Gill Pharoah was a retired palliative care nurse who took her own life on July 21st. Pharoah was 75 and in perfect health, but chose to end her life before suffering any serious medical problems. Pharoah's longtime partner accompanied her to a facility in Switzerland where she was given a life-ending injection.
Gill Pharoah had no degenerative disease or incurable illness, but she cited her work in palliative care as one of the reasons for wanting to die when she did:
Wrestler Dwayne Johnson -- better known as The Rock -- was the target of a racist tirade by wrestler Hulk Hogan. Hogan's comments were revealed this week. Medical ethicist Art Caplan applauded the WWE's swiftness responding to the situation.
Are the risks from concussions and head trauma overblown? That's what a study published in February seemed to say. Boston Public Radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan talked to medical ethicist Art Caplan on Wednesday about the concussion debate, the hits pro athletes rack up over their careers, and about how the sometimes-maligned WWE has moved to protect its athletes and discourage racism in its ranks.
It wasn't long ago the most reliable measure of a good workout was simply how spent you felt. Then came digital pedometers clipped to belt loops of dad jeans. Now it's bands and watches of all sizes: digital trackers break down exertion in units of steps; they upload information to the cloud and store it for later use.
'Sitting is the new smoking' has become a popular health refrain, and it's not just about cubicle workers. Kids in school are often subject to long stretches of sitting, and standing desks could be a good alternative.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan was back on Boston Public Radio on Wednesday to tackle a contentious subject: childhood obesity. The CDC recently reported a doubling in obesity for kids six to eleven years old, and a quadrupling in 12-t0-19-year-olds over the last three decades.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan was back on Boston Public Radio for his weekly "Ask the Ethicist" segment with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. Caplan talked about doctors who work sick even though they shouldn't; the relative ineffectiveness of online symptom-checking services; and how an NFL star's medical records were tweeted out by a journalist.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined BPR for his regular Wednesday segment, "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center, and cohost of the Everyday Ethics podcast. He talked about political candidates' medical assertions, celebrities' medical assertions, and employer-incentivized plans to live healthy lives.
Medical ethicist joined Boston Public Radio on Wednesday for his regular "Ask the Ethicist" segment. Caplan talked about a new California vaccination law, the few abortion clinics in Texas, and the Supreme Court upholding the use of a particular drug for lethal injections.
We open the show with the Supreme Court's decision on Affordable Care Act. With a 6-3 vote, they uphold the law. We hear from medical ethicist, Art Caplan and later, carry President Obama's thoughts live.
Paul Reville stops by to discuss technology in school and other education headlines.
The human-pet bond is deep, and in Massachusetts it could be deeper, as in 6 feet under.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for his regular Boston Public Radio segment, "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan talked about the efficacy (or lack thereof) of "detox" diets, a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and a new report on US obesity.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio — a few days later than usual — for his weekly segment, "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan talked about the right age for parents to sign off on a child's gender reassignment surgery, raising the smoking age, and the damage done by marijuana smoke.
Questions below are paraphrased. Caplan's responses are edited where noted [...].
You're encouraging some caution when it comes to performing large numbers of gender reassignment surgeries. Why is that?
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio on Wednesday for his regular segment "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan talked about libido-stimulating drugs, abortion training for physicians, and whether the Red Sox should pay the medical bills of the woman hit in the face with a broken bat.
From the outside, there’s nothing impressive about the In Good Health medical-marijuana dispensary—which sits in an unremarkable industrial building in Brockton. Step inside, though, and your impression changes. Fast.
Police in Gloucester are trying something new in their battle against opiate addiction. It’s an idea that’s being hailed by some as innovative, but others question if it will work, and whether it’s legal.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center, and the cohost of the Everyday Ethics podcast. Caplan joins Boston Public Radio every Wednesday to tackle pressing medical issues. This week Caplan talked about patients recording their doctors for later reference, and parents who may be in denial about their child's weight.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio for his weekly segment "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan looked at the future of boxing as interest wanes and the action remains just as brutal. He also talked about using head protection in sports, an injection to get rid of double chins, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta's operation on an 8-year-old earthquake victim in Nepal.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined BPR Thursday for his weekly segment, Ask the Ethicist. Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. Caplan talked about a Texas agriculture head who wants deep-fat fryers in cafeterias, the ethics behind state-sponsored executions, and the state of Hawaii making 21 the legal cigarette-smoking age.
Jim and Margery talked about the results of a new Suffolk University poll. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they prefer Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev receive life in prison. However, more people (47 to 44.8 percent) said they could cast the deciding vote to sentence him to death, if it came down to it.
Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory talked about Globe opinion editor Kathleen Kingsbury winning a Pulitzer Prize for her series "Service Not Included." (Starts at 27:36)
Juliette Kayyem — host of WGBH News' Security Mom podcast — talked about ongoing military operations in Yemen, the sinking of a boat full of migrants bound for Italy, and a brazen landing of a gyrocopter on the National Mall. (Starts at 53:08)
Medical ethicist Art Caplan once again addressed the constant dressing-down of Dr. Mehmet Oz, and the abuse of ADHD drugs by adults. Afterwards, Jim and Margery asked listeners whether they used ADHD medicine for a competitive advantage. Art Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center. (Starts at 1:19:00)
Novelist T.C. Boyle is the author of books like The Tortilla Curtain and World's End. Now he's out with a new one — The Harder They Come — about a man with schizophrenia, his Vietnam vet father, and his radical girlfriend. He joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three. (Starts at 1:42:24)
Bay Windows and South End News co-publisher Sue O'Connell talked about a dust-up between Congressman Barney Frank and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. (Starts at 2:28:00)
Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about the embattled Dr. Oz.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio for his regular Wednesday "Ask the Ethicist" segment. Caplan looked at ten physicians urging Columbia University to drop Dr. Mehmet Oz from its faculty. Caplan talked about the growing number of adults using ADHD medication as a work aid. And he looked at a battle over embryos between a now-separated celeb couple.
The predawn rumble of pesticide-spraying trucks is a rite of spring in almost 200 Massachusetts communities. Some $11 million is spent in the state each year controlling and counting the pests and educating residents about how to avoid contracting mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus.
One morning last July, Brookline resident Neal Heffron found Dani, his 18-month-old Australian Shepherd with a sleek coat and unbridled energy, collapsed in her bed. She had been vomiting, suffered a bout of diarrhea, and overnight had become too weak to lift herself out of her crate.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio Thursday to take on a wide range of topics. Caplan discussed a German woman who at 65 is pregnant with quadruplets; he revisited a topic from the previous week about Alzheimer's and sexual consent; and also spoke about the "free-range parenting" movement.
A new law passed by the Arizona legislature went into effect Monday. The law says doctors must counsel patients seeking chemically-induced abortions that the procedure is 'reversible.' Some doctors dispute this advice.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center. Every Wednesday, Caplan joins Boston Public Radio for "Ask the Ethicist," where he tackles complex medical dilemmas. Today on the show Caplan talked about Alzheimer's disease and sexual consent, shady medical journals, and bills about abortion passed in Arizona and Arkansas.
Dr. Carolyn Alonso wraps herself in a yellow gown, dons a mask, and pumps a hand dispenser twice. Once her hands are dry, she puts on gloves and a mask, and then she goes in to see a 58-year-old patient called Karen.
Last week Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people on board. In the aftermath investigators homed in on one copilot who may have deliberately barred the cockpit door and flown the plane into the Alps. The copilot, Andreas Lubitz, may have struggled with mental illness and reported having an episode of "severe depression."
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio Wednesday for his regular segment. Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. He talked about Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo surgery to decrease her chance of getting cancer; a proposed French ban on models who are "excessively skinny;" and the selling of breast milk.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio Wednesday for his regular segment, Ask the Ethicist. Caplan is the head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center, and the host of the Everyday Ethics podcast. Caplan talked about a Utah bill to bring back execution by firing squads; crowd-sourcing medical bills; Kraft singles getting the blessing of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; and the odd circumstance of saving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's life in the emergency room so he could be tried with the death penalty.
Medical ethicist Art Caplan joins Boston Public Radio on Wednesdays to tackle tough ethical quandaries in the field of medicine. Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center. Wednesday on BPR Caplan talked about organ donation, Frank Underwood's "America Works" plan in House of Cards, marriage dynamics when a spouse gets sick, and doctors' bedside manners.
Last month, a superior court judge rejected a proposal for Partners HealthCare to acquire three hospitals in Massachusetts. But that hasn’t stopped Partners — it’s now in the process of taking over a smaller medical practice on the South Shore.