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Medical Decisions

Choose How to Live Out Your Life

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 06.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith A. Salerno

I once asked a simple question to a roomful of young residents I was training: "How many of you have advance medical directives?" Of course, all of th...

The Ethical Dilemma of Forced Chemotherapy on a Teen

Ruth Macklin | Posted 03.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote that "whoever wills the end, wills the means." However, even those who initially support a plan to force treatment on a young patient are morally bound to question the means required to do so.

Your Doctor's Knee-Jerk Reflex: How Not to Get Kicked

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Clinical assessment that includes a test of the knee jerk reflex is fine. Clinical decisions driven by it are not, but they too, are out there.

6 Tips to Simplify Your Choices of Insurance on a Health Care Exchange

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Everyone is questioning what type of insurance should they pick. And they not only are confused, they also have become angry and distressed. Some even get sick thinking about how to prevent sickness. Is this logical?

'Pulling the Plug' on My Mom

Daylle Deanna Schwartz | Posted 06.30.2013 | Women
Daylle Deanna Schwartz

It used to seem futile to me to keep someone alive when they couldn't respond and had no hope of recovery. But that someone had never been my mother.

Why I Trust A Friend With The Most Important Decision Of My Life

Next Avenue | Posted 03.17.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Jane Gross When we designate a health care proxy to speak for us in an emergency, a family member may not always be ...

The New Year's Talk Every Family Needs to Have

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

We tend to think that medical decision making discussions are primarily for the elderly or for those with cancer. Yes, they need to plan, but this blog is directed at the rest of you who have completely ignored this issue.

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.

Are You An Informed Patient?

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

One lesson of the past decade is that facts - scientific and medical - aren't always clear. Rather, they're messy and often difficult to interpret, even upon expert examination.

Palliative Care Needs A Positive Spin

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

In a specialist-driven system that aims to eradicate disease, sometimes we overlook the simpler need to alleviate patients' discomfort and distress.