Then opioid prescribing dropped. In a small, randomized trial, researchers showed that this intervention — aimed at making the abstract issue of safe prescribing individually tangible — led to a slight reduction in the amount of opioids these clinicians prescribed

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The story of Jahi McMath, a teenage girl who died this summer, shows how painful a lack of consensus can be for families

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California teenager Jahi McMath, who suffered catastrophic brain injury as a result of a routine tonsil surgery, died on June 22, 2018. Her death came after four years of her family fighting in court to continue her care in California. Eventually, they moved her to a facility in New Jersey, a state that accommodates religious views that don’t recognize brain death

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Is that about to change?

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Beyond Legalization

May 31, 2018

Dilemma physicians confront regarding aid in dying.

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When you’re dead, you’re dead—right? No pulse, no brain activity, no signs of life. But at the cellular level, things can still be ticking right along—cells and processes ignorant of the fate of the whole organism. And some things—such as developmental genes—even kick into gear

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Die Like a Dog

May 15, 2018

Pet dogs often have a peaceful death that forestalls protracted suffering and pain. Why can’t we do the same for humans?

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Do the additional safeguards withstand scrutiny?

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