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Jeopardy! apologizes after viewers slam ‘outdated and inaccurate’ medical clue

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Jeopardy! producers were forced to apologize after backlash over a medical clue (Picture: Jeopardy Productions via Youtube)

Jeopardy! fans have called for the show to do better after it featured a clue that viewers found ‘shameful’, ‘outdated’, and ‘inaccurate’.

Monday’s episode of the iconic quiz show faced criticism after guest host Savannah Guthrie was seen reading out a clue about the medical condition called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), which affects a person’s blood flow.

The long-running game show caused outrage after referring to the condition as ‘Grinch syndrome’, a term considered highly offensive by those in the autonomic nervous system disorder community.

An apology statement was soon shared on the series’ official Twitter account, which read: ‘Yesterday’s program included a clue about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

‘After hearing from the community, we found we used an outdated and inaccurate term for this disorder, and we apologize.’

In the episode, Savannah read: ‘Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is also known as Grinch syndrome because this organ is too small.’

 

The answer was the heart – however, ‘in most patients with POTS, the structure of the heart itself is normal,’ according to the website for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

One outraged fan tweeted in response: ‘The extent of my disappointment in one of my favorite shows is indescribable. This is not true on top of just being cruel. My offspring doesn’t have a “Grinch” heart. Do better @Jeopardy.’

 

 

 

Dysautonomia International—a nonprofit focused on awareness of autonomic nervous system disorders – also tweeted to highlight that the phrase Grinch syndrome is “‘outdated’.

‘Can you imagine Jeopardy making light of cancer or MS patients with a “funny” name for their debilitating health condition? Not acceptable,’ the organization posted. ‘We’d love to see real questions about the autonomic nervous system.’

Mrs. Doubtfire actress Mara Wilson replied to the tweet and stated: ‘It’s also just not true! It was based on one doctor’s contentious theory proposed more than ten years ago. There’s no scientific consensus. Disappointed to see @Jeopardy spreading medical misinformation.’

Mara added: ‘Thinking back to all the EKGs, ECGs, stress tests, and heart monitors I’ve had over the years, all of which have shown my heart to be totally normal, while my autonomic nervous system remains a mess.’

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