Sunday House Call, #817, November 28, 2021: The words we use matter in science communication

Science communicators need to be careful when using charged words like “Frankenstein” to describe the Omicron variant when many unanswered questions remain.

Your calls about:

  • Should children 5-11 years of age get their vaccine now that Omicron is here?
  • Should a 75 year-old woman get her fourth screening colonoscopy when the others were negative? Are there procedure risks based on age?
  • When should someone be prescribe a cholesterol-lowering statin medication? How is this determined?
  • Diagnosis and treatment of Restless Leg Syndrome
  • A man note his blood pressure is 92/55. He is taking medication for high blood pressure. What should he do?