links for 2010-08-05

  • "In fact, coffee is the largest source of dietary antioxidants in industrialized nations. When green coffee is roasted at high temperatures, Maillard reactions create a number of unique compounds. Roasting causes a portion of the antioxidant, chlorogenic acid, to be transformed into quinides, compounds known to alter blood glucose levels. Coffee consumption may also mediate levels of gut peptides (glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide and glucagon-like peptide-1), hormones intimately involved in the regulation of satiety and insulin secretion. Finally, coffee may have prebiotic-like properties"
  • "Thinking about it, I'm not sure I get any vacation time at all. If my full time job is parenting combined with putting together a new career, I never take a day off."
  • "MassCare suddenly lowered the marginal cost of emergency room care for many people who had previously needed to think hard before they showed up at the triage desk. Now they were only on the hook for a smallish co-pay–not nothing, but not the hundreds of dollars that a visit would have run in the past. In retrospect, it's not surprising at all that emergency room usage went up."