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‘Isn’t the Cat Out of the Bag?’: What We Heard This Week

“There’s been some question about the value of doing this … ‘Isn’t the cat out of the bag? What are you doing chasing after the metastases?'” — Anthony Zietman, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, on data suggesting that targeting radiation to patients’ metastatic lesions could trigger a system-wide anti-tumor immune response.

“Considering what people were facing, it was still a death sentence.” — Paul Volberding, MD, professor emeritus at University of California, San Francisco, on the state of AIDS research and treatment 25 years ago.

“I’ve seen little girls have their albuterol inhalers taken away, and I’ve seen people with high blood pressure. They’ve had those medications taken away.” — Julie Sierra, MD, a San Diego physician who has been providing care to asylum seekers.

“Identifying a problem is the easy part.” — Internist and author Suneel Dhand, MD, in a blog about physicians’ shrinking time involvement in actual patient care.

“I’m worried that now it’s becoming a silent problem, that people won’t pay attention and the kids will still suffer without the voice.” — Lisa Ayoub-Rodriguez, MD, an El Paso pediatrician who has cared for children hospitalized while in immigration custody.

“We are at a point where we can move to ‘Generation 2’ vaccines, such as cell-based and recombinant vaccines, but they are not being produced in large amounts or being preferred.” — Andrew Pavia, MD, co-chair of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Treatment Guidelines Panel, talking about a presidential executive order to encourage innovative approaches to flu vaccine development.

“Our findings support the prescription of SSRI antidepressants in a wider group of participants than previously thought.” — Gemma Lewis, PhD, of University College London, discussing implications of a study showing that sertraline reduced anxiety symptoms.