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08/29/2015

“Our Family Secrets” Exposed — The Ethics of Whistleblowing

This week the Annals of Internal Medicine published an article so controversial they felt the need to publish an accompanying editorial, explaining their decision to publish the anonymous article. The article, “Our Family Secrets” describes two experiences where a health care provider has acted inappropriately while patients were under anesthesia. The editorial describes the acts with poignant alarm: “The first incident reeked of misogyny and... // Read More »

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08/29/2015

Kevorkian "Very Still Life" [EOL in Art 110]

In "Very Still Life," Jack Kevorkian's message, "though somewhat capricious, nebulous and indefinable, is clearly underscored by intense feeling. Brilliant colors highlight the melancholoy age-old balance between the warmth of life and the iciness of d...

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08/29/2015

Supreme Court of Nevada Asked to Determine Brain Death Standards

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Nevada ordered a hospital to continue physiological support for a dead woman pending briefing, argument, and adjudication.  (I summarize the lower court proceedings here.) Today, the family filed its openi...

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08/28/2015

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice at Hamline

Join the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice at Hamline on September 12 for some educational sessions on health law.

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08/28/2015

Are Arguments about GMO Safety Really About Something Else?

Gregory E. Kaebnick

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08/28/2015

Free: Boxed Set!

Back in June, I published a series of essays about efforts to fly people around the country to give them better access to life-saving organ transplants. For your convenience, I have pulled the three essays together into one PDF. As … Continue reading

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08/28/2015

Marketing Trumps Science, or How the Pink Pill Does Not Even the Score

<p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">This month’s blog is going to be a bit of a rant. I don’t generally consider myself a rant-y person, but some of the commentary surrounding the recent </span><a style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;" href="http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm458734.htm">FDA approval</a><span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"> of the sexual desire disorder drug Addyi has proven too much for my delicate constitution.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">First, what I am NOT doing: I am NOT denying the existence of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), or that for women who are so afflicted it can cause serious distress or otherwise negative consequences. I am NOT challenging the notion that HSDD is a medical problem that warrants seeking a medical treatment or medical solution. I am NOT arguing against pharmaceuticals in general, or here specifically, as a potentially viable medical treatment for HSDD. I am NOT saying all pharmaceuticals should have absolutely no risks or side effects, or should be required to produce overly substantial benefits for it to be appropriate for them to be FDA-approved and released to the market. I am NOT calling into question the claims that there are very real sex and gender disparities in medicine, human medicalization, and medical treatment. And I am NOT disputing the value of empowering women with greater control over their own bodies and their own healthcare.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.0400009155273px; font-size: 12px;"><strong>The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a</strong> </span><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.0400009155273px; font-size: 12px;">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="color: #000099; text-decoration: underline;" href="/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong></p>

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08/28/2015

The Changing Definition of What Is ‘Brain Dead’

Healthline News has just posted a nice new review of the debate over brain death.  It is not 100% accurate.  But it is a lucid, comprehensive, lay presentation of the issues.  

I love this quote from the distinguished critical care specialist and ethicist John Luce: " The brain dead people are not as dead as we once thought they were, in the overall biological sense."

The article also notes that Calixto Machado is working on a paper, to be published before the end of the year, which will propose a new category of consciousness to describe Jahi McMath’s as-yet-unseen circumstances.

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08/28/2015

Medicine Holding Back Death [EOL in Art 109]

The buff man of medicine holding back death itself at Fulton County Health Services in Atlanta.  Are we still so confident?

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08/27/2015

Abortion: “Loopholes” and Attitudes

Earlier this week, Dr. Scott Gottlieb wrote in the Wall Street Journal about “Closing the Planned Parenthood Loophole.”  In his article (which was accompanied by a photo of a 12-week fetus), Dr. Gottlieb argued that the 1993 National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act should be amended to delete the word “solely” from the requirement that the doctor performing the abortion certify that “no alteration of... // Read More »

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