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Medical Ethics

The Snake Oil in Spine Surgery: One Spine Surgeon's Perspective

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Many folks responded to a paid advertisement promising "Great results" and "Little to no down time," and take the bait. They bought the snake oil.

Health Insurance and Hobby Lobby: How Can We Restructure the System to Allow for Personal Decisions?

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

The Hobby Lobby case reminds us that when it comes to health insurance coverage, it's not simply about science.

Death With Dignity: Now Is the Time for Advanced Care Discussions

Eric Kodish, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric Kodish, M.D.

End-of-life care, and the subsequent decisions that are related to it, is a sensitive subject that must be handled with compassion and respect from all involved -- from family members to medical personnel.

Why Getting Old or Sick in America Doesn't Pay (And What You Can Do to Avoid It)

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Amandah Blackwell

My mom has been through the ringer with doctors, Medicare, secondary insurance, and medical professionals. It's as if the left hand has no clue as to what the right hand is doing. To me, health care shouldn't be this complicated.

What Does Death Have to Do With It?

Dr. Norma Bowe | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Dr. Norma Bowe

I am a professor of death. I have helped hundreds of students learn about dying, and still can't think of anything harder than losing someone you love...

Who Are the Animals in Animal Experiments?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 03.14.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

I have tried to draw attention to the general ineffectiveness of animal experiments and how they impede our chances of finding cures. I have focused on the human side of the equation. But just who are these animals abused in experimentation?

Diagnostic Ethics: Harms vs Benefits of Somatic Symptom Disorder

Allen Frances | Posted 02.15.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

The arena now shifts to the International Classification of Diseases 11 which is currently being prepared by the World Health Organization and is due to be published in 2016. The open question is whether ICD 11 will mindlessly repeat the mistakes of DSM-5 or will it correct them?

The Future of Testing Your Genetic Future

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.

Genetic Testing Should Adhere to Medical, Not Business, Ethics: FDA's Regulation of 23andMe Is a Welcome Move for Consumers

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business
Karuna Jaggar

Public health and patient protection should come before company profit. And this week the FDA has taken a welcome stand to protect public health by insisting that what is clearly a medical service be regulated as such.

Reflecting on Rescuing Stranded Starfish and Abolishing Medical Debt

Jerry Ashton | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

What was it like to open up a letter announcing that the burden of a large medical debt had been taken away? "I was dumbfounded," replies Terrance Lavalle, referring to a letter he received in November from Occupy Wall Street's working group, "The Rolling Jubilee."

Torture: Military Violations of Medical Ethics and Undeniable Evidence -- Again

Steve Heilig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steve Heilig

All military physicians are licensed by somebody and should be investigated if there were any suspicions of participation in torture, however defined.

The Lobotomists Are Back!

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Researchers at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada have published a new study of current psychosurgery at their facility, but the project suffers...

Terrifying Drug War Story Of The Day: Man Receives Multiple Anal Probes After Traffic Stop

Radley Balko | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

New Mexico news station KOB is reporting on a traffic stop that quickly devolved into a nightmare. The incident began January 2, 2013 after Da...

Jesus, Healing and Grace-Filled Gray Areas

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

This story in Luke makes me wonder: are we as Christians called to follow the steps of Jesus and advocate for unconventional medical treatments? What does it mean to be a person of faith and someone who thinks alternative healing options should be considered?

Ethics of Care: Guiding the Treatment of Dementia in the 21st Century

Elijah Wolfson | Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Elijah Wolfson

This is a much different type of caregiving than simply making sure a patient gets her meds or does her physical rehabilitation program; working with dementia patients requires a subtle, holistic, and ethically-based approach.

Lisa Belkin

This Baby May Be The Future Of IVF

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents

A baby in Philadelphia is the first to be born with the help of a new technology that experts hope will make it easier for infertile couples to become...

11 Things Midlife Women Want Their Doctors To Know

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 08.21.2013 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

This is a rather confusing time in my life; in fact, it's almost like being a teenager all over again (minus the wonderfully un-saggy skin and quick metabolism). My hormones are shifting. My body is changing. I'm feeling new sensations -- both mentally and physically -- and everything seems to be fluctuating.

Medical Cannabis in the Empire State: It's Right and It's Respectable

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal | Posted 07.14.2013 | New York
Sunil Kumar Aggarwal

Granting New York physicians, PAs and NPs the authority to certify appropriate patients with debilitating conditions to use marijuana medicinally is the right thing to do. Here's why I, as a resident physician, think so.

Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Nathan Risinger | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Nathan Risinger

Doctors are capable of making irrational and incorrect choices just like the rest of us. This provides us with a valuable lesson. Education, information and intelligence aren't always guarantors of responsible decision-making.

The Business of Medical Training

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although I continue to believe that these professional qualities are paramount to excellent patient care, I am finding that other, less-obvious proficiencies are also required. Ironically, these skills that I have in mind involve a field what we as physicians know least about: business.

5 Things Doctors Wish They Could Tell You

Posted 05.02.2014 | OWN

By Emma Haak Doctors can't always be as blunt as they'd like, often because they don't want to overwhelm or embarrass their patients. We gave f...

To Know or Not to Know?

Nathan Risinger | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Nathan Risinger

We often equate knowledge with power: The more we know, the better we are able to make decisions. Unfortunately, there are cases where ignorance really may be bliss, and Alzheimer's isn't the only one.

Medical Privacy for Royalty and the Rest of Us

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We are not all royalty, but we do deserve medical privacy. I have seen both sides and continue to be amazed how much more careful we need to be.

The Syndrome Syndrome and the Rise of the New World Disorder(s)

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 02.03.2013 | Comedy
Mitch Ditkoff

Here's my guide to 14 of the most recently identified medical conditions, like PID (Premature Intervention Disorder): the hallucinated belief by war-mongering politicians that invading other countries for ridiculously long periods of time will increase national security.

Pro-Choice to the End: Taking More Control of Your Final Days

Steve Heilig | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

Even if your state does not (yet) have a POLST option, consider documenting your preferences using other forms, like a living will, durable power of attorney for health care, and the like.