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ASBH 13th Annual Meeting
October 13-16, 2011
Minneapolis, MN
Hyatt Minneapolis
Theme: Generation(s) and Transformation(s)
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News in the Bioethics Arena

First trial of embryonic stem cells in humans

US doctors have begun the first official trial of using human embryonic stem cells in patients after getting the green light from regulators. The Food and Drug Administration has given a license to Geron to use the controversial cells to treat people with spinal injuries.

The cells have the potential to become many of the different cell types found in the body, including nerve cells . . .

The Doctor Is In (But Shouldn't Be)

For many doctors and other health care professionals, such self-sacrifice is proof of their dedication and professionalism. Moreover, in what are often precariously balanced hospitals and practices, one individual's absence can inflict tremendous stress upon others. Overstretched colleagues are forced to shoulder additional clinical responsibilities, supervisors must solve impossible staffing challenges and, worst of all, patients are left with inadequate care. Being present -- it seems, anyway -- causes fewer problems than being absent.

Coherent after coma? Not so sure

Opinion: 23 years without contact would have been hell on earth


By Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
A Belgian man who was thought to be in a coma for 23 years shared these feelings with a reporter today: "It was especially frustrating when my family needed me. I could not share in their sorrow." At least, that's what his hand typed out on a touch-screen keyboard –– a hand that was being cradled by a therapist . . .

Deindentification and Health Privacy in Research

Although the research use of identifiable health information is closely regulated, the use of deidentified health information and biological specimens is not subject to regulation under either the Common Rule or HIPAA Privacy Rule. The distinction between identifiable and deidentified information is not justified in light of the range of harms that can be caused by the nonconsensual use of deidentified information and biological specimens . . .

No commercialization of organ donor, health minister says

Health Minister Tony Ryall says the Government is not going to create a market for human organs by paying people to donate them.

Radio New Zealand News

The idea of paying donors a set fee for their organs was proposed at a conference on this country's low donor rates on Wednesday. Dr. Ryall says allowing such commercialization would create significant ethical issues . . .

Featured Articles
by Consultancy Faculty

A Consideration of Virtue Ethics

By David W. Kenney, MA, MA, BCC

Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
Like seasoned timber, never gives;
But though the whole world
turn to coal
Then chiefly lives.

"Virtue" by George Herbert
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Pandemic, Ethics, and the Lessons of History

By David W. Kenney, MA, MA, BCC

I had a little bird,
its name was Enza.
I opened a window, and

Whatever will we do? Approaching the second decade of the twenty-first century, bioethicists around the world are immersed in the moral considerations which arise in planning for a possible new global pandemic influenza . . .

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