"We can't put the genie of performance measurement back in the bottle, even though some of us would like to ... so we probably should do it better than the way we're doing it now." -- Robert Berenson, MD, of the Urban Institute in Washington, on pay-for-performance models.
"Don't go running out to your favorite chain restaurant and order pasta thinking it will help you lose weight. Pasta portions matter and what is on the pasta matters." -- Samantha Heller, MS, RD, CDN, of New York University, on a study linking pasta consumption to favorable body morphology measures.
"We are all sinners ... I think in this case, there's a lot of sin to go around." -- FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, on responsibility for the nation's opioid crisis.
"It's intriguing to think that virus-derived elements in our own genome are either quiet and don't cause any trouble, or they get stirred up and contribute to disease." -- Mary K. Crow, MD, of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, describing the possibility that a key trigger for lupus may lie in the noncoding region of the genome.
"In terms of burnout, the ICU is almost like a battlefield, and physicians and nurses are often not the best at self-care -- a near 'perfect storm' for burnout." -- Curt Sessler, MD, past president of the American College of Chest Physicians, on job dissatisfaction among critical care professionals.
"This is an emerging epidemic that we are just seeing the start of." -- Theodoros Teknos, MD, a head and neck cancer specialist at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus, commenting on the latest CDC data on cancers associated with human papillomavirus.
"I think it's very hard to walk away from the fact that there are 129 people dying every single day of an opioid overdose, many of those folks who could have been prevented [from dying] by receiving timely access to treatment." -- Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, on the need for Congress to invest funding in fighting opioid overuse and abuse.
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