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Response to “Do the EPA Studies Violate Do No Harm & Informed Consent”

09/26/2016

by Nancy King, JD

I have just read your August 25 post on the EPA studies. While, I do not know that much about these particular exposure studies, I do know that EPA is taking the inquiry very seriously. I do want to question and clarify some of your discussion, principally with respect to Resnik’s 4th and 5th criteria.

You say: “Criteria 4, that the subject must “receive some benefits, such as medical evaluations” seems like a very light standard.

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Too Poor for Proper Plumbing: A Reality in 500,000 U.S. Homes NY Times

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Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness NY Times

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Belgium minor first to be granted euthanasia BBC News

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