Blog Posts (38)
January 10, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D
If you were from a foreign nation looking at the United States news right now, you would think that this was a nation that had declared war on death.…
January 1, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Happy New Year. The ending of one year and the beginning of another is often a time for reflection, for reviewing the year that has passed and for making plans/predictions for the year to come.…
December 31, 2013
by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
As Americans enter 2014 there is grave concern among our political leaders that we are lagging behind other nations in terms of our children’s’ scientific literacy. This past December an international survey confirmed—too many American kids don’t understand science and they continue to fall behind children from other nations, many much poorer than we are in science and math skills.…
December 25, 2013
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
This has been a rich year for depictions of end-of-life and assisted living in television this year.…
December 25, 2013
by Arthur Caplan Ph.D.
Concepts matter in doing the right thing in medicine. This could not be more obvious then the utter confusion on display over the concepts of ‘brain death’ and ‘life support technology’ that has resulted in two dead people being kept on artificial life support in California and Texas.…
December 16, 2013
by Thaddeus Pope, JD PhD
The term “death panel” is slippery. It has been used either to describe or to disparage a rather motley group of initiatives and entities. Here, I review the top ten North American “death panels.” While common, applying the term “death panel” in the first two instances is inaccurate and misleading. Indeed, most popular usage of the term “death panels” remains mere calumny. But, sometimes, the “death panel” nomenclature is actually befitting. In the remaining eight cases, the term “death panel” fits reasonably well.…
December 10, 2013
by Craig Klugman, PhD
“You are considered sane until you disagree with the doctor” is an old adage in clinical ethics circles.…
December 5, 2013
Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
Bioethicist and octogenarian Daniel Callahan wrote an op-ed in the New York Times this week about society’s quest to extend life.…
November 25, 2013
by Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD
On October 18, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its long-awaited opinion in Cuthbertson v.…
November 13, 2013
by Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.
Media images of dying surround us everyday. In an average hour of dramatic television, bodies fly across the screen as they are shot, knifed, bled, disintegrated, run over, and even decapitated.…
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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 27, 2014 5:45 pm
A pregnant woman who lapsed into a brain-dead state late last year was removed from life support on Sunday after a Texas hospital complied with a judge’s order to disconnect her from the machines keeping her alive.
January 24, 2014 2:02 pm
Eyes today focus on a Fort Worth courtroom that finds itself at the intersection of a family’s desire and Texas law as the fate of a brain-dead woman and the status of her fetus are debated.
January 10, 2014 2:34 pm
The cases of two young women have generated sympathy for their families, but also have left some doctors and bioethicists upset about their treatment.
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.
January 6, 2014 4:59 pm
A judge ruled last week that an Oakland girl whose family wants her kept on life support is legally dead. The family wants her moved to long-term care. We’ll speak with physicians and ethicists about the definition of brain death, and confer with a grief counselor about how to make the difficult decision to remove a loved one from life support.
December 19, 2013 1:56 pm
Who decides when to pull the plug when a person is pronounced brain dead? The answer to that question is, tragically, being hotly debated in Oakland, Calif., as a result of an elective surgery gone horribly wrong.
November 19, 2013 6:01 pm
There is no statistical proof that doctors enjoy a better quality of life before death than the rest of us. But research indicates they are better planners.
November 7, 2013 1:42 pm
When the avid outdoorsman was badly hurt Saturday in a hunting accident, doctors said he would be paralyzed and could be on a ventilator for life. His family had a unique request: Could he be brought out of sedation to hear his prognosis and decide what he wanted to do?
September 23, 2013 3:47 pm
An Austin, Texas woman with cancer hopes Twitter can help save her life. It’s part of her effort to pressure a pharmaceutical company into giving her an experimental drug. And now the battle is drawing some big-name support.
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