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07/11/2014

The Recent Stem Cell News

Last week’s edition of Nature includes developments in the world of stem cell research, also noted in the general press: First: A group from Portland, San Diego, and Stockholm published work (payment required to read article) seeking to define the “best” human pluripotent stem cells on cellular and molecular grounds.  They compared: Stem cells taken from an embryo, created in IVF and destroyed for the… // Read More »

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07/11/2014

Nominate the Medical Futility Blog

If you read this blog, I could use your help.  The American Bar Association is starting to consider which law blogs will make its 8th Annual Blawg 100.  They are soliciting nominations of blogs that you read regularly and think lawyers should…

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07/10/2014

Hensinki Declaration revisions weaken protections for developing country trial participants

The latest revisions to the Declaration of Helsinki may weaken human research subject protections, particularly for participants in low and middle income countries, according to a recent analysis in BMJ.  See the article here:  http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g4254

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07/10/2014

Moral Distress Education Project

Medical futility disputes have been repeatedly measured as one of the biggest causes of moral distress, especially among nurses.


The University of Kentucky has launched a completely free continuing education version of The Moral Distress Education Project. The program functions as a self-guided documentary that provides up to 2.0 hours credits. 


Unidentified or unresolved moral distress leads to retention problems; horizontal violence; and patient-care gaps. By the end of this program learners will understand the root causes of moral distress and how to prevent it by developing better communication strategies and systems-based approaches to reduce moral distress and moral residue, which improves patient care overall and faculty/staff competencies. By completing all three modules, you’ll become aware of what moral distress is, and how it occurs. You’ll also be able to properly define moral distress and share definitions with colleagues/coworkers.




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07/10/2014

Time to Divorce Health Insurance & Employment

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In my last blog, I talked about ideologically-backed corporate control of health care choices as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. That piece has led to several conversations this past week, many of which have revolved around the question of how to fix the problem of employer theology limiting or curtailing choices, because nearly half of all people in the U.S. have health insurance through their employer.

The result of these conversations is a consensus that there are two health policy moves that can be made: Changing a law and changing a system.…

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07/09/2014

Relevance of Case-Based Studies in Workshops on RCR for Diverse Audiences: the importance of including both (Part II)

<p class="MsoNoSpacing">Both parts I and II of this blog were originally published as a commentary in the Office of Research Integrity’s Newsletter (<a href="http://ori.hhs.gov/newsletters">http://ori.hhs.gov/newsletters</a>) Volume 22, Number 2, March 2014 and has been reproduced with permission for the AMBI blog.</p>
<p class="MsoNoSpacing">In <a href="/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/relevance-of-case-based-studies-in-workshops-on-rcr-for-diverse-audiences-part-i">Part I</a>, published last month, I discussed my experience organizing and developing a responsible conduct of research (RCR) workshop for stem cell scientists that was held at the Till and McCulloch Meeting in October 2013 as part of Canada’s Stem Cell Network at <a href="http://www.stemcellnetwork.ca/">http://www.stemcellnetwork.ca</a>. In Part 2, I discuss the importance of developing RCR pedagogy that includes both lecture and informational components, and provides ethical cases such that students have a rich understanding of normative, policy, and practical aspects to different RCR topics.</p>
<p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;">The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI’s online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000099;" href="/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong></p>

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07/09/2014

Understanding Cultural Diversity at End-of-Life – New eBook

Passare, an end-of-life planning company, has released its fifteenth eBook titled “Understanding Cultural Diversity at End-of-Life.”  

In this book, Passare shares guidance to help you explore and understand how different cultures observe and hon…

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07/08/2014

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: A thin margin indeed

The recent Supreme Court decision, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, has been hailed as a victory for religious rights, but in the Supreme Court’s majority opinion there are ominous signs for bioethics. First, no commentator so far has mentioned that the Supreme Court decision implies that the only legally viable objection to underwriting abortifacient interventions must be religious in nature. The thin margin of decision by… // Read More »

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07/08/2014

Merck Says It Regrets Strong-Arming Italian Researcher

[Forbes] Merck says that it “regrets” using legal threats to push a leading Italian researcher to muffle his public critiques of one of the company’s cholesterol drugs. Merck spokesman Steve Cragle writes: Merck is committed to the open and transparent exchange of scientific information. We believe this exchange should take place in medical meetings and […]

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07/08/2014

Persons, Personhood, and Primates

Back in December of 2013, Steve Phillips wrote a splendid blog on the legal case in New York that sought to establish rights for non-human primates (specifically, chimpanzees) based upon the concept of personhood. It captured the essence of the issue effectively enough that, with uncharacteristic wisdom and restraint, I felt no need to add to the discussion. This issue is not, of course, closed… // Read More »

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