Tag: politics

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November 17, 2015

What Should Clinicians and Bioethicists Tolerate?

by J.S. Blumenthal-Barby

Last week I attended a talk by German philosopher Rainer Forst on “Toleration and Democracy”. Professor Forst, a student of Habarmas, was named “the most important political philosopher of his generation” in 2012.…

August 28, 2013

Paying for Patient Empowerment

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Way back in 2009 when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was being debated across the country, one of the more controversial elements was a section (HE 3200, Section 1233) that would provide physician reimbursement for conversations about end-of-life advance care planning.…

December 14, 2012

Operation Delirium

Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.

Joining the long line of examples of concerning human subjects research experiments is a profile in The New Yorker (December 17).…

July 14, 2012

Even 12-Year-Olds Understand Healthcare Reform

If you want to know how easy and intuitive it is to understand the individual mandate, watch this video with Peter Ubel and his son, Taylor Greeno, who discuss why healthcare reform is good for everyone.…

June 28, 2012

Waiting for the SCOTUS decision on Obamacare? Read AJOB.

As the nation waits on pins and needles for SCOTUS’ decision regarding Obamacare, take a few minutes to bone up on the ethics of healthcare reform and governance with AJOB’s Special Issue on healthcare reform.…

April 10, 2012

Caplan on Prescription Drug Abuse

Today Art Caplan, in his MSNBC column, discusses the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in this country. But his conclusions would have a chilling effect upon physicians.  …

February 1, 2012

Gingrich on IVF: Bad for Families, Bad for Bioethics

Scientists, reproductive specialists and andrologists had better prepare. If Newt Gingrich has his way (and wins the Presidency), he will have a whole new world in store for science and medicine.…

October 10, 2011

Saving the USPS by Cutting Healthcare Costs?

What does the postal service have to do with healthcare? Sure, the USPS delivers medical supplies to individuals and organizations. But that is not the connection that the nation’s postmaster general is making between healthcare and the viability of the postal service.…

October 3, 2011

Doth My Doctor Protest Too Much?

Is there a limit to how far physicians can go in their social or political activism? Ford Vox, writing in The Atlantic, suggests that perhaps there is.…

April 7, 2011

Women's Health Shouldn't Be Partisan--But It Is!

As Donna Shalala writes on the Huffington Post today: “health of our women should not be a partisan preference”, but as we all know the politics of women’s health continues to plague access to reproductive health services, equitable access to health services generally, and more broadly remind us that there is still a critical gap between males and females in regard to health in our country.…

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Published Articles (3)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 6 - Jun 2015

U.S. Complicity and Japan's Wartime Medical Atrocities: Time for a Response Katrien Devolder

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 2 - Feb 2015

Ritual Male Infant Circumcision and Human Rights Allan J. Jacobs & Kavita Shah Arora

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 7 - Jul 2014

Observations on the Nature and Extent of Injustice in the American Prison System Ben A. Rich

News (67)

December 1, 2016 9:00 am

Congress poised to pass sweeping biomedical innovation bill (Science)

$4.8 billion over the next decade for a set of research initiatives, including brain and cancer research and efforts to develop so-called precision medicine treatments

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 17, 2016 9:00 am

CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time (Nature)

A Chinese group has become the first to inject a person with cells that contain genes edited using the revolutionary CRISPR–Cas9 technique.

November 4, 2016 8:00 am

Beyond Trump vs Clinton: A scientist’s guide to the US election (Nature)

The presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is dominating the discussion about the upcoming US election, but it’s not the only contest to watch on 8 November. Choices that voters make will influence other levels of government — and some of these decisions will steer the course of science and science policy.

October 6, 2016 8:00 am

Doctors' Political Views Affect How They Treat Patients (The Atlantic)

How bad is that thrice-weekly pot habit? How dangerous is it to keep a gun in your home? A new study by Eitan D. Hersh and Matthew N. Goldenberg of Yale University suggests doctors’ responses to those and other hot-button issues could be colored by their political views.

September 20, 2016 8:00 am

Voters barely worry about their own health. Do they really care about the president’s? (Washington Post)

The first of three planned presidential debates will take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Sept. 26. Maybe it’s good the debate is slated for a gym. If Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are really serious about proving their physical vigor and stamina, they can do laps in the arena while they answer questions.

March 9, 2016 9:02 am

Should Therapists Analyze Presidential Candidates?

Not long ago, a journalist asked me what I thought, as a psychiatrist, of Donald J. Trump.  Many psychologists have been quick to offer diagnoses, calling him and other presidential candidates “narcissists,” and even providing thoughts about possible treatments.

May 14, 2015 3:39 pm

U.S. says insurers must cover FDA-approved birth control methods

The U.S. government said health insurers must cover all FDA-approved methods of birth control without co-pays or charges to the patient, as it issued a paper on Monday looking to clarify coverage guidelines under the Affordable Care Act.

April 28, 2015 5:05 pm

Tension between gay, religious rights plays out at top U.S. court

If the U.S. Constitution covers a right to same-sex marriage, conservative Supreme Court justices asked on Tuesday, would clergy be exempted from performing such marriages or religious colleges spared from offering housing to gay couples?

April 27, 2015 1:59 pm

Decline in U.S. science spending threatens economy, security: MIT

Warning of an “innovation deficit,” scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say declining government spending on basic research is holding back potentially life-saving advances in 15 fields, from robotics and fusion energy to Alzheimer’s disease and agriculture.

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