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April 14, 2014
[Wellcome Trust] In the course of a study involving human participants, it is possible that researchers may make a finding that has potential health or reproductive implications for an individual participant. For example, during a brain-imaging study, researchers might identify a brain tumour, or during a genome-wide association study looking for genetic risk factors for […]
April 9, 2014
[FirstWordPharma] A US jury ordered Takeda and Eli Lilly to pay a combined $9 billion in punitive damages after finding that the companies concealed the cancer risks associated with the diabetes therapy Actos (pioglitazone). The jury also awarded compensatory damages to the plaintiff of nearly $1.5 million in the first federal lawsuit related to the […]
February 10, 2012
A recent study conducted by Emory University School of Medicine found that therapeutic misconception is alive and well in Phase I cancer research.…
October 4, 2011
When an investigational agent is being studied by pharma, is there an ethical responsibility to disclose the findings of that research, even if the agent is no longer being studied or being brought to market?…
April 8, 2011
Today, the April issue of The American Journal of Bioethics is now online.
This month, the journal features two target articles addressing controversial ideas–one in the world of clinical research, the other in the worlds of healthcare and public health.…
September 20, 2010
Today's New York Times ran a heartbreaking story by Amy Harmon about two cousins who developed melanoma. One was entered into a cancer clinical trial and received the investigational drug PLX4032. The other was ineligible for the trial, and therefore u...
July 6, 2010
The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has created a website that aims purportedly to help patients assess the claims made by stem cell companies and researchers offering cures via stem cell research.…
July 19, 2009
Now available at bioethics.net is the August issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.
This month’s issue contains articles ranging in topics from organ conscription and whether the US ought to have an opt-out system for organ donation and a number of thought experiments supporting that position by Delaney and Hershenov.…
March 30, 2009
Thanks to Wesley Smith’s Secondhand Smoke blog for point out this story from the Times Online, Stem Cells to Grow Bigger Breasts.…
March 3, 2009
Ever wonder what are the obligations by industrialized nations to the countries from which health care workers come? Are these workers free to move or are countries like the US and UK “poaching”?…
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August 14, 2013 6:27 pm
Licensed drugs have to go through rigorous trials. Even if an unlicensed drug works in some way, it might kill you in another way or cause problems.
February 22, 2013 12:41 pm
Parents with children who have rare and debilitating diseases are pushing to change how researchers develop medicines to treat the conditions. The parents want different scientists researching the diseases to share data about the patients so the children won’t need to participate in so many studies.
January 28, 2013 1:33 pm
In real-world practice, women with early-stage breast cancer were more likely to survive if they had a lumpectomy rather than mastectomy, a population-based registry study found.
January 23, 2013 4:32 pm
Experiments with a deadly flu virus, suspended last year after a fierce global debate over safety, will start up again in some laboratories, probably within the next few weeks, scientists say.
December 12, 2012 2:02 pm
Heavy coffee drinkers — those who drink more than four cups a day — may cut their risk of dying from cancers of the mouth and throat by nearly half, according to new research.
December 11, 2012 2:04 pm
The nation’s twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes are robbing more Americans of their sight. The percentage of American adults suffering from uncorrectable vision loss spiked 21% in only about six years, rising to nearly 1.7% of the population.
December 7, 2012 4:33 pm
According to a new study funded by Japanese beer company Sapporo Breweries, a “key ingredient” found in the world’s most popular alcoholic beverage may very well help stave off winter sniffles.
December 5, 2012 7:13 pm
The widely prescribed drug tamoxifen already plays a major role in reducing the risk of death from breast cancer. But a new study suggests that women should be taking the drug for twice as long could upend the standard that has been in place for about 15 years.
November 29, 2012 6:36 pm
The 2010 outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis) in California, which sickened more than 9,000 people and left 10 infants dead, prompted an examination of the current vaccine’s effectiveness. That study concluded that the vaccine is effective but loses power over the years, leaving children 7 to 10 years old particularly susceptible.
November 29, 2012 6:26 pm
The annual number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 dropped 8% in the U.S. from 2007 to 2010 to 64 births per 1,000, according to a report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew center. The U.S. birthrate peaked during the baby boom, at 122.7 in 1957.
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