Blog Posts (6)
June 16, 2009
Emily Willingham asks an important question as to whether the apparent cultural preference toward having a male child in the family among Asian-Americans represents a harm–either to Asian-American girls, or simply to women generally.…
April 7, 2009
The Wall Street Journal reports today that China is aiming to improve its health care infrastructure, to expand health insurance for all, and is starting a “decade-long plan to repair an ailing health-care system that has fueled popular discontent.”
Gee whiz…what a novel idea.…
March 3, 2009
The Chinese government is cracking down on smoking–among one of its most heavily using populations: physicians. Yes, according to Reuters, more than 50% of China’s male MDs smoke cigarettes.…
March 2, 2009
Southern Illinois Man Seeks Stem Cell Cure in China. That’s the headline. From KFVS12, Live from the Heartland. Meanwhile, Midwesterners are raffling off big ticket items to make it possible for Chuck Melton, sufferer of a spinal cord injury, to make multiple trips to China, to receive umbilical cord stem cell treatments not available in the United States.…
January 23, 2009
Two men responsible for the melamine contamination scandal in China, Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping, were given the death penalty by the Chinese government today and the company’s chairwoman, Tian Wenhua, was given life in prison for being responsible for the melamine-contaminated milk responsible for killing six children and hundreds of thousands of illnesses, says the International Herald Tribune.…
August 8, 2007
Following up on the babies-as-luxury-items thread… NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday recently ran a piece about “competitive birthing.” The short story: the last decade has seen large families become status symbols for wealthy couples.…
May 29, 2012 1:22 pm
By the time Hu Jie changed his mind about selling his kidney it was too late. The 25-year-old migrant worker had travelled to a distant province and had medical checks. A recipient had been matched. If he pulled out now, the web of doctors and agents brokering the illegal operation would lose a lot of yuan.
May 16, 2012 9:50 am
As cultural taboos restrict voluntary organ donation, the systematic harvesting of organs from freshly executed prisoners provides almost two thirds of China’s very limited supply of livers, kidneys, hearts, lungs and corneas, says vice health minister Huang Jiefu. Last month, Huang announced Beijing will abolish the practice within the next three to five years and replace this controversial source with a new system that encourages donations of organs and regulates where they go.
May 14, 2012 10:41 am
Question: would it be ethical to conduct research with drug user detainees in such circumstances? In the abstract, those with substance abuse problems are vulnerable persons in poor health, and it would be good to have research on effective interventions to combat drug addiction. But in practice, it gets complicated.
May 8, 2012 5:07 pm
A gang of 16 people has been arrested for running illegal kidney transplant operations in Changzhou, East China’s Jiangsu province, the provincial public security bureau announcedon Monday. Police in Changzhou rescued 20 young men who were being held by the suspects. They alsoarrested four human organ transplant intermediaries.
May 2, 2012 3:38 pm
Next fall, the University of Pennsylvania will host a 10-day crash course in Bioethics in China, which some may argue is an oxymoron. The program will actually take place in Beijing and other cities, and include meetings with academics, policy makers and pharma folks, such as expats who work for large drugmakers. The plan is to not only review some of the hot-button issues – corruption, clinical trials, intellectual property and interactions between physicians and patients – but also delve into cultural differences that shape the way business is done there.
April 16, 2012 3:39 pm
Are you losing sleep over America’s competition with China for global dominance? Not to worry. The People’s Liberation Army, or PLA, has a pill that will keep you feeling well, alert and comfortable for 72 hours. So at least while you’re not sleeping you can be productive.
April 12, 2012 9:58 pm
Three months after the Chinese health ministry ramped up its efforts to enforce a ban on the clinical use of unapproved stem-cell treatments, a Nature investigation reveals that businesses around the country are still charging patients thousands of dollars for these unproven therapies.