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01/22/2014

Should Those Selling Natural Cures and Supplements Get a Free Ride When It Comes to COI?

by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

Earlier this week I was a guest on a Pennsylvania public television show.  The topic was the safety of GMO foods.  One of the guests who appeared with me was the owner of a natural foods and supplements store.  He was no fan of GMOs.  He cited many ailments and woes he claimed were associated with eating GMO foods ranging from cancer to Parkinsonism to infertility.  Put aside the fact that no major scientific or medical group has found any reason to be concerned about the safety of GMOs.  And ignore the fact that it is hard to think of any risk or danger that can cause the litany of misery the natural food and supplement purveyor claimed could be laid at the causal feet of GMOs. …

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01/22/2014

BiNWIAR has its logo designed by young talented Eng. Basma Darwish

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01/21/2014

"The Dark Side of the Sun": The Problem with Disclosure

"The Dark Side of the Sun" is the cute title of a 2011 paper in BMJ co-authored by Canadian bioethicist Mark Wilson. Wilson is now back:http://www.openmedicine.ca/article/view/628/534--with a new short paper on the Sunshine Act that's part of the US Af...

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01/21/2014

Building the Better Baby

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the 1997 film GATTACA, a couple anxious to have a child sit down with their doctor. He shows them the very best embryos that were produced from combining their gametes. The physician explains that he will help them to have a child who is the very best of themselves by choosing the best embryos and tweaking the DNA.  In 2014, BGI, a Chinese company, is hoping that it will soon be able to offer parents a similar option—choosing the “smartest” embryo.

As the world’s largest genetic research center, BGI has collected over 2,000 DNA samples from subjects with high IQs.…

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01/17/2014

Wombmates in Wisconsin

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Women of Wisconsin better make some room as they are about to have some visitors: Their  in-laws may come to spend time in their uterus. Wisconsin bill SB201 (companion to AB217) allows a mother, father or grandparent to seek compensatory damages from the person who performed an abortion. The relatives may also seek money for emotional and psychological harm. If the damages are awarded, the provider would pay further damages of $10,000 and attorney fees. If injunctive relief is sought, then the court may prevent the physician from performing abortions in the future.

However, the damages can only be sought if the abortion was performed in the name of sex-selection.…

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01/15/2014

“Man of Steel”: A Lousy Movie But a Pretty Good Bioethical Morality Play

I finally rented “Man of Steel,” the most recent Superman movie. While academics too easily dress up our pop culture tastes as being culturally important, I try to keep an eye on Superman because I believe that the Superman legend is important in U.S. history. After all, he was our national hero coming out of […]

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01/14/2014

In Guns We Trust

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In a Florida movie theater a father was texting his daughter. Admittedly this action is annoying: You are in a dark theater engaged in a film and suddenly blinded by this little bright light. Many of us groan and a brave person might even say something to the offending texter. But on this particular day the texting father and a 71-year-old retired police officer got into a scuffle. At the end, the retired officer pulled the gun and shot the father dead.

The man with the gun was both a trained retired police officer and retired security guard, just the sort of person who is considered responsible for gun ownership.

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01/13/2014

Latest News from Health Care Renewal

Dr. Roy Poses put up only two posts this past week on his Health Care Renewal blog, but they are both about Pharma issues. First he passed on the bad news that the Pharmalot blog is no more:http://hcrenewal.blogspot.com/2014/01/pharmalot-sent-down-memo...

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01/13/2014

Shadowing a Doctor: A Benefit or Harm?

Entering a physician's office for a visit and examination may allow you to be a participant in a medical exercise called "pre-medical shadowing".  This means that, hopefully with your full informed consent,  a college student called a "pre-me...

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01/13/2014

New Recommendations for Research with Human Subjects Who Lack Consent Capacity

Valerie Gutmann Koch and Susie A. Han

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