Author Archives: Ranjan

About Ranjan

Writer, editor, scientist, traveler and speaker.

Camaraderie at the Hangzhou meeting

My China Trip, Part 3: The First Conference and on to Wenzhou

Continued from  My China trip, part 2

I woke up next morning feeling refreshed and ready for the first conference. I made a cup of coffee and looked out through my hotel window. It was a bright day.

View from my hotel room in Hangzhou hotel

View from my hotel room in Hangzhou

I saw tall buildings, green trees and broad roads with orderly traffic. I was used to that sight in the USA. But there was a preponderance of scooters relatives to cars. This allows for less congestion, pollution and comparatively cheap transportation in a country of over a billion people, a sensible approach. After breakfast I headed downstairs for our first set of meetings.

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Dinner, Hangzhou Restaurant

My China Trip, Part 2: Hangzhou and West Lake

Continued from My China Trip, part 1: Getting There

We got off the train from Shanghai, hailed a taxi and headed towards New Century Hotel in Hangzhou. It was almost noon. Chen took care of the check-in formalities. We had just enough time to dump my bags in my room and rush downstairs for lunch. I was famished!

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Chinese flag

My China Trip: Part 1: Getting there

I was spending the last four years comfortably traveling, writing and editing when I received an unexpected invitation. I was invited to attend and speak at the 5th International Conference on Growth Factors organized by Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) in Wenzhou, China. It took a while for this to sink in. Should I go…

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Prolonged Rohingya Crisis: A Regional Solution

The Prolonged Rohingya Refugee Crisis: a Regional Solution

The future is not looking good for the thousands of displaced Rohingyas. Last year, close to 600,000 escaped the pogrom unleashed by the Myanmar army aided by machete wielding Buddhist neighbors and escaped to Bangladesh swelling the numbers already there.

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Falcon in a tree, waiting for the rabbit to reappear

A Rabbit plays Catch Me if you Can with a Falcon

About a hundred feet from my patio stands a large pine tree. Beneath its spreading branches a couple of rabbits have made their home.

Rabbits at home under the pine tree

Rabbits at home under the pine tree

I see them hopping about, nibbling the grass, chasing each other, and, on occasion, jumping cleanly over each other in joyous abandon, a perfect example of joie de vivre.

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Control uncontrolled healthcare costs through Trubamacare

Controlling uncontrolled Heathcare Costs: Trubamacare (Trump-Obama Care)

The Republican controlled house has finally delivered on its promise to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. They have ramrodded the American Health Care Act, (let’s call it Trumpcare, a counterpoint to Obamacare) through the House and it now sits as a steaming, smelly pile on the Senate’s polished, antique table. A lot has been said and written comparing the two plans. In this post I will concentrate on the following two salient points which tend to get lost in the punditry:

  1. Both deal with how the costs are shared among the different categories of recipients, e.g. the young, the old and the ones with preexisting conditions.
  2. Neither of them deal with the fundamental problem facing our health care system: the uncontrolled burgeoning of health care costs.

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