‘Dementia Presents in the Checkbook’: What We Heard This Week

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“While doctors have long believed that dementia presents in the checkbook, our study helps show that these financial symptoms are common and span years before and after diagnosis.” — Lauren Hersch Nicholas, PhD, MPP, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, on research showing difficulties with finances were evident long before dementia diagnosis.

“Hospitals, they want a docile workforce, they want a workforce they can control.” — John Kauchick, RN, a retired nurse and workers’ rights advocate, discussing the case of a nurse who was fired for wearing hospital scrubs.

“We expected to see a higher proportion requiring hospital admission, but that was not the case.” — Tregony Simoneau, MD, of Boston Children’s Hospital, on the decline in pediatric asthma-related emergency department visits during the early months of COVID-19.

“Consumers could be baffled by their broker and plan choices and hood-winked by brokers that push short-term plans and other skimpy coverage.” — Tara Straw, JD, of the left-leaning think tank, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, discussing a proposed CMS rule to let states replace Affordable Care Act exchanges with web brokers and insurance agents.

“It became obvious that these are people [for whom] the shelter-in-place is mentally destroying them.” — Richard Jorgensen, MD, coroner of DuPage County in Wheaton, Illinois, on the spike in overdose deaths he has witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have to think out of the box on how to maximize our efforts and improve medical care in regions which have no access to a radiologist.” — Edith Marom, MD, of Chaim Sheba Medical Center/Tel Aviv University, discussing a pilot study in which smartphone images of chest x-rays were used to diagnose tuberculosis.

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