‘People Need to Make Their Own Decisions’: What We Heard This Week

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“As to whether a booster is ‘unnecessary’ in certain age groups, I think we’re at the point where people need to make their own decisions.” — John Moore, PhD, of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, on getting the bivalent COVID booster shot.

“We will live the day that they will not undergo surgery anymore.” — Alexander Eggermont, MD, PhD, of Princess Maxima Center for Pediatric Oncology in the Netherlands, commenting on a trial showing strikingly deep pathologic responses in select colon cancer patients treated with two cycles of neoadjuvant immunotherapy.

“We should not get lost in discussions about what an STD is.” — Christian Hoffmann, MD, of University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, on communicating that most monkeypox infections in the current outbreak are sexually transmitted.

“We have a lot of data and we feel the medical community’s still not there looking at the tremendous capabilities of such technologies.” — Arik Eisenkraft, MD, of Biobeat Technologies and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, on cuffless blood pressure sensors.

“Time will tell if these men get back to 100%.” — Daniel Pastula, MD, MHS, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, discussing two patients in the U.S. who experienced brain inflammation and spinal cord lesions associated with monkeypox.

“It’s possible that persons who already had declining cognitive function were tipped over into frank Alzheimer’s disease.” — Pamela Davis, MD, PhD, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, about data showing an uptick in Alzheimer’s diagnoses in older adults with SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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