Month: June 2015

The dangers of hyper-inflation

Zimbabwe is getting rid of their currency and switching to use the US dollar. Residents of Zimbabwe can exchange their currency at a rate of 175 quadrillion Zimbabwe dollars in exchange for $5 US. Just to see it in numbers:…

Promising advances in cancer therapy

ASCO [American Society of Clinical Oncology], the preeminent medical meeting focused on cancer, took place at the start of June. It’s exciting to observe some of the promising innovations/drugs that had clinical trial data there. There are two noteworthy trends…

Smoking really is that addictive

I will never understand the appeal of smoking. It’s expensive, leaves an unpleasant scent, and eventually wreaks havoc on the body. Enough preaching. Quitting is hard. There was a nice study in NEJM looking at whether cash rewards help get…