• Zach Budlong

    Uncounted: San Diego County’s pandemic victims far surpass official totals

    Oct 21, 2020
    INEWSOURCE: Center Director Matthew Wynia said the official count kept by the public health office is important, but it “leads us to underestimate the total impact of certain types of disasters.” In September, Wynia and a team of researchers published a national report that Congress commissioned on how to measure a disaster’s death toll. “You can use that information to target resources to neighborhoods that are being very hard hit or other social groups that may be particularly hard hit. When we can figure out why people die, we can maybe intervene to prevent those deaths.”
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  • ICU Medical Center of Aurora

    Deaths in Colorado rose 20% during first 6 months of pandemic, reflecting COVID-19’s broader toll on health

    Oct 11, 2020
    GREELEY TRIBUNE: COVID-19 is now state’s fourth leading cause of death, but fatalities caused by ODs, heart disease and more also rose. “The pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, including every aspect of our health care and our health,” said Center Director, Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH.
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    Canada’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force needs better transparency about potential conflicts of interest

    Oct 10, 2020
    ​PHILIPPINE/CANADIAN INQUIRER: In June, the National Research Council set up an 18-member COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force charged with prioritizing vaccine projects and securing commercially available vaccines in Canada. The government declared that it was a “deliberate decision … to include individuals who may have a real or perceived … conflict of interest with respect to one or more proposals to be evaluated by the … task force.” The authors, including Lisa Bero, PhD, find that with Canadian lives on the line, trust has already been jeopardized, and trust in decisions about vaccines is going to be crucial. Both transparency and independence are needed, and task force chairs and most members should not have conflicts.
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  • The President's doctors at Walter Reed

    Confusion about Trump’s COVID-19 infection fits a long pattern of skimpy details about presidential health

    Oct 3, 2020
    BOSTON GLOBE: Dr. Matthew Wynia said he worried the public was hearing “contradictory statements” that make “things even more uncertain than they need to be.” He called the information provided about the president’s health “confusing" and said it "suggests that he might be sicker than we’re being told — and that he might have been sick for longer than we’ve been told.”
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    Improving the Quality of Systematic Reviews in Public Health: Introduction to the Series

    Oct 8, 2020
    AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH: The pandemic has stimulated public health research across the spectrum of prevention, detection, treatment, and recovery. Lisa Bero, PhD is launching a series of methods articles aimed at improving the relevance and rigor of systematic reviews on public health topics. Using case studies from the Cochrane Collaboration, the articles illustrate innovative methods to involve stakeholders, frame questions, and design evidence syntheses
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  • Bill Gates

    While the Poor Get Sick, Bill Gates Just Gets Richer

    Oct 5, 2020
    THE NATION: The billionaire’s pandemic investments, like much of his work, remain a secret. Lisa Bero, PhD said authors need to provide details of their financial conflicts of interest, even if it means listing dozens of companies—which is not unheard of among authors in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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    Editors of the New England Journal of Medicine say the Trump administration “took a crisis and turned it into a tragedy.”

    Oct 7, 2020
    NEW YORK TIMES: Throughout its 208-year history, the Journal has remained staunchly nonpartisan, until now. "Wow!," said Center Director Matthew Wynia, noting that the editorial which was signed by all 34 editors did not explicitly mention Mr. Biden, but it was clearly “an obvious call to replace the president.”
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    Balancing Restraint and Safety in the ED

    Oct 1, 2020
    EMERGENCY MEDICINE NEWS: "There are things you could probably do to create a space designed for individuals showing up with psychiatric crisis, in the same way we clearly have specific spaces for trauma," commented Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH.
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  • Kevin McCarthy and Lauren Boebert

    Health Expert Says Boebert Campaign “Stoking Mistrust” of “Heroes” Who Work in Public Health

    Sep 29, 2020
    COLORADO TIMES RECORDER: Multiple events by 3rd Congressional District candidate Lauren Boebert have violated statewide public health recommendations on social distancing. “What’s she’s saying is, I’m a libertarian. Freedom is very important, and the government shouldn’t force us to do things for our own good. You can take every risk you want, but you’re not taking a risk when you are not wearing a mask, you are imposing a risk on others,” explained Center Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH.
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  • Warren  Binford

    Warren Binford honored with Justice Hans A. Linde Award

    Sep 16, 2020
    Visiting Clinical Professor Warren Binford, JD, Ed.M, was recognized with the Justice Hans A. Linde Award by the Oregon chapter of the American Constitution Society, at a virtual award ceremony hosted by Willamette University on September 16th. Binford is an internationally recognized children’s rights scholar and advocate who is a frequent writer and speaker on a variety of children’s issues, including 21st century forms of child abuse, exploitation, and neglect.
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  • JAMA

    Ensuring Adequate Palliative and Hospice Care During COVID-19 Surges

    Sep 21, 2020
    JAMA Viewpoint: Authors Jean Abbott, Daniel Johnson and Matthew Wynia conclude that an ethical approach to pandemic surge planning requires recognizing and addressing threats of scarcity throughout the community. Failure to plan for adequate palliative and hospice care when a substantial increase in disease and death is expected is unconscionable, and it risks undermining patient-family trust, long-term emotional health, and the core values of society.
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    Ethical Considerations In The Use Of AI Mortality Predictions In The Care Of People With Serious Illness

    Sep 16, 2020
    HEALTH AFFAIRS: Predicting prognosis is as old as medicine itself. Recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have led to algorithms that promise to answer one of life’s ultimate questions: When will I die? Co-author Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD concludes that aligning care with patient priorities and avoiding biases should be the explicit aims of such work.
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  • The Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams is sitting out the current NFL season because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Coronavirus Is Revealing Football’s Human Cost

    Sep 10, 2020
    THE ATLANTIC: Amid a global pandemic, the NFL’s non-guaranteed contracts force players into a familiar choice: stay safe, or stay on the field. "If they cared about health and well-being as a primary concern, they would do things differently,” says Christine Baugh, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.
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    Fact check: Did some COVID-19 patients die because they couldn't access a ventilator?

    Sep 2, 2020
    POLITIFACT-NC: Center Director Matthew Wynia explained, "Any evidence of such deaths are likely to be anecdotal, and not necessarily something that’s documented. If your ICU is full, you’re going to try to make the best of it. You’re likely going to try to treat them in a step-down unit,” Wynia said. “You’re not going to find anyone who says we openly discussed this with the family and says ‘I’m sorry, we’re out of beds and ventilators."
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  • Students walking on campus

    Colorado College’s move to remote learning highlights the risks of opening campuses

    Sep 4, 2020
    CHALKBEAT: CBH Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, said he hopes schools recognize that if plans change, they need to ensure students are in comfortable environments that provide good food, internet and proper accommodations. Colleges and universities must take responsibility for closures, as well as their role in stopping the spread of the disease to other communities.
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    Months before its arrival, Colorado tries to answer the question: Who should get the coronavirus vaccine first?

    Aug 31, 2020
    COLORADO SUN: "Vaccinating the population is important. Keeping the population united is more so. We tend to go with guidelines in the U.S.,” Center Director Matthew Wynia explained. “We’re reluctant to force people to do anything. But that does come with a cost that there will be a pretty high risk that there will be haves and have nots,”
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  • Lee Rouland at Heartland Health Center

    An ʻUnprecedentedʼ Effort to Stop the Coronavirus in Nursing Homes

    Aug 20, 2020
    NEW YORK TIMES: Center Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH was quoted in this article, describing one of the first monoclonal antibody research studies in the war on the coronavirus. “There just isn’t a culture in nursing homes that is attuned to doing research and clinical trials.”
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  • Winnona Merritt

    Directing Doctors to Treat Others With COVID-19 First

    Aug 13, 2020
    NEXT AVENUE: Dr. Andrea Kittrell, a Lynchburg, Va. otolaryngologist and chair of the medical ethics committee at her regional hospital system, founded the advance directive website, Save Other Souls. CBH Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH voiced concerns.
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    Denver judge upholds governor’s last call rule for bars and restaurants during coronavirus pandemic

    Jul 31, 2020
    GREELEY TRIBUNE: "The state’s power to regulate its citizen’s health, safety and welfare under our federal system … is vast,” said Daniel Goldberg, a public health ethicist, attorney and CBH faculty. “These lawsuits that crop up —I’m not saying they can’t ever prevail — but they have an uphill battle.”
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  • Covid patient on ventilator

    Hospitals face 'an explosion of Covid' and signs of another surge as coronavirus case numbers climb

    Jul 2, 2020
    ERIE NEWS NOW / CNN: Hospitals may have to use crisis care standards if they become overwhelmed to prioritize patients with higher chances of survival. "Making that decision would come down to one question," says Center Director Dr. Matthew Wynia. "What's the likelihood that you will survive this acute illness and still be alive six months or a year from now."
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