More great press for Meredith Wadman’s The Vaccine Race

Meredith Wadman, author of The Vaccine Race, has been featured on NPR and at The Guardian.

Meredith Wadman is clear about the source of Hayflick’s woes. He was working under duress, reined back by “obdurate, ultra-conservative, self-protective vaccine regulators” who were preventing him from using his cells for vaccine work. Hence his decision to sell them on the quiet to pharmaceuticals companies. []

A new website from Tim David

Tim David presents a new resource for those who strive to be influential in our fast-paced digital world. Tim writes,

“I launched a new website this week called and its ENTIRE purpose is to put resources into your hands that will make you (you guessed it) more influential. Nothing to buy there…just some of my highest-value freebies.” []

David Gelernter interview in The Atlantic & WSJ

David Gelernter was interviewed recently at The Atlantic.

Last month, David Gelernter, the pioneering Yale University computer scientist, met with Donald Trump to discuss the possibility of joining the White House staff. An article about the meeting in The Washington Post was headlined, “David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump’s science adviser.” It is hard to imagine a more misleading treatment. By one common definition, anti-intellectualism is “hostility towards and mistrust of intellect, intellectuals, and intellectual pursuits, usually expressed as the derision of education, philosophy, literature, art, and science, as impractical and contemptible.” []

Q & A with Niall Brennan

Niall Brennan, former chief data officer for CMS, was interviewed by Politico about data transparency and the future of value-based care.

It’s hard to tell where ACA repeal and replace is going. Are there scenarios in which changes in the insurance model could damage the move to value-based care? I think it could have a pretty significant trickle-down effect. The reality is 20 million people — give or take— have coverage under the ACA. The reality is, support for Obamacare has been increasing since the election. I don’t care what anyone says — having insurance coverage beats the hell out of being uninsured. And if you’re a hospital, having a marketplace customer beats the hell out of having an uninsured customer you have to chase to get 10 cents on the dollar. If people lose coverage they’ll have a tougher time getting care. And, providers will have a tougher time getting paid for it. So you’re saying to hospitals, “I want you to transform to be health care providers of the 21st century, I want you to move to value-based care and form an ACO, and so on. But that problem I kind of took care of … your massive bad debt problem? Guess what — it’s coming back!” Does having paying customers instead of bad debt improve the bottom line and make it easier to make the infrastructural changes you need in a hospital? Yeah. []

NY Times Profile: Frances Stroh

New speaker Frances Stroh, author of Beer Money, was the focus of a NY Times profile.

One of Frances Stroh’s earliest lessons about wealth involved a game she played as a 6-year-old with her father: how to not be kidnapped. Ms. Stroh would stand outside the family’s six-bedroom Spanish Mediterranean home in the manicured Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe in 1973 as her father, Eric Stroh, pretended to be a stranger as he drove by in his silver Chrysler, waving a chocolate bar as temptation and beckoning her to the car. As instructed, Frances would run away in tears.[]

The Human Cost of a Life-Saving Vaccine

Meredith Wadman’s new book has been reviewed at the Wall Street Journal.

In the summer of 1968, the microbiologist Leonard Hayflick loaded a bomb-shaped canister into the back of his secondhand green Buick LeSabre, piled his kids in the car, and drove from the Philadelphia suburbs to his new home on the campus of Stanford University. The canister was filled with 375 tiny glass ampules of frozen human cells, suspended in supercooled liquid nitrogen. Dr. Hayflick’s decision to take them would wreck his academic career and bring him “under the damning cloud of a government investigation announced on page one of the New York Times,” Meredith Wadman writes, in her deeply researched book The Vaccine Race. [ — paywall protected]

Meredith also published a piece at TIME, “Doctors Who Minimize Measles Should Lose Their Licenses.”

“Trump’s tax reform looks like just another of his many tweets”

Read Bob Pozen’s latest at Market Watch.

Before the election, Trump put forth a broad tax plan and then a narrower plan. But even the narrower plan created a budget deficit of roughly $3 trillion to $4 trillion over 10 years, according to the dynamic scoring of the independent researcher Tax Foundation. That steep increase in the national debt would present major challenges, given rising interest rates and much larger budget pressures from entitlement programs. []

Gretchen Rubin, Ron Friedman, Carson Tate and Brigid Schulte offer productivity tips

At Business Insider, four of our speakers “share ways to make 2017 your most productive year yet.”

“Follow the ‘one-minute rule’ and do any task that can be finished in one minute. Hang up your coat, read a letter and toss it, fill in a form, answer an email, note down a citation, pick up your phone message, file a paper … and so on.” –Gretchen Rubin []

At Inc., Bob Sutton shares “9 Slightly Scary Rules for Scaling Up Your Company”

Best-selling author of Scaling Up Excellence, Bob Sutton, was interviewed for this Inc. piece on his “rules for scaling up with the fewest possible growing pains.”

There’s no point in the growth of a company where you can focus on grand strategy and let the tactical details take care of themselves. At each stage of growth, it’s attention to details and (especially) putting the right individuals into the right roles that will make the growth possible. Sutton: “The only cases of fast and easy scaling turned out to be the ones we didn’t understand very well.” []

Shadi Hamid on Trump’s “Muslim Ban”

At the Washington Post, Shadi Hamid explores “The dangerous questions Muslims are facing.”

There is panic at the airport. Some of the stories, after President Trump issued his executive order targeting Muslim immigrants, remind me of what I saw in the Middle East. No one has been killed, of course. But when an Iraqi who risked his life an interpreter for the Army arrives in New York only to be denied entry, it has the hallmarks of a different world, one he probably thought he had left behind: the fear of not knowing; the manipulation of law; the capriciousness of strongmen in midflight; and families divided in the name of politics. []