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August 31, 2014

What Is Driving Our Health Care?

Katie Jennings recently wrote in Politico Magazine of the American Medical Association’s role in American health care policy, particularly concerning pricing for services (see “The Secret Committee Behind Our Soaring Health Care Costs”).   Since the 1990s, an AMA committee has been in charge of determining the value of services provided by physicians, including determining Medicare prices.  Jennings points out that the committee serves as “a... // Read More »
August 31, 2014

Final Exit Network - 10 Year Anniversary

The Final Exit Network is ten years old this month. FEN is an all-volunteer organization serving members in all 50 states who: Are suffering from intolerable medical circumstances  Are mentally competent Want to end their lives Meet FEN's offic...
August 31, 2014

Minnesota's New Medical Marijuana Law: Now What?

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)...