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When Ideology Trumps: A Case for Evidence-Based Health Policies
Bela Fishbeyn

In this issue of The American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), Adina Preda and Kristin Voigt (2015) investigate the relationship between health policies, social determinants of health, and health inequalities. There is much empirical work demonstrating the correlation between social determinants of health and health outcomes, which establishes a clear relationship between a person’s social and e...

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Mandatory Cancer Risk Warnings on Alcoholic Beverages: What Are the Ethical Issues?
Jennie Louise, Jaklin Eliott, Ian Olver & Annette Braunack-Ma

The link between alcohol consumption and cancer is well established, but public awareness of the risk remains low. Mandated warning labels have been suggested as a way of ensuring “informed choice” about alcohol consumption. In this article we explore various ethical issues that may arise in connection with cancer warning labels on alcoholic beverages; in particular we highlight the potentiall...

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The Social Determinants of Health: Why Should We Care?
Adina Preda & Kristin Voigt

A growing body of empirical research examines the effects of the so-called “social determinants of health” (SDH) on health and health inequalities. Several high-profile publications have issued policy recommendations to reduce health inequalities based on a specific interpretation of this empirical research as well as a set of normative assumptions. This article questions the framework defined...

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