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Ethics and Transgender Children (39)

February 8th, 2016

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Dr. Michelle Cretella is a pediatrician, and President of the American College of Pediatricians. ACP is a national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of children. Our conversation in this interview deals with the controversial topic of transgender children, and how to address this issue from a scientific and compassionate perspective.

American College of Pediatricians Website

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Debate over Long Hours for Surgeons in Training

January 11th, 2016

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(by guest blogger Kathryn Sill)

Most of us know that surgical trainees (residents) within hospitals can work some long shifts; 100 hour work weeks are not unusual. Recent standards by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education have attempted to reduce the number of hours to a maximum of 80 per week, in the belief that tired doctors make mistakes. But is this true?

To address the question of short versus long shifts, the Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) trial will assess residents within 117 different training programs. This study is the first of its kind to try to uncover whether the length of shifts is detrimental to the well-being of both residents and patients. Some believe that long shifts dangerously lead to fatigue among trainees. However, those opposed to shorter shifts claim that they interfere with continuity of care and hinder communication between the residents, leading to even more errors.

The results for the study will be released in February.

Sources:
Article on surgeon training study

FIRST trial information

Obamacare and Limited Government (38)

December 15th, 2015

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On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or simply Obamacare. In this podcast, we interview Cedarville University senior communications major Morgan Bergoon. From her perspective of limited government, Morgan offers a critique of the ACA, and her suggestions for alternative solutions to our modern health care crisis.

Turning Point website

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Gene Editing in Animals May Become Controversial

December 1st, 2015

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(by guest blogger Kathryn Sill)
Your tall glass of milk may come from an unexpected source, thanks to DNA modification in animals. Also known as gene editing, this process uses enzymes to alter an animal’s DNA in specific advantageous ways. This may change an animal’s appearance or increase muscle mass. Such methods may be used to create better food products, to fight diseases, or even to design a household pet.

There are some major ethical concerns with all of this. Animal rights activists claim it is abusive to animals, while those concerned with food safety worry about the effects of modified DNA in the food chain. Finally, many fear that gene editing in animals will eventually lead to gene editing of human embryos.

These concerns are not far-fetched. The FDA has just approved the first genetically modified salmon for widespread consumption, soon to be available in American supermarkets. Stay tuned for a complex and perhaps divisive public debate.

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* Animal Gene Editing
* Genetically Engineered Salmon

Health Care Conscience Bill Before Congress

November 23rd, 2015

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The freedom of conscience in health care is now under attack more than ever. Nurses, doctors, and pharmacists are speaking up. From Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, an operating room nurse:

On May 24, 2009, the hospital where I work coerced me to assist in a 22-week abortion. My duties as a nurse included being present for the bloody dismemberment and accounting for body parts afterwards.

 

The employer threatened to fire the nurse if she did not go along with all this, despite her deeply-held religious beliefs (her beliefs had been previously identified to the hospital administration).

The modern environment in health care, based on a radical view of patient autonomy, wants to remove conscience and professionalism from medicine. If these efforts succeed, people of faith will not become healthcare providers, and the compassionate practice of medicine will erode.

S. 50, the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act, is currently before congress. It would protect any healthcare professional (doctor, nurse, physician assistant, pharmacist) or clinical entity (hospital, clinic, medical practice) from retribution or negative consequences from exercising the right to abide by their personal conscience.

Be in prayer – support your lawmakers.

Cathy’s Story (YouTube)

Freedom 2 Care Website

 

Digging Deeper: Latest PP Video Does Further Damage

October 30th, 2015

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Compounding the damage of earlier revelations, an 11th video has been released by the Center for Medical Progress. The covert interview features Dr. Amna Dermish, yet another abortionist working for Planned Parenthood, this time in Texas. I recently provided comments to the online news site The Blaze. Here’s an excerpt:

The problem with the 11th video from the Center for Medical Progress, according to Sullivan, is that the dialogue presented seems to show that doctors want to provide researchers with intact calvariums, or brains. To do this, he said they would not be able to use the aforementioned method, as it would destroy the tissue that they are looking to procure.

 

“So how do they insure that the fetus dies before delivery? In the video, Dr. Dermish clearly states that she does not use digitalis to stop the heart unless the fetus is 20 weeks or older,” Sullivan said. “So I’m left with the unavoidable conclusion that some of these fetuses are born alive, then killed after birth. If true, this is a clear violation of federal law.”

 

He continued, “Nonetheless, Dr. Dermish does not explicitly admit this.”

 

Now CMP does a bit of heavy-handed editing, going back and forth with an earlier interview to make the latest revelations seem even more disturbing. Nonetheless, we should not let the Planned Parenthood doctors off the hook for their unethical behavior. And we should not use our tax dollars fund this deeply flawed organization.

Read the full article in The Blaze here.

Protecting Lives That Can Feel Pain (37)

October 5th, 2015

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We talk with Hannah Wegman, a 2013 graduate of Cedarville University, about the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Hannah is a project coordinator and writer for Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C.

Concerned Women for America website

More about the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Fighting Over Frozen Lives

September 28th, 2015

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The latest chapter in the embryo wars is in California, where a couple is engaged in a bitter custody dispute over the woman’s children, currently in the form of unimplanted frozen embryos. Dr. Mimi Lee and Steven Findley underwent in vitro fertilization when Dr. Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer, making pregnancy risky. She had planned to have a genetically-related child with the help of a surrogate mother. After three years, the couple divorced. Dr. Lee, now 46, would like to have her children. Her ex-husband disagrees.

The similar 1992 Davis v. Davis embryo case in Tennessee granted embryos “special status,” but nevertheless had them destroyed. Since that time, courts have tended to consider embryos as property rather than persons. But recent rulings in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Illinois have shown more sympathy towards women with cancer, who will not be able to have children biologically themselves. Dr. Mark Sauer, a reproductive endocrinologist, provides some clarity on the issue:

It is compelling and dramatic how these issues play out. These are embryos that will potentially live lives. It is not like you are bartering over the furniture in your house.

 

A decision in the case is likely within the next few weeks, and may set a new precedent.

News Article (LA Times)

The Ethics of Assisted Suicide (36)

September 21st, 2015

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What is behind the modern movement to legalize physician-assisted suicide? We interview David C. Gibbs III, President and General Counsel of the National Center for Life and Liberty.

National Center for Life and Liberty Website: http://www.ncll.org/.

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New Journal Launch!

September 8th, 2015

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The Center for Bioethics is pleased to announce the launch of a new, peer-reviewed academic journal: Bioethics in Faith and Practice.

The focus of the new journal is Health Care Ethics, but it also may include articles of a more theoretical nature. Though it will emphasize Judeo-Christian values, we will be open to a large variety of voices, including secular ones. The first issue is now available online, at: http://digitalcommons.cedarville.edu/bioethics_in_faith_and_practice/.

Both academic and clinical scholars should consider submitting to the new journal. Submissions may include case study analysis or longer commentaries and reviews. Appropriate clinical ethics topics may also include reproductive ethics, end-of-life matters, stem cell research, abortion, genetic ethics, research ethics, and conscience rights for health professionals. We are open to more theoretical matters as well, such as nuances of ethical theory, meta-ethics, and metaphysics as it relates to human nature. The perspective may be from medicine, nursing, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, psychology, social work, chaplaincy, and biblical scholarship.

Articles submitted for consideration should be of interest to the educated professional, but not restricted to the specialist. An author need not be a full-time academic of a member of a college or university faculty. Submitted papers will be reviewed by the Editorial Advisory Board, made up of ten Cedarville University faculty, plus six from outside the institution.