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I’m excited to endorse Michelle Au for Georgia Senate District 48. Michelle is hard working, smart as a whip, and most importantly, she will put the people of State Senate District 48 first. We need Michelle Au in the Georgia Senate to make sure everyone has access to health care, a quality public education, and a chance to succeed in this economy. Please join me in supporting Michelle.

— Rep. David Dreyer
Georgia House District 59

Georgia Equality is the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization and is dedicated to advancing fairness, safety, and opportunity for LGBTQ communities and allies throughout Georgia.

 

“I am thrilled to endorse Dr. Michelle Au and put the full weight of Vote Mama behind her crucial campaign. Michelle is exactly the kind of fearless leader and advocate we need to elect to ensure that we are building strong, healthy communities, and Vote Mama is fully committed to doing everything we can to get Michelle elected.”

— Sarah Rowen, Director, Vote Mama

Dr. Au is a strong leader and we need to elect her to the State Senate. She will be a champion for Georgians on health care, jobs, and education. I’m proud to support her candidacy.

— Rep. Scott Holcomb
Georgia House District 81

US MEDICAL WORKERS SELF-ISOLATE AMID FEARS OF BRINGING CORONAVIRUS HOME

Exposure and a lack of protective gear are fueling concerns for
the safety of frontline medical teams across the US

Nurses wearing protective clothing handle a bag with a potentially infected coronavirus swab at a drive-through testing center in Seattle, Washington. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Jessica Glenza in New York
Thu 19 Mar 2020 14.14 EDT

Dr. Michelle Au is an anesthesiologist and, therefore, expert at quickly and safely putting patients on ventilators. Under normal circumstances, her work is in the operating room.

But in the midst of a respiratory disease outbreak she has a new job, which is both critical and dangerous.

With the coronavirus pandemic bearing down on communities across America, her Georgia hospital – like many others – has canceled all elective surgeries and pulled her on to a specialist airway team.

 

Georgia’s WIN List is a grassroots political action committee dedicated to recruiting, training, supporting, electing, and re-electing Democratic women for statewide and legislative office who will be effective advocates for the issues most important to women and families, including the preservation of our reproductive freedom.

GAPPAC is committed to increasing the representation of advancement of Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to elected office in Georgia, and supporting progressive candidates and elected officials who advocate for AAPI issues.

YOUR SMARTWATCH

High-tech Health Tracker or Talisman?

By Michelle Au and Andrew Bomback 
Spring 2019

Think of the stereotypical representations of medicine, as they might appear on a television show: the crisp white coat, of course, and the stethoscope dangling at the ready. Syringes and intravenous lines, maybe. An X-ray or a CT scan slammed theatrically into a light box.

But any medical scene is incomplete without an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine running in the background, its jagged line tracing across the screen.

The EKG is the backbeat of many hospital scenes on television. Important medical things are happening here, it says.

The wearable EKG offers the comforting weight of medicine itself, worn on the wrist like an amulet warding off evil.

To tap into that potent association, many private medical practices, urgent-care clinics, community hospitals, technology companies, and health care-product designers use EKG imagery in their advertising.

Most of those images bear little resemblance to actual EKG tracings. The spikes and bumps generated for signs or emblems (like the logo of the daytime talk show The Doctors, for example) mostly amount to arbitrary peaks and valleys. They do not reflect the output of a human heart, healthy or diseased.

MEDICAL EXAMINER:
There’s a Proven Public Health Strategy We Could Use to Encourage Vaccination

As we learned with smoking, showing people visceral possible health outcomes effectively scares them into behaving differently.

Images of children with the measles grab more attention than any cheerfully sanitized infographic.*
CDC/NIP/Barbara Rice

By Michelle Au 
March 8, 2019 8:00am EST

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched “Tips From Former Smokers,” its first-ever paid national anti-tobacco campaign. “Tips” featured real people suffering real medical conditions resulting from their exposure to tobacco smoke. The campaign gave them a direct platform to share their experiences, which the CDC thought would encourage current smokers to quit and dissuade future smokers from ever starting.

What distinguished this public health campaign was its visceral intimacy. In one poster, a former smoker named Shawn is posed with a lathered face, facing the camera as if it were a mirror while shaving his neck with a safety razor. The gaping orifice of his stoma—the breathing hole in his trachea surgically created after his larynx was removed—gapes at the viewer, the rim ragged with radiation scarring, a glistening red plane of muscle clearly visible under the skin. “BE CAREFUL NOT TO CUT YOUR STOMA,” the bold print reads.

SMARTWATCHES ARE CHANGING
THE PURPOSE OF THE EKG

Wearables help cast the medical test as a talisman
of health-care competence. An Object Lesson.

Ralph Orlowski / Reuters
 

By Andrew Bomback and Michelle Au 
February 22, 2019 11:30am ET

Think of the stereotypical representations of medicine, as they might appear on a television show: the crisp white coat, of course, and the stethoscope dangling at the ready. Syringes and intravenous lines, maybe. An X-ray or a CT scan slammed theatrically into a light box.

But any medical scene is incomplete without an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine running in the background, its jagged line tracing across the screen reassuringly, or alarmingly to cue a dramatic threat. The EKG is the backbeat of many hospital scenes on television. Important medical things are happening here, it says.