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 Scope, 09/12/19

--Demystifying Heart Failure: Medications as a key part of treatment

In this seventh post in the Demystifying Heart Failure series, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, and graduate student Min Joo Kim, outline key medications for heart failure.


Scope, 09/11/19

--“For the times when we don’t know the answers”: Stanford debuts digital consult service

This post highlights a story in the new issue of Stanford Medicine magazine describing how researchers here have created the ultimate consult, pulling from millions of de-identified patient records to better inform the health of others. Nigam Shah, associate professor of medicine and of biomedical data science, and Robert Harrington, the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine, are quoted here.


KGO-TV, 09/09/19

--New Stanford Hospital prepares to open

Preparations are well underway for the opening of the new Stanford Hospital with medical staff going through dress rehearsals for patient care. Helen Wilmot, vice president of facilities services and planning; Ann Weinacker, associate chief medical officer-patient care services; and Ruth Fanning, clinical professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, were featured in this segment.


Scope, 09/05/19

--Demystifying Heart Failure: Exercise is A-OK

In this post, the sixth in the series, graduate student Min Joo Kim, along with Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, examine the benefits of activity for heart failure patients and provide some suggestions for exercising safely.


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Advanced Health Care Directive

California law give you the ability to ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if you become unable to make these decisions yourself. Completing a form called an “Advance Health Care Directive” allows you to do a number of things:

Appoint another person to be your health care “agent”

Delineate your health care wishes, such as:

  • Health care instructions, including life support, organ and tissue donation
  • Revoke prior directives

A sample form is attached for reference. Acknowledgment before a notary public is not required if two qualified witnesses have signed this Directive in Part 5. In other words this is a free legally binding document.

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Biomedical Ethics Seminars
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Alice B. Popejoy, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biomedical Data Sciences, Stanford University
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October 1, 2019

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