Japan Steadily Becoming a Land Of Few Children – washingtonpost.com

Demography is destiny:

Japan Steadily Becoming a Land Of Few Children – washingtonpost.com

The number of children has declined for 27 consecutive years, a government report said over the weekend. Japan now has fewer children who are 14 or younger than at any time since 1908.

The proportion of children in the population fell to an all-time low of 13.5 percent. That number has been falling for 34 straight years and is the lowest among 31 major countries, according to the report. In the United States, children account for about 20 percent of the population.

European and Japanese non-immigrant populations have fallen well below replacement, and that means they’ll be substantially different in 20-30 years.

MedBlogs Grand Rounds 4:33 : Suture for a Living

Suture for a Living: Grand Rounds 4:33
I had no theme for this Grand Rounds, but thought I would share some links and photos of Arkansas. This first one is of the Trail of Tears (photo credit). This first post may well bring tears to your eyes –

The near-perfect Grand Rounds.

GruntDoc: Happy Birthday to … me!

May 2nd was the SIXTH anniversary of GruntDoc. I’m getting old, and missed my own blog birthday. Here’s last years’ remembrance:

Starting May 2, 2002 and continuing, irregularly, to this point has been a lot of entertainment for me, and hopefully for you, too.

GruntDoc » Blog Archive » Happy Birthday to … me!

I’ll put it on the calendar for next year…

Updated, because apparently not only did I forget the date, but I forgot how to count, as well!

Terror attack would overwhelm L.A., D.C. hospitals, expert says – Los Angeles Times

 

Terror attack would overwhelm L.A., D.C. hospitals, expert says – Los Angeles Times

Agreed:

“It is irrational to believe that an emergency system that is already overwhelmed by the day-to-day volume of acutely ill patients would be able to expand its capacity on short notice,” said Dr. Roger J. Lewis, a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

All the ED’s I’m aware  of work at or above capacity daily.  There’s room for maybe a 6 hour surge, but that’s only if most of the patients brought in the surge go home from the ED.  I don’t want to think about pandemic flu, let alone some weaponized bug.