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CNBC, 08/04/2020

-- Who should get the Covid-19 vaccine first? It's way trickier than you might think

Global health groups have called for a fair and equitable process to determine how vaccines are allocated. Vaccinating nearly 8 billion people won’t happen overnight. Who should get the vaccine first? We asked bio-ethicists, including Michelle Mello, professor of law and medicine, weigh in.

The Mercury News, 08/03/2020

-- California's coronavirus cases are finally dropping. How do we stop another surge?

In the first good news in weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said coronavirus infections in the Golden State appear to have started a downward trend — but, as Californians have learned, it’s far too soon to celebrate. Steven Goodman, professor of epidemiology and medicine, provides comment.

Washington Examiner, 08/03/2020

-- Disconnect between FDA and doctors prescribing hydroxychloroquine

A disconnect appears to have arisen between the Food and Drug Administration and a sizable number of physicians when it comes to prescribing hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients. Randall Stafford, professor of medicine, provides comment.

San Francisco Chronicle, 08/02/2020

-- 'We're missing huge amounts of data': Why we still can't track the spread of COVID-19 across the Bay Area

As California struggles to squash a swelling outbreak that’s now resulted in more than half a million confirmed cases and 9,000 deaths, infectious disease and public health experts are growing increasingly concerned about how little they know about this pandemic. Steven Goodman, professor of epidemiology and medicine, provides comment.


NPR, TED Radio Hour, 07/31/2020

-- Laurel Braitman: From Healthcare Workers to the Rest of Us - How Can We Better Cope?

Healthcare jobs are already stressful. Add a pandemic... and ongoing police brutality? And it's a lot. Hear from physicians of color and TED Fellow and director of writing and storytelling at Medicine & Muse, Laurel Braitman, about taking care of ourselves.  

San Francisco Chronicle, 07/30/2020

-- U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 150,000, but fatality rates vary by region. What does it mean for California?

More than 150,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, a somber benchmark that stands alone in defining the toll of this pandemic on the United States. But one critical question about the toll remains: Just how deadly is the coronavirus? Steven Goodman, professor of epidemiology and medicine, provides comment.

Stanford LIVE, 07/28/2020

-- Stanford Medicine Stuck@Home Concerts: Emotional PPE for Unprecedented Times

The Medicine & the Muse executive director, Jacqueline Genovese writes about the Sctck@Home concert series, its origins and th epower of music to connect, heal, and provide resilience durin the Cvovid-19 pandemic.

Medscape, 07/27/2020

-- Shield Physicians for Postponed Procedures, AMA Says; More

Should Doctors Be Free From Malpractice Lawsuits Stemming From Delayed Treatments as a Result of COVID? The return to some semblance of normality should be welcome news, but the American Medical Association (AMA) is eager to protect physicians who are picking up where they left off, according to Bloomberg Law. Michelle Mello, professor of law and medicine, provides comment.

San Francisco Chronicle, 07/27/2020

-- California vs. New York: One state's pandemic has been deadlier, but the numbers are more complex than case counts

Their journeys began at about the same time, but California and New York immediately diverged down two very different paths during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Steven Goodman, professor of epidemiology and medicine, provides comment.

BioWorld, 07/24/2020

-- Tsunami of change to challenge PDUFA VII

Although PDUFA VI still has two years of life left to it, PDUFA VII is already in the birthing process, with the use of real-world data (RWD), AI, and a coming surge of novel cell and gene therapies looking to be prominent features of the next five-year user fee agreement. Russ Altman, professor of bioengineering, provides comment.  

Vox, 07/22/2020

-- End-of-life planning during the coronavirus pandemic, in 8 steps

Surely you’ve heard it’s a good idea to have a will, just in case anything should happen. Yet we tend to put off completing the paperwork; the documents are confusing and it can be distressing to think about our own mortality. The coronavirus has reminded us that mortality is unpredictable and that it’s a good time to get our medical and financial matters in order. VJ Periyakoil, associate professor of medicine, discusses steps patients can take to communicate their wishes to family and doctors.

Sports Illustrated, 07/21/2020

-- College Football's Stringent Contact Tracing Protocol is 'Massive Challenge' to Season

Dr. Steven Goodman, professor of epidemiology and medicine, provides comment on the Power 5 conference's in-season COVID-19 management plan. The plan is drawing concerns from both college athletic leaders and physicians alike.

Medium's Elemental, 07/20/2020

--  ‘This Is Not a Public Health Crisis — It’s a Political Crisis’

Dr. Steven Goodman, professor of epidemiology and medicine, discusses COVID-19, school closures and where to find hope in the middle of this crisis with his brother David Goodman, author and journalist.

Medscape's Medicine and the Machine Podcast, 07/17/2020

-- Fauci to Medscape: 'We're All In It Together and We're Gonna Get Through It'

In this episode, Dr. Anthony Fauci joins Abraham Verghese, Provostial Professor, vice chair for the theory and practice of medicine and director of Presence, and Dr. Eric J. Topol discuss COVID-19, the things we've learned about the disease since January 2020 and what's coming in the fight against it.

Recording of AJOB Black Bioethics Webinar now available, 07/17/2020

-- Black Bioethics: Racism, Police Brutality, and What it Means for Black Health

AJOB’s first-ever webinar on Black Bioethics, hosted by associate editor Kayhan Parsi, JD, Ph.D., featuring panelists Keisha Ray, Ph.D., Brian Williams, MD, Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH, and Patrick Smith, Ph.D., as they discuss racism, police brutality, and what it means for black health.

The Stanford Daily, 07/14/2020

-- Stanford's Music Will Go On: Recapping Spring Musical Innovations

This spring saw countless Stanford students, musicians, recording engineers and music faculty historically dependent on on-campus facilities think on their feet to keep their music-making afloat. Including the Medicine and the Muse weekly Stuck@Home concert! Jacqueline Genovese, the executive director of the Medicine and the Muse comments on the impact that music can have, even amid the physical limitations posed by quarantine.

Ologies with Alie Ward Podcast, 07/08/2020

-- Agnotology (Ignorance) with Dr. Robert Proctor

Yes, there is an -ology for that. Dr. Robert Proctor, professor of the History of Science and co-edited the book “Agnotology: The Making & Unmaking of Ignorance,” having coined the word 30 years ago. Alie and Dr. Proctor chat about everything from the true evils of tobacco marketing, to the sugar lobby, to racial injustice, horse vision, the psychology of the Flat Earther movement, which countries have the highest rates of climate denial, empathy, how to navigate difficult conversations and why it's critical to dismantle the systems of willful ignorance, starting locally.

Forbes, 07/07/2020

-- What A Stanford Researcher's Fight Against COVID-19 Can Tell Us About the Future of Drug Discovery

As Covid-19 continues to spread around the world, a great emphasis has been put on preventing and treating the disease. Could one of the over 7,800 human drugs already approved by the FDA could treat Covid-19? The current global health situation places a spotlight on a significant trend in artificial intelligence—AI drug discovery, which might be helpful in the fight against Covid-19. Professor of bioengineering and Director of the Institute of Human-Centered AI, Russ Altman, is interviewed about his lab's approach to using AI to take a "shot-on-goal" in the global fight against Covid-19.

Stanford Scope Blog, 07/06/2020

-- Black medical workers write, reflect on racism

This post highlights a recent segment on KQED’s Forum that featured health care works discussing the new awareness of racism and how writing helps them process their emotions. Laurel Braitman, Stanford Medicine writer-in-residence, and other are quoted.  You can listen to the original Forum episode here.

Politico, 07/01/2020

-- How California went from model student to pandemic problem child

California was long the nation's shining star on the coronavirus, heralded by national media and White House advisers as an example of how other states could beat the disease. The state was so confident in April that it sent hundreds of ventilators to the East Coast. Now, the Democratic state joins Republican-dominated Florida, Texas and Arizona as America's problem children, with new cases skyrocketing and leaders seemingly caught flat-footed as the spread grows beyond their control. Steven Goodman, professor of epidemiology and medicine, provides comment.  

Stanford Innovation Lab, Entreprensureship & Ethics Podcast, 07/01/2020

-- The Ethics of Emerging Technologies

In the third episode of his “Entrepreneurship and Ethics” miniseries, Stanford professor Tom Byers speaks with fellow professors John Mitchell, chair of Stanford’s Computer Science department, and Mildred Cho, associate director of Stanford’s Center for Biomedical Ethics. Mitchell and Cho discuss emerging ethical questions posed by advances in computer science and biomedical research, and explore how efforts in their respective fields can inform ethics training for entrepreneurs and innovators of all stripes.


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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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