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10/12/2017 - 6:53am

Most lawsuits between families and clinicians concerning life-sustaining treatment are for injunctions. The family wants to keep the patient alive. But some (like this one in Connecticut) are for money damages after the patient has died.

One such case...

10/16/2017 - 11:04pm
We’ll get to the solar storm alert and its implications, in a minute. But first… the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey tears open our hearts in empathy for our fellow humans and citizens in Texas. (See a list of ways you can help.)
10/11/2017 - 8:13pm

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is currently accepting applications to fill its chair in health law and policy, named in honor of law school alumnus and donor Bernard J. Beazley. Details regarding qualifications and application requirements can be found … Continue reading →

10/11/2017 - 6:44pm

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In a recent issue of Academe, sociologist Arlene Stein says that the disconnect of academia and the rest of the world is especially acute now, in a time when anti-intellectual fervor is flowing from the highest levels of the government. She states, “in the longer term, scholars need to be doing a better job of communicating what we do to those outside the so-called ivory tower… Telling stories about our work to those outside of university settings must be part of this strategy.“

by MK Czerwiec (ComicNurse)

In part, I think Stein means that we need to share our work (teaching and research) outside of the academy by speaking in public and by writing for public audiences.…

10/11/2017 - 2:13pm

  Transgender and gender non-conforming communities face a number of various healthcare challenges, both social and medical, including “stigma, discrimination and lack of access to quality healthcare.” Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Celia Fisher, Marie Ward Doty University Chair in Ethics, Professor of Psychology, and founding Director of the Fordham University Center … More Fordham University’s Dr. Celia Fisher Discusses Transgender Healthcare on WFUV

10/11/2017 - 1:58pm

Via the Center for Global Development, New Book:


Amanda Glassman , Ursula Giedion and Peter C. Smith




What’s In, What’s Out: Designing Benefits for Universal Health Coverage argues that the creation of an explicit health benefits plan—a defined list of services that are and are not available—is an essential element in creating a sustainable system of universal health coverage. With contributions from leading health economists and policy experts, the book considers the many dimensions of governance, institutions, methods, political economy, and ethics that are needed to decide what’s in and what’s out in a way that is fair, evidence-based, and sustainable over time.



Note: Chapter 13 (p. 290) – “A Matter of Morality: Embedding Ethics and Equity in the Health Benefits Policy”
by Carleigh Krubiner, and Ruth Faden


At a glance: Coverage decisions have significant consequences for people’s health and wellbeing – and can be a matter of life or death. Benefits policy design decisions require careful ethical consideration of how they will impact the range of people they are meant to help.



10/11/2017 - 12:32pm

How Anne Wojcicki led her company from the brink of failure to scientific pre-eminence

10/11/2017 - 12:18pm

Project obtains tissues from recently deceased individuals to look for the origins of disease

10/11/2017 - 11:10am

The Salt Lake City Police Department has fired the police detective who was video recorded aggressively handcuffing a hospital nurse who refused to allow him to draw blood from an unconscious patient in July

10/11/2017 - 9:05am

By Mason Marks In this brief essay, I describe a new type of medical information that is not protected by existing privacy laws. I call it Emergent Medical Data (EMD) because at first glance, it has no relationship to your … Continue reading →