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Gender Bias Affects Clinical Decision-Making in Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease

Gender Bias Affects Clinical Decision-Making in Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease

Cardiologists have varying degrees of implicit gender bias, which explains some of the gender differences in clinical decision-making for suspected CAD.

Assessing Medical Age of Children Seeking Asylum: Legal and Ethical Challenges

Assessing Medical Age of Children Seeking Asylum: Legal and Ethical Challenges

Determining whether or not an individual is a minor can be difficult when reliable documentation is lacking.

Protecting Patient Rights When Complying With Law Enforcement

Protecting Patient Rights When Complying With Law Enforcement

Medical professionals can be caught between the legal and ethical obligations of informed consent and the legal obligations of complying with law enforcement orders.

Cancer Survivors Face Difficulty Obtaining Insurance Coverage for Fertility Preservation

Cancer Survivors Face Difficulty Obtaining Insurance Coverage for Fertility Preservation

Recent legislation in several states passed legislation requiring insurance companies to cover fertility preservation services.

Ethical Implications of Voluntary Refusal to Eat or Drink

Ethical Implications of Voluntary Refusal to Eat or Drink

The researchers note that VSED has a distinct time frame allowing patients and families to say goodbye and work on issues relating to life closure. The initial states of VSED are mainly under the patient's control, and most of the process is driven and executed by the patient.

Ethical Implications of Acute Care-Oriented Research in Resource-Limited Settings

Ethical Implications of Acute Care-Oriented Research in Resource-Limited Settings

Successful implementation of distributive justice and beneficence are essential for research in developing countries.

Careful Design of ECT Research Important for Ethical Concerns

Careful Design of ECT Research Important for Ethical Concerns

Although electroconvulsive therapy is effective for patients with severe psychiatric disorders, various misconceptions still exist.

Medical School Training Has Various Effects on Empathy in Students

Medical School Training Has Various Effects on Empathy in Students

Although some research shows that empathy decreases over the course of medical school training, other evidence suggests that certain aspects of empathy improve throughout training.

Experts Weigh in on ACP Position Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Experts Weigh in on ACP Position Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Authors of recent position papers provide their opinion on the legalization of physician assisted suicide.

Ethically Navigating Organ Donation Through Social Media

Ethically Navigating Organ Donation Through Social Media

Ethical regulations regarding the use of social media for communication about organ transplantation address increased concerns about the autonomy and quality of care for transplant candidates and potential donors.

Ethical Conflicts Between Patient and Physician Are Common in Futility Care

Ethical Conflicts Between Patient and Physician Are Common in Futility Care

Some physicians "may invoke futility to unilaterally withhold treatment when the treatments 'prolong the dying process'" at the bedside.

Euthanasia, Physician-Assisted Suicide Increasingly Legalized Worldwide, but Remain Rare

Euthanasia, Physician-Assisted Suicide Increasingly Legalized Worldwide, but Remain Rare

Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide legalization is increasing worldwide, but reported cases are few and remain rare.

More Clarity Needed on Recordings of Medical Encounters, Policy Experts Say

More Clarity Needed on Recordings of Medical Encounters, Policy Experts Say

The law is inconsistent, with patient encounter recordings being allowed in certain situations and illegal in others.

Blood Farming and Illegal Organ Selling

Blood Farming and Illegal Organ Selling

Blood farming is a growing health care and human rights issue that is especially prevalent in India. This highly illegal and immoral practice involves treating human beings (often recent immigrants and individuals from other marginalized populations) much like cattle on an industrial dairy farm.

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