Topic: Health and Medicine

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    “You can only be tough so much,” admits Buffalo Bills icon Jim Kelly. Together he and his wife Jill and their daughters have confronted the death of a terminally ill son and Jim’s struggles with cancer. But “those things we go through that cause us to be tested, or to doubt, or to fear—those things make us stronger in our faith,” says Jill Kelly. More

    March 27, 2015 | Comments

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    “An illness is a story for people. It’s a chapter in their life. It may be, in some cases, the last chapter in their life. Your chance to be the author of what happens in your story is fundamental to the meaning of people’s lives. That story of what happens is how we think, it’s how we breathe, it’s how we live our whole life.” More

    March 27, 2015 | Comments

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    “There’s really no widespread religious objection to the [measles] vaccine…It’s that I have a belief that these vaccines are harmful, or that they don’t work, or I don’t believe that somebody else should be telling me how to raise my kids,” says Religion News Service editor-in-chief Kevin Eckstrom. More

    February 6, 2015 | Comments

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    In most states, parents can choose not to vaccinate their children based on a personal or religious objection. It’s a choice that has begun raising concerns about the ethics of refusal and the rising risk of outbreaks. More

    February 6, 2015 | Comments

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    Reverend Toby Larson of Celebration Anglican Church felt like he failed as a pastor when a young man from his congregation suddenly died of a heroin overdose. “Unfortunately, we’re pretty good at pastoring families that have lost people. We’re pretty good at burying people. We’re pretty lousy ten years earlier when problems started,” he says. More

    December 5, 2014 | Comments

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    “Faith and faith leaders really play a pivotal role in not only preventing drug use, but supporting people with addiction in their recovery, in the process of really healing themselves from a tremendously stigmatized disease.” More

    December 5, 2014 | Comments

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    “I’ve seen it more than once where it’s the family members simply can’t let go or decide we can leave no stone unturned,” says Richard Klein of the FDA patient liaison program, “whether or not it’s what the patient really wants.” But do families and patients have a right to try unapproved drugs without going through the FDA? More

    December 5, 2014 | Comments

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    In the five states where it’s legal, physician-assisted dying involves rigorous regulations, including how long a person has lived there, says Cathy Lynn Grossman, senior national correspondent for Religion News Service. “Brittany Maynard moved from California to Oregon, where it’s legal specifically to qualify for…a prescription for lethal drugs. The person takes the drugs themselves if and when they choose to, and not everyone who gets the prescription ever uses it.” More

    October 31, 2014 | Comments

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    “We should be thinking about how we can more vigorously and effectively help the people of West Africa and how we can protect health care workers in the United States. We can afford to do both quite well,” says bioethicist George Annas. More

    October 17, 2014 | Comments

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    For decades now, the mission of this Nobel-Prize-winning humanitarian group has been “medical care and bearing witness.” But bearing witness has had to be tempered by real-life considerations, observes medical sociologist Renee Fox. “When they were young, they thought witnessing was an unmitigated virtue. As they matured they came to see how complex the ramifications of witnessing might be.” More

    October 3, 2014 | Comments

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