Bioethics.net » Cultural http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:52:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Can An Advance Directive Ever Justify Cessation of Eating in an Alzheimer’s Patient? http://www.bioethics.net/2015/06/can-an-advance-directive-ever-justify-cessation-of-eating-in-an-alzheimers-patient/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/06/can-an-advance-directive-ever-justify-cessation-of-eating-in-an-alzheimers-patient/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=55462 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Margot Bentley did what end-of-life care advocates say we should all do—she completed an advance directive. She wrote hers in 1991 when she was working as a nurse and stated that she did not resuscitation, surgery, respiratory support, or nutrition and hydration.

Today she is at the center of a legal battle in Canada. At age 83, she has suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for the last 16 years. She is non-responsive. Her family wants to follow her wishes by stopping feeding and taking her home to die comfortably.…

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Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed years later http://www.bioethics.net/news/bullied-kids-are-more-likely-to-be-depressed-years-later/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/bullied-kids-are-more-likely-to-be-depressed-years-later/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:26:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55466 http://www.bioethics.net/news/bullied-kids-are-more-likely-to-be-depressed-years-later/feed/ 0 Doubts About Study of Gay Canvassers Rattle the Field http://www.bioethics.net/news/doubts-about-study-of-gay-canvassers-rattle-the-field/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/doubts-about-study-of-gay-canvassers-rattle-the-field/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 16:38:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55340 http://www.bioethics.net/news/doubts-about-study-of-gay-canvassers-rattle-the-field/feed/ 0 Quantified Self: Your Life in Data http://www.bioethics.net/2015/06/quantified-self-your-life-in-data/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/06/quantified-self-your-life-in-data/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 08:04:00 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=55283 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

How much did you sleep last night? How many calories did you burn? How many steps did you walk? What was your average resting heart rate? How many calories did you consume? What was your blood oxygen level? If you were a part of the “Quantified Self” movement, then you would have all of these numbers logged on your wearable, your mobile, your phone, your tablet, and your laptop.

The Quantified Self movement is an attempt to use technology to keep track of all physiological aspects of a person’s life.…

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“Should I feel badly that I acted unethically?” http://www.bioethics.net/2015/05/should-i-feel-badly-that-i-acted-unethically/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/05/should-i-feel-badly-that-i-acted-unethically/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 21:01:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=55223 Ms. Barnard is a business woman who has opened a medical clinic across the street from an existing facility. She suspects that the Other Clinic is “playing unfairly” by not having a physician on site. Since a physician costs a lot of money to employ, the Other Clinic could be undercutting the competition if this were true as well as violating their state license. Ms. Barnard asks her employee, Roger, to visit Other Clinic posing as a patient and seeing if indeed there was a physician present.…

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U.S. anti-legalization group urges more access to marijuana research http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-anti-legalization-group-urges-more-access-to-marijuana-research/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-anti-legalization-group-urges-more-access-to-marijuana-research/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 15:15:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55278 http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-anti-legalization-group-urges-more-access-to-marijuana-research/feed/ 0 Dare to Fail http://www.bioethics.net/2015/05/dare-to-fail/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/05/dare-to-fail/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 22:10:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=55126 by Craig M. Klugman

Failure

  1. The fact of becoming exhausted or running short, giving way under trial, breaking down in health, declining in strength or activity, etc.
  2. The act of failing to effect one’s purpose; want of success; an instance of this. (Oxford English Dictionary 2015, entry 67663)

There is not enough failure in our modern world. I am not talking about the kind of failure that comes from not trying or being neglectful, but rather the failure that comes from working hard to achieve a goal and not making the mark.…

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A Case for Viewing The Baltimore Protests as a Bioethics Issue http://www.bioethics.net/2015/05/a-case-for-viewing-the-baltimore-protests-as-a-bioethics-issue/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/05/a-case-for-viewing-the-baltimore-protests-as-a-bioethics-issue/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 22:17:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=54964 by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

Freddie Gray’s Death
On April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray, a twenty-five year old black man was arrested and placed in a police van in Baltimore, Maryland for carrying a switchblade (Baltimore State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby later announced that Gray was legally carrying a knife). Perhaps one of the more troubling aspects of Gray’s fateful police van ride was that officers reportedly observed Gray’s unresponsive body on the floor of the police van but still did not take him to see a medic.…

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Medical marijuana farm blooms in conservative Chile http://www.bioethics.net/news/medical-marijuana-farm-blooms-in-conservative-chile/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/medical-marijuana-farm-blooms-in-conservative-chile/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:58:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54907 http://www.bioethics.net/news/medical-marijuana-farm-blooms-in-conservative-chile/feed/ 0 Tension between gay, religious rights plays out at top U.S. court http://www.bioethics.net/news/tension-between-gay-religious-rights-plays-out-at-top-u-s-court/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/tension-between-gay-religious-rights-plays-out-at-top-u-s-court/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:05:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54911 http://www.bioethics.net/news/tension-between-gay-religious-rights-plays-out-at-top-u-s-court/feed/ 0 Finding LGBT-competent doctors may be difficult http://www.bioethics.net/news/finding-lgbt-competent-doctors-may-be-difficult/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/finding-lgbt-competent-doctors-may-be-difficult/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:14:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54860 http://www.bioethics.net/news/finding-lgbt-competent-doctors-may-be-difficult/feed/ 0 Academics rate women job applicants higher than identical men: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/academics-rate-women-job-applicants-higher-than-identical-men-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/academics-rate-women-job-applicants-higher-than-identical-men-study/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:15:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54734 http://www.bioethics.net/news/academics-rate-women-job-applicants-higher-than-identical-men-study/feed/ 0 California bill banning child vaccine exemptions moves ahead http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-banning-child-vaccine-exemptions-moves-ahead/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-banning-child-vaccine-exemptions-moves-ahead/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:34:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54694 http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-banning-child-vaccine-exemptions-moves-ahead/feed/ 0 South Carolina Shooting Increases Calls for Police Body Cameras http://www.bioethics.net/news/south-carolina-shooting-increases-calls-for-police-body-cameras/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/south-carolina-shooting-increases-calls-for-police-body-cameras/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:27:16 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54637 http://www.bioethics.net/news/south-carolina-shooting-increases-calls-for-police-body-cameras/feed/ 0 For ex-Marine Roman Baca, ballet promotes healing http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-ex-marine-roman-baca-ballet-promotes-healing/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-ex-marine-roman-baca-ballet-promotes-healing/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:13:53 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54636 http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-ex-marine-roman-baca-ballet-promotes-healing/feed/ 0 My three daughters are autistic. I despise Autism Awareness Month. http://www.bioethics.net/news/my-three-daughters-are-autistic-i-despise-autism-awareness-month/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/my-three-daughters-are-autistic-i-despise-autism-awareness-month/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:12:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54635 http://www.bioethics.net/news/my-three-daughters-are-autistic-i-despise-autism-awareness-month/feed/ 0 A year later, no reefer madness in Colorado http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-year-later-no-reefer-madness-in-colorado/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-year-later-no-reefer-madness-in-colorado/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:31:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54555 http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-year-later-no-reefer-madness-in-colorado/feed/ 0 Frankie Grande: Smoking ‘Ain’t Cute,’ Guys http://www.bioethics.net/news/frankie-grande-smoking-aint-cute-guys/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/frankie-grande-smoking-aint-cute-guys/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:26:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54554 http://www.bioethics.net/news/frankie-grande-smoking-aint-cute-guys/feed/ 0 Terri Schiavo: Ten Years Later http://www.bioethics.net/2015/03/terri-schiavo-ten-years-later/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/03/terri-schiavo-ten-years-later/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:21:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=54537 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Today acknowledges the tenth anniversary since the final death of Terri Schiavo. Her feeding tube was removed on March 18 and her body took its last breath on March 31, 2005.

This case was one of the most divisive in bioethics history. The issues in this case of removing feeding tubes and deciding who was the appropriate decision-maker had been largely settled by previous cases and experiences. What made this case unique was that a private family matter was thrust onto the international stage by political and money interests who saw an opportunity to further their own agendas at the cost of a family’s privacy and dignity.…

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Brazil passes femicide law to tackle rise in gender killings http://www.bioethics.net/news/brazil-passes-femicide-law-to-tackle-rise-in-gender-killings/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/brazil-passes-femicide-law-to-tackle-rise-in-gender-killings/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:35:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54307 http://www.bioethics.net/news/brazil-passes-femicide-law-to-tackle-rise-in-gender-killings/feed/ 0 Comedy and medicine: Why we mock parents who don’t vaccinate their children http://www.bioethics.net/2015/03/comedy-and-medicine-why-we-mock-parents-who-dont-vaccinate-their-children/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/03/comedy-and-medicine-why-we-mock-parents-who-dont-vaccinate-their-children/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:15:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=54208 By Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

In a recent episode of his late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel, father and comedian, included a segment in which real physicians mock parents who do not vaccinate their children in a mock public service announcement. Because Kimmel said it best, here is a long quote from his opening segment:

“If you are one of these anti-vaccine people you probably aren’t going  to take medical advice from a talk show host…and I don’t expect you to. But I would expect you to take medical advice from almost every doctor in the world…See the thing about doctors is they didn’t learn about the human body from their friends’ Facebook page.…

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How Medicine Has Fared Under ISIS http://www.bioethics.net/2015/02/how-medicine-has-fared-under-isis/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/02/how-medicine-has-fared-under-isis/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:51:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=54105 by Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.

Like much of the world, I find myself reading daily news stories about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). This is a militant group that has conquered much of the territory of Syria and Iraq. They have created an Islamic state, or caliphate, run by sharia law. According to news reports, Western youth are heading to Syria to join ISIS attracted by the ideas, the adventure, belonging to a group, or generally feeling disillusioned.…

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What should docs do with parents who don’t vaccinate? http://www.bioethics.net/2015/02/what-should-docs-do-with-parents-who-dont-vaccinate/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/02/what-should-docs-do-with-parents-who-dont-vaccinate/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:14:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=54044 by Jenna Lillemoe, B.A.
by Arthur Caplan , Ph.D.

This year has marked the largest measles outbreak in decades with over 102 cases documented since December. This outbreak is a product of the anti-vaccination trend that has dramatically decreased vaccination compliance rates in children. Parents no longer follow the guidance of their pediatricians or believe the scientific evidence that vaccinations work without adverse effects. Pediatricians and family medicine physicians are then tasked with caring for these unvaccinated children. Because there is no set policy of how to manage caring for non-vaccinated children, we were interested in attempting to critically analyze how physicians manage non-vaccinated children.…

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The Oscars: Hollywood’s Biggest Night and Why it Matters to Medicine and Public Health http://www.bioethics.net/2015/02/the-oscars-hollywoods-biggest-night-and-why-it-matters-to-medicine-and-public-health/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/02/the-oscars-hollywoods-biggest-night-and-why-it-matters-to-medicine-and-public-health/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 01:53:28 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=54003 by Macey Henderson and Jennifer Chevinsky

The Oscars, or the glamorous Academy Awards, are known as the biggest night for Hollywood’s actors and for its big ratings for the mass media. For days following this gala, the media reports on the outfits worn, Oscars won, and perhaps most passionately, they begin to critique the process and decisions of the prestigious American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (i.e. “The Academy”).  But why should the medical and public health community care about the Academy, the big name nominees, or the ultimate winners?…

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Measles outbreak: Vaccination exemption would end under proposed California law http://www.bioethics.net/news/measles-outbreak-vaccination-exemption-would-end-under-proposed-california-law/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/measles-outbreak-vaccination-exemption-would-end-under-proposed-california-law/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:11:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53978 http://www.bioethics.net/news/measles-outbreak-vaccination-exemption-would-end-under-proposed-california-law/feed/ 0 Don’t Weasel Out of the Measles Vaccine http://www.bioethics.net/2015/02/dont-weasel-out-of-the-measles-vaccine/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/02/dont-weasel-out-of-the-measles-vaccine/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:00:40 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=53877 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

By now, you have most likely been inundated with news about the measles outbreak tied to Disneyland in California. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, there have been 102 cases of the measles linked to Disneyland through either primary exposure (they were exposed directly) or secondary exposure (they were exposed to someone who had primary exposure) in 15 states. The state of Arizona alone is monitoring over 1,000 people at risk.

The latest turn in this continuing debate is parents of immune-comprised children begging their neighbors to immunize their children.…

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Ritual Male Infant Circumcision and Human Rights http://www.bioethics.net/articles/ritual-male-infant-circumcision-and-human-rights/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/ritual-male-infant-circumcision-and-human-rights/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 20:01:35 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=54037 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/ritual-male-infant-circumcision-and-human-rights/feed/ 0 Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society http://www.bioethics.net/news/public-and-scientists-views-on-science-and-society/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/public-and-scientists-views-on-science-and-society/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:58:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53824 http://www.bioethics.net/news/public-and-scientists-views-on-science-and-society/feed/ 0 Genetic Testing and Tribal Identity http://www.bioethics.net/news/genetic-testing-and-tribal-identity/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/genetic-testing-and-tribal-identity/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:54:32 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53822 http://www.bioethics.net/news/genetic-testing-and-tribal-identity/feed/ 0 Writing Your Way to Happiness http://www.bioethics.net/news/writing-your-way-to-happiness/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/writing-your-way-to-happiness/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:52:34 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53820 http://www.bioethics.net/news/writing-your-way-to-happiness/feed/ 0 Can Bioethicists (in Good Conscience) Watch the NFL? http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/can-bioethicists-in-good-conscience-watch-the-nfl/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/can-bioethicists-in-good-conscience-watch-the-nfl/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=53752 by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

Every year the National Football League (NFL) makes between an estimated $7 billion- $9 billion making it the most profitable American professional sports league. The players are arguably what attracts most people to the game and how the league makes its money, whether that be through game attendance or the sale of player related merchandise. The mental health of current players and especially retired players has come under a magnifying glass within the past decade. Past players and the families of past (and deceased) players have accused the NFL of mishandling players with concussions.…

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Will our smart gadgets become trusted or oppressive companions? http://www.bioethics.net/news/will-our-smart-gadgets-become-trusted-or-oppressive-companions/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/will-our-smart-gadgets-become-trusted-or-oppressive-companions/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:08:28 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53741 http://www.bioethics.net/news/will-our-smart-gadgets-become-trusted-or-oppressive-companions/feed/ 0 Dad Arrested for Giving Cannabis Oil to Daughter With Cancer http://www.bioethics.net/news/dad-arrested-for-giving-cannabis-oil-to-daughter-with-cancer/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/dad-arrested-for-giving-cannabis-oil-to-daughter-with-cancer/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:29:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53734 http://www.bioethics.net/news/dad-arrested-for-giving-cannabis-oil-to-daughter-with-cancer/feed/ 0 Living loooooooonger: A conversation on longevity http://www.bioethics.net/news/living-loooooooonger-a-conversation-on-longevity/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/living-loooooooonger-a-conversation-on-longevity/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:59:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53688 http://www.bioethics.net/news/living-loooooooonger-a-conversation-on-longevity/feed/ 0 For Warhol, ’15 Brings More Fame http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-warhol-15-brings-more-fame/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-warhol-15-brings-more-fame/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:58:40 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53687 http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-warhol-15-brings-more-fame/feed/ 0 Computers ‘judge personality better than friends http://www.bioethics.net/news/computers-judge-personality-better-than-friends/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/computers-judge-personality-better-than-friends/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:50:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53615 http://www.bioethics.net/news/computers-judge-personality-better-than-friends/feed/ 0 Best Way for Professors to Get Good Student Evaluations? Be Male. http://www.bioethics.net/news/best-way-for-professors-to-get-good-student-evaluations-be-male/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/best-way-for-professors-to-get-good-student-evaluations-be-male/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:52:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53333 http://www.bioethics.net/news/best-way-for-professors-to-get-good-student-evaluations-be-male/feed/ 0 Elderspeak: Words Can Hurt http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/elderspeak-words-can-hurt/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/elderspeak-words-can-hurt/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:04:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=53087 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

During the season premiere of the HBO comedy, Getting On, I noticed the excessive use of toddler-speak toward patients portrayed as being elderly. The show takes place in a senior rehab/hospice unit in a community hospital. Whenever one of the health care providers (physician or nurse) was speaking to one of the patients, they tended to use baby talk—higher pitch, lilting tone, longer spaces between words, elongated space around vowels, and using simple, shortened words.…

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GOVERNMENT IN THE SUNSHINE: ANNOUNCING THE RELEASE OF PLANNING MY WAY http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/government-in-the-sunshine-announcing-the-release-of-planning-my-way/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/government-in-the-sunshine-announcing-the-release-of-planning-my-way/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 21:00:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52945 by Ellen Fox, MD

It’s been five years since the media firestorm around “death panels” – a term coined by Sarah Palin to refer to a provision in Obamacare that would have authorized Medicare payments for advance care planning discussions. Though the initial blaze died down quickly, the fire has continued to smolder (as shown in this graph I generated using “Google Trends”). The long-term fallout from death panels has been profound, and has extended far beyond issues of Medicare reimbursement.…

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Rest in Peace Mrs. Maynard http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/rest-in-peace-mrs-maynard/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/rest-in-peace-mrs-maynard/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:38:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52938 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Over this past weekend, Brittany Maynard took her own life. At 29-years-old, Mrs. Maynard took her prescription for assisted suicide to end her life before her terminal brain cancer pushed her into a quality of life that she found unacceptable. She was young, articulate, and facing a very short lifespan where she would lose control of her body and mind, becoming increasingly dependent on others to complete activities of daily living.

Mrs. Maynard had stated her intention to take her life in an internet message that she sent out into the world.…

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Guatemala may weigh softer drug punishments in liberalization push http://www.bioethics.net/news/guatemala-may-weigh-softer-drug-punishments-in-liberalization-push/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/guatemala-may-weigh-softer-drug-punishments-in-liberalization-push/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:45:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52780 http://www.bioethics.net/news/guatemala-may-weigh-softer-drug-punishments-in-liberalization-push/feed/ 0 Why we ignored Ebola until recently http://www.bioethics.net/2014/10/why-we-ignored-ebola-until-recently/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/10/why-we-ignored-ebola-until-recently/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:52:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52768 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Ebola burst onto the scene in 1976 when a thirty-old man arrived at the Yambuku Mission Hospital in Zaire complaining of severe diarrhea. He left the hospital two days afterwards and was never found again. In the days and weeks that followed, people who were patients or care providers at this facility when he was there all died after experiencing dehydration, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding everywhere. The death rate was staggering, as over 80% of affected patients did not recover.…

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Ancient Indonesian cave paintings rewrite history of human art http://www.bioethics.net/news/ancient-indonesian-cave-paintings-rewrite-history-of-human-art/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ancient-indonesian-cave-paintings-rewrite-history-of-human-art/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:42:28 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52779 http://www.bioethics.net/news/ancient-indonesian-cave-paintings-rewrite-history-of-human-art/feed/ 0 The Church’s Gay Obsession http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-churchs-gay-obsession/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-churchs-gay-obsession/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:05:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52696 http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-churchs-gay-obsession/feed/ 0 A simple change? The IOM Report on “Dying in America” http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/a-simple-change-the-iom-report-on-dying-in-america/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/a-simple-change-the-iom-report-on-dying-in-america/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:15:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52526 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Say there was a simple change that could be made to the health care system that would reduce cost, reduce demand, increase patient’s quality of life and satisfaction, address the whole patient and not just the disease, improve care coordination, and increase patient autonomy. All of this is possible, but it requires addressing the problem that in America we do not die as we want to.

This week the Institute of Medicine released its latest report,  Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.…

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How do we talk about enhancement after Ferguson and the death of Michael Brown? http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/how-do-we-talk-about-enhancement-after-ferguson-and-the-death-of-michael-brown/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/how-do-we-talk-about-enhancement-after-ferguson-and-the-death-of-michael-brown/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:49:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52509 by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

No other area of philosophy has captured my interests like bioethics. Thinking about the ways that we can use health care to justly distribute opportunities and what those opportunities are is my greatest interest. My specific interest in biomedical enhancement stems from my interests in the relationship between health care and opportunities. As health is essential to living the kind of lives that we want to live, I’m always thinking about how traditional practices and advances in health care can help us lead better lives, even when there is nothing medically abnormal about or minds or bodies.…

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Nana Cams: Personal Surveillance Video and Privacy in the Age of Self Embellishment http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/nana-cams-personal-surveillance-video-and-privacy-in-the-age-of-self-embellishment/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/nana-cams-personal-surveillance-video-and-privacy-in-the-age-of-self-embellishment/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:27:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52461 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In David Eggers’ novel, The Circle, a fictional internet company creates and encourages users to videostream their lives. Wearing a small camera, people can share every experience of every day with whomever wants to follow them…except to the bathroom. The first streamers become instant celebrities and instant villians. The result is the end of privacy as anyone has known it. The upshot, according to the fictional company, is that if people know they are being watched (or might be being watched), people will behave more civilly.…

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Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Pot http://www.bioethics.net/news/fewer-painkiller-deaths-in-states-with-medical-pot/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fewer-painkiller-deaths-in-states-with-medical-pot/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:30:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52343 http://www.bioethics.net/news/fewer-painkiller-deaths-in-states-with-medical-pot/feed/ 0 California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-would-let-birth-certificates-reflect-same-sex-parents/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-would-let-birth-certificates-reflect-same-sex-parents/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:20:34 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52304 http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-would-let-birth-certificates-reflect-same-sex-parents/feed/ 0 Westboro Baptist Church’s Plan To Protest Robin Williams’ Funeral Thwarted By Love http://www.bioethics.net/news/westboro-baptist-churchs-plan-to-protest-robin-williams-funeral-thwarted-by-love/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/westboro-baptist-churchs-plan-to-protest-robin-williams-funeral-thwarted-by-love/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:41:10 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52285 http://www.bioethics.net/news/westboro-baptist-churchs-plan-to-protest-robin-williams-funeral-thwarted-by-love/feed/ 0