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The Court of Last Resort

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) | July 28, 2016

Though I have two in my extended family, I never wanted to be a lawyer. But I admit, I have desired more legal knowledge over the last few months as CMDA has taken legal action as a last resort to deal with threats to our members and our patients.

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IVF and Aging Parents

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) | June 9, 2016

On April 19, 2016, Mohinder Singh Gill, age 79, and his wife Dajinder Kaur, 72, gave birth to their first child. Kaur, long past menopause, and Gill conceived their child with the help of Dr. Anurag Bishnoi’s IVF Clinic, reportedly employing their own egg and sperm.

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Growing Human Embryos Outside the Womb: New Record, Old Questions

By David Prentice, PhD | May 11, 2016

There needs to be a pause for a deeper discussion about just why such research is being done, and if there are any ethical lines that should not be crossed. How many lives are worth sacrificing? One? One thousand? One million?

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Assisted Suicide Trend Portends Thousands of Deaths

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) | February 25, 2016

“In the past two years the number of deaths as a result of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon has nearly doubled,” said Ryan T. Anderson, who researches and writes on physician-assisted suicide at The Heritage Foundation.

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Doctors Impacted by New Obamacare Gender Rules

By Gene Rudd, MD | February 15, 2016

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act cites decades-old federal laws that prohibit any individual from being denied benefits or discriminated against in any health program or federally funded activity on the basis of race, color, nationality, sex, disability and age. However, the Office of Civil Rights is now interpreting “sex” to include “gender identity” and “sex stereotypes.”

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Facing Burnout in Healthcare

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA | February 11, 2016

Excerpted from “Study: Doctor burnout may increase effect of biases on care,” UPI. January 13, 2016 — A national survey of doctors shows job burnout and personal bias have continued to increase in recent years, and researchers suggest the growth of both could affect the quality of care patients receive.

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British Scientists to Genetically Modify Human Embryos

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) | February 11, 2016

It remains illegal for these genetically altered embryos to be implanted in a woman. It is hoped the experiments will improve our understanding of the earliest stages of embryo development. The research, which was approved by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, will use excess embryos donated by couples who have had in vitro fertilization treatment.

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Obama Advancing Gender Ideology Through Regulations

By Jonathan Imbody | January 28, 2016

This proposed rule, if implemented, would endanger religious liberty and create concerns for the privacy and safety of our most vulnerable citizens: the homeless and other people seeking emergency shelter for the night.

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Trafficking Victims: No Health Professional Helped Me

By Jonathan Imbody | December 3, 2015

Recent research indicates that more than 80 percent of trafficking victims in the United States have contact with the healthcare system in the course of being trafficked. Some are even brought to the clinic by their trafficker.

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Opening the Conversation About Death

By Robert Orr, MD, CM | September 3, 2015

Excerpted from “How doctors want to die is different than most people,” CNN. August 11, 2015 — Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she used to feel performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients. “I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life,” she says. It looks nothing like what people see on TV.

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Human Trafficking Report Inflated by U.S. State Department

By Jeffrey Barrows DO, MA (Bioethics) | August 6, 2015

n the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse. The State Department’s senior political staff saw it differently — and they prevailed.

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Research Shows Use of Medical Marijuana not Always Beneficial

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® | July 9, 2015

The evidence wasn’t as strong to support marijuana’s use for nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, sleep disorders, HIV-related weight loss and Tourette syndrome. Also, any benefits of marijuana or cannabis use must be weighed against the risk of side effects, which include dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, sleepiness and euphoria, according to the study’s lead author.

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