Some 'syndromes' do get taken seriously, such as AIDS and Down's Syndrome. Good post though, and Jody's of course! I am puzzled though about how and why governments are so often so blind to reality and fact. They seem to be taken in by powerful influences who have an agenda. This also happens in many other situations, such as parts of the food industry trying to hush up info about the dangers of their products, and a strong farming lobby in the UK being allowed to override scientific findings (often from government-commissioned, taxpayer-funded research!). So governments make policy decisions which are not based on the best evidence. How can this be fixed? EDIT - after a little thought I have realised that this is a huge topic and would really need its own thread!