Massive Geographical Variation in MAID
Stef Groenewoud has been studying geographical variations in end-of-life care for years. A new study looks at geographical variation of euthanasia in the Netherlands. As with similar studies, like the Dartmouth Atlas, the variations are likely caused b... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - February 3, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Alabama & Arkansas Are Latest States to Consider Simon ’ s Law Legislation
Each year, more states enact a form of Simon's Law, making it more difficult (or impossible) for clinicians to write a DNR order for a child without parental notification or consent. Alabama and Arkansas are the latest states to consider a Simon's... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - February 2, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Advance Directives & Assisted Dying: Legal & Ethical Frameworks
Join me on Thursday, February 4, 2021 for "Advance Directives & Assisted Dying: Legal & Ethical Frameworks." (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - February 2, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Should Covid Vaccination Schedules Deviate from the Status Quo –as a Last Resort?
Last month, with concerns over the supply and coordinated administration of coronavirus vaccines escalating, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conceded that “any available mRNA COVID-19 vaccine” may be used to complete vaccination in “exceptional situations” preventing multi-dose manufacturer matching. While presented solely as a last resort, this guidance reflects a dilemma currently sweeping across the medical and health policy worlds: given limited supply, should vaccination efforts—still only authorized for emergency use in this country—deviate from evidence-driven, stud...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - February 1, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care Covid-19 Ethics Resource Center Covid-19 vaccine Hastings Bioethics Forum syndicated Source Type: blogs

Daily Violations of the Dead Donor Rule and Both Prongs of the UDDA
The Uniform Determination of Death Act states that "An individual who has sustained either (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - February 1, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Most Physicians Support Expanding Medical Aid in Dying to Non-Terminally Ill Patients
Over the past several years, multiple surveys have shown that a majority of physicians support medical aid in dying (MAID). The newly published Medscape Ethics Reports for several specialties confirm this support. But they also go a step further.&... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 31, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Supernova – New Movie about Confronting Dementia
Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci star in Supernova, another new film depicting how individuals and families grapple with dementia. Tucci’s character faces early onset dementia. So, the couple take a road trip to spend his healthy remaining time toget... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 30, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Portugal Legalizes Euthanasia
The Portuguese Parliament has approved legislation that legalizes euthanasia. President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is expected to sign the bill. Portugal's 10 million citizens join the 364 million who already have access to MAID. (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

Efficacy is Relative in a Public Health Crisis: Evaluating the Next Wave of Covid-19 Vaccines
A third Covid vaccine candidate moving closer to potential FDA authorization is less effective than the two Covid vaccines already authorized in the United States. Is it ethical to offer a vaccine with lower efficacy? Is it ethical not to offer it in a public health emergency? The post Efficacy is Relative in a Public Health Crisis: Evaluating the Next Wave of Covid-19 Vaccines appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 29, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care Covid-19 Ethics Resource Center Covid-19 vaccine efficacy global health Hastings Bioethics Forum syndicated Source Type: blogs

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