‘Our Goal Is Not to Blame’: What We Heard This Week
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‘Our Goal Is Not to Blame’: What We Heard This Week


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This week, we heard a resounding of voices from a variety of specialists on a range of topics, from surgeons’ delivery of care to new treatments for obesity and heart failure. Here at MedPage Today, we had the opportunity to capture some of the best and most inspiring quotes from these experts in health care.

Dr. Christopher Wallis of the University of Toronto reminded us that when it comes to differences in care delivery given by female versus male surgeons, the goal is “not to blame.” Similarly, Mikhail Kosiborod, MD of Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute shared the important insight that many patients with obesity and heart failure value improvement in symptoms and reducing physical limitations as much or more as survival.

We have to remember to ask the right questions as well. Jennifer Craig, PhD, an ophthalmologist at the University of Auckland, noted that eye doctors are “not that great” at asking patients about smoking.

Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, of Emory University in Atlanta discussed the underrepresentation of female physicians in movies and that “we can’t afford to keep major segments of the next generation of young people from even envisioning themselves as physicians.”

Mikhail Kosiborod, MD, of Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute shared that many cases of brain damage in athletes who died young are not limited only to male, elite contact sport athletes.

Bob Wachter, MD, of the University of California San Francisco, recommended who should get the COVID booster this fall, while Erik Sveberg Dietrichs, MD, PhD of Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo warned of a common side effect of escitalopram that may lead to increased arrhythmia risk.

Mathieu Kerneis, MD, PhD of the Pitie Salpetriere AP-HP University Hospital in Paris talked about how ARAMIS, a phase IIb trial involving a anti-inflammatory drug for acute myocarditis, is just the beginning.

Finally, Alison Lee, MD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, emphasized the importance of pushing politicians to tackle climate change leading to wildfires and warned, “until we do that, this wildfire smoke is just going to get worse.”

The words of our experts remind us that it is incredibly important to take into account the nuances of every situation, in order to truly understand how to make meaningful progress in health care. As we heard this week, the issues are complex, but solutions can be found with the right minds and perspectives attacking them

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