SCBE in the News 2019

February

Shots (NPR), 02/28/19

--States move to restrict parents' refusal to vaccinate their kids

In response to the measles outbreak, a growing number of states are making it harder for parents to obtain an exception from vaccination requirements. Michelle Mello, professor of health research and policy and of law, is quoted in this article.

Scope, 02/28/19

--A skeptical look at popular diets: Hurrah for raw food?

In the sixth post in the series A Skeptical Look at Popular Diets, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, along with Christopher Gardner, the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor and a professor of medicine, examines the pros and cons of a raw food diet. 

SCOPE, 2/28/19

--Inheritance: On family secrets, genetics and ethics

With a DNA test, Dani Shapiro discovered that the man she had thought was her father was not. She discussed the finding, and her writing, on campus.

Washington Post, 02/25/19

--Anti-vaxxers face backlash as measles cases surge

Lawmakers in some states have proposed legislation to tighten vaccine exemptions as Washington state faces the worst measles outbreak in more than two decades. Michelle Mello, professor of law and health research and policy, offers insights here.

Stanford Radio, 02/23/2019

--The Future of Everything

In a recent segment on Stanford Radio, Billy Loo, an associate professor of radiation oncology, discussed how advances in radiation therapy using new accelerator-based technology, PHASER, will develop a flash delivery system that aims to shrink tumors in less than a second. Russ Altman, the Kenneth Fong Professor and professor of bioengineering, of genetics and of medicine, is host.

Scope, 02/21/19

--A skeptical look at popular diets: Going gluten-free

In the fifth post in the series A Skeptical Look at Popular Diets, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, along with Christopher Gardner, the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor and a professor of medicine, analyzes the gluten-free diet.

Scope, 02/14/19

--A skeptical look at popular diets: How ketogenic should you go?

In the fourth post in the series A Skeptical Look at Popular Diets, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, along with Christopher Gardner, the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor and a professor of medicine, examines pros and cons of a ketogenic diet.

CNN.com, 02/12/19

--Facebook screens posts for suicide risk, and health experts have concerns

Facebook continues to refine its efforts to identify and help people who may be considering self-harm, but experts have found transparency and ethical problems with the social media platform’s latest tools and guidelines. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted in this story.

Forbes, 02/11/19

--Rethinking medical ethics

Traditional medical ethics are being challenged by developments such as AI. Danton Char, assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, is mentioned here.

Scope, 02/07/19

--A skeptical look at popular diets: Vegetarian is healthy if you tread carefully

In the third piece in the series A Skeptical Look at Popular Diets, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, along with Christopher Gardner, the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor and a professor of medicine, point out the pros and cons of a vegetarian diet.


January

Scope, 1/31/19

--A skeptical look at popular diets: The paleo diet isn’t just for cavemen

In the second piece in the series A Skeptical Look at Popular Diets, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, along with Christopher Gardner, the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor and a professor of medicine, examines the paleo diet.

SLS Blog, 1/30/19

--Stanford’s Michelle Mello on Latest Measles Outbreak

In light of a recent measles outbreak in Washington state, law Professor Michelle Mello discusses the disease, vaccination and the law.

Bloomberg BNA, 1/29/19

--How can patients make money off their medical data?

Some patients are exploring how to monetize their medical data, which raises a variety of ethical issues. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, provides comment here.

Wired, 1/28/19

--A controversial fertility treatment gets its first big test

Mitochondrial replacement therapy — a technique often referred to as three-person IVF — is gaining ground in Europe, where a pilot trial is now under way. Hank Greely is quoted in this article.

The Future of Everything (Stanford Radio), 1/28/19

--The Future of Everything with Russ Altman: "Breaking down DNA with guest Carlos Bustamante"

In a recent segment on Stanford Radio, Russ Altman, the Kenneth Fong Professor and professor of bioengineering, of genetics and of medicine, discussed the potential of genomics and data science to improve health with guest Carlos Bustamante, professor of biomedical data science and genetics.

Scope, 1/24/19

--A skeptical look at popular diets: Stick to 5 rules for healthy eating

In the first post in the series, A Skeptical Look at Popular Diets, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, writes that picking a particular diet is not that important. Christopher Gardner, the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor, also contributed to the piece.  

STAT News, 1/24/19

--After ‘CRISPR babies,’ international medical leaders aim to tighten genome editing guidelines

The National Academy of Science is planning to tighten guidelines on genome editing after the birth of the “CRISPR babies.” Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted in this story.

STAT News, 1/16/19

--Purdue cemented ties with universities and hospitals to expand opioid sales, documents contend

Newly released details about the close relationship Purdue Pharma pursued with universities and hospitals have raised conflict-of-interest concerns. Michelle Mello, professor of law and health research and policy, provides comment in this story.

Scope, 1/9/19

--Watch list: 10 recommended films about medicine

In this blog post, Maren Monsen, director of the Program in Bioethics and Film; Diana Farid, clinical instructor of medicine; and Bronwyn Scott, a second year medical student, suggest a few worthwhile movies with medical themes.