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How the definition of hypertension changed over the years


I read before that the definition of "high blood pressure" has changed over time, and I finally wanted to find out if this is true, and if, by how much.  After searching for quite a bit, I found this great chart from Medscape that show the development of the JNC definition over time.  It's clearly visible how the definition of "normal" dropped over time.

I don't want to go into the reasons: The main question is whether we were initially wrong, or whether interest groups pushed it down. Make up your own mind.

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The 14 Books I read in 2014


I started to use Goodreads to track what I am reading (but I prefer to tell you about here).Here is the list:

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FDP, Rest In Peace


Really? New colors for the FDP (liberal party of Germany)? It's sad, it used to be a party for entrepreneurs and "Mittelstand". But it had become a party for nepotism, and in the end it was simply a pawn for Mrs. Merkel.

This would have been the chance for it to reinvent itself.  For instance, by addressing structural issues for small businesses, like charging for the first call to order (Abmahnung) which is unique worldwide and hampers innovation.  Or highway robbery schemes like mandatory memberships (e.g. IHK) and GEZ (television-fee), which businesses have to pay as well.

But the FDP considers a new color more important, and prefers to discuss the Burka than Business. Sad.