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May 26, 2017

Aid in Dying Case Arguments to be heard in New York Court of Appeals Tuesday, May 30

The right of terminally ill, mentally competent adults to achieve a more peaceful death is at stake in Myers v. Schneiderman, now before the New York Court of Appeals, New York’s highest state court. 

Oral arguments will be held on May 30 at 2:30 PM in Albany. The proceedings of the court will be webcast live here.  

The appeal seeks to reverse lower court decisions that dismissed the case prior to trial. The case, brought by patients, doctors, End of Life Choices New York, and its Clinical Director, seeks to establish the right of terminally ill patients to receive a prescription for medication which they can self ingest to achieve a peaceful death if confronted by suffering they find unbearable. 

The court has before it two sets of arguments: first the court is asked to determine the reach of New York criminal law; plaintiffs allege it does not reach this conduct. Second, if the court finds the criminal statute does outlaw aid in dying it will consider whether guarantees of liberty, privacy and autonomy conferred by the New York State Constitution protect it.

May 25, 2017

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May 25, 2017

Support Medical Futility Blog

I am preparing to move this blog to its own new top-level domain. If you find the content useful, please consider making a small donation.
May 25, 2017

A Backup Plan for Solo Seniors: Health Care Decision Making for People Aging Alone

Check out this free webinar by Linda J. Camp on June 12: "A Backup Plan for Solo Seniors: Health Care Decision Making for People Aging Alone."  

Talking about the last life chapters isn’t easy for anyone, but it is especially difficult for “solos;” older adults who lack the traditional family support structure.  When crafting wills, trusts, Powers of Attorney and Advance Care Directives, members of this group struggle with who to designate as a surrogate. Solos “with capacity,” are a largely invisible but growing group.  Come hear about and discuss the foundational work on this issue that is underway in Minnesota.

Objectives:

  • Gain awareness and understanding of the diverse personal circumstances and diverse perspectives of solo older adults
  • Explore the unique issues, needs, gaps, and barriers faced by solos in planning for late-life
  • Learn about replicable work in Minnesota directed toward implementing practical solutions for solos
  • Discuss opportunities to contribute to current research

May 25, 2017

A Backup Plan for Solo Seniors: Health Care Decision Making for People Aging Alone

Check out this free webinar by Linda J. Camp on June 12: "A Backup Plan for Solo Seniors: Health Care Decision Making for People Aging Alone."  

Talking about the last life chapters isn’t easy for anyone, but it is especially difficult for “solos;” older adults who lack the traditional family support structure.  When crafting wills, trusts, Powers of Attorney and Advance Care Directives, members of this group struggle with who to designate as a surrogate. Solos “with capacity,” are a largely invisible but growing group.  Come hear about and discuss the foundational work on this issue that is underway in Minnesota.

Objectives:

  • Gain awareness and understanding of the diverse personal circumstances and diverse perspectives of solo older adults
  • Explore the unique issues, needs, gaps, and barriers faced by solos in planning for late-life
  • Learn about replicable work in Minnesota directed toward implementing practical solutions for solos
  • Discuss opportunities to contribute to current research

May 24, 2017

Nevada Senate Passes Bill to Amend Uniform Determination of Death Act

On May 23, 2017, the Nevada Senate passed A.B. 424 which amends the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) in response to the Aden Hailu case and other recent challenges to brain death. The bill already passed the Assembly last month.
May 24, 2017

Nevada Senate Passes Bill to Amend Uniform Determination of Death Act

On May 23, 2017, the Nevada Senate passed A.B. 424 which amends the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) in response to the Aden Hailu case and other recent challenges to brain death. The bill already passed the Assembly last month.
May 23, 2017

Dear Mr. President: It’s Time for Your Bioethics Commission

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Last week, seven Democratic members of the U.S. House Representatives sent a letter to the White House asking President Trump to appoint a director to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), position that normally serves as the presidential science advisor.…

May 23, 2017

Medical Students Can Handle the Truth; Their Mentors Should be More Open About It

By Shannon Tapia Medical School is rough.  Fortunately there is a recent movement to make medical education more humane.  The movement to bring humanity, ethics, and love back into the molding of our future physicians is crucial. Personally, I felt my medical school was on the forefront of this push.  Perhaps it was because we […]
May 23, 2017

Euthanizing the Healthy - for Family Convenience

Animal advocates are calling for an end to the euthanization of healthy pets purely for their owners’ convenience, a practice Canadian veterinarians acknowledge is an unfortunate fact of their profession. Is this a canary in the coal mine for human euthanasia?



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Published Articles (50)

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Apr 2017

Perspectives of IRB chairs on the informed consent process Eugene I. Kane III & Joseph J. Gallo

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Apr 2017

Growing an ethics consultation service: A longitudinal study examining two decades of practice Christine Gorka, Jana M. Craig & Bethany J. Spielman

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Apr 2017

Adolescent oncofertility discussions: Recommendations from a systematic literature review Dorit Barlevy, Bernice S. Elger, Tenzin Wangmo & Vardit Ravitsky

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Apr 2017

Primary care physicians' views about gatekeeping in clinical research recruitment: A qualitative study Marilys Guillemin, Rosalind McDougall, Dominique Martin, Nina Hallowell, Alison Brookes & Lynn Gillam

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Apr 2017

Healthy individuals' perspectives on clinical research protocols and influences on enrollment decisions Laura Weiss Roberts & Jane Paik Kim

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Apr 2017

When bins blur: Patient perspectives on categories of results from clinical whole genome sequencing Leila Jamal, Jill O. Robinson, Kurt D. Christensen, Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Melody J. Slashinski, Denise Lautenbach Perry, Jason L. Vassy, Julia Wycliff, Robert C. Green & Amy L. McGuire

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Apr 2017

Qualitative study of participants' perceptions and preferences regarding research dissemination Rachel S. Purvis, Traci H. Abraham, Christopher R. Long, M. Kathryn Stewart, T. Scott Warmack & Pearl Anna McElfish

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 5 - May 2017

Ethical Issues in Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Practice Yonghui Ma, Jiayu Liu, Catherine Rhodes, Yongzhan Nie & Faming Zhang

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 5 - May 2017

Caring for Patients or Organs: New Therapies Raise New Dilemmas in the Emergency Department Arjun Prabhu, Lisa S. Parker & Michael A. DeVita

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 4 - Apr 2017

Catholic Social Teaching and the Duty to Vaccinate Paul J. Carson & Anthony T. Flood

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News (2074)

May 1, 2017 9:00 am

Human vaccine data release jump-starts biotech’s bid for RNA drugs (Science)

The executive team at Moderna raised a cheer today after publishing their first early snapshot of human efficacy data that demonstrate their messenger RNA tech works — at least on the first try. The biotech tested their H10N8 flu vaccine on a small group of 31 subjects, looking at their response in two different measures. All demonstrated a sufficient immune response to fight off the virus in the first measure, and all but 3 in the second, for a total of 23 who received the vaccine.  None of the 8 subjects who received a placebo responded.

April 10, 2017 9:00 am

First medical diagnosis often incomplete or outright wrong, study finds (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

When your doctor gives a diagnosis of a complicated disease, it often pays to get an independent second look, according to a study from Mayo Clinic published Tuesday.

April 3, 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump believes the solution to the opioid crisis is talk (Vox)

President Donald Trump will soon sign an executive order to tackle what he’s called the “total epidemic” of opioid abuse and addiction. The main objective of the order is to create a commission that’s tasked with publishing a report on what to do about America’s deadliest drug crisis ever.

March 28, 2017 9:00 am

Dying patients want easier access to experimental drugs. Experts say that’s bad medicine (Watertown Daily Times)

DeBartoli walks with difficulty and falls frequently. He’s losing his ability to breathe on his own. Now the 55-year-old from Tracy, Calif., has pinned his hopes on an experimental drug made by Genentech — and a new “right-to-try” law that allows desperate patients to take medications before they’ve been fully vetted by the Food and Drug Administration. The measure’s newest fan is President Donald Trump, who said the FDA’s caution in granting dying patients access to some medications had “always disturbed” him. But for all its populist appeal, the push for right-to-try laws has raised the ire of ethicists, drug safety experts and a former FDA commissioner.

March 16, 2017 9:00 am

Should hospitals — and doctors — apologize for medical mistakes? (Washington Post)

Spurred by concerns about the “deny and defend” model — including its cost, lack of transparency and the perpetuation of errors — programs to circumvent litigation by offering prompt disclosure, apology and compensation for mistakes as an alternative to malpractice suits are becoming more popular.

March 13, 2017 9:00 am

Employees who decline genetic testing could face penalties under proposed bill (Washington Post)

Employers could impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if a bill approved by a U.S. House committee this week becomes law.

March 3, 2017 9:00 am

A divided White House still offers little guidance on replacing Obamacare (Washington Post)

A meeting Friday afternoon between President Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, his former rival in the GOP primaries, had no set agenda. But Kasich came armed with one anyway: his hope to blunt drastic changes to the nation’s health-care system envisioned by some conservatives in Washington.

February 13, 2017 9:00 am

Senate confirms Price to lead HHS (Science)

Price now takes the helm of a $1 trillion government department that includes the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Most visibly, he will be charged with overseeing the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that Republicans have promised.

January 24, 2017 9:00 am

With executive order, Trump tosses a ‘bomb’ into fragile health insurance markets (Washington Post)

The practical implications of Trump’s action on Friday are harder to decipher. Its language instructs all federal agencies to “waive, defer, grant ­exemptions from or delay” any part of the law that imposes a financial or regulatory burden on those affected by it. That would cover consumers, doctors, hospitals and other providers, as well as insurers and drug companies.

January 13, 2017 9:00 am

Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use (BBC News)

Trials conducted in Guinea, one of the West African countries most affected by an outbreak of Ebola that ended this year, show it offers 100% protection. The vaccine is now being fast-tracked for regulatory approval.

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