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‘You’re Old and You Need Tests’: What We Heard This Week

‘You’re Old and You Need Tests’: What We Heard This Week

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“It shouldn’t just be, ‘You’re old and you need tests done now.'” — Fred Pelzman, MD, of Cornell Medicine in New York City and MedPage Today columnist, weighing in on a discussion about the need for a cognitive assessment, as well as an annual physical, for President Trump.

“By that time, the cat’s out of the bag.” — Dorothy Rosenthal, MD, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, talking about missed asymptomatic cervical lesions during an FDA hearing on self-collection devices for Pap tests.

“Many people sitting on the committees that make decisions about clinical trials often naively think that animal studies used to support clinical trials have been carefully vetted and subjected to rigorous review.” — Jonathan Kimmelman, PhD, of the Biomedical Ethics Unit of McGill University, commenting on a study that raises new concerns about the overall quality and interpretation of animal research.

“Given the current political climate, it is doubtful we will see a federal tax.” — Lauri Wright, PhD, of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, on the potential for a junk food tax.

“Childhood obesity disproportionately affects children living in low-income families.” — Liping Pan, MD, MPH, of the CDC in Atlanta, on trends of severe obesity among U.S. youth.

“This should be THE big news in endocrinology for the foreseeable future. So, maybe, the actual big news is the answer to the question: if it isn’t, why not?” — David L. Katz MD, MPH, of the True Health Initiative, on lifestyle-based interventions.

“All of us have a role to play in terms of identifying those contradictory messages to new parents.” — Wanda Barfield, MD, of the CDC, on the continued persistence of unsafe sleep infant practices in the U.S.

“This is a very active area of investigation.” — David Topham, PhD, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, on whether repeated flu shots may lead to diminishing benefits.

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