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05/15/2017 - 9:23am

What do the C.I.A. and Nigerian imams have to do with the fight to end polio? Retro Report examines how the worlds of politics and public health can collide

05/15/2017 - 9:20am

Research suggests some are seeking out painkillers when what they really need is Prozac

05/15/2017 - 9:18am

An estimated 5.5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease, and these patients constitute half of all nursing home residents. Yet very few people in the United States have been tested for the ApoE4 gene

05/15/2017 - 3:30am

Nevada is close to being the first U.S. state to amend the Uniform Determination of Death Act to more clearly specify the medical standards by which cessation of brain function must be measured.

One notable part of A.B. 424 is unique use of the term "organ-sustaining treatment."  "Organ-sustaining treatment means a medical procedure or intervention that, after a person has been determined to be dead serves only to prolong the patient for survivability of a fetus or an anatomical gift....

05/15/2017 - 3:30am

Nevada is close to being the first U.S. state to amend the Uniform Determination of Death Act to more clearly specify the medical standards by which cessation of brain function must be measured.

The bill already passed the Assembly and is scheduled fo...

05/20/2017 - 11:05pm
In 2016 populism burst upon liberal democracies like a whirlwind. Yet, since Trump’s election in November of last year the storm appears to have passed. There was the defeat of the far right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer in Austria (of all places) in December of last year followed by the loss of the boldly pompadoured (which seems to be a thing now on the right) Geert Wilders in parliamentary elections in the Netherlands a few months back, followed by the seeming victory of the Kutcher faction over the Bannon faction in the Trump administration, and now, the loss of Le Pen in France. Whew- glad that’s over.
05/14/2017 - 7:47am

For decades, Wolters Kluwer has been publishing an annual supplement for The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking.  This year, we are moving to a semi-annual plan.  So, there will soon be a second 2017 update, the "2017-2 Supplement."

Highlights of this extra supplement cover the most recent legal developments—judicial cases, legislation, and news accounts of important legal proceedings that are not officially reported—concerning end-of-life decisionmaking. Some (and there are many more) specific important matters covered in the supplement include:

  • The passage of statutes authorizing medical aid-in-dying in two more states, bringing the total number of jurisdictions in which the practice is legal to seven.
  • The passage of statutes explicitly criminalizing or otherwise prohibiting aid-in-dying in two more states.
  • The passage of statutes authorizing default surrogate priority lists in two more states.
  • An innovative Montana statute authorizing physician decisionmaking for incapacitated unrepresented patients with no surrogate, agent, or guardian.
  • The passage of a statute authorizing a POLST program, bringing the total number of jurisdictions formally authorizing or regulating POLST to thirty-three. 
  • A Kansas statute forbidding the institution of a DNR order for a minor without consent from the parent or guardian. 
  • The passage of statutes in four states both forming palliative care and quality of life task forces and directing health departments to promote both professional and consumer palliative care education.
  • A strong statement of support for autonomy through advance directives from the California Court of Appeals as it awarded attorneys’ fees to a governmental agency that challenged the end-of-life decisionmaking of a husband, with his wife as agent, supported by the health providers involved in his care. 

05/14/2017 - 7:47am

For decades, Wolters Kluwer has been publishing an annual supplement for The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking.  This year, we are moving to a semi-annual plan.  So, there will soon be a second 2017 update, the "2017-2 Supplement."

The passage of statutes authorizing medical aid-in-dying in two more states, bringing the total number of jurisdictions in which the practice is legal to seven....

05/13/2017 - 12:59pm

Gallup reports that the percentages of U.S. adults who believe medial aid in dying is morally acceptable practices set new highs this year (now 57%, up from 49% in 2001).  

05/13/2017 - 12:59pm

Gallup reports that the percentages of U.S. adults who believe medial aid in dying is morally acceptable practices set new highs this year (now 57%, up from 49% in 2001).  

More broadly, Americans continue to express an increasingly liberal ...