Tag: bioethics

Blog Posts (19)

April 19, 2014

Reflections on the Metaphors We Live–and Die–By

Images powerfully impact how we think and how we live. Metaphors, those images we use to describe the indescribable, to portray the unfamiliar and mysterious, are particularly so because of the identity relationships they create. In my last post, I commented on an article in the NYT entitled, “A Tumor: the Embryo’s Evil Twin,” which described the similarities between embryogenesis and the cellular behavior of... // Read More »
April 18, 2014

What’s so good about Good Friday? Good Friday and Bioethics

“Why is it called Good Friday?” my ten-year-old son asks. “What’s good about it?” What, indeed. The day we remember a death — and not what people usually mean by a “good” death. When people speak of a good death, they usually mean either that the one dying didn’t die too young or with too much suffering, or that it was as “least-bad” as possible... // Read More »
April 17, 2014

Pediatric Euthanasia Redux

Today brings the online publication in JAMA (free access) of an essay, “Pediatric Euthanasia in Belgium: Disturbing Developments,” by Andrew Siegel (U. Penn), Dominic Sisti (U. Penn) and Arthur Caplan (now at NYU). In specific view is Belgium’s February 2014 amendment to its 2002 law legalizing euthanasia.  The amendment, which is now fully enacted in Belguim, extends lawful euthanasia to children with “constant and unbearable... // Read More »
April 15, 2014

Concussion Cases Inspire New Course at George Washington’s Law School

[The New York Times] The revelations that hits to the head may lead to long-term brain damage have rocked the football world at all levels, alarming coaches, players and their parents and forcing the N.F.L. and the N.C.A.A. to tighten safety standards. Given the consequences of the injuries, lawyers, too, have taken note, including those […]
April 14, 2014

For the working poor, new health premiums can be a burden

[Los Angeles Times] For nearly two decades, Barbara Garnaus maintained a modest, delicate life balance: keeping her part-time Orange County school district job and juggling her bills and credit card debt. Now 63, living alone, she counts every dollar, has no cellphone and commutes an hour in traffic so she can keep an affordable apartment […]
April 10, 2014

Artistic Inquiry: Obesity on Stage in Boston

BEI Young Professionals member Betsy Campbell covers artful media around the world that touches upon topics in bioethics. In 2013 a Hastings Center article, bioethicist Dan Callahan proposed an “edgier” approach to America’s obesity epidemic. His views in that article — particularly his point about the power of public disapproval — proved to be controversial, […]
January 15, 2014

“Man of Steel”: A Lousy Movie But a Pretty Good Bioethical Morality Play

I finally rented “Man of Steel,” the most recent Superman movie. While academics too easily dress up our pop culture tastes as being culturally important, I try to keep an eye on Superman because I believe that the Superman legend is important in U.S. history. After all, he was our national hero coming out of […]
January 10, 2014

Loyola Bioethics Institute Study Finds Medical Students Concerned About Becoming Desensitized to Dying Patients

Loyola’s Neiswanger Institute Study Finds Medical Students Concerned about Becoming Insensitive When Dealing with a Dying Patient  Click here to watch the video interview with Mark Kuczewski, PhD conducted by Randi Belisomo The imminent death of a patient is riddled with emotions for a patient and family as well as the medical team. A study based […]
December 10, 2013

An interview with Michael McCarthy, “Exploring the intersection of faith and medicine.”

Michael McCarthy is a PhD candidate at Loyola University Chicago, and has his Master’s in Theological Studies degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology.  Currently he is the Assistant Director for Clinical and Theological Ethics at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics at the Stritch School of Medicine.  Prior to joining the Bioethics Institute this past […]
November 26, 2013

An interview with Dr. Katherine Wasson discussing her publication with colleagues, “A Pilot Study Examining Moral Distress in Nurses Working in One United States Burn Centers.”

With a Master’s degree in Public Health, a doctorate in philosophy and bioethics, Dr. Katherine Wasson is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago. In 2008, she joined the faculty of the Neiswanger Institute of Bioethics at the Stritch School of Medicine where she is also the Director of the Bioethics & Professionalism Honors Program.  […]