Posts by elenagolub

  1. Manslaughter Conviction For “Negligent Breastfeeding”

    [ By on December 17, 2014 ]

    Stephanie Greene, a 39 year old nurse was convicted of killing her six-week-old daughter by administering a morphine overdose through her breast-milk. Greene survived a severe traffic accident in 1998, and suffered from seizures, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Following the accident, Greene was taking multiple pain medications prescribed by a neurologist, in order to treat her pain disorder. The pain persisted over a course of 16 years, and didn’t go away. Therefore, in 2014, Greene was still taking pain medications. In early 2014, Greene had been breastfeeding, although she had been taking morphine. Usually, it is suggested that you don’t breastfeed if you take pain-killers. However, not breast feeding at all isn’t suggested because it can increase ...

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  2. Memory Removal & PTSD

    [ By on December 15, 2014 ]

    Last January, MIT announced a research study published in the journal Cell that reported a way to erase traumatic memories in lab mice using a drug that makes the brain “more plastic, more capable of forming very strong new memories that will override the old fearful memories.” This study was aimed at providing a solution for those who struggle with PTSD. On the one hand, changing the fearful memories of those suffering from PTSD could be very helpful. However, on the other hand, what if removing one’s fearful memories alters their identity? Is it right to cure PTSD when it could alter one’s true self? We need to think of how memory functions in general. Our lives are ...

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