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‘It Appears All the Cylinders Are Firing Within His Brain’: What We Heard This Week

— Quotable quotes heard by MedPage Today‘s reporters

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“It appears that all the cylinders are firing within his brain.” — Timothy Pritts, MD, PhD, of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where NFL safety Damar Hamlin was treated after he collapsed on the field during a Monday Night Football game.

“All of a sudden, this guy in a pink dress came up next to me on my left hand side. He says, ‘I’m a doctor.’ I said to myself, ‘Thank God.'” — Natalie Spencer, RN, of Sanatoga Center nursing home in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, about the doctor in a Mummer costume who helped her revive a collapsed fan during a Philadelphia Eagles game.

“Every day, people who use cannabis present for surgery.” — Samer Narouze, MD, PhD, president of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, about new guidelines recommending surgical candidates undergoing anesthesia be screened universally for cannabis use.

“I think it’s a bit odd for the FDA to do this, to start writing opinion pieces.” — Bart Vanhaesebroeck, PhD, of University College London, commenting on an FDA-authored article about the safety and efficacy of PI3K inhibitors in hematologic malignancies.

“The natural curiosity and climbing ability of toddlers means that they can often get into edibles stored on a high shelf or in a plain-looking closed container.” — Antonia Nemanich, MD, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, on the over 10-fold increase in kids being exposed to edible cannabis products in the past few years.

“This increasing sensitivity to social information in teens who habitually check social media might prompt future compulsive social media checking.” — Eva Telzer, PhD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about brain changes in adolescents that were linked with checking social media at least 15 times per day.

“We are assuming a lot.” — Anuradha Lala, MD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, on what might be motivating or deterring applicants for advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology fellowships.

“It doesn’t mean that it’s not happening to them, but they have a different framing of it” — Yue-Yung Hu, MD, MPH, of Northwestern University in Chicago, on how foreign international medical graduates working in U.S. surgery residency programs report bullying and sexual harassment less frequently than others.

“That’s my worry.” — Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH, of the University of California San Francisco, on some FDA restrictions that remain in place for retail pharmacies dispensing the medication abortion pill mifepristone (Mifeprex) that may hinder access.

“Gender-based discrimination does not occur in a vacuum in academic medicine.” — Maya Iyer, MD, MEd, of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, on how some men serving as academic department chairs are opting to not to intervene after witnessing gender-based discrimination against female colleagues.

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