Topic: Ethics

  • Read commentary on human cloning, gene therapy, and other ethical issues from five members of President Bush’s Council on Bioethics. More

    January 18, 2002 | Comments

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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

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    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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    When may a lawyer reveal what a client tells him in confidence? The American Bar Association recently made the rule less restrictive. It permits, but does not require, lawyers to disclose confidences to prevent "reasonably certain death or substantial bodily harm." Attorneys who obey the confidentiality rule sometimes do so at the expense of innocent people.

    July 27, 2001 | Comments

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    Millions of spiritual seekers and New Age practitioners are drawn to the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona each year. More

    March 16, 2001 | Comments

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    "I think that there is, in Celtic spirituality, a rhythm of seeing, which can alter the way that one approaches the world," says Irish poet and theologian John O'Donohue.

    March 9, 2001 | Comments

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    Opponents, led by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops, say the FDA’s approval of the abortion pill RU-486 will “further numb our conscience to the violence of abortion.” More

    September 29, 2000 | Comments

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    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

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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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    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

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