‘Patients That Were in the Hinterlands’: What We Heard This Week

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“There were a number of patients that were in the hinterlands.” — William Schweizer, MD, of NYU Langone Health, discussing the pregnant women that fled New York City to give birth during the pandemic.

“This made us hypothesize that eating a Mediterranean-like diet might act like a brake against Alzheimer’s progression.” — Tommaso Ballarini, PhD, of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, about new research linking diet to Alzheimer’s disease pathology.

“It’s not one specialty, and it does suggest there’s something going on in the atmosphere, or who the doctors are in a given place.” — Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute in Waltham, Massachusetts, discussing some of the worst hospitals when it comes to unnecessary procedures.

“When you face something sad, you can either be sad or you can do something positive. While you can’t help those who have already suffered, you can feel like you’re contributing to the solution.” — Ash Tewari, MD, of Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, on gathering supplies to help hospitals in different Indian cities battling a COVID-19 surge.

“The pandemic has shed a light on how buildings [can have an impact on] human health and safety.” — Jessica Cooper, chief commercial officer at the International WELL Building Institute, discussing the company’s WELL Health-Safety Rating in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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