Archive for the 'Bioethics' Category

Mar 09 2010

Catching Up to Reality On Blood Donations By Gay Men

Posted by: John Culhane on Sunday, March 7th, 2010 When Obama was seeking the Presidency, the GLBT community had a well-defined punch list of action items, and he promised big things on all of them: repeal of DADT; repeal of DOMA (although he doesn’t support marriage equality); passing ENDA; passing inclusive hate crimes law (the […]

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Feb 09 2010

Religion, Assimilation, Vaccination

Posted by: John Culhane on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 According to this story, an outbreak of mumps has occurred in counties just north of New York City, mostly in Orthodox (or Hasidic) Jewish communities, where parents routinely seek religious exemptions to vaccination requirements for their children. In total, about 1,000 kids (mostly adolescents) have been […]

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Jan 05 2010

Ringing In 2010: Thoughts on the Right to Die!

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Posted by: John Culhane on Friday, January 1st, 2010; also available at Sorry to bring your “Happy New Year” to a screeching halt, but yesterday’s decision by the Montana Supreme Court in a physician-assisted suicide case (Baxter v. State)  is too rich a source to ignore. And too personal. In a case that focused […]

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Nov 23 2009

Evidence-Based Medicine and Legal Liability

With reference to the recommendations for breast cancer screening released last week by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (a non-governmental, independent panel of physicians and scientists), and for that matter with reference to the guidelines for Pap tests coincidentally released a few days later by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (also non-governmental), […]

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Nov 23 2009

Of Oysters and Mammograms

  Posted by: John Culhane     on Friday, November 20th, 2009 “I can’t believe they would put an economic value over the lives of fifteen or more people.” (Statement of a woman whose father died as a result of eating raw oysters that contained a deadly bacteria.) “Let the rationing begin.” (Rep. David Camp, […]

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Nov 09 2009

Abortion and Healthcare Reform

By John Culhane Nov 7, 2009 (and also available on his blog: As I write this, the House of Representatives has just approved, 220-215, the vast health care reform bill that has bubbled on the hot stove for much of the year. But before doing so, the Democratic leadership caved to the pro-life members […]

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Oct 19 2009

The Public Health Peril in Oklahoma’s Anti-Abortion Obsession

By John Culhane (also available on his blog, WordInEdgeWise): Nan Hunter has just run a good summary of recent legislation in Oklahoma that, taken as a whole, is designed to prevent women from having abortions altogether. The state’s determination shows that, Roe v. Wade not to the contrary, there’s plenty that states can do to […]

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Oct 07 2009

Keeping It Real

Adjunct Prof. Dr. Andrew Newman writes: My carpenter’s helper is about 30, married and living in a 3rd story apartment – an ardent nature lover; takes walks in nature preserves and loves to spot and feed birds… All in all, a sweet, sensitive guy WITH NO HEALTH INSURANCE. On this particular day, he was building shelves […]

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