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It is a form of government regulation of disease, one that demands of all of us an equal amount of risk — albeit a very, very small one — in order to benefit all of us equally. For both conservatives and liberals, we need to remind them that our inalienable rights come with inescapable responsibility, like the responsibility to not carry infectious diseases and comply with medical recommendations to stop outbreaks. (Rene Najera, 5/15)The Wall Street Journal: A Historic Shortage Of Americans It should be self-evident that a thriving country tends to enjoy healthy population growth. But a growing population of young taxpayers is essential for a country that habitually makes massive unfunded entitlement promises. Anthony DeBarros and Janet Adamy report in the Journal on the impact of the new baby bust: The decline has important implications for the U.S. economy and workforce. The total fertility rate... has generally remained below the “replacement” level of 2.1 since 1971. A fertility rate falling farther below replacement level means that, without enough immigrants, the U.S. could see population declines and a workforce too small to support a growing segment of retirees. (James Freeman, 5/15) Stat: Connecting With Patients Can Keep Docs From Being 'Uncomfortably Numb' As a surgeon who specializes in gynecologic cancer, I have performed thousands of operations over my two-decade career. But the ones my team and I have done since the beginning of this year have been the most fulfilling. The reason? A simple yet remarkable adjustment in how we prepare for surgery has forever changed the way we now practice medicine. The first of these “new” operations started when I asked to have Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” — a title so dripping with irony that it was impossible for the team not to notice (more on that later) — playing over the sound system as a patient entered the operating room. (Benjamin Schwartz, 5/16) email subscription.
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