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‘We Call This Scope-a-Dope’: What We Heard This Week


“We call this ‘scope-a-dope.'” — Ray Callas, MD, a Texas Medical Association delegate at the American Medical Association’s annual meeting, discussing the American Academy of PAs announcement that it’s changing the name of the profession from physician assistant to physician associate.

“Get vaccinated. Good for your health. Good for your sex life.” — Bradley Anawalt, MD, of the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, debunking fears that the authorized COVID-19 vaccines can harm male fertility.

“One of the biggest myths in prostate cancer is that patients are old and asexual.” — B. R. Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH, of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, discussing research on differences in care for gay men with prostate cancer.

“Given that aducanumab was approved by the FDA based on a surrogate biomarker outcome using the accelerated approval pathway, should this study be positive, we could explore possibilities for an accelerated approval.” — Petr Novak, MD, PhD, of Axon Neuroscience, discussing a tau vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease.

“Even when you’re very good at this, even when you study this for a living, the numbers can still be shocking.” — Kao-Ping Chua, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan, discussing the $5,000 healthcare bill he received after his second daughter’s birth.

“Members of Congress are going to continue to get sick and die until all members of Congress are vaccinated.” — Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), on why a House Education and Labor Committee hearing Wednesday on the HHS budget needed to be held remotely.



COVID-19 Booster Shots Can Wait

Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are proving quite safe and highly effective in the prevention of COVID-19, especially severe and/or fatal disease.

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