Rheumatic Diseases: The Unnoticed Elephant in the Room

ELIZABETH M. BADLEY, PhD,
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto;
Senior Scientist, Toronto Western Research Institute,
399 Bathurst Street, MP10-316,
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2S8, Canada

The idiom “elephant in the room” refers to something everyone knows is there, but no one talks about. The group of conditions known as rheumatic diseases, or musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders, is indeed an elephant, given the magnitude of their impact on the population. These conditions also fit the description, as nobody, particularly influential people who “matter” — not politicians, policymakers, opinion leaders, or government in general — talks about them. But do they know that they are there?

The rest of the article is here.

My Analysis: According to Dr. Badley, there have been more and more people being diagnosed with these diseases. Many of these people are disabled for life. Some are disabled in varying degrees. I enjoyed the article. It gives you something to think about…

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About Cyn Bagley

My life is a mixture of travel, jobs, and disease. You can find some of my novels on amazon.com under the name Cyn Bagley.
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2 Responses to Rheumatic Diseases: The Unnoticed Elephant in the Room

  1. chiefbiscuit says:

    Hi Cyn – Love the photo of the snow. How are the birds doin’ your end of the planet?

  2. Hi chiefb…The birds are doing well. We have the usual suspects (finches, starlings, scrub-jays), but last weekend we had a couple of Towhees, mountain chickadees, and some woodpeckers.When there is too much snow, they come down from the mountain.Also, a red-tailed hawk landed in a fir tree (eye-level from our balcony).:-) Cyn

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