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The Cult of Autonomy and Why Bioethics Needs to Become More Communal
Craig Klugman

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. In the mythology of the founding of bioethics, we learn that this nascent field sprang whole from the forehead of Zeus to slay the paternalism that was practiced by the children of Apollo. Less dramatically, our founding legends hold that bioethics came into existence in large part to bring a turn to autonomy where the patient was a partner in medical decision-making rather than being am object that a physician treated.…

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TOOLKIT: Bioethics and Race #BlackBioethics

The #BlackBioethics Toolkit serves as a resource on articles about bioethics and race, specifically about African-Americans and Black People in the U.S. If you missed our first-ever webinar on Black Bioethics, hosted by associate editor Kayhan Parsi, JD, Ph.D., featuring panelists Keisha Ray, Ph.D., Brian Williams, MD, Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH, and Patrick Smith, Ph.D., as they discussed racism, police brutality, and what it means for black health, Click here for the link to the recording.

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  • Campaign Zero – “analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide
  • #8CantWaitIdeas to reduce police violence and reports on their adoption in different cities.

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  • AJOB Webinar
    BioethicsTV (October 27-November 1, 2019): #NewAmsterdam; #ChicagoMed

    by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. New Amsterdam (Season 2: Episode 6): Lying; Inherent bias; Chicago Med (Season 5; Episode 6): Excusing battery; Jehovah’s Witness and blood transfusion; Be yourself or maintain health New Amsterdam (Season 2: Episode 6): Lying;...
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    Principles of Biomedical Ethics: Marking Its Fortieth Anniversary

    You can read this editorial and other articles in this month's issue of The American Journal of Bioethics. by Tom Beauchamp, Ph.D. & James Childress, Ph.D. We are pleased to join the editors of AJOB in marking the 40th anniversary...
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    BioethicsTV (October 21-26, 2019): #NewAmsterdam #ChicagoMed

    New Amsterdam (Season 2; Episode 5): Inconstant insurance policies; Negotiating with patients; Chicago Med (Season 5; Episode 5): Battery; Broken Promises by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. New Amsterdam (Season 2; Episode 5): Inconstant insurance policies; Negotiating with patients Two sisters, Jasmine...
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    Bioethics news. Btn Rss

    Among people of color asked to join Covid-19 vaccine trials, worries about inequities run deep
    Disparities persist under the COVID-19 pandemic. Vulnerable communities to the virus have also been underrepresented in clinical trials. These worries are based on historical examples of discrimination in clinical practice and study design. Building trust between the communities of...
    Black Women Can’t Breathe
    “Black women are marginalized again, even as they seek medical care. Their health suffers under systemic racism, exacerbated by sexism.” Michele Goodwin paints a picture of biases in healthcare disproportionately affecting black women. These effects on women...
    When AI in healthcare goes wrong, who is responsible?
    “Data encompasses problems that can occur when machine learning is trained on bias…AI applications in healthcare often involve robots working with humans.” AI can be trained on information that may further propagate discrimination on the basis of race...
    How the CDC and others are failing Black women during childbirth
    “Black mothers are often not listened to when they report signs of possible complications of pregnancy and birth…traumatic birthing experiences are so common that 1/4 of Black women report disrespect and abuse in the hospital.”
    More migrant women say they didn’t OK surgery in detention
    Women’s lack of consent raises many questions regarding reproductive ethics. A review of medical records has revealed allegations that a healthcare provider performed procedures that were not fully understood or wanted by detained immigrants. Although some procedures were needed...
    Moderna Shares the Blueprint for Its Coronavirus Vaccine Trial
    “Two drug companies that are leading the race to develop coronavirus vaccines bowed to public pressure on Thursday, abandoning their traditional secrecy and releasing comprehensive road maps of how they are evaluating their vaccines.” The document suggests that there...
    How COVID-19 can damage the brain
    Scientists are constantly researching to find news ways in which COVID-19 may affect the body. Evidence for neurological effects due to infection has been accumulating. Why are these symptoms appearing? Who is at risk?
    Ethical or exploitative—should prisoners participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials?
    “Prisoners have a heavy burden of COVID-19…but prisoners have also been excluded from the trials out of concern that they might be coerced into participating or exploited if they do.” Efficacious interventions are crucial for vulnerable populations. The debate...
    AstraZeneca resumes Covid-19 vaccine trials in the U.K.
    “A United Kingdom-based Phase 2/3 study testing a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca has been restarted… news comes four days after the disclosure that it had been paused because of a suspected serious adverse reaction.” AstraZeneca came into...
    The U.S. must do some heavy lifting to prepare for heritable genome editing
    What is the future of genomic editing? Committees reported on how to proceed with genomic editing, but eventually the process will be up to the individual country. What policy changes would need to happen in the U.S. for this...
    Fair Compensation for Rare Vaccine Harms
    “As multiple vaccine candidates enter clinical trials, one important question is how to compensate the rare cases of serious vaccine harm if any arise.”
    AI standards launched to help tackle problem of overhyped studies
    AI could revolutionize all aspects of healthcare, but what are the implications? Experts have come together to compile standards for clinical trials that include AI. Can these standards will prevent harm and increase quality of research?


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