BankUnited Makes a Fortune for New Owners, but rips off the US Taxpayer big time (part 2)

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Yesterday, we talked about negative amortization.  Today, we’ll see how the BankUnited “success” became unsupportable as the Option ARM’s term proceeded.

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Fee for Service works for car repairs- not people’s health

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Yes, America has passed health care insurance reform. But (maybe in 2014), we have not addressed the 900 pound gorilla in the room- our overall health care, itself. Here’s an example of the problem- childhood asthma. Of all emergency visits for children (think for a second of how many broken limbs), about 15 to 20% are due to this disease (and much, much higher in cities, where there are less broken limbs from playing in fields).

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Finally, A Personal Healthcare Record (PHR) Worth Using

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I should start by saying I don’t have an iPhone.  Not because it’s an Apple product, but because I have used another platform for years and I have political problems with its production (‘nuff said).  But, there are folks who are creating wonderful apps for the device.  (Many are now doing so for Android phones, which are outselling the iPhone by about 3:1.)

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The Knowledge Effect- Really, not just an advertisement

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Just so you know, I don’t generally write my blogs on the day you see them.  It gives me time to digest my thoughts and reconsider them- it’s amazing how brilliant things appear when first coined, but on second glance fail to impress.   This is not one of those times.  (No, this is not an apology for poor writing.)

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From hydrogel to blood vessel to… transplant preservation

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Growing cellular tissue may be done in 2 dimensional space (or a 3-D space that involves only a very short 3rd dimension, just short of a millimeter), but more complex items require the use of all three dimensions.  Joseph Hoffman (PhD candidate) and Dr. Jennifer West [Rice, Bioengineering chairperson] described improvements enabling the use of a polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogel, which is engineered to mimic the human’s extracellular matrix.  (The extracellular matrix provides support to the body, comprised of proteins and polysaccharides, forming the basis for connective tissue.)  Their development of  a “two-photon lithography” process was described in the November issue of SoftScience.  This afforded them the ability to exert control and create intricate 3D patternsi a heterogeneous environment, to insure cells grow and move where the scientist desires. Their process afforded them the ability to define patterns within the hydrogel that ranged in size from 1 µm to nearly 1 mm.

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