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A patient refuses treatment because of addiction or fear. How do medical and legal professionals assess their decision-making capacity?

Background For an informed consent of a patient to be respected, the patient needs to be decisionally capacitated. The necessary components of decision-making capacity are: (Choice) The ability to ...
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Have any regulatory agencies announced they would allow live Covid-19 human challenges (for vaccine testing purposes)?

It's been mentioned to me in the discussion on another question that the following proposal has been advanced (in a medical journal): Controlled human challenge trials of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine ...
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Ethics and concerns about feeding human placenta to humans?

Background: Placenta is served out of a typical kitchen, i.e. it is chopped up and used in a variety of dishes. The kitchen after the event is never cleaned to any degree that say a surgical room ...
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Hermaphrodites (born with both sets of genitalia): Do surgeons HAVE to perform surgery? How soon? Decision basis for which genitalia to keep?

According to research by Organization Intersex International, hermaphrodites (born with both male and female genitalia) "make up 1 in 2000, or .05%." Babies born as hermaphrodites happen more than the ...
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Why is there no generally accepted system of disease classification?

I am reading Burket's Oral Medicine: Diagnosis and Treatment, Chapter 1 - Evaluation of the Dental Patient: Diagnosis and Medical Risk Assessment. Under the section 'Establishing The Diagnosis', the ...
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Is it better to diversify across multiple vaccines?

It is certainly good to study multiple coronavirus vaccines at this point, but that is not what I mean by this question. What I mean is: suppose a vaccine appears safe and effective from trials, is ...
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Can unpaid/unlicensed college interns edit medical charts in California?

I recently took an unpaid internship at a pain management clinic who is asking me to edit SOAP notes and patients' charts. Is it legal for me to even touch this information without even having been ...