Doctors have patients, not “medicine consumers.” Teachers have students, not customers

by CORY DOCTOROW BoingBoing Jan 13, 2019 Professionalization isn't perfect: historically, professional societies "were structured around hierarchies of gender and race and laypeople were expected to obey expert judgment without even asking questions." But professionals were also organized around ethics of service and morals, with professional standards that required practitioners to use their expertise to further … Continue reading Doctors have patients, not “medicine consumers.” Teachers have students, not customers

How neoliberalism’s obsession with markets destroyed the heart and soul of key jobs

From medicine to education, market imperatives rule public life: how neoliberalism undermined our professions. by Lisa Herzog Aeon Jan 11, 2019 The young doctor was desperate. ‘I need to talk to my patients,’ she said, ‘and give them time to ask questions. Some of them are foreign-born and struggle with the language, and all of them are … Continue reading How neoliberalism’s obsession with markets destroyed the heart and soul of key jobs

What is Attention Restoration Theory?

by Courtney Ackerman Positive Psychology Program Spending time in nature, by watching a sunset, gazing at the ocean or mountains, sitting in a park, escaping to the countryside or a nature retreat, or even just spending a few minutes to stare out the window, provides us with the opportunity to rest, reflect, and restore our very … Continue reading What is Attention Restoration Theory?

To feel happier, we resolve to the life we evolved to live

Exercise and activity are important parts of living the lives humans are meant to live from an evolutionary standpoint. by Arash Javanbakht Conversation Jan 2, 2019 When we have to give a talk to a group of people, we feel anxious and experience the bodily fear responses that do not make sense now: The system is … Continue reading To feel happier, we resolve to the life we evolved to live

Half of people who think they have a food allergy do not

US study finds some people needlessly avoid foods while others do not have life-saving medication by Nicola Davis  Guardian Dec 4, 2019 The number of adults who believe they have a food allergy is almost double the figure who actually have one, research has revealed. While the study was conducted in the US, experts say a … Continue reading Half of people who think they have a food allergy do not

Trump’s VA Private Care Program Gives Companies Billions and Veterans Longer Waits

INSIDE TRUMP’S VA Trump wants to supersize a program that spent almost a quarter of its funds on overhead. by Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, and Jon Greenberg, PolitiFact Dec. 18, 2018  Donald Trump during a signing ceremony for the VA Mission Act of 2018 in June. (Xinhua/Ting Shen via Getty Images) This story was produced in collaboration … Continue reading Trump’s VA Private Care Program Gives Companies Billions and Veterans Longer Waits

Trump’s Veterans Affairs Shadow Rulers Make Contracts and Budgets

New disclosures and investigations are straining the three Trump associates’ relationship with the new VA secretary. by Isaac Arnsdorf ProPublica Dec 3, 2018 Newly released emails about the three Trump associates who secretly steered the Department of Veterans Affairs show how deeply the trio was involved in some of the agency’s most consequential matters, most notably … Continue reading Trump’s Veterans Affairs Shadow Rulers Make Contracts and Budgets