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July 31, 2012

Patenting (part of) the brain?

I have recently become aware of the news that a company has patented regional brain responses to “appeal” and “engagement”. Through the scarcity of the material presented, it is really hard to get an idea of what the patent really entails. But from the sound of it, we are suggested that the patent is about [...]
February 15, 2011

Eugenic or Not, Sterilization Makes Sense for "P"

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

March Issue of AJOB is Now Online!

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

Trans Fats Today. Hot Dogs Tomorrow?

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.…

June 16, 2009

Botched Prenatal Test = Botched Knee Surgery? I Don't Think So.

But if you as Susan Wolf, professor at the University of Minnesota, she would tell you that suing for one screwed up procedure is no different than suing for another.…

April 15, 2009

When Donor Sperm Goes Bad...

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

Don't Look Now....But Do.

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

And You Thought Electric Chairs Were Cruel and Inhuman

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

Getting Off Easy

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

Doctors and the death penalty

What role, if any, should doctors have in executions? That’s the focus of an editorial in this week’s NEJM by Gregory D.

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Published Articles (7)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 5 - May 2009

Bioethics and the Explosive Rise of Animal Law

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 10 - Oct 2008

The Ethical Elephant in the Death Penalty Room

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 11 - Nov 2008

On Joining the Lynch Mob

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 10 - Oct 2008

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on The Ethical Elephant in the Death Penalty Room

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 8 - Aug 2007

Acceptability in France of Induced Abortion for Adolescents

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 9 - Sep 2007

Functional Neuroimaging and the Law: Trends and Directions for Future Scholarship

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 6 - Jun 2007

Is it Sound Public Policy to Let the Terminally Ill Access Experimental Medical Innovations?

News (10)

December 20, 2013 1:58 pm

The Supreme Court’s terrible—and dangerous—ruling this week on the Fifth Amendment.

On Monday, in a case called Salinas v. Texas that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves, the Supreme Court held that you remain silent at your peril. The court said that this is true even before you’re arrested, when the police are just informally asking questions.

October 18, 2012 4:11 pm

Should We Screen Kids' Brains and Genes to ID Future Criminals? (Slate)

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

Junk Food Laws May Be Answer to Kids' Obesity, Study Says (Fox News)

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

Bioethicist: School makes right call in offering to admit HIV-positive student (NBC News)

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

The flawed basis behind fetal-pain abortion laws (Washington Post)

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

Patient-Doctor Confidentiality Versus Public Safety (The Take Away)

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

Turkish doctors face fines for elective caesareans (The Guardian)

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

U.S. Injected Gitmo Detainees With ‘Mind Altering’ Drugs (Wired News (blog))

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

Legal Euthanasia Didn’t Raise Death Rate, Researchers Say (Bussinessweek)

“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

Fighting prescription drug abuse, while treating pain, is a health care crisis (Oregon Live)

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.