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Medicine Archives

Good news and bad news

This time out I’m talking about good news and bad news on the medical front.

The good news is that one set of parents in the UK succeeded where the parents of Charie Gard and Alfie Evans failed. Is it a trend? I hope so.

The bad news is that, in Canada, if you can’t afford your health care, they’re certainly willing to help you die.

Mentioned links:

Parents of severely disabled Tafida Raqeeb, five, win the right to keep her on life support and take her to Italy for treatment despite doctors arguing she has permanent brain damage and no chance of recovery

Disabled 41-Year-Old Man is Euthanized After Funding for Home Health Care Runs Out

B.C. man receives assisted death after funding cut for in-home care

‘OK’ hand gesture added to list of white supremacist hate symbols

ASL sign for: nine

OK gesture [Wikipedia]

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Were the Flint children poisoned?

Flint, Michigan had the lead level in its water raised when the water source was changed. This gave the children lead poisoning. Or did it? In this episode we’ll Reconsider This.

Medical marijuana has been allowed in many states because of its health benefits. But are those benefit backed up by actual studies?

Mentioned links:

The Children of Flint Were Not ‘Poisoned’

Most in US think cannabis has health benefits, despite lack of data – study

In major study, cannabis shows no benefit for chronic pain

Previous episode on Flint, Michigan:

Episode 135: The Flint Blame Game, and Defending Caitlyn Jenner

Episode 140: Reconsidering the Flint Water Crisis, and the College Cost Fairy Tale

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