» Health Care Where the World Finds Bioethics Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:54:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Moratorium on Gene Editing? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:54:00 +0000 0 How to Get A Head in Life Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:08:07 +0000 ]]> 0 Biosecurity in a Globalised World: The Adoption of the Revised International Health Regulations – 10 Years On Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:13:00 +0000

Biosecurity in a Globalised World: The Adoption of the Revised International Health Regulations – 10 Years On

In 2015 it will be 10 years since the adoption of the revised International Health Regulations (IHR). To mark this important anniversary, QUT’s Australian Centre for Health Law Research is pleased to invite you to Biosecurity in a Globalised World: The Adoption of the Revised International Health Regulations – 10 Years On.
The conference will be hosted by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology’s Gardens Point campus in Brisbane from 27-28 July 2015.
The conference will provide a forum for scholars and policy makers to discuss and present on the progress achieved through the IHR to date, and the important work yet to be done.
The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Lawrence O. Gostin, Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law, Georgetown University, USA.
Themes to be discussed at the conference include:
  1. Development of IHR core capacities
  2. Regulatory responses
  3. Securitisation of infectious disease outbreaks
  4. Human rights
Papers from all disciplines and areas of expertise are welcome.

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For updates on the conference follow @HealthLawQUT
Official conference hashtag: #IHR2015
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Dissecting the Ethics of Organ Donation – 2nd Annual Islamic Bioethics Workshop Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:47:00 +0000

The Initiative on Islam and Medicine’s (II&M) 2nd Annual Islamic Bioethics Workshop, titled “Dissecting the Ethics of Organ Donation,” will be held June 5-7, 2015, at the University of Chicago.

Co-sponsored by the American Islamic College, the 3-day workshop will provide an in-depth conceptual introduction to the field of Islamic bioethics and examine the practical and theological ethics of organ donation in Muslim contexts and from an Islamic perspective. 
A brochure is downloadable here.  

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Celebrating Colorful Language Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:14:11 +0000 I realize that I do not have the most focused blog in the world. Some people blog about nothing other than, say, capital punishment or new developments in whiskey. I write about psychology, behavioral economics, ethics, the doctor-patient relationship, health … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Obamacare! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:41:05 +0000 ]]> 0 Bioethics Commission Releases Final Neuroscience Report as Part of BRAIN Initiative: Focuses on Controversial Topics that Must be Addressed if Neuroscience is to Progress and be Applied Ethically Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:01:50 +0000 0 U.S. Science Teachers Are “Cautious” When Teaching Evolution Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:03:45 +0000 0 Podcast on the Challenge of De-adoption Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:36:28 +0000 Here is a podcast I participated in, put out by folks at GWU. A quickish interview on the challenge of getting doctors to stop doing things they ought to stop doing. You can also listen to it on iTunes, or … Continue reading

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Court Orders Hospital to "Treat" Dead Woman – Avila v. ARMC Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:58:00 +0000 0 Fetal homicide Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:23 +0000 Read More »]]> 0 Medical Futility Lawsuit Proceeds against Yale – Marsala v. Yale New Haven Hospital Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:39:00 +0000 0 California Lawsuit for Not Honoring POLST Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:28:00 +0000 0 AALS Section on Disability Law Call for Papers/Presentations for 2016 Annual Meeting Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:13:00 +0000 The AALS Section on Disability Law issued the following call for papers and presentations for the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting to be held in New York, New York, January 6-9, 2016. Selected papers will be published in the Journal of Legal Medicine.

Program title
The Wounded Warrior Comes Home: Exploring the Impact of Disabled Veterans on Disability, Health, and Other Law and Policy.

Program Description
About a century ago, returning war veterans with disabilities had a profound impact on both cultural and legal attitudes toward disability, shifting us from the charitable model to the rehabilitation model. Today’s soldiers often survive injuries that would have been fatal in prior combat engagements, leaving them with even more significant physical impairments. There is also a growing understanding of the scope of mental impairments associated with military service. 

At the same time, disability has shifted from something personal to the individual that she or he must work to overcome, to something largely attributable to choices made by society, and we now recognize equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities is a matter of civil rights. Veterans with disabilities may once again play a significant role in shaping the future of disability rights law. In addition, in an era of changing norms regarding health care, veterans with disabilities may play a significant role in that context. Beyond those topics, veterans with disabilities may affect issues of criminal law, employee benefits law, and tax law, to name a few. 

This panel will explore the contemporary impact of veterans with disabilities on our law, including ways in which law and policy can be more responsive to the needs of these veterans and those with whom they interact, and how their unique status may help inform various normative conversations.

Paper/Presentation Requirements and Submission Instructions
Presentations and papers may address a wide spectrum of issues associated with the program topic, from macro or micro perspectives, and further may focus on historical foundations, present conditions, assessment of past or current corrective measures, and/or the analysis of necessary corrections or changes in law or public policy.
Selected papers will be published in the Journal of Legal Medicine, the legal journal of the American College of Legal Medicine. Papers must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere. Preference will be given to papers of 25,000 words or fewer.

Abstracts of proposed papers/presentations should be submitted to Cheryl L. Anderson, AALS Disability Law Section Chair, at no later than Monday, August 3, 2015. The officers of the Section on Disability Law will select two abstracts for presentations. Authors will be notified no later than August 24, 2015.

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The High Price of Affordable Medicine Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:30:57 +0000 In the old days, blockbuster drugs were moderately expensive pills taken by hundreds of thousands of patients. Think blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes pills. But today, many blockbusters are designed to target much less common diseases, illnesses like multiple sclerosis … Continue reading

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Very Sick Children: Treatment at Any Cost? Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0000 The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has just published a new framework to help doctors make tough decisions on end of life care for children and young people.

The new framework sets out an ethical and legal framework for when it can be considered no longer in the best interests of the child to give life sustaining treatment.  Specifically, the framework provides three sets of circumstances when limiting treatment can be considered because it is no longer in the child’s best interests to continue:

  • When life is limited in quantity: If treatment is unable or unlikely to prolong life significantly it may not be in the child’s best interests to provide it
  • When life is limited in quality: This includes situations where treatment may be able to prolong life significantly but will not alleviate the burdens associated with illness or treatment itself
  • Informed competent refusal of treatment: An older child with extensive experience of illness may repeatedly and competently consent to the withdrawal or withholding of LST. In these circumstances, and where the child is supported by his or her parents and by the clinical team, there is no ethical obligation to provide LST.

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A Right to Know? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:18:57 +0000 Read More »]]> 0 New Features Now Available at Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:55:30 +0000 0 Will Ariadne Lead Us Through the Maze of End-of-Life Healthcare? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:33:04 +0000 ]]> 0 Schiavo 10 Years Later (conference) Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:55:00 +0000 0 Rebuilding Trust Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:00:49 +0000 Read More »]]> 0 Utah Bill Assures Coverage for Terminally Ill Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:37:00 +0000 0 Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis and Abortion Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:30:36 +0000 Read More »]]> 0 Hospital Agrees to 4 More Days of Physiologic Support for Dead Woman Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:46:00 +0000 0 Living the Best Life Possible: Doctor and Patient Conversations About Serious Illness and Mortality (Video) Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:30:00 +0000 0 Careers in Health Law – Free Webinar Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:30:00 +0000 0 Legal Briefing: Coerced Treatment and Involuntary Confinement for Contagious Disease Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:39:00 +0000 My latest “Legal Briefing” column is now up over at the Journal of Clinical Ethics.  "Legal Briefing: Coerced Treatment and Involuntary Confinement for Contagious Disease" covers recent legal developments involving coerced treatment and involuntary confinement for contagious disease. Recent high profile court cases involving measles, tuberculosis, human immunodeficiency virus, and especially Ebola, have thrust this topic back into the bioethics and public spotlights. This has reignited debates over how best to balance individual liberty and public health. 

For example, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has officially requested public comments, held open hearings, and published a 90-page report on “ethical considerations and implications” raised by “U.S. public policies that restrict association or movement (such as quarantine).” Broadly related articles have been published in previous issues of JCE. We categorize recent legal developments on coerced treatment and involuntary confinement into the following six categories:
1.   Most Public Health Confinement Is Voluntary
2.   Legal Requirements for Involuntary Confinement
3.   New State Laws Authorizing Involuntary Confinement
4.   Quarantine Must Be as Least Restrictive as Necessary
5.   Isolation Is Justified Only as a Last Resort
6.   Coerced Treatment after Persistent Noncompliance

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Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care Conference Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:23:00 +0000 0 DNA Phenotyping and Baby’s First Portrait Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:54:00 +0000 Timothy F. Murphy]]> 0 Here’s Why I’m Guilty Of Experimenting On People Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:30:48 +0000 Last summer, Facebook received terrible press for running experiments on its users, adjusting the proportion of happy and unhappy posts at the top of people’s news feeds to see how that effected their moods. Shortly after that controversy surfaced, OK-Cupid … Continue reading

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Another California Brain Death Dispute – Lisa Avila Fri, 20 Mar 2015 01:49:00 +0000 Last month, Lisa Avila went to Anaheim Regional Medical Center while pregnant with her eighth child. Her family says that the hospital sent her home.  A day later, Avila slipped into a coma due to an undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. (Family website)

In the past few days, hospital clinicians have determined that Avila is now brain dead.  Consequently, they have told the family that they are planning to remove Avila's physiologic support on Friday afternoon. 

But like the December 2013 Jahi McMath case, the family is resisting the hospital's plan.  After all, this is the very same hospital that (the family claims) botched her treatment and put her on life support in the first place.  “They shouldn’t be pressuring us, because the reason we’re here, is because of their mistake.”  “Pretty much they’re trying to kill her to reduce them from having to pay the bill that it would cost to keep her alive.”  (CBS News)

The hospital has limited obligation to accommodate family objections.  I reviewed those obligations in Los Angeles just a few weeks ago.  It need not continue to provide physiological support after 24-48 hours. But it might have an obligation to facilitate a transfer which is what the family is looking for.  (CBS News)  

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Industry makes $7,000 for each tobacco death: health campaigners Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:44:55 +0000 0 Higher Brain Death – Gravestones of Schiavo and Cruzan Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0000 0 The Art of Dying (NYC April 24-26, 2015) Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:42:00 +0000 0 Dealing with suffering Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:44:18 +0000 Read More »]]> 0 Why It’s Not Time For Health Care Rationing Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:56:20 +0000 In the last few years, the U.S. health care system has seemingly been gripped by “back to the nineties” fever. Back then, we had a Democratic president working to reform the health care system. Experts from across this system were … Continue reading

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Left Out: Undocumented Immigrants and the American Health Care System Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0000 0 Frankenstein babies and designer babies? Ethical concerns raised by “3 person embryos” Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:03:45 +0000 0 Minnesota Compassionate Care Act of 2015 Will Legalize Aid in Dying Wed, 18 Mar 2015 01:08:00 +0000 0 Good Ethics Requires Bad News Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:55:32 +0000 Read More »]]> 0 When Bioethics and Politics Intersect Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:14:18 +0000 Read More »]]> 0 Anatomy Bequest Program Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:43:00 +0000 0 The Drug that Cried “Feminism” Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:54:00 +0000 Alessandra Hirsch, Rebecca Holliman, and Adriane Fugh-Berman]]> 0 Celebrating the Cerebellum (and All Other Parts of the Brain) Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:08:49 +0000 0 Thinking About the Body Through Visual Art Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:58:31 +0000 0 Students and Professors Pay Tribute to John D. Arras Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:54:00 +0000 Chelsea Jack]]> 0 Should Medical Staff ‘Google’ Patients? Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:47:09 +0000 ]]> 0 How Screwed is North Carolina if Supreme Court Rejects Obamacare? Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:07:39 +0000 In a few months, we will find out whether the Supreme Court has decided that a critical part of the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. If that happens, lots of people will be in lots of trouble, financially speaking. Here … Continue reading

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Texas Futility Law – Stakeholder Talks Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:12:00 +0000 0 Dignity and Destiny – Part 1 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:42:25 +0000 Read More »]]> 0