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02/17/2018

Religious Exception to Brain Death

A Canadian court will soon decide whether those with a religious objection to brain death can avoid being declared dead on neurological criteria like everyone else. Only New Jersey affords that right in the United States.   Shalom Ouanounou ...

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02/16/2018

Warehousing and Torturing Dying Patients? Conference Promises a Different Future

Final Exit Network, an organization dedicated to achieving a peaceful death, is sponsoring a hemisphere-wide conference to bring together bioethicists, doctors, nurses, other health care professionals, hospice chaplains, legal experts, and lay ind...

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02/16/2018

Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches – A Workshop

Here is a video of my talk from this week's workshop at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: "Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches."

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02/15/2018

Anything to Save Them: Medics Reveal Human Cost of Our Denial

A Western Australia newspaper is running a nice series on over-treatment and conflicts at the end of life.  There is not much new for those in clinical ethics. But it is great this is highlighted for the public with practical tips on advance care...

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02/14/2018

Conference of the Physician’s Alliance Against Euthanasia (March 2018)

With legal euthanasia and assisted suicide now a reality in Canada, opponents turn their  attention to helping doctors and other health professionals improve their skills so as to better care for patients at risk of requesting death.  T...

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02/13/2018

Virginia House and Senate Both Pass Medical Futility Bills

Last Tuesday, the Virginia Senate passed S.B. 222. Today, the Virginia House passed H.B. 226 (81 to 19). These bills permit Virginia clinicians to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment without consent and even over patient or surrogate objec...

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02/12/2018

Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches – A Workshop

Here is a copy of my slides from today's presentation at the National Academy of Sciences workshop, "Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches."

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02/11/2018

Addressing Demands for Medically Futile Measures: Objective and Subjective Policy Standards

Law student Hayley White has just published "Addressing Demands for Medically Futile Measures: Objective and Subjective Policy Standards" in the Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law.

"This Brief Insight will discuss the implications and shortcomings of the Unilateral Health Care Decisions Act and the Texas Advance Directives Act, which emphasizes the importance of creating clear procedures that are both objective and subjective so that treatment that may be inappropriate given the patient’s condition and prognosis can be adjusted and dealt with in an organized and systematic way."

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02/10/2018

Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections in Life and Death

Where do we go when we die? Or is there nowhere to go? Is death something we can do or is it just something that happens to us? Now in his ninth decade, former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway has spent a lifetime at the bedsides of the dying, gui...

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02/09/2018

West Virginia Nondiscrimination in Involuntary Denial of Treatment Act

Virginia bills that would authorize the "involuntary denial of treatment" are proceeding through the Virginia legislature. Meanwhile, the West Virginia legislature is considering a bill that would do exactly the opposite. H.B. 4467, based on a model a...

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