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The Rise of Blastoids

Dr. Joy Riley raises several ethical questions introduced by the production of “blastoids,” embryo-like structures from stem cells in a recent study.

The Oath Revisited

In 2017, the World Medical Association published its newest version of an updated oath, which they call a pledge. The difference in this choice of wording presages the difference in meaning and content between the original Hippocratic Oath, and the World Medical Association Pledge. Drs. Cranston and Cheshire discuss these differences in this week’s blog post.

Intolerance of Conscience Threatens Diversity in Medicine

The Point Blog | By Jonathan Imbody | June 11, 2018

In his continuing series on conscience in healthcare, Jonathan Imbody discusses how sometimes we need our physicians, who often are among the few people with whom we can share personal information under the protection of privacy, to inform and even challenge our health choices.

Being Normal…Weight, That Is

The Point Blog | By Amy Givler, MD | May 30, 2018

Dr. Amy Givler is a family physician whose patients come from rural Louisiana. Too many are overweight. But during her first 28 years of practice, she didn’t have much to offer them. After stumbling upon the ketogenic diet, she now is healthier and is focusing on offering valuable nutritional advice to her patients.

Council on Judicial and Ethical Affairs Report

The much-anticipated CEJA report on physician-assisted suicide was finally issued this month. Many individuals and organizations submitted oral and written testimony to CEJA, including CMDA and our members. In this week’s blog post, Dr. David Stevens breaks down the committee’s results and how you can get involved moving forward.

Praying with Patients

In this week’s blog post, Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath explores what a variety of secular physicians have to say about praying with patients in the exam room. It’s a topic that is vastly important to Christian healthcare professionals. Not surprisingly, there was a wide range of options among secular physicians.

Aging, Stem Cells and Aging Stem Cells

The Point Blog | By David Prentice, PhD | May 09, 2018

In this week’s blog post, Dr. David Prentice discusses how adult stem cells are the gold standard of stem cells for patients. However, adult stem cells also age throughout our life, and mutations and decreased growth or loss of our adult stem cells can contribute to disease and aging.

Abortion and Sex Issues Incite Opposition to Conscience Freedom Rule

The Point Blog | By Jonathan Imbody | May 02, 2018

In a continuing series of blogs on conscience in healthcare, Jonathan Imbody shares the discrimination stories of two nurses who faced losing their jobs for refusing to participate in abortions.

A Review of “Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, Professional Psychology, and the Law”

The Point Blog | By Andrè Van Mol, MD | April 25, 2018

In an article released in the BYU Journal of Public Law, Dr. Christopher Rosik examines the history of sexual orientation change effort/therapy (SOCE) bans and what they reveal about the interplay of professional psychology, political advocacy and cultural change. In this blog post, Dr. Andre Van Mol reviews his findings and how these bans affect healthcare professionals.

Posthumously Conceived Children

Nicola Abé from Der Spiegel Online reports that about 50 children in Israel have been born from deceased persons through in vitro fertilization. While a child born posthumously is typically “defined as a child born more than nine months after a parent’s death,” the children Abé describes are born years after the death of one of their parents. In this week’s blog, Dr. Joy Riley discusses the ethical implications of this process.

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