Bioethics @ TIU

Four things Christians need to know about ethics – introduction

Posted February 10th, 2016 by Steve Phillips

Recently I have been thinking about what I have learned over the past six and a half years of working with college students and engaging them in discussions related to ethics. The students I interact with are at an evangelical Christian university and most of them are very committed to their faith. They are a very intelligent and capable group of students. They are also… // Read More »

Bioethics and the Super Bowl (or, from the sublime to the ridiculous)

Posted February 6th, 2016 by Joe Gibes

What, you ask after reading today’s title, could the Super Bowl possibly have to do with Bioethics? Maybe you thought it would be about concussions or some such concern. Well, in honor of the upcoming minor sports event this weekend, and with tongue firmly in cheek, I present the following: A study in this month’s Journal of American Health Economics found that in areas that… // Read More »

UK approves gene editing

Posted February 5th, 2016 by Joe Gibes

This week, UK regulators gave approval to a group of scientists in London to genetically modify human embryos. Dr. Kathy Niakan, the researcher who will be performing the experiments, said, “We would really like to understand the genes needed for a human embryo to develop successfully into a healthy baby. The reason why it is so important is because miscarriages and infertility are extremely common,… // Read More »

The next round of conversations about gene editing

Posted February 4th, 2016 by Jon Holmlund

This blog has carried several posts about the ethical issues surrounding gene editing in humans.  The next round of public discussions is scheduled for next week, Feb. 11-12. The National Academies of Science and Medicine have been holding meetings to address the state of the science and the attendant ethical issues.  In December, a first meeting was held in Washington, DC.  That meeting produced a… // Read More »

Bioethics and A Recent Trip to Cuba

Posted February 1st, 2016 by Neil Skjoldal

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Havana, Cuba and speak with people interested in the topic of bioethics. Los Pinos Nuevos, a Protestant denomination with over 400 churches throughout the country, invited my wife and me to participate in discussions on bioethics over three days with up to twenty people involved in the educational activities of the denomination. I have been… // Read More »

Uterine Transplantation Redux: Another Boundary Issue in Medicine

Posted January 23rd, 2016 by Susan Haack

Speaking of boundaries…which I spoke about in my last blog… It was one and half years ago, in September of 2014 that the first baby was born following a successful uterine transplantation in Sweden. While the baby was apparently healthy, Dr. Mats Brannstrom, the pioneering physician in Sweden said, “The principal concern for me is if the baby will get enough nourishment from the placenta… // Read More »

Can there be a “Right to Die?”

Posted January 21st, 2016 by Jon Holmlund

I generally give 5 reasons for opposing physician-assisted suicide (PAS), which is commonly recommended by its advocates by invoking the notion of a “right to die”:  it destroys the soul of medicine as the profession dedicated to healing; it deflects attention from palliative care; it rests on a very slippery slope; a right to die implies a reciprocal duty to kill; and the notion of… // Read More »

New guidelines for euthanasia in the Netherlands

Posted January 19th, 2016 by Courtney Thiele

As I was doing some research on the issue of physician assisted suicide and patient requests for death, I came across a news headline titled “Euthanasia Rules Relaxed for People with Serious Dementia.” Intrigued, I followed the link to learn that the Netherlands are now allowing for aid in dying to occur when severely demented patients have a written euthanasia request. From my understanding, this… // Read More »

The End of Meaningful Use: A Meaningful Opportunity

Posted January 15th, 2016 by Joe Gibes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said Monday that 2016 would likely see the end of the meaningful use program. Meaningful use is a carrot-and-stick government program designed to get medical providers to use electronic health records (EHRs) and to set standards for using them. The carrot: medical providers who show compliance with meaningful use regulations get incentive payments… // Read More »

Translational Science as an Ethical Imperative

Posted January 14th, 2016 by Jon Holmlund

An acquaintance recently sent me a copy of an article from the December 7, 2015 edition of The New Yorker magazine, describing efforts of a neurosurgeon to use an unconventional approach to treating terminal brain cancer.  Follow the link and read the article for the whole story, but the physician in question was acting on anecdotes of people whose brain tumors had improved dramatically after… // Read More »