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October 2, 2015

So Much for the Job Killing Effects of Obamacare

Despite passionate warnings that the Affordable Care Act would demolish the American economy, things haven’t exactly turned out that way. Here is evidence Dan Diamond circulated a while back. Dan is someone I suggest you follow on Twitter if you … Continue reading

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October 2, 2015

Art of Death Conference and Exhibition [EOL in Art 144]

The Art of Death Expo starts today in Bellingham, Washington.  It runs to October 11. By using many different points of interest as access points or doorways into the board subject of Death and Dying, the Expo offers an opportunity for people of ...
October 2, 2015

Treating Cancer: Doing Nothing is Also a Choice

James Salwitz, a New Jersey oncologist recently colorfully observed: "Too many times patients are dragged away to receive therapy after therapy, until they are wasted, decrepit and dead."

Unfortunately, this is not always easy to convey to patients.  Dr. Salwitz had told his patient:  “You do not have to do anything. There is no law or rule requiring you to undergo aggressive therapy.”  But the patient heard those words and said, to himself, “Dr. Salwitz is giving up on me.” The patient's trust in Dr. Salwitz was gone and he transferred his care to another physician.

October 1, 2015

PAS and Conscience?

Wesley Smith offers this link to a Dutch story about a family considering legal action against the general physician who declined to support a family member’s wish for assistance in dying. The article, which I was able to read only after Google toolbar translation from the Dutch, describes the case of a person who apparently was 19 years old and wanting to end her life... // Read More »
October 1, 2015

Modernizing Human Subjects Research Protections: Changing the Landscape of Biospecimen Research

In this fourth post in a new blog series, we zoom in on changes to the Common Rule—proposed in the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) released earlier this month—that would alter oversight processes for biospecimen research. In its current form, the Common Rule contains a regulatory gap, recognized throughout the Bioethics Commission’s work. Today, when […]
October 1, 2015

Action Movies Create Couch Potatoes

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October 1, 2015

Is it ethical for parents to create a savior sibling?

<p>Savior siblings are children who are born to provide HLA compatible body parts, typically umbilical cord blood to be used for bone marrow transplantation, in order to save the life of their older sibling. They are created using IVF so that the embryos can be screened in order to find and implant one that is a match to the existing child. The first savior sibling, Adam Nash, was born in the US was born in 2000. Lisa and Jack Nash decided to create a savior sibling after their doctor suggested it might be the best option for a cure for their daughter Molly, who was born with a severe type of Fanconi anemia. Immediately after Adam was born, Molly received a bone marrow transplant using the umbilical cord blood from her brother. The notion of savior siblings gained more attention with Jodi Picoult’s book My Sister’s Keeper and the movie based on the book. In contrast to Adam Nash, the savior sibling in the book and movie is expected to continue giving bodily to her sister throughout her childhood, including organ transplantation, rather than one time umbilical cord donation.</p> <p>Is it ethical for parents to create a savior sibling? Some argue that the parents’ intention plays a role in considering whether it is ethical to create a savior sibling. If the parents were not planning on having any more children and they are the having the savior sibling only for the sake of the older child, then there is the concern of using the savior sibling as a means to an end. If the parents were planning on having more children, then some claim that the savior sibling is wanted for her/his own sake and is not being created for just one purpose (i.e. to save the older child). </p> <p><span style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.04px;"><strong>The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a</strong> </span><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.04px;">Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="color: #000099; text-decoration: underline;" href="/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong></p>
October 1, 2015

Australia's Only Music Thanatologist [EOL in Art 143]

Peter Roberts is Australia's only music-thanatologist: a specialized musician who marries end of life care with harp and voice performances to serve the needs of the terminally ill.   While music therapists are often seen in hospitals playing a f...
October 1, 2015

Rights Come to Mind Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness

Cornell medical ethics professor Joseph Fins has published Rights Come to Mind Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness. Through the sobering story of Maggie Worthen, and her mother, Nancy, this book tells of one family's struggle...
September 30, 2015

Cancer Drugs Aren’t As Cost-Effective As They Used To Be

Cancer drugs have become increasingly expensive in recent years. No one blinks anymore when a new lung cancer or colon cancer treatment comes to market priced at more than $100,000 per patient. In part, we don’t blink because we have … Continue reading

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