Blog Posts (11)
February 18, 2014
Quebec legislators are reportedly within days of passing a law that would permit euthanasia for competent adult patients with incurable disease which causes constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering. The euthanasia-related portion of Bi...
August 6, 2013
This is a brief rebuttal to Jason Manne’s recent response to my post “ Dangerous Catholic Attack on POLST .”
Manne’s letter misses the point.…
February 7, 2013
This year’s first issue of
AJOB Neuroscience includes:
COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENT AND EMOTION
RECONSIDERING DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION
MINIMALLY CONSCIOUS AND END-OF-LIFE CARE…
February 6, 2013
Joan Teno and her coauthors' analyzed the Medicare fee-for-service records of more than 840,000
people aged 66 or older who died in 2000, 2005, or 2009. They looked at
where seniors died, what medical services were provided during their las...
January 30, 2013
Maurice Bernstein, M.D.
Coming to the decision that a treatment is futile—meaning that further medical treatment would have no useful result and should not be started or continued—is a decision made with hesitation or at times not at all, either by the patient or family or, unfortunately, even by the physician.…
January 10, 2013
About a year ago, 19-year-old daughter, Danielle Zfat was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On Nov. 25th she was admitted to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Florida. On Jan. 1st her condition worsened and she was placed on life support.&nb...
January 9, 2013
The following is an essay by Marc Newhouse on his mother's use of VSED. Marc Newhouse is a former cellist, nurse, and English teacher. He is now a book author who blogs at Life, Death and Iguanas.
In April of 2010, my...
January 8, 2013
With Melinda Hexum, I just published "Legal Briefing: POLST: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment." in The Journal of Clinical Ethics 23, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 353-76. Here is the abstract:
This issue’s “Legal Briefing” colu...
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June 23, 2014 1:55 pm
After a long ICU stay because of septic shock and multiple complications, a frail 77-year-old man had a fall and suffered an acute subdural hematoma and hemorrhagic contusion. Twelve days after evacuation of the subdural hematoma, he remains in a coma and is still receiving mechanical ventilation. How should decisions be made about further treatment?
June 3, 2014 2:01 pm
The federal government may reimburse doctors for talking to Medicare patients and their families about “advance care planning,” including living wills and end-of-life treatment options — potentially rekindling one of the fiercest storms in the Affordable Care Act debate.
May 19, 2014 2:46 pm
Colorado, Missouri and Louisiana are poised to become the first states in the nation to give terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs without the blessing of the Food and Drug Administration, setting the stage for what could be a lengthy battle over who should decide whether a drug is too risky to try.
May 9, 2014 7:58 pm
When older hospitalized patients need revival by CPR, more than half are likely to die before they are discharged, according to a new study.
May 6, 2014 3:44 pm
If you are one of the estimated 70 percent of Americans who have not documented your end-of-life healthcare preferences, Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma hopes a cash incentive will prompt you to do the paperwork.
April 16, 2014 2:08 pm
With taxes filed, Americans today are being asked to consider life’s other certainty: death, and the myriad complications that often now accompany it.
March 28, 2014 2:46 pm
The mother of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain dead by multiple neurologists more than three months ago, insisted Thursday that her daughter was “asleep” and “blossoming into a teenager.”
March 13, 2014 3:41 pm
Chimerix, a small and unprofitable biotechnology company, will make an experimental drug available to a young Virginia boy who is suffering from an infection he contracted while being treated for cancer.
February 20, 2014 5:47 pm
The mother of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery said she has seen changes in her daughter’s condition that give her hope.
January 6, 2014 5:02 pm
Concepts matter in medicine. This could not be more obvious than in the utter confusion on display over the concepts of ‘brain death’ and ‘life support technology’ that has resulted in two dead bodies being kept on ventilator support in California and Texas.
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