Jul 28, 2018 • 1HR 18M

The Third Leading Cause of Death?!

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Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.
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Ralph speaks to Dr. Michael Daniel, co-author of a study that identifies the third leading cause of death right behind heart disease and cancer. The answer may surprise you. And New York Times tech journalist, David Streitfeld, joins us to talk about why he’s a tech reporter who doesn’t use much tech.

Dr. Michael G.Daniel is a senior resident in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His research focuses on the delivery of healthcare, specifically working to improve patient safety, quality, and outcomes. Dr. Daniel was doing a research fellowship in patient safety with Dr. Martin Makary. The results of their work were summed up in the paper: Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US.” 

“There’s tons of things that patients can do protect themselves from harm. One of the things is: bring your family and friends along with you. Bring other people who are paying attention and listening to what’s happening. Two: make sure you’re very clear on your own medications list… The third thing I would say is: speaking up. Ask questions. If they’re telling you something that doesn’t make sense, don’t let them leave the room until they have described why something is happening and what other options are available.” 

Dr. Michael Daniel, co-author of the Johns Hopkins study “Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US.”

David Streitfeld is a veteran journalist, who has written about technology and other subjects for The New York Times. In 2013, he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for their penetrating look into business practices by Apple and other technology companies that illustrates the darker side of a changing global economy for workers and consumers. Today, he’s going to talk to us about his latest article, “When a Tech Reporter Doesn’t Use Much Tech.” 

“Fake news is a term I think we’re trying to stop using, this whole argument over what’s real, what’s not… is so depressing and so all-consuming out there that it gives another reason to return to books – real physical books – because it is too much of an effort to fake those.” 

David Streitfeld, New York Times tech reporter and author of “When a Tech Reporter Doesn’t Use Much Tech.”