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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Move over United States, China is the new research powerhouse. In the last few months, announcements out of China talk about the first live human births from genetically edited embryos; the birth of 5 cloned, genetically edited monkeys, and most recently, announced the development of an artificial intelligencethat is more accurate than human doctors at diagnosing diseases in children. Why this sudden surge in Chinese science and what does that mean for human subject research protection?

One answer might be that China was always this prolific in science but was not as great as touting their work.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Jump to The Resident (Season 2; Episode 13): A risky organ transplant; Jump to The Good Doctor (Season 2; Episode 14):Face Transplant; Jump to Chicago Med (Season 4; Episode 13): Suspecting the worst; HIV safety or stigmatization; Suspicion and stealing from patients; Jump to Greys Anatomy (Season 15; Episode 12): Removing Dying Patient’s Autonomy

The Resident (Season 2; Episode 13): A risky organ transplant

Eloise is a third year medical student in need of a double lung transplant as a result of her cystic fibrosis. However, she is too sick for the procedure since her liver and pancreas have begun to fail.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week was a quiet one as many regular dramas were pre-empted and others did not present ethical dilemmas.

The Resident (Season 2; Episode 12): Putting oneself at risk; Conflicts of Interest

When a patient in isolation for having an undiagnosed infectious disease is in distress, Nevins violates protocol by rushing into the quarantine room without her biohazard suit. Not only did she neglect to put on the suit, she also did not put on any basic personal protective equipment—gloves or mask/shield. Standard procedure is to have at least one person (per patient) partially dressed in protective suits at all time in case of an emergency that requires quick action.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This past weekend, I enjoyed a screening of On The Basis of Sex, a film about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s first federal case that introduced the idea of gender equity into the law. The film was moving because of the excellent acting and because of its significance in terms of not arbitrarily penalizing people or preventing them from exercising human rights simply because of their gender. In furtherance of the idea of gender equality, last year New Yorkand this year New Jerseyadded a gender neutral option on birth certificates.

Thus, in the state of mind, I was surprised to read that the Supreme Court of Japan issued a final ruling on a case that had been making its way through the courts for 15 years.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Jump to The Resident (Season 1; Episode 11): Listening to patients; Jump to The Good Doctor (Season 2: Episode 12): Paying the Piper; Jump to New Amsterdam (Season 1; Episode 12): Impaired Colleagues, Robin Hood docs;Jump to Chicago Med (Season 4; Episode 12): Maternal/Fetal Conflict and Giving Bad News


The Resident (Season 1; Episode 11): Listening to patients

Marisol, a woman in her early 30s, comes to the ED complaining of abdominal pain, with a history of an ectopic pregnancy (lost her right ovary) and a stillbirth after a C-section. She has seen many doctors about her pain but felt that none of them listened to her.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

While serving as a faculty member at a medical school in Texas, I married my now husband. I did not announce this but many of the students found out and celebrated because this made me one of the few “out” people at the medical school. I was invited to be one of the faculty advisors of the LGBQTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, intersex) student organization because even though I was newly out, there were very few potential role models for these future health care providers. One of the group’s projects was to increase the LGBQTI health content in the curriculum (from none).…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

One of the changes that the Trump administration tried to make to the Affordable Care Act was to eliminate the requirementthat employer insurance plans cover the full cost of contraception. The new rules would have allowed businesses and nonprofits a religious and moral exemption from providing such coverage beginning this past Monday. Under the Obama administration, the Courts carved out exemptions for businesses that were religious in nature or that were privately run by a family of faith (see Little Sisters v. Burwelland Burwell v. Hobby Lobby). These efforts continued attempts under claims of religious libertythat people and companies should not be compelled to act in ways their religious and philosophical belief held was immoral—such as providing contraception and abortion.…

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BioethicsTV (January 8-10, 2019): #NewAmsterdam; #ChicagoMed

Jump to New Amsterdam (Season 1; Episode 10): Physician compassion maintains unjust medical system; Jump to Chicago Med (Season 4; Episode 10): Offense against our own; Parents in the OR


New Amsterdam (Season 1; Episode 10): Physician compassion maintains unjust medical system

An elderly woman arrives at the ED in the throes of her third heart episodeof the week. She needs an implantable defibrillator but her insurance will not cover the procedure or the device. Reynolds wants to charge the cost to the community fund (i.e. charity), but Goodwin is not available to approve (he’s having his own medical emergency).…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Threats to privacy and confidentiality swirl around. Each day the newspaper seems to report on stories that show the erosion of this fundamental human right. This week alone was a report on the ability of an artificial intelligence to accuratelydiagnose disease simply by looking at a photographic portrait. The National Institutes of Health is exploring whether all newborns should automatically have their DNA sequenced to screen for genetic disease. Another article explains how Facebook is reporting to law enforcement officials when there are posts and patterns of behavior that indicate a user may be suicidal (part of the smartphone psychiatris tmovement).…

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