Blog Posts (43)
June 15, 2015
Welcoming the Concept of Alief to Medical Ethics
by J.S. Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D.
Philosopher Tamar Gendler has introduced (circa 2008) a new concept in the philosophical literature that could be of interest to medical ethicists.…
April 19, 2013
David Magnus, Ph.D.
John Lantos, MD weighs in on the SUPPORT study. He points out that the work of self-appointed “watch-dogs” such as Public Citizen and the Alliance for Human Research Protection are a danger to bioethics.…
April 18, 2013
David Magnus, Ph.D.
The New England Journal of Medicine ‘s web site has the early publication of an editorial about the controversy over the SUPPORT study of oxygen saturation levels in premature infants.…
February 19, 2013
Maurice Bernstein, M.D.
When does a doctor’s treatment of a patient become medical or surgical research? If what the doctor does is a standard and accepted method of therapy using proven medications or surgical techniques and represents nothing novel then at first glance what is occurring cannot be designated as research or can it?…
December 14, 2012
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).…
September 1, 2012
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February 10, 2012
A recent study conducted by Emory University School of Medicine found that therapeutic misconception is alive and well in Phase I cancer research.…
November 3, 2011
This month’s issue of The American Journal of Bioethics is now available online. Research ethics is featured prominently in this issue with Rosamond Rhodes et al arguing for a new category of research risk and an article about the recruitment of research participants.…
October 4, 2011
When an investigational agent is being studied by pharma, is there an ethical responsibility to disclose the findings of that research, even if the agent is no longer being studied or being brought to market?…
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April 30, 2015 6:31 pm
The movement to ensure that clinical trial results don’t end up in drawers has found an important global ally. Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a call to make results from every clinical study publicly available within a year. Not doing so can harm patients and research subjects, waste time and money, and hold back medical science, WHO says.
March 30, 2015 6:57 pm
Thanks to a generous benefactor, young mothers doing laboratory research at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston can receive major grants to keep them from falling behind while they raise their children.
March 18, 2015 1:49 pm
Just nine days after the launch of Stanford Medicine’s MyHeart Counts
iPhone app, 27,836 people have consented to participate in this research study on cardiovascular health.
February 2, 2015 2:49 pm
Diederik Stapel, a professor of social psychology in the Netherlands, had been a rock-star scientist — regularly appearing on television and publishing in top journals. Among his striking discoveries was that people exposed to litter and abandoned objects are more likely to be bigoted.
November 19, 2014 4:35 pm
U.S. health officials on Wednesday proposed significantly expanding what researchers are required to report about clinical trials of drugs, devices, and other interventions, addressing concerns that data crucial to patients and physicians is kept secret.
November 4, 2014 3:50 pm
Bioethicists are setting up consultancies for research — but some scientists question whether they are needed.
November 3, 2014 3:43 pm
Prompted by controversy over dangerous research and recent laboratory accidents, the White House announced Friday that it would temporarily halt all new funding for experiments that seek to study certain infectious agents by making them more dangerous.
November 3, 2014 3:27 pm
Bioethicists are setting up consultancies for research — but some scientists question whether they are a necessity.
October 28, 2014 1:43 pm
Ethicists have long worried about protecting patients from the researchers who experiment on them. But today, with more patients contributing to experiments and sometimes running their own—in what’s known as citizen science—ethicists are asking: Do patients need to be protected from themselves?
September 30, 2014 2:27 pm
When a doctor asks a patient if he or she would like to be randomized into an arm of a standard-of-care treatment study, does the patient really understand the question?
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