The International View   The World Health Organization estimates that 100 to 140 million women have been subjected to female genital mutilation, with about 3 million girls and women ritually cut every year. One account states that FGM is believed to have originated more than 2,000 years ago in Egypt or the Horn of Africa.   WHO has […]

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The Bioethics Bulletin discusses palliative care with Cynda Hylton Rushton, Ph.D., R.N.

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The Texas plaintiffs in a lawsuit over their state’s practice of storing newborn blood samples for disease research without parental consent inspired this headline from CNN: “The government has your baby’s DNA.”

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Focus On: Tube Feeding

March 25, 2010

For nursing home residents with advanced dementia, discussing the procedure “upstream” could lead to more rational decision-making when time comes

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Focus On: HeLa cells

February 18, 2010

In 1950s America, obtaining tissue samples without consent from patients undergoing cervical cancer treatment was standard practice: The procedure was carried out hundreds of times every year.

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