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Cupcakes and Cognitive Overload

I don’t know what was going on last week but people (well, me) were overwhelmed and weary. You know the signs: you call your kid by the dog’s name (repeatedly), miss all of your appointments because you think it is … Continue reading

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We Could Surely Use Another C. Everett Koop Right Now

Although he was 96 years old and had a hell of a good run, I was still saddened to learn of the death of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop in February. I was lucky enough to have known Dr. … Continue reading

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Code Breaker

Well, it’s tax season again. You know: the time of year that makes sticking needles in your eyes seem like a real blast by comparison. Of course there are some folks who love tax season — crazy people better known … Continue reading

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Miracle Weight-Loss Plan: Mabel, Mabel Read the Label!

I recently heard about a study that found that people who read and study nutritional food labels weigh, on average, about nine pounds less than people who don’t. Suffice it to say that I have purchased an extra set of … Continue reading

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Politely Provocative

I have been accused on more than one occasion of having the attention span of a gnat. I don’t think this is true. Rather, based on evidence demonstrating that people pay sustained attention for only about ten minutes, tops, I … Continue reading

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What You See Is (Not) What You Get

It’s estimated that our brain receives approximately 40 million sensory inputs every second, most of them through our eyes, and tries to make sense of them all–something my brain does far better after several cups of morning java or Red … Continue reading

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Busted by “Big Data”

A couple of weeks ago, The New York Times published a really terrific article about how companies like Target use “Big Data” to identify what its customers are likely to want to buy, so the company can customize its marketing … Continue reading

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Big Data

There is a new initiative by the United Nations called Global Pulse, which plans to leverage Big Data for global development. The group will conduct analysis of messages in social networks and text messages to help predict things such as … Continue reading

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Correlation

Thanks to the very clever and funny folks at xkcd for this cartoon! I love it. And hey, while you are surfing around and procrastinating about “whatever” why not re-visit my newsletter on this very subject… if nothing else the … Continue reading

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Indicator and Measurement Registry

We are currently working on a great project designing and redesigning nursing and perioperative reports for a client. As we work to catalogue variables and data sources, design reports and create specifications I am reminded yet again of the World … Continue reading

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