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blog.bioethics.net 02/24/2020 08:35
This past weekend, I watched. A Dangerous. Son. , Liz Garbus’ documentary about the overwhelming obstacles that U.S. parents—especially mothers—face in getting help for their mentally ill children. The film follows three mothers who in the. course of the filming each face a barrage of insults, death threats, and violent. behavior from their critically mentally ill adolescent sons. In the face of this, each of these mothers. advocate fiercely for their sons to gain access to mental and behavioral health. services while simultaneously trying to keep themselves and other family. members safe at home. Viewers are. granted intimate—and at times deeply painful—access to the devastating. realities of day-to-day life with severe mental illness and the toll i.
blog.bioethics.net 02/24/2020 04:00
The at Albany Law School has released the first four publications in its "explainer" series on Aging and Disability Law for state and local policy makers. Healthcare Proxies: Appointing People with the Power to Make Healthcare Decisions for Others. Describes how patients can plan achieving their desired medical treatment even if they lose decision-making capacity by executing a health care proxy which authorizes their agent to act on the incapable patient's behalf. ' Act Now’ Healthcare Proxies. Describes how the "act now" healthcare proxy differs from a traditional health care proxy, the policy behind the 2008 law that created the system, and the reasons why the long-delayed project should be undertaken. Hospital Ethics Committees. Provides h.
blog.bioethics.net 02/23/2020 08:57
This recent (archived video below) summarizes my forthcoming article, "Video Advance Directives: Growth and Benefits of Audiovisual Recording.". This article is included in a special symposium issue of the that marks the 30th anniversary of the Cruzan decision. It should also be available shortly. Here is the introduction. This special symposium issue of the SMU Law Review commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health. In that famous and seminal decision, the Court held that the U.S. Constitution permits states to require clear and convincing evidence of an incapacitated patient’s preferences before allowing that patient’s family to direct the withholding or w.
blog.bioethics.net 02/21/2020 11:24
Who should decide whether medical intervention on a child’s body is necessary? Ideally, the person who will undergo the treatment should have a say in these decisions. Patients themselves, even if they are children, should understand all their options and assent to whatever procedures are on the table. Technically, parents are the ones providing consent…. .
blog.bioethics.net 02/20/2020 12:50
by Simon Coghlan, Ph.D. and Kobi Leins, Ph.D. Xenobots have been called “novel living machines” and . A co-author of the that recently introduced xenobots, said:. They’re neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. [They’re] a new class of artefact: a living, “”. These have already provoked philosophical and ethical questions. Xenobots are under 1mm in size and composed of 500-1000 cells from frog ( Xenopus laevis ) embryos. After culturing extracted embryonic stem cells, micro-surgery tools help “glue” the naturally sticky cells together in a range of simple organismic configurations, e.g.…
blog.bioethics.net 02/19/2020 04:54
In the first St. Cross seminar of the term, Dr. Neil Armstrong talked about ethical challenges raised by mounting bureaucratic processes in the institutional provision of mental healthcare. Drawing on vignettes from his ethnographic fieldwork, Dr. Armstrong argued that the bureaucratization of mental healthcare has led to a situation in which the provision of care […]
blog.bioethics.net 02/17/2020 19:44
by. Recently, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) announced that the USMLE Step 1 exam for medical students from a numeric score to pass/fail as of 2022. This news signals a in North America and in particular the United States, as numeric Step 1 scores have been traditionally used to screen the most competitive applicants for physician residency programs. My hope is that the change in Step 1 scoring may lead to more holistic residency applications, as well as reduced medical student burnout when facing these life-altering exam scores.…
blog.bioethics.net 02/17/2020 09:53
Among the most fundamental concerns regarding medical,. biomedical, and bioethical decision making are the concepts of risk and. benefit. Of course, benefit is better than risk so this might seem to be a. fairly easy balance to calculate. But it is not. I...
blog.bioethics.net 02/16/2020 12:27
Join me on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, for a , "Leveraging Video Technology to Enhance Patient Safety and Deliver Concordant Care.". My talk is based on my forthcoming article: "Video Advance Directives: Growth and Benefits of Audiovisual Recording." This will be in a symposium issue of t. he SMU Law Review celebrating the 30th anniversary of Cruzan. Advance care planning conversations are the first step in ensuring that people communicate their preferences and goals of care, but how can we make sure that those wishes are understood and honored? TRIAD VIII was the first evidence-based study to evaluate how Scripted Patient To Clinician Video messaging can allow clinicians to hear what matters most to a patient straight from the patient’s mo.

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