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01/29/2016

I had to laugh…

I had to laugh. A recent article in Annals of Internal Medicine describes an experiment to determine the “safety and behavioral effect” of disclosing to subjects the pleiotropic effect of the APOE genotype. Pleiotropy describes genes that have more than one effect.  In this case, having the APOE4 version of the gene heightens one’s risk […]

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01/14/2016

Really???

In today’s New York Times, embedded in a report about drug companies wooing hemophilia patients, I came across a drug company with the name BIOETHICS ADVANTAGE.  What to say???

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12/21/2015

The FDA lifts ban on gay men donating blood–or does it?

The FDA announced today that it was ending a decades-long ban on gay men as blood donors.  This was greeted with huzzahs, as it appeared to lift an irrational and stigmatizing ban.  However, a gay man who wishes to donate must have been celibate within the last year, EVEN WITHIN MARRIAGE.  What gives here?  Are […]

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11/12/2015

Should we require HPV vaccine for school attendance?

As followers of this blog know, I hugely respect Aaron E Carroll, MD, who writes The Incidental Economist blog, and often writes for the NYT’s “Upshot” as well.  In the 11-9-15 “Upshot,” he talks about the disappointing uptake of the HPV vaccine (the one that protects against sexually transmitted herpes virus, which can cause cancer […]

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10/31/2015

“Choosing Wisely” Report Card

Some early data has come out on the efficacy of the Choosing Wisely campaign. The research focused solely on whether medical practices targeted by the campaign were reduced in frequency.  The findings [Rosenberg A, Agiro A, Gottlieb M, et al. Early Trends Among Seven Recommendations From the Choosing Wisely Campaign. JAMA Intern Med. Published online […]

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09/08/2015

The meaning of m-a-r-r-i-a-g-e

I am reprinting below my opinion piece in today’s Morning Call, which can be found at http://www.mcall.com/opinion/yourview/ Our Two-Track “Marriage” System Kim Davis, the County Clerk in Morehead, Kentucky, had been in jail for contempt of court, for refusing to comply with an order to issue marriage licenses to all “ eligible” couples, including those […]

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09/08/2015

The meaning of m-a-r-r-i-a-g-e

I am reprinting below my opinion piece in today’s Morning Call, which can be found at http://www.mcall.com/opinion/yourview/ Our Two-Track “Marriage” System Kim Davis, the County Clerk in Morehead, Kentucky, had been in jail for contempt of court, for refusing to comply with an order to issue marriage licenses to all “ eligible” couples, including those […]

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08/23/2015

Ohio bill would forbid abortion of Down Syndrome pregnancies

An interesting article in today’s New York Times, about an effort in Ohio to forbid abortions if the motive is to avoid having a child with Down Syndrome. Heather Bellegia-Ernst, a mother of a child with DS, notes that nine out of ten DS pregnancies are aborted (I think her facts are a bit skewed)and […]

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08/23/2015

Ohio bill would forbid abortion of Down Syndrome pregnancies

An interesting article in today’s New York Times, about an effort in Ohio to forbid abortions if the motive is to avoid having a child with Down Syndrome. Heather Bellegia-Ernst, a mother of a child with DS, notes that nine out of ten DS pregnancies are aborted (I think her facts are a bit skewed)and […]

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08/08/2015

FRANCES KELSEY

Frances Oldham Kelsey died yesterday, age 101. Kelsey is responsible for barring thalidomide from being sold in the US.   In the late 1950s, thalidomide was widely marketed in Europe to treat insomnia and nausea in pregnant women. The manufacturer, Merrell, wanted FDA approval to market the drug in the US as well. Kelsey was not […]

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