Health

"What We Talk about When We Talk about Health Care"

Bingo.

What the Times fails to even cursorily mention: Apart from a case of genuine fraud — which was later litigated — the individuals concerned voluntarily bought these plans. And they worked exactly as advertised! The idea behind “junk plans” is far from insane: You don’t pay very much in premiums, but if you get sick, you end up paying a lot because deductibles are high and the insurance may not cover very much.


"Healbe's GoBe 2 calorie tracker teases the future of wearables"

This will be quite cool if it actually works this time.

As for the science, Healbe claims that it uses a piezoelectric impedance sensor to push high- and low-frequency signals through your wrist. Shortly after eating, the cells in your bloodstream begin releasing water as they absorb the new glucose. The device, so the company says, can use the impedance signals to look at the size and shape of the cells, and track the change in water. From there, it's just a case of using fancy math to calculate the amount of food you've noshed in a sitting.


"Is salt a culprit or an innocent bystander in hypertension?"

A shorter version of DiNicolantonio's recent book, The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong and How Eating More Might Save Your Life, which I am halfway through. If you are restricting salt intake because of hypertension, I definitely recommend it. (Or even if you're not, just to see how some dietary recommendations are arrived at these days.)

Related: "Go Ahead, Put Salt on Your Food" and "Effects of low sodium diet versus high sodium diet on blood pressure, renin, aldosterone, catecholamines, cholesterol, and triglyceride".