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As recently featured in the National Institute of Health Record, Dr. Celia B. Fisher brought four early-stage investigators who are fellows in the Fordham University HIV/Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Fisher, Professor of Psychology, Marie Ward Doty University Chair in Ethics, Director […]

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I am delighted to be a small part of this USA Today story on ECMO. It includes some compelling patient stories. 

ECMO is not designed to be a destination, but a bridge to somewhere – recovery, transplantation or an implanted heart device. But when patients are too sick to reach those goals, ECMO can become a "bridge to nowhere," leaving the patient in limbo, possibly even awake and alert, but with no chance of survival outside the intensive care unit. Medical teams and families can be fiercely divided over when to pull the plug.


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By Mark McQuain It is rare to hear a defender of abortion plainly admit that the act of abortion is killing. So, I was curious as to how such an individual would defend that killing. Dr. Sophie Lewis has recently done so in her new book, Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family. The publisher, Versa …

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Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey is “more like a zoo than a hospital” and “unsuitable for human beings,” according to an ongoing federal lawsuit.

One physician said he saved the life of patient who would have bled to death after slashing her wrists. But to do so, he needed to push past an administrator who told him to “go away” and wait for the ambulance.


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Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey is “more like a zoo than a hospital” and “unsuitable for human beings,” according to an ongoing federal lawsuit.

One physician said he saved the life of patient who would have bled to death after slashing her wrists. But to do so, he needed to push past an administrator who told him to “go away” and wait for the ambulance.


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While there exists a legal provision for brain death, institutional protocols for diagnosis are not universal and are often absent. No specific criteria for diagnosis is mandated. Even among institutions with an organized diagnostic protocol, there is ...

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While there exists a legal provision for brain death, institutional protocols for diagnosis are not universal and are often absent. No specific criteria for diagnosis is mandated. Even among institutions with an organized diagnostic protocol, there is ...

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One might have thought that healthcare surrogates have the authority to elect hospice treatment on a patient's behalf. But apparently, not in Oregon, until January 1, 2020. 

Current law permits default surrogates to withhold or withdraw "life-sustaining  procedures" but does not specifically grant them the right to make "an election for hospice treatment." This month, the Governor signed S.B. 178, which clarifies that surrogates do have authority to elect hospice treatment for incapacitated patients. 

The amendment defines “hospice treatment” as "treatment that focuses on palliative care, including care for acute pain and symptom management, rather than curative treatment, provided to a principal with a terminal condition."


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One might have thought that healthcare surrogates have the authority to elect hospice treatment on a patient's behalf. But apparently, not in Oregon, until January 1, 2020. 

Current law permits default surrogates to withhold or withdraw "life-sustaining  procedures" but does not specifically grant them the right to make "an election for hospice treatment." This month, the Governor signed S.B. 178, which clarifies that surrogates do have authority to elect hospice treatment for incapacitated patients. 

The amendment defines “hospice treatment” as "treatment that focuses on palliative care, including care for acute pain and symptom management, rather than curative treatment, provided to a principal with a terminal condition."


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It is reported this week that a Russian scientist plans to edit the genes of more human embryos intending to bring gene-edited babies to birth.  As with the case in China last year, the intent is to edit a gene called CCR5 that is responsible for a receptor that facilitates initiation of HIV infection.  The …

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