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02/28/2014

Current Developments in Privacy & Security Rule Enforcement

Please join us for this CLE at Hamline University School of Law next Thursday afternoon.   Jerome Meites (Chief Regional Civil Rights Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Region V, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) will pres...

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02/28/2014

Nurse Prosecuted for Murder for Turning off Life Support

The Mississippi Attorney General announced that his office is prosecuting registered nurse April Renae Grissom, 28, for turning off a patient's life support machines. Grissom was working as an R.N. at the facility where the alleged victim, 77, wa...

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02/28/2014

Goold Inquest – No Gross Failure for Unilateral Withdrawal

Following a fall in February 2013, Bob Goold was admitted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.  He was placed on life support.  But when Goold's condition failed to improve, he was put on the "Withdrawal of Treatment Pathway" and food...

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02/27/2014

WSJ Health Experts on End-of-Life Medicine

Over the past few days, the Wall Street Journal Health Experts blog has posted quite a few good comments on end-of-life medicine, by top experts such as Elliott Fisher and Peter Provonost.  

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02/27/2014

Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice

You are cordially invited to attend the 2014 Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice (www.siipc.org) Call for Abstracts & Early Bird Registration closing soon! WHAT IS SIIPC? The SII...

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02/27/2014

Multisite Ethics Review of Research Involving Humans

<p class="MsoNoSpacing">Before research involving humans can commence, the ethical aspects of the research study are reviewed by local ethics boards in the United States known as Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). IRBs review many factors surrounding the ethics of research involving humans, including whether the science is valid, there is a favorable benefit-to-risk ratio, participants are recruited fairly and have retained the right to withdraw from research, privacy is protected, and the informed consent process will be performed such that participants are fully informed and understand the nature of the study. IRBs are located within institutions that perform human research such as universities and colleges, research centers, government agencies, and others. IRBs consist of individuals with a diversity of scientific, clinical, ethics, and legal expertise. The advantage of performing ethics review at the local level is that IRB members know their community, including the prevalence of health issues and the average educational level allowing them to be able to effectively communicate with community members and ensure they can access beneficial research. As trust is an essential element to voluntary community participation, an absence of it might lead to decreased enrolment in clinical trials. Knowing that a body of experts has reviewed the ethical aspects of research is likely to promote trust between participants and the research institution.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">While local review certainly has its advantages, more research is being performed at multiple institutions, such as large phase 3 and 4 clinical trials that can be performed at dozens of research sites across the country. Currently, this means that researchers will have to submit their protocol to every individual IRB for approval. Several studies surrounding multisite ethics review have been performed and many question whether a more efficient system cannot be developed. Below we discuss some of the issues with multisite ethics review and outline a few reform strategies.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;">The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000099;" href="/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong></p>

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02/26/2014

Intersextion: Germany Allows Parents to Choose “No Sex” on Birth Certificate

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In Jeffrey Eugenides Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Middlesex, readers are introduced to a protagonist, Cal Stephanides, who is male with female traits. This best seller helped to bring into the mainstream consciousness the notion of people who are born intersex—having characteristics of male and female sex organs. Or more generally, a person born with sex organs that fall outside what is considered the male or female norm. For example, a girl with a very large clitoris, or a boy with a very small penis or scrotum that looks more like labia. This category can also include a girl who has XY chromosomes, or a child who appears to have the genitalia of one sex and internal organs of the opposite sex.…

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02/26/2014

UCLA Health Ethics Center

Thank you to the UCLA Health Ethics Center (and to the ethics committee) for a great visit.  I hope that it was as valuable for them as it was for me.   I spend much of my year crafting and editing one law review or medical journal article ...

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02/26/2014

POLST Legislative Guide

The National POLST Paradigm Task Force has posted some new legal resources designed to help identify potential legal barriers of POLST Program development and provide guidance for moving past potential barriers.   I was pleased to he...

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02/25/2014

Bioethics, Healthcare Policy & Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Age of Obamacare

My article from a November 2013 Cardozo Law conference is now available here.  Here is the full table of contents for the issue: Ethics Consultations and Conflict Engagement in Health Care - -Charity Scott The Growing Power of Healthc...

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