When a doctor tells a patient that she has cancer and has just a year left to live, that patient often hears very little afterward. It’s as though the physician said “cancer” and then “blah, blah, blah.”

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People Are Animals, Too

February 10, 2015

The human brain is special. Just not that special. To understand animal minds, and our own place in the living world, we should remove ourselves from centre stage, argues Peter Aldhous

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Op-Ed by our Travis Rieder, PhD. “Perhaps it would be better to stop devoting so much attention and so many resources to satisfying the desire for a genetic relationship, and instead to look for other opportunities to help prospective parents form a family”

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The words had been written by Vincent himself in blue ballpoint, in a hand that was just beginning to show its age — a little wobbly but steady enough and still clear. “To any doctor who will take care of me in the future,” it read, “I want you to do EVERYTHING in your power to keep me alive AS LONG AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!”

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OtisMed Corporation, the maker of the OtisKnee, did not seek clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for its OtisKnee guides before it started selling them. When the company did apply for F.D.A. review, its application was rejected because, the agency said, the company failed to show that the product was safe and effective

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So why aren’t black celebrities, pastors and the NAACP screaming about this issue? Because, according to Dr. Carlton Haywood Jr. of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, a lot of this anti-vaccination movement is about class and choice, as much as it’s about race. “It’s true that blacks and Latinos are less likely to get immunized from diseases than whites, but a lot of that is about healthcare access”

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The Supreme Court of Canada says a law that makes it illegal for anyone to help a person commit suicide should be amended to allow doctors to help in specific situations. 1993 Rodriguez decision ruled against giving terminally ill the right to die

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One campus is refusing to admit kids who haven’t been immunized, and more could follow. With comments from our Leslie Meltzer Henry

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