Saturday, December 29, 2012

Saturday: On My Mindy Mind

Great NYTimes article here on the endangered species known as the family doctor:

Dr. Sroka’s fate is emblematic of a transformation in American medicine. He once provided for nearly all of his patients’ medical needs — stitching up the injured, directing care for the hospitalized and keeping vigil for the dying. But doctors like him are increasingly being replaced by teams of rotating doctors and nurses who do not know their patients nearly as well. A centuries-old intimacy between doctor and patient is being lost, and patients who visit the doctor are often kept guessing about who will appear in the white coat.

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Eleven Goals Hacks: How to Achieve Anything from PsyBlog.

Speaking of hacks... Here's a good article from The Atlantic on how to avoid getting your Gmail hacked:

1) The most important thing you can do is protect your own account. And to Google's credit, they now offer, free, a tool that makes it almost impossible for anyone to get into your account remotely, as happened in the cases I have heard about. This tool is the famous "two-factor authorization," for which you can read the official Google description or [James Fallows'] reference, or a security-pro's analysis. If you apply this system you can probably stop worrying about this whole nightmare-scenario -- and may not need to keep reading after the jump.