‘They Had Habituated to Familiar Disgust Elicitors’: What We Heard This Week

Derick Alison
Derick Alison
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“They had habituated to familiar disgust elicitors over a long period.” — Edwin Dalmaijer, DPhil, of the University of Bristol in England, discussing findings that health workers in care homes had lower levels of disgust than their peers.

“I urge everybody to say that age is a number, not a quality.” — Nir Barzilai, MD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, discussing whether President Biden is a so-called super-ager.

“Even if you didn’t touch the patient, you might have touched one of these high-touch surfaces and therefore your hands should no longer be considered clean.” — Susan Kline, MD, MPH, of the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, on frequent contamination of high-touch areas despite disinfection practices.

“This restaurant has figured out that there’s a way to raise prices without a lot of consumers noticing.” — Matthew Notowidigdo, MEng, PhD, of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, discussing a restaurant that added fees to cover staff health insurance costs.

“I have over 500 people on a waiting list.” — Warner Carr, MD, of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California, on hurdles to getting patients with peanut allergies started on oral immunotherapy.

“If this is validated in a bigger trial, we are truly moving the needle in these patients.” — Shubham Pant, MD, MBBS, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, on a therapeutic vaccine that reduced relapse risk in an early trial of operable pancreatic cancer.

“It does not take much for people to not get PrEP or stay on PrEP.” — Matthew Adkins, DO, of Grant Family Medicine Residency in Columbus, Ohio, on findings that even small increases in out-of-pocket cost could lead to patients’ abandonment of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

“In 10 minutes, as long as you’re eligible for the privilege, you’ll immediately get your compact privileging.” — Jeff Rosa, of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy in Alexandria, Virginia, on one way licensure compacts are allowing healthcare professionals to practice in multiple states.

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