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CBSSM's Kayte Spector-Bagdady recently wrote an opinion piece in USA Today focsisng on the secondary use of research data and specimens. In this piece, she defends the choice of University of Washington researchers to re-purpose flu swabs for COVID19 testing despite government opposition. The full article can be found below.


Many breast cancer patients wrongly believe that having both breasts removed — a double mastectomy — will improve their chance of survival, one study has found. “Our finding that so many women are receiving much more extensive surgery than needed to treat their disease is striking,” said study lead author Dr. Reshma Jagsi. Researchers surveyed more than 1,900 women treated for breast cancer and found that nearly half of them had considered having a double mastectomy. Many who had the more aggressive surgery had no risk factors, such as family history of breast cancer, that would increase their odds for cancer in the second breast.


A chart has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows the seriousness of the novel coronavirus epidemic has been exaggerated when its death toll is compared to other diseases. But health experts say the graphic is misleading and risks underplaying the danger of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, which is a new disease with a fast-rising mortality rate. CBSSM's Associate Director, Brian Zikmund-Fisher discussed this misleading chart: “Comparing a rapidly spreading disease to conditions which have stable prevalences is an unfair comparison, and it leads the audience to perceive the risk of SARS-CoV-2 as ‘low’ in gist despite its incredible potential to overtake all of these in a very short period of time. What we need (and I have seen) is more graphics showing the time trends."


Dr. Lisa Harris recently commented in an article in SELF about lack of efficacy, safety, and ethics around the idea that abortions can be reversed: “I can’t emphasize strongly enough that when people enter an abortion facility, the only thing on the provider’s mind is whether this decision and process is what a woman clearly wants. It was already an ethical breach to offer [‘abortion reversal’] care, and now it’s even more so because there are legitimate safety concerns. If someone in my community offered this, I would say it is outside the bounds of what’s considered efficacious and safe.”

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In a recent article, "Assessing genetic relationships between academia and industry," CBSSM's Kayte Spector-Bagdady reviews the four major findings of recent study published in Genetics in Medicine. CBSSM's Scott Roberts was also senior author on the study.