‘We Just Barge In and Ask What We Want’: What We Heard This Week


“We don’t knock. We don’t pull the door shut. We just barge in and ask what we want.” — Beverly Jordan, MD, a family practitioner in rural Enterprise, Alabama, describing the challenge of relatives interrupting a patient’s telehealth visit.

“Sleep disturbance may be a two-edged sword for COVID infection.” — Michael Irwin, MD, of UCLA Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles, on new data linking insomnia and sleep disruption to higher odds of COVID-19 among doctors and other healthcare workers.

“It’s really unfortunate it would require any new information like publishing our study to get the FDA to act … and they haven’t.” — Pieter Cohen, MD, of Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts, discussing his team’s study that again found banned stimulants in weight loss and sports supplements.

“Getting the vaccine was just a happy accident.” — New Jersey resident Hemal Trivedi, talking about getting her COVID-19 vaccination while on vacation in St. Croix.

“There’s something particularly frightening about anticipating the loss of self that is dementia.” — Paul Aisen, MD, director of the Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, on a study that found older VA patients with mild cognitive impairment were at higher risk for attempting suicide.

“[I]t’s absolutely critical to vaccinate them, and I think they should be moved to the top of the list in terms of priority.” — Justin Gainor, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston, speaking of cancer patients, following a study that found the subgroup responded poorly to the first COVID mRNA vaccine.

Last Updated March 26, 2021

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