‘Going to Watch Our Feet and Ask if We Moved’: What We Heard This Week

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“And, you know we’re talking a good game but at some point, future generations are going to watch our feet and ask if we moved.” — Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) speaking about the inertia he’s observed around climate-related problems that have plagued the U.S. for decades.

“This arrangement was a handshake designed to bring procedures to the hospital, and done in a fairly abusive way.” — Edward Arens, JD, the attorney representing Martin Mansukhani, who blew the whistle on alleged fraud and kickbacks in 2018.

“If we continue to treat people as if they’re in a sweatshop, quite frankly, it will continue to be difficult to get the best and the brightest.” — Jeffrey Shuren, MD, JD, of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), discussing staffing issues at CDRH.

“By taking this crisis of health inequity and declining life expectancy on now, we can reestablish the United States as the healthiest place in the world to live.” — William Cooke, MD, owner and medical director of Foundations Family Medicine, discussing disparities in life expectancy decreases in the U.S.

“Solving this puzzle is important as it might also explain vulnerability to migraine itself and open the door to new treatment opportunities.” — Peter Drummond, PhD, of Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, on new research looking at migraine and motion sickness.

“We are harming future citizens if we deny coverage early in life.” — Leighton Ku, MD, PhD, of George Washington University School of Public Health, on research showing non-citizen children were far more likely to be uninsured than their citizen siblings.

“If anybody is lying here, Senator, it is you.” — NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at a Senate hearing on COVID-19, after Paul accused Fauci of lying about whether the NIH funded gain-of-function research.

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