Bioethics @ TIU

Following in the Errant Footsteps of the VA

Posted July 26th, 2014 by Susan Haack

The recent revelation of the crisis—and failure–of caregiving in the VA health system raises grave concerns for American health care in general and should motivate physician leaders to re-evaluate their approach to ethical health care. Until recently, the VA health system was a recognized leader in health care quality, patient safety and ethics, outperforming most American hospitals in these areas. It had also established an… // Read More »

The upcoming debate over “CIRM 2”–CORRECTION

Posted July 24th, 2014 by Jon Holmlund

(I made an error about a past video involving the late actor Christopher Reeve in my post yetsterday. I strongly implied, at least, that such a video was used in the 2004 campaign for passage of California Prop. 71.  That would not be correct.  The video in question, easily found on YouTube, was aired [it indicates there] by Nuveen Investments during the 2000 Super Bowl…. // Read More »

Information technology and medicine

Posted July 23rd, 2014 by Steve Phillips

If you browse through the posts on this bog you will find that many of us have concerns about how information technology has inserted itself between physicians and patients and can interfere with the relationship that we see as essential in medical care. I have been an advocate of electronic medical records for a number of years and helped with the design of the outpatient… // Read More »

Great but “unaffordable” new drugs

Posted July 17th, 2014 by Jon Holmlund

I’ve posted several times on the challenges posed by new drugs that work, but cost the moon.  It’s one thing when an expensive drug is only marginally effective.  It’s another when the drug looks really good, like Kalydeco for cystic fibrosis or Sovaldi for hepatitis C.  I’ve suggested here and here that both drugs are worth high prices, although pushback from payers on the price… // Read More »

Freedom and our connection to the root

Posted July 16th, 2014 by Steve Phillips

It has been almost a month since the CBHD summer bioethics conference and I am still reflecting on some of the things I experienced there. One that left a lasting impact was the presentation by a sculptor, Karen Swenholt, which was sponsored by the Tennessee Center for Bioethics and Culture on Friday evening. As she presented slides of her art and talked about the meaning… // Read More »

A “diagnosis” a physician can no longer make?

Posted July 15th, 2014 by Tom Garigan

If you were to follow the trends on gender identity discussion you would be unsurprised to see this article in The Slate: “Don’t Let the Doctor Do This to Your Newborn” The author begins by portraying a physician taking a newborn away from a worried mother for a “procedure,” which turns out to be gender “assignment.” This physician, described as stern, masked, dismissive, knuckle-cracking, paternalistic,… // Read More »

Med Student vs. Dr. Oz

Posted July 14th, 2014 by Christian Vercler

Since my last post was about Dr. Oz I thought I may as well post an update: Benjamin Mazer, a medical student at the University of Rochester has introduced a policy to the Medical Society of the State of New York in an attempt to regulate the kinds of wild claims that Dr. Oz makes on his show. His proposal is to treat health claims… // Read More »

Safeguarding Our Stories, Our Selves

Posted July 12th, 2014 by Susan Haack

While having a “sit-down-family-meal” with a son and his family over the recent holiday weekend–something that happens far too infrequently in families today—our six-year-old grandson attempted to leave the table during the post-meal conversations but was restrained by his mother. “Conversations are boring,” was his frustrated response to his unpleasant imprisonment. His response brought to mind a similar attitude in another 10-year-old grandson who refuses… // Read More »

The Recent Stem Cell News

Posted July 11th, 2014 by Jon Holmlund

Last week’s edition of Nature includes developments in the world of stem cell research, also noted in the general press: First: A group from Portland, San Diego, and Stockholm published work (payment required to read article) seeking to define the “best” human pluripotent stem cells on cellular and molecular grounds.  They compared: Stem cells taken from an embryo, created in IVF and destroyed for the… // Read More »