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Living Wills

Don't Let the Government Write Your Will

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 05.06.2012 | Money
Ann Margaret Carrozza

We may well disagree on exactly where to draw the line, but we can all probably agree that we don't want our state of residence preparing our last will and testament.

It's Never Too Soon: Make Your Final Wishes Known

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

There is a spectrum in the process of dying. It ranges from unbearable suffering for patients and their families to a reasonable quality of life in which symptoms are controlled until the end. Either way, survivors are left to grieve.

Too Big to Fail: Timing Is (Still) Everything

Kevin L. Petrasic | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business
Kevin L. Petrasic

In implementing regulatory reforms, whether to resolve "too big to fail," minimize systemic risk, or address the multitude of other issues raised in Dodd- Frank, balance and perspective are critical.

John Paul II's Living Will

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Chances are good that we will soon be acknowledging JPII as "Saint," but none of this will make much difference in how Catholics live their lives everyday. There is a more important reason, I think, to remember JPII.

9 Things Women Must Do Before Divorce

Jeffrey A. Landers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Jeffrey A. Landers

I talk with women facing divorce on a daily basis and the emotions they are dealing with are all over the board. But there is one common thread--they ...

FDIC Chief: Too Big Banks Should Be 'Downzied'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (By Dave Clarke) - America's big international banks should restructure their operations unless they can prove they can easily be broke...

Yearning for Freedom and Control at Life's End

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

A person's last days may still be off in the distant horizon, but the yearning for a death that honors the life and the determination to remain a free person is palpable when thoughts turn to life's end.

Death Panels, Dignity, and You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We now need to revisit the issue of enhancing discussions of end-of-life care. Addressing these issues more fully can help us in many ways. But these are not easy issues.

SIMON JOHNSON Gulf Oil Spill Shows Why Living Wills Fail In Finance

New York Times | Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A central idea in the financial regulations undergoing final negotiation in the United States -- and in similar initiatives in Europe -- is that large...

It's National Healthcare Decisions Day - do you know if your decisions will be honored?

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Compassion & Choices, the nation's largest and oldest nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life, today marke...

Why They Call Alzheimer's 'The Long Goodbye'

Fawn Germer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Fawn Germer

Alzheimer's Disease is a cruel insult to anyone who suffers its indignity. This is the last, lingering chapter in a story that began with my mom's paralyzing stroke 19 years ago.

1 In 4 Elderly Need Care Decisions Made For Them

AP | STEPHANIE NANO | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK — A significant number of the elderly – more than one in four – will eventually need someone to make end-of-life decisions ...

5 Years After Terri Schiavo: What Have We Learned?

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

More than ever, we need Congress to take end-of-life care seriously. We still need legislation that will encourage physicians to take the time to talk to patients about the choices that are available to them.

Theodore Olbermann Dead: Keith Olbermann's Father Dies

Baseball Nerd | Keith Olbermann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

My father died, in the city of his birth, New York, at 3:50 EST this afternoon. Though the financial constraints of his youth made college infeasible...

Getting The Right Medicine

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

What's missing is a solid discussion of the type and extent of treatments people would want if they were sufficiently informed of their medical options and circumstances.

Technology Rx for Health Care Reform

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

The consumer electronics industry is defined by rapid innovation and falling prices. Advocates on every side should consider these market-based lessons, as they are relevant to the current health care debate.

Anticipating the Incapacitated Justice

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

While it is a disturbing truth that our nation will someday likely confront the tragedy of an incapacitated Supreme Court justice, it is not at all clear which justice that will be.

Living Wills: Preparing For End of Life | MELINDA BECK | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Forget about the health-reform debate for the moment. Should you have a living will specifying the kind of care you'd want at the end of life if you c...

"Death Panel" Scare Tactic May Backfire on Republicans

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

"Death panels" are made up out of whole cloth by people who specialize in generating fear to protect wealthy special interests -- in this case the health insurance industry.

Chris Matthews "Birthers Out" with his "Deather" Stance on Living Wills

John Amato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Amato

Matthews goes so far as to conflate end-of-life counseling with the government paying for abortions, and then calls them both "social policy".