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March 15, 2012

The March Issue of AJOB is Now Online

The American Journal of Bioethics is proud to announce that its March issue, a special issue discussing issues related to lying in medicine, is now available online.…

March 2, 2012

Meet Our New Associate Editor, Kayhan Parsi, JD PhD

AJOB is proud to have Kayhan Parsi as our new Associate Editor.  Kayhan has worked with AJOB closely for the last three years serving as its Book Review Editor.…

News (17)

September 25, 2012 8:38 pm

Report: Ohio nurse didn't realize she took kidney (NBC News)

A nurse who accidentally disposed of a living donor’s kidney during a transplant said she didn’t realize it was in chilled, protective slush that she removed from an operating room, took down a hall to a dirty utility room and “flushed down a hopper,” according to a report released by health officials on Monday.  The nurse said she had been on a break when a surgeon told everyone the kidney had been put in the sterile, semi-frozen solution. That detail was in a review by the state for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and obtained by The Associated Press through a records request. The transplant was Aug. 10 at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

September 10, 2012 1:57 pm

When Patients — Not Doctors — Make Medical Mistakes (TIME)

For most patients in the real world, getting good medical care involves complicated decisions. It’s not as simple as what often gets shown on TV, where a patient goes in, the doctor figures out what’s wrong, and then he performs some lifesaving surgery. Most of modern medicine, especially for the elderly, is a lot messier — usually there’s not “right” answer, no perfect treatment.

June 28, 2012 9:44 am

Let grandma have sex! (Salon)

A new article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics takes nursing homes to task because elderly patients’ “sexual expression” is often “overlooked, ignored or even discouraged.” The authors of the Australian paper argue, “The formation of relationships, physical intimacy and the expression of sexuality are a basic human right and a normal and healthy part of aging,” and caregivers should respects patients’ “decisions about their sexuality, intimacy and physical relationships.”

June 1, 2012 8:36 am

Sick in America: Hispanics Grapple With Cost And Quality Of Care (NPR)

In our recent poll on what it means to be sick in America, one ethnic group stands out as having special problems – Hispanic Americans. The national survey, conducted by NPR with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, sheds new light on Hispanics’ health issues. It runs counter to the widespread impression that African-Americans are worst-off when it comes to the cost and quality of health care.

May 31, 2012 11:56 am

In Defense of Difficult Patients (Physicians Practice)

The physician-patient relationship is voluntary for both sides, and technically the doctor can end it for virtually any (nondiscriminatory) reason. And when your best efforts to get through to a noncompliant or belligerent patient have failed, isn’t it better for the patient, and not just for you, that he see someone else? “It’s not the patient who’s terminated that keeps the doctor up at night,” explains risk-management consultant Susan Keane Baker. “It’s the one who should have been terminated but wasn’t.”

April 14, 2012 5:58 am

Pre-Med’s New Priorities: Heart and Soul and Social Science (New York Times)

Prof. Piers J. Hale knew something was up when his students at the University of Oklahoma were clamoring this spring to get into his medical ethics class, which was formerly populated largely by social science majors. What led to the sudden burst of popularity, he discovered, were plans by the Association of American Medical Colleges to revise the medical school admissions test to incorporate a hefty dose of social science.

April 5, 2012 12:57 pm

The New Face of Health Care: Why Nurses Are in Such High Demand (The Atlantic)

The national conversation about health care reform focuses relentlessly on cost reduction. While bending the cost curve is extremely important, improving quality is also essential — but sometimes downplayed — in today’s reform equation. Grappling with quality challenges has attracted a new breed of health care leaders: physician and nurse executives.

April 4, 2012 4:45 pm

Doctor Panels Recommend Fewer Tests for Patients (NY Times)

In a move likely to alter treatment standards in hospitals and doctors’ offices nationwide, a group of nine medical specialty boards plans to recommend on Wednesday that doctors perform 45 common tests and procedures less often, and to urge patients to question these services if they are offered. Eight other specialty boards are preparing to follow suit with additional lists of procedures their members should perform far less often.

April 3, 2012 3:55 pm

When is it OK for a doctor to hug a patient? (Chicago Sun Times)

Acknowledging the uniqueness and delicateness of the patient-physician relationship as well as the emotionally-charged situations that can happen in a clinical setting, Kuczewski (pronounced Kuh-chev-ski) maintains it’s imperative that the person who initiates the hug be the less-powerful person and that the hug — or sign of support — seem natural and unforced.

April 3, 2012 3:54 pm

Study Says DNA’s Power to Predict Illness Is Limited (NY Times)

If every aspect of a person’s DNA is known, would it be possible to predict the diseases in that person’s future? And could that knowledge be used to forestall the otherwise inevitable? The answer, according to a new study of twins, is, for the most part, “no.” While sequencing the entire DNA of individuals is proving fantastically useful in understanding diseases and finding new treatments, it is not a method that will, for the most part, predict a person’s medical future.

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