Hot Topics: Uncategorized

Blog Posts (2363)

August 15, 2013

Dead Babies, Dead Mothers. Let’s start by reducing the stigma of mental illness

Andrea Kalfoglou, Ph.D.

Last month, a tragedy unfolded in Manitoba, Canada.  On Wednesday, July 24th two children, a 3 year old and an infant, were found badly injured and alone in their home. …

March 3, 2013

Do Medical "Conscience Clauses" Mean Being Unconscious to Patient Care?

"Conscience Clauses" either proposed or actually written into governmental legislation of medical practice have stirred controversy on both sides of the issue. A "conscience clause" would permit physicians freedom from any legal retribution, ...
March 3, 2013

Nurse Refuses to Perform CPR on Resident

This assisted living facility apparently has a policy that forbids staff from performing CPR on residents who stop breathing.  This really annoys this 911 dispatcher.
March 2, 2013

More on Diabetes Being Misunderstood

Again thanks to the most recent issue of Primary Care Medical Abstracts, I learned of a study of screening for adult-onset (Type 2) diabetes that further stresses the position I have been arguing for here for a good while, that it's basically a misunde...
March 1, 2013

More on DSM-5: An Irrelevant and Perhaps Incoherent Defense

To supplement the previous post on DSM-5, I thank Dr. Bernard Carroll for calling attention in his comment to psychotherapist Gary Greenberg's blog:http://www.garygreenbergonline.com/w/?p=249#comments--which in turn refers to a paper in JAMA extolling ...
March 1, 2013

Minnesota, like Michigan, to Require Futility Policy Transparency

Minnesota Senator Nienow has reintroduced a bill from last session that would require hospitals to disclose their medical futility policies when they might be applied to a minor.  Michigan has introduced similar legislation.  
March 1, 2013

"DEATH PANELS": Do You Believe They Exist?

Hey! Do you remember,starting in 2009,the political fury, concern and cries about "Death Panels" in the United States as the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") was being debated? If you don't..where were you? Wikipedia has an excellent article on this t...
February 28, 2013

DSM-5 and the Sorry State of American Psychiatry

If you think I've been underproducing blog posts lately, you can lay the blame at the doorstep of Rick Bukata and Jerry Hoffman of Primary Care Medical Abstracts. Being a lazy cuss, I often don't know that an article of interest has been published unti...
February 28, 2013

Paying Thru the Nose for Journal Reprints--For Whose Benefit?

In HOOKED, I noted that one of the biggest income makers for major medical journals, besides ads, is the sale of reprints to drugmakers. Drug reps like to hand out glossy reprints to docs to create the charade that what they say is based on hard scienc...
February 28, 2013

Aid-in-Dying May Be Legalized in 7 More States

Compassion & Choices is engaged in "seven dynamic state-based campaigns" to legalize aid-in-dying.  1.  Massachusetts, where we could pass a law to fulfill the promise of last year’s ballot measure. We have majority support an...

View More Blog Entries

Published Articles (12)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Surrogate Decision Making in the Internet Age” Jessica Berg

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012

Corrigenda

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012

Review of Robert Klitzman, Am I My Genes? Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing Sonia M. Suter

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012

Surrogate Decision Making in the Internet Age Jessica Berg

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012

Genomic Inheritances: Disclosing Individual Research Results From Whole-Exome Sequencing to Deceased Participants’ Relatives Ben Chan

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 9 - Sep 2012

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Can Medical Repatriation Be Ethical? Establishing Best Practices” Mark Kuczewski

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 9 - Sep 2012

Finding the Proper Place for Prevention: Review of Halley S. Faust and Paul T. Menzel, eds., Prevention vs. Treatment: What's the Right Balance? Peter H. Schwartz

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 9 - Sep 2012

Telecare, Surveillance, and the Welfare State Tom Sorell

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 9 - Sep 2012

Reframing the Ethical Issues in Part-Human Animal Research: The Unbearable Ontology of Inexorable Moral Confusion Matthew H. Haber

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 9 - Sep 2012

Can Medical Repatriation Be Ethical? Establishing Best Practices Mark Kuczewskia

News (1264)

May 17, 2013 2:10 pm

Video news: Star Trek - The Ethics of Space Exploration

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics and Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.

 

April 25, 2013 2:50 pm

Einstein's theory holds up in deep space

Some 7,000 light years away, Einstein’s theory of general relativity has stood up to its most intense test yet, scientists said on Thursday.

April 25, 2013 1:00 pm

Amazing 'mini livers' created with 3D PRINTER could lead to human-sized organs for transplant patients

Scientists used a 3D printer loaded with cells to create mini livers which can be infected with a disease to observe its progress through organ.  The tiny livers can also be used to monitor effectiveness of drugs.

April 4, 2013 3:27 pm

Custom 3-D Printer Pumps Out Synthetic Tissues Made of Tiny Droplets

There’s a new way to create materials with the properties of living tissues. Oxford University scientists have designed a programmable 3-D printer than can pump out a material that can flex like muscle or communicate like neurons.

March 22, 2013 4:52 pm

FDA aims to change the way it monitors safety of defibrillators

The FDA has proposed new rules aimed at improving the safety and reliability of automated external defibrillators, like this one on a commuter train near Boston. AEDs treat patients suffering from sudden cardiac arrest by shocking the heart back into a normal rhythm.

February 8, 2013 12:32 pm

U.S. settles with publisher Macmillan in e-books case (Reuters)

Publishing house Macmillan on Friday became the fifth and final U.S. book publisher to sign a settlement with the government in a sweeping antitrust case that accused them of conspiring to raise e-book prices.

February 8, 2013 12:28 pm

U.S. professor finds longest prime number with 17,425,170 digits (Reuters)

After running 1,000 computers non-stop for 39 days to uncover the world’s largest prime number yet, a Missouri college professor said this week he is starting all over to top his own record.

January 28, 2013 1:31 pm

1st soldier to survive losing all limbs in Iraq war gets double-arm transplant in Baltimore (Washington Post)

The first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war has received a double-arm transplant.  He also received bone marrow from the same dead donor who supplied his new arms. That novel approach is aimed at helping his body accept the new limbs with minimal medication to prevent rejection.

January 25, 2013 1:31 pm

Robodoc gets OK for hospitals (Boston Hearld)

It may be decades before machines take the place of doctors — yes, it’s possible — but Bedford-based iRobot has won federal approval for a rolling robot that can now connect physicians with patients anywhere in the world.

January 10, 2013 1:06 pm

Healing Knees With Light-Activated Gel (Popular Mechanics)

When the knee’s vital cartilage erodes or tears, there isn’t much that doctors can do to save it. Researchers are exploring a new kind of hydrogel that may lead to more optimistic odds of recovery.

View More News Items