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Stanford Scope Blog, 11/18/2020

-- Breaking down diabetes: Drugs for diabetes, starting with the best — metformin

A huge assortment of 100 medications are available to treat high blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes, including two historical breakthrough drugs, insulin and metformin. Randall Stafford, professor of medicine, write this post to make some sense of all the options.

Wired, 11/10/2020

-- Why It's a Big Deal If the First Covid Vaccine is 'Genetic'

If approved by the FDA, Pfizer and BioNTech’s mRNA vaccine would be the first of its kind, setting a record for speed—but raising questions about distribution. Ariadne Nichol, social science research professional at SCBE, is quoted.

San Francisco Chronicle, 11/09/2020

-- Affordable Care Act challenge before Supreme Court could strip insurance from millions

As the Supreme Court hears a challenge Tuesday to the Affordable Care Act, the stakes are enormous: insurance coverage for more than 20 million Americans during a disastrous pandemic. Michelle Mello, professor of law and medicine, provides comment., 11/06/2020

--When algorithmic fairness fixes fail: The case for keeping humans in the loop

Attempts to fix clinical prediction algorithms to make them fair also make them less accurate. As healthcare systems increasingly rely on predictive algorithms to make decisions about patient care, they are bumping up against issues of fairness. Nigam Shah, associate professor of medicine, comments.

UBC Medicine News, 11/06/2020

-- The unique mental health and brain impacts of COVID-19

As COVID-19 infections spike around the globe, with no end in sight for months, questions are beginning to arise around the long-term effects of the pandemic on our mental health and brain health. Judy Illes, neuroethicist and professor of neurology at University of British Columbia, is interviewed about research she and her UBC team conducted on COVID-19, the brain, and mental health.

KCBS News Radio, 11/02/2020

-- President Trump threatens to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci - Is this ethical?

The medical issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have become very politicized... And now President Trump is suggesting he may fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, after the election. For more on the medical ethics of all of this, KCBS Radio news anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising spoke with David Magnus, Director at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.

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

The sample form is above 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.

Select "Centers, Institutes and More," then "Other Designation (specify below)" then type in "Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics."

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