» Politics Where the World Finds Bioethics Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:38:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A simple change? The IOM Report on “Dying in America” Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:15:42 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Say there was a simple change that could be made to the health care system that would reduce cost, reduce demand, increase patient’s quality of life and satisfaction, address the whole patient and not just the disease, improve care coordination, and increase patient autonomy. All of this is possible, but it requires addressing the problem that in America we do not die as we want to.

This week the Institute of Medicine released its latest report,  Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.…

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How do we talk about enhancement after Ferguson and the death of Michael Brown? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:49:23 +0000 by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

No other area of philosophy has captured my interests like bioethics. Thinking about the ways that we can use health care to justly distribute opportunities and what those opportunities are is my greatest interest. My specific interest in biomedical enhancement stems from my interests in the relationship between health care and opportunities. As health is essential to living the kind of lives that we want to live, I’m always thinking about how traditional practices and advances in health care can help us lead better lives, even when there is nothing medically abnormal about or minds or bodies.…

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Extending the Zadroga Act Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:56:14 +0000 ]]> 0 California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:20:34 +0000 0 California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:21:30 +0000 0 Repeal Prohibition, Again Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:55:46 +0000 0 Calif. death penalty ruled unconstitutional Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:06:52 +0000 0 Gordon College Faces Review Over Request For Ability To Discriminate Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:22:02 +0000 0 Children Of Gay Parents Are Happier And Healthier Than Their Peers, New Study Finds Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:20:00 +0000 0 Fact vs. Fiction: Judge Upholds Barring Unvaccinated Children from Public Schools Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:31:45 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Vaccination is one of the great success stories of public health. People who receive vaccinations against disease are far less likely to contract that disease. In 1900, 30.4% of all deaths from infectious disease were to children under the age of 5 and the top three causes of death were pneumonia, tuberculosis and diarrhea-enteritis. By 2010, the only infectious disease in the top ten list was influenza and pneumonia at 9th place. In 2012, 91.4% of adolescents are immunized for measles, mumps & rubella, 92.8% for Hep B, and many others.…

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You Can’t Fix What Ain’t Broke: Combating the Dangers of Reparative Therapy Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:48:14 +0000 ]]> 0 You Can’t Fix What Ain’t Broke: Combating the Dangers of Reparative Therapy Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:48:14 +0000 ]]> 0 Politics in Your DNA Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:06:38 +0000 0 Chip and Fish: Inadvertent Spies Sun, 08 Jun 2014 07:46:43 +0000 by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

There has been a great deal of fingerpointing, second-guessing and recrimination over the decision by the President to exchange five former Taliban leaders for the American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl.  “You’ve just released five extremely dangerous people, who in my opinion … will rejoin the battlefield,” Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and likely Presidential candidate told Fox News.  Senator John McCain, R-AZ, told ABC news and many other outlets that he would never have supported the swap if he’d known exactly which prisoners would be exchanged given their former high roles in battling the U.S.…

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Do People on the Right Feel Superior to Those on the Left? Wed, 28 May 2014 15:15:38 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Our mental health care system is a joke — even mass murderer Elliot Rodger slipped through the cracks Tue, 27 May 2014 20:36:01 +0000 0 Cannabis may Help Prevent Seizures in Children with Severe Epilepsy Thu, 22 May 2014 20:26:26 +0000 0 The Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett: Is Lethal Injection Painless and Humane? Thu, 08 May 2014 14:55:08 +0000 ]]> 0 The Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett: Is Lethal Injection Painless and Humane? Thu, 08 May 2014 14:55:08 +0000 ]]> 0 Lessons for the Future of Primary Care from Robin Cook’s Cell Thu, 01 May 2014 07:28:23 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

I just finished reading the popular fiction novel Cell by Robin Cook. This medical thriller revolves around George Wilson, a radiology resident who finds people dying suddenly after receiving diagnoses of terminal illnesses including his fiancé and next-door-neighbor. The catch is that all of these people were beta testers for a new mobile app called iDoc. A technology company developed this program to be a personal primary care physician. iDoc can answer all of your health questions, monitor your vital signs, and even give you a dose of insulin through an implantable reservoir.…

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Death Panels are Back, and They Want to Pay Grandma to Die Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:59:57 +0000 ]]> 0 Death Panels are Back, and They Want to Pay Grandma to Die Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:59:57 +0000 ]]> 0 Blowing Up Bioethics: A Response to Atrium’s Bad Girls and Head Nurses Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:46:33 +0000 Rachelle Barina, MTS and Devan Stahl, MDiv

Northwestern Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program recently published its 2014 issue of Atrium, titled “Bad Girls.” In the issue, William Peace writes an article about “Head Nurses,” which is accompanied by an overtly sexual image (see page 20). “Head nurses” were women who gave young paralyzed men like himself blowjobs in the late 1970s. Peace describes “shapely young women” giving “world-class blowjobs” to men who were worried their “dicks” did not work and they could not “fuck.” Peace describes his own despair and his anticipated encounter with a “head nurse.” Peace nostalgically claims, “This woman was able to provide me a level of care and a connection that no longer exists.” “She reaffirmed my manhood and masculinity in a way I will forever appreciate.” “[T]he nurse injected a compassionate eroticism that made me a better man,” and ultimately, “…gave me myself”

Peace’s narrative is a worn-out and objectifying trope.…

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Hawaii police urge lawmakers to let undercover cops have sex with prostitutes Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:46:20 +0000 0 My Neighborhood Makes It Easier to Get Pregnant Than To Go To College Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:43:01 +0000 0 Health conspiracy theories are widely believed Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:01:38 +0000 0 Elizabeth Warren vows fight for gender equality in medical studies Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:10:22 +0000 0 6 Proposals Denying Service to Gays You Haven’t Heard About Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:01:02 +0000 0 China Cracks Down on DNA Testing Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:13:04 +0000 0 Just Say No To These 11 Outrageous Arguments Against Legalizing Marijuana Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:21:47 +0000 0 Unusual Iowa abortion rule has surprising result Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:40:29 +0000 0 New York State to Limit Use of Solitary Confinement Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:15:29 +0000 0 Take Two Aspirin and Let Me Tell You What I Think About the Affordable Care Act Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:39:42 +0000 by Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

I recently saw a subspecialist for a medical procedure.  I had never met this physician before so as he sat down to review what was going on in the monitor in front of him, the first thing he asked me was what I did for a living.  I promptly informed him that I was a bioethics professor at Loyola University Chicago.  This immediately piqued his interest.  He asked me what this entailed, and I told him that I taught graduate and medical students, did ethics consultations, did my own research and writing, gave presentations, etc. …

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Thank The Pill For Abortion Rate Drop Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:49:45 +0000 0 Obama Says Easing Marijuana Restrictions a Job for Congress Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:42:07 +0000 0 Wombmates in Wisconsin Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:58:21 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Women of Wisconsin better make some room as they are about to have some visitors: Their  in-laws may come to spend time in their uterus. Wisconsin bill SB201 (companion to AB217) allows a mother, father or grandparent to seek compensatory damages from the person who performed an abortion. The relatives may also seek money for emotional and psychological harm. If the damages are awarded, the provider would pay further damages of $10,000 and attorney fees. If injunctive relief is sought, then the court may prevent the physician from performing abortions in the future.…

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In Guns We Trust Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:39:46 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In a Florida movie theater a father was texting his daughter. Admittedly this action is annoying: You are in a dark theater engaged in a film and suddenly blinded by this little bright light. Many of us groan and a brave person might even say something to the offending texter. But on this particular day the texting father and a 71-year-old retired police officer got into a scuffle. At the end, the retired officer pulled the gun and shot the father dead.…

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The Supreme Court’s terrible—and dangerous—ruling this week on the Fifth Amendment. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:58:30 +0000 0 Wealth Disparity As A Bioethics Concern Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:48:52 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

How much money do you need to live on? $60,000 per year? $40,000 per year? $20,000? Could you live on $11,000 per year? If you made the U.S. Federal minimum wage ($7.25 since 2009) and worked 30 hours per week (the most a large number of employers will permit because anything over and they have to provide health care under the Affordable Care Act) and including no paid vacation or sick time, then you would be earning about $10,875 per year .…

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U.S. directed medical professionals to ignore ethics, abuse detainees, report says Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:37:38 +0000 0 Ban on Gay Bias Gains Ground in Senate Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:23:27 +0000 0 An Unhealthy Shutdown Thu, 10 Oct 2013 06:45:55 +0000 by Craig Klugman, PhD.

It’s week 2 of the government shutdown with no end in sight. In fact, some people are saying this is a good thing because it achieves their aim of shrinking government. Some Congressmen want the country to go off the deep end of the fiscal cliff, not believing that it would have negative repercussions for the population. The problem is that it turns out the government actually helps protect our health.

Thinking about having some meat for dinner?…

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143-year-old law has Washington treading gingerly during shutdown Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:09:44 +0000 0 U.S. Reckons With Impact of Shutdown Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:53:27 +0000 0 Why the Poor Don’t Work, According to the Poor Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:30:17 +0000 0 RAPE AND ABORTION: NEGATING A MYTH Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:42:17 +0000 Sabine Hildebrandt, MD
William Seidelman, MD
Arthur Caplan, PhD

A recurring assertion in the ongoing debate on abortion in the United States is the statement that pregnancy is an uncommon consequence of rape. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has recently argued on the floor of the House of Representatives that an exception for rape wasn’t necessary in a proposed law banning abortions after 20 weeks because “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

Why do so many Americans believe this claim?…

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Doctors Who Torture: Why No Punishment? Thu, 25 Jul 2013 03:42:06 +0000 Maurice Bernstein, MD

Torture has been in the United States’ “backyard” for a number of years. The forced feeding of Guantanamo detainees who are on “hunger strike” is a current example.  One issue beyond the ethics of forced feeding anyone, detainee or not, is what role a physician plays in such an activity and whether such participation should be part of the profession of medicine. Physicians have been used both in the United States and around the world to lend their “professional expertise” when it comes to virtually facilitating and monitoring the process of torture.…

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Human Rights and Human Wrongs Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:04:24 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This has been an exciting week in the world of public policy in the United States. During the last week of its session, the U.S. Supreme Court often releases rulings on its biggest cases. And this year is no exception. In the last two days the Court has ruled on voting rights, gay marriage in California, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The theme that ties all three of these high profile cases together is civil rights and liberties.…

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Lung Transplants and the Bandwagon Bioethics Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:43:22 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In case you have not heard, the big bioethics story this week comes out of Philadelphia where a 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis is in need of a lung transplant to survive. Sarah M has been on the transplant list for a while but her chances of getting a lung are slim. According to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) rules, children under 12 can only get lungs from child donors and can only be offered adult lungs after all potential adult donors have been approached.…

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Data Aggregation and the Medical Marketplace Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:47:37 +0000 Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Big brother is watching you. And calling you. And selling your medical information to a pharmaceutical corporation.

In the modern age of information as commodity, drugmakers buy database that tell them how much of what drug each doctor prescribes, which patients fill those prescriptions, and whether renewals are filled. They know your medical conditions, test results, insurance data, age, ethnicity, and income level.

Several companies have developed with the express purpose of tracking patients and their medical habits.…

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