“They are nibbling around the edges of the problem.” — Erika Sward of the American Lung Association, on the FDA’s announcement of its long-awaited policy for restricting youth access to flavored e-cigarettes.
“There has been no RCT showing that cleaning one’s posterior after the expulsion of detritus improves outcomes over placebo.” — Physician-blogger Saurabh Jha, MD, musing on the role of satire in medical science.
“I did not connect the dots, at that point, to the full implications and operational challenges.” — HHS Secretary Alex Azar, speaking at a House committee hearing about the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy regarding family separations at the U.S./Mexico border.
“Data without intervention is a science experiment.” — Dan Mendelson, Avalere Health, on the need to ensure that physicians and other clinicians have an opportunity to act on healthcare data collected from patients.
“You can have the best program ever but if people don’t use it, then it’s not worth much.” — Robert Jamison, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, talking about the growing number of digital applications for pain management.
“If it doesn’t improve quality of life, then I think it may give us some equipoise in how much we utilize that as a technology moving forward.” — Andrew Kates, MD, of Washington University in St. Louis, discussing a new analysis of a randomized trial of the MitraClip device for mitral regurgitation.
“The only language they know is shooting.” — WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, MSc, on challenges to the Ebola outbreak response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.