The Paradox of Disease Prevention

An important article in JAMA by Dr. Harvey Fineberg from the IOM: “Prevention of disease is often difficult to put into practice. Among the obstacles: the success of prevention is invisible, lacks drama, often requires persistent behavior change, and may be long delayed…” My question: what can be done to get more medical professionals, patients, and family members to recognize the importance of prevention?   Continue reading The Paradox of Disease Prevention

Obesity, climate change: it’s all about ΔG

Lets go back to the basics of chemistry. Delta G is change in energy (or “Gibbs free energy”). If  ΔG is positive, you need to add energy to make a reaction happen. Look at this flowering plant. Through photosynthesis, this plant is converting energy from the sun, and carbon dioxide, into chemical energy that the plant can use (in the form of carbohydrates). This process … Continue reading Obesity, climate change: it’s all about ΔG

NYC Bike Share Program Started Today

In New York City this morning, the weather was beautiful, and Central Park was full of bikers, walkers, and runners. Also, a bike share program launched today across the city. Thousands of bright blue bicycles are now available for rent. This program has the potential to revolutionize how people commute. In the afternoon, I flew home to Atlanta, and am left wanting more from this city. We … Continue reading NYC Bike Share Program Started Today