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April 10, 2014

New Tools for HIV Prevention: Why I am a Truvada Whore

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Although the epidemic likely started a decade or two earlier, AIDS wasn’t identified as a new disease until 1981. It took a few more years to isolate HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and to develop reliable tests for diagnosing infection. In the thirty […]
April 10, 2014

Health Care Decisions and the "F" Word: Counseling Clients about Medical Futility

Health Care Decisions and the "F" Word: Counseling Clients about Medical Futility

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Format: Live Webinar
Duration: 90 minutes
Register here

The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, Senior Lawyers Division and Center for Professional Development
1:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern
12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Mountain
10:00 AM-11:30 AM Pacific

Program Description

Recent cases involving brain dead patients and resulting disputes over continuing organ-sustaining treatments have reignited debate over the appropriate use of medical technologies.  The family of Jahi McMath in Oakland, CA, fought to keep their daughter connected to a ventilator, while a hospital in Fort Worth, TX, sought to keep Marlise Muñoz, fourteen weeks pregnant, on a ventilator over the objection of her husband and family.  For terminally ill patients who are not brain dead, a family's desire to "do everything possible" sometimes leads to insisting on medical interventions that medical professionals may deem inappropriate or "futile."  


  • Provide you with an understanding of the range of policy and practice issues concerning medical futility
  • Enable you to be accurate and supportive in counseling clients on these issues in the context of advance planning
  • Enable you to be more effective in counseling and dispute resolution when conflicts arise in end-of-life decision-making concerning the limits of care
  • The focus is not on litigation. 

Program Faculty

  • Robert L. Fine, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, Clinical Director, Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care, Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, TX
  • Bernard "Bud" Hammes, Ph.D, Director of Medical Humanities, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, La Crosse, WI
  • Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD, Director, Health Law Institute & Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN
  • Charles P. Sabatino, JD (Moderator), Director, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, Washington, DC

April 10, 2014

Who Calls the Shots? Exploring the Authority of the Principal, Agent, and Provider under a Health Care Directive

The Health Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association is presenting a timely CLE:  "Who Calls the Shots?  Exploring the Authority of the Principal, Agent, and Provider under a Health Care Directive." Date: Friday, April 18, 2014 8:00...
April 10, 2014

Health Disparities: They’re Not Just for Patients Anymore

by Jacob Dahlke, Bioethics Program Alum (MSBioethics 2012) Much is written – and justifiably so – about the disparities that exist in our healthcare system in the U.S. The CDC, for example, reports a few: non-Hispanic blacks die more frequently from stroke and coronary heart disease than whites; homicide deaths are 2.5 times higher for men […]
April 10, 2014

Has Obamacare Made Restaurants Partisan?

Politics in the US is discouragingly partisan. National politics has become increasingly partisan since at least the late ’60s, when the passage of civil rights legislation influenced many conservative southern Democrats to join the Republican Party. Even state politics has become more … Continue reading
April 10, 2014

Artistic Inquiry: Obesity on Stage in Boston

BEI Young Professionals member Betsy Campbell covers artful media around the world that touches upon topics in bioethics. In 2013 a Hastings Center article, bioethicist Dan Callahan proposed an “edgier” approach to America’s obesity epidemic. His views in that article — particularly his point about the power of public disapproval — proved to be controversial, […]
April 9, 2014

If Hobby Lobby Wins, We All Lose

by Dr. Patricia Mayer, Bioethics Program Alumna (2009) Late last month, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The Supreme Court is currently considering whether Hobby Lobby, a privately owned chain of 640 arts and crafts stores, may deny its employees insurance coverage for things […]
April 9, 2014

Bioethics Commission to Host Webinar Demonstrating Educational Modules

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) is committed to developing resources to improve bioethics education. On Thursday, April 24, 2014 the Bioethics Commission will hold a public webinar demonstrating and discussing how the educational modules developed by the Commission and based on Commission reports can be applied in a variety [...]
April 9, 2014

Why should we immunize our children?

A recent NPR All Things Considered story that is summarized on their web site talks about the large number of parents in Marin County in California who choose not to immunize their children by way of personal belief exemptions. This is in a county with a very high average standard of living, but has a high level of children not being immunized. The county recently... // Read More »
April 9, 2014

US jury orders Takeda, Eli Lilly to pay $9 billion in damages over Actos

[FirstWordPharma] A US jury ordered Takeda and Eli Lilly to pay a combined $9 billion in punitive damages after finding that the companies concealed the cancer risks associated with the diabetes therapy Actos (pioglitazone). The jury also awarded compensatory damages to the plaintiff of nearly $1.5 million in the first federal lawsuit related to the […]