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April 14, 2014

For the working poor, new health premiums can be a burden

[Los Angeles Times] For nearly two decades, Barbara Garnaus maintained a modest, delicate life balance: keeping her part-time Orange County school district job and juggling her bills and credit card debt. Now 63, living alone, she counts every dollar, has no cellphone and commutes an hour in traffic so she can keep an affordable apartment […]
April 14, 2014

Guidance published on informing study participants about findings with potential health implications

[Wellcome Trust] In the course of a study involving human participants, it is possible that researchers may make a finding that has potential health or reproductive implications for an individual participant. For example, during a brain-imaging study, researchers might identify a brain tumour, or during a genome-wide association study looking for genetic risk factors for […]
April 10, 2014

Artistic Inquiry: Obesity on Stage in Boston

BEI Young Professionals member Betsy Campbell covers artful media around the world that touches upon topics in bioethics. In 2013 a Hastings Center article, bioethicist Dan Callahan proposed an “edgier” approach to America’s obesity epidemic. His views in that article — particularly his point about the power of public disapproval — proved to be controversial, […]
April 9, 2014

US jury orders Takeda, Eli Lilly to pay $9 billion in damages over Actos

[FirstWordPharma] A US jury ordered Takeda and Eli Lilly to pay a combined $9 billion in punitive damages after finding that the companies concealed the cancer risks associated with the diabetes therapy Actos (pioglitazone). The jury also awarded compensatory damages to the plaintiff of nearly $1.5 million in the first federal lawsuit related to the […]
April 8, 2014

In US, Vaccine Denial Goes Mainstream

This article provides a brief snapshot of the alarming trend of vaccine denial, with an especially insightful observation at its conclusion. For information on the importance of vaccination and links to further sources, see these blog posts from the Seattle Times and Discover. [Yahoo News] Washington (AFP) – Kathleen Wiederman is not staunchly against vaccines. She […]
April 8, 2014

Heavy Drinkers to be Considered for NHS Liver Transplants in the UK

[The Guardian] People with a severe drink-related liver disease are to be considered for transplant for the first time, reopening the debate over whether people who are thought to bring ill health on themselves deserve expensive treatment. The decision by the NHS‘s blood and transplant service (NHSBT) comes at a time when there is a national shortage […]
April 8, 2014

Birth Control and the Battle against Ovarian Cancer

Article by BEI Young Professionals member Jessica Hahne. Originally published in the February 2014 issue of Survivor’s Inbox: A Newsletter of the Survivorship Clinic at Yale Cancer Center. Known among doctors as “the cancer that whispers,” ovarian cancer begins with mild symptoms that often slip past early detection. While 1 in 72 women are affected by ovarian cancer[1], only […]
April 2, 2014

Med-school officials risk conflicts by serving on pharma boards

[FiercePharma] Much has been made recently over the potential conflicts of interest that arise when doctors take speaking fees from pharma companies. But as a new report suggests, some companies are shelling out a whole lot more to keep medical school and hospital leaders on their boards–where conflicts-of-interest could be much further-reaching. As The Wall […]
March 24, 2014

AIDS Group To Pharma CEO: Lower Your Prices Or Lower Your Pay

[Ed Silverman, WSJ]  Outraged by the prices that Gilead Sciences charges for some of its medicines, an AIDS advocacy organization has succeeded in placing what is being called a unique resolution before the drug company’s shareholders. The proposal ties compensation for chief executive John Martin to wider access to the drug maker’s popular roster of HIV […]
March 21, 2014

In healthcare, what makes Maine different?

[Los Angeles Times] Sally Patterson reflected on her part in the healthcare system as she pointed her aging silver Subaru west on U.S. Highway 2 early one morning, headed for the tiny hamlet of Carmel. “You’ve got to teach people how to look out for themselves,” Patterson said, whizzing past isolated houses, meadows and stands […]