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12/04/2017 - 10:39am

Fifty years ago this Sunday, the first adult human heart transplant was performed in Cape Town. It was an epoch-making advance in science — and also, perhaps, in human culture. The heart, heavy as it is with symbolism, has always occupied a special place in our collective imagination

12/04/2017 - 10:35am

The mother, who was born without a uterus, received the transplant from a living donor last year at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, and had a baby boy there last month, the hospital said on Friday

12/04/2017 - 9:41am

And they’re transforming the industry. The money isn’t just in treating older women who have spent years trying to conceive. It’s in persuading younger women, still in their 20s, to start worrying about their future fertility now — and to pay for pricey tests and services, such as egg freezing, as a hedge against problems down the road

12/04/2017 - 9:37am

CRISPR lets scientists edit our genetic source code. This is going to be interesting. With comments from our Debra Mathews

12/04/2017 - 8:41am

Let me be clear: how long people live in any country of the world is determined by lots of things, not just by the quality of their healthcare system. Nevertheless, one of the things medical care is supposed to do … Continue reading →

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12/04/2017 - 6:00am

December 4, 2017 5-7 PM Hauser Hall, Room 104 Harvard Law School, 1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA Presentation: “Delinking Reimbursement” This paper is not available for download. To request a copy in preparation for the workshop, please contact Jennifer Minnich at … Continue reading →

12/04/2017 - 5:40am

National media outlets have reported the fascinating account of the unconscious 70-year old brought into the Jackson Hospital (Miami) emergency room with a “Do Not Resuscitate” tattoo on his chest. In correspondence to the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors involved in the case explain the process by which the medical team used to evaluate the case. At first, the team did not plan to... // Read More »

12/04/2017 - 3:30am

Deana Rohlinger

The authors conclude that independently owned newspapers cover controversial ideas more often than corporately owned ones. In contrast, corporately owned newspapers shied away from controversy, focusing on topics that were more familiar and resonated with legal, medical, and political institutions....

12/04/2017 - 3:30am

Deana Rohlinger

Two Florida State University professors have published "How much does ownership matter? Deliberative discourse in local media coverage of the Terri Schiavo case."

The authors conclude that independently owned newspapers cover contro...

12/03/2017 - 11:11pm

This editorial is re-posted from the December 2017 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics. You can read more on this topic through the target article and open peer commentaries

by Tom L. Beauchamp, Ph.D.

The article in this issue of AJOB titled “Reframing Consent for Clinical Research: A Function-Based Approach” is a fresh and engaging way of thinking about how to handle several conceptual and moral problems about consent in clinical research. At times the authors seem entirely concerned with problems of informed consent, while at other times they are concerned with other forms of consent.…