Court orders Trump administration to give immigrant teens abortion access

Reuters, 19 December 2017
Author: Sarah N Lynch
“A U.S. District Court judge ruled on Monday that President Donald Trump’s administration must allow access to abortion for two pregnant teenagers who are in the country illegally, escalating a high-profile legal fight.”
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The surgeon who signed patients’ livers was silly, not criminal. The law is an ass

The Guardian, 16 December 2017
Author: Henry Marsh
“Last Wednesday Simon Bramhall, a consultant surgeon specialising in liver transplantation, pleaded guilty in Birmingham crown court to “assault by beating”. He awaits sentencing. On two occasions during liver transplantation surgery – a highly complex and difficult procedure – he had signed his initials on the surface of his patients’ organs using an argon gas coagulator.”
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Drug Company Under Fire After Revealing Dengue Vaccine May Harm Some

NYT, 17 December 2017
Authors: Denise Grady, Katie Thomas
“The Philippines government has begun investigations into the rollout of the immunization program by French drugmaker Sanofi, which has come under fire for discounting early warnings that its vaccine could put some people at heightened risk of a severe form of the disease.”
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In Opioid Battle, Cherokee Want Their Day in Tribal Court

NYT, 17 December 2017
Author: Jan Hoffman
“The Cherokee suit argues that the pharmacy chains Walmart, Walgreens and CVS Health, as well as the giant drug distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen, flouted federal drug-monitoring laws and allowed prescription opioids to pour into the Cherokee territory at some of the highest rates in the country. Such neglect, Mr. Hembree claims, amounts to exploitation of a people.”
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Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labeling rules

Reuters, 16 December 2017
Author: Aditya Kalra
“An Indian court on Friday quashed federal rules that mandated stringent graphic health warnings on tobacco products, lawyers involved in the case said, in a decision seen as a major victory for the tobacco industry and a setback for health advocates.”
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Italy to Allow Living Wills and the Refusal of End-of-Life Care

NYT, 14 December 2017
Author: Elisabetta Povoledo
“Italian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday allowing adults to decide, in concordance with their doctors, their end-of-life medical care, including the terms under which they can refuse treatment. The law permits Italians to write living wills and refuse medical treatment, artificial nutrition and hydration.”
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We must follow California’s example and repeal archaic HIV laws

The BMJ Opinion, 15 December 2017
Author: Sofia Gruskin
“Recently, my home state of California made national headlines when it repealed an HIV criminalisation law and reduced penalties for exposing other people to the virus. It was a landmark decision grounded in science and human rights that will go into effect next month.”
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Rethinking moral distress: conceptual demands for a troubling phenomenon affecting health care professionals

Med Health Care and Philos, 2017, pp1-10
Author: Daniel W. Tigard
“Recent medical and bioethics literature shows a growing concern for practitioners’ emotional experience and the ethical environment in the workplace. Moral distress, in particular, is often said to result from the difficult decisions made and the troubling situations regularly encountered in health care contexts. It has been identified as a leading cause of professional dissatisfaction and burnout, which, in turn, contribute to inadequate attention and increased pain for patients. Given the natural desire to avoid these negative effects, it seems to most authors that systematic efforts should be made to drastically reduce moral distress, if not altogether eliminate it from the lives of vulnerable practitioners.”
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