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April 17, 2018
On Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 3:00 p.m., Alameda County judge Stephen Pulido will hear Jahi McMath's Motion for a Bifurcated Bench Trial to Determine whether the American Association of Neurology and American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines should be applied to the facts of this case to determine whether Jahi McMath meets the definition of "brain death" under the UDDA.
The court issued a tentative ruling stating that it "intends to issue a Trial Setting Order that sets a separate trial on the issue of whether Plaintiff Jahi McMath is a person with the capacity and/or standing to prosecute the First Cause of Action of the First Amended Complaint for Professional Negligence." In the contemplated trial, "the Court will determine whether Plaintiff Jahi McMath meets the legal definition of "brain death" pursuant to the criteria set forth by the Legislature in H&S Code § 7180."
Notably: "Although the issue of whether Plaintiff has the capacity or standing to pursue her claim is ordinarily a legal issue, the Court may not make the required determination as a matter of law if the parties present conflicting evidence regarding Plaintiff's condition."
April 17, 2018
A letter from the Christian Legal Centre purporting to provide legal advice to the parents of Alfie Evans completely misstates their rights.
The courts have already adjudicated that it is not in Alfie's best interests to receive life-susta...
April 17, 2018
“Is it possible, once again, to hold in tension seemingly opposite ideas about abortion?” This is the main question asked by Dr. Lisa Harris in the lead editorial in the April 12, 2018 NEJM. Her concern is that in her view, since the creation in January of the new Conscience and Religious Freedom division at HHS, subsequent comments by HHS leaders “suggest that they are... // Read More »
April 16, 2018
In a recent New York Times article, physician-author Siddhartha Mukherjee wrote about a clinical trial that he characterized as “beautiful,” for potentially illuminating a surprising connection between heart disease and cancer. Mukherjee is a justifiably acclaimed writer, who publishes regularly in The New Yorkerand The New … Continue reading →
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April 16, 2018
62 DAYS is a documentary film about Marlise Muñoz, a brain-dead pregnant woman whose family was forced to keep her on life support against her wishes. This film shows the human story behind the headlines, and shines a light on a controversial law.
62 DAYS - 3 Min TRAILER
from Rebecca Haimowitz
April 15, 2018
A significant and still-growing body of jurisprudence in France and the United Kingdom supports the right of clinicians to refuse administration of life-sustaining treatments that they determine to be non-beneficial, futile, or therapeutically obstinat...
April 14, 2018
The Society for Medical Decision Making will hold its 40th Annual North American Meeting in Montreal in October.
If you are involved in health care decision making, working in a hospital, university, foundation, industry or government, at any sta...
April 13, 2018
I leave Harvard Medical School and beautifully warm Boston, today, for the blowing snow of Minnesota. But I will be back Wednesday for "The Development and Certification of Decision Aids: Promoting Shared Decision-Making for Patients with Ser...
April 12, 2018
It was a great pleasure to be included in Harvard's annual bioethics conference on "Defining Death: Organ Transplantation and the 50-Year Legacy of the Harvard Report on Brain Death."
This was a real who's who of experts on brain death and bioet...
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March 8, 2018 9:00 am
With a network of smart devices collecting information on sleep, exercise, heart activity, weight and more, a clinical team equipped with powerful AI might be empowered to make more medical decisions remotely, he says, with fewer office visits.
March 7, 2018 9:00 am
On a rare rainy night in Albuquerque, two dozen students are learning the proper way to care for older people. Teacher Liliana Reyes is reviewing the systems of the body — circulatory, respiratory and so on — to prepare them for an upcoming exam. These students are seeking to join a workforce of about 3 million people who help older adults remain in their homes. They assist these clients with things like bathing, dressing, and taking medication on time. About a quarter of these workers are immigrants.
December 29, 2017 9:00 am
A Pennsylvania doctor charged with causing the deaths of five patients by unlawfully prescribing opioids surrendered his license to prescribe controlled substances at a federal court hearing.
December 15, 2017 9:00 am
The Delhi government has canceled the license of a private hospital where a newborn baby was mistakenly declared dead.
November 7, 2017 9:00 am
Technological innovations typically benefit those who have good access to and an understanding of the underlying technologies. As such, technology-centered health care innovations are likely to preferentially benefit users of privileged socioeconomic backgrounds. Which policies and strategies should health care organizations adopt to promote equitable distribution of the benefits from technological innovations?
October 12, 2017 9:00 am
President Donald Trump is allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious or moral objections, issuing new rules Friday that take another step in rolling back the Obama health care law.
September 21, 2017 9:00 am
Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance doesn’t start for another six weeks. But the quirky insurance startup Oscar Health is launching an ad campaign Monday aimed at getting young people to enroll.
September 5, 2017 9:00 am
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first-ever treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer, a milestone that is expected to transform treatment in the coming years.
July 5, 2017 10:00 am
The long journey for Connie Yates and Chris Gard, whose infant son, Charlie, cannot breathe or move on his own, appeared to have come to an end last week. The courts had ruled that the baby’s rare genetic condition was incurable and that the only humane option was to take him off life support. The couple announced that they were getting ready “to say the final goodbye.” Then Pope Francis and President Trump weighed in, offering statements of support and thrusting a global spotlight onto a heart-rending case that has become a cause célèbre in Britain.
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