1. The incomparably intelligent and eloquent Sanjay Basu on how doctor house calls of the olden days could return - in the form of targeted efforts to reduce preventative disease and hospitalizations on the basis of cutting edge epidemiology.
2. A man after my own heart, Dr. Ben Goldacare, an evidence based medicine expert, rails against bad epidemiology studies (you know, the kind in the news that like say coffee is protective against cancer or something like this, only to be overturned 180 degrees two months later) in this entertaining TED talk. Some useful pointers about how to differentiate between junk and good research as well as a good summary of causal inference. (HT: Jeremy Green)
3. Apparently there is enough sense to go around for all of us.
4. Asif Mandvi of The Daily Show lampoons the Republican candidates position on science and scientific knowledge in this great clip. Its pretty funny, until you realize that the candidates are actually serious. Then its a little scary. (HT: Kim Kopecky)
5. How does the recession and being out of work influence our physical activity? And what are its implications for health? Gregory Colman and Dhaval Dave explore these issues in an interesting recent NBER working paper.