Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Back in April of 2014, in an effort to save money, officials in Flint, Michigan switched the source of the city’s drinking water from Lake Huron to the Flint River, and shortly after the switch was made residents began complaining that their tap water looked strange, smelled funny, and tasted bad.  However despite the protests and developing cases of rashes as well other medical problems, State and city leaders largely dismissed residents’ complaints for months, assuring them that the water was safe and being tested regularly.  However, all that changed in the fall of 2015 when the water was found to have elevated levels of lead that were reflected in children of Flint’s blood, and this is what finally caused state officials to swing into action.  Joining me today to talk all about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan is Curt Guyette an investigative reporter for the ACLU of Michigan who he heads their Michigan Democracy Watch Project and has been covering the situation in Flint since the beginning and spoke to us all about it earlier this summer.    

When it comes to improving healthcare we expect science to progress in an orderly fashion, with good medical treatments and practices being replaced by better ones. However, some tests and therapies are discontinued because they are found to be worse, or at least no better, than what they replaced. In their new book Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes,Saving Lives Dr. Vinayak Prasad & Dr. Adam Cifu detail how doctors start using a medication, procedures, or diagnostic tools without a robust evidence base and then stop using it when it is found not to help, or even to harm.  Dr. Prasad and Dr. Cifu join me today on the show to talk all about the book and how modern medicine reverses itself, why it happens, and how to make it stop.  

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