Month: August 2009

Doctors Disagree About Effectiveness, Cost of Stents

Doctors Disagree About Effectiveness, Cost of Stents

I heard this piece the other day on All Things Considered. It’s very well produced by Chana Joffe-Walt and beautifully illuminates why cutting healthcare costs is difficult. Two cardiologists disagree on whether stents are over used. Listen to the piece, it’s only 4 minutes long.

One of their biggest disagreements concerns stents, tiny metal tubes that cardiologists use to open clogged arteries and relieve chest pain. Studies show that cardiologists sometimes use stents in scenarios where research would indicate they are unnecessary.

Topol says he believes as many as 20 percent of all stents aren’t really needed. He notes that annually, 1.2 million patients undergo a stent procedure. “Undoubtedly, that’s more than we need to do,” he says.

Sitting in the same California hospital, Teirstein says he’s not convinced by the research Topol leans on. Teirstein is an ardent believer in the technology and puts in an average of seven stents a day. “I definitely have a bias towards stents,” he says. “I have a lot of experience with stents. I’ve seen patients do so much better.”

Images of Ramdan

Ramadan 2009

In Muslim nations and regions around the globe, this is the first week of the holy month of Ramadan, a time for followers to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity during the day, breaking their fast each sunset, with traditional meals and sweets.

Great collection of images, the food for the fast breaking looks fantastic.

Simon Roberts’ We English

We English

Simon Roberts travelled throughout England in a motorhome between August 2007 and September 2008, for this portfolio of large-format tableaux photographs of the English at leisure. Photographing ordinary people engaged in a variety of pastimes, Roberts finds beauty in the mundane; the result is an elegiac exploration of identity, attachment to home and land, and the relationship between people and place. This is the most significant contribution to the photography of England in recent years.

– Chris Boot, Publisher

This is a wonderful collection of work and to my “Yankee” eyes really captures the English mood.

[via lensculture]

Cowboys and Photojournalists

Cowboys and Photojournalists

While watching the 4-H youngsters going about their business at MontanaFair in Billings this month, I was struck by a parallel. Here I am in 2009, at a fair ground: a photojournalist, making pictures of cowboys in every direction I look. Don’t any of us know that none of us are supposed to exist?

This is a fantastic photo essay.

We have many town fairs around here with 4-H kids and animals and the culture of it has never been captured as well as what Kenneth Jarecke has done here.

Wide Screen VS Full Screen

This is the best demonstration, discussion, and argument for wide screen (letter box, etc.) vs. pan and scan (the aspect ratio of older TVs). Bravo, well done.

We’ve been slowly moving all of our DVDs to their original aspect ratios for a few years now and soon we hope to buy a TV that will take better advantage of that.

The late Sidney Pollack (on this video as well) did a small piece on this as an introduction to one of his movies. When I saw that it had a huge effect on me and we started the move to original aspect ratio with our movies on DVD.

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