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[Editorial] Fit to serve

Health has consumed media coverage of the US presidential election in the past 2 weeks. Unfortunately, however, it is the physical health of the candidates, particularly that of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, rather than scrutiny of their health policies that has dominated coverage. The trigger for the onslaught was video footage of Clinton losing her footing at a 9/11 memorial event in New York. Intense speculation and conjecture ensued in US and worldwide media about the cause of the stumble, by not only doctors who had never treated Clinton, but also news reporters and even ex-secret servicemen; theories ranged from her having had a seizure to her having Parkinson’s disease.