Thursday, December 30, 2010

Center in the News

Encore Broadcast: The Ethics of Living Forever

KCUR Radio
December 29, 2010

Today, bioethics is focused on helping people make difficult choices in an informed way, choices that often involve how we will die.

But what happens when science offers an opportunity for individuals to evade the grave entirely, or at least for another 25, 50 or 100 years? Is it okay to want to live forever?

Today, an encore broadcast Steve Kraske's conversation with Dr. Glenn McGee, about the ethical choices created by the incredible new technologies that are changing how long we can live.

Pain contracts can undermine patient trust, critics say
Kevin B. O'Reilly
American Medical News
December 27, 2010

12.5 million Americans 12 and older used prescription pain relievers in 2009. That kind of adversarial approach is "corrosive to the relationship" and threatens patients in need with abandonment, said Myra Christopher, CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics, that convened an April meeting on pain contracts.



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