Bioethics @ TIU

Conflicts of Interest in unsuspected places

Posted January 20th, 2017 by Joe Gibes

Patient advocacy organizations — groups such as the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, the Arthritis Foundation — are non-profit organizations that seek to help patients with a specific disease or disorder by providing services to patients, sponsoring research, influencing government and insurance policy, and promoting and promulgating guidelines that are followed by doctors and patients to diagnose and treat disease. They are sometimes… // Read More »

Rural health and hope

Posted January 18th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

A recent report from the CDC discussing the higher mortality rates in rural versus urban areas in the US caught my eye since I practice in a very rural area. The county where I practice is one of the most rural and poorest counties in Indiana. The report says that age related death rates due to five of the leading causes of mortality; heart disease,… // Read More »

Ethics of Coordinating Organ Transplantation with Ventilator Cessation in Terminal ALS

Posted January 17th, 2017 by Mark McQuain

The decision not to receive further medical care in the face of a terminal disease is one that is generally honored if made by a fully informed, competent adult in the absence of outside coercion. Decisions to discontinue life-assisting devices already in place with that terminal disease, such as ventilators, feeding tubes and cardiac pacemakers, begin to complicate the decision as the process moves beyond… // Read More »

Fetal tissue research furor continues

Posted January 12th, 2017 by Jon Holmlund

At the end of 2016, the Select Investigative Panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee published its report—all 485 pages—of its investigation into procurement of tissue from aborted fetuses for research.  The investigation had been prompted by the 2015 undercover videos from David Daleiden and his “Center for Medical Progress,” which was adduced to support charges that Planned Parenthood clinics, in particular, had violated… // Read More »

Party politics, people’s lives

Posted January 6th, 2017 by Joe Gibes

As health care financing rises yet again to the top of our national legislative agenda, some fundamental questions ought to be strongly considered. First, and most fundamental: Is some level of healthcare a right, that the government is therefore obligated to protect? Is it better viewed as a common good, like roads and fire protection services, that everybody pays for through taxes and everybody benefits… // Read More »

CGI Turing Test

Posted January 6th, 2017 by Mark McQuain

[Star Wars fans spoiler alert: The following contains potential story information from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, the Star Wars Episode IV prequel] I confess that I am a Stars Wars geek in particular and a science fiction movie buff in general. Like many, I am old enough to have seen the first Star Wars movie at its 1977 release, before it was re-indexed… // Read More »

“The [Customer] Patient is Always Right?”

Posted January 5th, 2017 by Jon Holmlund

I recently received email notification of the 2016 update of the “Medscape Ethics Report: Life, Death, and Pain.”  Follow the link to view a slide set summarizing the results from 7505 surveyed physicians, 63% of whom were female: Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) for “terminally ill patients”: DOCTORS now favor it, 57%-29%, up from 46%-41% in 2010. The proportion saying “it depends” remains at 14%.  What’s driving… // Read More »

The inconsistency of many who reject human dignity

Posted January 4th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

I just finished reading Richard Weikart’s new book, The Death of Humanity: And the Case for Life. Weikart is a professor of history at California State University, Stanislaus and has presented several papers at CBHD summer conferences. His latest book looks at how western culture has lost an understanding of the concept of human dignity and the value of human life. He details the historical… // Read More »

Happy New Year!

Posted December 31st, 2016 by Neil Skjoldal

As I sit to write this blog, 2016 is nearing its end. It seems like many people are quite happy about this prospect. I must admit, the year became rather wearying at points with all of its ups and downs. I took a few moments to reflect upon my blogs from the past year. Zika, physician-assisted death, and pharmaceutical prices were some of things I… // Read More »

Implications of the incarnation

Posted December 22nd, 2016 by Steve Phillips

As I systematically read through the Bible, but at a much slower pace than those who read through the Bible in a year, my reading of Scripture is frequently out of sync with the seasons of the church calendar. This Advent I have been reading through the last chapters of the gospel of Luke which include Jesus trying to get his followers to understand that… // Read More »