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08/09/2018

Robot Cat Companions

Robot cats are here. Joy for All Companion Pet Cats are designed to stimulate and foster meaningful connections for older adults.

The manufacturer explains: 

  • “Loneliness, social isolation, and cognitive decline are reaching epidemic levels for older adults. We are inspired every day knowing that our companion pets are having a positive impact." 
  • "It never gets old hearing caregivers and family members recount the stories of seeing loved ones light up for the first time in years when they interact with our pets."

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08/08/2018

Clinical Ethics Boot Camp – Minnesota

Come to Clinical Ethics Boot Camp in Minneapolis, on Friday  September 21 and Saturday, September 22, 2018. This is a 2 day training to develop and improve knowledge, abilities, and skills in clinical ethics consultation. This training is desig...

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08/08/2018

Clinical Ethics Boot Camp – Minnesota

Come to Clinical Ethics Boot Camp in Minneapolis, on Friday  September 21 and Saturday, September 22, 2018. This is a 2 day training to develop and improve knowledge, abilities, and skills in clinical ethics consultation. This training is desig...

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08/07/2018

The Clinical Dialectic: What Makes Life Worth Living?

STUDENT VOICES | CHYNN ETHICS PRIZE THIRD-PLACE WINNER By Brett Taylor Can too much of a good thing become bad? During the spring semester of my junior year, I had overexerted myself while working out. In doing so, I destroyed my muscles to the point that their constituent proteins were coursing through my bloodstream and […]

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08/07/2018

Popular Insurance Pre-Existing Conditions Ban Under Threat

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Do you have pre-existing health conditions? Approximately 23 percent of Americans do.

According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a pre-existing condition is “a medical condition that occurred before a program of health benefits went into effect.” Healthcare.gov defines it as “A health problem, like asthma, diabetes, or cancer, you had before the date that new health coverage starts. Insurance companies can’t refuse to cover treatment for your pre-existing condition or charge you more.” That means if an adult had a childhood disease, that’s a pre-existing condition. The problem with the healthcare.gov definition is that it is dependent on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remaining intact, an increasingly unlikely scenario.…

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08/07/2018

The Cost of Getting RNA to Mumble

By Mark McQuain In my previous blog entry, I crudely summarized the genetic basis for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and one pharmaceutical company’s (Sarepta) current effort to research, manufacture and finance a genetic treatment that increases the production of a muscle protein missing in patients with DMD called dystrophin. Please see my previous blog entry …

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08/07/2018

Bringing Competence & Compassion to End of Life Care

Join the Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support (MCDES) on October 5, 2018 for their fall conference: "Bringing Competence & Compassion to End of Life Care." The keynote speaker is Louis Gamino, PhD, ABPP, FT, Professor...

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08/07/2018

Bringing Competence & Compassion to End of Life Care

Join the Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support (MCDES) on October 5, 2018 for their fall conference: "Bringing Competence & Compassion to End of Life Care." The keynote speaker is Louis Gamino, PhD, ABPP, FT, Professor...

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08/06/2018

Making Money by Getting an MRI?

Usually it costs money to get an MRI. But sometimes, in order to save money, insurance companies pay patients to seek less expensive medical care providers. Here is an excellent news report on the topic from The News & Observer: … Continue reading

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08/06/2018

Every Day is a Gift

By Neil Skjoldal Into the genre of news reports about physician assisted suicide comes a powerful piece from The Washington Post.   It is the story of J. J. Hanson who was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme.  It traces his difficult journey as it relates to PAS.  Because of the poor prognosis, treatments at times seemed …

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