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August 30, 2016

Building a House, Creating a Home

By Matthew Schreier “There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.” ~Rosalynn Carter Food, water, shelter, education. These facets of a healthy, safe lifestyle are seen by most of us as a basic human right.  It is in their steady presence that we are able to pursue our goals of personal growth, […]
August 29, 2016

Bioethics & Pharmaceutical Prices

Just last week a man walked into my office holding a vile of insulin.  He told me its cost and how much it has increased over time.  He expressed genuine fear that people would not be able to afford it much longer and that they would eventually die because of it. Later that day, I noticed that the Washington Post and other media outlets were... // Read More »
August 29, 2016

The $280 Better Mousetrap

The rising cost of the Mylan EpiPen has been in the news. Since 2007, Mylan has raised the cost of their two pack EpiPen from just under $100 to over $600 today. That is a cool $300 per EpiPen, substantially above the ten to twenty dollar retail cost of the raw material epinephrine. Why should I be asked to spend a $280 mark-up? Is this... // Read More »
August 29, 2016

13th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation (ICCEC)

Plan to attend the 13th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation (ICCEC) in Singapore from May 25 to 27, 2017.  Abstracts are due 21 October 2016.
August 28, 2016


Dr Sara A. Hanafy Pharmacist, Public Health Specialist, PhD candidate, Department of Epidemiology, High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University, Egypt. Dr Sara would like to share her study that was done for the fulfillment of her Master degree in … Continue reading
August 28, 2016

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for Conducting Brain Death Apnea Test WITHOUT Consent

The issue of whether consent is necessary for an apnea brain death test is at the heart of Lawson v. VCU, now pending before the Supreme Court of Virginia. Now, another case addresses the same issue.  Lydia Cassaro, the mother of Randall Bia...
August 27, 2016

Law of Brain Death in Los Angeles,California

With the media attention on the latest developments in the Israel Stinson case, it might be worth refreshing on the basics of the law of brain death in California.   Here is a video of a 2015 Los Angeles conference where I explained the history a...
August 26, 2016

How to Stop Over-Eating — Lessons from Brain Science

Put our brains into the modern food environment, and you have a recipe for disaster. Our brains are hardwired to crave calorie-dense foods, this craving no doubt arising from our evolutionary time spent on the Tundra where calories were often … Continue reading

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August 26, 2016

Public discussions on human gene editing

On August 3, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine posted online the slides and talks from its July 12 meeting to discuss public implications of the Human Gene-Editing Initiative.  A total of four meetings plus a related workshop were held: an introductory discussion in December 2015, followed by three more substantial meetings plus the related workshop in February, April, and now July of... // Read More »
August 25, 2016

How technology has changed the definition of death (2 min video)

Vox has a nice, basic 2-minute video on the history of the determination of death.