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10/19/2014

VSED Interview – Not Here by Choice with Phyllis Shacter

The End-of-Life University has an online interview series that provides valuable resources and inspiration for the end of life.  

On October 23, 2013 (1:00 ET), join Dr. Karen Wyatt and her guest Phyllis Shacter, an advocate for natural dying thr…

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10/18/2014

"Brain Death" : Facilitating Family/Hospital Dialogue about Death by Neurological Criteria

The Southern California Bioethics Committee Consortium (SCBCC) in collaboration with LMU Bioethics Institute is presenting “‘Brain Death’ – Facilitating Family/Hospital Dialogue about Death by Neurological Criteria.”

This is a half-day confe…

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10/18/2014

Jahi McMath Family Gathering Better Evidence Refuting Death Diagnosis

In an October 8 filing with the Alameda County Superior Court, Jahi McMath’s family has acknowledged Dr. Fisher’s concerns and criticisms with the evidence that it presented earlier this month.  

In response, the McMath family has asked the court…

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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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