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‘We’re so hungry for organs right now’: What we heard this week


“We’re so hungry for organs right now that we’re pushing all the limits.” — Wes Ely, MD, MPH, of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, on transplant surgeons experimenting with a kind of partial resurrection of deceased patients in an attempt to obtain more organs.

“There is no world where sexual abusers should be doctors.” — Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog, reacting to a new California law that prevents the state medical board from licensing physicians whose credentials were previously revoked or relinquished due to sexual misconduct.

“It’s a worthwhile concept, but it will be a challenge to show that it’s better than what we already have.” — John Moore, PhD, of Weill Cornell School of Medicine in New York City, weighing the pros and cons of mucosal vaccines for COVID-19.

“There’s a lot of evidence that the more alerts you send to doctors, the more they tend to miss other alerts, this idea of ‚Äč‚Äčalert fatigue.” — Adam Sacarny, PhD, of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, on email pharmacy alerts to physicians who fail to curb co-prescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines.

“For now, it remains mandatory and we intend to comply.” — Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health in San Diego, on California hospitals and health care facilities that still require masks, despite the CDC abandoning its universal mask recommendation in these settings.

“The virus is not always as benign as some people believe.” — Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, of Washington University in St. Louis, on the increase in long-term neurological problems a year after testing positive for COVID-19.



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