I Will Definitely (Probably?) Get The COVID-19 Vaccine While Pregnant
by Amie Devlin, MPH, MA As a pregnant epidemiologist and bioethicist with an interest in clinical research, the development of the COVID-19 vaccines has been the equivalent of the Super Bowl to me. I can’t begin to count the number of times that I’ve explained to my husband over dinner the importance of sample size or debated the ethics of challenge trials. And if you had asked me two weeks ago about my feelings on offering the vaccine to pregnant people, I would have easily espoused the pros of our FDA review process, the differences between a theoretical risk and a proven risk, and the need to respect the...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 16, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: COVID-19 pandemic Ethics Featured Posts Health Disparities Public Health Reproductive Ethics #diaryofaplagueyear Covid-19 vaccine Source Type: blogs

Prioritizing the 1a: Ethically Allocating Scarce Covid Vaccines to Health Care Workers
Beginning this week, guarded vehicles loaded with the first Covid-19 vaccine authorized in the United States are fanning out to hospitals across the country. In vaccine prioritization protocols health care workers, along with nursing home residents, make up phase “1a” – those who are first in line to be vaccinated. While much attention has been paid to who should come next, less is known about how hospitals are allocating vaccine doses among their staff. For many medical centers, the first shipments will only be enough to vaccinate a fraction of their workers. Who goes first within the “1a” ca...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 16, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Ethics Health Care COVID-19 Hastings Bioethics Forum syndicated Source Type: blogs

Dementia, Pagal, or Neurocognitive Disorder: What Is In a Name?
By Doug McConnell   A recent BBC news story has drawn attention to the fact that there isn’t a word for “dementia” in many South Asian languages and some South Asian people living in the UK still use the stigmatising Punjabi word “pagal”, meaning “crazy” or “mad”. The news story implicitly assumes that the word […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 16, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Doug McConnell Tags: Health Care Public Health ageing dementia Doug McConnell's Posts neo-colonialism neurocognitive disorder stigma syndicated Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Parents Dragged from Daughter ’ s Hospital Room before Treatment Withdrawn
In August 2019, Aliya and Rashid Abassi had an altercation with hospital staff and police officers over the care of their six-year-old daughter Zainab. The couple believe their daughter, who suffered from respiratory problems and a rare genetic illness... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 16, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Consent Without Alternatives
Written by Ben Davies and Joshua Parker “COVID-19: Do not resuscitate orders might have been put in place without consent, watchdog says”. This recent headline followed an investigation by the Care Quality Commission into Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions early in the pandemic. In a recent post, Dominic Wilkinson highlights two misconceptions in […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 16, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Ben Davies Tags: Clinical Ethics Decision making Health Care autonomy consent CPR Current Affairs End of life decisions medical ethics syndicated Source Type: blogs

UK High Court Hears Another Medical Futility Dispute – Pippa Knight
Clinicians at Evelina Children's Hospital determined that continuing life-sustaining treatment for 5-year-old Pippa Knight would not be in her best interest. She has severe brain damage from acute necrotizing encephalopathy.”But her mother Paula Parfit... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 15, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Climbing the Pension Mountain: A Review of Michael Otsuka ’s 2020 Uehiro Centre Lecture Series
Written by Professor Larry Locke (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and LCC International University) On three successive Tuesdays last November, Michael Otsuka of the London School of Economics delivered the annual Uehiro Centre Lecture Series.  The Series, entitled “How to Pool Risk Across Generations”, focused on the ethics of pension reform.  Otsuka attacked the real-world problem […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 15, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Ethics Tags: Ethics Health Care Event Summary Guest Post Pensions public discourse syndicated Uehiro Lectures Source Type: blogs

Is It Elder Abuse to Continue Life Support without Consent?
For decades, state and federal governments, healthcare providers, and medical associations have all been encouraging advance care planning. They promise, "if you say what you want, then you will not get treatment you do not want." Given the salien... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 15, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Waiting for a Miracle: The Role of Religion in a Patient ’ s Decision Making
On February 22, 2021, the West Michigan Medical Ethics Conference will address "Waiting for a Miracle: The Role of Religion in a Patient's Decision Making." Speakers include Ana S. Iltis and Ryan Nash. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 15, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

In Defence of Pretentiousness
Written by Neil Levy In Paul Brok’s book Into the Silent Land, the English neuropsychologist tells the story of Michael. Following a head injury, Michael is disinhibited. When he first returned from rehab, he lived on a diet of fish fingers and Led Zeppelin.  Michael experiences the change as a return to authenticity. “He’d always […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 14, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Neil Levy Tags: Health Care Neil Levy's Posts syndicated Source Type: blogs

Vaccinate me, But Not First
by Alyssa Burgart, MD, MA The first COVID-19 vaccine is available to healthcare workers this week. (December 14, 2020) Image: Canva I could be vaccinated against COVID-19 before Christmas this year. I’m ready to roll up my sleeve and accept the injections. As an anesthesiologist who places breathing tubes in patients’ airways for surgery, I’m at unique risk for contracting COVID-19. But I’m not sure I should be first in line. I am fortunate to work in a hospital where I have access to PPE (personal protective equipment), received numerous training sessions on safety, and most of my patients ar...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 14, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Alyssa Burgart Tags: Featured Posts Health Care Public Health Social Justice Vulnerable Populations Covid-19 vaccine Source Type: blogs

VSED – Research Study with Patients Who Plan or Tried VSED
Amsterdam  healthcare researchers Eva Bolt and Bregje Onwuteaka-Philipsen are conducting research on VSED. Their research recruitment site is here. "Many questions about the practice of stopping eating and drinking remain unanswered. It ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 14, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

VSED Webinar – Personal, Clinical, Ethical, Legal Perspectives
Susan and Elliott Schafer discuss how her mother (Beatrice Belopolsky) used VSED to avoid the late stages of her cancer.In a Fall 2020 presentation to the Orange County, NC Department on Aging, they also discuss clinical, ethical, and legal perspective... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 13, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Global Allocation of Coronavirus Vaccines
A Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has received emergency authorization in the United States and has been authorized in the countries, and a vaccine by Moderna is likely to be authorized soon. In spite of this good news, at least for the first couple of years, Covid-19 vaccines will be a scarce resource. Because low-income countries are likely to lose out in the scramble to get access to them, there have been calls for global solidarity. While equitable allocation of vaccines around the world would be ideal, it is unrealistic as a near-term goal. The post Global Allocation of Coronavirus Vaccines appeared ...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 12, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care COVID-19 Covid-19 vaccine global health Hastings Bioethics Forum moderna pfizer syndicated Source Type: blogs

Fifty Years of U.S. End-of-Life Care Debates (1970 to 2020)
John Moskop provides a brief overview and summary of the last 50 years of end-of-life care debates in the United States.In a special symposium issue of the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy, Moskop focuses on these five:AbortionBrain DeathNatu... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 12, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

“I Can’t Breathe” and Medical Ethics
by Steven H. Miles, MD In 1986, guards were transporting Mr. Vinson Harris, a Black prisoner, from Mecklenburg County Jail to Butner Penitentiary in Lewisburg Pennsylvania  He was forced to wear a painful hard black box around his wrists. Hands swell with that device—increasing the pain even more. Mr. Harris would not be quiet. That annoyed the guards. When the bus got to the federal prison, they chained his waist into a chair, shackled his legs to the chair and handcuffed his wrist to the chair.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 11, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Steven Miles Tags: Cultural Ethics Featured Posts Justice Social Justice death penalty Racial Justice Source Type: blogs

VSED Remains Important after MAID Law
In a new post, Ohio End of Life Options posts a video from the Maine campaign to legalize medical aid in dying. The OEOLO post states that the patient chose her "only option at the time, starving herself to death. This awful option is clinically known ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 11, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Preserving Patient Dignity (Formerly Patient Modesty) Volume 115
 Oops! I just noticed that the title of Volume 114 was wrong  (missed "Formally Patient Modesty) and didn't follow the recent Volumes correct sequence titles.  I hope that error didn't prevent visitors to join our conversations. With thi... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 10, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Maurice Bernstein, M.D. Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Let ’s Mask up For The Sake of Our Children.
by Asma Fazal, MD, MRCPI, MHSc Covid-19 pandemic has changed world dynamics. Measures such as wearing a face mask, regular hand washing, cleaning surfaces with disinfecting substances, and practicing physical distancing have proven to be effective in controlling the spread of Covid-19. But now people are protesting the face mask mandate and considering it as an infringement of their right to live freely and decide for themselves. We should understand that the unprecedented measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 infection have resulted in school closure world-wide.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 10, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: Education Ethics Featured Posts Public Health #diaryofaplagueyear COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

Mother Opposes DC Hospital Plan to Stop Son ’ s Life Support
After complications from COVID-19, Nelson Garcia was transferred from a Maryland community hospital to MedStar Washington Hospital Center where ECMO helped support his lung function. Now, several months later, the hospital told Garcia's mother Sau... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 10, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

The Truth of COVID-19: An Ethicist Reflects on His Experience
I have been honored and privileged to serve the Kansas City region through my work at the Center for Practical Bioethics during this challenging year of COVID-19. My role has grown during this pandemic, as I share in the work of providing ethics servic... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 9, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Bioethics Tags: Health Care Covid COVID-19 moral distress pandemic syndicated Source Type: blogs

Prescription for Peace of Mind: An Option for the Terminally Ill
The Completed Life Initiative & End of Life Choices New York are co-sponsoring a panel discussion for the documentary film, Prescription for Peace of Mind: An Option for the Terminally Ill, on medical aid-in-dying (MAID) in Connecticut. Sarah ... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 9, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Massachusetts End of Life Options Act – Push to Pass MAID Bill
Citing a new Boston Globe editorial and recent Massachusetts poll, three end-of-life care advocacy groups jointly running the grassroots campaign to pass a medical aid-in-dying bill are urging state lawmakers to utilize the post-election session to ena... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 8, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Dementia and Death (video)
The Hemlock Society of San Diego recently broadcast a terrific webinar on dementia and death.As the population ages the possibility of a dementia epidemic increases. This panel explores what one can do to determine how long you would want to live if yo... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 8, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

BioethicsTV: Transplant
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. With COVID-19 shutting down television and film production in the spring, U.S. networks looked north to find new content for their summer and fall schedules. One such Canadian import is the medical drama Transplant. Given the name, I assumed this would be a show about an organ transplant surgical team. However, the new refers to Dr. Bashir Hamed, a trauma surgeon who emigrated to the United States to raise his younger sister and escape the ravages of the Syrian civil war.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 8, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Craig Klugman Tags: BioethicsTV Featured Posts transplant Source Type: blogs

The Past, Present, and Future of Medical Television
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Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 7, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: GalN Tags: Health Care A Different Take syndicated Source Type: blogs

Bioethics, Nazi Analogies, and the Coronavirus Pandemic
The year 2020 will be remembered as the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. But the pandemic was not alone in creating fear and dismay and raising ethical questions. Think of the rise in antisemitism, police violence against Black people, protests against immigration, and rallies by groups espousing Nazi slogans and symbols. Hate crimes, including murder, are the highest in years, according to the most recent FBI report, and were particularly aimed at Jews and Hispanics. Asian-Americans have been targeted as carriers of the so-called “China virus.” The post Bioethics, Nazi Analogies, and the Coronavirus Pa...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 7, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care COVID-19 Hastings Bioethics Forum Hastings Center conference hate crimes Lucy S. Dawidowicz Nazism Racial Justice syndicated Source Type: blogs

What Would it Take to Convince You to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine?
by Keisha Ray, Ph.D. With Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna/National Institutes of Health producing a viable vaccine for COVID-19 (along with two other companies on the precipice of also producing viable vaccines) and with distribution set to begin in just a few weeks for many health care providers, people have questions about when they will receive the vaccine. The New York Times has created a vaccine calculator in which you can input information about yourself such as your age and whether you have pre-existing conditions which make you vulnerable to ...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 7, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Keisha Ray Tags: Featured Posts Public Health #diaryofaplagueyear COVID-19 pandemic vaccines Source Type: blogs

Michigan Legislature Resolution to Affirm the Right of Patients to Direct Health Care Decisions
Michigan House Resolution 314 has been reported out of committee. It affirms the right of patients and families to direct health care decisions."Whereas, The protection of human life is a compelling state interest. The laws of this state have long uphe... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 6, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Futility Disputes (including Brain Death Disputes) at the End of Life (video)
Who decides the threshold of “no hope” where resuscitation is not attempted or life-sustaining treatment ceases? How does the need to safeguard scarce healthcare resources needed by other patients factor in?An archived video of this webinar is now avai... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 5, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Could vaccine requirements for entering pubs be wrong, while closing pubs altogether is OK?
By Tom Douglas Suppose that, before you could enter a pub, you had to produce a ‘vaccine passport’ showing that you had been vaccinated against the new coronavirus.  Vaccine requirements like this are controversial. In the UK, the government has been keen to deny that it is even considering their use. This is in some […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 4, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Tom Douglas Tags: Ethics Health Care Public Health Pandemic Ethics syndicated Tom Douglas' Posts Source Type: blogs

Compassionate Care Act Introduced in Senate to Improve End-of-Life Care
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has introduced the Compassionate Care Act. If enacted, this legislation would:Provide federal support for public awareness campaigns, the development of core end-of-life quality measures, and the expansion of... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 4, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

DNACPR Orders in a Pandemic: Misgivings and Misconceptions.
by Dominic Wilkinson @Neonatalethics This week, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published an interim report into resuscitation decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a number of media outlets, the report found that in the first wave of the crisis inappropriate and possibly unlawful ‘do not resuscitate’ orders were used “without the consent of patients […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 4, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Dominic Wilkinson Tags: Ethics Health Care Dominic Wilkinson's Posts End of life decisions Pandemic Ethics syndicated Source Type: blogs

Recent Developments Regarding Access to Psilocybin Therapy: Oregon ’s Pioneering Psilocybin Services Initiative and Opening Access via Right to Try in Washington.
The University of Washington School of Law is hosting a free CLE webinar on December 14, 2020, 10-Noon PST - "Recent Developments Regarding Access to Psilocybin Therapy: Oregon’s Pioneering Psilocybin Services Initiative and Opening Access via Right to... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 3, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Justice and Vaccination Priority: A Response to CDC and NASEM Proposals
by Rosamond Rhodes, Ph.D. As vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available, we anticipate that the initial supply will be inadequate for vaccinating everyone who wants it.  Those responsible for distribution will have to decide who receives vaccination first. To secure the public’s trust that justice is being done, and to promote public support of the implemented allocation policies, the prioritization rationale will have to be coherent and clearly explained. A number of groups have already posted criteria for vaccine prioritization. The ones that I’ve reviewed are similarly on target in their stated a...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 3, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Rosamond Rhodes Tags: Featured Posts Public Health #covid19 #diaryofaplagueyear COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

Do Not Resuscitate Orders Issued Without Consent
The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It is conducting an investigation into the use of do-not-resuscitate orders. Its report is due in early 2021.CPR is often not successful for older adul... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 3, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Resisting Public Health Measures, Then and Now
One of the most surprising aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic for those of us who teach the history of public health is how unwilling many Americans have been to adopt health measures to protect others. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, tens of millions of Americans traveled, despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged them to stay home and the overall death rate from the coronavirus is approaching 300,000. Should recent events make us revisit aspects of the history of public health? And how can these stories inform future public health efforts during pandemics? The post Resisting Public Health Me...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 2, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care Public Health COVID-19 Hastings Bioethics Forum history of medicine Pandemic Planning syndicated tuberculosis Source Type: blogs

The Libertarian Argument Is the Best Argument Against Immunity Passports. But is it good enough?
Written by Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson The government has reportedly flirted with the introduction of vaccination passports that would afford greater freedoms to people who have been vaccinated for COVID-19. However, the UK’s Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Gove, recently announced that vaccination passports are not currently under consideration in the UK. However, […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 1, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Julian Savulescu Tags: Health Care Alberto Giubilini's Posts Julian Savulescu's Posts regulation syndicated Source Type: blogs

Ethical Implications of Stigma and Mistrust in Healthcare and Research
As part of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education’s Advancing Health and Social Justice Web Series, Dr. Alana Gunn and Dr. Nicole Overstreet led a panel on Wednesday, November 19th titled, “Ethical Implications of Stigma and Mistrust in Healthcare and Research.” moderated by Dr. Laura Specker Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. Both Drs. Gunn […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 1, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Ethics and Society Tags: Health Care Health Disparities Research Ethics Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute Fordham University Student Voices healthcare institutional raci Source Type: blogs

Socially Situated Brain Death – Symposium Issue
Ariane Lewis and I co-edited the December 2020 issue of the AMA JOURNAL OF ETHICS focusing on "Socially Situated Brain Death."  In 1980, the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) defined death as “(1) irreversible cessation of circulatory... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 1, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

AJOB Anniversary Journey: The Past, Present, & Future of Bioethics
The American Journal of Bioethics is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To commemorate this event, join them on December 15, 2020, for a webinar reflecting on the past, present, and future of the field of bioethics. The discussion will be host... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 1, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Ten Recent Professor Pope Videos on Brain Death, MAID, VSED, and Informed Consent
Over the past few weeks, I have recorded videos on a range of health law and bioethics topics from brain death to MAID to VSED to informed consent. Many of these are now available for free.On November 20, 2020, I addressed advance care planning and pat... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 30, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking: Dying with Dignity?
Swiss researchers Andre Fringer and Sabrina Stangle are some of the most prolific scholars on voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED). This 5-page E-book summarizes their recent research.Fringer and Stangle are investigatin... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 29, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Magic Mushrooms for Washington Patients? New Push Aims to Speed Psilocybin to the Dying
The Seattle Times reports on a novel strategy to make psilocybin available using state and federal "right to try" laws that allow terminally ill patients access to investigational drugs.Leading palliative care physicians like Ira Byock and Anthony Back... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 28, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Mandatory Morality: When Should Moral Enhancement Be Mandatory?
By Julian Savulescu Together with Tom Douglas and Ingmar Persson, I launched the field of moral bioenhancement. I have often been asked ‘When should moral bioenhancement be mandatory?’ I have often been told that it won’t be effective if it is not mandatory. I have defended the possibility that it could be mandatory. In that […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 27, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Julian Savulescu Tags: Health Care Julian Savulescu's Posts medical ethics Moral Enhancement punishment regulation syndicated Source Type: blogs

57% of Canadians Don ’t Know End-of-Life Wishes for Any Loved Ones
A new study by Angus Reid Forum shows that 57% of Canadians don’t know the end of life wishes for any of their loved ones, and 66% of Canadians don’t know the end of life wishes for their spouse.These numbers are about the same as in the... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 27, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Universal Unilateral DNR – Montreal Paramedics Told Not to Perform CPR – for Anyone
From April to September 2020, a Quebec directive told paramedics that where no electrical impulses are detected (the patient had flatlined), then further CPR should not be performed unless the patient is a pregnant or a minor.The directive, no longer i... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 26, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Cross post: Pandemic Ethics: Should COVID-19 Vaccines Be mandatory? Two Experts Discuss
Written by Alberto Giubilini (Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and WEH, University of Oxford ) Vageesh Jaini (University College London) (Cross posted with the Conversation)   To be properly protective, COVID-19 vaccines need to be given to most people worldwide. Only through widespread vaccination will we reach herd immunity – where enough people are immune to […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - November 26, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Alberto Giubilini Tags: Health Care Public Health Alberto Giubilini Alberto Giubilini's Posts Coronavirus; Pandemic; Ethics; Public Health COVID-19 Guest Post mandatory vaccination Pandemic Ethics syndicated The Conversation Uncategorized Source Type: blogs