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Big Data Studies and Abuse of Fiduciary Duties

05/17/2018

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A study published in the May 17th, 2018 issue of Cell, “Disease Heritability Inferred from Familial Relationships Reported in Medical Records,” shows a connection between families and certain diseases at three large urban university medical centers. The researchers took private health information from electronic medical records, identified family trees by matching emergency contacts, examined diagnoses and other health information, and matched that with any tissue samples from biobanks to build a picture of disease heritability.…

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05/21/2018
Medical Experts Blast U.S.C.’s Silence Over Gynecologist Scandal The New York Times

For decades, allegations of misconduct dogged the primary gynecologist in the student health center at the University of Southern California. There were reports that he inappropriately touched students during pelvic exams and made sexual comments about their bodies.

Yet even after university officials suspended the doctor, George Tyndall, in 2016 and forced him to step down a year later, they did not report the accusations to the California Medical Board. When their internal investigation was complete, officials said that the findings were a personnel matter and that there was no legal obligation to notify the state oversight board, which investigates doctors accused of misconduct.

05/21/2018
It’s the Guns The Atlantic

Americans of high-school age are 82 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than 15- to 19-year-olds in the rest of the developed world.

05/18/2018
In Germany, controversial law gives Bavarian police new power to use DNA Science

An estimated 30,000 people demonstrated in Munich, Germany, last week to protest a new Bavarian law giving police new powers.

05/18/2018
Creepy ‘brain in a bucket’ study spurs medical, ethical debates NBC News

Three weeks ago, a Yale University neuroscientist, Nenad Sestan, explored the ethical implications of experiments using human brain tissue in an essay in the journal Nature. Then last week Sestan’s own brain research was splashed across tabloids under lurid headlines like “Yale experiment to reanimate dead brains promises ‘living hell’ for humans.”