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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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Opinion - Politics
6:13 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Balancing Disparities in Public School Funding is No Easy Fix

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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In the past month, you may have heard or read the StateImpact story about the Indiana House Republican Caucus’ legislative priorities for the upcoming session.  One of the items that caught people’s attention was that the Republican Caucus wants to “fix” the K-12 school funding formula by reducing the gap between the highest and lowest funded districts.   According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, the highest funded district receives more than $9,500 per student and the lowest receives approximately $5,500.

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Opinion - Health
9:44 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Going Gently into that Good Night

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Abraham Schwab

Brittany Maynard recently announced her decision to end her life. By all accounts she’s an articulate bright young woman who is afflicted with an aggressive brain tumor. Her prognosis includes prolonged suffering and a loss of control. In part because of how vocal she’s been and in part because she is young and looks so vibrant, she has brought national attention back to the question of physician assisted suicide (PAS).

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Opinion - Politics
4:57 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Allen County Executive Vote is Direct Democracy in Action

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many states added elements of direct democracy that enabled voters to have a direct say in what might become law, how public money would be spent, and recalling elected officials from office. 

Indiana did not add many of these elements which is why many voters may not be able to remember ever actually voting on anything like these. 

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Opinion - Health
5:03 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Remembering Your Right of Refusal

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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Let’s say that your father, mother, grandmother, sister, or other family member is admitted to the hospital. Given their poor and slowly deteriorating health, this admission comes as no surprise. Your loved one makes it through the event and is now ready to be discharged from the hospital.

Where should they go?

The answer we all would like to give: the place that best fits their medical and personal needs.

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Opinion - Health
5:17 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

The Business of Ebola

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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As we all know, two individuals infected with Ebola now reside in Atlanta, Georgia. After they were identified as infected, they were flown to Atlanta in a special containment plane and then taken to a containment unit at Emory University.

Once at Emory they received an experimental serum, ZMapp, which, in animals, has been effective in eradicating the disease in individuals.

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