“I am disappointed that there are still some senators trying to push us down a partisan path on healthcare.” — Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee, said at a committee hearing on ways to improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“Excessive sedentary time may be toxic, hazardous behavior, and regardless of whether a person exercises on a given day, they still need to be mindful of how much time they spend being sedentary.” — Keith Diaz, PhD, of Columbia University Medical Center, on another study linking sitting to mortality risk.
“The detection of a ruptured distal biceps tendon may be a clue for diagnosis of wild-type transthyretin amyloidosis as a cause for heart failure.” — Stuart Katz, MD, of NYU Langone Health, about a new study showing that this “relatively simple evaluation” could increase detection of the disease.
“The easier part for the Democrats is more money. The easier part for Republicans is more flexibility and vice versa. So, we have to put those two together.” — Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), at the fourth and final hearing on crafting a bipartisan fix for the the ACA’s individual market
“One of the things that’s perhaps not well appreciated is that people that have type 2 diabetes consume a lot of artificially sweetened drinks. And this translates poorly into that group of people — they may be doing their overall blood sugar control a disservice, rather than not.” — Richard Young, PhD, of the University of Adelaide in Australia, on study results showing that non-caloric artificial sweeteners may negatively impact glycemic control.
“Millions of Americans use cosmetic products every day, but FDA’s regulatory authority over cosmetics is woefully inadequate.” — Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), at a House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee meeting on updating the FDA process for approving over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and changes to OTC labels.
“It appears to be a win-win situation to have parks nearby … [time spent outdoors is] also very good for children’s spirits. The definition of health includes happiness. So I think it is very important to be in an environment that is sunny, green, and nice.” — Mina Gaga, MD, PhD, of the Athens Chest Hospital, on study results indicating that living near a park or other green space appeared to benefit city kids with severe asthma.
“E-cigarettes may contain respiratory irritants.” — Constantine Vardavas, MD, PhD, of the University of Crete, interviewed at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.
“There may be some post-marketing studies if and when the drug is approved by the FDA next year.” — Satish K. Garg, MD of the University of Colorado Denver said at the EASD meeting regarding his inTandem 3 trial of sotagliflozin (combo SGLT1/2 inhibitor) as adjunct therapy for type 1 diabetics.
‘A Partisan Path on Healthcare’: What We Heard This Week