Tag: bioethics

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April 15, 2014

Concussion Cases Inspire New Course at George Washington’s Law School

[The New York Times] The revelations that hits to the head may lead to long-term brain damage have rocked the football world at all levels, alarming coaches, players and their parents and forcing the N.F.L. and the N.C.A.A. to tighten safety standards. Given the consequences of the injuries, lawyers, too, have taken note, including those […]
April 14, 2014

For the working poor, new health premiums can be a burden

[Los Angeles Times] For nearly two decades, Barbara Garnaus maintained a modest, delicate life balance: keeping her part-time Orange County school district job and juggling her bills and credit card debt. Now 63, living alone, she counts every dollar, has no cellphone and commutes an hour in traffic so she can keep an affordable apartment […]
April 13, 2014

Healing and the Kingdom

By the time we get to chapter 9 of Luke’s gospel, we see Christ’s Kingdom ministry in full swing.  At the start of the chapter we see the commissioning of the twelve for kingdom work, by the middle we see the sending of messengers to make preparations in Samaria, and by the start of the next chapter (10) Christ is authorizing the seventy for the... // Read More »
April 10, 2014

Artistic Inquiry: Obesity on Stage in Boston

BEI Young Professionals member Betsy Campbell covers artful media around the world that touches upon topics in bioethics. In 2013 a Hastings Center article, bioethicist Dan Callahan proposed an “edgier” approach to America’s obesity epidemic. His views in that article — particularly his point about the power of public disapproval — proved to be controversial, […]
April 9, 2014

Why should we immunize our children?

A recent NPR All Things Considered story that is summarized on their web site talks about the large number of parents in Marin County in California who choose not to immunize their children by way of personal belief exemptions. This is in a county with a very high average standard of living, but has a high level of children not being immunized. The county recently... // Read More »
April 7, 2014

Cyber Life After Death

In The New Yorker this week Laura Parker reports on a new internet start-up that has a technological solution to a vexing old problem: mortality. Eterni.me has the tagline in huge font on its site, “Simply Become Immortal.” The CEO, Marius Ursache, says he is trying to solve the “incredibly challenging problem of humanity.” Transhumanists like Ray Kurzweil have been arguing for a while now that... // Read More »
April 5, 2014

The Genetics of Life and Death

Having long been fascinated with embryology, a recent article in the New York Times entitled “A Tumor; the Embryo’s Evil Twin,” captured my attention. The article delineated the similarities between the genetic processes that govern both embryological development and tumor growth, also alluding to the metaphors we use to describe the “mysterious.” The article referenced Susan Sontag’s 1978 book, “Illness as Metaphor,” as well as... // Read More »
April 4, 2014

Guidelines for malpractice reform?

A bill with bipartisan support was introduced in Congress this week that would grant physicians increased protection from malpractice suits if they can demonstrate that they followed established clinical guidelines in the case over which they are being sued. I am all for malpractice reform, but I’m a little uncomfortable with this one. Clinical guidelines in medicine can be very helpful, as long as they... // Read More »
March 29, 2014

What Makes Doctors Happy

The Rand Corporation recently published a study of determinants of physician professional satisfaction, and their implications for patient care. One of the “most novel and important findings” related to electronic health records (EHRs). The study found that EHRs affected physician satisfaction both positively and negatively. Physicians like the idea of EHRs, and appreciate their “promise” to improve patient care and thus professional satisfaction. However, the current... // Read More »
March 28, 2014

Conflict of Interest in Publication of Industry-Sponsored Research

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has, like many medical societies, academic medical centers, and medical journals, wrestled with concerns that reports of the results of medical research, especially but not just clinical trials, might be unduly biased by conflicts of interest if the research is paid for or otherwise sponsored or driven by industry. It has been standard for ASCO and other such... // Read More »

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American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 1 - Jan 2013

100th Issue Anniversary Editorial David Magnus