Another year has gone by, and in two short weeks, we celebrate National Cancer Survivor’s Day. When this day arrives, I am always taken back and remember those who never had a chance to celebrate this day.
Having practiced medicine for more than three decades, as a physician I was firmly involved with the care of little children. As a Family Doctor, Internist, and Hospitalist, I saw my fair share of childhood diseases. One could truly say, I was allowed to save many lives with help from others on the medical teams I was proud to work with, and of course the cutting edge technologies afforded those of us who are privileged to practice medicine in the United States.
In the United States, The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a
health care ordinance established by the federal government (it is commonly
referred to as Obamacare). The Act was adopted as a law by US President Barrack
Obama on March 23, 2010.
The goal of this law is to reform the United States
health systems by providing and improving access to quality and affordable
health care, health insurance, and providing American citizens with more rights
and protections by reducing health care expenditure for both individuals and
With their hands basically tied, what doctors didn't have in many states until recently, was the ability to counter sue to win back at least their legal fees after successfully defending a malpractice litigation. It took decades to make changes to tort law, as most congressman lawmakers when not working in congress, are attorneys making money in "trial law". So they always slanted the law toward the consumer to guaranty their cash flow. Yeah, I know!
Remember that most lawsuits are pursued by most people because there is little or no financial risk to them.
Milgram experiment is one of the most famous studies of obedience in psychology
to date. Begun in 1961, the experiment was done in order to better comprehend the acts of genocide committed by the Nazi’s in World War Two. Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at
Yale University, was the mastermind behind the study. The focus of the
experiment was “conflict between obedience to authority and personal
conscience”. Milgram wanted to explore the justifications of genocide based on
the testimonies given by the accused during the Nuremberg War Criminal Trials.
Just this last January, The New York Times reported that
this year’s influenza outbreak had crossed into the epidemic domain, having hospitalized
record numbers and killing thousands of Americans, despite an ongoing and very
active vaccination program.
This flu is a Type A flu, for which we prepare vaccines designed
on apparent new strains each year. This winter, the H3N2 variant, appears to be
the real culprit wafting the flames of death from pneumonia this now well
documented killer brings. It appears that the epidemic reached its zenith in
January, but the influenza outbreak remains, and its effects a real concern for
future outbreak patterns, attacking and killing most of us over 65 with
concomitant disease or poor immune response and even some who have been
vaccinated, with stealth and speed.