Can We Teach Physician Activism?
  by Keisha Ray, Ph.D. This week Doctors for Camp Closures posted a video of protesters, including physicians, being arrested by police and military personnel after physicians went to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) headquarters in San Diego to offer flu vaccinations to detained migrants. Despite their well intentions the authorities turned them away. In the video protesters can be seen laying on the ground in front of the facility’s driveway and being picked up off the ground by police officers and men in military uniforms and placed in restraints.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 12, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Keisha Ray Tags: Ethics Featured Posts Health Care Public Health activism medical education Source Type: blogs

Religion and Medical Ethics: Palliative Care and the Mental Health of the Elderly
Today is the second day of a conference in Rome by the Pontifical Academy for Life and the World Innovation Summit for Health: "Religion and Medical Ethics: Palliative Care and the Mental Health of the Elderly." The symposium examines the role that re... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 12, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Simon ’ s Law – More States Consider Legislation Prohibiting Unilateral Pediatric DNR Orders
In 2017, Kansas enacted “Simon's Law,” which is directed at prohibiting unilateral DNR orders for minors. (Kan. Stat. Ann. §38-150)   Simon's Law imposes three mandates on physicians. First, a DNR order “shall not be instituted…unless at least one parent…has first been informed” and a “reasonable attempt has been made to inform the other parent.” Information about a proposed DNR order must be provided “both orally and in writing” unless the urgency of the situation precludes that. Second, Simon's Law requires the physician to contemporaneously doc...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 12, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Brain Dead Patients in the ICU Are Not Being " Kept Alive "
For All Mankind is a new American science fiction web television series produced for Apple TV+. The series dramatizes an alternate history depicting "what would have happened if the global space race had never ended" after the Soviet Union succeeds in ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 11, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Human Genetic Enhancement Might Soon Be Possible – But Where Do We Draw the Line?
Written by Tess Johnson, University of Oxford   How far will we allow genetic enhancement to go? vchal/ Shutterstock The first genetically edited children were born in China in late 2018. Twins Lulu and Nana had a particular gene – known as CCR5 – modified during embryonic development. The aim was to make them (and their […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 11, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Ethics Tags: Ethics Genetics Health Care Cross Post genetic enhancement medical ethics syndicated Tess Johnson's Post The Conversation Source Type: blogs

Preserving Patient Dignity (Formerly: Patient Modesty):Volume 107
And this is how it all started for many men who have come to write to this blog thread.  Do you think this would be the time for the youth to display  VIP characteristics, and say "NOT THIS WAY!"?I would be interested to read if you were that... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 11, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Maurice Bernstein, M.D. Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Shared Decision Making – in 4 Minutes
What is shared decision making? Shared decision making relies on an individual and their families having accurate information and a clear understanding of their situation in order to make the best decision for themselves with their healthcare provider.... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 11, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Physician-Assisted Death and Journalism Ethics
A New York Times special report on euthanasia of a Paralympics champion in Belgium was ethically problematic for several reasons. The post Physician-Assisted Death and Journalism Ethics appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 10, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care Chronic Conditions and End of Life Care euthanasia Hastings Bioethics Forum journalism ethics New York Times Physician Aid in Dying syndicated Source Type: blogs

Paternalism Versus Autonomy: A Case Report of Knowledge Versus Perception About Influenza Medication
by Amy Reese, PharmD, MA. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is a neuraminidase inhibitor which decreases the viral spread of Influenza A and B. It was a revolutionary drug when it was approved by the FDA in December 2000 because it was indicated to reduce the duration and severity of both influenza viruses. It was also proven to prevent a patient from being infected with either influenza virus. The only stipulation with the medication was that its efficacy was only shown within the first 48 hours of influenza symptoms.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 10, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Keisha Ray Tags: Decision making Featured Posts Health Care Health Policy & Insurance Pharmaceuticals Source Type: blogs

Virtue and Suffering: Where the Personal and Professional Collide
By Lauren Rissman A distraught, exhausted mother asked through her tears, “Doctor, what would you do?” The palliative care, neurology and pediatric intensive care team sat in silence in the cold glow of fluorescent light. At that moment, I felt a zap of pain to my heart. It was sharp, followed by a lingering ache. […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 9, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: reflectivemeded Tags: Health Care syndicated Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Medical Aid in Dying – Legal in 18 Jurisdictions on Earth
With Western Australia set to finalize legislation on medical aid in dying, MAID will be affirmatively legal in 18 jurisdictions on Earth: Australia (Victoria) Australia (Western Australia) Belgium Canada Colombia Luxembourg Netherlands Switzerland Un... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 9, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Medical Aid in Dying on Earth – Legal in 18 Jurisdictions on Earth
With Western Australia set to finalize legislation on medical aid in dying, MAID will be affirmatively legal in 18 jurisdictions on Earth: Australia (Victoria) Australia (Western Australia) Belgium Canada Colombia Luxembourg Netherlands Switzerland U... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 9, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Project Nightingale: The Need to Connect Data with Dignity
by Ann Mongoven, Ph.D. Informed by a Google employee-whistleblower, the Wall Street Journal recently broke a story about a controversial collaboration between Catholic healthcare giant Ascension Health and Google. Ascension hospitals provided Google identifiable medical data for cloud storage and analysis without the knowledge or consent of patients. Ironically named “Project Nightingale,” this clandestine data-sharing violated both specific commitments of Catholic healthcare and general expectations of American patients. The Department of Health and Human Services has launched an investigation into whether the...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 9, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Ann Mongoven Tags: Ethics Featured Posts Health Care Health Regulation & Law Informed Consent Philosophy & Ethics Privacy professional ethics artificial intelligence big data Source Type: blogs

End of Life Care in India: A Model Legal Framework
The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy has worked with the Indian Society for Critical Care Medicine, the Indian Association of Palliative Care, and the Indian Academy of Neurology to draft A Model Legal Framework for End of Life Care in India. The model b... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 9, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Hot Topics: Cool Talk – Physician Assisted Suicide
Join me on March 18, 2020 at the University of Saint Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis for "Hot Topics: Cool Talk - Physician Assisted Suicide." (No, I did not pick the title.) (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 7, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Experimental Subjects for Life?
More than a year after the birth announcement of genome-edited babies in China, we are only slightly more informed of He Jiankui’s experimentation, the results of which are named “Lulu” and “Nana.” Although apparently approached, neither Nature nor the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) chose to publish He’s work. Antonio Regalado reported on … Continue reading "Experimental Subjects for Life?" (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 7, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: D. Joy Riley Tags: Genetics Health Care Lulu Nana Antonio Regalado bioethics biotechnology China Consent / Research CRISPR babies Greely He Jiankui human dignity reproduction syndicated Urnov Vassena Source Type: blogs

BioethicsTV (Dec 2-6, 2019): #TheResident
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. The start of the winter holidays means winter hiatus for many shows. This week only one show dealt with bioethical issues. The Resident (Season 3: Episode 9): Maternal-fetal conflict; Politics, Business, and Torture; Problems with outpatient surgery in offices In one storyline, a pregnant patient has trouble breathing during a standard ultrasound. She is diagnosed with an enlarged heart, cardiomyopathy brought on by her prior chemo. Okafor suggests delivering the baby early to protect her heart. This situation is a classic case of maternal-fetal conflict: What is good for the baby (being carried to...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 6, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Craig Klugman Tags: BioethicsTV Featured Posts Professionalism Reproductive Ethics harm Source Type: blogs

Consider the Mouse
The American species of the common house mouse (Mus musculus) does an odd thing when going through opioid withdrawal. It jumps involuntarily, rearing up on its hind legs and leaping 3-to-4 feet in the air. I was a spectator to this phenomenon this summer, while working at a research hospital in New York City. The post Consider the Mouse appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 6, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care Hastings Bioethics Forum syndicated Source Type: blogs

Is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Impeding Medical Aid In Dying?
In 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the DEA could not enforce the federal Controlled Substances Act against physicians who prescribed drugs in compliance with the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. Since state law authorized the drugs for medical ai... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 6, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Texas Judge ’ s Removal from Baby Life Support Dispute Case Highlights Hypocrisy
Yesterday, Cook Children's Hospital succeeded in removing Texas Judge Alex Kim from the Tarrant County court case between the hospital and the family of Tinslee Lewis. The Hospital argued that Judge Kim violated judicial standards by assigning himself... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 5, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Texas Futility Law Is Less Fair than Capital Punishment
Last month, Fort Worth Star Telegram editorial writer Cynthia M. Allen compared the cases of Tinslee Lewis and Rodney Reed.  Lewis is the subject of a medical futility conflict at Cook Children's Hospital. Clinicians want to withdraw her life-sus... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 5, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Is Medical Aid in Dying a Human Right?
The Kings County Medical Society in New York recently hosted a brunch with New York State legislators. One of the guests was Richard Gottfried, chair of the New York State Assembly Health Committee, who is cosponsoring A2694, a bill legalizing medical aid in dying (MAID). As a medical oncologist with 30 years’ experience treating seriously ill patients, I have concerns about it, and I expressed them to Gottfried. The post Is Medical Aid in Dying a Human Right? appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 3, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Ethics Health Care Chronic Conditions and End of Life Care doctor-patient relationship Hastings Bioethics Forum medical aid in dying syndicated Source Type: blogs

New Constitutional Challenges to the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA)
Two separate cases in U.S. federal courts challenge the constitutionality of the Uniform Determination of Death Act. First, we are still waiting for the Ninth Circuit decision in Fonseca v. Smith (No. 17-17153).  The U.S. District Court for ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 3, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Determining Fairness in Healthcare
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) had a recent Perspective on proposed bill H.R. 3 aimed at reducing federal spending on prescription drugs. A main component in the bill authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a “Fair Price Negotiation Program” that, beginning in 2023, would permit the secretary to negotiate … Continue reading "Determining Fairness in Healthcare" (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 3, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Mark McQuain Tags: Health Care Allocation / Access / Public Health bioethics Ethical Method / Grounding human dignity syndicated Source Type: blogs

Michigan May Allow Parents to Refuse Brain Death Testing – Bobby ’ s Law
Michigan Representative Joseph Bellino is drafting legislation that would allow parents to refuse brain death testing for a minor.  If enacted, Michigan would be the first state in the country to legislatively require consent. Trial courts in some states have issued orders to that effect in specific cases. But every state to legislate or regulate the question (e.g. New York, Nevada) has said consent is not required.  “Bobby’s Law” would be modeled after "Simon's Law" which was recently enacted in Missouri, Kansas, Arizona, and other states. Simon's Law typically requires a minor’...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 3, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Project Nightingale
Technology always seems to outrun ethics.  But just because something can be done does not mean that it should be done.  Usually this discussion is focused on the latest life-sustaining medical device, but with emergence of electronic medical records, a whole new set of problems have appeared Last month, Rob Copeland of The Wall Street Journal (behind pay wall) published a … Continue reading "Project Nightingale" (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 2, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Neil Skjoldal Tags: Health Care Privacy Technology bioethics syndicated Source Type: blogs

This Is Why We Science
While watching a television commercial from one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies I suddenly heard something that attracted my attention. I am generally quite good at ignoring commercials and especially good at ignoring drug commercials because of their endless lists of side effects (this drug may cause sudden hideously painful death) among other uninteresting features. Thus, it has come a surprise that I appeared to hear the statement “This is why we science.” This is the new tag line from a series of commercials from Bayer Pharmaceuticals. These are not merely commercials that are trying to get ...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 2, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Bioethics Today Tags: Health Care Author: Kaplan syndicated Source Type: blogs

Must Clinicians Obtain Consent to Perform Brain Death Tests? (Marina Blagodar v. Orange Regional Medical Center)
Must clinicians obtain consent to perform brain death tests? Over the past few years, courts and legislatures across the country have answered this question in disparate ways.  For example, in Montana, Kansas, and California courts held that clinicians could not perform brain death testing without family consent. On the other hand, a Virginia court held that clinicians may perform brain death testing without family consent. A new Nevada statute says the same thing. Like Nevada, New York law also says that consent is not required. The relevant DOH regulation states "The facility must make diligent efforts to ...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 1, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) Deaths in Canada Pass 10,000
Earlier this month, Dr. Stefanie Green delivered a tremendous presentation at the Hemlock Society of San Diego. Watch the video below. This a great summary of how medical aid in dying (MAID) works in Canada. It is also a great summary of how Canadian ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 30, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Cross Post: Is Virtue Signalling a Perversion of Morality?
Written by Neil Levy Originally published in Aeon Magazine People engage in moral talk all the time. When they make moral claims in public, one common response is to dismiss them as virtue signallers. Twitter is full of these accusations: the actress Jameela Jamil is a ‘pathetic virtue-signalling twerp’, according to the journalist Piers Morgan; […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 29, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Neil Levy Tags: Health Care syndicated Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care- Annual Conference
Join the Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care for its Annual Conference on April 5-7, 2020 at the Saint Paul River Center. You will join over 1,000 attendees representing a diverse audience of people committed to providing the ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 29, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Living Wills and DNR Forms Are Not Enough – Use Videos Too
Health systems across the country are encouraging families to talk about end-of-life issues, like the importance of having a living will, when they gather for Thanksgiving. Appropriate to the season, a Pennsylvania paper ran this story about Erie emergency medicine physician Ferdinando Mirarchi who has published a lot of research showing that living wills and other end-of-life forms sometimes aren’t enough. “There is still a lot of confusion on the part of medical providers on how these forms are interpreted.... Patients at the end of their lives are getting invasive and painful treatments they don’t...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 28, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs