Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

thttyAfter 5 months of legal recreational marijuana use, Colorado sees increase in ER visits, violence, and stoned driving.

The U.S. economy shrank during the first quarter of 2014.

Adult obesity rate in U.S. is at 27.7%, the highest since 2008.

Medicare overpaid $6.7 billion in 2010 for evaluationĀ and management services.

Wikipedia entries for 9 of 10 most expensive heath conditions have significant errors.

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  1. Devon Herrick says:

    Wikipedia entries for 9 of 10 most expensive heath conditions have significant errors.

    About 15 to 20 years ago it was very common for the medical community to complain that online health information was inaccurate, and thus bad for patients. As it became increasingly common for people to Google their health complaints, most of that criticism died down. However, this appears to be yet another attack on the idea of getting your medical questions answered by anyone other than a physician (who has little time to answer questions during a 10-minute office visit). The wealth of information on the Internet is such that I really doubt if Wikipedia is harming anyone.

    • John R. Graham says:

      What I found interesting was that the researchers believe Wikipedia is the primary source for health information. There are a lot of better curated sources, that have medical editors, which are freely available. I decline to name them because I don’t want to seem to endorse, but I’m sure readers know which I mean.

  2. Matthew says:

    “After 5 Months of Sales, Colorado Sees the Downside of a Legal High”

    Every example in the article seems to come from negligent adults rather than being directly correlated to the drug.

    • Bill B. says:

      Perhaps the correlation is that negligent adults are most likely to use marijuana infused products.

    • John R. Graham says:

      Plus, I suppose we can make similar arguments about cigarettes and alcohol. Nevertheless, it is important for society to study the effects of these policies.

      Of course, the story states that no real research has happened yet.

    • James M. says:

      “The number of robberies from January through April fell by 4.8 percent from the same time in 2013, and assaults were down by 3.7 percent. Over all, crime in Denver is down by about 10 percent.”

      I would say it is affecting the crime rates somewhat. You would need long term data to figure out any real relationship. I would also think it would take longer than 5 months to critique the problems with legalization as well.

      • John R. Graham says:

        Perhaps more interesting than longitudinal data is cross-sectional data from cities outside Colorado. There is a pretty good natural experiment going on here, although not perfect.

        Colorado is the only state undergoing such a shock (as the economists would say), so comparing the change in Denver’s crime statistics to, e.g. Seattle’s or San Diego’s, in the same period, would be interesting.

        Nevertheless, there would be other factors to consider, so I’d be cautious about interpreting the results.

        • Mitch says:

          Very true! It is all set up pretty nice and neat, I can’t wait to look back on the data in a few years.

    • Mitch says:

      ya, some of the examples seemed like it was a stretch to place blame solely on the marijuana (not to say that it wasn’t a contributing factor) but I believe the incident with the husband also indicated he was abusing prescription medicine as well, which im sure comes with its own slew of problems.

  3. Thomas says:

    I am curious if advances in medicine have any contribution to obesity rates remaining almost unchanged. While being heavier puts an individual at a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes, medications that lessen or eliminate these effects could remove incentives to lose weight since health will not have dramatic adverse effects in the short term.

  4. Jay says:

    “Medicare overpaid $6.7 billion in 2010 for evaluation and management services.”

    Medicare overpays everywhere else, so I don’t see this as much of a surprise.

  5. Walter Q. says:

    “Wikipedia entries for 9 of 10 most expensive health conditions have significant errors.”

    I think it is inaccurate to make the assumption that most doctors heavily rely on Wikipedia to provide care on one of the expensive health conditions. I lean more to believe it is used as an occasional reference and nothing more.

  6. P. Sherman says:

    Adult obesity rate in U.S. is at 27.7%, the highest since 2008.

    I believe that this is probably true because with the bad economy, more adults are being forced to buy cheaper food. Since organic and healthier food tends to be more expensive, these adults are having to buy fast food, which is causing more obesity. Additionally, the bad job market is likely making adults depressed, which also correlates to higher rates of obesity and less willingness to exercise.

    • Andrew says:

      The key to reversing obesity rates is to turn around the economy. In turn, individuals will earn more and buy healthier foods. As the job market improves with a better economy, workers will be less depressed and will put down the remote and Doritos to do more engaging activities.

      • John R. Graham says:

        “more interesting activies”? Like reading and commenting on this blog, I hope!

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