Physicians Should Prescribe Pills, not Politics

first_imgOrigin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour TagsaddictionAffordable Care ActBellevue HospitalDanielle Ofridoctorsexam roomhealthhealthy lifestylesinsurance coverageNew York TimesnurseNYU Medical Schoolopioid epidemicpatientsPoliticsRudolf Virchow,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share They want to politicize everything! Now, in the name of promoting “health,” doctors are urged to engage their patients about politics.At least, that’s the gist of a column in the New York Times by Bellevue Hospital physician and NYU Medical School professor Danielle Ofri, who argues that since part of a doctor’s work entails helping patients live healthy lifestyles, physicians should therefore engage their patients politically in the clinical setting to highlight policies (liberal, of course) that she sees as germane to that effort.A Prescription for PoliticsFrom “Doctors Should Tell Their Patients to Vote” (my emphasis):Suddenly, like Dr. Virchow [a 19th-century German doctor who wrote a report castigating public policies he believed responsible for a typhus epidemic], we are recognizing that our purview extends to the entire structure of our society and that politics is, as he put it, “nothing else but medicine on a large scale.”Political decisions that affect insurance coverage, access to medical care, housing, minimum wage, immigration law, water sources — just to name a few examples — exert medical effects that are comparable with those of major diseases. Just ask the people of Flint, Mich.…Now, as our society feels increasingly fractured, the health threats seem even more alarming. Growing income inequality, disregard of environmental hazards, and the undermining of social safety nets all stand to harm our patients’ health. Dr. Virchow’s words from 170 years ago about the creep of religion into state affairs, the outsize power of the wealthy and the autocratic impulses of government feel unsettlingly contemporary.Doctors have every right to — and should — engage individually and collectively in the political life of the nation. But should that extend to their interactions with individual patients in the clinical setting? Apparently so:So is it time for doctors to pull out our prescription pads and, like Dr. Virchow, start prescribing democracy?This may seem like a radical extension of the medical mandate, but the poorer and the sicker our patients are, the more likely they are to be disenfranchised. Those with the most to lose are least likely to have their voices heard.Of course no one should be advocating political viewpoints in the exam room — patients need a neutral, nonjudgmental atmosphere to feel secure. But civic engagement is nonpartisan.“Viewpoints” in the Exam Room?Considering the repeated examples she gives of the political issues doctors should address with patients — and the apparent approach she believes they should promote — does anyone believe her disclaimer that “viewpoints” would not be advocated in the exam room? I don’t. And frankly, neither does she:When patients say they can’t afford their medicine, fear being bankrupted by medical bills, or struggle to find treatment for an addiction, we typically offer sympathy for these heartbreaking and seemingly intractable issues.But might it be our responsibility to point out that these problems are not just bad luck but also the result of political decisions?Ofri wants hospitals to become centers of voter registration:When patients are admitted to the hospital, they are asked about their tobacco use and their flu shots, their employment status and their religious affiliation. Why not ask if they are registered to vote? Just as hospitals and clinics help the uninsured obtain coverage, they should also help eligible voters register.Is she kidding? The last thing sick people need while being admitted to a hospital is a nurse or clerk trying to get out the vote.No. I don’t want to be harangued by my doctor about politics during a physical. I don’t want my doctor asking me if I have guns or preaching to me about firearms policy (as some have urged they do). I don’t want to hear my doctor pontificating about the Affordable Care Act or what our public policy should be about the opioid epidemic. All of that would happen inevitably once politics enter the exam or treatment room.Photo: Doctor draws blood while explaining the importance of voter registration, by Linda Bartlett [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Cross-posted at The Corner. Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Medicine Physicians Should Prescribe Pills, not PoliticsWesley J. SmithOctober 22, 2018, 5:06 PM Recommendedlast_img read more

Sterling Shepard injury update: Giants receiver (concussion) out Sunday vs. Bills

first_imgDespite apparently being injured midway through the third quarter, he continued playing, finishing with six catches for 42 yards.The Giants had held out hope that Shepard could play, and he had been working on the side in practice this week. Coach Pat Shurmur said Thursday he was “doing OK,” but still needed to pass steps in the protocol before being cleared.That won’t happen in time for Sunday’s game. Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Bills, according to the team’s final injury report.Shepard was placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol this week as the result of a hit he suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. In the meantime, the Giants’ injury woes to their receiving corps are bordering on the absurd. Cody Latimer and Darius Slayton are both hampered by hamstring injuries. Slayton has been ruled out for Sunday and Latimer is questionable. The situation was already dire. Golden Tate has three games remaining on his suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, and Corey Coleman is on the injured reserve.To fill the void, the Giants re-signed TJ Jones on Thursday.The former Detroit Lions receiver led the Giants in receptions in the preseason but didn’t make the final roster cut.last_img read more

Strangers Along the Journey to Success

first_imgAs I navigate the treacherous waters of the professional career world, I’ve collected a few nuggets of knowledge along the way.  Many of them have been from strangers I’ve met along the journey.  There have been three that I’ve always been reminded by, that influence my career and ultimately make me excited for those strangers I will meet in the future.As I began my professional career right after college, I met stranger in an interview.  I ended up not getting that job I interviewed for, but was recommended by the interviewer to her friend who was hiring for another role at another company.  While bummed I didn’t get the original job I intended to land, I fortunately was connected to a new one that jumpstarted my HR career and set an incredible foundation for me.The second stranger I met once told me that “work is just a four letter word”.  While true, I think it is so much more now.  We spend a good portion of our day at work and it even infiltrates how we create our self-identity (for better or for worse).  Nevertheless, while only a four-letter word, it’s help built some of the best relationships I’ve gathered thus far in life.Just by saying “hello” was how I met the third stranger.  In that simple act of initiating a conversation, I built tremendous relationships that I still keep today, building those quality connections and relationships that generated shared experiences.  It is through those shared experiences that seem to create and bond groups even in front of incredible adversaries.  In a former HR life, we bonded over many things, however one of which impacted us all and gelled us together.  That bond over an experience is incredible and last far longer than I had ever imagined.While some of these strangers are strangers no more, it’s been those interactions that make this journey so great and exciting.  I enjoy being on this journey and the strangers I will meet along the way.  In every experience, there has been an underlying theme, it’s those strangers along the way that have help me in some way or another to my destination to success. Greg is the Senior Manager of Human Resources at AppDynamics, the premier Application Intelligence company empowering today’s software defined businesses.  He is also an avid succulent propagator.  You can reach him at  What is your four-letter word?last_img read more

Tracking Sickness Using Web 2.0

first_imgRelated Posts In the US the Center for Disease Control tracks illness around the country. Mostdeveloped nations have governmental health agencies that track the progression ofsickness. They don’t, however, usually track the sniffles or localized illnesses(unless severe or mysterious). They also get their information from physicians, whichmeans they only hear about illnesses that are bad enough to require a doctor visit. Whois Sick?’s data is likely not as a reliable, as a result of coming from people whomay tend to exaggerate, but it could be more complete.I think the best use of Who is Sick? would be for parents of school aged children, whoget sick a lot, to track what illnesses might be coming (advance warning that the stomachflu is making its way through your kid’s school would certainly be welcome by mostparents, for example). Who is Sick? would be wise to provide a widget for parenting blogsand websites that would allow parents to access data from the sites they’re alreadyvisiting. I suspect that most school districts would not want to publicly encourage useof the service, since it might cause parents to keep otherwise healthy kids out of schoolfor fear that they might catch something that’s “going around”. They might beinterested in the data, however, so Who is Sick? would be wise to make it available forthem in an easily digestible format.ConclusionWho is Sick? is an interesting and potentially useful mashup. One possible pitfall isthat it requires data from users; and going onto a website to report how one feels, whichis the last thing you want to do when you feel crummy. That’s why I think it mightwork best as a service for parents – who can report on the symptoms of their children. Itmight also foster a community of parents who can talk about what to do when their kidsget sick, or share recommendations for doctors. Which is probably better than a communityof hypochondriacs stressing about what horrible disease is coming their way next. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market To all hypochondriacs whoyearn to make their imagined ailments seem more legit, pay attention. There exists awebsite that tells you what’s currently making people in your area sick. The website isWho is Sick? and it has other uses besides addinglegitimacy to fictitious symptoms.Who is Sick? is a Google Maps mashup, which as Alex Iskold wrote inMarch is the most popular type of mashup. Who is Sick? attempts to track “sicknesses”as they spread across an area.Users can enter their symptoms, which are mapped into six categories (including an“Other” catch-all), their age, sex, days since experiencing the symptoms, furtherdetails, and their zip code. The information is then fed into a searchable Google map.The service is 100% anonymous. As you can see, the map view can get a little crowded in populated areas. Thankfully,Who is Sick? offers a search function that lets you cull further. Let’s say I livein Beverly Hills and have had a runny nose and fever for a few days. Entering thatinformation, I can see that 31 people have experienced the same symptoms in the past twoweeks – 11 of them are female (I knew I shouldn’t have talked to that sneezing girlat the bar!).The site also offers basic statistical analysis of the illnesses making their awayaround your area. A pie chart shows a symptom break down, while a bar graph indicatesvisually how many new people are getting sick week-over-week. However, it’s unclearwhether a growing number of sicknesses indicates a passing virus or simply more peopleusing the site.center_img josh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web last_img read more

NBA: Cavs’ Iman Shumpert has knee injury

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout He was re-evaluated on Tuesday by team doctors Richard Parker and James Rosneck and had arthroscopic surgery on Friday.The Vertical reported that the procedure was to repair a small meniscus tear, although the Cavaliers didn’t give further details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingShumpert, who has missed nine games this season, is averaging 4.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists.The Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, have won 10 straight games and are third in the Eastern Conference, three and a half games behind the conference leading Boston Celtics. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Tiger Woods stays in contention in comeback bid Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Iman Shumpert (Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP)Los Angeles — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert will miss six to eight weeks after surgery on his left knee on Friday, the NBA team said.Shumpert had missed five of the Cavaliers’ last six games because of fluid build-up in his knee.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram to train young pacers

first_imgPakistan’s former captain and fast bowling great Wasim Akram has been given the task of working with the country’s 12 best young pacers during a 12-day camp in Karachi.The Pakistan Cricket Board today named 12 young fast bowlers to attend the camp with Akram at Karachi’s National stadium from August 1.The 12 have been selected after a series of trials held at four centres in Pakistan this month.The PCB’s decision to secure the services of Akram came after a leading electronics giant agreed to sponsor the entire talent hunt scheme on condition that the former Pakistan speedster would head it.According to sources Akram will be paid directly by the sponsors instead of receiving any payments from the board with whom he has had a hot and cold relationship for a while now.Also read: Lord’s failure spurred me on, says England’s Anderson Only recently Akram criticised the national selectors and team management for mishandling left-arm pacer Junaid Khan and senior batsman Younis Khan.This is the second time that Akram will hold such a camp for fast bowlers in Karachi with the involvement of a sponsor as he did it in 2013 as well when he worked with Pakistan team bowlers like Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Irfan, Sohail Khan and Junaid.The former pace great has always said that he is keen to help Pakistan cricket in any capacity and would love to work with young pace bowlers.Also read: England on top after Anderson six-for in 3rd Ashes TestThe 12 youngsters selected for the camp by the national selection committee include some established domestic cricket performers.advertisementThe list includes Mir Hamza, Ahmed Jamal (who won the best bowler prize in the last camp), Majid Ali, Taj Wali, Ahmed Butt, Amir Yamin, Azizullah, Muhammad Irfan, Sameen Gul, Altaf Khan, Bilawal and Zia ul Haq.The list includes a rookie pacer from the Federally Administrated Tribal areas, Sameen Gul and three others pacers from Peshawar.last_img read more

LOOK: Oklahoma State Dons Helmet Stickers to Honor Victims of Homecoming Parade and Plane Crashes

first_imgCloser look at those helmet stickers ?— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) October 29, 2016I’m a yuuuge fan of the helmets, no doubt. But more than that, it’s a special touch for OSU players to honor the fallen with something as simple as helmet stickers. I’m not saying OSU should go full tOSU, but I wouldn’t be totally opposed to seeing helmet stickers become a mainstay. Very classy gesture and well done by OSU. New #Okstate helmets from the Jimmy Johnson era.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 29, 2016 Oklahoma State broke out some sweet new (or old?) throwback helmets for homecoming against the Mountaineers on Saturday. And on top of the sweet new lids, there’s also an added feature: Helmet stickers, which aren’t for performance, but rather to honor those who have lost their lives in the plane crashes and the homecoming tragedy from last year:Ok St helmets have 18 performance stickers in honor of those lost in athletic dep’t plane crashes and last year’s homecoming parade tragedy.— Devin V. Hunter (@dvhunter) October 29, 2016And here’s a closer look:center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Postgame Show: Oklahoma State Gets Worked In Bedlam

first_imgKyle Porter calls Carson Cunningham to discuss a horrific Bedlam game that ended with the Cowboys losing 38-20 in Norman (and it wasn’t even really that close). They discuss Road Rudolph, Gundy against OU, what there is to be excited about (not much!) and where OSU goes from here.LIVE on #Periscope: Bedlam is over. #okstate got worked. Let’s all mourn this together.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mike Yurcich’s Offense Put Up Monken-Like Numbers in 2016

first_img20135.91 Oklahoma State’s offense took a step forward in 2016 thanks to a phenomenal year from Mason Rudolph and an improved offensive line and running game. Mike Yurcich’s squad finished in the top 25 nationally in points per drive for the second-straight year, so we should give him a little credit too.Let’s look at the Cowboy’s offensive yards per play — another offensive stat that, while rudimentary, is a very good indicator of how effective an offense is. In 2016, the Cowboys ranked No. 12 nationally at 6.73 yards per play. That’s second-best in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma’s ridiculous 7.54 yards per play, which was No. 2 nationally.How does 2016 compare to past OSU teams? Let’s take a look. 20095.36 20117.24 20145.43 20156.39 The gold standard is 2011. That should come as no surprise but the effectiveness of the 2016 team crept towards that 7-yard average which is pretty impressive. Monken was the OC in 2011-2012 and posted over seven yards per play in each year. Dana Holgorsen posted 6.89 in his only season in Stillwater.This also puts into perspective how good Oklahoma’s offense was this year at 7.54 per play.With Oklahoma State returning most of its offensive line and skill players in oodles, Mason Rudolph and Co. could challenge the 2011 team in the yards per play department next year. 20086.98 20166.73 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 20127.01 YearYards Per Play 20106.89last_img read more

John Wozniak is No Stranger to OSU’s Program or Fellow Staff

first_imgA lot has changed since John Wozniak first made his home in Stillwater back in 2004. At that time, he was a graduate assistant on the offensive staff under head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Mike Gundy. Although he was only in Stillwater for one season, Wozniak does not lack for ties to the program.“Obviously, Coach Gundy was here when I was here last time,” said Wozniak after Wednesday’s practice “so we’ve mildly stayed in touch, not a whole lot but a little bit. I knew Josh Henson, the O-Line coach. I’ve been around Kasey Dunn just through other people that we both know, mutual contacts. I worked with Jason McEndoo at Montata State. So, it’s funny how things play around like that. Obviously, through Todd Monken also, who’s connected to this place.“So there’s a bunch of random connections that led to this.”Random to Wozniak, but not necessarily to Mike Gundy, who has been keeping up with his former G.A. from afar.“What I like about John is that he is a self-made guy who worked his way up and did it the hard way,” Gundy said. “He worked with us here at Oklahoma State and then went on to have success with Les Miles at LSU and with Nick Saban at Alabama. I know him and I know he’s a hard worker and that he can recruit. He’s been with people who I’m close to, so I’ve followed his path along the way and we’re excited to have him back here with us.”A lot has changed in 13 years. During Wozniak’s first tenure in Stillwater, Boone Pickens Stadium was amidst a rebuild/rebrand and looked a bit different than it does now. The Sherman E. Smith Training Center where he stood answering questions had not even been imagined yet.“When I drove into town,” said Wozniak “I was like a little kid in a candy store. Just seeing how everything has changed, it was awesome.”Now, after super recruiter Marcus Arroyo left for a co-offensive coordinator gig at Oregon, Wozniak is back in orange to coach a young, but talented running back group.One of those backs is junior Jeff Carr who has transformed his body and will be competing with likes of fall newcomers JD King and Chuba Hubbard for a spot behind last years’ Freshman All-American, Justice Hill.“He’s really cool,” Carr said of his new position coach. “He knows our strengths and he tries to help us getter better every day in whatever way he can.”Wozniak isn’t worried about sorting out depth charts just yet. He says that will come with time, even with the incoming freshmen that will arrive in the summer.“My job is to get these guys ready to play the best I can and if the freshmen are able to help, that’s great.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more