Quiet Determination in Action

A Buffet of Interests

Posted in Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer, Of Interest, Personal Actions by missamyyu on September 14, 2009

Hello Reader,

Cleaned up the blog interface over the weekend; hope you find the blog easier on the eyes, especially with pictures embedded in the text. Also, I’ve included some blogs and people I follow who write pretty thought provoking things. I highly encourage you to check them out; they’re located on the bottom of the column to your right.

Have been fiddling with Yahoo meme, although it is very similar to Twitter.  What I do like about it is that you can see all the comments that are attached to one post or idea. Speaking of social media, Michael Brito was very kind to meet with me last week to talk about social media strategy for the Asian Liver Center.  He’s so incredibly kind and generous with his time and expertise.  We discussed blogging and how to leverage blogs to connect to the public (you!) and give people a sense of what is going on with our projects on the ground.  Such a fantastic guy!

I have been primarily been trying to catch up with email and crunch out a mini-grant that is due tomorrow. Some exciting news on the hepatitis B front is news coverage of our Jade Ribbon Youth Council 2008-2009 in the San Mateo County Times newspaper. Congratulations to them for their fantastic leadership in raising awareness about hepatitis B and liver cancer.

Interesting article on NPR.com about healthcare and the detrimental effect of copays on incentives, especially in the case of chronic diseases. The author of the piece is a lawyer from a biotech company and provides a well-written argument on how co-pays tend to drive “perverse financial incentives.”  Co-pays lead individuals with chronic illnesses – like chronic hepatitis B, as highlighted in the article – to look for cheaper treatment alternatives and delayed treatment only to end up with surgeries and interventions later on that cost both the patient and the insurance a great deal more. Thanks to SC for the article.

And to end the night, here’s a little comic I found funny (thanks to SL for sending!):

I wouldn't want to be the one to find this baby!

I wouldn't want to be the one to find this baby!

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  1. Dsherman said, on September 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I like this new interface!


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