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February 15, 2011
The current case before a British judge as to whether a mentally disabled woman identified only as “P” should be sterilized has raised the ire of medical ethicists and the disability community.…
March 19, 2010
Trans fat bans, peer recruitment for human subjects research, and the clash of culture versus the rights of physicians are the featured issues in this month’s issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.…
March 18, 2010
Will banning artificial trans fats today effect your ability to have a hot dog tomorrow?
On the The Bioethics Channel, Lorell LaBoube seeks an answer from David Resnik, a bioethicist and IRB chair for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health.…
April 15, 2009
A federal court has ruled that a sperm bank can be held responsible for a poor genetic outcome as a result of conceiving a child with donor sperm, reports the WSJ Health Blog.…
February 9, 2009
Today, I am ashamed to say that I was born a Hoosier. The state of Indiana, as well as Texas, Nebraska, and 8 other states are attempting to pass laws that would require ultrasounds prior to performing abortions, says USA Today.…
October 28, 2008
Oxford University’s Practical Bioethics Blog informs us that the tools of eugenics are alive and well in Europe–but for an entirely new reason all together.…
September 23, 2008
According to a study published in the journal Pain Medicine as reported in the NYT, approximately 0.1 percent of pain physicians ever face punishment or sanction for prescribing narcotics.…
January 24, 2008
What role, if any, should doctors have in executions? That’s the focus of an editorial in this week’s NEJM by Gregory D.…
October 31, 2007
Just 15 minutes before a man in Mississippi was set to be executed last night, the Supreme Court issued a stay.…
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October 18, 2012 4:11 pm
We are now reaching a critical juncture where scientific developments in both genetics and neuroscience may soon be able to identify children with a greatly increased risk of engaging in future violent activity. Perhaps the most critical question is, what do we do with such children when we identify them?
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 6, 2012 7:52 pm
A lawsuit was filed, as it should have been, for a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ever since the legal battle that exploded when Ryan White got expelled from his Indiana middle school in 1984 for being HIV-positive, it has been clear that excluding children from school, any school, due to their being HIV-positive is wrong. Careful study has shown that kids with HIV do not pose any serious risks to their fellow students or staff — and that is why it is illegal to discriminate against kids or anyone else with HIV.
August 2, 2012 10:01 am
On Thursday, Arizona’s new abortion law will take effect, outlawing the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy — a much earlier threshold than in any other law that has been upheld in court. Like-minded laws have been enacted in Nebraska, Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Georgia and Louisiana, and a bill similarly limiting abortion in the District drew support Tuesday from a majority of the U.S. House, but not from enough members to pass.
July 31, 2012 4:22 pm
But should Dr. Fenton, or any psychiatrist for that matter, be required to disclose private information about a patient? And, had she known in advance that Holmes struggled with violent thoughts and delusions, should she have alerted police? Art Caplan heads the division of medical ethics at the NYU Langone Medical Center. He explores the fine line between confidentiality and safety in therapist sessions.
July 13, 2012 1:09 pm
Itil is concerned that doctors might not be ready to opt for surgery once the law is in place: “How can a law decide when a patient requires a certain treatment? This is against medical ethics, and the art of medicine in general. Turkey will set a very negative example with this law.”
July 12, 2012 12:29 pm
Prisoners inside the U.S. military’s detention center at Guantanamo Bay were forcibly given “mind altering drugs,” including being injected with a powerful anti-psychotic sedative used in psychiatric hospitals. Prisoners were often not told what medications they received, and were tricked into believing routine flu shots were truth serums. It’s a serious violation of medical ethics, made worse by the fact that the military continued to interrogate prisoners while they were doped on psychoactive chemicals.
July 11, 2012 6:41 pm
“Countries differ greatly in demography, culture and organization of medical care,” Lo, who is also director of the medical ethics program at the University of California, San Francisco, wrote in a comment accompanying the study. More in- depth information is needed to better understand how patients and physicians reach their decisions, he said.
July 2, 2012 3:52 pm
The abuse, misuse and diversion of prescription drugs is a public health crisis. This is particularly apparent to those of us working in the emergency department, which is the largest ambulatory source of opioid medications. We all too frequently see individuals with untreated addiction issues, with life-threatening overdoses, and trying to obtain opioid medications for recreational use or to sell for profit.