Topic: Health and Medicine

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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

    November 26, 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

  • DWB-feat

    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

  • Heroin-Epidemic-FEAT

    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

    September 5, 2014 | Comments

  • Michael-Boticelli-Extended-Interview-FEAT2

    “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

    September 5, 2014 | Comments

  • DRUGS-OF-LAST-RESORT-FEAT-v1

    “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

    August 1, 2014 | Comments

  • India-Mental-Health-FEAT2

    With millions of people in India suffering from mental illnesses and only five thousand psychiatrists to treat them, many seek out faith healers to fill in the gap. “Access to care is not there, lack of professionals, lack of medication, lack of awareness, lack of knowledge, so all this leads to only one thing,” says mental health advocate Milesh Hamlai. “You go to the easiest and the most available source of help.” More

    July 18, 2014 | Comments

  • breath-final-FEAT

    “What needed to happen was an engineering company that was willing to work with hospitals, with doctors and nurses to identify what they needed, says Allison Zimmerman of the East Meets West Foundation, “as opposed to developing a solution outside.” More

    July 11, 2014 | Comments

  • Donor's-Gift-FEAT

    Phil Jones was told that he had an incurable bone marrow cancer, and that he was too old for the procedure that might save his life. The Moffitt Cancer Center of Florida disagreed, and a perfect donor match appeared in a naval officer who was also an ordained minister. Jones says he “felt God’s hand in the whole thing. I never doubted for a moment that I would make it.” More

    July 3, 2014 | Comments

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