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ProPublica has a powerful story about doctors giving patients "do-not-resuscitate orders without family or patient consent, sometimes overruling families that wanted everything done for their loved one." That seems inconsistent with Causey and rel...

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Nona Wilson is a retired Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department registered nurse/hospital administrator. In a recent article, she provides advice on how to make your advance directive effective. Among other things, she recommends supplementing it...

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has rejected a constitutional challenge to the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA). The court did not reach the merits, but decided the case on standing.After a long series of court challenges in va...

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Join End of Life Choices New York on October 7, 2020, for a conversation with Diane Rehm about her new book, When My Time Comes – Exploring the Option of Medical Aid In Dying.

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This week, the Michigan House of Representatives introduced Resolution 314: A resolution to affirm the right of patients and families to direct health care decisions. Among other things, the Resolution addresses medical futility conflicts:Whe...

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The international commission on heritable human genome editing (HHGE), formed by the US National Academies of Medicine and Science and the Royal Society of Great Britain, has issued it report.  The 224-page report is freely available for reading here, and a summary news report can be accessed here. The upshot:  not too fast.  The commission’s …

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Join me on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Central for Hot Topics: Cool Talk - Physician Assisted Suicide. I will debate John B. Kelly, Director of Second Thoughts MA: Disability Rights Advocates Against Assisted Suicide and New Englan...

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by Craig Klugman

In a startling whistleblower report, Dawn Looten who is a licensed nurse practitioner at the Irwin County (GA) Detention Center (ICDC) stated that patients were denied COVID tests, medical records were altered and destroyed, and most disturbingly, that a very high number of hysterectomies were performed on detained immigrant women who may not have understood what was being done to them. Nurse Wooten is represented in this matter by the Government Accountability Project and Project South which spoke to others with knowledge of the prison. A detained immigrant reported on 5 women who had undergone hysterectomies who “reacted confused” about what had been done to them: “When I met all these women who had had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp.

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Years before George Floyd begged to be released from under the knee of Officer Derek Chauvin, Barbara Dawson, a 57-year-old Black woman, died begging a police officer, John Tadlock, not to remove her oxygen mask. Her death occurred right outside the Calhoun Liberty Hospital in Blountstown, Florida, shortly before Christmas in 2015.

The post Black Women Can’t Breathe appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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The summer issue of the Dutch Journal of Medicine focuses on the self-chosen end of life (het zelfgekozen levenseinde). The articles discuss how euthanasia has developed in the Netherlands since 1975. The first few articles distinguish two types o...

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