Gender differences in athletic training

Did you know that performance advice for athletes are mostly based on studies done on young white males, but are generalized to all other populations? How should those of us, from demographics who are not typically studied, approach the mainstream training advice? . So I’m training for a marathon this year. It’s been a while since I was on a training regimen, and I had coaches back then to push and help me do my best. These days I’m on my own to figure out my workouts, fueling, hydration, etc. There's a lot of new info! Below are notes from the various emerging research on gender differences and performance. At the end of this post I reference resource persons and podcasts where I learned these. Note this is specific to female … [Read more...]

The bane and beauty of running

It's said that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. I've followed my dad’s footsteps in this one, and for running it certainly holds true. I run. I run for that “me" time. I run for that clear-headed exhaustion at the end. I run for the physical and health benefits. And I run to eat cookies. This winter I was out the door pre-dawn at least five days a week. I love when the city is mostly asleep and the darkness makes it picturesque. It’s just me, the fruit stand and coffee cart vendors, bus drivers and deliverymen. From mild mornings to the cold rains and driving sleet, these tranquil moments belong to few. I love running in below zero temps before sunrise; it is so reviving when that polar chill cuts through my base … [Read more...]

Unwrapping the drug pricing mystery & understanding solutions

  https://youtu.be/1QaKdAGbiYo Reposting this useful video from the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance: President-elect Trump pledged during his campaign and at his transition press conference to address the skyrocketing price of drugs, joining bipartisan calls for action. However, drug pricing is incredibly complex and hidden behind an impenetrable curtain of secrecy. Are there any solutions to high drug prices that could be implemented quickly by the new administration and Congress? The Fair Pricing Coalition (FPC) along with other various organizations and individuals signed a letter declaring that the upward spiral of drug prices are too high and will further prevent HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) patients from accessing … [Read more...]

Travel: Hauling a 2- and 4-year old through 6 countries in 8 weeks

As we were leaving the region to move back home, I did a consultancy that took me to several capital cities to review national health programs. It was a great opportunity for all of us to say goodbye to friends, colleagues and places we've frequented over the past decade. So we packed up the house and shipped, sold or gave away our belongings, and took the kids on a two month journey through Southeast Asia. … [Read more...]

Project: Educate a girl and you educate a family

My old Khmer language tutor, Mdm Soun Neang, has a generous heart. In her youth during Cambodia's darkest years under the Khmer Rouge regime, she taught languages secretly to children, at great personal risk. Today, she supports girls in her hometown in rural Kampong Thom go to school, where the opportunity costs of educating a girl is too high for poor families (who send their sons instead). This is despite significant evidence that educating a girl has a powerful impact on the future of her family. … [Read more...]

News feed gems

I don't open my RSS reader very often these days; today I get two gems. One is the graphic slaughter of an elephant by GoDaddy.com's CEO, in some misguided attempt to help some poor Zimbabweans protect their crops and get some protein at the same time (um..huh?!). Boy am I glad we took our websites off GoDaddy! And then there's the Scarlet e-Letter. Third year student Alexandra Wallace had to leave the UCLA (dropped out?) because of the outrage, including harassment and death threats to her family, on the heels of her YouTube rant against Asians. Check out this video. As a bonus, the guy's voice ain't half bad, so I voted for him (clicked on the thumbs up) for YouTube NextUp! . … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding is a partisan issue??

Image from babynursingblog.com Really?? A "leftist agenda" of a "nanny state"? I especially love the bashing of Michelle Obama's breastfeeding advocacy after Palin's own breastfeeding initiative in 2007. Why people choose leaders with nothing constructive to add to the dialogue except to auto-bash the other party's efforts is beyond me. Great quote from one of the commenters to the above blog post: "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato And a shame that people blindly follow. … [Read more...]

Is your physician accepting “gifts” from pharma?

Lots of blog coverage in recent months on one of the more pro-consumer aspects of the health care legislation, in which drug companies in the $200 billion-plus pharmaceutical industry will be required to publicly disclose gifts and payments to physicians. Has your doctor received drug company money? Get updates on both the companies and physicians from Dollars for Docs at ProPublica.org. InsideCounsel.com explains: Employers in all industries face the challenge of implementing changes in their employee benefit plans as a result of the sweeping health care reform program that became law in March (see “Examining the New Health Care Law”). But health care providers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers face even more change … [Read more...]