The Future of the Human Species (Part 1)

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134

Health Research for Developing Countries: Reason and Emotion in Bioethics

2009 Parallel Paper Presentation, Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity.

Podcast Episode: 
131

From iPods to iHumans: What Will Nanotechnology Do to Us?

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Facebook and the Fusiform Gyrus : A Neurologic Perspective on Social Online Networking for the Cultivation of Global Bioethics

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2009 Parallel Paper Presentation, Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity.

Podcast Episode: 
130

Discerning Palliative Sedation from Euthanasia: What’s at Stake for Human Dignity

The last presidential election saw Washington become the second state to legalize physician-assisted suicide (PAS).  Pressure will increase for other states to follow suit so that those who are terminally ill can exercise the full scope of their “autonomy” and “die with dignity” through PAS if they so choose. Many concerned persons see trends toward legalizing PAS and the broad acceptance of euthanasia as not upholding the inherent dignity of human persons as is often claimed, but actually undermining it. 

Podcast Episode: 
129

Revitalizing Medicine: Empowering Natality vs. Fearing Mortality

One of the great accomplishments of modern medicine is arguably the gains that have been made in extending longevity. Throughout the twentieth century, average life expectancy increased dramatically across the globe, a trend being continued in the twenty-first century with the notable exceptions of sub-Saharan Africa and Russia. For the first time in history it now seems “normal” that a person should live a long, healthy, and active life. Although the trend line is still moving up, it has started to plateau.

Podcast Episode: 
127

The Global Outcomes Movement: Is it Compatible with Medicine?

2009 Parallel Paper Presentation, Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity.

Podcast Episode: 
125

Shared Decision Making: A Spectrum of Directiveness

2009 Parallel Paper Presentation, Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity

Podcast Episode: 
124

When I Was Hungry, You Gave Me to Eat: The Dignity of Hand Feeding in Persons with Dementia

Preserving the dignity of those who inhabit Nursing Homes at the end of life—individuals frequently bearing the concurrent burden of dementia— is a critical feature of cultures that embrace compassion. In the United States, such persons comprise a demographic estimated at five million. One demanding aspect of care in this population is feeding. The ethical dilemma resides in the choice between hand feeding by staff or family versus feeding tubes. Hand feeding is adopted when it is comfortable and safe, that is, unaccompanied by aspiration; and although human intimacy integral to hand feeding would be preferable, feeding tubes have become de rigueur in contemporary medical practice. As Kenneth Ludmerer poignantly asked, might the efficiency in time and effort derived from feeding tubes, as well as their reimbursement as medical procedures, be the dynamic driving choice in this context?[1] Recent publications are noteworthy in this regard.

Podcast Episode: 
145

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