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Ethical Issues In Palliative Care: Skilled Conversations

Palliative care comes alongside families, as an invited guest, to walk with them through what can be a painfully difficult journey. It offers a support system that affirms life and regards dying as a normal process and helps individuals and families cope with the difficulties of living with chronic disease.

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Ethical Issues in Palliative Care: Transforming Health Care for an Aging Society

Diane Meier, MD, FACP

Evening lecture for our conversation on Ethical Issues in Palliative Care. Palliative care focuses on enhancing quality of life -- through relief of symptoms, pain and stress -- for those experiencing one or more serious chronic illness, and it also ensure that families and other caregivers get the support they need. This is increasingly important as more people are living years, or even decades, with serious illnesses.

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The Promotor Model: the ethical imperative to include patients in improving individual and community health

America Bracho, MD, MPH

In this presentation leading public health expert, America Bracho, will discuss the elements of this model and how it offers mechanisms for individual inclusion and community participation in respectful ways that honor their right to self-determination, justice, tangible benefits, and to contribute to solutions to the problems that have an impact on their health and wellness.

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Including communities in promoting mental health in ways that honor principles of self-determination, benefit, justice and equity

America Bracho, MD, MPH

Drawing from America Bracho's experience at Latina Health Access, people are experts in their lives, and we are obligated to creating mechanisms for them to help themselves and help others. Ethical principles of respect, inclusion and self-determination are at the core of these views.

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When Memory Deceives: Current and emerging trends in memory manipulation

Joseph LeDoux

We depend on memory in daily life. It allows us to use the past to help inform the present and future. Yet, memory is based on change. This is both its virtue and its vice.

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The Making and Unmaking of Memories: Beneficial uses and ethical implications of memory manipulation

Joseph LeDoux

For decades, researchers thought once a memory was established, it remained fixed that way forever. In fact, recent studies have shown memory to be far more malleable than that. When we recall a memory, it is prone to modification. Earlier this year, psychologists discovered that the power of imagination can modify harmful memories. They suggest that therapists can help patients create a context in which to modify the emotional content of memories to edit the past. But what are the implications of this memory manipulation?

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Is My Mind Mine? Neuroscience, Privacy and the Self

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D

For the first time in human history, we are developing the ability to apprehend information directly from the brain. Brain imaging and allied technologies now allow scientists a glimpse into the subjective thoughts and inner dialogues that have always been private and inaccessible to others. By doing so, they are forever changing the very idea of privacy, raising thorny questions about who should have access to our innermost thoughts. In this talk, we explore the implications of brain imaging not only for personal privacy, but also for legal questions such as Fifth Amendment protections.

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