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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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News (9)

December 21, 2012 2:55 pm

Spending on food advertising to kids fell in '09 (Reuters)

Food companies spent considerably less to advertise to children in 2009 than they did in 2006 as they shifted to the Internet, and products pitched to kids got slightly healthier, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said in a report on Friday.

September 25, 2012 8:42 pm

Robin Roberts’ illness raises questions about extent of coverage (Washington Post)

 NEW YORK — “Good Morning America” cameras were there last week when co-host Robin Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant. So were her colleagues Diane Sawyer and Sam Champion, wearing surgical masks and singing songs of encouragement. All of it was on the next day’s show, along with a detailed interview with Roberts’ doctor.  A visibly spent Roberts recorded a message to fans from a hospital bed that she could “feel the love.” ABC News’ website encourages people to “follow Robin’s journey.” Followers are pitched $5 wristbands to benefit a bone marrow registry, which her “Good Morning America” co-workers wear on TV.
June 21, 2012 1:12 pm

Health Groups Criticize Allergy Drug Promotion (New York Times)

Public health advocates on Wednesday accused the drug company Merck of improperly marketing an over-the-counter allergy medicine directly to children using animated characters from the movie “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.”

June 20, 2012 1:25 pm

Experts See Parallels Between Food and Tobacco Industries, but Comparison Is Complicated (abc news)

Now public health advocates are arguing that when it comes to marketing strategies, soda is the new tobacco. But although there are some parallels, experts say comparing the food and tobacco industries can be like comparing apples to oranges…or cigarettes. In an article published today in the journal PLoS, researchers argue that soda companies are using clever marketing strategies to distract consumers and regulators from the fact that their products have been implicated in rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

June 20, 2012 12:00 pm

We've Become a Nation of Hypochondriacs (healthcanal.com)

We have become a nation of hypochondriacs, says a Northwestern Medicine professor in a new book that explores our ratcheting anxiety about our bodies and health.  “We are constantly being bombarded with messages telling us we might really be sick even though we have no symptoms,” says Catherine Belling, assistant professor of medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “We’d better have that mammogram or genetic screening or check ourselves for symptoms of a disease we read about in a drug company ad. With the Internet, we are more informed patients than ever before, but we’re often also worried.”

June 7, 2012 12:34 pm

Disney bans junk food, Mickey Mouse brands health. Hmmm... (Christian Science Monitor)

On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Robert Iger announced that as of 2015 Disney will ban junk-food advertising on its children’s television and radio programs. Once the new regulations are in effect, food and beverage products will have to meet nutritional guidelines for serving size, calories, and fat and sugar content. Which means no more cartoon characters peddling sugary cereal or mass-processed cookies in the middle of Saturday morning kids programming.

May 20, 2012 1:08 pm

CNN Investigates Controversial Stem Cell Therapies, Just Days After Promoting Similar Therapies (TV Newser)

This weekend on “CNN Presents,” correspondent Drew Griffin will investigate extremely controversial medical clinics that administer unproven stem cell therapies to patients. The special, CNN’s “Selling a Miracle,” will also speak to Dr. Sanjay Gupta and others who voice concerns about the treatments, which have not been peer-reviewed, while also giving viewers a more accurate look at the current state of stem cell research.

March 9, 2012 2:55 pm

Jon Stewart 'our greatest public intellectual'? (Chicago Tribune)

Loyola University‘s Kayhan Parsi says the host of Comedy Central‘s“The Daily Show” has become “our greatest public intellectual,” echoing comments he wrote in a recent issue of The American Journal of Bioethics. Perhaps anticipating the reaction, Parsi then added in that piece, “This is no joke.” #bioethics #comedy #jonstewart

March 6, 2012 10:31 am

Bioethicist Calls Jon Stewart 'Our Greatest Public Intellectual' (Newsroom America)

Kayhan Parsi, AJOB Associate Editor and Graduate Studies Director at Loyola University Chicago, has argued in an article in the American Journal of Bioethics, that political satirist Jon Stewart “our greatest public intellectual. This is no joke.” #bioethics  #media #politics