What We’re Reading

A few good pieces the Collaborative team came across this week …

Diabetes:

Insulin pills have long been a kind of Holy Grail for people living with diabetes. A research team at MIT believes it may have taken an important step toward that dream with a new blueberry-sized capsule made of compressed insulin.

Once ingested, water dissolves a disk of sugar, using a spring to release a tiny needle made up almost entirely of freeze-dried insulin. The needle is injected into the stomach — which the patient can’t feel, owing to a lack of pain receptors in the stomach. Once the injection has occurred, the needle can break down in the digestive tract.

Time off:

Sandusky, Ohio, is ditching Columbus Day in favor of Election Day as a paid holiday in a decision that officials hope sends a message that the city values voting rights and diversity over a contentious holiday that many Americans already don’t celebrate.

Immigrants:

Immigrants who come to the U.S. are significantly less likely than U.S.-born individuals to have mental health problems, according to a new study published inPsychiatry Research. Using the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions and face-to-face interviews, the study surveyed over 36,000 immigrants and revealed the counterintuitive finding that immigrants are less likely to experience anxiety, bipolar, depressive, and trauma-related disorders.

Debt:

Of the 22.9 trillion yuan ($3.4 trillion) of outstanding mortgage debt held by Chinese people as of the end of 2017, 47.1% of that is tied up in residences that now stand empty.

Charlie Munger:

Sears Holdings Corp., which will exit bankruptcy after its $5.2 billion acquisition by Eddie Lampert’s ESL Investments, proved that some tasks are too hard, according to Munger.

“If you take on the job that’s impossible to do, you’re going fail at it,” he said. “That’s the lesson.”

Have a good weekend.


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