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IDavid-M_-assisted-suicides there a right to die?

Could the next president wave the individual mandate altogether?

A blow to cook book medicine: Scientists aim to tailor prostate cancer therapy to a patient’s cell activity.

A second blow: Using DNA to custom-fit drug treatments.

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  1. Adam says:

    “Is there a right to die?”

    No. We have a right to life, which excludes the idea of having a right to death. You can choose to stop receiving treatment and accept what may or may not come, but you have no right to choose deliberate death.

    The idea that anyone in the situations described is capable of making that choice “competently” and rationally is a legal farce.

  2. Billy says:

    “Could the next president wave the individual mandate altogether?”

    Why not? Obama has already decided that laws only exist as long as he wants them to, so what’s to stop the next guy?

  3. Mark says:

    “A blow to cook book medicine: Scientists aim to tailor prostate cancer therapy to a patient’s cell activity.”

    How long until that is regulated?

  4. Wilbur says:

    “A second blow: Using DNA to custom-fit drug treatments.”

    That’s probably how most medicine will go as the genome comes to be understood more and more.

  5. Andrew says:

    It is one thing to not want terminally ill patients to suffer if death is the most likely of outcomes. However, putting these decisions in the hands of doctors and the patients is a slippery slope. There will always be a “what-if” scenario if death is not a certainty.

    • Dave B. says:

      Doctors will face a ton more liability with this kind of responsibility. Especially with families who do not necessarily agree with letting their terminally ill family member make the decision to die, especially when that patient is most likely not in the most rational frame of mind.

  6. Thomas says:

    “It ‘doesn’t tell you if a specific chemotherapy’ will work against the tumor, but ‘it sorts out a lot of confusion by telling you whether you have the kind of disease that’s going to kill you or not kill you.'”

    And so if the patient has the kind of disease that will kill them, we send them to New Mexico?

    • Walter Q. says:

      And if they have the advance kind that kills them, are they less likely to be treated because of the poor outlook already?

  7. Matthew says:

    “Certainly I think in the future we’ll see that people get genotyped and they’ll have this whole list of drugs that they should avoid.”

    This method will be exponentially more effective than the current trial and error method of prescribing medications.

    • Jay says:

      Hopefully, this way they will be able to discover drug allergies in patients without giving them the drugs and experiencing the adverse reactions first.

    • Andrew says:

      Especially with mood stabilizers and anti-depressants. Most times the prescription of these meds are based on how the patient feels, without any imbalances able to be identified.