At What Age is One Old Enough to Make Healthcare Decisions?

The article in the The Atlantic is what I came across both yesterday and today on LinkedIn. A 17-year-old girl is being forced to accept treatment that she does not want. Cassandra C. was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September 2014. The disease infiltrates essential components of the body’s immune system, specifically weakening the lymphatic tissue, which helps fight infection. Though fatal, patients often have a high survival rate with early treatment. Yet, Cassandra was adamantly against treatment from the beginning, according to the Hartford Courant. Her mother (Fortin) supported her decision….

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Bringing Radiation Therapy to Rural Areas: Successes in India


Cancer patients treated at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Trust Medical Center.

Radiation therapy against cancer is only useful if people have access to it. If you can’t afford it, don’t have access to it, or don’t know enough to understand that it is safe, then it won’t be of much use against your cancer. On July 1st, 2014, the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics published a special issue dedicated to matters of bringing radiation therapy to underserved areas. …

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Excerpt: “What it Takes to Free a Sex Slave”

By Candice Hong
A rescuer of sex slaves discusses the difficulties of his work, but endorses the positive impact it has on a society.

“This initial process can take anywhere from one week to a year or more, depending on the scope of the operation. A quality target package represents hundreds o ……

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Missing the Boat with Donald Sterling and Athletes…21st Century Solutions

Here is how a social worker would work with the Donald Sterlings or other offending athletes. I am addressing negative behaviors of the athletic community, but the same can be said of any community (celebrities, corporations, or CEO’s). Financial consequences and short bans from playing usually accompany misbehavior. Are these consequences effective? Social workers know they are not….

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Cure Cancer With a Smile?

As CEO of Acts of Random Kindness a “good news” organization we often get requests for help from fans of the Facebook page.  Yesterday we got a very interesting one which while about an act of kindness made me look at things more from a clinical perspective.

The message read as follows:
Can you help m ……

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Stem Cell Research Cleared By Supreme Court

Stem cell research gets boost after the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case brought against its practice. Scientists working with embryonic cells are overjoyed, knowing that stem cell research is very likely to be the way to cure many of the debilitating and deadly diseases.
The use of stem…