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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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    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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    Hard Lessons: Most of the Nazi Doctors Volunteered

    Jul 3, 2020
    INTERMOUNTAIN JEWISH NEWS: “There is a resonance between the Holocaust and medicine today, including racial health disparities, managed care and doctors as the stewards of communal resources,” says Center Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH. "How do you get physicians to the point where they maintain their ability to do the job and also retain their human compassion, empathy and the ability to form strong bonds with individual patients? I think that’s a balancing act that many of us struggle with throughout our careers. I hope that teaching Holocaust history helps physicians understand the risk of turning individual human beings into numbers."
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    What crisis care standards could mean for Valley patient care

    Jul 1, 2020
    ABC15 NEWS-PHOENIX: “People who’ve experienced military triage and having to make these decisions on the battlefield are sometimes scarred for life by this. It’s not something you ever really forget,” said Dr. Matthew Wynia, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.
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    Oncologists' perspectives on medical marijuana use by older adults

    Jun 29, 2020
    JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC ONCOLOGY: Over 230 medical oncologists nationwide responded to the first study exploring oncologists' perceptions regarding MM for older adults with cancer, in which CBH Research Director Eric Campbell, PhD is a co-author. The research suggests that perceptions regarding the breadth of MM's benefits rather than its risks drive their views on its utility for older adults.
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  • Sara Wittner (left) and her sister Grace Sekera on Sekera’s wedding day. Wittner began using narcotics again after the COVID-19 pandemic dismantled elements of her sobriety support system.

    The Difficulty Of Counting the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Full Death Toll

    Jun 22, 2020
    TIME: “You have some stakeholders who want to downplay things and make it sound like we’ve had a wonderful response, it all worked beautifully,” says Center Director Dr. Matthew Wynia, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee studying the issue. “And you’ve got others who say, ‘No, no, no. Look at all the people who were harmed.’”
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    Warren Binford on Living Conditions at Detention Facilities

    Jun 25, 2019
    PBS: Amid shocking reports of the U.S. government’s treatment of detained migrant children, Warren Binford, a lawyer who visited one of the facilities in Texas, discusses the squalid living conditions as well as the resignation of acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, John Sanders. Professor Binford is Director of the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University, and will be joining our faculty in July, 2020.
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    Structural Stigma, Legal Epidemiology and COVID-19: The Ethical Imperative to Act Upstream

    Jun 23, 2020
    KENNEDY INSTITUTE OF ETHICS JOURNAL: Covid-19 like other outbreaks, amplifies both person-centered, explicit racism and the structural, institutionalized racism that is responsible for racial health inequalities in the US. Author and Center faculty Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, says, "Laws and policies should be prioritized as primary anti-stigma mechanisms.
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    Thousands Volunteer To Be Infected With Coronavirus To Possibly Speed Up Vaccine

    Jun 16, 2020
    CBS4 NEWS: CU Boulder graduate student Gavriel Kleinwaks is one of nearly 29,000 people who have signed up to be willingly infected with the coronavirus. CBH faculty Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD questions if it's ethical to infect people with a potentially lethal virus with no reliable treatment.
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    COVID Expert Denies Lobbying for Tesla in California Reopening Fight

    Jun 11, 2020
    DAILY BEAST: Center Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH commented about UCSF Professor Dr. John Balmes, walking the ethical line of using ones university position to further an advocacy agenda.
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    Ethics Consult Leads at Children's Hospital earn HEC-C Certification

    Jun 9, 2020
    Congratulations to Clinical Nurse Ethicist Karen Jones, RN, RNC-NIC and Associate Professor Curtis Coughlin, MBe, MS who recently passed the Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) exam!
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    Ethical Challenges Arising in the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Overview from the Association of Bioethics Program Directors (ABPD) Task Force

    Jun 8, 2020
    AMERICAN JOURNAL OF BIOETHICS: This paper discusses resource allocation and several related ethical challenges to the healthcare system and society, including how to define benefit, how to handle informed consent, the special needs of pediatric patients, how to engage communities in these difficult decisions, and how to mitigate concerns of discrimination and the effects of structural inequities
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    Informed Consent for Apnea Testing: Meeting the Standard of Care

    May 22, 2020
    AMERICAN JOURNAL OF BIOETHICS: Apnea testing involves discontinuing the support of a mechanical ventilator in order to determine if a patient is able to initiate spontaneous breathing. Center faculty Brian M. Jackson, MD concludes that, "physicians should not proceed with apnea testing unless the patient’s decision-making surrogate has given informed consent."
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    Covid-19 Crisis Triage — Optimizing Health Outcomes and Disability Rights

    May 19, 2020
    NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE: Center Director and co-author Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH concludes, "To ensure the trustworthiness of the health system, disability rights advocates and health care leaders should work together to finalize crisis triage plans that save the most lives, protect the equal worth of all persons, and enhance communities’ capacity to heal in the wake of a once-in-a century pandemic."
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    This time, equality

    May 1, 2020
    INTERMOUNTAIN JEWISH NEWS: This time, equality is a letter to the editor from the "Lessons Learned" group of the Holocaust, Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program, which reminds us that the mistakes and shortcomings of medicine during the Holocaust should inform our decision-making in medical ethics during today’s pandemic. CBH Director Matthew Wynia says, “We need to be able to look back and say we made those decisions in a way that maintains the trust of the community, that maintains social cohesion, and allows us to heal.”
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    Covid-19 Oncology Survey

    May 13, 2020
    LUMINAS: Faculty Affiliate Roz Pierson of Luminas, conducted an online survey of over 100 oncologists across the US, to uncover the impact that the pandemic has had on their practice, patient management and treatment patterns.
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    Ethical Dilemmas As The State Reopens

    May 8, 2020
    CPR - COLORADO MATTERS: Center Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH joins a discussion about balancing Colorado's health-related restrictions with activities that bring joy and meaning to people's lives, and how the Covid guidelines impact one's physical and mental well-being.
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    George Brauchler’s Proposal to Roll Back Jared Polis’ Power Shows How Pandemic Is Being “Converted into a Partisan Issue."

    May 13, 2020
    COLORADO TIMES RECORDER: Proposals like Brauchler’s are an “illustration of how the response [to the pandemic] has been increasingly converted into a partisan issue. That’s sad because it shouldn’t be partisan,” CBH Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH wrote in an email to the Colorado Times Recorder. “Both Republicans and Democrats are dying of this illness – and we all care about the people in our families and communities who are at particular risk.”
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    Would You Let The Government Track Your Smartphone If It Meant We Could Reopen Sooner?

    May 8, 2020
    NEWSWEEK: "In a fast-moving pandemic, protecting individuals' rights to privacy limits the ability of the government to protect the health of the population," said CBH Director of Research, Eric G. Campbell, PhD.
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    The Patients Left Behind

    Apr 24, 2020
    BLOOMBERG: "We're almost certainly going to have some people with non-Covid disease who are harmed, as a result of delays in their care," said Center Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH.
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