Episode #53 – “Freedom”


Welcome to Episode 53 of My Views, Extended.

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-Female physicians, patients tend to live, more than their male counterparts.

According to the study published by JAMA.

The question posed was.

“Do patient outcomes differ between those treated by male and female physicians?”.

In the cross-sectional study “nationally representative data of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries and found that patients treated by female physicians had significantly lower mortality rates (adjusted mortality rate, 11.07% vs 11.49%) and readmission rates (adjusted readmission rate, 15.02% vs 15.57%) compared with those cared for by male physicians within the same hospital.”

Main Outcomes and Measures Patients’ 30-day mortality and readmission rates.”

Conclusions and Relevance  Elderly hospitalized patients treated by female internists have lower mortality and readmissions compared with those cared for by male internists.

Not because one sex is better then the other but because female physicians tend to follow “clinical guidelines and evidence-based practice”.

If your interested you can read the full findings of the study, through the link that I’ll provide.

Do you agree with this study?

From my years of having both male and female physicians, I would say that in general, not always, my female physicians have tended to be more through, listen more and run more tests, to be sure.

Who knows?

Go with your gut.

If the physician isn’t meeting your needs and you can find someone else, I know easier said than done, find someone else.

This is your health and in many cases life or death.

-Well Texas has done it again.

They are going to defund Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program.

Not worrying about women who get pap smears, breast exams, cancer diagnosis etc.

It’s all about the abortion services that they provide.

I’m not getting into whether it’s right or wrong.

Well we know that the law makers don’t give a crap about women and this just drills the point home.

Obviously for the state legislators, Governors etc., the small percentage of abortions that are performed is more important than the overall health of women.

But I’m sure when they allegedly send their daughters and mistresses out of country to get their abortions the rules don’t apply to them.

Hopefully the appeals process has begun.

-George Michael died on Christmas day.

Per his publicist, he died of heart failure, at home.

I was saddened by hearing this news.

I still listen to his music today, getting a much joy as I did when I heard his music as a child.

I’ll admit that George Michael was my first musical crush, ever.

I had dreams of him seeing me all the way in Canada and of us spending our lives together.

Little did I know.

The last time that I was him perform, never live, but during the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremonies.

He’s another one of off my list to see in concert before they die or retire.

Rest in peace.

My favourite Wham song, probably Freedom, although there are others that come a close second.

My favourite song from George as a solo artist?

That one is harder, there are so many.

What are your favourite songs from George Michael, the solo artist or when he was with Wham?

Drop it in the comment section below.

-Why do more people tend to die during the holiday season?

According to the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) it has nothing to do with cold weather or the rise in the flu.

With the data from a 25 year study, it most likely has to do with the fact that people are celebrating with family and friends, travelling.

Generally, just busy with the holidays, so that if they are feeling unwell, they put off going to the doctor or even the hospital.

Which makes a lot of sense.

We tell ourselves that we are just feeling rundown because of the season, or your doctor’s office is closed for the holiday.

Or you don’t want to spend Christmas day in the emergency room.

All of those make sense but if I feel bad, I’ll spend the day in the ER versus my family having to spend the holiday planning my funeral.

-Quote or Saying of the Week. It is not wanting to win that makes you a winner; it is refusing to fail.”– Unknown

I can agree with this one.

it is refusing to fail.”

 It may not be with a single task but just at life itself.

Many if not most of us have suffered through something that made us want to just give up.

But just that fact that we are here.

That we get up everyday.

Go to work, take care of our kids, means to various extents, that we have not given up.

Pat yourself on the back, if you make the effort, despite the possibility of failure or disappointment.

I’m going to give myself a pat on the back, because I deserve it.

-What I’m Grateful For this past week.

I’m grateful for a decent holiday.

It wasn’t filled with sadness & despair and I’m grateful for that.

I’m living with what is, not was once was.

Hard some days but I’m doing it.

It’s not forgetting about the past or the ones that we have lost but realising that we are still here and deserve peace and happiness.

If you believe in an afterlife, know that you will see them once again.

If you don’t be happy that they don’t have to deal with a lot of the crap that this earth can deliver.

Yeah, I know, not the best of circumstances but if it helps you to cope and move on, why not?

-Thank you for tuning in to Episode 53 of My Views, Extended.

I would love to hear feedback and comments on what you think of this podcast and the topics that I’ve discussed, this week.

Please drop your questions or opinions, respectfully, in the comment section.

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Have a happy New Year, I won’t see you next week but in the 2nd week of January, 2017.

Be safe, don’t drink or drug and drive.

There is still plenty of time to arrange a ride home.

Whether public transport, designated driver, or your feet.

I’ll be home and of the crazy streets.

Till next time, this is Nadia.

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