Tag: Medicine

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    When a person has a religious experience, what happens within the brain? What kind of changes take place? In one experiment, brain scans examine the parts of the brain that are activated during prayer. In another, mystical and religious experiences are simulated by using bursts of electrical impulses. These experiments have created no small amount of controversy. More

    November 9, 2001 | Comments

  • palliative-hospice-care-children-featured-img

    A new report from the Institute of Medicine, which advises the government on health policy, calls on the U.S. to do far more than is now being done to relieve the suffering of dying children and their families. Doctors and families face a dilemma in trying to choose between painful treatment that is unlikely to work and palliative care to make possible a so-called “good death.” More

    September 7, 2001 | Comments

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    Researches are hopeful that mapping the human genome will lead to a revolution in biomedicine, but scientists and ethicists worry about the moral questions the new knowledge could raise.

    June 16, 2000 | Comments

  • louisiana-prison-hospice-featured-img

    Imagine the sadness of dying alone. To that dismal prospect, add the thought of dying alone in prison. Not long ago, one of the toughest prisons in the country created a hospice program to ensure that that doesn’t happen to its inmates. More

    March 17, 2000 | Comments

  • To keep up with the skyrocketing demand for life-saving organ donations, Pennsylvania officials are trying an innovative and controversial program to offer financial incentives to organ donors. But it has already raised several ethical concerns about what could happen once money is attached to something that’s always been an altruistic act. More

    November 12, 1999 | Comments

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    With modern neonatal technology and under federal law, doctors can keep alive tiny premature babies, even if the babies’ parents want to let them die. But often those babies survive to grow up significantly damaged and in pain. Should they be kept alive? Who should decide? More

    October 22, 1999 | Comments

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    Many individuals are hoping to make places of worship more accessible to persons with disabilities. The issue goes beyond just being able to get up the steps or hear the sermon; it’s about changing attitudes toward the disabled. There is a large pool of disabled worshippers who want to be more than witnesses, who want to participate in or even lead religious services. More

    October 1, 1999 | Comments

  • palliative-care-featured-img

    As death approaches, hospice care can impose a heavy burden, with great responsibilities on families. Palliative care is a method of treatment for terminally ill patients and their families that provides them with hospice-like care in a hospital. More

    July 9, 1999 | Comments

  • oregon-assisted-suicide-featured

    The House is preparing to vote on a bill that could severely curb a doctor’s ability to prescribe lethal drugs for the purpose of suicide. That ability is at the heart of the Oregon law that went into effect last fall. At age 35, Brian Lovell was diagnosed with colon cancer and was given six months to live. Now, he is ready to use Oregon’s Death with Dignity law. More

    September 18, 1998 | Comments

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