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02/18/2017

Advance Care Planning and its Detractors

The default mode of our technologically advanced medicine is to use our technology. Nowhere is this more true than close to the end of life. And our technology is really impressive; with it, we can keep chests going up and down and hearts beating for a long, long time. The troubling thing is that there are many people who would rather not have lots of... // Read More »

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02/10/2017

Apologies and Outcomes

What if a study shows that the course of action we know to be right doesn’t “work”? Or that it may even place us at a disadvantage? When bad things happen to patients in the course of medical treatment, doctors traditionally have avoided apologizing or even expressing sympathy to patients, for fear that such expressions would be used against them in malpractice court as an... // Read More »

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01/27/2017

Today

Today is a particularly significant day, and not just because it is the 261st birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Today was the March for Life in Washington. “Life is winning again in America,” Vice President Mike Pence said to the gathered crowds. Today President Trump signed his “extreme vetting” executive order which, among other things, bans Syrian refugees until further notice, and caps refugees entering... // Read More »

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01/27/2017

Today

Today is a particularly significant day, and not just because it is the 261st birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Today was the March for Life in Washington. “Life is winning again in America,” Vice President Mike Pence said to the gathered crowds. Today President Trump signed his “extreme vetting” executive order which, among other things, bans Syrian refugees until further notice, and caps refugees entering... // Read More »

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01/27/2017

Today

Today is a particularly significant day, and not just because it is the 261st birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Today was the March for Life in Washington. “Life is winning again in America,” Vice President Mike Pence said to the gathered crowds. Today President Trump signed his “extreme vetting” executive order which, among other things, bans Syrian refugees until further notice, and caps refugees entering... // Read More »

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01/20/2017

Conflicts of Interest in unsuspected places

Patient advocacy organizations — groups such as the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, the Arthritis Foundation — are non-profit organizations that seek to help patients with a specific disease or disorder by providing services to patients, sponsoring research, influencing government and insurance policy, and promoting and promulgating guidelines that are followed by doctors and patients to diagnose and treat disease. They are sometimes... // Read More »

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01/06/2017

Party politics, people’s lives

As health care financing rises yet again to the top of our national legislative agenda, some fundamental questions ought to be strongly considered. First, and most fundamental: Is some level of healthcare a right, that the government is therefore obligated to protect? Is it better viewed as a common good, like roads and fire protection services, that everybody pays for through taxes and everybody benefits... // Read More »

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11/25/2016

Gattaca validated

In the made-for-bioethics movie Gattaca, when the main character Vincent is born, a nurse in the delivery room draws a drop of his blood, places it in the nifty instant genetic analyzer, and intones, “Heart disorder: 99% probability. Early fatal potential: life expectancy 30.2 years.” (Spoiler alert!) However, Vincent doesn’t let this genetic version of a horoscope control his life, but goes on to beat... // Read More »

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11/06/2016

Another election, another round of health care reform

Now that we Chicagolanders don’t have the World Series to distract us anymore, we have to go back to thinking about the upcoming election. Health care financing is of course one important issue in the presidential race. One side wants to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), the other wants to keep it and work to fix it. Whoever wins, it’s evident... // Read More »

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08/13/2016

A novel strategy for suicide prevention

In the Netherlands, a doctor will not be prosecuted for assisting a patient to die either through euthanasia or assisted suicide (EAS) if certain conditions are met, among which are the following: The patient’s request for aid-in-dying must be voluntary and well-informed, without coercion from others, and uninfluenced by psychological illness or drugs; their suffering should be unbearable and hopeless, with no prospect for improvement... // Read More »

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