Blog Posts (16)
August 4, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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March 7, 2017 6:00 am
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
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
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
House Republicans have reversed themselves and restored the current rules of the Office of Congressional Ethics
December 15, 2016 9:00 am
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
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
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
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
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
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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