Blog Posts (3)
April 15, 2014
by Patricia Mayer, MD, Bioethics Program Alumna (2009) Last week the Tennessee legislature voted to approve a bill that criminalizes drug use in pregnancy. Mothers can now be charged with criminal assault if a child is born addicted, harmed or dies as a result of pre-natal use of narcotics. The bill, amended to preclude charges […]
April 10, 2014
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, […]
March 27, 2014
by Sean Philpott, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Fred Phelps, one of the most reviled men in the United States, died last week. Mr. Phelps was the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, a virulently homophobic organization known for its “God Hates Fags” slogan. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church have been […]
June 19, 2013 3:05 pm
Many workers are routinely fired or forced to take unpaid leave in the U.S. after asking for basic accommodations during their pregnancy.
July 2, 2012 3:32 pm
This is not science. It is a gender witchhunt, and it is foul play. This is why experts in sports, gender, and bioethics – and those battling discrimination against female and LGBT athletes – have been mobilizing against this policy ever since its basic shape was announced last year. What’s really driving these policies is suspicion of women perceived as gender “deviant”. We see this all too often in women’s sports when women athletes monitor and denigrate their peers who “play like men” or look too masculine.
June 18, 2012 6:51 pm
The Mental Health Policy Group from the London School of Economics said three-quarters of people with depression or anxiety got no treatment. The committee of senior academics and medical professionals described this as a “real scandal”. Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said mental health should be treated as seriously as physical health issues.
May 9, 2012 10:21 am
At least 20 deaths of football players with sickle cell trait have been reported since 1974. As part of a settlement with Lloyd’s family in 2009, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) agreed to screen all athletes for sickle cell trait. But does this policy make good medical sense, or does it discriminate against athletes with sickle cell trait and unnecessarily exclude them from sports? Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD, the Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics, recently surveyed pediatricians and sports medicine providers about the NCAA policy and found conflicting responses to these questions.
May 4, 2012 1:35 pm
To put it bluntly, should hospitals hire employees who are overweight? A hospital in Texas, Citizens Medical Center, has said that it is not going to hire anybody — doctors, health staff, nurses — who is overweight. For them, that means a body mass index of over 35 kg/m2; or in other words, for a 5’10″ man, if you weigh more than about 250 lb, you wouldn’t get hired at this particular Texas facility.
April 30, 2012 2:19 pm
A majority of doctors in a United Kingdom survey supported measures to deny non-emergency medical services to smokers and the obese, The Observer newspaper reported Sunday. Although the survey by the networking website doctors.net.uk was a self-selecting poll, the site’s chief executive called the response “a tectonic shift” for the profession. The results feed into a British debate about “lifestyle rationing” by the National Health Service, the Observer reported.
April 30, 2012 10:31 am
During my surgical training, whenever the conversation turned to relationships, one of my colleagues would always joke about his inability to get a date, then abruptly change the subject. I thought he might be gay but never asked him outright, because it didn’t seem important. But one morning, while we working at the nurses’ station with several of the other doctors-in-training, I realized it was important, because at the hospital, he really couldn’t be himself.
April 24, 2012 10:45 am
After giving the gift of life, a New York mom received her worst nightmare in return. To help her boss move up the transplant waiting list, Debbie Stevens, 47, donated her kidney to a man in Missouri, enabling her employer to secure a perfect match from someone in San Francisco, the New York Post reported Monday in an exclusive story. Stevens told the New York Post that her boss, Jackie Brucia, 61, put the pressure on for her to return to work soon after the procedure even though she didn’t feel well enough.
April 10, 2012 11:06 pm
Citizens Medical Center is, by most measures, a respected and respectable hospital. A non-profit, their mission is to serve their community of South Texas. And in their mission, they’ve been mostly successful, appearing on Thomas Reuters’ list of top 100 American hospitals three times over the past decade.