Category: George Annas

How Do You Define ‘Assisted’ In Assisted Suicide?

March 20th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a decision yesterday on a very unusual assisted suicide case…

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FDA wins high-profile support in consumer genetics kerfuffle

March 13th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

When the Food & Drug Administration last November ordered the Mountain View, Calif.-based firm 23andMe to stop marketing its genetic test kit to consumers, the ensuing debate took on a “rage against the machine” tenor…

Expert quote:

“The FDA was right to issue a warning to 23andMe.”

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A Brain-Dead Mother, a Million-Dollar Baby

January 11th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

The case of a pregnant woman in Texas kept on life support against her family’s wishes has captured the nation’s attention as ethical debates swirl, but there is another compelling aspect to this story: The fetus she is carrying may be the firstreal million-dollar baby…

Expert quote:

“The law cannot answer this case with a blunt always/never rule. Patient autonomy and medical ethics should guide such tragic and inherently difficult decisions.”

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Court Order Keeping California Teenager On Ventilator Expires Today

December 30th, 2013 in 2013, George Annas, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

Time is running out for the family of a California teenager who was declared brain dead after a routine tonsillectomy went awry…

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Medical Associations Push to Stop Force-Feeding of Hunger Strikers at Guantanamo

December 3rd, 2013 in 2013, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

Executives from leading U.S. medical associations crafted more than a dozen recommendations Monday regarding doctors’ treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay…

Expert quote:

“The commander should no more be able to tell a doctor how to practice medicine than he can tell a JAG [Judge Advocate General] officer how to practice law.”

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Military, CIA Required Docs to Aid Torture

November 8th, 2013 in 2013, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

Since Sept. 11, 2001, military and intelligence health professionals have participated in the abuse and torture of suspected terrorists held in prisons outside the U.S., a comprehensive new report said…

Expert quote:

“The issue isn’t new, but this is probably the most comprehensive, systematic report done on this topic. The framing of the document is different. The concentration is on physicians and medical professionalism, rather than on military conduct.”

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Compassionate Access: No Good Answer

November 5th, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

Here’s a very good look (via the New York Times magazine) at the area of “compassionate use” medications – the practice of allowing desperate patients access to an investigational drug long before it’s approved by the FDA…

Expert quote:

“Even if patients with cancer are willing buyers, drug manufacturers are not willing sellers.”

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The Moral Dilemmas of Doctors During Disaster

September 13th, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

In the late summer of 2005, the waters loosed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina laid siege to New Orleans…

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Another Study Of Preemies Blasted Over Ethical Concerns

August 23rd, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, George Annas, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

For the second time in four months, the consumer group Public Citizen is alleging that a large, federally funded study of premature infants is ethically flawed…

Expert quote:

“You have to make sure parents understand what you’re asking them to do. The primary thing is you’re giving up your right to a physician who makes decisions based on what he or she thinks is in the best interest of your child rather than flipping a coin.”

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Would you edit your genes?

August 4th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

By July, the swelter of summer was upon us…

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