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The Citizen's League has just released a 50-page report, Backup Plan for Solos: Health Care Decision Making for People Aging Alone. I was delighted to play a small role.

"As people age, they often need assistance with health care decisions. Historically, family members have provided such assistance. It is not always clear who can and will be available to assist those aging alone or to serve as their health decision agents if they cannot speak for themselves. Without a plan or a supportive infrastructure, “solos” are at risk for lack of care, sub-optimal care, or care that goes against their wishes."

The Citizens League and its partners challenged the Task Force to discover, analyze, and make recommendations directed at the following overarching goal:

"Stimulate the development of a supportive infrastructure to help solo adults, particularly older solo adults, successfully navigate health-related events and, therefore, be less likely to become vulnerable adults—with its accompanying loss of self-determination for the individual and high costs to society."


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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Move over United States, China is the new research powerhouse. In the last few months, announcements out of China talk about the first live human births from genetically edited embryos; the birth of 5 cloned, genetically edited monkeys, and most recently, announced the development of an artificial intelligencethat is more accurate than human doctors at diagnosing diseases in children. Why this sudden surge in Chinese science and what does that mean for human subject research protection?

One answer might be that China was always this prolific in science but was not as great as touting their work.…

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The Death with Dignity National Center has summarized MAID in the 2019 legislative session. Bills in New Mexico and New Jersey have already passed key committees. Below, the green states are where MAID is already legal. The tan states are where bills ...

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Dr. Steve Phillips Ever since advocates for euthanasia began making arguments that euthanasia was morally permissible and should be legal, their arguments have begun by picturing a person who is near death from a disease that is causing severe pain. Then they argue that out of respect for the autonomy of and compassion for that …

Continue reading "The expansion of euthanasia in the Netherlands"

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by Olya Kudina and Lori Bruce                                                      

Online social spaces maintain an increasing presence in our lives. Yearly, people upload around 1.2 trillion photos on social media and share personal stories and milestones through their social networks. It is fair to say that online communications are here to stay. The #10YearChallenge is a recent manifestation of photo-sharing across social networks. The challenge purportedly started as an initiative to post two photos of the same person with ten years’ difference between the images. The challenge proliferated across social networks with people predominantly comparing the way people age, and occasionally wandering toward spin-off challenges such as illustrating environmental degradation over time.…

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What makes people happy? A load of studies tell us that human interaction is key to our happiness. But what kind of interactions matter?  And does interaction increase everyone’s happiness, or is it something primarily beneficial to extraverts? A fantastic study set out to … Continue reading

The post A Surprisingly Easy Way To Become Happier appeared first on PeterUbel.com.

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Written by Ben Davies There’s a story that’s often told about the evolution of the doctor-patient relationship. Here’s how it goes: back in the bad old days, doctors were paternalists. They knew what was best, and the job of the patient was simply to do as they were told and hopefully get better. Then, in […]

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Written by Ben Davies There’s a story that’s often told about the evolution of the doctor-patient relationship. Here’s how it goes: back in the bad old days, doctors were paternalists. They knew what was best, and the job of the patient was simply to do as they were told and hopefully get better. Then, in […]

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Washington State Medical Association



At the End of Life: Agency, Role and Responsibilities of the Physician/Advanced Practitioner


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Registration is open for this national, two-day conference, Sept. 13-14, 2019, in Seattle.

 

Physicians and advanced practitioners have the privilege and duty to care for patients at the end of life. Sometimes their actions factor into a patient’s death; such as discontinuing life support (including ventilators, cardiac devices, and dialysis), clinically supporting patients who voluntarily stop eating and drinking (VSED), providing palliative sedation, and in states where it is legal, prescribing a lethal dose of medication to a dying patient. These cases have clinical, legal, ethical, sociocultural, and psychological dimensions that are often challenging for physicians and advanced practitioners to navigate.

 

At this conference, we'll set the stage for ongoing discussion of these practices and the issues physicians and advanced practitioners caring for dying patients often face as both medical technology and patients’ requests for planned death evolve.

 

The Washington End of Life Coalition—sponsored by the WSMA Foundation—is partnering with UW Medicine Department of Bioethics & Humanities, UW Medicine Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, and UW School of Law to present this national conference on the physician/advanced practitioner’s agency, role and responsibilities at the end of life.

 

The event will be held Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

Please take a moment to forward this email to your colleagues who may be interested in attending.

 





  
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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Jump to The Resident (Season 2; Episode 13): A risky organ transplant; Jump to The Good Doctor (Season 2; Episode 14):Face Transplant; Jump to Chicago Med (Season 4; Episode 13): Suspecting the worst; HIV safety or stigmatization; Suspicion and stealing from patients; Jump to Greys Anatomy (Season 15; Episode 12): Removing Dying Patient’s Autonomy

The Resident (Season 2; Episode 13): A risky organ transplant

Eloise is a third year medical student in need of a double lung transplant as a result of her cystic fibrosis. However, she is too sick for the procedure since her liver and pancreas have begun to fail.…

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