Money, Family, End of Life Treatment, and Being a Burden

BioEdge.org, a bioethics news source, released an article about physician assisted suicide (PAS) about a week ago. Oregon is one of the few states that have legalized PAS. However, according to the 2016 Report on Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, about 50% of patients who ended their lives via PAS, said that they did because … Continue reading Money, Family, End of Life Treatment, and Being a Burden

Six Degrees of Bioethics Separation: The Space Time Continuum

(If you are not caught up with CW's The Flash, there are some teeny, tiny spoilers in this post! You've been forewarned.) I've been posting a lot of serious pieces lately on The Neighborhood Bioethicist, so I thought we should have some fun this week. So we will play a little game called Six Degrees … Continue reading Six Degrees of Bioethics Separation: The Space Time Continuum

Stress and Public Health: Reflections a Week after Charlottesville.

Some folks's morning routine encompasses some variant of wash, rinse, and repeat. My morning routine is a bit different: Get up. Do devotion and pray my younger brothers don't get racially profiled by the police between the time I saw them last and the time I see them again. Look in the mirror and remind … Continue reading Stress and Public Health: Reflections a Week after Charlottesville.

Why Charlie Gard’s Story Happened the Way it Did: A Legal Analysis

A few days before I published last week's post, I saw the news of Charlie Gard's death on CNN. It was really a solemn moment for me - bioethics can help you rationalize death, but you never quite get used to it. Infants and children, especially, leave my heart feeling a bit like a festering … Continue reading Why Charlie Gard’s Story Happened the Way it Did: A Legal Analysis

A Balm in Gilead: What Music can do for African American Health.

(Dedicated to the newest Choir of the World: the Oakwood University Aeolians. I am so proud of my HBCU Choir and what you all have accomplished!) During this past week, I got the fabulous news that my alma mater's premier choir, the Oakwood University Aeolians, won both the title of Choir of the World and … Continue reading A Balm in Gilead: What Music can do for African American Health.

Can We Talk: Organ Donation (Social Media Ethics)

Welcome to our last installment in our organ donation series. If you've missed the previous posts, you can find them here (part 1) and here (part 2). This time we will compare and contrast of the pros and cons of using social media to recruit organ donors. According to the digital marketing website, Smart Insights, … Continue reading Can We Talk: Organ Donation (Social Media Ethics)