‘I’m Devastated for All the Ukrainian People’: What We Heard This Week

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“I’m concerned and I’m scared and I’m devastated for my family and for all the Ukrainian people.” — Roksolana Vaskul, MD, of RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey, who has family in western Ukraine living under the threat of a Russian invasion.

“We’re not even close to reaching the target of eliminating all forms of violence against women.” — Claudia García-Moreno, MD, MsC, of the World Health Organization, on a study finding that more than one in four young women have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence.

“I could have been one of those students.” — Laura Wagner, PhD, of the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing, reflecting on her time on a graduate admission committee that rejected several prospective first-generation college students.

“The delayed onset and the unpredictable pharmacokinetics of this drug, coupled with the inability to titrate the drug, make this quite a problematic formulation.” — Brian Bateman, MD, MSc, of Stanford University School of Medicine in California, on whether intravenous tramadol should be approved for acute pain in an inpatient setting.

“Today I am consumed by a story of two caterpillars in love.” — Milton Packer, MD, writing on love, loss, and rebirth around Valentine’s Day.

“There’s obviously the concern that people are going to turn to the internet and social media. It’s easy to go down that rabbit hole.” — Thomas Walsh, MD, of Allegheny Health Network in Pennsylvania, on fears of long-COVID patients being susceptible to treatment misinformation online.

“This is as good as it gets.” — Tudor Jovin, MD, of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in New Jersey, discussing the growing evidence for stroke thrombectomy in kids.

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