Volume IV, Issue 25

June 19, 2017
Steve Scalise's Doctor On Congressman's Condition, Injuries Sustained
Dr. John Torres has an exclusive interview with Dr. Jack Sava (director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center) about Rep. Steve Scalise's condition, what's being done to treat him and Scalise's chances for recovery. This video was posted to YouTube by NBC on 6.16.17:
According to a Fox News report posted that same day:

U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3
House Republican, has shown improvement in the past 36 hours after being shot by a man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week. Scalise, 51, sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip on Wednesday morning on a baseball field in a Washington suburb.
Zika vaccine is being funded by U.S. taxpayers, but the drugmaker rejects 'fair price'
Daniel Chang reports for the Miami Herald on 6.12.19:

Sanofi Pasteur has already received $43 million in research grants from the  Department of Health and Human Services , and the  U.S. Army intends to award an exclusive contract to the company to license and sell a vaccine based on technology discovered with American taxpayer funds.

According to the author:

But an exclusive deal for Sanofi Pasteur, granted by the U.S. Army, has angered lawmakers who say the company will be able to charge whatever price it wants when a vaccine is developed.
Doctors: You Have a PR Problem
Kaci Durbin, MD, in a June 12, 2017 KevinMD post:

Over the last few decades, public perception of physicians has been on the decline. Many issues are to blame, but a largely overlooked contributing factor is the media. Physicians are often portrayed negatively, with stories of narcotic abuse, greed and medical mistakes dominating the news. Rather than fight back, physician organizations have stood silently and allowed their reputations to be tarnished.

According to the author:

During the mid-20th century, to be a doctor was one of the most prestigious careers one could achieve. Yet, survey data from 2012 revealed that only 34 percent of Americans have "great confidence" in physicians, compared with 73% in 1966 ( Blendon 2014).



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