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KQED, 06/14/1

--'Frankenstein' 200 Years Later: The Creature and Its Creator

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is celebrating its 200th year. Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine and director of the Medicine and the Muse program, was part of a panel discussion exploring the novel’s legacy in literature, film and science.


Scope, 06/14/18

--Aspirin for prevention: Know your risk of heart attack or stroke

In the second installment of a series on aspirin, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, discusses how to determine your risk of heart attack, strokes and some cancers.


KQED, 06/12/18

--Finding Harold

In this piece, Laurel Braitman, writer-in-residence at the Medicine & the Muse Program at the Stanford University School of Medicine, talks about an unlikely friendship.


Scope, 06/07/18

--Aspirin for prevention: A look at the potential benefits and risks

In the first installment of a new series, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, discusses the pros and cons of taking aspirin for prevention of heart attack, strokes and some cancers.


Stanford Medicine press release, 06/06/18

--Most clinical trial participants find benefits of sharing personal data outweigh risks, Stanford study finds

A survey of people who have taken part in clinical trials finds that participants care more about the benefits to sciences than the risk of sharing their personal data. Steven Goodman, professor of medicine and of health research and policy, is the senior author; Michelle Mello is the lead author. 


STAT News, 06/06/18

--After malpractice caps, doctors ordered fewer invasive tests to diagnose heart attacks

New research from George Washington University has found that in states with malpractice damage caps, physicians ordered fewer tests to diagnose heart attacks than physicians in states without the caps. Michelle Mello, professor of law and of health research and policy, who was not involved with the research, provides comment in this article. 


U.S. News & World Report, 06/01/18

--Should I test myself for BRCA gene mutations?

As at-home DNA-testing kits become increasingly popular, some genetic counselors and physicians have concerns that the information provided may leave consumers without a thorough understanding of their risks or alternatives. Louanne Hudgins, professor of pediatrics, provides comment here. 


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Advance Health Care Information

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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