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12/07/2017 - 10:00am

If we want to live a moral life, how should we treat animals or complex artificial intelligence? What kinds of rights should non-humans have? Harvard Law Professor and world-renowned bioethics expert Glenn Cohen shares how our current moral vocabulary may be leading us into fundamental errors and how to face the complex moral world around us

12/07/2017 - 9:53am

Not education. Not income. Not even being an expert on racial disparities in health care

12/07/2017 - 3:30am

Brenda Grant

The most recent case is that of Brenda Grant. She completed an advance directive stating that she should not have treatment to prolong her life. She feared degradation and indignity more than death after seeing her mum lose independence through dementia. (BBC News)...

12/07/2017 - 3:30am

Brenda GrantThere seems to be a growing trend of successful lawsuits alleging that clinicians failed to follow advance directives.  I have collected many of those cases here. I discussed those cases in the NY Times, in a bioethics journal, and in a law review.

The most recent case is that of Brenda Grant. She completed an advance directive stating that she should not have treatment to prolong her life. She feared degradation and indignity more than death after seeing her mum lose independence through dementia. (BBC News)

But the George Eliot hospital, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, misplaced the document and she was artificially fed for 22 months. The Hospital Trust admitted liability and in an out-of-court settlement agreed to pay £45,000. In a letter, it stated: "It is accepted that the trust failed to act in accordance with the deceased's advance directive and failed to store the advance directive in a way that it could easily be noted."

12/13/2017 - 11:04pm

Man in his arrogance thinks himself worthy the interposition of a deity. More humble and I think truer to consider himself created from animals. ~ Charles Darwin

12/13/2017 - 11:04pm

t looked to her like a Christmas miracle, but it was just the Internet of Things…

You never realized the bear sometimes talked back, not until the scandal made the news. It turned out it always could, it just had waited until its sensors told it kid and toy were alone. The license that came with the bear’s software made this “user bonding” legal; the company went bankrupt anyway....

12/13/2017 - 11:04pm

Transhumanism and military by Roland Benedikter, Christopher Coenen, Hans-Jorg Kreowski, Robert Ranisch, Alexander Reymann and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner.

Published by the Information Center for Science and Peace...

12/06/2017 - 3:45pm

This past July. an $8.8 million dollar, camp-like nutrition study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was shut down, resulting in a vast internal investigation at Purdue University, one of the nation’s top research institutions, and raising several issues about research ethics and the role of institutional review boards (IRBs), according to Undark. … More Dangerous Ethics Oversight in Purdue Child Nutritional Study: Fordham University’s Dr. Celia Fisher Weighs In

12/06/2017 - 10:22am

A recent Breakpoint article led me to read an opinion piece on nbcnews.com by Travis Rieder, a research scholar with the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins, titled “Science proves kids are bad for Earth. Morality suggests we stop having them.” Rieder references several articles that indicate that the most effective way that individuals, particularly those in affluent societies, can reduce their impact on... // Read More »

12/06/2017 - 10:22am

Beautiful. Pure. Natural. Medicine at its pinnacle. Those were the words of Dr. Giuliano Testa this week — the principal investigator of a clinical trial with ten women underway at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas