Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Source: Afghanistan Opium Survey 2013 Summary findings(26-pg PDF)
"...Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a sobering record high in 2013. According to the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey, cultivation amounted to some 209,000 hectares,outstripping the earlier record in 2007 of 193,000 hectares, and representing a 36 per cent increase over 2012.
Moreover, two provinces that had previously been declared poppy-free, Faryab and Balkh in northern Afghanistan, lost this status. All in all, opium production in 2013 went up to some 5,500 tonnes, a 49 per cent increase over 2012..."
Posted by SNi at 12/01/2013 08:18:00 PM
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
1. The quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
2. An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
3. Quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.
4. Something you need in abundance when 'investing' in crowd-funded Kickstarter or Indiegogo projects.
Posted by SNi at 11/27/2013 09:50:00 PM
Monday, November 25, 2013
Posted by SNi at 11/25/2013 11:00:00 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2013
A while back I signed up for a MVMT watch on Indiegogo, nice looking watches for just $59. Well, the campaign closed successfully and I eventually received my black/black watch, see below:
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Very nice - good looking and a very solid build, definitely recommended that you pick one (or some, given the very reasonable price) up at the MVMT Watches web site. Although the web site had the specification (case diameter: 45mm and face diameter: 40mm) I hadn't really paid attention. It is a big watch, see below for comparisons to a newer and some much older watches... When you compare it to some old Omegas, it's quite amazing how fashion has changed and larger dials are now de rigeur...
Posted by SNi at 11/24/2013 11:35:00 AM
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The October 14th, 2013 blog entry '$546 for Six Liters of Salt Water' grumbled that people seem to think that medical payments only cover the actual items and services provided, without taking into account all the overhead:
"... Second, these articles always act as if the patient charge is uniquely for the item itself... It is not, the patient charge is to generate revenue to pay not just for the item, but also for everything that goes into getting it to the patient (the organization has staff that buy the product and do the receiving, inventory control and internal distribution; a physician has to write a medical order for the saline, the order has to be verified by a Pharmacist, a Pharmacy Technician pulls the item and labels it, then the Pharmacist double-checks the item before it leaves the Pharmacy; and so on). Not to forget the costs associated with expensive hospital infrastructure - construction running at $1 million per bed; huge capital investments such as MRIs, CT scanners, etc. PET scanners, MEGs, Da Vinci surgical robots... the list is endless...."
Clearly this is illustrated, even if they do not do it explicitly, by the American Hospital Association argument against "site neutral" payments, see below:
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So, it's the "overall cost structure" that is supported by patient charges. This needs to be taken into account while examining the variation in pricing/costs across hospitals providing the same service/procedure. Cost of living also factors in, with costs in California and on the East Coast likely higher than in the Midwest; and even when you compare geographically adjacent organizations clearly an academic medical center with research and education, etc. will probably have significantly higher costs than a community hospital(even if outcomes are comparable).
Posted by SNi at 11/23/2013 02:33:00 PM
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Two blog entries 'Could the "Good ID" be better?' Part I and Part II reacted to the FDA's Draft Guidance for Industry on the global unique device identification database (GUDID), which was issued September 24, 2013.Well, the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association has now commented on this as well...
Posted by SNi at 11/21/2013 11:23:00 PM