How doctors really decide who lives and who dies

Should doctors allow their expertise to trump patient's personal goals — or should they yield to it?

  • Our health care system right now prizes efficiency, rather than embedding an ethics committee throughout a patient's treatment.
  • The challenge of being a medical ethicist is bringing "airy" concepts into clinical practice.
  • Sometimes the solutions to ethical issues become established via legal precedent.
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Drug makes tumors more susceptible to chemo

One compound could help combat drug resistance.

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Many chemotherapy drugs kill cancer cells by severely damaging their DNA.

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Empathy in healthcare is finally making a comeback

We're putting the "care" back into "healthcare."

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A doctor friend – let's call her Anne – was teaching three smart medical students who were told to diagnose a woman complaining of nonspecific pain and anxiety.

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Fruit juice is not healthy. Taxing it will slash American obesity.

100 percent fruit juice is still 100 percent sugar.

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  • Research at the University of Waterloo claims that taxing fruit juice results in healthier purchasing habits.
  • Participants that were taxed "produced greater reductions in sugars and calories than those that did not."
  • Experts say that stripping fruit of its fiber for juice is a dubious nutritional practice.
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Using AI to predict breast cancer and personalize care

New technology could predict cancer up to 5 years in advance.

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Despite major advances in genetics and modern imaging, the diagnosis catches most breast cancer patients by surprise.

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