Against Personal Ventilator Reallocation Source: The Hastings CenterThe Covid-19 pandemic has led to intense conversations about ventilator allocation and reallocation during a crisis standard of care. The ethical value of maximizing lives saved in a pandemic has received widespread support from clinicians and bioethicists for years, so much so that...
Should Youth Come First in Coronavirus Care? Source: The New York TimesIf medical rationing becomes necessary, some older adults are prepared to step aside. But many have the opposite concern: that they will be arbitrarily sent to the rear of the line.
Who should get a coronavirus vaccine first? Source: The Washington PostExperts weigh priority for health-care and essential workers and people of color
Medical Schools Have Historically Been Wrong on Race Source: The New York TimesWhile the blatant horrors of the past are gone, the ideas that fueled race-based medicine stubbornly linger. We can change.
A pandemic ethical conundrum: Must health care workers risk their lives to treat Covid-19 patients? Source: STATThe sweep of Covid-19 across the globe has raised a fundamental question about medical ethics: Do physicians, nurses, EMTs, and other health care workers have moral and legal obligations to risk their health and lives to treat patients during...
The Wilderness of Rare Genetic Diseases and the Parents Navigating It Source: The New York Times“Rare parents” are often left charting a world of unknowns. But their persistence has paid off with more advanced treatment options.
Pandemic Language Source: The Hastings CenterLanguage used to describe the response to the pandemic can illuminate, and it can distort. Here I focus on language that obfuscates thinking about the pandemic.
Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data Source: The New York TimesSome government agencies that use the software said they were surprised that Google may pick up the locations of certain app users. Others said they had unsuccessfully pushed Google to make a change.
Gene Therapy Shows Promise For Hemophilia, But Could Be Most Expensive U.S. Drug Ever Source: NPRJack Grehan, who was born with hemophilia, used to inject himself every couple of days with a protein he needs for his blood to clot. But not anymore.
A yearslong push to remove racist bias from kidney testing gains new ground Source: STATFor years, physicians and medical students, many of them Black, have warned that the most widely used kidney test — the results of which are based on race — is racist and dangerously inaccurate. Their appeals are gaining new traction, with a wave of petitions and...
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