Links 5/8/15

Data suggests measles might make you more susceptible to other infectious diseases (beyond the weakening effects seen with many diseases).  Dear anti-vaxxers: what doesn’t kill you doesn’t always make you stronger.  Also measles can totally kill you.

EA Global Summit announced.  Consider applying if you’re very into world-improving even if you’re not into effective altruism specifically, they’re reserving a good chunk of tickets for people who aren’t in order to increase thought diversity, which I think is an excellent idea.

Iodine’s kick ass new project tracking user experiences with anti-depressants.

GiveDirectly’s cash infusions to the ultra-poor in Africa are associated with a drop in domestic violence.

Atul Gawande on unnecessary medical care.  It’s old news that doctors do lots of things to make things actively worse, what I found most depressing is:

we’ve assumed, he says, that cancers are all like rabbits that you want to catch before they escape the barnyard pen. But some are more like birds—the most aggressive cancers have already taken flight before you can discover them, which is why some people still die from cancer, despite early detection. And lots are more like turtles. They aren’t going anywhere. Removing them won’t make any difference

Part of the solution may not be using the same word for “horrible wasting disease” and “a few cells not operating optimally”, because people will do anything to get rid of cancer regardless of the actual risks.

Directed teaching may dull children’s investigatory skills

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