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Medscape, 11/19/19

--Male clinicians miss microaggressions their female peers notice

Men underestimate how often women experience microaggressions in clinic and hospital settings. Arghavan Salles, a scholar in residence, and VJ Periyakoil, associate professor of medicine and director of the Successful Aging Program, are quoted in this article., 11/18/19

--People aged 110 and older have ‘unique’ immune cells that may help them live longer, says study

A new study reveals that supercentenarians, people aged 110 years and older, have significantly higher numbers of a rare type T cell in their blood, making for a stronger immune system. VJ Periyakoil, associate professor of medicine and director of the Successful Aging Program, explains how the cells may help them live longer., 11/18/19

--Could biases in artificial intelligence databases present health risks to patients and financial risks to healthcare providers, including medical laboratories?

Artificial intelligence can be helpful, but physicians and scientists should carefully consider ethical issues related to its use. Danton Char, assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, is quoted in this article.


Inside Stanford Medicine (online), 11/13/19

--Videos to educate lawyers on interviewing migrant kids at border

Stanford experts have created four short videos to help lawyers at the U.S. border learn to sensitively interview migrant children and teens about traumatic experiences. Paul Wise, professor of pediatrics and one of the project’s leaders; Maya Adam, director of health education outreach for the Stanford Center for Health Education; and Ryan Matlow, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, are mentioned in this article.


Scope, 11/05/19

--The slow medicine of literature: Scope@10,000

Jacqueline Genovese, executive director of the Medicine & the Muse Program, reflects on a dinner and discussion series called LitMed that lets Stanford physicians experience the "slow medicine of literature."


Imperial College London, 11/04/19

--Interview: Abraham Verghese on transforming medical education

In this Q&A, Abraham Verghese, the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, and vice chair for the theory and practice of medicine, shares his thoughts on medical education and the importance of the ‘human touch’ in doctor-patient relationships.

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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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