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11/29/2016

Our Devices, Our Selves: How to Avoid Practicing Distracted Doctoring

By Laura Vearrier Americans check their phones an average of 46 times per day, (Eadicicco 2015) and they do so no matter what they are doing, including while driving, while at church, during sex, or out to dinner. (Rodriguez 2013) Are healthcare providers any different?  In a survey of medical students, 46 % reported texting, […]

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11/29/2016

Texas Right to Life Seeks Repeal of Texas Advance Directive Act in 2017

Texas Right to Life has announced its legislative priorities for the 85th Texas legislative session that begins on January 10, 2017. Not surprisingly, this agenda includes a repeal of the dispute resolution provisions in the Texas Advance Directi...

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11/29/2016

Texas Right to Life Seeks Repeal of Texas Advance Directive Act in 2017

Texas Right to Life has announced its legislative priorities for the 85th Texas legislative session that begins on January 10, 2017. Not surprisingly, this agenda includes a repeal of the dispute resolution provisions in the Texas Advance Directi...

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11/28/2016

Fordham RETI Fellow Discusses Addiction with U.S. Surgeon General on NPR

Earlier this month, the United States Surgeon General issued a report declaring substance use disorders, like addiction, the “most pressing public health crises of our time.” The report called the country to action to both help those struggling with the chronic illness of addiction and change how addiction in the U.S. is perceived as a “criminal justice problem” rather than … More Fordham RETI Fellow Discusses Addiction with U.S. Surgeon General on NPR

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11/28/2016

Brain Death – Archive of 50 U.S. Court Cases

I have reorganized my archive of primary materials from dozens of U.S. court cases concerning brain death.   I will be adding significant additional material in mid-December.

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11/27/2016

Health Law & Bioethics Writing Competitions

As we approach the end of the calendar year, we also approach the deadlines for many writing competitions specific to health law and bioethics. These competitions typically include (1) cash prizes, (2) an opportunity for publication, and (3) a trip to...

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11/26/2016

Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine

Now available:  the Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine.  This 48 chapter volume is a comprehensive guide to topics in the fields of epistemology and metaphysics of medicine. PART I: GENERAL CONCEPTS The concept of disease (Dominic...

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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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11/25/2016

Kidney Failure Patients Do Not Address Dialysis in Advance Directives

A new study in the Clinical Journal of the American Societ of Nephrology, retrospectively looked at over 800 actual advance directives of patients receiving dialysis at the Mayo Clinic between January 1, 2007, and January 1, 2012. The results are sobe...

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11/24/2016

Ending Pregnancy Exclusions in Advance Directives

A majority of state laws suspend the application of an advance directive, if the patient is pregnant and a viable baby might be delivered.   This unfortunate rule obviously intrudes on the patient's constitutional liberty to refuse unwanted treat...

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