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10/01/2014

A Primer on Ebola: Ethics, Public Health, and Panic

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Ebola is in the news a lot with the diagnosis of the first case on U.S. soil (excluding the 4 cases of health workers who were repatriated from West Africa after falling ill with the disease). Lots of information is flying around the internet and the news media. The ethics of outbreaks is not a new topic and has been written about extensively in this blog as well as elsewhere. Experts in public health ethics have addressed this issue thoroughly.

Below are some thinking points about Ebola to help put the situation into perspective and to provide some points for reflection.…

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09/30/2014

Jahi McMath "Doing Well" 10 Months after Death

The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network just released this update on Jahi McMath.

“We are often asked and receive frequent emails from supporters wanting to know about Jahi McMath, so I wanted to give a quick update. It has been almost 10 months sin…

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09/30/2014

Neuroscience and Ethics: Integration Not Intervention

We’re pleased to take part in today’s White House BRAIN Conference starting now. Check out our infographic that highlights our recommendations from Gray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society, the first of two reports on neuroscience and related ethical issues.

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09/30/2014

Could Pay-For-Performance Lead To Overuse Of Antibiotics?

Not long ago, the Joint Commission (a healthcare quality organization) established that patients with pneumonia should receive antibiotics within four hours of diagnosis. Timely diagnosis and treatment can be the difference between life and death in patients with this illness. … Continue reading

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09/30/2014

The Disappearance of Generic Drugs

(My source for this post is Elisabeth Rosenthal’s article in the New York Times:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/us/the-soaring-cost-of-a-simple-breath.html?_r=0–which has actually published almost a year ago, but seems to have some important informa…

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09/30/2014

Sunshine Act Goes Live, Sort Of

According to ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein–http://www.propublica.org/article/what-to-be-wary-of-in-the-govts-new-site-detailing-industry-money-to-docs –as the Sunshine Act (of the 2010 Affordable Care Act) finally goes live today, some 18 months afte…

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09/30/2014

Judge Orders Baby Off Life Support, Despite Mom’s Objections

Today, Ms Justice Russell (Family Division, UK High Court) ruled that a one-year-old boy with brain damage should be taken off a life-support machine despite his parents’ pleas to keep him alive.  (Daily Mail 1)

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09/30/2014

Dollars to Doctors: Sun Rises on Sunshine Act’s Open Payments Database

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Today, Tuesday, September 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will release most of the Open Payments database. The public will now have access to the monetary value of gifts, marketing, and payments for clinical testing made by the pharmaceutical industry to physicians. The database is being rolled out 12 days later than planned and with one-third of the 2013 data unavailable until June 2015: There have been some glitches including mix-up of names and wrong provider and license numbers entered.

The Open Payment database is a part of the Sunshine Act, a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.…

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09/29/2014

Carbs = Bad!

A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that that old advice – to avoid fat and cholesterol in your diet lest you become a fat person with high cholesterol – is wrong. Instead, it is carbohydrates … Continue reading

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09/28/2014

Fair-minded Medicine

“Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” – 1 Corinthians 5:9 I attended a funeral this past week, and I spoke with a relative who is an attorney practicing patent and intellectual-property (IP) law.  Since he works closely with science and technology, I mentioned Joe Gibes’s… // Read More »

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