Is it in the patient’s best interest to go through surgery if the chance of meaningful recovery is vanishingly small?

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Listen Now: The Inquiring Minds Podcast talks to bioethicist Travis Rieder about his new book In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids

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Addiction changes the brain in lasting ways, and some brains are more vulnerable than others

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Aetna, one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, will remove a key barrier for patients seeking medication to treat opioid addiction. The change will take effect in March and apply to commercial plans, a company spokeswoman confirmed, and will make it the third major insurer to make the switch

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“Tell me,” my patient’s daughter asked at the other end of the phone line. “Is she stable?” I wasn’t sure how to answer.

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