Blog Posts (37)
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.…
December 1, 2013
[NY Times] HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — THIS fall Google announced that it would venture into territory far removed from Internet search. Through a new company, Calico, it will be “tackling” the “challenge” of aging.
The announcement, though, w...
November 26, 2013
As the holiday season comes into full swing many of us may visit shopping centers in search of gifts. When we do we’re expecting to see seasonal decorations and perhaps an area cordoned off for Santa and his photo-taking elves. Few of us probably...
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 22, 2013
[The New York Times] The old man lashed out the first night he spent in the nursing home. His behavior was so alarming that staff transferred him to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
There, the gentleman was put in restraints and sedated. “He stopped...
November 19, 2013
[Science Daily] A new tribunal style system to provide sympathetic and speedy consideration for each and every terminally-ill patient who wishes to end their lives is needed according to Claudia Carr, from the University of Hertfordshire’s School...
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.…
October 26, 2013
Original Commentary by BEI Young Professionals member Stephanie Zawada.
Even in the 21st century, organ donation continues to be a highly controversial topic. On October 3, 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine published two opposing pieces arguin...
September 18, 2013
by Thaddeus Pope JD Ph.D.
Intensive care clinicians and clinical ethicists have long known that the provision of interventions perceived to be “futile” is a major problem in U.S.…
August 6, 2013
This is a brief rebuttal to Jason Manne’s recent response to my post “ Dangerous Catholic Attack on POLST .”
Manne’s letter misses the point.…
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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.
September 14, 2013 12:04 pm
Eliminating the three-day hospital stay requirement for Medicare coverage in a skilled-nursing facility is among the list of recommendations that the Commission on Long-Term Care will include in its final report to Congress.
September 11, 2013 3:20 pm
Almost one of every five patients in the intensive care units of a major teaching hospital got treatment that was futile or “probably” futile, according to the doctors who treated them.
August 23, 2013 5:12 pm
Even though doctors said Anthony Yahle could not be revived, his heart monitor “showed signs of life,” and doctors were able to successfully revive him.
August 12, 2013 3:34 pm
Near death experiences in which people report “seeing the light” could be explained by increases in electrical activity in the brain after the heart stops, scientists have found.
July 4, 2013 2:49 pm
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the homicide convictions of a mother and father who prayed for their dying daughter instead of seeking medical care.
May 2, 2013 3:56 pm
Richard Flora, 76, was bitten by an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake but the family decided not to give him anti-venom and he died at hospital 11 hours later.
March 21, 2013 2:41 pm
Finding out what dying patients want and treating them accordingly leads to happier patients who are in less pain and who use fewer healthcare dollars, UCLA researchers said Tuesday.
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