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12/11/2014

Chicago Brain Death Case Now Federal Lawsuit

Randall R. Bainchi was a 22-year old United States Marine, who served his Country in war zones in both Afghanistan and Iraqi.  As a result of his service, Bainchi suffered from PTSD, received inadequate mental health treatment, and acqui...

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12/11/2014

The CIA Torture Report: Health, Medicine & Ethics

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

On Tuesday, December 9, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on intelligence released its long awaited report on CIA interrogation and torture. This 500-page executive summary details the results of six years of investigations that covered over 6 million pages of records. What was discovered is that torture was more brutal and extensive than reported, that information was kept secret, that the programs were mismanaged and lacked oversight, and that most likely no information came out of it.

Anyone wishing to read the report can find it here. The length and detail of the document, not to mention its graphic content, make it difficult to go through.…

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12/10/2014

A different type of virtue

Last August while I was leading a faculty discussion of how emerging adults (a sociological term for those in the 18-29 age group) had been found to think about morality in a sociological study and how to respond as we interact with students, I had supported that proposal by David Setran and Chris Kiesling in their book Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adults that using a... // Read More »

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12/10/2014

Will A “Red Light” Be An Effective Nudge To Stop People From Drinking Coke?

So many foods beckoning us from the grocery store shelves – but which ones are healthy for us to consume? We could study Nutritional Facts labels, but that feels as challenging as the math portion of the SAT, with so … Continue reading

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12/10/2014

Peter Saul & Michael Ashby – How We Die (video)

Dr Peter Saul and Professor Michael Ashby delivered a session on ‘How We Die’ from the perspectives of intensive care and palliative care at the International Conference on End of Life in Brisbane, 2014.



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12/09/2014

Medicaid Expansion is Good for Hospitals

The ever reliable Sarah Kliff recently posted a nice graphic, showing a dramatic decline in the number of hospital visits for which hospitals received little to no money, because the patients have no insurance. But this decline occurred almost exclusively … Continue reading

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12/09/2014

Rasouli Does Not Require Brain Death Disputes Go to Consent & Capacity Board

Mary Jane Dykeman In October 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that the Ontario Health Care Consent Act requires that clinicians always, always obtain consent to stop life-sustaining treatment. Cuthbertson v. Rasouli. A Toronto health law...

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12/08/2014

Marketing Extremes That Even Give Big Pharma Supporters Pause

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">On November 28, 2014, </span><em style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The New York Times</em><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"> broke another story about Big Pharma marketing extremes. Reported by Katie Thomas and titled “<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/28/business/drug-maker-gave-large-payments-to-doctors-with-troubled-track-records.html">Using Doctors With Troubled Pasts to Market a Painkiller</a>”</span><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">, the article reveals that one drug manufacturer is taking usual and customary sales strategies beyond the reasonable.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">It is </span><a style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;" href="http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/fact-sheets/2013/11/11/persuading-the-prescribers-pharmaceutical-industry-marketing-and-its-influence-on-physicians-and-patients">independently reported</a><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"> that pharmaceutical manufacturers spent as much as $27 billion in 2012 to promote their products.  (Curiously during the same year, Big Pharma itself reported spending about $48 billion on the research and </span><a style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;" href="http://www.phrma.org/sites/default/files/pdf/PhRMA%20Profile%202013.pdf">development of new drugs</a><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">.  However, some believe the research and development </span><a style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;" href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080105140107.htm">costs are overstated</a><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"> because government grant support and marketing and other expenses are included in the totals.)</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px;"><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000099;" href="/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong><span style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"> </span></p>

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12/08/2014

Short Code Leads to Medical Malpractice Claim

I was surprised to see this claim in a recent lawsuit: "[staff] failed to provide adequate efforts to resuscitate Amy Roska providing CPR for only twelve minutes before ceasing efforts at resuscitation." Roger Roska v. St. Vincent Hospital &am...

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12/08/2014

Text Messaging: A Cure for Common Nonadherence?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

According to research studies on medication usage, nearly 22% of all e-prescriptions and 28% of new prescriptions are not filled. For heart medications among people who have experienced a heart attach, one-half to two-thirds (depending on the medication) of patients were nonadherent to a prescription regimen. Patient adherence to medication is related to the disease, side effects, how long they are treated (there is a drop off after 6-months of treatment), complexity of the regimen, severity of disease, and cost of the medication.

Nonadherence can increase the cost of treating patients. Estimates on that cost vary but range from $100 to $290 billion each year and $7,800 per patient.…

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