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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    called for the disclosure of all results from clinical trials for medical products Should medicine leave the gold standard of randomized trials Michael Cook 18 April 2015 Comments tags clinical ethics clinical trials randomized clinical trials Is it an example of medical monotheism Drug tests in East Germany get conceded pass Michael Cook 25 October 2014 Comments tags clinical trials Communism East Germany Informed consent was not completely ignored in the 1980s researchers find Medicinal marijuana is bad medicine CMA president Xavier Symons 30 August 2014 Comments tags Canada clinical trials drugs marijuana The debate surrounding Canada s marijuana laws has intensified with Canadian Medical Association CMA president labeling medicinal marijuana bad medicine Divergent approaches to treating Ebola Michael Cook 23 August 2014 Comments tags clinical trials Ebola public health How to deal with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa seems to be splitting bioethicists Have some American homeless become lab rats Michael Cook 01 August 2014 Comments tags clinical trials research ethics Companies run clinical trials for drugs even dangerous drugs cheaper and faster than universities Compassionate use Putting drug regulations to the test Xavier Symons 01 August 2014 Comments tags clinical trials compassionate use When should pharmaceutical companies grant compassionate use of experimental treatments How readily available should the drugs be A PBS news segment considers these issues Nasal growth found on woman s back after stem cell treatment Xavier Symons 18 July 2014 Comments tags clinical ethics clinical trials stem cells A Portuguese stem cell trial gone wrong has resulted in a woman developing a nasal growth on her back Do prisoners have a right to participate in clinical trials Michael Cook 28 June 2014 Comments tags clinical trials informed consent prisoners Prisoners are being unfairly excluded from taking part in potentially beneficial clinical research argue researchers

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/clinical+trials (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: How much treatment do heroin addicts deserve?
    but most heroin addicts are non compliant Doctors feel that repeat operations are a poor allocation of healthcare resources This costs a lot of money says Scott H Bronleewe an experienced cardiac surgeon practicing in Tampa Florida Six to eight weeks of a hospital stay and surgery probably amounts to over 500 000 Most if not all have no insurance coverage Clinical ethicists say that doctors have no obligation to repeatedly operate on non compliant patients If an individual isn t going to change behavior and take responsibility for their life the surgeon really doesn t have an obligation to replace that heart valve a second or third time Dr James Orlowski paediatrician and medical ethicist said Many however believe that heroin addicts have limited responsibility for their continued use Sarah Suzuki a substance abuse counsellor in Chicago believes that abstaining from drugs is not an easy feat for those with serious addiction issues Contrary to popular belief people who are addicted to heroin don t experience a rush of pleasure or joy when they use she told Medill Reports early last year Rather they stave off withdrawal symptoms and maintain a sense of equilibrium Heroin use is on the rise across the US according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sharon Kelley CEO of Associates in Emergency Medical Education called the issue an ongoing ethical quandary for doctors MORE ON THESE TOPICS patient compliance 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/how-much-treatment-do-heroin-addicts-deserve/11717 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    who present repeatedly with drug induced heart valve infections 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 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia 13

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/patient+compliance (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Another controversy over futile care in Texas
    so obviously wanted to continue living the hospital and its ethics committee stole from him the two most fundamental rights enumerated in our Constitution life and liberty Hawley argues that there is evidence to suggest that Dunn was still capable of rational decision making and that in any event it was unjust for the hospital to attempt to override the wishes of his family members who wanted ANH to continue Relative strangers with little or no knowledge of his values and beliefs weighed his quality of life and decided that he no longer deserved to live On many occasions I have watched anguished parents struggle to discern what is in the best interest of their terminally ill child a child they have known since birth But somehow we are to believe that these committee members were able to deduce existential truths about what was in Chris Dunn s best interest Dr Beverly B Nuckols a family physician from Texas and Deirdre Cooper a public policy analyst at Texas Alliance for Life penned a terse reply Cooper and Nuckols suggest that on the evidence available it seems that the decision to discontinue Dunn s ANH might have been justified They take issue with what they see as the Hawley s attribution of murderous intentions to the hospital staff and ethics committee This is not simply a case of a hospital or a doctor versus the patient and his family Rather this is a case of an incapacitated patient who was terminally ill whose parents disagreed about the best course of treatment and whose doctors believed that life sustaining treatment was causing suffering as is plainly evident from court documents It is plausible that the doctors had good reasons to believe that the pancreatic cancer was untreatable They may have believed that

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/another-controversy-over-futile-care-in-texas/11716 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Journal of Medical Ethics two paediatricians and the chaplain of Great Ormond Street in London call for changes in the law Baby Joseph returns to Canada breathing on his own Jared Yee 28 April 2011 Comments tags Canada futile care Joseph Maraachli the boy whose family refused to accept a Canadian hospital s recommendation to remove his breathing tube and allow him to die is now breathing on his own without the assistance of a mechanical ventilator Canadian baby at heart of ethics debate goes to US for surgery Jared Yee 25 March 2011 Comments tags Canada futile care Canadian doctors wouldn t treat him Rwandan woman being fed again Michael Cook 18 March 2011 Comments tags futile care PVS A Rwandan woman in a permanent vegetative state whose feeding tube had been removed against her family s wishes is being fed again Brain damaged immigrant s feeding tube removed Michael Cook 05 March 2011 Comments tags futile care PVS A court appointed guardian has removed feeding tubes from a 58 year old comatose grandmother in a Maryland nursing home who has no health insurance and whose children cannot afford to pay for hospice care Black and white in the

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/futile+care (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    the stem cell corral Michael Cook 24 September 2011 Comments tags stem cells Texas Protean from the shape shifting god of Greek mythology is a well worn adjective for describing the potential of stem cells It works equally well as a description of politics of stem cells at least in the US Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Texas (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: UK on verge of editing genome of human embryos
    likely to work efficiently she said at a press conference Her project involves 3 or 4 genes with about 20 to 30 embryos required for each of them bringing the total of embryos to be destroyed to a possible 120 When the technique for editing the embryos has been mastered it is all but inevitable that it will be used to create embryos which are free of genetic diseases However some critics warn that this is the high road to designer babies Dr Calum MacKellar Director of Research of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics told The Telegraph London Allowing the gene editing of embryos opens the road to genetically modifying all the descendants of a person as well as full blown eugenics which was condemned by all civilised societies after the Second World War It is the very future of the way in which societies accept persons with disabilities that is at play since such gene editing procedures infer that they should not have been brought into existence MORE ON THESE TOPICS CRISPR embryo research UK This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/uk-on-verge-of-editing-genome-of-human-embryos/11714 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Canadian doctors should not be forced to refer for euthanasia, says association
    in any way The only way to authentically respect conscience is to respect differences of conscience the CMA says The CPSO wants to guarantee that all patients should have access to euthanasia However the CMA argues that this is the responsibility not of doctors but of the community It sums up its argument as follows It is in fact in a patient s best interests and in the public interest for physicians to act as moral agents and not as technicians or service providers devoid of moral judgement At a time when some feel that we are seeing increasingly problematic behaviours and what some view as a crisis in professionalism medical regulators ought to be articulating obligations that encourage moral agency instead of imposing a duty that is essentially punitive to those for whom it is intended and renders an impoverished understanding of conscience The CMA statement was published on the Protection of Conscience Project MORE ON THESE TOPICS Canada conscience conscientious objection 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/canadian-doctors-should-not-be-forced-to-refer-for-euthanasia-says-associat/11710 (2016-02-18)
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