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‘This Is Not a Drill’: What We Heard This Week

“This is not a drill. This is not a warning. This is real and it’s a public health crisis.” — Leana Wen, MD, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on Missouri potentially becoming the first state in the nation with no abortion clinics.

“That’s an exception you can drive a Mack truck through.” — Joel White, executive director of the Health Innovation Alliance, discussing a proposed rule on healthcare interoperability and information-blocking.

“The existing data is murky on this point.” — Thomas Wingo, MD, of Emory University in Atlanta, on the connection between cholesterol levels and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Fictional and entertainment media can be an enormous help to the public and to suicide prevention in destigmatizing suicidality and mental health issues, and in promoting help-seeking and recovery.” — Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, MD, PhD, of the Medical University of Vienna, discussing different portrayals of suicide, including Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why.

“I think it’s an equity issue.” — Latesha Elopre, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, on the potential for off-label HIV prevention.

“We end up with whining by doctors about not being paid, while payers and pundits complain we want to nickel-and-dime them to death.” — Jean Antonucci, MD, a family physician in rural Maine, on a lack of understanding by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the day-to-day mechanisms of primary care.

“It certainly keeps me up at night.” — Matshidiso Moeti, MD, WHO regional director for Africa, on the attacks on Ebola treatment centers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Because of the much-larger number of for-hire vehicles on New York’s streets, we anticipate that emissions control measures for these vehicles could potentially have an effect on a much greater scale than what we estimated for medallion taxis.” — Dustin Fry, MPH, a PhD candidate at Drexel University in Philadelphia, on applying New York City’s clean-air taxi rules to ride-share services.