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Applying a Bioethical Framework to Physician-Family Conflicts in Treatment Cessation

Applying a Bioethical Framework to Physician-Family Conflicts in Treatment Cessation

As a highly delicate and case-sensitive issue, cessation of treatment for non-competent patients will continue to be central to the medical and bioethics communities.

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Although all of the guidelines acknowledge that there are emergent situations in which providing care for a family member or friend is not only permissible but also essential, other situations are frowned upon.

Addressing Confidentiality Concerns With Electronic Access to Pediatric Medical Records

Addressing Confidentiality Concerns With Electronic Access to Pediatric Medical Records

As OpenNotes and similar patient portal systems gain traction, pediatricians examined the optimal way to afford transparency to parents while preserving patient confidentiality for minors.

Discrepancies Noted in Financial Disclosures Among Academic Physician-Directors

Discrepancies Noted in Financial Disclosures Among Academic Physician-Directors

Continued improvement in payment reporting mechanisms is crucial to meet the benchmarks set by the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

More Hospitals Mandating Influenza Vaccines for Healthcare Workers, Survey Says

More Hospitals Mandating Influenza Vaccines for Healthcare Workers, Survey Says

Results still indicate a trajectory toward stricter infection prevention at hospitals in general, and highlight a possible need for increased vaccine mandates.

Human Challenge Studies in Infectious Disease: Despite Need for Rigorous Oversight, Studies Are Vital

Human Challenge Studies in Infectious Disease: Despite Need for Rigorous Oversight, Studies Are Vital

Barriers to challenge studies include ethical guidelines indicating that the generation of scientific knowledge should never supersede the rights and interests of research subjects.

What Role Do Trauma Physicians Play in Facilitating Organ Donations?

What Role Do Trauma Physicians Play in Facilitating Organ Donations?

Although organ donation is important and is considered a public good, trauma physicians are charged first and foremost with restoring and maintaining the health of their patients.

Considerations of Firearm Ownership in People With Dementia

Considerations of Firearm Ownership in People With Dementia

It is estimated that more than 50% of people with dementia live in a household with a firearm, either owned by them or someone they live with.

Keeping Politics Out of Patient Care: Interview With Anupam B. Jena, MD

Keeping Politics Out of Patient Care: Interview With Anupam B. Jena, MD

To shed further light on the study's implications, MPR interviewed lead author Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD, Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

How Many Chances Are Too Many? Treating Recurrent Infective Endocarditis in IV Drug Users

How Many Chances Are Too Many? Treating Recurrent Infective Endocarditis in IV Drug Users

How many second chances should a drug user get? As many as it takes for us — physicians, society, government, and the healthcare system — to get it right.

The Value of Low-Quality Infertility Care in Regions With Infrastructure Deficits

The Value of Low-Quality Infertility Care in Regions With Infrastructure Deficits

The case study focused on the story of a clinician who arrived in Lebanon to discuss how to best offer infertility treatment to Syrian refugees in the region.

Ethical Dilemmas Vary Based on Physician Professional Values, Social Regulations

Ethical Dilemmas Vary Based on Physician Professional Values, Social Regulations

Study investigators asked physicians whether they perceived specific clinical examples as an ethical dilemma.

Widespread Lack of Understanding of Disease Risk Factors, Research Needs in Incarcerated Populations

Widespread Lack of Understanding of Disease Risk Factors, Research Needs in Incarcerated Populations

Incarcerated individuals are underrepresented in health research, resulting in poor understanding of risk factors for disease

Prisoners to Parental Incarceration: How Do Incarceration Rates Affect Infant Mortality?

Prisoners to Parental Incarceration: How Do Incarceration Rates Affect Infant Mortality?

The staggering number of incarcerated Americans has inspired an avalanche of studies demonstrating how patterns of imprisonment exacerbate inequality and affect the life chances of entire families.

Defining Normal: An Ethical Responsibility in Surgery

Defining Normal: An Ethical Responsibility in Surgery

In the past few years, Snapchat has allowed plastic surgeons to showcase labiaplasty surgical procedures to a large audience, which has led to ethical concerns.

FDA: Draft Guidance for the Inclusion of Pregnant Women in Clinical Trials

FDA: Draft Guidance for the Inclusion of Pregnant Women in Clinical Trials

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance for industry regarding the science and ethics of including pregnant women in drug development clinical trials.

Greater Credibility Needed in Investigations of Scientific Misconduct Reports

Greater Credibility Needed in Investigations of Scientific Misconduct Reports

There are substantial limitations to depending only on institutional investigations of scientific misconduct.

UK National Health Service Explores Justification for Rationing Elective Surgery in Smokers, Obesity

UK National Health Service Explores Justification for Rationing Elective Surgery in Smokers, Obesity

Recent measures in the United Kingdom have proposed restricting access to elective surgery for smokers and people with obesity.

Health Care in Low-Income Settings Leads to Ethical, Financial Dilemmas

Health Care in Low-Income Settings Leads to Ethical, Financial Dilemmas

Difficult trade-offs are often necessary in low-income areas where health care is paid for out of pocket.

Should Genealogy Data Be Used for Criminal Justice Purposes?

Should Genealogy Data Be Used for Criminal Justice Purposes?

Informed consent, privacy, and justice concerns are 3 issues that should be addressed before the use of online genealogy data in criminal cases becomes widely adopted.

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