Protz's new book picked up at the Celtic Beer Festival yesterday and signed by the man himself. He was very up-beat about the brewing industry in the UK.

Calling on diabetologists to be advocates for diabetes

Partha Kar calling on colleagues to step up or step down. Diabetes teams in secondary care need to explain what they do yo their trusts.

http://nhssugardoc.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/the-battle-for-respect.html?m=0.@HospitalDr

3D printed contact lenses with built in video

Who needs Glass when you've got contact lenses that can display video and even detect health problems? What's more, lenses with these capabilities could one day be created using a 3D printer.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26591-contact-lenses-with-builtin-video-could-be-3d-printed.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|health