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Every few years in states like New York and California some state official has “had it up to here” with the obesity epidemic. They vow to do something major about it. That something is often a tax on consumer goods that, in their view, contribute to obesity. Video games, movie tickets, sugary drinks and fatty foods are all frequent targets of these state and local officials who argue that taxes on these goods will reduce consumption. Because such initiatives rarely are approved, there is little data to suggest one way or the other whether “sin taxes” or “fat taxes” actually work.…

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Ultimately, at home HIV testing could be an important piece of HIV prevention and treatment. But there are important concerns about ethical gaps in at home testing for HIV says Arthur Caplan in his post on MSNBC.

Takeaway message: “Having a home test kit for HIV is a bit like relying on a bathroom scale in the battle against obesity.” Surely bathroom scales are part of the puzzle for obesity, but a very very small one indeed.

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Summer Johnson McGee, PhD…

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It's time for the annual Medical Humanities art exhibition at Imperial. There is a really high standard of work this year (as always!), dealing with a range of interesting ideas.

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It's time for the annual Medical Humanities art exhibition at Imperial. There is a really high standard of work this year (as always!), dealing with a range of interesting ideas.

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There is now a full programme for this conference here. Helen King, conference organiser, has also let me know that thanks to generous funding from the Wellcome (love them!), the registration fee is very low, especially for post-graduates.

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There is now a full programme for this conference here. Helen King, conference organiser, has also let me know that thanks to generous funding from the Wellcome (love them!), the registration fee is very low, especially for post-graduates.

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It has been implied by Carl Elliott and William Heisel that it has ever been claimed that “financial links between the Center for Practical Bioethics, AJOB and Purdue Pharma” exist and that “what reporters may find is that the center is tied up” with AJOB.  We hope that our statement below will quell inaccurate speculation and prevent future defamatory statements about AJOB by these two writers or any others who might mistake their statements for facts.

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No financial relationship exists or ever existed between AJOB and Purdue Pharmaceuticals or any pharmaceutical company.  AJOB received no financial support from the Center for Practical Bioethics. …

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Using Twitter to broadcast a live surgical procedure: educational or ethically dubious? There are obvious concerns with the practice such as the invasion of privacy or potential for error/adverse events due to the broadcast. That said, the pictures from the surgery posted on Twitter appear to have no identifying information about thepatient. HIPAA violation unlikely. Others have asked whether this creates an unnecessary/unwanted distraction in the surgical suite. Perhaps it could–but it isn’t as though the physician is typing on his Blackberry in between sutures. Arguably, the “distraction” might heighten attention to detail (don’t want to goof live!) and reduce the likelihood of medical errors.…

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Apologies to the millions of avid followers of Lost in Translation for the long haitus.  In response to an international petition campaign, with several Nobelist signatories, I am cautiously restarting this blog with the aim of (monthly??) blogpos...

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Apologies to the millions of avid followers of Lost in Translation for the long haitus.  In response to an international petition campaign, with several Nobelist signatories, I am cautiously restarting this blog with the aim of (monthly??) blogpos...

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