‘Are You Only 80% Sure?’: What We Heard This Week


“Are you really sure of that answer, or are you only 80% sure?” — Geoffrey Baird, MD, PhD, of the University of Washington in Seattle, on potential false negative results from rapid COVID-19 antigen tests.

“It’s like having a clinic up a flight of stairs with no ramp or elevator.” — Kenneth Lam, MD, of the University of California San Francisco, discussing how older adults without online access are left behind in the telehealth boom.

“The proof will have to be in the pudding.” — Naor Bar-Zeev, PhD, of the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, on which vaccine candidate will best stave off COVID-19 infection.

“One of the most fundamental concepts of medicine is life and death, but how do you determine if someone has died?” — Gene Sung, MD, MPH, of the University of Southern California, on new international criteria for establishing brain death.

“This is really important as it’s the first study to show a direct link between hearing loss and greater dementia-related neuropathology.” — Kristine Yaffe, MD, of University of California San Francisco, on a large autopsy study that showed impaired hearing was tied to hallmarks of dementia.

“Patients should not stop aspirin on their own.” — Yamini Natarajan, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, commenting on a study that found increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding among elderly patients taking low-dose prophylactic aspirin.

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