Blog Posts (11)
November 12, 2012
Generally, when westerners think of people in foreign lands participating as human subjects in clinical trials, we think of the developing world. That image is somewhat incomplete. This was from September, but well worth a look at this NYT piece if you missed it: Russians Eagerly Participate in Medical Experiments, Despite Risks As a test […]
November 15, 2011
It’s a big story in research ethics and it has been reported in major newspapers all over the world. There’s even a Wikipedia page already about this case. The story centres on a fraud case against Diederik Stapel, a well-known psychologist and widely-published researcher at Tilburg University. It is claimed that Dr. Stapel drew inaccurate […]
February 14, 2011
A German anesthetist, Joachim Boldt, has published over 350 peer-reviewed papers and is currently the target of a German medical board investigation for data manipulation, fabrication of data and failure to have human studies reviewed and approved by an ethics review board. This story began when the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia retracted a 2009 article […]
May 12, 2010
Featuring paired issues by Stanford’s Charles E. Murdoch and Christopher Thomas Scott and University of Alberta’s Amy Zarzeczny and Timothy Caulfield, the May issue of AJOB addresses the hot topic of the ethics of stem cell tourism.…
September 18, 2009
Why does the rest of the world get it when it comes to health care and we don’t? Perhaps we should take out our globes and world atlases and examine other countries to see how they do it and find some answers, suggests Arthur Caplan in his most recent MSNBC commentary.…
February 2, 2009
As reported in the LA Times health blog, Booster Shots, a grim economy is making global health organizations nervous that nations and individual donors are going to back out on their financial promises.…
January 29, 2009
How do you know that bioethics has made it big time in a country, in my humble opinion? Their government creates a bioethics commission, of course!…
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.…
January 12, 2009
And you think your health insurance company is bad? Just be happy you don’t live in Mexico. There it takes two physicians, four bureaucrats, and quadruplicate forms to get life-saving medications in that country, and as Cecilia Velazquez, winner of this year’s red tape “prize” in Mexico has brought to our attention, Mexico’s healthcare system is a bureaucratic nightmare that is just unacceptable–to the point of winning said contest in her home country for the long waiting times, multiple hoops, and redundancies built into the system.…
December 1, 2008
Today marks the 20th World AIDS Day. In these last 20 years, medical research has sparked marvelous breakthroughs in the treatment of HIV/AIDS around the world–even in developing countries where for many years since the outbreak of this once-deadly, now nearly chronic, disease treatment was inaccessible due to cost.…
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June 5, 2012 12:12 pm
Two strangers living across the world from each other in the U.S. and Greece made medical history when they became the first to donate their kidneys in an intercontinental paired exchange, according to a press conference Friday at the Greek Embassy in Washington, DC.
May 18, 2012 12:49 am
Dr. Geeta Shroff began her career as an obstetrician, transitioned to pediatrics, but says that her work treating infertility eventually led her to develop embryonic stem cell therapies. She now treats patients with diseases ranging from neurodegenerative disorders such as ALS, to spinal cord injuries, to cerebral palsy and genetic disorders at her clinic, the Nu Tech Mediworld Nursing Home in New Delhi, which she describes as the world’s only medical facility “using embryonic stem cells to treat patients on a daily basis.”
May 11, 2012 11:56 am
Activists say Argentina now leads the world in transgender rights after giving people the freedom to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand.
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.
April 11, 2012 1:14 pm
Why is euthanasia more controversial in the United States than, for instance, in the Netherlands? What would need to change before the U.S. would legalize physician-assisted suicide?