Your Doctors and Counselors: Trust, but Verify

There is a longstanding tradition in medicine dating back to the Hippocratic Oath whereby healthcare professionals swear to practice their craft honestly and in the best interest of their patients.  In recent years, however, the politics of science and medicine … Read

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Veritatis Splendor Lives On: The 20th Anniversary of John Paul II’s Greatest Encyclical

Twenty years ago last month, Pope John Paul II published his controversial encyclical Veritatis Splendor (“The Splendor of Truth”).  He did it in the face of resistance from a majority of Anglo-American and European academic moralists who believed the encyclical … Read

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Printers Aren’t Just For Homework Anymore: The Science and Ethics of Bioprinting

What do you get when you combine the technology of inkjet printers, digital modeling, and 3-D manufacturing?  Right.  3-D printers.  Okay, that was easy.  Now add living tissues to the mix.  Very funny.  But no… not an Obama bobble head … Read

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A Cure For Down’s Syndrome: Fact or Fantasy?

If we could cure Down’s syndrome, should we do it?  The media’s been abuzz with the question since scientists at UMass Medical School announced last month that they’d found a way to silence the chromosome that causes Down’s.  Humans are … Read

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Human-Pig Chimeras & Liver “Buds”: ethical reflections on two recent biotechnologies

Two recent stem cell studies by Japanese scientists have caught the attention of the media.  They may have implications for human medicine.  The first may allow scientists within a few years to grow human organs inside of living animals for use … Read

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VSED: Compliments of Compassion & Choices

“We’re thrilled so many people are calling and writing for information on VSED and other peaceful, legal end-of-life options.” This post on the Compassion & Choices (C&C) website signals one of the right-to-die movement’s most skillful strategies of recent years. VSED … Read

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Legalization of Marijuana: Some Ethical Reflections on Pot Smoking

“Now that it’s legal, is it also moral?”   Since the November elections, I’ve fielded this question a dozen or so times from fellow Coloradans.  Voters here adopted Amendment 64 by a margin of 55%-45% decriminalizing the use of marijuana … Read

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Can Unborn Children Feel Pain

State of the question  Do unborn children feel pain when they are being aborted?  The question has taken center stage in the last decade in the U.S. abortion debate.  Defenders of the unborn have actively pursued legislation at the state … Read

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Extremes to be Avoided in End-of-Life Care

Overtreatment and Premature Refusal: Extremes to be Avoided in End-of-Life Care Choosing between Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney In a recent essay, I argued that changes in technology and culture have precipitated fears among some elderly that … Read

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Can Embryonic Stem Cells Cure Neurological disorders

Are human embryonic stem cells able to cure Neurological disorders?  Scientists found new ways to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease, by investigating Mad-Cow disease. Dr. Edith Breburda The bovine disorder, mad-cow disease may hold clues to find a … Read

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