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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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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.
October 26, 2016 8:00 am
If your heart is going to stop, right outside a hospital is not a bad place for it. And if 41 people within a 330-yard radius have a cellphone app alerting them to your distress, so much the better.
October 25, 2016 8:00 am
Prior to the development of iPSCs, stem cells were derived primarily from eggs fertilized in clinics in vitro that were donated for research purposes. To some, such as President George W. Bush, this was tantamount to abortion. In 2001 he banned federal funding for research on newly created human embryonic stem cell lines. (President Barack Obama lifted that ban in 2009.)
September 13, 2016 8:00 am
Hillary Clinton’s begrudging release of information related to her health on Sunday follows a pattern set by candidates and many who have won the Oval Office. It is a pattern of secrecy and, in some cases, cover-ups that would be scandalous if they occurred on other issues of policy.
December 21, 2012 2:55 pm
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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