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06/07/2019 - 2:29pm

The world is entering "a new phase" where big outbreaks of deadly diseases like Ebola are a "new normal", the World Health Organization has warned

06/07/2019 - 2:27pm

Many patients like Bacon struggle to get insurance coverage for their mental health treatment, even though two federal laws were designed to bring parity between mental and physical health care coverage. Recent studies and a legal case suggest serious disparities remain

06/07/2019 - 2:22pm

After eight heart attacks, a young wife and mother with an uncommon condition curates her legacy while decorating a new home

06/07/2019 - 11:11am

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In 1983, NBC broadcast an alien invasion limited series calledV. In one episode, as the U.S. devolves into a tyranny, the military invades scientific labs and finds—inside the filing cabinets (it was pre-computer days)—cures for cancer and other diseases that were simply never released because companies made more money treating disease than curing it. From that 36 year old television image has come a modern reality—Pfizer may have a drug that improves the chances of preventing Alzheimer’s Disease, but they won’t pay for the clinical testing.…

06/07/2019 - 10:00am

STUDENT VOICES | CHYNN ETHICS PRIZE HONORABLE MENTION By Yara Contijoch Numerous religions push back against medical science when it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Human embryonic stem cell research is one such issue that regularly experiences push-back as it introduces an ethical challenge to many religious communities. However, according to Muslim beliefs, the research […]

06/07/2019 - 3:00am

The medical and bioethics literature frowns upon slow codes and show codes. It also generally frowns upon unilateral DNR orders.

In contrast, once clinicians begin resuscitation efforts, they almost always can stop once they judge that stopping is clinically appropriate. Confirming the legality of this clinical discretion is a recent decision from the Ontario Health Professionals Appeal and Review Board.

The patient's wife and substitute decision maker complained to the medical board that the attending physician "did not request her permission to stop resuscitation during the patient’s cardiac arrest." The HPARB affirmed the board's decision to take no action given the urgency of the situation.

06/07/2019 - 3:00am

The medical and bioethics literature frowns upon slow codes and show codes. It also generally frowns upon unilateral DNR orders.

In contrast, once clinicians begin resuscitation efforts, they almost always can stop once they judge that stopping is clinically appropriate. Confirming the legality of this clinical discretion is a recent decision from the Ontario Health Professionals Appeal and Review Board.

The patient's wife and substitute decision maker complained to the medical board that the attending physician "did not request her permission to stop resuscitation during the patient’s cardiac arrest." The HPARB affirmed the board's decision to take no action given the urgency of the situation.

06/07/2019 - 3:00am

The medical and bioethics literature frowns upon slow codes and show codes. It also generally frowns upon unilateral DNR orders.

06/06/2019 - 10:19pm

You may have seen in the general press that the gene-edited twin girls born in China last year may have had their life expectancies shortened in the bargain.  The doctor who edited the babies’ genes specifically edited one gene, that is associated with susceptibility to HIV infection.  Their father is HIV positive, but that does …

Continue reading "Pragmatism and principle regarding human gene editing"

06/06/2019 - 2:17pm

The protections of GINA play a key role in the decision of many of my healthy patients to decide to undergo genetic testing. My criticism is that GINA is unfair to people who might suffer discrimination in health. insurance for non-genetic reasons.

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