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Wall Street Journal, 10/14/19

--The ethical dilemmas AI poses for health care

This piece explores both the promises and concerns related to artificial intelligence in medicine. Danton Char, assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, is quoted.


The Future of Everything (Stanford Radio), 10/05/19

--Improving Air Quality While Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

In a recent segment on Stanford Radio, Sharon Chinthrajah, clinical associate professor of pediatrics and of medicine and director of the clinical translational research unit at Stanford’s Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, discussed ways to protect your health from air pollution while decreasing energy consumption. Russ Altman, the Kenneth Fong Professor and professor of bioengineering, of genetics, of medicine and of biomedical data science, is host.


California Healthline, 10/04/19

--Federally funded Obria prescribes abstinence to stop the spread of STDs

Obria, a Christian medical chain, was awarded federal family planning funds for its California clinics for the first time this year. Clinics receiving Title X funds are expected to treat and prevent sexually transmitted diseases. This Kaiser Health News piece discusses how the group’s prohibition against condoms means its prevention efforts rest on abstinence, even as STD rates surge. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics, director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, and professor of pediatrics and of medicine, is quoted here.


Medscape, 10/04/19

--Medicine and the Machine, A Podcast: It's Time for Phyicians to Organize -- For Our Patients' Sake

In this Q&A and accompanying podcast, Abraham Verghese, the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, and vice chair for the theory and practice of medicine, discusses the importance of why doctors should organize and prioritize time with patients.


Shots (NPR), 10/01/19

--'Tantalizing' results for a test of vitamin C for sepsis

This piece discusses confounding study results for the use of vitamin C to treat sepsis. Steven Goodman, professor of medicine and of health research & policy, associate dean of clinical and translational research, and co-director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford, provides comment in this piece.


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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.

Upcoming Events

Biomedical Ethics Seminars
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 12pm
Keolu Fox, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology, UCSD
Topic: The Paleogenomic Industrial Complex: What's Left When the Bone Dust Settles?

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