Max is joined by Amy Moran-Thomas, PhD, associate professor of anthropology at MIT. They discuss current shortcomings in the FDA's medical devices approval process, with a sharp focus on pulse-oximeters, a device rendered particularly popular during the Pandemic. Studies have long shown that they do not detect low oxygen as accurately among people with darker skin, and yet, little has changed. Read more about Dr. Moran-Thomas' in-depth exploration of how pulse oximeters encode racial bias here: https://bostonreview.net/science-nature-race/amy-moran-thomas-how-popular-medical-device-encodes-racial-bias, and see the large clinical study which we refer to in the episode, published in the New England Journal of Medicine by a team from the University of Michigan: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmc2029240.
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