‘Science Is Not Done on Rumble’: What We Heard This Week


“Science is not done on Rumble.” — Katrine Wallace, PhD, of the University of Illinois in Chicago, commenting on the anti-vaccine documentary “Died Suddenly” that premiered on Twitter and Rumble earlier this month.

“COVID or not, most physicians go to work even if they’re not feeling 100 percent.” — Joel Zivot, MD, of Emory University in Atlanta, on the relaxing attitudes around coming into work sick.

“We call this ‘jargon oblivion.'” — Michael Pitt, MD, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, on how physicians become inured to common medical phrases that often confuse patients.

“This paper should really be a call to understand that a whole bunch of folks now have long COVID, who also have a negative test on their medical record.” — David Putrino, PT, PhD, of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, on a study finding that many people who tested negative for COVID-19 following an acute respiratory illness experienced lingering effects.

“You don’t just suddenly get an incredible database and know exactly what to do with it, how to manage co-factors, and bias, and test hypotheses.” — Ruanne Barnabas, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, on the work of a group of experts in Qatar who have helped shaped our understanding of COVID immunity.

“The issue here is whether there is clinically meaningful efficacy.” — Lon Schneider, MD, of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, discussing the closely watched trial of investigational lecanemab in early Alzheimer’s disease.

“This is going to help a lot of people with putting food back on the table, paying the rent, paying your utilities, help them go back to the doctor.” — Michele Grim, city councilwoman and state representative-elect in Toledo, Ohio, on the city’s plan to erase $240 million of residents’ medical debt.

“I’m worried as all heck about my kid having a driver’s license.” — Jeffery Epstein, PhD, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, on the positive effect that simulated driving programs may have on reducing accidents among teen drivers with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.

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