Tag: public health

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April 5, 2010

Caplan Says Presidential Smoking is a Public Health Opportunity

Arthur Caplan in a Chicago Tribune opinion piece says that President Obama’s “ongoing battle with cigarettes provides an enormous public health opportunity to do something to reduce the 400,000 American lives lost every year to smoking.”

Caplan goes on to argue, rightly I think, that the President isn’t your average American in many ways when it comes to access to information about the dangers of smoking or smoking cessation methods or healthcare.…

March 23, 2010

Tucked Inside National Health Care Reform is National Menu Reform

And just when you were beginning to worry that national health care reform might not effect you have no fear. Nicely tucked away inside the health reform bill in Section 2572 is the mandate that chain restaurants with more than 20 locations display nutritional and caloric information for all of their consumers, says WSJ Health Blog.…

March 19, 2010

March Issue of AJOB is Now Online!

Trans fat bans, peer recruitment for human subjects research, and the clash of culture versus the rights of physicians are the featured issues in this month’s issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.…

March 18, 2010

Trans Fats Today. Hot Dogs Tomorrow?

Will banning artificial trans fats today effect your ability to have a hot dog tomorrow?

On the The Bioethics Channel, Lorell LaBoube seeks an answer from David Resnik, a bioethicist and IRB chair for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health.…

November 11, 2009

Caplan: Swine Flu Response Isn't Even Worth Sneezing At

For all the planning, prioritizing, and head scratching done by state and federal governments for the coming H1N1 flu crisis this fall, we still have fallen short, says Arthur Caplan in his most recent MSNBC column.…

October 6, 2009

Stay Up-to-Date about H1N1 at pandemic.bioethics.net

WIth the launch this week of the national vaccination program for swine flu, debate is raging over whether children should be vaccinated, who should be first in line to receive the vaccine, and whether the program in general will be effective.…

October 5, 2009

Slapping Docs' Hands for Not Washing Them

That’s the recommendation from the master of medical checklists Peter Pronovost of Johns Hopkins University and Robert Wachter of University of California at San Francisco, says the WSJ Health Blog.…

June 10, 2009

Who Cares About Preventive Care? Who Should?

The role and scope of preventive care in our healthcare system has been a perennial issue for decades. Emily Willingham raises the issue and its role in healthcare reform and are larger healthcare system in light of a recent encounter on Facebook and more:
I received a Facebook invitation today to join in signing a petition to require insurance coverage for genetic testing for breast cancer.

May 29, 2009

Pucker Up!

Ladies, how much risk of lead exposure would you be willing to undergo for ruby red lips? Is it even something to be concerned about?…

May 27, 2009

Will Your Tweets Keep You Healthy Or Make You Sick?

Google has been tracking flu trends to monitor disease outbreaks for some time, but with the most recent outbreak of swine flu, social media has taken on a new role in the monitoring of health in our lives.…