Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Universal Design Home

March 24, 2011

The 2011 Greater Kansas City Home Show featured a 1,600 square foot home especially designed for aging in place. This is the first time in the 63 year history of the event where a universal design home has been built.

In this edition of the Bioethics Channel, Krissy Garrett, home show coordinator, explains the concept is to improve function and access throughout the home.

Podcast: A Univeral Design Home


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Collision of Religion and Pain Treatment

Richard Randolph, PhD
March 25, 2011

The medical ethics of treating pain sometimes collides with religion.

Dr. Richard Randolph explains in this edition of the Bioethics Channel. Dr. Randolph is associate professor of bioethics at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Podcast: Collision of Religion and Pain Treatment, Dr. Richard Randolph, The Bioethics Channel, March 25


Monday, March 28, 2011

5th Annual Bioethics Symposium 2011

Pain is a Four-Letter Word

April 26, 2011
8:00 am - 3:30pm

Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel
Count Basie Ballroom
1201 Wyandotte
Kansas City, MO

CMEs available. For complete agenda click on


· Symposium only without CMEs $95

· Symposium with CMEs $185


Friday, March 25, 2011

Baby Joseph: Guidance Misguided?

The debate over Baby Joseph Maraachli continues as motives on all sides come into question in various media reports.

Here’s a sample:

Attempted rescue of Baby Joseph Maraachli, pro-life poster child, is deeply misguided
Peter Singer
New York Post
March 18, 2011

If Priests for Life were really serious about saving lives, instead of "rescuing" Joseph so he can live another few months lying in bed, unable to experience the normal joys of childhood, let alone become an adult, they could have used the money they have raised to save 150 lives - most of them children who would have gone on to live healthy, happy lives for 50 years or more.

Hospital stands firm on baby Joseph case, The Windsor Star, March 24, 2011

Baby Joseph becomes U.S. political issue, Toronto Sun, March 22, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dickey Wicker Amendment Redux: Making Distinctions in the Name of Scientific Progress

The American Journal of Bioethics
March 2011

In 1996 Congress passed the Dickey-Wicker Amendment as part of an appropriations bill; it has been renewed every year since. The amendment bans federal funding for research using embryos and parthenotes.

An article in the March 2011 edition of The American Journal of Bioethics calls for a public discussion on parthenote research and a questioning of its inclusion in the amendment.

The authors argue that the scientific difference between embryos and parthenotes translates into ethical differences, and claim that research on parthenotes is much less ethically problematic.

Podcast: Remove Rider on Parthenotes, Lisa Campo Engelstein, The Bioethics Channel, March 18