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September 22, 2016

Did You Know That Obamacare Causes Diabetes? Here’s Why It Happens And Why It’s A Good Thing

Obamacare is a big, messy law with so many moving parts, it is often hard to tell how well it’s working. People debate whether it is killing jobs or creating them; they argue about whether it is lowering medical expenses … Continue reading

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September 22, 2016

Patient Decision Aids - Certification Standards

Decision Aids Comment Through October 14 Thank you for your continued interest in the Decision Aids Project. The draft report (PDF) containing the Expert Panel's recommendations for national standards and a certificat...
September 22, 2016

Legal Briefing: Stopping Nonbeneficial Life-Sustaining Treatment without Consent

Check out my latest article in the Fall 2016 issue of The Journal of Clinical Ethics 27, no. 3 (Fall 2016): 254-64: "Legal Briefing: Stopping Non-beneficial Life-Sustaining Treatment without Consent." In the United States, authoritative legal guidance...
September 21, 2016

Welcome Fall 2016 Master’s Students!

The Ethics and Society blog is delighted to welcome the following candidates to Fordham University’s Master of Arts in Ethics and Society: Kelly Collins graduated in 2011 with a BS in Philosophy and Political Science from Florida State University.  After moving to New York … Continue reading
September 21, 2016

Introducing New Deliberative Scenario and Teacher Companion from the Bioethics Commission: “Return of Genetic Research Results”

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has released two new educational materials, “Deliberative Scenario: The Return of Genetic Research Results” and “Teacher Companion for Deliberative Scenario: Return of Genetic Research Results.”
September 21, 2016

The High Price of Free Lunch

Once again: correlation does not equal causation. And it is possible that companies give lunches to physicians who are already inclined to prescribe their products, or who are already high prescribers. But why should we leave any of this up … Continue reading

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September 21, 2016

Better Decision Making for Incapacitated Patients without Surrogates

This afternoon, I am making a presentation to the North Dakota Long Term Care Association on "Better Decision Making for Incapacitated Patients without Surrogates." I prepared a new 300 slide deck and have posted it here.  I will also be building...
September 20, 2016

#WhiteCoats4BlackLives

The capturing on video of the recent death of Terence Crutcher due to a police shooting has renewed concern about the respect paid to black lives in U.S. society.  ReflectiveMedEd reprints these remarks from a #WhiteCoats4BlackLives event at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine which was part of a national observance that gathered […]
September 20, 2016

Minnesota Ethics Law & Futility Symposium

Join me, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and Children's Minnesota on November 18 for "Ethics, Law, and Futility" Symposium.
September 19, 2016

Late Term Zika Abortions: Thankfully not Euthanasia

If I were the editor of a recent Newsweek article by Cornell Law Professor Sherry F. Colb, the above title would have been my choice for her article. I must encourage you to read the actual article, lest you believe that the summary that follows is somehow taken grossly out of context. Her concern is that a late term abortion to terminate the life of... // Read More »

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Published Articles (30)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 10 - Oct 2016

War Metaphors in Health Care: What Are They Good For? Kayhan Parsi

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 9 - Sep 2016

The Importance of Fostering Ownership During Medical Training Alex Dubov, Liana Fraenkel & Elizabeth Seng

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 9 - Sep 2016

Owning Medical Professionalism Jon C. Tilburt & Richard R. Sharp

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 7 Issue 3 - Jul 2016

Religious identity and workplace discrimination: A national survey of American Muslim physicians Aasim I. Padela, Huda Adam, Maha Ahmad, Zahra Hosseinian & Farr Curlin

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 7 Issue 3 - Jul 2016

Improving third-year medical students' competency in clinical moral reasoning: Two interventions Paul J. Cummins, Katherine J. Mendis, Robert Fallar, Amanda Favia, Lily Frank, Carolyn Plunkett, Nada Gligorov & Rosamond Rhodes

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 7 Issue 3 - Jul 2016

Experimental evidence showing that physician guidance promotes perceptions of physician empathy Daniel Russell Hans, Priyanka Dubé & Jason Adam Wasserman

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 8 - Aug 2016

The Curious Case of the De-ICD: Negotiating the Dynamics of Autonomy and Paternalism in Complex Clinical Relationships Daryl Pullman & Kathleen Hodgkinson

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 8 - Aug 2016

Reason, Emotion, and Implanted Devices John D. Lantos

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 1 - Jan 2016

Professional Judgment and Justice: Equal Respect for the Professional Judgment of Critical-Care Physicians David Magnus & Norm Rizk

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 10 - Oct 2015

Do Patients Want to Participate in Decisions About Their Own Medical Care? John D. Lantos

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News (2036)

September 23, 2016 8:00 am

Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness (NY Times)

The woman on the other end of the phone spoke lightheartedly of spring and of her 81st birthday the previous week. “Who did you celebrate with, Beryl?” asked Alison, whose job was to offer a kind ear. “No one, I…” And with that, Beryl’s cheer turned to despair.

September 22, 2016 8:00 am

Belgium minor first to be granted euthanasia (BBC News)

A terminally ill 17-year-old has become the first minor to be helped to die in Belgium since age restrictions on euthanasia requests were removed two years ago, officials say.

September 20, 2016 8:00 am

Voters barely worry about their own health. Do they really care about the president’s? (Washington Post)

The first of three planned presidential debates will take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Sept. 26. Maybe it’s good the debate is slated for a gym. If Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are really serious about proving their physical vigor and stamina, they can do laps in the arena while they answer questions.

September 16, 2016 8:00 am

Employees Are Paying A Bigger Chunk Of Health Insurance Costs (NPR)

High deductible health plans are the new normal.  Just over half of employees this year have a health insurance policy with a deductible of at least $1,000, according to a survey of employers from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

September 13, 2016 8:00 am

Hillary Clinton's Reluctance To Address Health Issues Follows A Long Tradition (NPR)

Hillary Clinton’s begrudging release of information related to her health on Sunday follows a pattern set by candidates and many who have won the Oval Office. It is a pattern of secrecy and, in some cases, cover-ups that would be scandalous if they occurred on other issues of policy.

September 1, 2016 8:00 am

The World May Soon Run out of Drugs to Treat Gonorrhea (Science)

It’s another sign that an era of untreatable bacterial infections is inching closer. Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines for treating gonorrhea that reflect the sobering reality that this sexually transmitted disease is becoming ever more difficult to treat. WHO recommends no longer using quinolones, a class of antibiotics that has become less and less effective. And for the first time, the agency makes suggestions on what to do when none of the standard drugs work.

September 1, 2016 8:00 am

Study: Ohio’s Abortion Pill Law Led to Worse Health Outcomes (Washington Post)

Ohio’s restrictions on the so-called abortion pill led to a higher rate of side effects, more doctor visits and additional medical treatment for patients, according to a new study.

August 29, 2016 8:00 am

Understanding the Controversy Over Caster Semenya (NY Times)

Caster Semenya of South Africa, heavily favored to win the Olympic women’s 800 meters, ran a quick opening round this week and then breezed past reporters.  Who could blame her?  Perhaps no female athlete has faced such brutal scrutiny by fellow competitors, sports officials and journalists.

August 25, 2016 8:00 am

Doctors Get Disciplined For Misconduct; Drug Firms Keep Paying Them (NPR)

Hundreds of pharmaceutical and medical device companies continue to pay doctors as promotional speakers and advisers after they’ve been disciplined for serious misconduct, according to an analysis by ProPublica.

August 18, 2016 8:00 am

Florida Keys Opposition Stalls Tests Of Genetically Altered Mosquitoes (NPR)

The fight against the Zika virus has a new weapon: the genetically engineered mosquito. It’s recently been approved by federal regulators and may soon be available in parts of the U.S. that are confronting the virus, like Puerto Rico and Miami.

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