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Scope, 04/23/19

--The future hope of “flash” radiation cancer therapy

This post highlights a recent segment on "The Future of Everything" radio show featuring Billy Loo, associate professor of radiation oncology. Loo and host Russ Altman, the Kenneth Fong Professor and professor of bioengineering, of genetics, of medicine and of biomedical data science, discuss advances in ultra-fast "flash" radiation therapy, which may kill cancer cells with less collateral damage.


The Future of Everything (Stanford Radio), 04/22/19

--Identifying the Right Needs in Health Technology Innovations with guest Paul Yock

In a recent segment on Stanford Radio, Paul Yock, the Martha Meier Weiland Professor and professor of medicine and of bioengineering and the founder and director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, explains what needs-based innovation looks like in health technology and details the process of identifying the right needs. Russ Altman, the Kenneth Fong Professor and professor of bioengineering, of genetics, of medicine and of biomedical data science, is host.


Wall Street Journal, 04/17/19

--Scientists restore some brain function after death in animal experiments

In a new study, scientists have restored some cellular activity to brains removed from pigs obtained at a slaughterhouse. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, was not involved with the research but provides comment in this article.


The Future of Everything (Stanford Radio), 04/08/19

--New Research on Drug-Resistant Cancers with guest Tony Oro

In a recent segment on Stanford Radio, Anthony Oro, the Eugene and Gloria Bauer Professor and a professor of dermatology, discussed promising DNA research that could be helpful in drug developers' work to combat treatment-resistant cancers. Russ Altman, the Kenneth Fong Professor and professor of bioengineering, of genetics and of medicine, is host.


TED Blog, 04/15/19

--“One with each other”: Notes from Session 1 of TED 2019 Fellows talks

This post highlights talks and performances from the TED Fellows program. Laurel Braitman, adjunct professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine and writer-in-residence at the medical school, is delivered at talk and is mentioned here., 04/15/19

--How to prevent the iPatient

This piece discusses the importance of clinical examination skills and references the work of Abraham Verghese, the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor and vice chair for the theory and practice of medicine.


Stanford Medicine press release, 04/11/19

--Flagging a cholesterol-raising disease using AI

Stanford researchers have created an algorithm to detect familial hypercholesterolemia, a hard-to-diagnose genetic disease. Joshua Knowles, assistant professor of medicine, and Nigam Shah, associate professor of medicine and of biomedical data science, share senior authorship of the research.


Scope, 04/09/19

--Could a vibrating glove become part of stroke therapy?

Stanford researchers are collaborating to develop a vibrating glove that could improve hand function following a stroke if worn for several hours a day. Maarten Lansberg, associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences, is a collaborator of the new development.


Seattle Times, 04/08/19

--Alexa in the #MeToo era: How to protect sensitive disclosures to digital assistants

This opinion piece, written by Adam Miner, instructor in the psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Steven Asch, professor of medicine, discusses home-based digital assistants and data sharing for sensitive disclosures.


TIME, 04/09/19

--Why does medicine cost so much? Here's how drug prices are set

Michelle Mello, professor of law and of health research and policy, is quoted in this article on the rising costs of brand-name drugs.


Washington Post, 04/07/19

--There’s a serious problem plaguing some older people: Loneliness

This article discusses how new approaches are needed to address loneliness among the elderly. VJ Periyakoil, associate professor of medicine and director of palliative care education and training, is quoted here.


Scope, 04/02/19

--Immune cell turned biomarker: Predicting severity of lung scarring

By scouting for a particular immune cell in the blood, scientists can tell which patients with a lung-scarring disease are at higher risk for death. Purvesh Khatri, associate professor of medicine and of biomedical data science, and Nigam Shah, associate professor of medicine and of biomedical data science, are senior authors of this study.


All Things Considered (NPR), 04/01/19

--How Can Doctors Be Sure A Self-Taught Computer Is Making The Right Diagnosis?

This segment discussed the promises and pitfalls of applying artificial intelligence (AI) to medical care. Matthew Lungren, assistant professor of radiology and associate director of the Stanford Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Imaging, and graduate student Pranav Rajpurkar, who developed a deep learning algorithm that evaluates chest X-rays for signs of disease, were featured. The work of Nigam Shah, associate professor of medicine and of biomedical data science, and Stephanie Harman, clinical associate professor of medicine, on the use of AI in palliative care, is also referenced here.


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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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