“A pediatric neurosurgeon should know better.”
Trump offered no surprises with his anti-vaccine bloviating during the GOP debate Wednesday night. “In all the times before, Donald Trump was nothing more than a billionaire with a flair for reality TV and self-aggrandizement.” Now he’s really, really serious about the presidency. And the public health consequences have the potential to be huge.
One would have hoped that the two actual physicians on the panel would stop that nonsense in its tracks, but hemming and hawing was the order of the really, really long day. Evidence isn’t all that important when you want to win votes.
P.S. If I never see that picture again, it will be far too soon.
The Common Sense Family Doctor offers a thoughtful analysis of the common sense approach taken by the AHA in its consensus statement: Social Determinants of Risk and Outcomes for Cardiovascular Disease.
“In other words, addressing social determinants of health and health disparities across the U.S. – population health interventions – are likely to have far greater benefits than providing any conceivable number of individual cardiac stress tests, cholesterol-reducing drugs, or coronary artery stents.”
Note to self: keep ice cream sandwich habit under wraps after next cholesterol check.
Ezekiel Emanuel Would be Proud
Fizzy over at The Cartoon Guide to Being a Doctor opines on DNR after the age of 70. Spoiler: she’s against it. “So basically, if you have CPR and are over 70 years old, your chances of returning home and not having severe disability are well under 10%.”
As an astute commenter explains, get ready for cries of “Death Panels!”
Do read the worthwhile comments at the end of Fizzy’s post.
“It’s Like Falling in Love”
Austin Frakt, aka The Incidental Economist, wonders at the role of ever-improving technology in medicine in When an Economist Gets a Heart Monitor.
The device and it’s accessories proved cumbersome: “These inconveniences were like small physical and psychological co-payments, increasing the cost of the test to me, the patient.”
Which raises the question: Will we run into problems – overdiagnosis, unnecessary procedures – when readily available technology brings these co-payments down?
This Week in Hashtags
Meme creators across the internet are blessing the gossip girls from The View and their catty remarks about Miss Colorado’s monologue about her career as a nurse.
Popular vlogger Nicole Arbour made no friends (even on The View, go figure) with her #DearFatPeople video.
Lots of celebrating on the Broncos side of the stadium this week, but let’s not forget there was a lot to celebrate for the Chiefs, too as Eric Berry made back to the football field after being declared cancer-free in June. #berrystrong
Thanks for being part of the troop. Until next week,
Amy Rogers, Blog Scout, MD