Five states — California, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Colorado — allow the practice, and 20 have considered but not passed legislation to do so, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. In Ohio, the practice remains illegal. With comments from our Joe Carrese

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Defibrillator paddles did not work during a patient’s heart transplant in January, and a backup set was not nearby. The transplant ultimately failed, and the patient died two months later. His case was featured in a May article

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It can show gentleness and compassion or carelessness and incompetence

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McCance-Katz is setting up a “false dilemma” said Travis Rieder, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins University. He pointed to evidence that people who use drugs are capable of making decisions to minimize risk to themselves

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Mark Satta writes, ‘Health insurance—for those who can afford it—provides assistance to help people pay for health care, but for those Americans who distrust health care providers, having the funds to pay for health care probably won’t be enough to get them to seek out medical services’

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The American Medical Association is opposing a change to patient privacy laws that would allow doctors to more freely share information about a patient’s history of substance use, a proposal that has divided the health care community and highlighted some of the challenges of addressing the opioid epidemic

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It’s a disaster in the making…it’s actually an approach that could do more harm than good for people who seemingly have “nothing left to lose.” I’m also not sure why such a law is needed, since people like me already have access to experimental therapies

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Jen Gunter writes, “At age 36, I joined the saddest sorority of mothers: those who gave birth but have no baby.”

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