Chefs Call Proposed New York Salt Ban ‘Absurd’


Government gone wild, or a justified step toward utopia?
FOXNews.com – Chefs Call Proposed New York Salt Ban ‘Absurd’
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Neuroethics – Doping for Smarts

After all, what else are drugs for if not to get smarter?

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The Tobacco Fine

Should employeers be allowed to refuse to hire smokers? Should they be able to charge smokers higher insurance rates? If smoking was the only targeted condition or behavior, would such a policy be unfair to smokers?

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Euthanasia is Not Just Shorthand for "Quick Death"

As its Greek language origins dictate, the term refers to “good death.” While it has come to mean a death that is caused by another person for the sake of mercy for the dying patient, the notion of a good death can be far more wide-ranging than the medical applications we usually give that concept.

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Having a Child to Save Another – The Use of Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis


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Mind-Controlled Prosthetics

This might be the sexiest development to come out of medicine in the last decade. If you want to learn more, look up Braingate, particularly the videos on YouTube.

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NY State Health Care Proxy Form

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NY State Laws on Family Decision-Making Rights are Changing

Very recent news: http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/senate-passes-family-health-care-decisions-act-0. This bill – which Governor Paterson has said he will sign – establishes the ways in which medical decisions will be made when the patient is incompetent to make them. Here is one excerpt from the NY Senate summary:
Medical Decisions for Individuals Without a Surrogate:
·         The FHCDA authorizes the attending physician to act as surrogate for routine medical treatment.
·         For major medical treatment, a physician may act only upon the concurrence of another physician that such major medical treatment is necessary.
·         A physician may withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment for individuals without a surrogate only upon the independent concurrence of another physician that life-sustaining treatment offers no medical benefit to the patient because the patient will die imminently and the provision of life-sustaining treatment would violate accepted medical standards.
The bill could be relevant to essays about whether patients should always receive food and water support.

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