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February 13, 2014
Eugene Kontorovich (Northwestern Law) has penned an egregious argument over at the Volokh Conspiracy. Go read it, if you're entertained by egregious arguments. In sum, it goes like this:In Roper v. Simmons (2005) the Supreme Court found unconstitu...
September 24, 2013
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
The Oxford American Dictionary defines the term “outrageous” as “shockingly bad or excessive.” Case in point, a recent publication in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports about a two-and-a-half year old boy in Saudi Arabia who two years ago underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG).…
July 23, 2013
There are certainly plenty of people who think that research ethics scandals happen everywhere else, but not in Canada. Well, it seems that a recent report by food historian Ian Mosby at the University of Guelph has uncovered that, yes, in fact research ethics scandals can, do and have happened in Canada. Mosby’s report, published […]
January 17, 2012
The blogosphere and the airwaves are filled with indignation regarding what has happened to Amelia Rivera, a three year old who has a rare genetic disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome.…
November 29, 2011
An eight-year-old Cleveland Heights, Ohio boy has been taken away from his parents by Child Protective Services. An unfortunate, but routine occurrence in the world of CPS–but this time the case has an usual cause—this third grader weighs more than 200 pounds and in the judgement of some Cuyahoga County officials his parents are the cause of his abuse to his health and well-being.…
August 14, 2011
A recent story in Nature highlights a few important concepts in the conduct of placebo-controlled trials. This story is about a very small placebo-controlled trial involving only 15 children who were stung by bark scorpions in Arizona. The trial’s goal was to demonstrate effectiveness of a new antivenom, Anascorp. The bark scorpion is the only […]
July 13, 2011
As Art Caplan states in his most recent MSNBC column, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Whether the result of the food industry, food marketing to children, or lifestyle choices, children (as well as their parents) are getting fat at an alarming rate.…
June 9, 2011
A British mother who is a self-proclaimed “plastic surgery addict” has given her pre-teen daughter a “voucher” for future breast augmentation.…
May 20, 2011
Public health advocates are waging a war, not against McDonald’s or the fast food industry per se, but against a much easier target: Ronald McDonald.…
May 19, 2011
As reported in the Washington Post today, at least two new companies are marketing tests that can identify “sports genes” for your child long before they kick their first soccer ball or pick up a racket.…
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August 14, 2012 7:47 pm
Healthcare providers should have rapid access to legal remedies for end-of-life disputes involving children whose parents resist withdrawal of aggressive therapy on the basis of religious beliefs, authors of a review concluded. Over a 3-year period, 17 of 203 cases could not be resolved after lengthy discussions with parents. Subsequently, most of the cases were resolved, but five remained undecided, each because of the parents’ belief in a miracle for their children, according to an article published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
August 14, 2012 7:45 pm
Arthur Caplan, the head of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, recalls a case of a man who had beaten his six-month-old child to death. It was a horror the mother simply could not accept. A deeply religious woman, she pushed the doctors to do more, telling them that God would intervene and allow her daughter to make a miraculous recovery. For several hours there was a tense standoff between caregivers and parent.
August 13, 2012 1:45 pm
Laws strictly regulating school sales of junk food and sugary drinks may actually be helping to slow childhood obesity, according to a national study. The study seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off to combat the growing epidemic especially in the Latino community. According to the organization, Leadership for Healthy Communities, 38.2 percent of Hispanic children aged 2-19 are overweight. “That is the statistic that should be our wake-up call,” said Jennifer Ng’andu, Deputy Director of the National Council of La Raza’s health policy project.
August 8, 2012 3:12 pm
Parents-to-be may be able to have their unborn child screened for homosexuality within a matter of a few years, according to a visiting American expert in bioethics. Professor Robert Klitzman of Columbia University’s Centre for Bioethics has told TV ONE’s Close Up that genetic tests are now being developed to look for autism, alzheimers and various types of cancers. “We may find tests with homosexuality for instance,” he said.
July 31, 2012 4:50 pm
Brianna Warrhunter took her child to hospital in Trenton Wednesday after a daycare worker noticed an “unexplained rash,” the Trenton woman wrote in a complaint she sent to the Ontario Medical Association. Warrhunter said she told the doctor her daughter didn’t have immunizations as she and the father are “conscientious objectors” of immunizations. “Her tone turned from friendly to rude,” said Warrhunter, alleging the Trenton Memorial Hospital doctor promptly stopped the exam and left the room saying she could not help the girl.
July 31, 2012 4:31 pm
“Health professionals probably shouldn’t use terms like fat, chubby, overweight or obese,” said Geoff Ball, Ph.D., a researcher in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. “Terms that are more neutral, less judgmental and less stigmatizing should be used. Most of the time families will want that sensitive type of language. And that’s what clinicians should want, too, because that’s what families want.”
July 31, 2012 4:15 pm
What you may not know is that a scary number of these diseases are at epidemic levels in the United States. Whooping cough, an illness that many Americans over 30 thought had disappeared, is at the highest rate among children in the US in fifty years. At least 18,000 cases have been reported in 2012, more than twice as many cases as there were at this time last year. Nine infants have died from whooping cough this year. In addition, an estimated 214 children contracted measles last year in the US, the largest outbreak of a nasty infectious disease in 15 years.
July 26, 2012 4:20 pm
As the debate over the medical ethics of circumcision rages in Germany, some have argued that the practice provides health benefits. But many in the medical community disagree. Circumcision is not in the best interest of boys who undergo the procedure.
June 28, 2012 8:13 pm
A new documentary exploring the ethical implications of sperm donation is creating a buzz among religious audiences. “Anonymous Father’s Day” delves into bioethics from the perspective of donor-conceived children who grow up not knowing their biological fathers. The film gives fodder to opponents of assisted reproductive technology, who argue the fertility “industry” has led to psychologically scarred children and the “commodification” of human life.
June 21, 2012 1:12 pm
Public health advocates on Wednesday accused the drug company Merck of improperly marketing an over-the-counter allergy medicine directly to children using animated characters from the movie “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.”
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