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March 14, 2011

Look, no embryos! The future of ethical stem cells

For years, ethical issues hampered progress in stem cell research. Now, experts believe that developments in reprogrammed ‘iPS’ cells will truly revolutionise the treatment of life-threatening illnesses. (The Guardian)

Bioethics at midlife

The unconscious man with no ID had been brought in the previous day after being found in a pool of blood. He had vomited an additional 5 liters of blood and his condition remained unstable. If he begins to bleed again, the resident says, the medical team feels there’s little more that can be done. (Stanford Medicine Magazine)

New Study Reveals Critical Role Nurses can Play in Helping Patients and Families Confront Ethical Issues

For years people have known of the positive impact nurses can have on the physical and mental well-being of their patients. Now, research being done at the UCLA School of Nursing is showing that nurses can have a critical impact on the many ethical issues patients and their caregivers encounter in the growingly complex world of medicine. (Business Wire)

Robo-pharmacist readies 350,000 doses perfectly

The room-size robots store drugs in dozens of small boxes in a sterile environment. After the 12-hour prescription is received as a digital file, a robot arm finds the correct labeled drug, prepares the proper dose in bar-coded plastic bags on a ring and spits them out into a large bin. (CNET)

Ontario looks to change the rules for those with rare conditions

The operation was so risky and rare even the best neurosurgeons in the patient’s home province had performed it just a few times. But surgery was the only way to relieve the severe pain and numbness from the 50-year-old woman’s giant spinal cysts. (The Globe and Mail)

April 9, 2010

Kirkwood couple fights for frozen embryos

Jennifer McLaughlin of Kirkwood held Anna and Sarah, her two young daughters, in her arms on Thursday evening. “They’ve got me well trained,” she said. A typical domestic scene involving two untypical three-month-old infants—the result of two implanted frozen embryos from a married couple in California. (St. Louis Globe-Democrat)

India halts HPV programme

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has advised two state governments to suspend a vaccination programme against cervical cancer following controversy over violation of guidelines during trials. (SciDev)

Oregon bill would let psychologists prescribe

Supporters say this would expand mental health care access. Physicians say it would let psychologists practice beyond their expertise, jeopardizing patient safety. (American Medical News)

Doctors and Patients, Lost in Paperwork

In “The Hostile Hospital,” from the Lemony Snicket “Series of Unfortunate Events” books, the three young orphans at the center of the story visit the fictitious Heimlich Hospital, where Babs, the head of human resources, asks them if they know what the most important work done in a hospital is. (New York Times)

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. (Article Ant)

March 16, 2010

Canada: Officials look to overhaul vaccine-supply model

Federal and provincial health officials have launched a sweeping review of Canada’s flu vaccination system in the wake of the H1N1 scare. In a notice sent to the drug industry yesterday, government officials signalled that they plan to overhaul the supply system and move away from the current model of having only one Canadian-based supplier for pandemic vaccines. (The Globe and Mail)

January 6, 2010

Patients being tube-fed ‘to save time’

Patients are having their health put at risk by staff who feed them through tubes unnecessarily because they are too busy to help them eat normally, a report has warned. (Telegraph)

November 18, 2009

Disclosure Row Over White House Coverage

We’ve got one brewing right now. Yuval Levin, who worked in the White House domestic policy staff as an aide to George W. Bush, now has got a gig writing news stories for Newsweek. The Nation’s Ari Melber, who got wind of this, notes that when Levin’s first piece ran in the magazine last March, the editors slugged it as an analysis from “a Bush veteran.” No such notation was attached to Levin’s new piece chronicling why “right-of-center candidates are succeeding in the age of Obama.” A few months earlier, Levin even co-authored a piece in the conservative Weekly Standard with Bill Kristol explaining why “Obamacare” was wrong and deserved to be defeated. Melber, who smelled a skunk, called Newsweek, whose spokeswoman offered a defense. (CBS News)

October 27, 2009

Patient-Centered Care and Preference-Sensitive Decision Making

Over the past 20 years or so, there has been a rise of 2 parallel movements, one toward the explicit use of clinical trial data to guide clinical practice (evidence-based medicine) and the other toward patient empowerment through explicit informed consent, shared decision making, and patient-centered care. Both components have been integrated into models of quality clinical care, but sometimes there are conflicts between evidence- and guideline-driven care and patient-centered care. [Premium (JAMA)]

August 20, 2009

Lab Bench Ethics: Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic

Many practitioners, for instance, do not realize that their scientific research may have ethical ramifications, Grinnell said. When scientists repeat their experiments, they accumulate ten to fifteen notebooks with many sets of data that eventually become a paper. (Science Progress)

June 16, 2009

Sight restored WITHIN WEEKS with Adult Stem Cell contacts!

Scientists are placing adult stem cells on contact lenses, placing them on patients eyes and they’re seeing (no pun intended) dramatic improvements within weeks!

Dr. Oz to Oprah and Michael J Fox: “The stem cell debate is dead.”

Dr. Oz explains to Oprah and Michael J. Fox why embryonic stem cell research is dangerous and won’t cure Parkinson’s, but Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell research will!

January 23, 2009

Op-Ed: Time to rethink intellectual property laws?

Patents on scientific knowledge may not be as useful — or valuable — as many claim them to be.

The speed of the global economic collapse is provoking a widespread — many would say belated — realisation that many of the beliefs underlying economic expansion over the past 20 years need close questioning, particularly those involving the relationship between the state and the market. (SciDev)

January 13, 2009

White Paper on “Determination of Death” from the President’s Council on Bioethics

An advance digital version of the latest report from the President’s Council on Bioethics, “Controversies in the Determination of Death” is now available.

You can download the white paper (in pdf form) by pasting the following link into your browser:

http://www.bioethics.gov/reports/death/index.html

October 30, 2008

Interview: Rita Marker on I-1000

In this interview, Rita L. Marker, executive director of the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, discusses I-1000, the physician-assisted-suicide initiative on the ballot in Washington state in the 2008 elections, as well as the history of physician-assisted suicide over the past decade in the neighboring state of Oregon. (The New Atlantis)

Interview: Courtney Campbell on “Death with Dignity”

Courtney S. Campbell, the Hundere Professor in Religion and Culture at Oregon State University, is the author of the essay “Ten Years of ‛Death with Dignity’” in the Fall 2008 issue of The New Atlantis. In this interview, he discusses his essay and the lessons of the first decade of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon—as well as the lessons for the neighboring state of Washington, which is voting on a physician-assisted suicide initiative in the 2008 elections. (The New Atlantis)

 

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