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Still striking in South Korea; dosing vitamin D; presidential mental health – Morning Medical Update

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Physicians still on strike

The U.S. health care system is not the only one in which physicians butt heads with administrators and government leaders. South Korea’s crisis that began in February is still going on, with regulators and the Korean Medical Association sparring over increasing the quota of medical students. Doctors oppose that plan without a fundamental overhaul of that nation’s medical system, according to this report.

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How much vitamin D do patients need? Do some patients benefit more than others from taking larger than recommended doses? Here’s a report on the new guideline issued by the Endocrine Society at ENDO 2024, its annual meeting this month.

Presidential health

President Joe Biden is 81 years of age. Rep. Ronny Jackson, MD (R-Texas), who has served under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, says the president’s mental acuity is slipping. Fox News has this report about a Wall Street Journal article that has prompted response from the Left and the Right.

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