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2019 Flanigan Lecture MP3

AMERICA’S OBSESSION: HAVING IT ALL WITHOUT PAYING THE PRICE Jonathan Moreno, PhD shares themes from his upcoming book (Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven ButNobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care in America. Pub Date: August27, 2019).The book explores the inevitable moral choices that accompany tremendous medical...

The Surrogacy Saga MP3

John Carney, president & CEO of the Center, discusses where to draw the line between physician guidance and respecting surrogate and patient wishes. Do surrogate decision makers need more help from doctors on end of life care? A couple of medical journals address this issue. (December 17, 2010)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/surrogate-decision-makers-and-end-of-lif-care.mp3]}

Having "The Talk" - National Healthcare Decisions …

Most Americans believe having an advance directive is important, but less than 30 percent of us actually have one. How to bridge the gap? As part of National Healthcare Decisions Day 2012, the Center for Practical Bioethics hosted a one-hour radio program to discuss the issues and promote the use...

Caring Conversations – A Partnership Between You and Your Ag…

The Center has promoted Caring Conversations for years as a way for families to prepare for serious illness or the end of life. Over time, it became apparent that, oftentimes, even when a person appointed an agent to speak for them when they could no longer speak for themselves, neither...

Have You Had the Talk MP3

On National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 9, 2011, on KMBZ/98.1 FM Kansas City Health Talk, John Carney, president and CEO of the Center, with Suzanne Morse, nurse practitioner at Crossroads Hospice of Kansas and Samantha Shepherd of the Shepherd Elder Law Group, discuss the importance of naming an agent and...

National Healthcare Decisions Day 2010 MP3

Myra Christopher of the Center for Practical Bioethics and Marshall Scott of Saint Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas, talk about the third annual National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, 2010 in Kansas City and all over the country. The day is designed to help individuals and families...

PCORI Perspectives on Pragmatic Research MP3

Suzanne Schrandt, JD, Deputy Director for Patient Engagement at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Washington, D.C., discusses PCORI¹s vision of patient engagement and its efforts to fund research that happens in typical care settings rather than in specialized research settings. {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/perspectives-on-pragmatic-research-suzanne-schrandt.mp3]}

Rosemary Flanigan Lecture Presents "The Ethics of Spect…

In this short interview, Duke University Professor Karla Holloway, PhD, explored how medical information - typically seen as intimate and private - is forced into the public sphere. The resulting social dramas become spectacles that play out on the bodies of minorities and women. Dr. Holloway called for a "cultural...

Helen Emmott Discusses Without Regrets MP3

Caring for our frail parents, spouses and friends is fraught with choices and decisions. Helen Emmott, RN, former Center staff member, wrote a book about it. Receive a free copy of Without Regrets and spend an evening with Helen as she shares how personal caregiving shaped and enlightened their professional...

Mark Hoffman Discusses Big Data in Healthcare MP3

Dr. Mark Hoffman joined the UMKC School of Medicine's new Center for Health Insights as director and its Dept. of Biomedical and health Informatics and Dept of Pediatrics as associate professor in Aug. 2013 after 16 years as a VP at Cerner Corporation. He also serves as director of Translational...

Shifting Resources to Patient Centered Care in Kansas City M…

Listen to John Carney (toward the end of the podcast) being interviewed by Steve Kuker on KCMO's Senior Care Live radio show about the need to shift resources to support more patient-centered care and steps the Center is taking in that direction. {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/senior-care-kansas-city.mp3]}

Your Genome and The Data Risks MP3

Barbara Atkinson, MD, discusses genomics, privacy and big data in Learning Health Systems from her perspective on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/Your-Genome-Big-Data-Big-Promise-Big-Risks.mp3]}

Genomics, Biobanking and Health System Privacy MP3

In this podcast, John Lantos, MD, director of the Bioethics Center at Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, sets the stage for many of the key issues that will be addressed at the Center's 2013 Fall Symposium on "Genomics & Learning Health Systems" on Nov. 8 at KU School of Nursing and...

Learning the Health System Interview MP3

In this audio interview Richard Payne, MD, John B. Francis Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics discusses learning the health systems. {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/Learning-Health-System-Richard-Payne.mp3]}

Certificate in Clinical Ethics and Health Policy

Sandra Silva, JD, former Vice President of Education/TPOPP Managing Director at the Center discusses the process for earning a Certificate in Clinical Ethics and Health Policy {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/Certificate-Program-8-6-13.mp3]}

Genomics and Learning the Healthcare System

John Carney Speaks on Genomics and Learning the Healthcare System for the upcoming symposium. {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/symposium-fall-2013-overview.mp3]}  

Preview of A Nation in Pain by Judy Foreman MP3

A 2011 Report on Pain by the Institute of Medicine indicates some 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Author Judy Foreman discusses the book she was writing, A Nation in Pain, about a year before its publication in 2014. (Dec. 12, 2012)     {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Foreman.121212.mp3]}

Death of Death Panels? MP3

Death panels a term that certainly influenced the healthcare reform debate in 2009. Facing implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2013, the question arose: Will the term be resurrected or can we put a stake in it and say death panels are dead? John Carney, president and CEO of...


POLST coalitions (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) are developing across the country. A conference on that subject was held in Kansas City November 16,  2012 and one of the guests was Judy Citko, Executive Director, of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. Judy explains the progress of POLST...

A Voice of Pain - Maggie Buckley MP3

The Institute of Medicine reports more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a cost of up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. In this September 2012 interview, Maggie, diagnosed at 13 after years of pain with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue...

Implications of 2012 Election on Bioethics and the Affordabl…

John Carney, president and CEO of the Center, discusses key bioethics issues he expected to be debated, post 2012 election, including evidence-based research, Medicaid expansion and research on human subjects. (November 9, 2012)     {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Carney.110912.mp3]}

Why you should attend TPOPP Symposium MP3

Kim Fuller, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, discusses her plans to attend a symposium on November 16, 2012 at the Marriott Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, to learn about Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP) and officially launch the Kansas-Missouri TPOPP Coalition. (October 31, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.TPOPP.Fuller.103112.mp3]}

A Voice of Pain - Seth Haney MP3

A therapist with 6 children, Seth Haney describes in September 2012 the accident in 2010 that left him with chronic pain and his frustrations with the healthcare system in seeking relief. (October 24, 2012)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.PAINS.Haney.102412.mp3]}

Community Experience Partnership to Engage Older Adults MP3

Diana Doyle, Director of Community Experience Partnership (CEP), discusses CEP, a project of Atlantic Philanthropies, which engaged older adults in communities across the country to identify a key issue or problem and engage them to solve it. (October 3, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Doyle.100312.mp3]}

The Affordable Care Act and Future of Free Health Clinics MP…

The environment for free health clinics will change with full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Bridget McCandless, MD, medical director for the Shared Care Free Health Clinic of Jackson County, MO, shares how either repeal and replacement or full implementation of the Affordable Care Act would positively or negatively...

A Health Reform Perspective from an ACA Architect MP3

Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, chairman of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, was one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act. Four years later, Dr. Emanuel provides an overview of the accomplishments and flexibility of the Act, addressing how it will constantly change...

A Health Reform Perspective from Kansas MP3

Robert St. Peter, MD, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Institute, addresses some of the uncertainties that arose with the Supreme Court's upholding of the Affordable Care Act, inncluding variability between states regarding continuation of the current Medicaid program, whether deadlines will be extended, and the provision of controversial...

Healthcare Reform and Healthcare Foundations MP3

Healthcare reform took a giant step forward with the Affordable Care Act, but Steve Roling, president and CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, sees the lingering possibility that America is positioned for a giant step back as well. In this interview, he shares his concerns about...

Healthcare Reform and Family Physicians MP3

There’s a mix of good and challenging news for family physicians when it comes to healthcare reform, according to Douglas Henley, MD, executive vice president and CEO of the American Academy of Family Physicians. (Sept. 5, 2012)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.HCR.Henley.090512.mp3]}

Philosophy: Clinical Ethics and Health Policy MP3

The Certificate in Clinical Ethics program is underway with a new faculty member-Griffin Trotter, MD, PhD, of St.Louis University.Dr.Trotter describes his approach to teaching about the philosophy of clinical ethics and health policy in this edition of The Bioethics Channel.Author: John Bluford{s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Trotter.083012.mp3]}

The Affordable Care Act Impact on US Hospitals MP3

John Bluford, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, explains the mounting challenges U.S. hospitals face with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (August 29, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.HCR.Bluford.082912.mp3]}

The Affordable Care Act and Brain Injuries MP3

Brain injured patients don’t follow a schedule for recovery. That’s a point of concern for Joseph Fins, MD, when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. (August 21, 2012)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.HCR.Fins.082112.mp3]}

Introducing: The Conversation Project MP3

A new endeavor has been launched, aimed at helping people talk about their wishes for end of life care. It’s called The Conversation Project and co-founder and director Ellen Goodman talks about it in this interview. (August 16, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Goodman.081612.mp3]}

21st Century Neuroscience: From Lab to School to Home MP3

Neuroscience in the 21st Century can be applied from the lab to the school and to the home and office. Martha Farah, PhD, the Walter H.Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences, explains how, why and some of the benefits. (August 14, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Farah.081412.mp3]}

State Insurance Commissioners and Healthcare Reform MP3

State insurance commissioners were caught in the middle, waiting, for questions to be resolved over the Affordable Care Act. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger discusses the challenges facing state insurance commissioners following the Supreme Court upholding of the Act and why states could only do so much until after the November...

Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy REMS: Impact on Pain…

In July 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration released a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for extended release pain medications. Lynn Webster, MD, president elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, discusses how this REMS will affect patients in pain and the physicians who treat them? (July...

Bioethics: The Next Generation MP3

Bioethics Channel Host Lorell LaBoube visits with three individuals who have served as program interns at the Center for Practical Bioethics, to discuss how that experience has shaped their goals for the future. They are Emily Abdoler, a 4th year medical student at the University of Michigan, Brett Kaylor, a...

Removing Kidneys Before Death MP3

Should we remove kidneys from a dying person before they are dead? Terry Rosell talks about the ethics of such an approach, which was also addressed in the June 2012 edition of The American Journal of Bioethics.  (July 6, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Rosell.070612.mp3]}

Autonomy Run Amok? MP3

Writing about healthcare and bioethics is one thing. Experiencing it first hand can be quite another. Mary Crowley, director of public affairs and communications at the Hastings Center, talks about her experience during a hospital stay and how it affected her thinking about patient autonomy. (June 27, 2012)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Crowley.062712.mp3]}

Just the Beginning: The Supreme Court and Ethical Healthcare…

The Supreme Court decides, and now we decide how to move forward to create an ethical, just and humane healthcare system. John Carney, Myra Christopher and Terry Rosell of the Center for Practical Bioethics talk about what’s next. (June 28, 2012)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.HCR.John.MyraTerry.062812.mp3]}

The Frontiers Podcast: Scott Weir MP3

Welcome to the Frontiers Podcast, a production of the Heartland Institute for Translational Research.In this edition we visit with Scott Weir, the director of the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation at the University of Kansas Medical Center.He was a panelist for a discussion entitled ’The Reinvention of Translational Medicine’ during...

Frontiers: Training a New Generation of Researchers MP3

One goal of Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Translational Research, is to train a new generation of clinical and translational researchers.Two medical students, Kelstan Lynch Ellis and Aaron Heller, explain why they have taken a year out of their clinical training to study clinical and translational research. For more information...

Accelerating the Translation of Research MP3

In this edition of the Frontiers Podcast we visit with John Spertus, MD, director of health outcomes research at Saint Luke

Frontiers: Innovative Approaches for Conducting Pragmatic Cl…

Dr. Gary Rosenthal, director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Iow, delivered a presentation in Kansas City on May 31, 2012 entitled, "Innovative Approaches for Conducting Efficient Pragmatic Clinical Trials." Dr.Rosenthal also serves on the external advisory board for Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for...

Frontiers: A Bright Future for the Life Sciences MP3

The foundation is set and the future is bright for the life sciences in the Kansas City region.That’s according to Wayne Carter of the Kansas City Life Sciences Institute. (June 13, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.FR.Carter.061312.mp3]}

Frontiers: Transforming 300 Billion Points of Data MP3

Clinical and translational researchers are now creating data by the zetabyte.In fact, according to Atul Butte, MD, PhD, of Stanford University, there’s so much data that it’s becoming more difficult to ask the right questions. Dr.Butte also serves on the external advisory board for Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical...

Introducing: The Frontiers Podcast MP3

The Frontiers Podcast is a production of the Heartland Institute for Translational Research.Headquartered at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the institute is a collaborative network of three academic medical centers, ten health systems and 15 community organizations, including the Center for Practical Bioethics.

From FDA to Pharmacy: The Path of Pain Medications MP3

Most of us have no idea of the path prescription medications take from the FDA to your pharmacy. That’s especially the case with pain medications, as Bob Twillman and Myra Christopher explain. (June 15, 2012)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Twillman.Myra2.061512.mp3]}

Caring for Caregivers at Work MP3

Caring for caregivers at work - employers will face this challenge even more in the years ahead, as employers care for older family members as much as they did raising their own families.How should employers respond? Marcia Hines of Villa Ventura Senior Living and Sandy Silva of the Center for...

Pay for Bone Marrow Donations? MP3

Should blood marrow donors be paid? That question was considered during a June 14, 2012 edition of Rock Center with Brian Williams on NBC-TV.Myra Christopher and Terry Rosell consider the question in this edition of The Bioethics Channel with Lorell LaBoube.Link: Mother Fights to Change Bone Marrow Law, Rock Center...

Ethics of Rationing vs Waste Avoidance MP3

The ethical debate is now shifting from rationing to the avoidance of waste. John Carney and Terry Rosell of the Center for Practical Bioethics discuss what that means. (May 30, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.John.Terry2.053012.mp3]}

Moral Reasoning and Clinical Ethics MP3

Shannon Stevenson, DO, MA and Dr. Jason Wasserman, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, discuss moral reasoning in clinical ethics - how to define it and measure it.  (May 22, 2012)  {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Stevenson_and_Wasserman.052212.mp3]}

Your Medical Mind MP3

In their book, "Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You,"Drs. Jerome Groopman and his wife, Pamela Hartzband say that each of has has a "medical mind," a highly individual approach to weighing the risks and benefits of treatments. Are you a minimalist or a maximalist, believer...

The Legacy of Father Kevin O'Rourke MP3

The wit and wisdom of Father Kevin O’Rourke influenced a generation of medical ethicists and others who struggled with the thorny questions posed by the American healthcare system. Lorell LaBoube takes a look back on the work of Father O’Rourke with Rosemary Flanigan and Bill Colby. (May 9, 2012)   {s5_media_player media=[audio]...

Cultural Fault Lines in Healthcare MP3

Cultural fault lines exist in healthcare with clashing moral traditions, principles, values and beliefs, according to Michael Brannigan, PhD, the Pfaff Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Values at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. Dr. Brannigan examines how healthcare institutions have responded to these cultural fault...

A New Era at the Center for Practical Bioethics MP3

It’s a new era at the Center for Practical Bioethics with a new president and chief executive officer.

Lee Woodruff: ReMind Us about Returning Vets MP3

Lee and Bob Woodruff are recipients of the 2012 Vision to Action Award, the highest honor conferred by the Center for Practical Bioethics. Ms. Woodruff accepted the award during the Center’s Annual Dinner on April 19, 2012. In her acceptance remarks, she talks about their work with ReMind, an organization...

Update: The American Pain Foundation MP3

The new executive director at the American Pain Foundation, Eric Hauth, and Mary Bennett, director of grassroots advocacy, provide an update on the foundation's work. (March 20, 2012)     {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Bennett.Hauth.032012.mp3]}

A Status Report on Clinical Ethics and Hospital Ethics Commi…

Where have we been, where are we going when it comes to clinical ethics and hospital ethics committees? Two individuals - MC Sullivan, director of ethics for Covenant Health Systems in Boston, and Myra Christopher, Kathleen M. Foley Chair at the Center -- who helped launch hospital ethics committees and...

A Different Approach to Treating Pain in Central Missouri MP…

Drs. Joe Pierle, Kari Haake and Richard Lillard of the Community Health Center of Central Missouri based in Jefferson City discuss how to create a community health center with a different approach to treating pain. (March 28, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Jeff_City.032812.mp3]}

The Best Care Possible MP3

The way Americans die in this country is a national disgrace, according to Dr. Ira Byock in his new book, The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care through the End of Life. (March 28, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Byock.032812.mp3]}

Hope in Pediatric Palliative Care MP3

Chris Feudtner, MD, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia explains the concept of thinking and feeling your way through pediatric palliative care. (March 16, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Feudtner.031612.mp3]}

Promise and Pitfalls of Transitions in Health Care MP3

Transitions of Care: Promises and Pitfalls is the subect of a presentation Penny Feldman, PhD, of the Vising Nurse Service of New York will deliver in Kansas City on April 20, 2012. (March 13, 2012)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Feldman.031312.mp3]}

Healthcare Reform: One Community at a Time MP3

How do you go about reinventing America’s healthcare system? How about one community at a time? Michael Felix, a community health development specialist based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, explains. (March 9, 2012)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Felix.030912.mp3]}

Ambivalence about End of Life Planning and Assisted Suicide …

In 2012, American Medical News reported two not wholly unrelated articles. One article was about the Supreme Court of Georgia striking down a law intended to prevent assisted suicide. The other article reported a survey in California that showed that 76% of patients neglect end of life planning but 86%...

A Muslim in America Practicing Medicine MP3

Dr. Rauf Mir discusses what’s it like to be a Muslim practicing medicine in the United States. (February 24, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Mir.022412.mp3]}

Legal Immigrant. Illegal Donor. Ethics? MP3

A legal immigrant needs a kidney transplant and presents undocumented immigrants as potential living donors. Terry Rosell, Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the Center, Lindsey Bohonik, and intern at the Center, and Ralph Mir, MD, clinical professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and retired nephrologist, discuss the ethics involved in...

Medical Futility: Wrong Medicine? MP3

Lawrence Schneiderman, professor emeritus at the University of California at San Diego and co-author of a new book, "Wrong Medicine - Doctors, Patients and Futile Treatment," discusses new approaches to the concept of medical futility. (February 10, 2012)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Schneiderman.021012.mp3]}

Pain and the Critical Care Nurse MP3

Damon Cottrell, RN, discusses the ethical challenges a critical care nurse faces on a typical day, especially when it comes to the treatment of pain. (February 1, 2012)  {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Cottrell.020112.mp3]}

The Courts and Medical Futility MP3

Thaddeus Pope, director of the Health Law Institute and an Associate Professor of Law at Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, co-authored an article n the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled "The Courts, Futility and the Ends of Medicine." Here he discusses whether there is a...

DNR Orders and Foregoing Treatment MP3

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests Do Not Resuscitate orders may prompt caregivers to forego treatments that patients may have wanted. Karin Porter-Williamson, MD of the University of Kansas Hospital, and John Carney, President/CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics, discuss this possibility. (January 18...

Hospice in American Prisons MP3

"Grace Before Dying" is a traveling exhibit portraying a hospice program run by prisoners in Louisiana.Reverend Bob Hill and Carol McAdoo talk about the exhibit with Lorell LaBoube.The exhibit runs through January 28, 2012 at Community Christian Church in Kansas City.For more information visit www.practicalbioethics.org.

Prescription Drug Abuse in the State of Washington MP3

Myra Christopher, Kathleen Foley Chair in Pain and Palliative Care at the Center for Practical Bioethics, discusses why cooler heads must rise above the rhetoric in the state of Washington when it comes to new legislation attempting to reduce prescription drug abuse. (January 5, 2012) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Myra.010512.mp3]}

Measuring Impact of Hospital Ethics Committees MP3

Ellen Averett, associate professor for health policy and management at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Terry Rosell, the Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics, address the question: How do you know if an ethics committee is making a difference? (December 21, 2011)     {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Averett.Rosell.122111.mp3]}

Wesley Smith on William Hurlbut -- Trending Personalities an…

The December 2011 issue of The American Journal of Bioethics features a special "trending" section on personalities and politics in bioethics. Wesley Smith, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism and a special consultant for the Center for Bioethics and Culture, writes about William Hurlbut. The article...

A Transition at the Center for Practical Bioethics MP3

A time for change at the Center for Practical Bioethics, as the founding executive steps into a new role, and a former Center executive returns as the new president and CEO of the Center. Lorell LaBoube talks about the transition with Myra Christopher, the Kathleen M.Foley Chair for Pain and...

Rationing Care to Elderly and Terminal Patients MP3

Harvey Tettlebaum, partner with the Husch Blackwell Law Firm, and Sandy Silva, program associate at the Center for Practical Bioethics, address whether rationing care to elderly and terminal patients is ethically or legally appropriate under any circumstances. (Nov. 29, 2011)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Silva_and_Tettlebaum.112911.mp3]}

A Health System Ethics Committee MP3

Almost all hospitals in America have an ethics committee. But how many hospital systems have such a group? Most providers within Saint Luke's Health System  in Kansas City, Missouri, had their own ethics committees; some of the smaller facilities did not. John Yeast, MD, and Terry Rosell, PhD, DMin, discuss...

Role of Palliative Care in a Disaster MP3

In a disaster, what is the role of palliative care? Where does an “ethic of caring” fit in responding to a disaster? Those are the questions to be posed by Nelda Godfrey, associate dean of the University of Kansas School of Nursing, during The Perfect Storm Disaster Ethics Symposium and...

The Ethics of Disaster Readiness MP3

An earthquake and tsunami in Japan. A devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri. It seems we’re experiencing more and damaging disasters. So how should ethics be involved with disaster readiness? Kyle McPhee of Hagerty Consulting, who will participate in a symposium and public forum on the subject on December 7, 2011...

The Slow Code: Is It Ethical? MP3

Slow codes, defined as half-hearted efforts to resuscitate patients, have been called deceptive, dishonest, unethical and deplorable. But is it time to reconsider that point of view? Can slow codes be appropriate, and ethically defensible? Dr.John Lantos thinks so and he expresses that point of view here and in the...

Revising an Ethics Committee Handbook MP3

Occasionally an institution needs to revise its ethics committee handbook. Two people who were recently involved in the process at the University of Kansas Medical Center -- Kathy Davis, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and director of KU Kids Healing Place, and Terry Rosell of the Center for...

Frail Elderly Avoiding Unwanted Hospitalizations MP3

Sandy Silva, JD, a program associate at the Center for Practical Bioethics, talks about a study, which suggests that frail elderly patients in nursing homes who document what medical treatment they want have fewer unwanted trips to the hospital. (October 27, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Silva.102711.mp3]}

Pain and Public Health: Symptom or Disease? MP3

Daniel Goldberg of East Carolina University explains why viewing pain as a disease symptom - rather than a disease itself - has contributed to the neglect of this condition in the world of public health. (October 18, 2011)     {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Goldberg.101811.mp3]}

Ethically Dubious: Prisoners and Organ Donations MP3

Arthur Caplan, PhD, Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses an October 2011 article in the American Journal of Bioethics, which considers the pros and cons of using organs donated by living or executed prisoners. (October 11, 2011)     {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Caplan3.101111.mp3]}

Advance Directives and Spending at the End of Life MP3

On October 5, 2011, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported the results of a study indicating that advance directives specifying limits at the end of life may have their greatest impact in regions where the norms are to provide high-intensive end-of-life treatment. In this interview, Myra Christopher, then...

Integrative Pain Treatment MP3

Heather TIck, MD, holder of the Gunn-Loke Endowed Professorship of Integrative Pain Medicine at the University of Washington, explains why more and more people in pain and the medical professionals who treat them are turning to integrative medicine to treat pain. (Sept. 29, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Tick.092911.mp3]}

The Story of the American Chronic Pain Association MP3

Penney Cowan, who started the American Chronic Pain Association in 1980 and is a pioneer and advocate for people in pain, is featured in this interview.  (Sept. 23, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Cowan.092311.mp3]}

Tools to Discuss Advance Care Planning with Aging Clients MP…

An online course sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control is designed to equip professionals at public health departments and aging services networks with the tools to discuss advance care planning with their clients. Lynda Anderson of the CDC explains.(September 23, 2011)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Anderson.092311.mp3]}

The Moral Culpability of Guatemala MP3

Summer McGee discusses the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues report, which holds US doctors and researchers morally culpable for experiments involving hundreds of people from 1946 to 1948. (Sept. 19, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.SummerMcGee.091911.mp3]}

Nurse and Treating Chronic Pain MP3

Nurses play an important role in pain management.Two nurses -- Ann Schreier and Pamela Bennett of Purdue Pharma -- discuss the research, advocacy and education work of the American Society of Pain Management Nursing to promote best nursing practices for people experiencing pain. Schreier is the president of the American...

Corporate Responsibility for Clinical Misadventures MP3

When it comes to conflict of interest, the medical practitioner and patient are most often thought of as key components. Where is the boundary between marketing and medical education? And at what point does a corporation become responsible? Those are the issues addressed by Kenneth Kipnis, University of Hawaii at...

Defining Chronic Pain Ethics MP3

There is nationwide consensus developing around the ethical issues involved in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, according to an article in the September 2011 edition of Pain Medicine. Two authors of the article, Myra Chrisopher and Summer McGee, talk about that consensus. (September 7, 2011)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Myra.Summer.PainMed.090711.mp3]}

Resuscitating the Dead Donor Rule MP3

"Can the Dead Donor Rule be Resuscitated?" That’s the title of an editorial in the August 2011 issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.Editorial, co-authored by David Magnus, PhD, Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics. Dr. Magnus provides input as to how donation after cardiac death may be a great...

Bioethics and the Kenya Peace Initiative MP3

Bioethics goes international with work on the Kenya Peace Initiative with Terry Rosell, DMin, PhD, the Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics. (September 2, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Terry.Kenya.090211.mp3]}

Status of End of Life Policy and Legislation at State and Fe…

Charles Sabatino, JD, director of the Commision on Law and Aging, American Bar Association, discusses his upcoming September 29, 2011, presenstation at the 7th Annual Missouri End of Life Coalition Policy Summit on the status of advance care directives at the state and federal level, the imipact of the "death...

Legal and Ethical? Healthcare Information Exchanges MP3

Jeff Ellis, JD, of Spencer Fane Britt and Brown in Kansas City and Glenn McGee, PhD, John B. Francis Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics, discuss the potential impact of healthcare exchanges on personal healthcare information. (August 19, 2011)         {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Ellis.McGee.081911.mp3]}

The Elderly and Public Transportation MP3

By 2015 more than 15.5 million Americans are expected to live in communities where public transportation is poor or nonexistent. Tom Geren, assistant director of transporation at the Mid-America Regional Council, explains what that means and what we should do about it. (August 17, 2011)     {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Gerend.081711.mp3]}

Training Future Doctors: The Standardized Patient MP3

More and more medical institutions are using standardized patients to train future doctors on patient interactions. Lorell LaBoube of the Center for Practical Bioethics visits with an actor who portrays a standardized patient. (August 12, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Winch.081211.mp3]}

Spirituality, Race and End of Life Care MP3

What does spirituality and race have to do with end of life care? Terry Rosell, Rosemary Flanigan Chair, and Richard Payne, MD, professor at Duke University and John B. Francis Chair at the Center, discuss disparities in healthcare in African American populations and how they impact care at the end...

A Progress Report on Palliative Care MP3

Christian Sinclair, associate medical director of Kansas City Hospice, Karin Porter-Williamson, associate professor and medical director for palliative care services at the University of Kansas Hospital, and Carol Buller, geriatric nurse practitioner at Shawnee Mission Geriatric Center, provide a progress report on where we stand in understanding and delivering palliative...

Bridging the Divide: Nursing and Medical Ethics MP3

Nurses face any number of ethical issues at the bedside. Is there a difference between nursing and medical ethics? And how should nurses best address those differences?  Nelda Godfrey, RN, associate dean for undergraduate programs at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, and Noreen Thompson, RN, clinical nurse specialist...

Rationing Just Medical Care MP3

US politicians and policymakers are preoccupied with how to pay for healthcare.Hardly any thought has been given to what should be paid for.Lorell LaBoube discusses the issue with Dr.Lawrence Schneiderman, author of an article entitled "Rationing Just Medical Care"

Bioethics: Ripe for Transformation MP3

Standard bioethics is ripe for transformation. Richard Payne, MD, John B. Francis Chair at the Center and Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity at Duke Dvinity School, Duke University, provides a preview of his Flanigan Lecture, where he argues that cardinal principles of ethics (autonomy, non-malfeasance, benificense and justice)...

The Ethics of Translational Research MP3

It’s called Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Based at the University of Kansas Medical Center, its aim is to transform laboratory discoveries into treatments and cures. In this interview, Lauren Aaronson, PhD, Frontiers deputy director, John Lantos, MD, Bioethics Center at Children's Mercy Hospital, and Glenn...

What's Next? The IOM Report on Pain MP3

At least 116 million US adults suffer from chronic pain.That’s more than the number affected by heart disease, diabetes and cancer - combined.The annual economic cost - $560 to $635 billlion.That’s according to a new report released by the Institute of Medicine, Relieving Pain in America-A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention,...

Palliative Sedation: Not a Panacea MP3

Palliative sedation is not a panacea, according to an article in the Jun 2011 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics by Alexander Kon, MD, of the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Dr. Kon responds to the limitations of palliative sedation in bringing patients to a level of comfort...

The Race Between Ethics and Science MP3

Glenn McGee examines the implications of the race between ethics and science. (June 22, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.McGee.062211.mp3]}

The Ethics of Research to Benefit Pregnant and Fetal Patient…

Dr. Laurence McCullough of the Baylor College of Medicine discusses his article, "An Ethically Justified Framework for Clinical Investigation to Benefit Pregnant and Fetal Patients," in the May 2011 edition of the American Journal of BIoethics. (June 17, 2011)       {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.McCullough.061711.mp3]}

The Legacy of Dr. Jack Kevorkian MP3

He was known as "Dr.Death," responsible for more than 130 physician assisted suicides. Dr. Jack Kevorkian died on June 3, 2011. What will be his legacy? Myra Christopher talks about it in this interview. (June 8, 2011)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Myra.060811.mp3]}

Working with a Chronic Disease MP3

We’re living longer, we’re working longer, so how do we strike a balance between the needs of the person with the chronic disease and the needs of the workplace? Sandy Silva, director of the KC4 Aging in Community Initiative at the Center for Practical Bioethics, suggests some answers. (June 2...

The State of Global Bioethics MP3

Glenn McGee, PhD, John B.Francis Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics, recently attended and presented at the International Bioethics Conference of the United Nations and UNESCO. McGee talks about his trip to Singapore and what happens next. (June 1, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Glenn.060111.mp3]}

Assessing Social Issues of Research MP3

The May 2011 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics focuses on social issues in research. Why does social context matter for ethical research design? If Institutional Review Boards can't assess the social implications of research, then who will and must? Summer McGee, executive editor of the Journal, discusses these...

Honor and Respect in Healthcare MP3

We are in the midst of a longevity revolution. Rabbi Richard Address, director of Jewish Family Concerns for the Union of Reformed Judaism, discusses Jewish tradition regarding the art of caregiving.   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[audio-bioethics/Honor-and-Respect-for-Aging.mp3]}  

Organ Donation: The Ethics of First Person Consent MP3

There are more people who need organs than there are organs available. That puts pressure on all sides of the organ donation equation: patients, families and medical professionals. Terry Rosell, DMin, PhD, Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics, and Rob Linderer, president and CEO of the Midwest...

Myra Christopher Accepts Foley Chair MP3

In an emotional announcement April 26, 2010, before more than 650 supporters, Myra J.Christopher, the founding and only president and CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics, said that she will step down from that position at the end of 2011.

Myths of Healthcare Costs MP3

To which group are we devoting our healthcare dollars? Are we favoring one group over another? Are we blaming any particular group for rising healthcare costs? Those are questions for Dave Kingsley, a research assistant professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center.His answers

Ethical HIV Testing MP3

An article in the April 2011 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics addresses ethical concerns over new recommendations for HIV testing, which appear to focus on implementation rather than the recommendations themselves, as discussed here with article co-author Teresa Celada of Wheaton College. (April 15, 2011)    

Pain is Hard: The Complexity of Pain Treatment MP3

Rollin "Mac" Gallagher, MD, provides an overview of his presentation, "Pain is Hard: The Complexity of Pain Treatment," presented at a pain symposium in Kansas City on April 26, 2011. (April 8, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Gallagher.040811.mp3]}

From a Neuroscience of Pain to a Neuroethics of Care MP3

Professor James Giordano of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies discusses moving from a neuroscience of pain to a neuroethics of care. {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Giordano.mp3]}

Aging in Place: A Universal Design Home MP3

The 2011 Greater Kansas City Home Show features a 1,600 square foot home especially designed for aging in place. This is the first time in the 63 year history of the event where a universal design home has been built. Krissy Garrett, home show coordinator, explains the concept is to...

Collision of Religion and Pain Treatment MP3

Dr. Richard Randolph, former associate professor of bioethics at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, explores three questions about religion that often collide with the medical ethics of treating pain: In what ways may patients draw resources from their religious faith as a form of managing or coping...

Joan Berkley: 2011 Vision to Action Award MP3

Many nonprofits are fortunate to have volunteers and supporters who quietly work behind the scenes to advance their mission. At the Center for Practical for Practical Bioethics, Joanne Berkley was oneo of those volunteers. In accepting the Center's 2011 Vision to Action Award, she credits the Center for its mission...

Ethics and the Chronic Pain Stigma in Geriatric Populations …

Why do geriatric populations consistently tend to underreport pain? East Carolina University, Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies Assistant Professor, Daniel Goldberg, PhD, analyzes chronic pain stigma as it relates to the personal identity of the elderly. Goldberg discusses the meaning of pain for these populations and how it precipitates higher mortality rates...

Chronic Pain and Health Disparities MP3

September Williams, MD, discusses chronic pain, health disparities and why we need to do something abou it. Dr. Williams is an internal medicine physician at the San Francisco Public Health Department’s Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. She is also a clinical ethicist and a film maker. (March 9, 2011)   {s5_media_player...

The Medical Consequences of Donating Eggs MP3

Glenn McGee, PhD, John B.Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics, explains that there can be medical consequences for women donating eggs. (March 9, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.McGee.030911.mp3]}

Call to Remove Dickey-Wicker Amendment Rider Prohibiting Use…

There’s an obscure rider obstructing science when it comes to parthenotes. Lisa Campo Englestein, Onco-Fertility Consortium, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, discusses an article she co-aurhored in the March 2011 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics, "An Obscure Rider Obstructing Science: The Conflation of Parthenotes with Embryos in...

Preventing Unethical Research MP3

There are no guarantees against unethical research. Summer McGee discusses the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues's charge to address those concerns. (March 2, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Summer.030211.mp3]}

Intersection of Law, Regulations and Medical Ethics in Treat…

Jennifer Bolen, JD, former assistant U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice and founder of The Legal Side of Pain discusses the intersection of physician and patient. It has to be a multi-prong effort from different stakeholders to benefit the patient in dealing with physicians and the legal community to...

Duties and Obligations to Treat Pain MP3

What are the duties and obligations of physicians to treat pain? Richard Payne, MD, discusses the meaning of patient-centered care in the contexxt of pain management, emphasizing the patient's needs and goals, which may or may not involved "fixing" the problem. Dr. Payne is professor of medicine and divinity at...

New Business Opportunities on the Old Age Frontier MP3

Katie Boyer, co-founder and Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Inventive Health Solutions, and Greg Corpier, co-founder and Vice President of Technology Solutions,  discuss a New York Times article titled, "In a Greying Population Business Opportunity". The new business of old age involves technology and services that promote wellness...

Ethical Stalemates in Clinical Research MP3

How to resolve ethical stalemates in clinical research? Doctor Peter Ubel of Duke University suggests an approach in an article in the February 2011 issue of The American Journal of Bioethics and discusses it in this interview. (February 18, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Ubell.021811.mp3]}

Biomedical and Environmental Bioethics MP3

Richard Randolph, former associate professor of bioethics at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, explains why he thinks biomedical bioethics and environmental bioethics should not be considered as separate. (February 10, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Randolph.021011.mp3]}

Sabbaths of Hope MP3

The initiative is called Sabbaths of Hope aimed at enabling clergy and other faith leaders to address clinical depression in their communities.It

Doctor, would you prescribe a pill please? MP3

How do doctors view prescribing drugs to enhance athletic performance? That’s one of the questions addressed in an article published in the January 2011 edition of The American Journal of Bioethics and discussed by co-author Dr. Matthew Wynia, director of the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association. (January...

Medical Ethics and the Law MP3

Annette Prince, University of Oklahoma, discusses the state of medical ethics and the law. (January 21, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Prince.012111.mp3]}

An Independent Senior Living Development in Kansas CityMP3

A Kansas City, Missouri, project is now underway to build senior housing for assisted living, memory impaired residents, and seniors living independently. It’s called the Rockhill Greens Redevelopment Plan and two developers explain the project.   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Rockhill_Development.011411.mp3]}

Healthcare and Social Justice from the Heartland to Haiti MP…

Helen Emmott, a nurse ethicist, explains why healthcare and social justice challenges exist not just in Haiti but in the heartland of America as well.  (January 14, 2011) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Emmott.011411.mp3]}

Aging and Access to Services in Greater Kansas City MP3

Brent Never of the University of Missouri Kansas City discusses his study of how aging individuals in Greater Kansas City are able to access the services they need to remain independent. (January 7, 2011)     {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Never.010711.mp3]}

Withdrawal of Medicare Provision for End of Life Counseling …

Now you have it, now you don’t. It’s the Medicare policy that would have paid for end of life counseling as part of an annual wellness visit. John Carney of the Center for Practical Bioethics explains what led to the withdrawal of the provision and where end of life counseling...

Medical Tourism and Bariatric Surgery MP3

Jeremy Snyder, an assistant professor of health sciences at Simon Fraser University, and Valerie Crooks, write in the December 2010 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics that better public reporting is needed about the quality of care received abroad, as are better guidelines for patients seeking that care. (Dec. 24...

Surrogate Decision Makers and End of Life Care MP3

John Carney, president & CEO of the Center, discusses where to draw the line between physician guidance and respecting surrogate and patient wishes. Do surrogate decision makers need more help from doctors on end of life care? A couple of medical journals address this issue. (December 17, 2010)    

The Bioethics Commission and Synthetic Biology MP3

Some early advice for synthetic biology from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.Essentially, don

Ethical Considerations in Diagnosing Disorders of Consciousn…

Arthur Caplan, PhD, Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, and Joseph Fins, MD, Chief of Medical Ethics, Weil Cornell Medical College, discuss their article in the Oct/Dec 2010 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience focusing on problems in diagnosing and labling patients in vegetative vs. minimally conscsious...

The Cruzan Family 20 Years Later MP3

Twenty years after Nancy Cruzan died following years of litigation and public strife over the right to withdraw life-sustaining treatment, Nancy's sister Chris Cruzan White and her two daughters, Angie Broaddus and Miranda Lewis, look back and at what lay ahead. (November 19, 2010)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Cruzans.111910.mp3]}

PBS Frontline: Facing Death MP3

How far would you go to sustain your life or the life of someone you love? When the moment comes, and you’re confronted with the prospect of "pulling the plug," do you know how you’ll respond? Those questions and many others are addressed in a PBS Frontline program on November...

Clay County Senior Services Grant to KC4 Aging in Community …

Tina Uridge, executive director of Clay County Senior Services, and Charlies Hughes, vice chair of the board, discuss their $15,000 grant to the Center's KC4 Aging in Community Initiative to provide educational programs to civic and community leaders about the impact of our aging society. (Nov. 12, 2010) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.ClayCounty.111210.mp3]}

Working with the Aging Workforce MP3

Steven Joiner, head of the Workforce Pillar of the KC4 Aging in Community initiative, discusses why the workforce needs to shift perspective on aging from one of burden to asset. He highlights the need to tap into the talent of an aging workforce.     {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[audio-bioethics/Working-with-the-Aging-Workforce.mp3]}  

The Challenges of Caregiving MP3

An estimated 120 million adult Americans (57 percent) are either providing unpaid care to an adult family member or friend or have provided this care in the past. About 22% of the population - approximately 46 million Americans - is providing care to an adult relative or friend. And more...

The Home of the Future for Aging AmericansMP3

The home of the future is one that will accomodate our rapidly rising numbers of older Americans. Michael Dodd, Founder and President of Lifewise Renovations, and Deborah Hartzler, Occupational Therapist, discuss the origins and philsoophy of their company, LIfewise Renovations, which remodels homes to enable older adults to age in...

American Journal of Bioethics Celebrates 10th Anniversary MP…

Glenn McGee and Summer McGee, Editor in Chief and Executive Editor, of the American Journal of Bioethics, discuss the publication's 10th anniversary. (October 26, 2010) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.AJOB10th.102610.mp3]}

Respecting the Disabled at End of Life MP3

Where do we stand when it comes to people with disabilities and end of life issues? Paul Tobin, president and CEO of the United Spinal Association, will address this question in Kansas City at the Legacy of Nancy Cruzan Conference November 12 and 13, 2010. (October 20, 2010)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.Tobin.102010.mp3]}

Pioneers in Bioethics on the Future of Bioethics MP3

Two pioneers of bioethics get together to talk about the past and what the future will bring. They are Rosemary Flanigan, PhD, retired from the Center for Practical Bioethics in July 2010, and Robert Potter, MD, retired from the Center in 2005 and now teaching at the Center for Ethics...

Can iPS Cells Replace Embryonic Stem Cells for Research? MP3

Glenn McGee, PhD, John B. Francis Chair at the Center, discusses whether iPS cells (stem cells that can be generated directly from adult cells) can produce the benefits of embryonic stem cell research, without destroying embryos. Is this the Holy Grail around the moral and ethical challenges associated with this...

The Ethics of Selling Human Eggs MP3

Some compelling questions in the September first 2010 edition of Fast Company. Is it really okay to treat a woman the way we treat a hen, pumping her up with hormones so we can farm more eggs for sale? Is a human egg a widget and the donor nothing more...

Transforming Care for People with Advanced Illness MP3

Living with advanced illness in America is painful, isolating and costly.Most people spend their last days alone in hospitals and nursing homes, often in pain, despite the availability of effective pain management.The current system fails the public, health providers and society.That is why “The Transformation Project: A New Initiative to...

The Ethics of Donation after Cardiac Death MP3

The debate continues on the ethics of donating organs after cardiac death. How do we make sure patients do not suffer, or that their dying is prolonged? When is someone truly dead, meaning that their organs can be used for transplant? David Magnus of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics...

Cruzan 20 Years Later: What We Know about Persistent Vegetat…

Dr. Joseph Fins, chief of medical ethics at Weil-Cornell Medical College, discusses recent clinical developments that have led to better understanding of persistent vs. minimally conscious states and how he believes this knowledge should affect care. Fins served on a panel with Art Caplan and Glenn McGee at the Center's...

What Now Dr. Gawande? MP3

Dr.Atul Gawande has created ripples of reaction throughout the medical community with his article in the August 2, 2010 edition of The New Yorker.The piece is entitled “Letting Go: What should medicine do when it can

Stem Cells: The Ethics Debate Begins Anew MP3

A US judge blocks rules on embryonic stem cell research, and the ethical merry-go-round begins anew on this controversial issue. Glenn McGee lends some perspective. {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.McGee.StemCells.mp3]}

Diverse Ethics of Translational Research MP3

Concerns are growing over the ethics of translational research.But not all such research is morally problematic.That

Diverse Ethics of Translational Research MP3

Concerns are growing over the ethics of translational research.But not all such research is morally problematic.That

Hospice Care in Prison MP3

Carol McAdoo, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, discusses end of life in prison and why hospice is needed there. (August 6, 2010) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.McAdoo.080610.mp3]}

Elderburbia: Aging with a Sense of Place MP3

Aging is not about time and body, but about place and relationships.That

Mental Health & the End of Life MP3

Dying is hard enough work without depression and other mental health disorders interfering with achieving end of life goals.Washington University

Presidential Bioethics MP3

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues met for the first time July 8th and 9th in Washington DC.In this edition of The Bioethics Channel, host Lorell LaBoube visits with two individuals who attended that gathering one as a member of the commission, the other as an observer.Barbara...

The FDA REMS: A Pain Policy Balancing Act MP3

The Food and Drug Administration is moving forward on Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics.What do those strategies mean for people in chronic pain,

Introducing AJOB Primary Research MP3

The American Journal of Bioethics launches a spin off journal.It

Impact of Rules of Ethics vs. Policy on Human Subjects Resea…

There are similarities and differences between ethical rules and rules of policy when it comes to human subjects research. Benjamin Sachs, assistant professor of environmental studies and bioethics at New York University, discusses his June 2010 article, “The Case for Evidence-Based Rulemaking in Human Subjects Research,” in the American Journal...

The Intersection of Neuroscience and National Security MP3

The intersection of neuroscience and national security is an intriguing place fraught with excitement but also a need for caution. Jonathan Marks, director of bioethics at Penn State University, explains how neuroscience may have been "oversold" in pursuit of national security. For example, at Guantanamo Bay where national security experts...

Organ Donations and Presumed Consent MP3

Organ donations were in the news in 2010 as legislatures in New York, California and other states considered presumed consent -- making everyone an organ donor unless they opt out --and physicians considered whether it should be part of advance care planning. Terry Rosell, the Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the...

The Ethics of Synthetic Cells MP3

What have we done? And what does it mean? Those are the questions after headlines exploded with news of a synthetic cell

Ethics and Public Health MP3

What role does ethics play in public health, especially when it comes to emergencies? Summer Johnson, PhD, Executive Director of the American Journal of BIoethics, provides an overview of public health as opposed to medicine and how ethics come into play. Public health ethics is an emerging field, especially with...

Stem Cell Tourism and the Power of Hope MP3

Thousands of people are heading overseas to seek treatments for rare and terminal conditions. How do we balance the needs of these desperately sick individuals with the need for rigorous, evidence based medicine? How do we reach that balance without treading on the power of hope? Christopher Thomas Scott, director...

Pain Contracts: Trust but Verify? MP3

When a pain contract includes random urine screens, a patient might just think their doctor doesn

Pain Contracts: Too Many Variables MP3

There are too many variables to justify universal acceptance of pain contracts.That

Pain Contracts: Balance at the Bedside MP3

Will Rowe, President, American Pain Foundation, explains why pain contracts can make prescribers and patients partners and limit abuse, while emphasizing the need for the patient's voice to be more prominent.   

Pain Contracts: A Physician-Patient Perspective MP3

Carlton Haywood Jr., PhD, Johns Hopkins University, explains how he, as a physician and chronic pain patient, views trust issues that arise between medical professionals and those in pain. He notes the one-sided nature of opioid contracts, which seem to place no responsibility on physicians and great expectations on patients.

Pain Contracts: Great Good or Great Harm? MP3

Can pain contracts produce great good or great harm? Scott Fishman, MD, University of California, Davis, discusses why he sees pain contrats as a useful tool when they enhance communication between clinician and patient.

Pain Contracts: Unintended Consequences MP3

Pain contracts may lead to unintended consequences for both the patient and the physician. Richard Payne, MD, John B. Francis Chair at the Center and the Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity at Duke Divinity School, Duke University. Here he describes his concerns about pain contracts, including under-treatment of...

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race MP3

Susan Bachrach, Curator US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Jean Zeldin, Executive Director, Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, discuss the long path to genocide, including ideas about eugenics, which created an environment in which physicians and public health officials collaborated in crimes against humanity.

National Healthcare Decisions Day MP3

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a day to designate someone to speak for you when you can no longer speak for yourself during a serious illness or at the end of life. John Carney of the Center for Practical Bioethics and Ed Kraemer, MD, a family physician talk...

Too Soon to Give up on Advance Directives MP3

Advance directives were the subject of a 2010 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, also the fifth anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo. So where do advance directives stand these days and how might we make better use of them? Michael Green, MD and Benjamin Levi, MD...

Barbara Bollier - Embracing Bioethics MP3

A mother, a physician, a volunteer, a state legislator. And on April 13, 2010, a recipient of the Vision to Action Award by the Center for Practical Bioethics. Her name is Barbara Bollier, MD, and here she talks about the Bioethics Center in this edition of the Bioethics Channel. (April...

A Physician and Bioethics MP3

The Center for Practical Bioethics will honor four individuals April 13, 2010 with Vision to Action Awards for their work in advancing the mission of the Center.One recipient of that award is Dr.Steve Salanski, and he talks about the recognition in this edition of

Terri Schiavo -- Five Years Later MP3

Terri Schaivo's story turned into a national shouting match over life and death and who decides. It continued to ripple through state legislatures wrestling with end of life issues. But has much changed since Terri died on March 31, 2005. John Carney, vice president for aging and end of life...

Health Reform: An Ethical Analysis MP3

Health care reform is now the law of the land.It was quite a ride getting to this point, and now seems a good time to lend some ethical perspectives to how we got here, and how we move forward.In this edition of The Bioethics Channel, a panel of ethics professionals...

Today Trans Fats. Tomorrow the Hot Dog? MP3

Will banning artificial trans fats today

The Ethics of Mammography Screening MP3

In November 2009 a report that questioned the merits of routine mammography screening sparked a firestorm of protest,

Eleanor Clift on Healthcare Reform MP3

At one point, healthcare reform not only seemed possible but probable. But in 2010 the prospects were unsettled. Eleanor Clift, keynote speaker at the Center's Annual Dinner on April 13, discusses the political maneurvering that made passage of healthcare reform so challenging.      {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/CliftFINAL5.mp3]}

Futile CPR. Always wrong? MP3

Is it always wrong to perform futile CPR? That was the question posed by Dr. Robert Truog in the February 11 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The question prompted a great deal of debate in an email discussion group sponsored by Dr. Rosemary Flanigan at the Center...

Is living forever ethical? MP3

Is it ethical for individuals, or for society generally, to take advantage of technologies that will change our entire notion of what it means to age? Is it okay to want to live forever? Those are questions to be addressed by Glenn McGee, PhD, former Francis Chair at the Center...

Gay Men & Donating Blood MP3

The current FDA policy excluding gay men from giving blood is absurd and flies in the face of both need and science.That

An Update on Balancing Pain Policy MP3

As we age in America, more of us than ever before will suffer from chronic pain. Whether we receive appropriate for that pain may be an open question as many patients today continue to suffer from chronic pain even as therapies are available for treatment. Myra Christopher, president and CEO...

Rethinking Vegetative States MP3

Do we need to rethink what a vegetative state means? Glenn McGee talks about it in this interview, prompted by an article in the New England Journal of Medicine regarding brain activity in patients in a persistent vegetative state.  (February 4, 2010) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/McGee.FINAL.020410.mp3]}

Conflicting Views about the Review Process for Ashley X MP3

In 2007, a developmentally disabled 7-year old girl underwent procedures in a Seattle hospital to stop normal growth. The Ashley X case created headlines and raised a host of ethical questions. Those issues are revisited in the January 2010 issue of The American Journal of Bioethics. Here, two bioethicists, one...

Making or Having a Baby: The Ethics of Genetic Testing MP3

A decade ago Molly Nash made headlines when her parents had a baby brother to save her life. Are the ethics of that decision any more clear today than ten years ago? Glenn McGee thinks not and explains in this conversation.  (January 15, 2010) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/McGee.FINAL.011510.mp3]}

Mobility and Transportation for Our Aging Population MP3

Scott Helm, PhD, of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City explains why mobility is more of an issue with our aging population than transportation. (January 9, 2010)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/Helm.010910FINAL.mp3]}

Homes for the Aging: Now and in the Future MP3

How will our aging population affect the homes we have now, and how we build homes in the future? Daniel Serda, PhD Executive Director and CEO of the Kansas City Design Center, discusses these developments. (December 22, 2009)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/SerdaFINAL.122209.mp3]}

A Program to Improve Pain Treatment MP3

Pain is often undertreated. That’s why the American Academy of Family Physicians has convened a unique group of organizations to offer a series of programs to educate providers on pain treatment. (December 17, 2009)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/Pain.KartyFINAL.121709.mp3]}

What the Data Reveal about Aging in Kansas City MP3

John Carney, CEO  of the Center for Practical Bioethics, discusses how Kansas City's aging population will affect all aspects of life (e.g., healthcare, caregiving, housing, shopping, driving) in the region, as well as the opportunities these demographic trends offer. Carney also describes the Center's KC4 Aging in Community program and...

Placebos: Deceptive or Legitimate? MP3

The December 2009 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics features articles examining the ethics of using placebos in clinical practice.Executive editor Summer Johnson, PhD discusses them. (December 15, 2009) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/Placebos.Deceptive_or_Legitimate.121509.mp3]}

Tapping into Baby Boomers MP3

The first wave of Baby Boomers is already turning 60.And America

Introducing -- the new John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics MP…

Glenn McGee, PhD, will assume the John B.Francis Endowed Chair in Bioethics on January 1, 2010.He follows John D.Lantos, MD.The chair was established in 2005 through a $3 million endowment from the Francis Family Foundation to the Center for Practical Bioethics.In this edition of The Bioethcis Channel, Lorell LaBoube talks...

The State of Aging and End of Life MP3

The task of making our medical wishes known during a serious illness or at the end of life is much more complicated now that it

If we can redesign ourselves -- should we? MP3

What if you could enhance your intellectual or athletic capacity? How about raising an Einstein or living to be 150? A glimpse into the science of tailoring our genetic code to our desires is the subject of bestselling author, David Ewing Duncan, director of the Center for Life Science Policy...

The Cultural Politics of Disease MP3

Keith Wailoo is the Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers University. He is the author of acclaimed books examining the cultural politics of disease in America. Dr.Wailoo explains the different cultural and clinical responses to diseases like Tay-Sachs and sickle cell anemia.  

Do our genes tell us who we are? MP3

In conjunction with a Center symposium, "Genetics: Jewish Diseases and Personalized Medicine," Jon Entine, American Enterprise Institute, discusses genetics in Jews and other racial populations, such as East Africans, and explains why studying subpopulations is important to understand human differences, isolate diseases, find cures and improve humanity. Entine explains why...

Medical Professionalism: What's trust -- not truth -- got to…

The physician patient relationship is changing as is the concept of medical professionalism. Is it time to redefine what we mean by medical professionalism? And how will that affect your relationship with your doctor. Dr. Gary Pettett, a neonatologist and a Fellow at the Center for Practical Bioethics explains. (October...

Systems Reform and Innovation in Healthcare MP3

What will a reformed system look like? And how will it work. Robert St. Peter, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Institute, and Karen Miller, PhD, of the University of Kansas Medical Center, speculate. {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.MillerSt.Peter.mp3]}

Bending the Healthcare Cost Curve MP3

Marcy Gilson, vice chancellor of public policyu at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Dr. Rene Bollier, a family practice physician in Kansas City, discuss whether bending the cost curve in healthcare is possible and how it may affect the healthcare people received. Recorded in October. 2009.     {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/Bollier.Nielsen.102109.mp3]}

Genetics, Jewish Diseases and Personalized Medicine MP3

Advances in genetics change the way we think about health, disease and personal identity. That’s the focus of a two day conference in Kansas City November 2-3, 2009. Dr. John Lantos talks about the conference.   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/LantosGC.102009.mp3]}

Health Coverage for All MP3

Steve Roling, president and CEO of the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and Dr. William Pankey of Swope Health Services, explain why they believe healthcare reform should cover everyone and discuss the controversy surrounding doing so. (October 13, 2009)       {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/HCR.101309.mp3]}

Congressional Debate on the Affordable Care Act MP3

The Center for Practical Bioethics kicked off its October 2009 series of public forums on healthcare reform with a session entitled “Good Ethics Start with Good Facts.” Two panelists from the program, Teresa Brooks, JD, Polsinelli, and Max Skidmore, PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City talked about what to expect as...

Home Stretch for Health Reform MP3

The health reform debate lurches into October with an uncertain prognosis.John Carney of the Center for Practical Bioethics gives an update and talks about a series of Center public forums on health reform in this edition of The Bioethics Channel.Author: William Colby, JD, General Counsel Truman

A Conversation with Bill Colby about Nancy Cruzan MP3

Twenty years ago William Colby argued the Nancy Cruzan case before the US Supreme Court. What did the Cruzan case mean for all of us? Have we made progress making our wishes known for the end of life? In this interview, Colby describes the impact in 1987 of seeing Nancy...

Getting an "A" in Pain Policy MP3

Kansas gets an “A” Missouri a “C” for state policies addressing pain.What does that mean for physicians and patients when it comes to treating pain? Dr.Robert Twillman

Humor in Healthcare a Serious Business MP3

The Center for Practical Bioethics honored nurses, social workers, chaplains and allied health professionals with Frontline Action Awards during activities September 8, 2009

What happens to Jesus if I donate my heart? MP3

That’s the title of a lecture scheduled for September 23, 2009

Ethics of Selling Eggs for Stem Cell Research MP3

The state of New York has decided to pay women for donating eggs for stem cell research. What are the scientific implications of such a move? What are the ethical considerations? David Albertini of the University of Kansas Medical Center and Doctor Nancy Howell of the Saint Paul School of...

End of Life Scare II MP3

There is confusing language about advance care planning in the US House version of healthcare reform.But it is not inaccurate and actually protects the interests of the elderly and disabled.   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[audio-bioethics/end-of-life-scare-2.mp3]}

Aging in Community with Help at Home MP3

Would you like to stay in your home to a good old age? If you do, please learn about this Help at Home Program and similar at-home services available in your community.   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[audio-bioethics/Aging-in-Community-with-Help-at-Home.mp3]}  

Drugs, Ethics and the Quality of Life MP3

Physicians recognize treating pain as a moral and ethical duty.Then why are so many patients in pain? Dr.Bruce White talks about it in this edition of the Bioethics Channel.He is the author of Drugs, Ethics and the Quality of Life.Author: Rosemary Flanigan,

Introducing -- the Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the Center for…

In 2006, the Center for Practical Bioethics announced the establishment of the Rosemary Flanigan

The End of Life Scare MP3

Any health reform must address improving end-of-life care, and the pending legislation does that.Now a group of people have latched onto this legislation and perverted its intent to try to scare the American public, especially older people, and defeat healthcare reform.   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} {s5_media_player media=[audio]...

If we pervert this, we will all lose. MP3

In retrospect, it was all too predictable.Over the last week or so opponents of healthcare reform have been latching on to end of life provisions in the House bill, claiming it would promote euthanasia among our nation

Celebrating with Frontliners MP3

The Center for Practical Bioethics will honor nurses, social workers, chaplains and allied health professionals during an event September 8, 2009

The Ethics of Organ Transplants MP3

When is someone dead truly dead? Meaning their organs can be harvested for transplant? Terry Rosell,

End of Life in the Emergency Room MP3

Dr. Arthur Derse, director of medical and legal affairs and associate director of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Center for the Study of Bioethics, explains why ER physicians, traditionally trained to "not just stand there, do something," tend to ignore issues of autonomy and informed consent. The original reasons for proceudres...

The Ethics of Rationing Healthcare MP3

Milton Friedman once said there is no such thing as a free lunch. Does that apply to healthcare? And does that mean the R word rationing will be a factor in healthcare reform? John Lantos, MD, the John B. Francis Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics, believes we already...

Healthcare Reform and End of Life Care MP3

At a town hall meeting in June 2009, Obama said he didn't want to see bureaucracies making end of life decisions. Myra Christopher, president and CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics, and Christian Sinclair, MD, of Kansas City Hospice discuss what the president had to say.   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[audio-bioethics/end-of-life-care-in-healthcare-reform.mp3]}  

Religion. Healthcare Policy. Do the Twain Meet? MP3

Rosemary Flanigan, PhD, explores what it means to have a “religious consciousness” and how having such a consciousness affects our thinking as we deal with life and death issues as well as a host of bioethical issues facing us today.    {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/religion-and-healthcare-rosemary.mp3]}  

Booming Past 65: Aging in Kansas City MP3

A new study projects the number of residents 65 and older in metro Kansas City to double by the year 2030. The impact on housing, transportation and healthcare will be profound. Scott Helm, senior fellow with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and John Carney, vice president for aging and...

The Ethics of Untreated Pain MP3

Pain is too often left untreated and that

Chronic Disease and Aging MP3

The overwhelming majority of Americans will die of complications from a chronic disease. At the same time, that overwhelming majority will pay little attention to what that means. John Carney, vice president for aging and end of life at the Center for Practical Bioethics, discusses chronic disease and aging and...

Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Aging America MP3

Phil Stafford, Director, and Mia Oberlink, Manager,  Center on Aging and Community, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, discuss the tool they created to collect and measure communities' performance in four domains of older adult-friendliness and ways communities can use this information to improve. The four domains include...

Should Religion Play a Role in the Practice of Medicine? MP3

Dr. Farr Curlin, assistant professor of medicine, and John Lantos, both University of Chicago, address the question: Should religion play a role in the practice of medicine? {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[audio-bioethics/should-religion-play-a-role-in-the-practice-of-medicine.mp3]}  

Balancing Faith and Politics MP3

Episcopal priest and retired Missouri U.S Senator and attorney general John Danforth presented the keynote address at the Center’s 25th Anniversary Annual Dinner in 2009. In his book, Faith and Politics, he devoted a chapter to the Terri Schiavo case. In this interview, he explains why he views the case...

Building a Bioethics Center from Scratch MP3

It began as a vision a quarter century ago.With medical technology accelerating rapidly, a healthcare attorney, a physician and a philosopher envisioned a place to consider the ethical implications of using this technology.In this edition of The Bioethics Channel,

Matching Physicians with Patients in Need MP3

In 2005, it was an idea. Two years later, it became a reality. Now It’s the Northland Care/MetroCARE program, a specialty care network for the poor and uninsured in the Kansas City area. Jill Watson of the Metropolitan Medical Society and Dr.Tyler Brundige talk about the program. (April 24, 2009)   {s5_media_player...

Hospital Ethics Committees: Then and Now MP3

Hospital ethics committees evolved in the late 1970s and into the 80s. Rosemary Flanigan, a pioneer in their development, talks about how hospital ethics committees began and their future. (April 17, 2009)   {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/Ethics_Comm.041709.mp3]}

A Physician's Reflections on Bioethics MP3

Robert Potter, MD, was a revered physician and medical educator in Kansas City for 30 years before moving to Oregon in 2004. In the decade prior to his departure, he served as a scholar and consultant for the Center for Practical Bioethics. Dr. Potter reflects on bioethics then, now and...

Creating Caring Conversations for Young Adults MP3

For more than a decade, the Center for Practical Bioethics has offered a booklet called Caring Conversations to help individuals and their families make practical preparations for end-of-life decisions. Now the Center has tailored a version of Caring Conversations for use by young adults. Dr.Barbara Bollier and Lauren Douville discuss...

Trusting Our Differences MP3

During its 25 years of service, the Center for Practical Bioethics has taken on a number of initiatives that continue to have impact in the daily work of medical professionals across the country. Helen Emmott, RN, explains one such project -- Trusting Our Differences. (March 20, 2009) {s5_media_player media=[audio] audio_mp3=[website/bioethics-channel/FINAL.TOD.Emmott.032009.mp3]}

Comparing Healthcare Reform Under Clinton and Obama MP3

A young Democratic President with large Democratic majorities decided to tackle healthcare reform in 2009? No, the year was 1993 and Bill Clinton was president. John Lantos, PhD, John B. Francis Chair at the Center, was on the task force for healthcare reform under President Clinton's administration. Here, he compares...

Sabbaths of Hope, Mental Health and the Clergy MP3

Terry Rosell, PhD, DMin of the Center and Sue Lewis of the Mental Health Association of the Heartland explain that cost and stigma are primary reasons people with mental health issues seek help first from clergy, how the Sabbaths of Hope initiative helps faith leaders to address clinical depression, and...

End of Life Legislation in Missouri and Kansas MP3

Befuddled with the laws in Missouri and Kansas regarding end-of-life decisions for you and your family? Officials in both states are working to ensure practical preparations are being streamlined to address vital provisions including, living wills, durable powers of attorney and care outside of hospital concerns. Listen as John Carney...

Balancing Need to Prosecute Improper Use of Pain Medications…

A new policy brief aims at balancing the need to prosecute improper use of pain medications, while at the same time avoiding the unintended consequence of under-treating pain.Bill Colby, Senior Fellow for Law and Patient Rights at the Center for Practical Bioethics, explains how the policy brief establishes a clear...

Ethics of Babies Born at the Edge of Viability MP3

How small is too small? And how should we decide? Some babies born after just five months of pregnancy -- as early as 22 weeks of gestation -- can now survive.Their chances for survival depend on where they are born. Dr.John Lantos examines the moral dilemmas in treating babies born...

The Ethics of OctoMom MP3

The controversial case of a woman bearing eight children has ethical implications for both the

A Quarter Century of Practical Bioethics MP3

The Center for Practical Bioethics is celebrating a quarter century of practical bioethics in 2009.This edition of The Bioethics Channel features Myra Christopher, Center president and CEO, talking about how the Center began and what the

After the Heart Attack - Dr. Flanigan on Advance Care Planni…

In early 2012, at age 85, Dr. Rosemary Flanigan suffered and survived a heart attack. Fifteen years earlier, Dr. Flanigan wrote: “It makes me mad. There’s a pervasive assumption out there that should I, one day, have a coronary infarct, I would want to be resuscitated. That is simply not...

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