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Relearning to Trust the Doctor More Than Google

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     Levels of influenza-like illnesses are at an all time high, and doctors' offices and medical care centers are seeing a huge surge of patients not seen since the 2009 swine flu outbreak. Yet with the age of the internet and sites like WebMD comes a new attitude towards doctors -- we trust them, but we trust our Googling capabilites just as much. Dr. Michael Bordieri explains why it could be more beneficial to hand the reins over to the doctor once more.  

       The 2017-2018 flu season has been wreaking havoc nationwide, with the CDC reporting 4,000 Americans dying a week due to influenza A and B strains. Although there is still a healthy flow of patients in and out of the doctors' office, society as a whole has turned to self-diagnosis via word-of-mouth or the internet as opposed to following (or trusting) the doctor's orders.
            The doctor-patient relationship has evolved into one that requires more communication from both parties. Doctors are starting to listen to patients more closely, while patients are encouraged to verbally express any concerns, beliefs, preferences, etc., they might have that would benefit the diagnosis and treatment process. 

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Melanie Davis-McAfee graduated from Murray State University in 2018 with a BA in Music Business. She has been working for WKMS as a Music and Operations Assistant since 2017. Melanie hosts the late-night alternative show Alien Lanes, Fridays at 11 pm with co-host Tim Peyton. She also produces Rick Nance's Kitchen Sink and Datebook and writes Sounds Good stories for the web.
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