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10/17/2011 - 10:50am
About two-thirds of those who responded to an IEET reader poll approve of the government spending money on exploring space.
10/17/2011 - 6:39am

From the NHDD leadership:

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10/16/2011 - 9:09pm

Action on Elder Abuse has released a 118-page report that analyzes the latest Care Quality Commission's Dignity and Nutrition Inspection Reports.  

10/16/2011 - 6:29am

This morning at 9:45 a.m. in Greenway DE, I am presenting on ASBH panel 412, "Impact of State Legislation on Ethics Committee Case Review."   

10/15/2011 - 12:21pm

The Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia 100(2) has a brief article defending surgery (to fix a hiaral hernia) for an 11-month old anencephalic infant. His mother had been caring for him at home.  Surgery was performed. The authors defend this along the lines of Truog's 2010 NEJM argument defending futile treatment on grounds of benefit to parents not child. 

10/15/2011 - 12:05pm
On Wednesday, the TELEGRAPH reviewed several unilateral DNR cases in the UK from the last year. The key concern is not the order itself but the failure to consult and inform the family.
10/15/2011 - 8:50am

I had a great discussion last night about the technologization of birth in America.  Coincidentally, this morning, my son showed me this from his Arrow Book of Funny Poems (Eleanor Clymer ed. 1961).

A doctor fell in a deep well...

10/14/2011 - 3:30pm

Today happens to be World Standards Day, a day that honours the work of the thousands of experts involved in setting the huge range of voluntary international standards that regulate production and trade in a globalized economy. Depending on your view of globalization, it’s a day either to be celebrated or mourned.

I’m currently reading a very good book on just this topic, namely The New Global Rulers: The Privatization of Regulation in the World Economy, by Tim Büthe and Walter Mattli. The book examines the wide and growing range of international, private (i.e., non-governmental) standards being set by groups like the IEC, ISO, and IASB. As Büthe and Mattli point out, such standards are a double-edged sword....

10/14/2011 - 11:19am

Two Mormons—Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney—are campaigning as Republicans for President of the United States, with Romney currently favored to nab the nomination. In recent days their faith has been derided by some as a “cult.” Although Mormonism is an ‘indigenous’ American creed, and has over 14 million followers internationally, the average American knows little about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

To uncover the socio-political notions of the Utah-based religion, I interviewed Lincoln Cannon, president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association....

10/13/2011 - 6:14pm

I am looking forward to seeing a number of friends and colleagues at the ASBH Annual Meeting over the next three days in Minneapolis.  Here are some highlights of my plan:

Friday 9:15a - Sharon Kaufman...