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Ethics consultants stress need to make end-of-life care decisions long before crisis hits

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

A hospital’s ethics consultants can help families in conflict when life-and-death decisions have to be made. Such decisions, once made only by doctors, are now largely in the hands of patients. This can create problems when a patient is unable to give clear directions for treatment. Two ethics consultants at Upstate University Hospital – neonatologist Thomas Curran, MD (at right in photo), and attorney Robert Olick, JD, PhD (at left), who are both bioethics and humanities faculty members at Upstate – explain how they try to clarify and resolve the issues and offer non-binding advice. They cite a real-life case in which a woman. hospitalized with advanced lung cancer, kept changing her mind about her treatment and had days when she was too ill to communicate. Curran and Olick stress the importance of making one’s end-of-life wishes known to others, in advance, and choosing a health care proxy who will work to carry out those wishes.

 

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A visit from the Healing Muse: ‘Let’s Not Tell Them Everything’

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Deirdre Neilen, PhD, shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse,” every Sunday on “HealthLink on Air.” Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.



Today’s selection is “Let’s Not Tell Them Everything” by Susan Nathiel and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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A visit from the Healing Muse: “Mr. Block and Mr. Schmidt” and “For My Brother, Who Asked Ann Brown to Dance”

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Deirdre Neilen, PhD, shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse,” every Sunday on “HealthLink on Air.” Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.



Today’s selections are “Mr. Block and Mr. Schmidt” by Lisa Meserole and “For My Brother, Who Asked Ann Brown to Dance” by K.B. Kincer and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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A visit from the Healing Muse: ‘Impact’ and ‘Recovery’

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Deirdre Neilen, PhD, shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse,” every Sunday on “HealthLink on Air.” Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.



Today’s selections are “Impact” and “Recovery” by Sheila O’Connor and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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A visit from the Healing Muse: ‘Postsurgical Mind or absence thereof’ and ‘Sick Day’

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Deirdre Neilen, PhD, shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse,” every Sunday on “HealthLink on Air.” Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.



Today’s selections are “Postsurgical Mind” by Mary Gardner and “Sick Day” by Suzanne Osborne and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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A visit from the Healing Muse: ‘Mapping the Body’

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Deirdre Neilen, PhD, shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse,” every Sunday on “HealthLink on Air.” Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.



Today’s selection is “Mapping the Body” by Claudia Reder and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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Ethics consultants help families navigate tough hospital choices

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Life-and-death decisions were once made exclusively by doctors, but nowadays those matters are largely in the hands of patients. This can create conflict as relatives disagree over how to treat a failing patient, for example, and that’s where ethics consultants can help. Two such consultants at Upstate University Hospital – neonatologist Thomas Curran, MD (at right in photo), and attorney Robert Olick, JD, PhD (at left), who are both bioethics and humanities faculty members at Upstate – explain how they try to clarify and resolve the issues and offer non-binding advice. Using a real-life case, they stress the importance of making one’s end-of-life wishes known, in advance, and choosing a health care proxy who will help carry out those wishes.

 

 

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Polio survivor’s tale of terror, hope; post-polio syndrome and its treatments; how ethics consultants help hospital patients: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for Sunday, July 31, 2016

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

July 31, 2016

Neurologist Burk Jubelt, MD, explains polio and post-polio syndrome, and a survivor from a 1950s epidemic shares her story. Bioethicists Robert Olick, JD, PhD, and Thomas Curran, MD, discuss a real-life case involving medical ethics.

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Healing Muse continues to explore human side of medicine

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Using poetry, art and essays to explore how patients, care providers and others view illness and treatment is the guiding spirit behind The Healing Muse, now in its 16th year of publication at Upstate. The journal’s editor, Deirdre Neilen, PhD (at right), offers a look at the latest edition, which includes an award-winning poem by fourth-year medical student Kaitlin Kyi (at left). Kyi reads her work, “Kind of a Bummer,” a meditation on people who leave without saying goodbye, and she and Neilen discuss the insights and feelings the journal explores.

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A visit from the Healing Muse: ‘Lullaby’

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Deirdre Neilen, PhD, shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse,” every Sunday on “HealthLink on Air.” Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.



Today’s selection is “Lullaby” by Sara Hughes and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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A visit from the Healing Muse: ‘Finding Our Routine’

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Deirdre Neilen, PhD, shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse,” every Sunday on “HealthLink on Air.” Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.



Today’s selection is “Finding Our Routine” by Alisa Anderson and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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A visit from the Healing Muse: ‘The Hospital’ and ‘Empty Bed’

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Deirdre Neilen, PhD, shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse,” every Sunday on “HealthLink on Air.” Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.



Today’s selections are “The Hospital” by JR Solonche and “Empty Bed” by Alok Sachdeva and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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