‘Hospitals make money from their own mistakes because insurers pay them for the longer stays and extra care that patients need to treat surgical complications that could have been prevented, a new study finds.
‘Changing the payment system, to stop rewarding poor care, may help to bring down surgical complication rates, the researchers say. If the system does not change, hospitals have little incentive to improve: in fact, some will wind up losing money if they take better care of patients…’
Brain Exercises Better than Drugs in Preventing Cognitive Decline
‘What are the best ways to engage the brain to reap these benefits? Anything that keeps thinking and organizational or memory circuits active can be helpful, according to recent studies. For example, last year, researchers from Tohoku University in Japan showed that elderly men and women could improve some of their declining mental abilities — at least in the short-term — by playing the game Brain Age, which quizzes users on a variety of topics and presents the queries in brain-teasing ways…’
The Importance of Chess in Education
‘Not only does chess help train the brain, but it also teaches children basic life skills. In our culture, we hand out trophies to winners and losers—or neglect to keep score at all—out of some misguided, politically-correct notion that we should never hurt anyone’s feelings. But, in Armenia, schools are teaching children reality: Sometimes you lose. That’s an important lesson, and it should be taught at a young age.
‘What makes chess so fascinating is that no two games will ever play out the same. Checkers—really a game for intellectual wimps (like me)—has 500 billion possible positions, and, in 2007, researchers reported that a computer has solved the game. (If neither side makes a mistake, the outcome is always a draw.) But chess is far more complicated than checkers. It is unlikely that a computer will ever “solve” the game…’
The Benefits of Bilingual Education