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Feds Sue Florida for Warehousing Children with Special Needs in Nursing Homes

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida, accusing it of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by placing children with severe special needs in nursing homes rather than in less restrictive settings. Last fall, a Justice Department investigation discovered that Florida had placed 221 children, many of whom require feeding tubes or ventilators, in nursing homes that are not equipped for juvenile patients. Investigators discovered that some children were left unattended for hours without adequate care. The state responded to the Justice Department's report with a promise to do better, but the…

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Radiolab Podcast Reveals Doctors’ Preferences With Regard to Their Own End-of-Life Options

We turn to doctors to save our lives – to heal us, repair us, and keep us healthy. But when it comes to the critical question of what to do when death is at hand, there seems to be a gap between what we want doctors to do for us, and what doctors want done for themselves. In this Radiolab podcast, Producer Sean Cole introduces us to Joseph Gallo, a doctor and professor at Johns Hopkins University who discovered something striking about what doctors were not willing to do to save their own lives. As part of the decades-long Johns…

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