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September, 09/23/2020

-- The geographic bias in medical AI tools

Just a few decades ago, scientists didn't think much about diversity when studying new medications. To address these inequities, federal requirements for participation in medical research were broadened in the 1990s. But we are now at risk of repeating these same mistakes as we develop new technologies, such as AI. Russ Altman, professor of bioengineering provides comment.

Stanford Scope Blog, 09/21/2020

-- Dying patients want honesty from their doctors, experts say

Though some may find it surprising, terminally ill patients often want and need to have honest conversations with their doctors about their illness, says Stanford palliative care physician Winnie Teuteberg, MD.

Stanford Engineering Magazine, 09/18/2020

-- Andrew Huberman: How stress affects the mind --and how to relieve it

The year has unleashed stresses few would have imagined just months ago, but the science of stress — and of stress relief — is keeping pace. A Stanford neurobiologist, Andrew Huberman, discusses with Russ Altman, professor of bioengineering, on the Future of Everything podcast.

The Wall Street Journal, 09/18/2020

-- Lancet Medical Journal Changes Peer-Review Process Amid Flurry of Covid-19 Research

New requirements aim to address gaps that led to retraction in June of study on hydroxychloroquine as new-coronavirus treatment. Changes are intended to reduce the risk of research misconduct. Michelle Mello, professor of law and medicine, provides comment.

The Mercury News, 09/13/2020

-- Opinion: COVID-19 reveals grade school science education flaws

Diana Farid, clinical assistant professor, contends that if we want to create a culture ready to tackle the next pandemic, we must teach our children how our bodies function and fail from an early age.

Los Angeles Times, 09/10/2020

-- Op-Ed: Pseudo-expertise should not guide America's response to COVID-19

In the context of former Stanford chief of neuroradiology's questionable epidemiological advice regarding COVID-19, Steven Goodman, professor of epidemiology, and Melissa Bondy, professor of epidemiology offer some expert advice: Don’t trust all experts, particularly those expounding in fields far afield from their area of expertise.

The Press Democrat, 09/06/2020

-- Critics question Sonoma County's secrecy over workplace outbreaks of COVID-19

Almost every night for the past six months, public health officials have released a new batch of data documenting the unrelenting spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Sonoma County. But the county conceals information about a main driver of the continued rise in cases: workplace outbreaks. Nicole Martinez-Martin, assistant professor of pediatrics, provides comment.  

The Wall Street Journal, 09/05/2020

-- COVID-19's Lasting Effects on Healthcare

Six experts, including Nicole Martinez-Martin, assistant professor of pediatrics, weigh in on how the pandemic will change hospitals, mental health, drug development and more.

Stanford Scope Blog, 09/04/2020

-- AI researchers explore solutions for real-life health challenges

This piece examines a project by Sanford researchers, including Karen Liu, associate professor of computer science, John Etchemendy, co-director of the Stanford Institute for Human Centered Artificial Intelligence, and VJ Periyakoil, associate professor of medicine and neurology. The project looks to address real world problems, like predicting falls and stabilizing balance which are common problems among the older population., 09/03/2020

-- Human Embryo Gene Editing Gets a Road Map—Not a Green Light

On September 3, 2020, the International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing released a 225-page report, describing in great detail the types and quality of evidence that scientists must provide to show they’ve correctly edited an embryo, before they can attempt to try it out in humans. It is, in essence, a road map for how to safely and responsibly get to clinical trials. But importantly, say the report’s authors, it’s not an endorsement. Hank Greely, professor of law, provides comment.   

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 09/02/2020

--Social distancing is difficult in a crowded world

This op-ed discusses how population density, climate change are connected and their relationship to the spread of COVID. Steven Goodman, professor of epidemiology, provides comment.

The New York Times, 09/01/2020

--As Summer Comes to a Close, Sqeeze in One Last Beach Day

Like a sea gull divebombing a bucket of fries, Labor Day weekend has a way of taking you by surprise. Which means many Americans are scrambling to plan their last beach trip of the season, a fitting way to spend summer’s last hurrah. But is it safe amid the coronavirus pandemic? Steven Goodman, professor of epidemiology, provides comment.


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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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