Should patients have the right to choose where and when they want to What if they are cognitively impaired by illness? There’s a new bill up for a vote in the New York Senate that asks just these questions and proposes to legalize physician-assisted dying. Bill S5814-2015 “relates to patient self-determination at end of life” […]
DNA technology has become a ubiquitous part of today’s culture. TV detectives work magic with the smallest bit of tissue to extract the identity of the killer, while actress Angelina Jolie underwent a preventive surgery because a genetic diagnostic test revealed she had a mutated BRCA1 gene.
The establishment of informed consent was a hallmark in the world of medicine and bioethics, giving patients unprecedented autonomy over their own medical care. However, in spite of its intended benefits, many have questioned its efficacy in providing patients the opportunity to make an informed decision. In an attempt to provide better decisional support, researchers
In light of the Snowden revelations and subsequent NSA scandal, there has been a spotlight directed upon data privacy. It is against this backdrop that the EU is developing a new set of privacy regulations, while in the UK a pilot program for collecting and sharing health data has come under intense scrutiny.
Einstein-Cardozo M.B.E. student Jill Werman Harris, recently weighed the pros and cons of preventive surgery options for women who carry the BRCA gene mutation, which puts them at higher risk for breast cancer. This is an excerpt from her piece in the New York Times Well Blog. Women with BRCA mutations often opt for RRSO. […]
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced its approval of the Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid (NEBA) System, which they claim shows promising results for more accurate diagnosing of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents 6 to 17 years old. NEBA, which is based on electroencephalogram (EEG) technology, consists of a short, non-invasive test […]
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has repeatedly expressed concern over the impending shortage of physicians in their specialty [i]. This worry has only been exacerbated by the number of doctors leaving the field recently. Many of these departing practitioners explain that they only plan to drop the obstetrics portion of their practice, since […]
New Yorkers are well aware of Mayor Bloomberg’s attempts to fight obesity. Particularly memorable was the legislation that required chain restaurants to provide nutritional information for all menu items in the form of calorie counts. A low-fat berry coffee cake at Starbucks, something I considered to be a small snack, became much less appealing when […]
Mississippi lawmakers have made another controversial attempt to curb teen pregnancy. Under Bill 151, which is the first of its kind in the country, doctors and midwives in the state will be required to collect umbilical cord blood in certain cases, classified as “potential sex crimes”, where the mother was 16 or younger at the […]
With recent news of measles outbreaks in Brooklyn’s Borough Park and other areas around New York City, debates over some parents’ decisions to opt out of vaccinating their children have been thrown into relief, yet again. On May 30, 2013 the New York City Department of Health published a “Measles Outbreak Alert”, warning of the […]