‘The Rooster Isn’t Causing the Sun to Come Up’: What We Heard This Week

Allergies & Asthma

“The rooster isn’t causing the sun to come up.” — Paul Offit, MD, of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, commenting on how a physician who died after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine does not imply a causal relationship between the two events.

“He knows about EHR [electronic health record] adoption, he knows about interfaces — the non-sexy, hard, grinding work.” — Farzad Mostashari, MD, former head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, on his latest successor, Micky Tripathi, PhD.

“So we don’t know how well these medications work and how safe they are in older adults.” — Bharati Kochar, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, commenting on safety of drugs used to treat inflammatory bowel disease in older patients.

“We’re in the middle of waiting to see [what] the last of the holiday patient surge is going to bring.” — Cynthia Frausto, director of marketing and public relations at Antelope Valley Hospital in California, referring to its new field hospital that Samaritan’s Purse set up in the wake of the COVID-19 surge there.

“The message to patients is, if they do get COVID there is no reason to believe their disease will be more severe than anyone else.” — Rajiv Dhand, MD, of the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, discussing how risk of severe or fatal COVID in well-controlled asthma patients is comparable to the general population.

“Our study suggests that dilated perivascular spaces should no longer be considered just an incidental finding but have an important role in evaluating cognitive decline.” — Matthew Paradise, MBChB, MSc, of the University of New South Wales in Australia, about research that linked enlarged spaces around cerebral small blood vessels to dementia.

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