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August 30, 2014

Religiously Affiliated ICU Patients Receive More Aggressive End-of-Life Care

A study just published in the August 2014 issue of the Journal of Surgical Research finds that religiously affiliated intensive care unit patients receive more aggressive end-of-life care in the ICU. Yet this high-intensity care does not translate...
August 29, 2014

Influencing Young Minds

I really like teaching Duke undergraduates. They are an ambitious and intelligent group. But sometimes their ambition and intelligence get in the way of creative thinking, especially in regards to careers. They all want to remain high achievers, so they … Continue reading
August 29, 2014

The Boys in the Ban

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership For over 30 years now, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned blood donations from gay and bisexual men. It is a lifetime ban. Currently, no man who has ever had sex with another man can donate blood in the US. […]
August 29, 2014

Jahi McMath Still Responding to Verbal Commands

Jahi McMath was declared dead both by multiple neurologists and by a California court in December 2013.   Yet, just days ago her mother made the following announcement to the crowd at the New Beginnings Community Center's summer gala event at the...
August 28, 2014

“Release to Elsewhere” and (vs?) the Reality

World magazine suggests that the movie version of Lois Lowry’s youth novel The Giver is an important entrée to discussions about human dignity, abortion, and euthanasia. My wife and I saw it last weekend.  Our response to the above:  Maybe, but probably not. The overwhelming message of the movie seems to be about human freedom:  If people have freedom, they will make bad choices, but... // Read More »
August 28, 2014

Is It Irrational For Carmelo Anthony To Take So Many Three Pointers?

A jab to the right, then Carmelo steps back behind the three-point line and launches a shot. It clanks off the back of the rim. How likely is he to be the next person on his team to attempt a … Continue reading
August 28, 2014

Bioethics at Yale, Encyclopedic Edition

I just got my copy of the hefty new six-volume edition of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics. The Editor-in-Chief, Bruce Jennings, and two of the six Associate Editors (me, Mark Mercurio) teach at Yale. One of the two Consulting Editors (Joe Fins)...
August 28, 2014

Providence Institute for Human Caring

Providence Health & Services is establishing the Providence Institute for Human Caring under the leadership of Dr. Ira Byock.   Based at Providence TrinityCare Hospice in Torrance, Calif., the new institute will support clinicians, patie...
August 27, 2014

Direct cell reprogramming to grow a new organ and the ice bucket challenge

A recent article in The Guardian reports on an interview with Clare Blackburn of the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh where they have recently been able to induce a direct transformation of mouse skin fibroblasts into thymic epithelial cells. When these induced thymic epithelial cells were mixed with other thymus cell types and transplanted into mice they grew... // Read More »
August 27, 2014

Brain Death Is a Flash Point in End-of-Life Law, Ethics and Policy

My latest post over at the American Journal of Bioethics blog is now posted here:  "Brain Death Is a Flash Point in End-of-Life Law, Ethics and Policy."