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  • BioEdge: No conscience exemption for contraceptive coverage, says Obama Administration
    become a religious liberty issue This decision was made after very careful consideration including the important concerns some have raised about religious liberty I believe this proposal strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services Sebelius said in a statement A number of important religious groups disagree strongly A spokesman for an Orthodox Jewish group Nathan Diament complained about the underlying rationale for its decision which appears to be a view that if a religious entity is not insular but engaged with broader society it loses its religious character and liberties The National Association of Evangelicals said that employers with religious objections to contraception will be forced to pay for services and procedures they believe are morally wrong No government has the right to compel its citizens to violate their conscience The HHS rules trample on our most cherished freedoms and set a dangerous precedent In effect the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences said Archbishop Timothy M Dolan president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their health care is literally unconscionable It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom Historically this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty Politically the move is puzzling America a leading Catholic magazine observed that the exemption will surely prove an election year headache for the Obama administration as it adds powerful fuel to the fire for those alleging that the administration s policies and practices often trample religious liberty Clearly a lose lose proposition in an election year On the other hand supporters of the measure insist that it is a women s rights

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/no_conscience_exemption_for_contraceptive_coverage_says_obama_administratio/9905 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Rates of Alzheimer’s set to treble by 2050
    comprehensive policies to prepare for the dramatic increase The absence of dementia public policy renders governments woefully unprepared for the dementia epidemic and there is an urgent need for a collaborative global action plan for governments industry and non profit organisations like Alzheimer associations There are also concerns about ability of poorer countries to deal with the epidemic According to the briefing over two thirds 71 of people with dementia will be living in low and middle income countries The researchers stress that while funding for dementia research is crucial there is an equally important need for good quality care and support for caregivers Priority must also be given to policymaking development of health and social care services and health systems MORE ON THESE TOPICS Alzheimer s disease dementia This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/rates_of_alzheimers_set_to_treble_by_2050/10807 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    December 2013 Comments tags Alzheimer s disease dementia The number of cases of Alzheimer s disease is set to treble by 2050 according to the peak dementia research group Alzheimer s Disease International ADI Alzheimer s patients remember kindness even if they can t remember why Michael Cook 17 April 2010 Comments tags Alzheimer s disease elderly end of life University of Iowa study of amnesiac patients Search BioEdge Subscribe

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Alzheimer%27s+disease (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Alzheimer’s and the euthanasia debate
    used terms such as living dead a funeral that never ends and a fate worse than death places Alzheimer s as a soft target in the euthanasia debate because it plays to people s fears of developing the disease and what it symbolises It positions Alzheimer s as something that requires a remedy that remedy increasingly being pre emptive and beneficent euthanasia Professor Johnstone acknowledges that euthanasia is a polarising and emotive issue however she warns that the public could be unduly swayed by the way the media and pro euthanasia groups to frame the issue as simply a matter of choice through the use of highly personalised individual experiences Euthanasia is far from a simple matter of choice as choice itself is no simple matter it is an extremely complex phenomenon And Alzheimer s disease cannot be adequately portrayed through highly publicised individual cases MORE ON THESE TOPICS Alzheimer s assisted suicide dementia euthanasia This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/alzheimers_and_the_euthanasia_debate/10531 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Comments tags Alzheimer s dementia Spinal tap may give definitive prediction of Alzheimer s Michael Cook 14 August 2010 Comments tags Alzheimer s genetic testing prenatal testing New policy dilemmas Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Alzheimer%27s (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Dementia could become a fiscal nightmare, says WHO
    5 for those over 85 its impact will become greater as the decades go by Marc Wortmann of ADI spoke in apocalyptic terms Around the world a new case of dementia arises every four seconds That s a staggering growth rate equivalent to 7 7 million new cases of dementia every year the same size as the populations of Switzerland and Israel Our current health systems simply cannot cope with the explosion of the dementia crisis as we all live longer this is as much an economic and fiscal disaster waiting to happen as it is a social and health challenge of the highest order Michael Hodin of the Council on Foreign Relations agreed He says that Alzheimer s demands our urgent and serious focus Absent this level and scope of attention Alzheimer s will surely become the fiscal nightmare of the 21st century quite apart from the personal family and community devastation it causes in its wake According to ADI research the number of people living with dementia worldwide estimated at 35 6 million in 2010 is set to nearly double every 20 years reaching 65 7 million in 2030 and 115 4 million in 2050 Drawing parallels between

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/dementia_could_become_a_fiscal_nightmare_says_who/10013 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: A kind of death
    being an unscriptural moral relativist Doctors commented that emotional responses linger on even if a person becomes incompetent The controversy highlights public uncertainties over how to deal with people who are not responsive A recent study showed that people felt that patients in a permanent vegetative state were more dead than dead With an avalanche of dementia inexorably rolling over the US more people than Pat Robertson will be wrestling

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/a_kind_of_death/9746 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Are UK nursing homes cutting costs with PEG tubes?
    a normal response to dementia Apparently there is no evidence that tube feeding prolongs the life of patients and it deprives them of the pleasure and social contact involved of meal times With time and care elderly people with swallowing difficulties can be helped to eat and drink normally This is a widespread problem Many care homes say they will not take a patient until they have had a gastrostomy says Dr Rodney Burnham the chair of the group which produced the report There is no reason for them to do that They should have nursing support The report which costs 20 suggests that nursing homes are using PEG percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes as a way of cost cutting It opposes this solution to the complex end of life needs of dementia sufferers Such decisions should never be based on the convenience of staff or carers Nor should artificial feeding ever be required as a criterion for admission to any institution providing care Guardian Jan 6 MORE ON THESE TOPICS dementia end of life nursing homes Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/are_uk_nursing_homes_cutting_costs_with_peg_tubes/8797 (2016-02-18)
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