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Opinion - Health
5:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

The Importance, and Limits, of Advanced Care Planning

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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As many of you may know, Diane Rehm recently agreed to limit her participation with Compassion and Choices. Her involvement with the group became more publicly known in February, but her dissatisfaction with our current end-of-life choices was catalyzed by her husband’s passing on June 23, 2014.

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Opinion - Politics
11:00 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Homeowner Association Bill Could Limit Political Activity

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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On March 23rd, the Committee on Elections in the Indiana Senate voted 6-0 to send House Bill 1236 to the full Senate for consideration.  Back on January 27th, HB 1236 cleared the Indiana House of Representatives on a vote of 70 to 28.  These are indicators that this bill will become a law. 

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Opinion - Health
5:08 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Paul Kalanithi, Smith-Magenis Syndrome, and Certainty in Medicine

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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I have watched from a distance since Aurelia was born. My friend Megan’s third daughter demonstrated developmental delays from early on, and no one was sure why. Appointment after appointment, and yet Megan and her husband, Keith, were given no diagnosis. The good parents that they are, they simply loved and cared for their youngest child.

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Opinion - Politics
12:00 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

As February Wraps Up, A Legislative Milestone Passes

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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The week of February 23rd includes a legislative milestone for the current session of the Indiana General Assembly.  This was the week when bills had to move from one chamber to the other.  Theoretically, if a bill failed to be voted out of the chamber of origin, it is not possible for that bill to become law.  In other words, those bills are dead.  (Click here to see how a bill becomes a law in Indiana.) 

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Opinion - Health
3:29 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Two Key Distinctions for Understanding the Value of Vaccinations

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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It’s a surprising thing that Mississippi and West Virginia are the two states with the highest vaccination rates. Less surprising: this fact is attributed to a simple policy—these states do not allow religious or personal exemptions from the policies requiring vaccinations.

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Opinion - Politics
4:51 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

A Primer on the Education Session

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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This is a long session of the Indiana General Assembly, which means legislators are crafting the two-year budget for the state.  As I have written before, this is the issue that will dominate the session and the only thing they must get done, but there will be other issues that get discussed. 

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Opinion - Health
5:17 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

The Alchemy of Allergies: What Blood Test Scores Mean. . .and What They Don’t

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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If you ever have your child’s blood tested for an allergy, there’s a chance it will be the allergen-specific IgE antibody test. This test’s results appear pretty straightforward.

For example, a score higher than 0.35 for peanuts is indicative of an allergy. When they gave my son such a test in 2010, his score was about 100 times this minimum threshold.

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Opinion - Health
5:21 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

The Failure to Police Medical Professionals

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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The method that caught my eye immediately was “rectal feeding."

I’d never heard this term before, but I thought I could guess what it involved. In one instance it involved pureeing hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts and raisins that were then rectally infused into a detainee. Just one of many techniques, this procedure makes clear the role that professional medical practitioners played in enabling this sexual assault of persons suspected of terrorist activity.

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Opinion - Politics
3:54 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

What to Expect from the Indiana General Assembly in 2015

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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Election Day was November 4th and the members of the Indiana General Assembly got together on November 18th for Organization Day.  Organization Day is the third Tuesday following the first Monday in November.  This is the day that legislators take their oaths of office and in the days after that, the leaders announce committee assignments and who would be chairing those committees. 

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Opinion - Health
3:02 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Obamacare, Net Neutrality, and "Whac-a-Mole" Regulation

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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Senator Ted Cruz made news last week when he responded to President Obama’s call for Net Neutrality with a tweet claiming that Net Neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet.

Cruz’s tweet has been criticized by Al Franken among others.

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