Medical Paternalism, Stillbirth, & Blindsided Mothers
Jill Wieber Lens attacks the low quality of informed consent in the United States in the Iowa Law Review. In "Medical Paternalism, Stillbirth, & Blindsided Mothers" Lens contends that women remain ignorant of the possibility of stillbirth beca... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 29, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

The ethics of age-selective restrictions for COVID-19 control
Written by: Bridget Williams1,2, James Cameron3, James Trauer2, Ben Marais4, Romain Ragonnet2, Julian Savulescu1,3 Cross-posted with the Journal of Medical Ethics blog One of the major controversies of the COVID-19 pandemic has been disagreement about whether age-selective measures should be introduced, with greater focus on preventing infection in older people but tolerance of some transmission […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 29, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Julian Savulescu Tags: Health Care Guest Post Julian Savulescu's Posts Pandemic Ethics syndicated Source Type: blogs

New Hampshire May Allow Agents to Override Advance Directives
In all U.S. jurisdictions, an individual may not only appoint an agent but also may leave specific healthcare instructions for her care should she lose capacity. Typically, those instructions are binding on the agent (and healthcare providers). Th... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 28, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Who You Really Are And Why It Matters
By Charles Foster  [This is a review of The Flip: Who you really are, and why it matters, by  Jeffrey J. Kripal. Penguin, 2020] A few years ago I dislocated my shoulder. I went off to hospital, and breathed nitrous oxide while they tried to put it back. Something very strange yet very common happened. […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 28, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Charles Foster Tags: Health Care Neuroethics Science books Charles Foster's Posts religion syndicated Source Type: blogs

Supreme Court of Ireland – Hospital May Withhold Life-Sustaining Treatment over Parent ’ s Objections (In re JJ)
In July 2020, a young boy, John, suffered an accident causing catastrophic brain injuries. The uncontested medical opinion was that John's “devastating brain injuries” were permanent and irreversible. After over a month of unsuccessful attempts to... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 27, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Current Lockdown Is Ageist (Against The Young)
Written by Alberto Giubilini Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities University of Oxford   Former UK supreme court justice and historian Lord Jonathan Sumption recently made the following claim: “I don’t accept that all lives are of equal value. My children’s and my grandchildren’s life is worth much […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 27, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Alberto Giubilini Tags: Health Care Public Health ageing ageism Alberto Giubilini's Posts Children and Families Coronavirus; Pandemic; Ethics; Public Health International/ Global Health lockdown Pandemic Ethics syndicated Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Stanley B. Burns M.D. Historic Medical Photography Collection
The Stanley B. Burns M.D. Historic Medical Photography Collection was recently acquired by the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Historical Library at Yale University. Dr. Burns, a faculty member in the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Lango... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 27, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: GalN Tags: Health Care history of medicine syndicated Source Type: blogs

Ethics Supports Seeking Population Immunity, Not Immunizing Priority Groups
Vaccine allocation guidelines that prioritize people at greatest risk of Covid-19 require considerable administrative work (sometimes taking weeks). This is creating a bottleneck that has resulted in doses stuck in freezers not in arms. There's a better, more ethical way to allocate vaccines. The post Ethics Supports Seeking Population Immunity, Not Immunizing Priority Groups appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 26, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care Covid-19 Ethics Resource Center Covid-19 vaccine allocation Hastings Bioethics Forum population immunity syndicated Source Type: blogs

Code Status Blues: Do Physicians Order DNR Less Often Since Texas Enacted DNR Law?
Next month at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), researchers present "Code Status Blues: Do Physicians Order DNR Less Often Since Texas Enacted DNR Law?"This is the first known study to assess whether DNR utilization d... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 26, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Filing Suit for ‘Wrongful Life’
The New York Times (Paula Span) covers the growing prevalence - and success - of lawsuits brought against providers who fail to honor patient advance directives.She notes: "More Americans are writing end-of-life instructions as the pandemic renders suc... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 25, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Transferring RS to Poland: As Wrong as Transferring Charlie Gard to New York
Poland has asked British authorities to let a man (R.S.) in a vegetative state in a Plymouth hospital be transported back to Poland despite multiple British court rulings that life-sustaining treatment should be stopped.Deputy Justice Minister Marcin W... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 24, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Pro-Life Anti-Abortion Groups Are Allocating More Resources to End-of-Life Treatment
For years, pro-life anti-abortion groups have been reallocating more resources to focus not only on issues at the beginning of life but also on issues at the end of life. Many have even funded lawsuits demanding continued "treatment" for patients deter... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 24, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Are Immunity Passports a Human Rights Issue?
Written by Julian Savulescu A shorter version of this post appears in The Telegraph Imagine you are about to board a plane (remember that…) Authorities have reason to believe you are carrying a loaded gun. They are entitled to detain you. But they are obliged to investigate whether you have a gun. And if you […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 23, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Julian Savulescu Tags: Health Care Public Health Julian Savulescu's Posts Pandemic Ethics regulation syndicated Source Type: blogs

Death and the Brain — Time to Re-Examine the Legal Definition of Death
Join me on February 25, 2021 for "Death and the Brain — Time to Re-Examine the Legal Definition of Death." Register here. The 50th anniversary of the concept of brain death came and went in 2018, but brain death continues to be a source of practic... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 23, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Making Progress on Death: Towards an Updated Normative Framework
Join me and a brain death who's who on March 24 and 25, 2021 for this University of Chicago conference: "Making Progress on Death: Towards an Updated Normative Framework."Over 50 years after its inception, the Neurological Standard for Declaration of D... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 23, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Ethics and Society Newsfeed – January 22, 2020
COVID The Ethics Of Who Gets The COVID-19 Vaccine And When “We are devoting this entire hour to questions we’re getting about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, including the big question of how different groups of Americans are being prioritized. Now we want to get some perspective on the kind of thinking that goes […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 22, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Ethics and Society Tags: Ethics Health Care Politics Technology Biden Covid Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute Harris In the News inauguration Master of Arts in E Source Type: blogs

Ethical Considerations For The Second Phase Of Vaccine Prioritisation
By Jonathan Pugh and Julian Savulescu   As the first phase of vaccine distribution continues to proceed, a heated debate has begun about the second phase of vaccine prioritisation, particularly with respect to the question of whether certain occupations, such as teachers and police officers amongst others, should be prioritised in the second phase. Indeed, […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 22, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Jonathan Pugh Tags: Health Care Public Health bioethics coronavirus Current Affairs fairness Jonny Pugh's Posts Julian Savulescu's Posts medical ethics Pandemic Ethics Police prioritisation syndicated teachers Uncategorized vaccination Source Type: blogs

Neurology News that Mattered in 2020 – Making Medical Treatment Decisions for Unrepresented Patients in the ICU
The editorial board of Neurology Today reflected back on 2020 to highlight advances—however large or small—that moved neurology and the field forward in the clinic, at the bench, in the therapeutic pipeline, and in areas of policy and practice. He... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 22, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

VSED Remains Important Backup & Alternative Option to MAID
In a hearing this week, Washington State Representative Skyler Rude (a Republican) explained that his bill to amend the Washington Death with Dignity Act was motivated by a constituent who qualified for, but could not access, MAID. So, he ins... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 21, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Surprising Surge of Egg Freezing During the Pandemic Raises Ethical Questions
Contrary to the expectations of many fertility clinics, demand for egg freezing has increased sharply during the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting longstanding ethical concerns about egg freezing clinics. The post Surprising Surge of Egg Freezing During the Pandemic Raises Ethical Questions appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 21, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care Covid-19 Ethics Resource Center Hastings Bioethics Forum human egg freezing Human Reproduction Reproduction & Technology syndicated Source Type: blogs

President Biden: Restore the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
The New York City Bar Association has urged President Biden to restore the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. "As the pandemic has tragically underscored, careful thought and deliberation are plainly needed when addre... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 21, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Nova Scotia – Now Everyone Is a Potential Organ Donor
Starting this week, eligible individuals in Nova Scotia who don’t register to be a donor or opt out will be seen as having consented to organ and tissue donation after death. This is called "deemed consent" under the new Human Organ and Tissue Don... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 20, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Motivated Ignorance: A Challenge for Science Communication and Democracy
Many people are deeply interested in the political process and awash in relevant information., but nevertheless often grossly misinformed, holding confident but unfounded opinions at odds with widely accessible evidence The recent riot at Capitol Hill is just one illustration–albeit a horrifying one–of such misinformation and its potential consequences. The anti-vaccine movement is another example. The post Motivated Ignorance: A Challenge for Science Communication and Democracy appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 19, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care Public Health Capitol Hill riot Hastings Bioethics Forum Science and Society syndicated vaccine hesitancy Source Type: blogs

Unrepresented Adults Face Adverse Healthcare Consequences
I have repeatedly called for mitigating the risks faced by unrepresented patients. A group of expert researchers in this area have just published "Unrepresented Adults Face Adverse Healthcare Consequences: The Role of Guardians, Public Guardianship Ref... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 19, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs