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About Craig Klugman


by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a colleague around 7pm on a Friday evening. We are serving on the same committee, which I chair, and he had a question. This led to a series of back and forth email that extended until nearly 11pm. I laughed heartily and asked myself, “When did we become expected to work on Friday night?” My observation was supported when the same thing happened with a colleague at another university on Sunday night. What did I spend the rest of that weekend doing? Mostly grading papers. A report by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that professors work more on weekends than other professions, with their weekdays filled with more meetings, advising and other activities.…

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Last week, the Trump Administration proposed a new rule that would “require DNA-sample collection from individuals who are arrested, facing charges, or convicted, and from non-United States persons who are detained under the authority of the United States.” Collecting DNA of people detained under the Department of Homeland Security is not permitted under U.S. law. The proposed rule aims to change that.

The post Immigrant DNA Collection: Fighting Crime or Moral Panic appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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New Amsterdam (Season 2; Episode 5): Inconstant insurance policies; Negotiating with patients; Chicago Med (Season 5; Episode 5): Battery; Broken Promises

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

New Amsterdam (Season 2; Episode 5): Inconstant insurance policies; Negotiating with patients

Two sisters, Jasmine and Paz, sit in Sharpe’s office. Paz is in treatment for uterine cancer. Her sister offered to be her reproductive surrogate and one day from implantation, the insurance company changed the rules and will no longer cover the procedure. Goodwin takes on the insurance company, finding himself in a Byzantine maze. Even more bizarre, the insurance won’t cover surrogacy but it will cover a uterine transplant which is ten times more expensive.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In late August 2019, BuzzFeed reported that, “The Trump administration wants to enable Customs and Border Protection officials to collect DNA samples from undocumented immigrants in its custody”. The information would then be uploaded into NDIS, the national DNA information system run by the FBI. This followed a pilot project begun in May 2019 to take DNA from people at the border in order to see if claims of familial relationships between adults and children were accurate. Their goal was to refer for prosecution when adults lied about being the parents of children asking for asylum.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The Resident (Season 3; Episode 4): Hubris and Assault; New Amsterdam (Season 2; Episode 4): Taking medicine to the streets, assisted suicide, lead poisoning

The Resident (Season 3; Episode 4): Hubris and Assault

Hades is a social media white supremacist celebrity comes in with a headache and a history of brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM). He says he does not want Pravesh (Indian), Nevins (female), or Feldman (Jewish) touching him. Cain (African-American) offers to do his surgery even though the patient is a violent racist. When Hades refuses help, he suddenly changes into Douglas Atwater who wants to be helped.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The fourth iteration of this debate lasted over 3 hours and included 12 candidates (now fitting onto one stage–barely–on a single night). Most of them were attacking Warren, who is the current front runner according to the polls.

When it came to health care, the candidates fall into two approaches. The first is supported by Warren and Sanders, both of whom advocate “Medicare for all” a universal health care program. Warren said that this concept is “the gold standard; it’s how we get coverage for everyone”. When pressed on how she would pay for this plan, Warren said that costs would go up for wealthy and big corporations.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A ProPublica investigation discovered a pattern in some transplant patients at Newark Beth Israel Hospital (NJ): In a few cases, patients were kept in the ICU for one year after transplant and then quickly sent to a long-term care facility where they died. The story came to light when ProPublica learned of Darryl Young, a heart transplant patient who suffered brain damage during his surgery and remains in an unresponsive state (PVS).  The reporters apparently brought the story to the patient’s sister who had no idea that her brother was only being kept breathing to help the hospital’s statistics.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The Good Doctor (Season 3; Episode 2): Ensuring Informed Consen;The Resident (Season 3: Episode 2): Publicity Surgery and Community Benefit; Almost Family (Season 1; Episode 1): Reproductive Fraud; New Amsterdam (Season 2; Episode 2): Death by Neighborhood; Chicago Med (Season 5; Episode 2): Health Humanities 5 seconds of fame

The Good Doctor (Season 3; Episode 2): Ensuring Informed Consent

Josh is a young adult male whose face was destroyed when he defended a woman being assauted on the bus. He has multiple cheek and jaw fractures; a chunk of his face and the underlying muscle was torn off.…

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The Good Doctor (Season 3; Episode 1): Cancer Diagnosis and Dementia; The Resident (Season 3; Episode 1): Profit over patients; New Amsterdam (Season 2; Episode 1): Social Justice; High Cost of Insulin; Carol’s Second Act (Season 1; Episode 1): Stereotyping Age; Grey’s Anatomy (Season 16; Episode 1): Too soon to die; ageism

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Welcome back to the new Fall season of medical dramas. This year is a return of familiar shows which may indicate the current interest in these shows has peaked (seems that legal shows are cycling back). Although #ChicagoMed also premiered this week, there was no bioethics related issues in the season premiere.…

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