Bioethics.net » End of Life Care http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:49:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Wisdom Does Come with Age http://www.amc.edu/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/wisdom-does-come-with-age http://www.amc.edu/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/wisdom-does-come-with-age#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:11:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?guid=aa9c07fd8d627ca01a80cc199a5a85fb http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/wisdom-does-come-with-age/feed/ 0 Why the right to die movement needed Brittany Maynard http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/why-the-right-to-die-movement-needed-brittany-maynard/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/why-the-right-to-die-movement-needed-brittany-maynard/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:56:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=53028 by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with brain cancer. At the age of 29 she decided to end her own life and “die with dignity” under Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act.” There have been many articles written in support of Maynard’s choice and many articles written condemning her choice to die. The right to die movement has many hurdles that it must overcome to draw in more supporters and hopefully influence public policy. Some of those hurdles include misconceptions about the kinds of people that want to end their lives and why people who have been diagnosed with terminal illness want to have the choice to take their own lives.…

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Brittany Maynard: A Terminal Cancer Patient’s Controversial Choice http://www.amc.edu/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/brittany-maynard-a-terminal-cancer-patient-s-controversial-choice http://www.amc.edu/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/brittany-maynard-a-terminal-cancer-patient-s-controversial-choice#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 04:11:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?guid=fc0e060cfd3be0e96d56f082b4830bb2 http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/brittany-maynard-a-terminal-cancer-patients-controversial-choice/feed/ 0 How Long Have I Got Left? http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-long-have-i-got-left/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-long-have-i-got-left/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:36:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52968 http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-long-have-i-got-left/feed/ 0 A conversation with a cancer patient about palliative care http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-conversation-with-a-cancer-patient-about-palliative-care/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-conversation-with-a-cancer-patient-about-palliative-care/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:36:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52967 http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-conversation-with-a-cancer-patient-about-palliative-care/feed/ 0 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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Death From Ebola: What do we do with the deceased? http://www.bioethics.net/2014/10/death-from-ebola-what-do-we-do-with-the-deceased/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/10/death-from-ebola-what-do-we-do-with-the-deceased/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:36:38 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52809 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the United States in the year 1900, 52.6% of all deaths were due to infectious disease. the number one cause of death. When these patients died, a family member, friend, or member of a burial society washed their bodies and cleaned them. Their families held wakes and funerals in their homes, often laying out the body in the parlor. They would all go to the cemetery and the body would be buried in a family grave.…

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Sophie’s Choice: Can Machines Do Any Better? http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/sophies-choice-can-machines-do-any-better/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/sophies-choice-can-machines-do-any-better/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:34:03 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52605 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the 1979 novel Sophie’s Choice by William Styron, the reader meets a Holocaust survivor who was forced in the camps to choose which of her two children would die immediately. Making the choice led to a life of alcoholism, depression, and self-destructive behavior. One interpretation of this novel, later made into an Academy Award winning film (1982), is that having choose whether a loved one lives or dies is a spirit-wrenching decision.

And yet, everyday, health care providers and bioethicists ask legally appointed health care power of attorneys and other designated surrogates to decide whether an incapacitated patient has surgery, receives a feeding tube, is resuscitated, or is intubated.…

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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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A Distinction for the Debate over Brain-Death http://www.amc.edu/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/a-distinction-for-the-debate-over-brain-death http://www.amc.edu/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/a-distinction-for-the-debate-over-brain-death#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 02:09:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?guid=3cca549ba910f8d591ca4406f147a7b2 http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/a-distinction-for-the-debate-over-brain-death/feed/ 0 Brain Death Is a Flash Point in End-of-Life Law, Ethics and Policy http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/brain-death-is-a-flash-point-in-end-of-life-law-ethics-and-policy/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/brain-death-is-a-flash-point-in-end-of-life-law-ethics-and-policy/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:00:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52363 by Thaddeus M. Pope, J.D., Ph.D.

The August 2014 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics includes nearly 20 articles on the status of death determined by neurological criteria (DDNC or “brain death”).  Not coincidentally, this summer, several other leading bioethics journals are also covering “brain death.”  (See recent and forthcoming articles in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, the Hastings Center Report, and the Journal of Medical Ethics.)  I have myself contributed to a multi-article examination of the topic in the imminently forthcoming Journal of Clinical Ethics 25(3).…

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Suicide and Terminal Diseases: A Personal Choice and Rational Approach http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/suicide-and-terminal-diseases-a-personal-choice-and-rational-approach/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/suicide-and-terminal-diseases-a-personal-choice-and-rational-approach/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:41:28 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52305 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

My spouse and I have an ongoing conversation, really more of an argument, about one end-of-life scenario. I have stated on several occasions that being in my middle-40s, if I was struck by a serious disease (usually the disease in the scenario is cancer) with a less than 50 percent chance of survival (remission), and a course of treatment that is prolonged and painful, then I would choose not to receive treatment. Instead, I would do a lot of traveling (if able), visit with friends (if able), and then die comfortably.…

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Brain-Dead and Pregnant in Texas http://www.bioethics.net/articles/brain-dead-and-pregnant-in-texas/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/brain-dead-and-pregnant-in-texas/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:35:10 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=52266 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/brain-dead-and-pregnant-in-texas/feed/ 0 Briton with advanced heart failure launches new gene therapy trial http://www.bioethics.net/news/briton-with-advanced-heart-failure-launches-new-gene-therapy-trial/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/briton-with-advanced-heart-failure-launches-new-gene-therapy-trial/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:54:16 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52243 http://www.bioethics.net/news/briton-with-advanced-heart-failure-launches-new-gene-therapy-trial/feed/ 0 Lessons from France: Decision-Making At the End-of-Life http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/lessons-from-france-decision-making-at-the-end-of-life/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/lessons-from-france-decision-making-at-the-end-of-life/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:27:06 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52241 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the United States, the notion of autonomy is held in high regard. Since the development of patient’s rights in the early 1970s, the notion that an individual has the capacity of self-governance is a cornerstone of medical ethics and a standard of medical care. But that idea has not always been held. In the early and middle parts of the 20th Century, patients were often not told about terminal diagnoses. The joke about doctors curing through the words, “take two aspirin and call me in the morning” derives from the practice that patients were not only not told about their conditions, but were also given treatments without any discussion of what the drugs would do (or not do).…

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Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis http://www.bioethics.net/news/germany-allows-seriously-ill-patients-to-grow-their-own-cannabis/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/germany-allows-seriously-ill-patients-to-grow-their-own-cannabis/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:28:51 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52112 http://www.bioethics.net/news/germany-allows-seriously-ill-patients-to-grow-their-own-cannabis/feed/ 0 de Beauvoir’s A Very Easy Death http://www.bioethics.net/2014/07/de-beauvoirs-a-very-easy-death/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/07/de-beauvoirs-a-very-easy-death/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:50:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52031 My dissertation advisor recommended that I read Simone de Beauvoir’s A Very Easy Death when I was writing my dissertation on ambivalence.  Apparently de Beauvoir was ambivalent towards her mother. But when I read that book, I wasn’t struck by quotations on ambivalence, but by these. They speak for themselves and are absolutely moving, haunting, and manage to so accurately capture so much about human experience—especially the experience of witnessing others’ deaths, hospitalizations, and suffering.

When picking out her mother’s funeral clothes:  “Before, I went through all this without seeing it. …

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Critical Care Challenge: Dying with Dignity in the Intensive Care Unit http://www.bioethics.net/news/critical-care-challenge-dying-with-dignity-in-the-intensive-care-unit/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/critical-care-challenge-dying-with-dignity-in-the-intensive-care-unit/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:55:10 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51908 http://www.bioethics.net/news/critical-care-challenge-dying-with-dignity-in-the-intensive-care-unit/feed/ 0 MEDICAL FUTILITY, THEN AND NOW http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/medical-futility-then-and-now/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/medical-futility-then-and-now/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:22:16 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51830 by Barron H. Lerner, M.D., Ph.D.

When an article promoting the idea of medical futility appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1990, my father was thrilled.  He believed the term was an apt description of the end-stage cases he too often saw as an infectious diseases consultant, in which he was expected to prescribe progressively more complicated antibiotic regimens to severely ill patients with no hope of recovery.

The concept of medical futility has achieved mixed success.  Advocates have promoted it as a way to discourage aggressive treatment of medical conditions that are not reversible. …

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End-of-Life Doc Payment Plan Returns to the Fray http://www.bioethics.net/news/end-of-life-doc-payment-plan-returns-to-the-fray/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/end-of-life-doc-payment-plan-returns-to-the-fray/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:01:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51715 http://www.bioethics.net/news/end-of-life-doc-payment-plan-returns-to-the-fray/feed/ 0 National Healthcare Decisions Day: The Need to Reach New Audiences http://www.amc.edu/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/national-healthcare-decisions-day-the-need-to-reach-new-audiences http://www.amc.edu/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/national-healthcare-decisions-day-the-need-to-reach-new-audiences#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 02:05:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?guid=d2a60c3eefcdf29ea530f79e293400d7 http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/national-healthcare-decisions-day-the-need-to-reach-new-audiences/feed/ 0 What we are forgetting in the case of Jahi McMath: Culture and its impact on medical decision-making http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/what-we-are-forgetting-in-the-case-of-jahi-mcmath-culture-and-its-impact-on-medical-decision-making/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/what-we-are-forgetting-in-the-case-of-jahi-mcmath-culture-and-its-impact-on-medical-decision-making/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 06:35:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51617 by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

Like many others, I followed the very unfortunate case of Jahi McMath. McMath is a 13 year-old black child who went into cardiac arrest and suffered irreparable brain damage after undergoing a tonsillectomy to relieve sleep apnea. Her story was frequently in the news as a battle between Children’s Hospital Oakland, where her surgery was held and whose recommendation to discontinue all life-saving practices conflicted with her parents’ desires to keep her on life support. This battle of conflicting desires has different components, with the major components being legal and medical.…

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‘Right to Try’ laws spur debate over dying patients’ access to experimental drugs http://www.bioethics.net/news/right-to-try-laws-spur-debate-over-dying-patients-access-to-experimental-drugs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/right-to-try-laws-spur-debate-over-dying-patients-access-to-experimental-drugs/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 18:46:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51614 http://www.bioethics.net/news/right-to-try-laws-spur-debate-over-dying-patients-access-to-experimental-drugs/feed/ 0 For elderly hospital patients, CPR often has poor outcome: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-elderly-hospital-patients-cpr-often-has-poor-outcome-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-elderly-hospital-patients-cpr-often-has-poor-outcome-study/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 23:58:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51571 http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-elderly-hospital-patients-cpr-often-has-poor-outcome-study/feed/ 0 Lawmakers propose incentives for end-of-life planning http://www.bioethics.net/news/lawmakers-propose-incentives-for-end-of-life-planning/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/lawmakers-propose-incentives-for-end-of-life-planning/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 19:44:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51504 http://www.bioethics.net/news/lawmakers-propose-incentives-for-end-of-life-planning/feed/ 0 New York Medical Futility Bill Highlights Wide Variation in U.S. End-of-Life Decisions Laws http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/new-york-medical-futility-bill-highlights-wide-variation-in-u-s-end-of-life-decisions-laws/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/new-york-medical-futility-bill-highlights-wide-variation-in-u-s-end-of-life-decisions-laws/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 15:55:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51494 by Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

On May 1, 2014, New York State Senator Kemp Hannon introduced S.B. 7156, to amend the 2010 Family Healthcare Decisions Act.  It is a fine bill that will modestly improve New York law.  In this blog post, I will explain both current New York law and the changes that S.B. 7156 would make.  But my main objective in analyzing this bill is to highlight the significant variability in U.S. end-of-life decisions laws concerning medical futility.…

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Lessons for the Future of Primary Care from Robin Cook’s Cell http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/lessons-for-the-future-of-primary-care-from-robin-cooks-cell/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/lessons-for-the-future-of-primary-care-from-robin-cooks-cell/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 07:28:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51465 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. The catch is that all of these people were beta testers for a new mobile app called iDoc. A technology company developed this program to be a personal primary care physician. iDoc can answer all of your health questions, monitor your vital signs, and even give you a dose of insulin through an implantable reservoir.…

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Senator Advances Bill To Pay Medicare Beneficiaries to Register Advance Directives http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/senator-advances-bill-to-pay-medicare-beneficiaries-to-register-advance-directives/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/senator-advances-bill-to-pay-medicare-beneficiaries-to-register-advance-directives/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:56:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51397 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) along with Senators Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a bill to the U.S. Senate (S. 224) that would “encourage Medicare beneficiaries to voluntarily adopt advance directives guiding the medical care they receive.”  The regulations for this bill are to be created by a broad group of stakeholders.

Specifically, the bill would:

(a) Establish an Advance Directive Certification Program
(b) Accredit vendors of online and written stored advance directives
(c)  Provide an incentive for completing an advance directive.…

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National Health Care Decisions: A Week of Dying in America http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/national-health-care-decisions-a-week-of-dying-in-america/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/national-health-care-decisions-a-week-of-dying-in-america/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:26:41 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51364 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week is host is National Healthcare Decisions Day. The goal of this April 16th event is to “inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.” Events are being held nation-wide to encourage people to complete advance directive forms as well as to have conversations with their friends and family about end-of-life health care wishes.

The latest study shows that 26% of people in general have completed advance directives.…

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National event urges Americans to plan for the end http://www.bioethics.net/news/national-event-urges-americans-to-plan-for-the-end/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/national-event-urges-americans-to-plan-for-the-end/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:08:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51338 http://www.bioethics.net/news/national-event-urges-americans-to-plan-for-the-end/feed/ 0 Is a patient ‘vegetative?’ The crucial answer may be quite wrong. http://www.bioethics.net/news/is-a-patient-vegetative-the-crucial-answer-may-be-quite-wrong/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/is-a-patient-vegetative-the-crucial-answer-may-be-quite-wrong/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:04:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51336 http://www.bioethics.net/news/is-a-patient-vegetative-the-crucial-answer-may-be-quite-wrong/feed/ 0 Mother of brain-dead Jahi McMath says daughter is ‘still sleeping’ http://www.bioethics.net/news/mother-of-brain-dead-jahi-mcmath-says-daughter-is-still-sleeping/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/mother-of-brain-dead-jahi-mcmath-says-daughter-is-still-sleeping/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:46:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50981 http://www.bioethics.net/news/mother-of-brain-dead-jahi-mcmath-says-daughter-is-still-sleeping/feed/ 0 Crowdsourcing medical decisions: Ethicists worry Josh Hardy case may set bad precedent http://www.bioethics.net/news/crowdsourcing-medical-decisions-ethicists-worry-josh-hardy-case-may-set-bad-precedent/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/crowdsourcing-medical-decisions-ethicists-worry-josh-hardy-case-may-set-bad-precedent/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:34:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50943 http://www.bioethics.net/news/crowdsourcing-medical-decisions-ethicists-worry-josh-hardy-case-may-set-bad-precedent/feed/ 0 Death Panels: Can We Handle the Truth? http://www.bioethics.net/2014/03/death-panels-can-we-handle-the-truth/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/03/death-panels-can-we-handle-the-truth/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:57:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50864 by Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

In December, I defended the term “death panel” on this blog.  Specifically, I demonstrated that we already have, and for over 50 years have had, quite a number of tribunals that act as death panels.  For example, at least daily, UNOS denies potentially life-saving organ transplant requests.  While the term “death panel” has a pejorative connotation, the essential concept and function is necessary.  Particularly in situations of strict scarcity, life and death decisions must be made. …

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Company Makes Drug Available To Ailing Boy Following Public Outcry http://www.bioethics.net/news/company-makes-drug-available-to-ailing-boy-following-public-outcry/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/company-makes-drug-available-to-ailing-boy-following-public-outcry/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:41:34 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50835 http://www.bioethics.net/news/company-makes-drug-available-to-ailing-boy-following-public-outcry/feed/ 0 How LaCrosse Wisconsin sets a new example when it comes to Advance Directives http://www.amc.edu/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/how-lacrosse-wisconsin-sets-a-new-example-when-it-comes-to-advance-directives http://www.amc.edu/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/how-lacrosse-wisconsin-sets-a-new-example-when-it-comes-to-advance-directives#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:03:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?guid=d3c12f585ca3e2bb33fef9f74f0d7aae http://www.bioethics.net/2014/03/how-lacrosse-wisconsin-sets-a-new-example-when-it-comes-to-advance-directives/feed/ 0 Mom: Hopeful signs seen in teen called brain dead http://www.bioethics.net/news/mom-hopeful-signs-seen-in-teen-called-brain-dead/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/mom-hopeful-signs-seen-in-teen-called-brain-dead/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:47:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50639 http://www.bioethics.net/news/mom-hopeful-signs-seen-in-teen-called-brain-dead/feed/ 0 Brain-dead pregnant woman to be laid to rest after being removed from life support http://www.bioethics.net/news/brain-dead-pregnant-woman-to-be-laid-to-rest-after-being-disconnected-from-life-support/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/brain-dead-pregnant-woman-to-be-laid-to-rest-after-being-disconnected-from-life-support/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:45:10 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50347 http://www.bioethics.net/news/brain-dead-pregnant-woman-to-be-laid-to-rest-after-being-disconnected-from-life-support/feed/ 0 What’s at issue in Texas battle over brain-dead pregnant woman http://www.bioethics.net/news/whats-at-issue-in-texas-battle-over-brain-dead-pregnant-woman/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/whats-at-issue-in-texas-battle-over-brain-dead-pregnant-woman/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:02:31 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50309 http://www.bioethics.net/news/whats-at-issue-in-texas-battle-over-brain-dead-pregnant-woman/feed/ 0 Ethicists criticize treatment of brain-dead patients http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethicists-criticize-treatment-of-brain-dead-patients/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethicists-criticize-treatment-of-brain-dead-patients/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:34:41 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50075 http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethicists-criticize-treatment-of-brain-dead-patients/feed/ 0 It’s the Ventilator’s Fault http://www.bioethics.net/2014/01/its-the-ventilators-fault/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/01/its-the-ventilators-fault/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:55:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50069 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. Or perhaps we could state it better as a total denial of death. In California, Jahi McMath, a teenage girl who has been medically and legally dead for nearly a month (death certificate was issued December 12) has been moved to an unnamed facility and given surgical procedures to introduce air, water, and food more easily while her body continues to degrade and decay.…

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Brain Death Really Is Death http://www.bioethics.net/news/brain-death-really-is-death/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/brain-death-really-is-death/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:02:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50065 http://www.bioethics.net/news/brain-death-really-is-death/feed/ 0 Defining Brain Death http://www.bioethics.net/news/defining-brain-death/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/defining-brain-death/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:59:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50064 http://www.bioethics.net/news/defining-brain-death/feed/ 0 The Year in Bioethics That Was http://www.bioethics.net/2014/01/the-year-in-bioethics-that-was/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/01/the-year-in-bioethics-that-was/#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 21:05:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50059 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. 2013 was the first full year of the re-launch of the bioethics.net editor’s blog as well.

Ten bloggers in addition to myself worked for us this year and we are thankful for their contributions: Maurice Bernstein, Arthur Caplan, Jennifer Chevinsky, Nanette Elster, Ellen Fox, Jessica Jerome, David Magnus, Steven Miles, Kayhan Parsi, and Thaddeus Pope.…

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Distinguishing Science from Nonsense http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/distinguishing-science-from-nonsense/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/distinguishing-science-from-nonsense/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:18:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50055 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.

Students in the United States slipped deeper in the last international science literacy rankings amid fast-growing competition abroad. …

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“Getting On” provides a look at aging and dying http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/getting-on-provides-a-look-at-aging-and-dying/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/getting-on-provides-a-look-at-aging-and-dying/#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2013 04:36:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50052 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This has been a rich year for depictions of end-of-life and assisted living  in television this year. Back in August, I reported on a PBS series looking at life in assisted living and just last month I wrote about a Showtime documentary series about people at the end of life. The year in television is also ending with another show about the end-of-life, this one produced by HBO where all 6 episodes are available. Getting On is the story of 3 nurses and their demoted medical director, who run a woman’s rehabilitation unit affiliated with a hospital.…

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Death, brain death, and life support http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/death-brain-death-and-life-support/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/death-brain-death-and-life-support/#comments Wed, 25 Dec 2013 18:26:04 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50050 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.

In Oakland, California 13 year old Jahiu McMath has been maintained on machines since an elective tonsillectomy went horribly wrong on December 9.  She has been in the ICU on life-support at the Children’s Hospital since then.…

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Bioethicist: Girl’s tragic case can’t change reality of brain death http://www.bioethics.net/news/bioethicist-girls-tragic-case-cant-change-reality-of-brain-death/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/bioethicist-girls-tragic-case-cant-change-reality-of-brain-death/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:56:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50028 http://www.bioethics.net/news/bioethicist-girls-tragic-case-cant-change-reality-of-brain-death/feed/ 0 Top 10 North American Death Panels http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/top-10-north-american-death-panels/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/top-10-north-american-death-panels/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:36:58 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50005 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.…

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