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2013-10-08 10:19:11

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities aims to 'identify individuals who are qualified to perform this role' Clinical ethicists play a vital role in hospitals and other health care systems by helping to resolve ethical conflicts that arise between patients, families, and clinicians about end-of-life care and other important medical decisions. To improve the quality of clinical ethics consultants, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) has proposed a method for...

2012-05-31 11:58:10

The American Medical Association's Code of Ethics prohibits physicians from prescribing treatments that they consider to be placebos unless the patients know this and agree to take them anyway. But this policy is not clearly the best way to protect or benefit patients, concludes an The American Medical Association's Code of Ethics prohibits physicians from prescribing treatments that they consider to be placebos unless the patients know this and agree to take them anyway. But this policy is...

2012-03-28 08:44:18

Will genetic testing and personalized medicine change the way you think about your life? Should it? What can you really learn about your future from direct-to-consumer genetic tests—or even from whole genome scanning, which is becoming increasingly affordable? And what about your privacy: how well is your genetic information protected? These and other bioethics issues are raised in Cracking Your Genetic Code, a NOVA special produced in association with The Hastings Center that airs...

2012-03-23 13:13:49

Karen J. Maschke, a research scholar at The Hastings Center, is coauthor of a consensus article that explicitly outlines "significant new responsibilities" for biobanks concerning the return of incidental findings and individual research results to people whose biospecimens were used in genetic and genomic studies. The consensus paper addresses the growing ethical debate over the responsibility of researchers and biobanks — repositories of human biospecimens, such as blood and tissue...

2012-02-07 23:18:38

How can insurers justify spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per patient per year on "orphan drugs" — extremely expensive medications for rare conditions that are mostly chronic and life-threatening -- when this money could provide greater overall health benefit if spread out among many other patients? Those spending decisions reflect the "rule of rescue," the value that our society places on saving lives in immediate danger at any expense. But the broad application of the rule of...

2012-01-17 14:30:00

Theresa A. Soriano, MD, MPH, Director of the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program, and Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has been honored with the prestigious Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award for improving the care of patients near the end of life. New York, NY (PRWEB) January 17, 2012 Theresa A. Soriano, MD, MPH, Director of the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program, and Associate...

2011-11-23 09:57:53

"It feels like there's two of you inside — like there's another half of you, which is my anorexia, and then there's the real K, the real me, the logic part of me, and it's a constant battle between the two." - 36 year old study participant with anorexia nervosa. People with anorexia nervosa struggle with questions about their real, or "authentic," self — whether their illness is separate from or integral to them — and this conflict has implications for compulsory...

2011-10-12 10:13:06

The Hastings Center is exploring the ethical challenges that clinicians and organizations face when providing medical care to undocumented immigrants in the United States. The project is supported by a grant from the Overbrook Foundation Domestic Human Rights Program. Most of the estimated 11 million undocumented residents of the U.S. have no health insurance and are ineligible for public insurance programs. They are prohibited from obtaining insurance under the 2010 Patient Protection and...

2011-10-04 12:21:08

Authors identify types of MRI studies that exceed minimal risk standard for children Shedding light on a question that has baffled research ethics review boards, a new analysis of the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in pediatric clinical trials finds that the risks of physical and psychological harm associated with this procedure are no greater than the risks that healthy children face from everyday activities, such as playing soccer or riding in motor vehicles. However, adding an...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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