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Opinion - Health
12:56 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Pushing the Needle: a Therapeutic Approach to Drug Use and Social Harm

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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A lot has been made recently of the HIV cases in southeastern Indiana. Governor Mike Pence responded to the crisis by allowing the use of a needle exchange program in that part of Indiana. He then extended the needle exchange program because it appeared to be working.

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Opinion - Politics
5:32 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

At the Statehouse, Another Memorable Session...Or Was It?

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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The Indiana General Assembly is required to complete its work no later than April 29th in the years when they pass a two-year budget.  It is quite common for them to work right up to that deadline like they did this year. 

As this session ended, people began talking about how memorable this session was.  They certainly have some notable legislation and events to point to when they are making their case. 

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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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