In recent years, there has been controversy about the use of medications like Ritalin and amphetamines by people without a medical diagnosis to warrant their use to boost performance in school and on tests. Some feel that this is cheating, … Continue reading Should we be trying to make ourselves smarter though cognitive enhancement?
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, genetic tests available to the general public that do not require the involvement of a health care practitioner, have been on the market for nearly a decade now, but there is still a great deal of … Continue reading Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing – mostly harmless
As we are now in the midst of influenza season and there have been an impressive number of patients with influenza on our pulmonary service, I thought I would take a minute to discuss mandatory influenza vaccine for health care … Continue reading A call for increased use of seasonal influenza vaccine in healthcare workers
In the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, nearly all children got measles by the time they were 15 years of age. It is estimated 3 to 4 million people in the United States were infected each year. … Continue reading Public health needs to outweigh autonomy when it comes to vaccination
Span, P. (19 Jan 2015) Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia. New York Times. http://nyti.ms/1DUWHQ2 The New York Times published a piece this week examining some of the controversies surrounding end of life decisions for people with dementia, in particular voluntarily stopping eating or drinking (VSED). I feel that autonomy in end of life decision making is extremely important. As a health care provider, I may not always feel comfortable with a patient’s decision, but I believe there are some decisions only the patient can make. Continue reading In the News – Complexities of Choosing and End Game for Dementia
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By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D. Between adoption and advancing reproductive technologies, there are ever-increasing options for individuals and families who wish to have a baby. Recent reports indicate that the high costs associated with these processes have resulted in some using crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter.com and GoFundMe.com to raise money for fees associated with adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Indeed, certain forms of assisted reproduction raise ethical questions in and of themselves, but in this case, our concern is whether it matters how funds for these processes are raised, and… Continue reading Buy Buy Baby? The Ethics of Crowdfunding Babies