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10/18/2014

What If You Had To Keep PAYING Life Support Machine To Stay Alive?

In this short proof-of-concept film a woman copes with a terminal illness while a machine keeps her alive. And whenever time is up, her lover must pump more money into the machine.

Director Jason Ho and his co-writer Andrew Post are hoping to tur…

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10/18/2014

Where Have All the Heroes Gone…?

The response of the CDC earlier this week to the development of Ebola in a Dallas nurse illuminates another sad consequence of the rise of bureaucratic medicine. In their very disturbing response to this tragic incident, the CDC arrogantly announced—prior to any investigation and without adequate evidence–that the cause of the transmission of the Ebola virus to Nina Pham, the nurse involved in the care… // Read More »

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10/18/2014

Barbara Mancini Assisted Suicide Case

Pennsylvania nurse Barbara Mancini was prosecuted for allegedly helping her terminally ill, 93-year-old father overdose on a bottle of morphine. While the charges were ultimately dismissed, the prosecution harmed Barbara, her father, her family, hospic…

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10/17/2014

Metaphor: Shopping

Story: a white couple ordered sperm from a sperm bank, stipulating that it be from a white man, for artificial insemination; however, in the delivery room, it was immediately apparent that they didn’t get what they ordered, as their newborn daughter was mixed-race. The couple is now suing the sperm bank for $50,000. In Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune, columnist Dahleen Glanton wrote a commentary on this… // Read More »

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10/17/2014

Death by Neurologic Criteria 1968 – 2014: Changing Interpretations

The December 2014 issue of the Journal of Critical Care includes a special section titled “Death by Neurologic Criteria 1968 – 2014: Changing Interpretations.”

The future of death
Brian Wowk

Where have we been? Where are we going? Initiatives to imp…

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10/16/2014

Ebola and the Challenge of Public Conversations

Writing on this blog two days ago, Tom Garigan offered a pretty thorough critique of the CDC’s response to Ebola, and the agency’s defense of that response.  I write not to challenge that, or even address it directly.  I do note that Tom is not alone in his criticism of the way the public health officials are speaking to the public at large.  Complaints have… // Read More »

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10/16/2014

The Best-Selling Biologic Drugs

Biologic drugs are a big deal for the pharmaceutical industry right now. Blockbuster chemicals for common conditions like diabetes and hypertension are largely things of the past. We’re getting pretty good at controlling those conditions, and few people expect a … Continue reading

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10/16/2014

The Great Ebola Race: An appeal to honor the common good

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the time of the black plague, people with symptoms were often placed into separate areas. The sick and symptomatic were separated from the general populace.

When ships came into harbors they were often kept there for weeks until it was assured that they did not carry disease with them.

Cities would close their gates to travels to prevent anyone from arriving who might bring disease as well as to protect travelers from disease when it raged within.

When immigrants passed through Ellis Island with symptoms of infectious diseases they were kept on the island until they were better or sent back home.…

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10/16/2014

Minnesota Sentences Melchert-Dinkel to 178 Days in Jail for Assisted Suicide

Even in the five states (MT, NM, OR, VT, WA) where aid in dying is legal, assisted suicide is not.  


Aid in dying is for capacitated, terminally ill patients like Brittany Maynard.  In contrast, assisted suicide occurs under less controlled and less justifiable circumstances.  


Case in point:  William Melchert-Dinkel, who was just re-sentenced in Minnesota for preying upon suicidal people — encouraging two to take their lives.

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10/16/2014

Dying in America: IOM Recommendations and Next Steps for Stakeholders

On September 17, 2014, the Institute of Medicine released the report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, in which an expert committee identified “persistent major gaps in care near the end of life that require urgent attention from numerous stakeholder groups.” The committee made comprehensive recommendations in the areas of care delivery, clinician–patient communication and advance care planning, professional education and development, payment systems and policies, and public engagement and education.

On November 10, 2014 (1:00 ET), the IOM will present a webinar that will review the recommendations, explore possible next steps and barriers to implementation, and provide an opportunity for stakeholder groups to join the conversation. (Register here)  The webinar will feature brief presentations and an extended Q&A session with: 

  • Philip Pizzo (committee co-chair), Stanford University School of Medicine
  • David M. Walker (committee co-chair), Former U.S Comptroller General
  • Christian Sinclair (committee member), Gentiva Health Services (through September 2014)
  • Adrienne Stith Butler (study director), Institute of Medicine

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