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Texas Fetal Rights Case: Delayed Justice

Ruth Macklin | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

Although this case was resolved satisfactorily -- probably not soon enough for the distraught family -- a question remains about the ethics of the Texas law.

How an Outdated California Law Is Impacting the Jahi McMath Case

Mari Fagel | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Mari Fagel

If a child were to die because of a reckless driver, it would be up to the jury to decide what they believe is fair to award the family. However, if a child dies due to an error made by a nurse or doctor, the jury's authority to decide how to compensate the family is taken away from them.

Defining Death: Four Decades of Ambivalence

American Anthropological Association | Posted 03.19.2014 | Science
American Anthropological Association

The case of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl declared brain dead at Children's Hospital Oakland on Dec. 12, is but the most recent example of a 40-year-old national perplexity and the controversy that it is capable of unleashing.

When Fetal Rights Trump Those of Patient and Family

Ruth Macklin | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

The case of Marlise Munoz may ultimately be decided on legal grounds -- that is, whether the Texas statute is applicable to a dead body containing a living fetus. The ethical question, however, remains.

The Ethics Of Brain Death

USA Today | Liz Szabo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The cases of two young women — a California teen and a pregnant Texas mother — have generated sympathy for their families, but also have lef...

How Long Will A Brain-Dead Person's Body Keep Working?

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 01/03/2014 11:12 AM EST on LiveScience A 13-year-old girl in California continues to be on a venti...

A New Frontier? Novel Brain Activity Observed in Flatlined Patient

Joanna Rothkopf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Joanna Rothkopf

Anyone who has observed a relative or friend in a coma knows just how eerie the phenomenon can be.

An Educated Consumer Is the Best Customer... Even in a Hospital Setting

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 09.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Organ donation is an important part of our giving back to those who are awaiting a functioning organ when our bodies no longer have need of those organs. It is also a very individual and private decision that one should consider while one is still healthy.

'Dead' Hospital Patient Awoke To Doctors Preparing To Remove Her Organs

Posted 07.11.2013 | Healthy Living

In 2009, Colleen S. Burns was on a hospital table. She had been pronounced dead, and doctors were preparing to remove her organs. Then she woke up. ...

Usher's Stepson Declared Brain Dead: What The Condition Means

Posted 07.16.2012 | Healthy Living

UPDATED July 6, 11:13 a.m.: TMZ reports that Kyle Glover, Usher's stepson, may be removed from life support by next month because his insurance covera...

Do We See People in Persistent Vegetative States As More Dead Than Dead People?

Matthew Hutson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Science
Matthew Hutson

What do we think of people in persistent vegetative states, who can breathe but can't think? Mentally, they are dead, but since we're very aware of the body still lying there, we can't as easily imagine them as active characters in our lives.