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Blog Posts (16)

August 4, 2015

The Last Public Intellectual: the Legacy of Jon Stewart

by Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

A dozen years ago, polymath and federal appellate judge Richard Posner wrote a book called Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline.…

June 27, 2011

The Problem of Celebrity Medical Activism

In one sense, I will grant that celebrities, just as much as any other person on the planet, have a right to speak out in regard to whatever research or clinical issue they feel passionate about.…

March 28, 2010

Bioethics on TV: Watch What Dr. House Does and Do The Exact Opposite.

As previously published in the December 2008 issue of The American Journal of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins researchers Czarny et al told us that medical and nursing students watch television medical dramas in droves (almost 80% of them) and are exposed to moral dilemmas in those dramas that way.…

June 2, 2009

The University of Oprah

Has anyone in the country–in the world–got an educational platform as large as Oprah’s? Her power is enormous. She banks on the understanding that what women know determines how society rolls.…

June 1, 2009

Pacino To Bring Kevorkian to the Silver Screen

So Jack Kevorkian’s dream has come true. The flamboyant inventor of the Thanatron and part-time painter of rotting skulls will get his much longed for appearance on the silver screen.…

March 17, 2009

Interview with the Bioethicist

Okay, it’s not quite as provocative as an Anne Rice novel…no vampires or anything, and not anywhere as long, but if you want to read about what our colleague Lisa Eckenwiler is doing at George Mason University, the Washington Examiner will tell you.…

March 2, 2009

Stem Cell Treatment Tourism Reported on the Local News!

Southern Illinois Man Seeks Stem Cell Cure in China. That’s the headline. From KFVS12, Live from the Heartland. Meanwhile, Midwesterners are raffling off big ticket items to make it possible for Chuck Melton, sufferer of a spinal cord injury, to make multiple trips to China, to receive umbilical cord stem cell treatments not available in the United States.…

January 7, 2009

Dr. Gupta Goes to Washington?

Reported by Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post yesterday, Obama administration officials have announced that Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN and CBS news fame has been offered the job of Surgeon General of the United States.…

December 8, 2008

Smith and WaPo: What Does It Mean to Be a Good Science Journalist?

Within one 24 hour period last week, two articles discussing science journalism and questions of evidence versus interpretation appeared.

The first was a Washington Post column by Deborah Howell which tried to make “sense of science reporting”.…

November 11, 2008

The Brothers Emanuel

So, this isn’t news (it originally aired June 16th this year)–but who wouldn’t want to watch Ezekiel Emanuel, Chair of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the NIH, duke it out with his two brothers, Rahm–soon to be Chief-of-Staff for the Obama administration–and Ari, on whom the unforgettable character Ari Gold of HBO’s Entourage is based?…

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Published Articles (6)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 3 - Mar 2017

Studying “Friends”: The Ethics of Using Social Media as Research Platforms Sandra Soo-Jin Lee

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 1 - Feb 2017

Online public reactions to fMRI communication with patients with disorders of consciousness: Quality of life, end-of-life decision making, and concerns with misdiagnosis Jennifer A. Chandler, Jeffrey A. Sun & Eric Racine

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 11 - Nov 2016

Diagnosis by Documentary: Professional Responsibilities in Informal Encounters Alistair Wardrope & Markus Reuber

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 12 - Dec 2008

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on Medical and Nursing Students' Television Viewing Habits: Potential Implications for Bioethics

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 12 - Dec 2008

Medical and Nursing Students' Television Viewing Habits: Potential Implications for Bioethics

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 12 - Dec 2007

Book Review of Barron H. Lerner. When Illness Goes Public: Celebrity Patients and How We Look at Medicine.

News (22)

March 7, 2017 6:00 am

Climate change threatens to wash away couple's history (CNN)

Seventy years ago, on the day Wenceslaus and Denicia Billiot got married, their wedding party danced along a road that ran from one end of Isle de Jean Charles to the other.

Today, that road is nearly gone. Isle de Jean Charles, located 80 miles from New Orleans, has been sinking slowly. Since 1955, it has lost 98% of its land mass to rising sea levels, devastating hurricanes, and the construction of oil and gas canals along the marsh.
February 6, 2017 9:00 am

Will the Trump presidency mean the end of FDA drug regulation? (Los Angeles Times)

Donald Trump will be coming into office waving the banner of deregulation. While most of the speculation about his plans has focused on the financial industry and the possibility of eviscerating Dodd-Frank reforms, keep your eyes on the Food and Drug Administration. In a Trump administration the agency, figuratively speaking, will have a big bull’s-eye on its back.

February 1, 2017 9:00 am

Meet the scientists affected by Trump’s immigration ban (Science)

Kaveh Daneshvar was thrilled when he was invited to speak at a molecular biology meeting next month in Banff, Canada. Daneshvar, a molecular geneticist, is finishing a postdoc at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and preparing to go on the job market. He hoped that the conference talk would give him much-needed exposure to leaders in his field.

January 5, 2017 9:00 am

After Backlash, Including From Trump, House GOP Drops Weakening Of Ethics Office (NPR)

House Republicans have reversed themselves and restored the current rules of the Office of Congressional Ethics

December 15, 2016 9:00 am

First hard look at Zika pregnancies finds nearly half result in miscarriage or birth defects (Science)

The data are the first to quantify the risks to women infected at different times during pregnancy, and they seem to confirm that they are highest early in pregnancy.

December 9, 2016 9:00 am

Black-hole fireworks win big in multimillion-dollar science prizes (http://www.nature.com/news/black-hole-fireworks-win-big-in-multimillion-dollar-science-prizes-1.21087)

The discovery of the black-hole firewall paradox — one of the most confounding puzzles to emerge in physics in recent years — has bagged its co-founder a share of one of this year’s US$3-million Breakthrough Prizes.

November 24, 2016 9:00 am

Carbon is not the enemy (Nature)

A new language of carbon recognizes the material and quality of carbon so that we can imagine and implement new ways forward

November 21, 2016 9:00 am

With Trump, Gingrich and GOP calling the shots, NASA may go back to the moon (Washington Post)

The new administration will insert a mission to the lunar surface, probably international in character, as a step on the way to Mars

November 1, 2016 12:12 pm

Young scientists ditch postdocs for biotech start-ups (Nature)

Vindication was three years coming for Ethan Perlstein. On 19 October, his California biotechnology company, Perlara, announced a deal with Novartis. The Swiss drug giant will test a compound that Perlara has identified as a possible treatment for a rare childhood disease, and will invest an undisclosed sum in the smaller firm.

October 26, 2016 8:00 am

How Reliable Are Smartphones and Wearables for Monitoring Your Heart? (NPR)

Digital gizmos can monitor your heart, whether it’s a wrist-worn fitness tracker or a smartphone app to help cardiologists analyze diagnostic tests. The question is whether they’re going to do your heart any good. The short answer: It depends.

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