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January 2, 2015
Good ethics begins with good facts. Right decisions and truly informed consent require correct information — or, at the least, the best information we have — and accurate expectations. A review recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine online suggests that this most basic condition for making good decisions is, in many instances of medical decision-making, lacking. The article reviews studies that evaluated patients’ expectations about the... // Read More »
September 30, 2014
As a long-time member of the military medical community, this article caught my eye: “1 in 5 Army hospital leaders suspended in 2 years: What’s behind the discipline?” The reasons for these suspensions are known only at the highest level of command, and I suspect that there they will remain. But such a circumstance is significant, and we must ask for the reasons, to determine... // Read More »
September 9, 2014
by Karen Solomon, Bioethics Program Student Studies suggest that, before the advent of the Internet, we are unlikely to share minority or unpopular viewpoints with our co-workers, friends and relatives. This inclination creates, in essence, a “Spiral of Silence.” But does the Internet provide a remedy to the “Spiral of Silence,” by encouraging online discussion […]
July 16, 2014
<p>I have been slow to fully embrace the full potential my smartphone. I have a few apps that I use regularly for entertainment or basic information, like weather updates and maps. It’s convenient. I can entertain myself with games or social networking while I wait in lines or for a child to finish theater rehearsals, basketball/ballet/swimming practices. If I look up, most others waiting in parked cars are doing the same thing, a faint blue glow radiating from somewhere below the steering wheel. Before we had devices to entertain us, we would more than likely spend the minutes talking, person to person. I tend to think person to person is better, after all a pen and ink letter, sharing coffee at a small café table, or a supportive hug must mean more than emoticon symbols. But maybe these tiny pictures can convey the intended emotion and offer a substitute when the real thing must be delayed or is otherwise not possible. Where is the line at which an electronic emotion, or interpretation of feeling is no longer enough? When I first learned that there were suicide prevention apps, I was aghast. Have we lost so much human connectedness that even acute emotional despair is summarized in a miniature touch screen? How can an app provide the essential emergent interventions to a person in such despair that he or she is contemplating suicide? But if this is where our social focus is anyway, and the first place people search when looking for help, perhaps it is not such a bad idea.</p>
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June 20, 2014
As part of the 2009 economic stimulus bill, Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Among other things, this act sought to increase the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) by providing financial incentives to adopters of certified EHRs who met certain benchmarks by a certain timeline. These benchmarks are known as “Meaningful Use.” To receive the financial incentives... // Read More »
May 1, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
I just finished reading the popular fiction novel Cell by Robin Cook. This medical thriller revolves around George Wilson, a radiology resident who finds people dying suddenly after receiving diagnoses of terminal illnesses including his fiancé and next-door-neighbor.…
January 30, 2013
Dr. David Perlman has just published a new bioethics thriller on the Kindle platform. At the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Dr.…
June 28, 2012
Larry Smarr is trying to save your life:
Larry sees medicine as a stubborn holdout. Current efforts to reform the system—for instance, the Obama administration’s initiative to digitize all health records by 2014—are just toes in the water. Medicine has barely begun to take advantage of the million-fold increase in the amount of data [...]
October 14, 2009
Nanotechnology has been called a great many things–the great leveler, the panacea to all that ails the world, the technology that will allow us to solve all of our problems from world hunger to pollution.…
April 8, 2009
One in ten doctors recommends…an iPhone! Yes, you heard that right. One in ten doctors agrees that the iPhone is a good health tool.…
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April 25, 2013 2:50 pm
Some 7,000 light years away, Einstein’s theory of general relativity has stood up to its most intense test yet, scientists said on Thursday.
April 25, 2013 1:00 pm
Scientists used a 3D printer loaded with cells to create mini livers which can be infected with a disease to observe its progress through organ. The tiny livers can also be used to monitor effectiveness of drugs.
April 4, 2013 3:27 pm
There’s a new way to create materials with the properties of living tissues. Oxford University scientists have designed a programmable 3-D printer than can pump out a material that can flex like muscle or communicate like neurons.
February 8, 2013 12:32 pm
Publishing house Macmillan on Friday became the fifth and final U.S. book publisher to sign a settlement with the government in a sweeping antitrust case that accused them of conspiring to raise e-book prices.
February 8, 2013 12:28 pm
After running 1,000 computers non-stop for 39 days to uncover the world’s largest prime number yet, a Missouri college professor said this week he is starting all over to top his own record.
January 28, 2013 1:31 pm
The first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war has received a double-arm transplant. He also received bone marrow from the same dead donor who supplied his new arms. That novel approach is aimed at helping his body accept the new limbs with minimal medication to prevent rejection.
January 25, 2013 1:31 pm
It may be decades before machines take the place of doctors — yes, it’s possible — but Bedford-based iRobot has won federal approval for a rolling robot that can now connect physicians with patients anywhere in the world.
January 10, 2013 1:06 pm
When the knee’s vital cartilage erodes or tears, there isn’t much that doctors can do to save it. Researchers are exploring a new kind of hydrogel that may lead to more optimistic odds of recovery.
December 31, 2012 12:04 pm
2012 is almost over and it’s time take a look back at the top space stories of the past year. We’ll find out what happened in the weeks and months after the news broke.
December 17, 2012 6:00 pm
Jan Scheuermann, who is 53 and paralysed from the neck down, was able to deftly grasp and move a variety of objects just like a normal arm. Brain implants were used to control the robotic arm, in the study reported in the Lancet medical journal.
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