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March 30, 2015

Maine Legislation Would Mandate Written Consent before Stopping Life-sustaining Treatment

Four months ago, I blogged about Simon's Law, a bill that was introduced in Missouri to prohibit the unilateral withholding and withdrawing of life-sustaining treatment from children like Simon Crosier, a baby born with Trisomy 18. The bill would...
March 29, 2015

Ethical Hysteria

This is a blog that I had no desire to write, and concerns a matter for which I have been troubled for a few days now. I am a Hoosier, a resident (and native) of Indiana, which is a state that is either, depending on your perspective, the epicenter of common sense or a new hotbed of hatred. The week just passed was marked by... // Read More »
March 29, 2015

How do you want to die? A mission to make death part of popular conversation

PBS NewsHour just ran a great 10-minute profile of The Conversation Project.   A growing national movement to normalize end-of-life discussions among family and friends has gained traction in recent months. As Medicare considers whether to c...
March 29, 2015

Inertia of Clinical Practice: Impact of Tracey on DNACPR Discussions

It has been nearly ten months since the UK Court of Appeals handed down its judgment in Tracey v. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.   Some predicted that the decision would have "far-reaching im...
March 28, 2015

Call to Action: Quality of Life

Earlier this month BBC News reported on Chris Graham, a 39-year-old man with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, an extremely rare gene mutation, which killed Chris’ father at 42-years-old. Graham, has a newborn son, to whom he may have passed on the gene mutation, but Graham remains hopeful, saying, “If we can put a man on the Moon then surely we can find a cure for... // Read More »
March 28, 2015

Intensive Care Hotline Resource for Families of Critically Ill Patients

Most of my blogging on this site, as well as my articles and book chapters, and  all concern legal rights and duties concerning medical treatment at the end of life.   But most of the communication, negotiation, and mediation about...
March 27, 2015

$1 Million Lawsuit over Unilateral DNR Order - Luong v. Toronto East General Hospital

Robert Cribb at the Toronto Star has been a diligent and articulate investigative reporter covering end-of-life medical treatment disputes.  This week, he reports on a new lawsuit filed by the family of Canh Luong against Toronto East General Hosp...
March 27, 2015

A Moratorium on Gene Editing?

Gregory E. Kaebnick
March 27, 2015

Calling Obesity A Disease Dooms Dieters

In June of 2013, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease. The organization had its reasons. For starters, obesity leads to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, early-onset degenerative arthritis…and just about every other illness on the planet. In … Continue reading

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March 27, 2015

Lisa Avila Family Now Accepts Death Diagnosis, Agrees to Stop Physiological Support

It looks like the brain death dispute between the family of Lisa Avila and Anaheim Regional Medical Center is coming to a consensual conclusion. After obtaining a TRO, the family was able to bring in their own neurologist.  Like the ARMC physicia...

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Published Articles (19)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 2 - Feb 2015

Collectivizing Rescue Obligations in Bioethics Jeremy R. Garrett

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 2 - Feb 2015

Rethinking the Rescue Paradigm Kayhan Parsi

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 9 - Sep 2014

Addressing Dual Agency: Getting Specific About the Expectations of Professionalism Jon C. Tilburt

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 7 - Jul 2014

The Principle of Equivalence Reconsidered: Assessing the Relevance of the Principle of Equivalence in Prison Medicine Fabrice Jotterand & Tenzin Wangmo

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 6 - Jun 2014

Patient and Citizen Participation in Health: The Need for Improved Ethical Support Laura Williamson

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 2 - Feb 2014

Ethical Review of Health Systems Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Conceptual Exploration Adnan A. Hyder, Abbas Rattani, Carleigh Krubiner, Abdulgafoor M. Bachani & Nhan T. Tran

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 2 - Feb 2014

Connecting Health Systems Research Ethics to a Broader Health Equity Agenda Bridget Pratt

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 9 - Sep 2013

An Ethical Analysis of Mandatory Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Personnel: Implementing Fairly and Balancing Benefits and Burdens Armand H. Matheny Antommaria

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 9 - Sep 2013

Vaccine Mandates Are Justifiable Because We Are All in This Together John D. Lantos and Mary Anne Jackson

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 8 - Aug 2013

Treating Patients as Persons: A Capabilities Approach to Support Delivery of Person-Centered Care Vikki A. Entwistle & Ian S. Watt

News (1984)

March 19, 2015 1:44 pm

Industry makes $7,000 for each tobacco death: health campaigners

The tobacco industry makes $7,000 for each of the more than 6 million people who die each year from smoking-related illness, the health campaign group World Lung Foundation (WLF) said.

March 13, 2015 6:23 pm

Transgender people face discrimination in healthcare

Many transgender men face discrimination in U.S. healthcare settings, according to a new study.

March 11, 2015 6:29 pm

Online offers of personalized cancer medicine may not be trustworthy

Tumor tests, genetic risk analyses and other products or services sold online as personalized cancer medicine are often not backed by evidence, according to a new U.S. study.

March 10, 2015 6:43 pm

Electric 'noise' treats Parkinson's symptoms

A wearable device that stimulates the sense of balance with electric “noise” could help Parkinson’s disease patients, according to Swedish scientists.

March 9, 2015 6:28 pm

Seeing medical records might ease hospital patients’ confusion

Letting patients see their medical records while they’re in the hospital might ease worry and confusion without extra work for doctors and nurses, a small study suggests.

February 12, 2015 4:30 pm

Disabled elderly decline sharply after ICU

Seniors admitted to the hospital intensive care unit (ICU) were more likely to die or sharply decline soon after their release depending on how well they functioned beforehand, according to a new study.

January 30, 2015 2:50 pm

Obama thinks "precision medicine" will make us healthier. Experts are skeptical.

The White House is committing $215 million to support efforts to develop personalized medicine, a priority the President touched on in his State of the Union earlier this month.

January 29, 2015 2:55 pm

Obama to Request Research Funding for Treatments Tailored to Patients’ DNA

President Obama will seek hundreds of millions of dollars for a new initiative to develop medical treatments tailored to genetic and other characteristics of individual patients, administration officials say.

January 26, 2015 2:49 pm

Golden years? Researcher explores longevity research and the companies banking on its success

Aging research, as we knew it in the 1990s and 2000’s, is being abandoned in favor of something much more ambitious. The central features of longevity research include an embrace of big data, a pivot away from studies hoping to find aging genes, a recognition that aging is best thought of a collection of diseases, not just one disease.
January 20, 2015 7:16 pm

Fight threatens thousands of Californians' health coverage

A contract dispute between health insurance provider Blue Shield of California and the Sutter Health network of doctors and hospitals is threatening to force nearly 280,000 consumers in Northern and Central California to find new doctors.

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