What we’ve been reading: Week of March 23, 2015



Single-Dose Cures for Malaria, Other Diseases (MIT Technology Review)
Pills that deliver a full course of treatment in one swallow could, or “super pills,” could simplify the treatment of diseases such as malaria and potentially produce cost savings that stretch into the $100 billion a year range, according to Bob Langer, PhD, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“We Are Not Ready”: Ebola Analysis From Front-Line Workers (and Bill Gates) (Wired)
The one-year anniversary of the Ebola outbreak has triggered reflections. Some criticize the response to Ebola for being inadequate and slow. Others — such as two talks at last week’s TED conference, one by Bill Gates — extract lessons that should inform responses to future epidemics.

Why Health Care Tech Is Still So Bad (The New York Times)
Whopping errors and maddening changes in work flow have even led some physicians to argue that we should exhume our three-ring binders and return to a world of pen and paper. Really?

Wireless Sensors Help Scientists Map Staph Spread Inside Hospital (NPR)
French researchers outfitted 261 health care workers and all 329 patients in a long-term care hospital with wireless sensors that recorded their interactions with one another every 30 seconds. Their goal? Track how staph jumps from person to person.

Smartphone Use Appears to Change How Brains and Thumbs Interact (Scientific American)
Typing text messages, scrolling web pages and checking email on your smartphone could alter how your thumbs and brain interact.

The Heart of the Matter (Slate)
A patient goes to great lengths to access data on his implanted defibrillator. Barring access to data is unnecessary and impedes care, he argues.