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March 18, 2013
“I can fix this.”
The neurosurgeon was nothing if not confident.
“The cyst is pushing on your spinal cord. If it continues to expand, it will damage your nerves and you may lose the ability to walk. But I can remove the cyst, and cure...
April 3, 2012
From the Loyola University Chicago Neiswanger website:
Kevin O’Rourke, O.P., J.C.D., S.T.M., Dominican priest, canon lawyer, and health care ethicist died on Wednesday.…
March 25, 2011
According to a story in the L.A. Times Booster Shots blog, it would appear that religious belief is strongly correlated with packing on the pounds.…
October 27, 2010
Rarely do I ever find myself reading USCatholic.org, but in this particular case, I could not help but be drawn in the train wreck of bad argumentation put forth by “Guest Blogger Father Joseph Tham, L.C., M.D., Ph.D.” in his post “Pro-life academics means pro-life ideas“.…
November 6, 2009
With H1N1 and flu vaccines on everyone’s minds, the November issue of The American Journal of Bioethics couldn’t be more timely.…
December 15, 2008
No one. At least that’s my view. Certainly not American Catholics who use birth control, IVF, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, and a wide range of other reproductive technologies previously and even more so now get a Holy finger wagging from Rome.…
July 16, 2008
With the Food and Drug Administration’s most recent approval of an antiwrinkle injectible that will keep a person’s face expressionless, an important question must be asked: can the new Evolence, made from the stuff of food-grade pigs, be used by Jews without violating the Rabbinic laws?…
March 6, 2008
Over at the Wired Science blog, Brandon Keim asked a few Muslim bioethicists about how Islamic views of biotechnology compare or contrast with Western approaches.…
February 28, 2008
This week’s JAMA includes an interesting article by Dr. Bruce Campbell, a surgeon in Milwaukee. He writes about his apprehension in removing a tumor from a Jehovah’s Witness.…
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September 20, 2012 8:38 pm
As a young child Aïssa could not understand how she could conjure up such horrific images. No one had ever explained to Aïssa what her parents had allowed to take place. “All I could remember was being in a bath full of blood,” she says grimacing. “I thought I had made it all up in my head”. Like millions of women all over the world, Aïssa was a victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) – her clitoris was cut off, and her labia sewn up, all before she could even talk.
August 14, 2012 7:47 pm
Healthcare providers should have rapid access to legal remedies for end-of-life disputes involving children whose parents resist withdrawal of aggressive therapy on the basis of religious beliefs, authors of a review concluded. Over a 3-year period, 17 of 203 cases could not be resolved after lengthy discussions with parents. Subsequently, most of the cases were resolved, but five remained undecided, each because of the parents’ belief in a miracle for their children, according to an article published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
August 14, 2012 7:45 pm
Arthur Caplan, the head of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, recalls a case of a man who had beaten his six-month-old child to death. It was a horror the mother simply could not accept. A deeply religious woman, she pushed the doctors to do more, telling them that God would intervene and allow her daughter to make a miraculous recovery. For several hours there was a tense standoff between caregivers and parent.
July 26, 2012 4:20 pm
As the debate over the medical ethics of circumcision rages in Germany, some have argued that the practice provides health benefits. But many in the medical community disagree. Circumcision is not in the best interest of boys who undergo the procedure.