Abe Schwab http://wboi.org en Facebook, Baby's Blood, and the Debate Over Informed Consent http://wboi.org/post/facebook-babys-blood-and-debate-over-informed-consent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every once in a while I wonder if I’ve just been part of a research study that didn’t require consent. Now I know this is a trick of the mind—I know about so many such studies that I’m ready to think I might be involved in one.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:48:05 +0000 Abraham Schwab 33403 at http://wboi.org Facebook, Baby's Blood, and the Debate Over Informed Consent "Respecting Choices" in Northeast Indiana http://wboi.org/post/respecting-choices-northeast-indiana <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s an absurd question when you mull it over. It’s mildly rude, it’s unusual, and it’s disturbing to contemplate. It can be a threat or it can signal sympathy. So let me ask you: how would you like to die?</span></p><p>Even the sardonic Tyrion Lannister, from the epic and brutal Game of Thrones on HBO, wants familiar comfort (click the image to see what he has to say).</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:47:09 +0000 Abraham Schwab 32041 at http://wboi.org "Respecting Choices" in Northeast Indiana HIP, Hoosiers and Incentivizing Health http://wboi.org/post/hip-hoosiers-and-incentivizing-health <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday, May 15, Governor Pence announced ‘<a href="http://www.in.gov/fssa/hip/files/HIP_2_0_Waiver_Final_Draft_5_14_14.pdf">HIP 2.0</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,' the proposed Indiana alternative to the Medicaid expansion. Wed, 21 May 2014 19:43:48 +0000 Abraham Schwab 30726 at http://wboi.org HIP, Hoosiers and Incentivizing Health Keep Your Head in the Game http://wboi.org/post/keep-your-head-game <p>This Friday, the Indiana Pacers face the Miami Heat for the fourth&nbsp;time this season, a game that will likely determine home court advantage for the Eastern Conference Playoffs.</p><p>The Pacers won two of the first three meetings, due in no small part to the play of Roy Hibbert. Hibbert scored 21 points in their third meeting on March 26, and affected Chris Bosh’s attempt at a game-winning shot. Bosh’s attempt fell short and the Pacers won 84-83. But, after <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15a7veLCjqw">taking an elbow like this</a>&nbsp;earlier in the fourth quarter, I wonder if Hibbert should have been benched for his own protection.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:06:11 +0000 Abraham Schwab 28908 at http://wboi.org Keep Your Head in the Game School Districts Need a Uniform Policy for Allergens in the Classroom http://wboi.org/post/school-districts-need-uniform-policy-allergens-classroom <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a 2013 comedy special, Louis C.K. provides a provocative contrast of good thoughts and bad thoughts he calls “</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkjmzEEQUlE" style="line-height: 1.5;">Of course . . . But maybe</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">” (<em>E</em><em>d.:&nbsp;</em></span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">video contains content some readers may find offensive</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">).</span></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:27:44 +0000 Abraham Schwab 27919 at http://wboi.org School Districts Need a Uniform Policy for Allergens in the Classroom The Hidden Costs of Health Care http://wboi.org/post/hidden-costs-health-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Westchester Medical Center recently had to reverse positions. Their decision to refuse all insurance plans available on the New York Health Insurance Exchange was met with </span><a href="http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20140202/NEWS12/140202005/Westchester-Med-Center-won-t-accept-ACA-patients" style="line-height: 1.5;">moral outrage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:58:36 +0000 Abraham Schwab 26771 at http://wboi.org The Hidden Costs of Health Care How Do You Define Death? http://wboi.org/post/how-do-you-define-death <p><em>(Ed. note: This is the first in a series of weekly columns we're featuring online. In the weeks to come, we'll publish columnists from a variety of topic areas including health, politics, food and more.)</em></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On November 2, 2013, </span><a href="http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20131105/LOCAL/131109652" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Tim Bowers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> fell from a tree stand, leaving him paralyzed and ventilator dependent for the rest of his life.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:31:47 +0000 Abraham Schwab 25628 at http://wboi.org How Do You Define Death?