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STAT News, 1/16/19

--Purdue cemented ties with universities and hospitals to expand opioid sales, documents contend

Newly released details about the close relationship Purdue Pharma pursued with universities and hospitals have raised conflict-of-interest concerns. Michelle Mello, professor of law and health research and policy, provides comment in this story.


Scope, 1/9/19

--Watch list: 10 recommended films about medicine

In this blog post, Maren Monsen, director of the Program in Bioethics and Film; Diana Farid, clinical instructor of medicine; and Bronwyn Scott, a second year medical student, suggest a few worthwhile movies with medical themes. 


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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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Larissa MacFarquhar
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