‘Treat Them Like Human Beings’: What We Heard This Week

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“I think we should close the camps, and if we can’t do that, at least do the absolute minimum for people who are imprisoned in these camps, and that is treat them like human beings who deserve medical care.” — Zack Berger, MD, discussing the immigrant detainees at the Mexican border.

“We’re not evangelists claiming to offer a cure for smoking.” — Jerry Loftin, an executive for a company that makes e-cigarette products, during a House hearing on teen vaping.

“The bottom line is: Show me the data.” — Derek Chu, MD, PhD, of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, on the many unanswered questions regarding the newly approved oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy.

“For some neurological disorders, we found a four to fives times higher suicide rate when compared with the general population.” — Annette Erlangsen, PhD, of the Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention/Mental Health Centre Copenhagen, on the elevated risk of suicide among neurology patients.

“We were always correct that this is not a safe drug.” — Steven Nissen, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, on a new meta-analysis of rosiglitazone (Avandia).

“Adverse events don’t happen in isolation. They ripple outward and often create more hardship, putting you at risk for more trauma. If you experience abuse or neglect, you’re at risk for leaving school earlier than you might have hoped, earlier than your peers, and that changes the trajectory of your life.” — Megan Zuelsdorff, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, on a study linking adverse childhood events to dementia in old age.

“There’s a thin line, then there’s the obvious line.” — Fred N. Pelzman, MD, of Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates, discussing the case of a patient with the novel coronavirus that transmitted the illness while asymptomatic.


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