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Blog Posts (10)

April 1, 2014

Cute with a Good Story: Social Media Selects Experimental Subjects

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

For patients with a serious illness, accessing cutting edge drugs has just taken a new turn. In the past, a patient with cancer would undergo conventional treatments.…

March 11, 2014

Choosing Wisely: Promising New Tests to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

According to an article in Nature Medicine, a new blood test appears to be accurate for diagnosing whether an individual is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.…

March 4, 2014

Tampering With Evolution? "Three Parent Embryos"

by Maurice Bernstein, MD

Babies are born with  a progressive neurometabolic disorder with a general onset in infancy or childhood, often after a viral infection, but can also occur in teens and adults. …

December 4, 2013

Where Have All the Negative Results Gone?

by Craig M. Klugman, PhD

This week I gave a lecture at a university in Texas on ways to teach research ethics.…

November 18, 2013

Addressing Unapproved Meningitis Vaccine at Princeton

by Arthur L. Caplan, PhD

Emergency doses of a meningitis vaccine not approved for use in the U.S. are likely to be on the way to Princeton University to halt a meningitis outbreak that has already sickened seven students http://www.nbcnews.com/health/emergency-meningitis-vaccine-will-be-imported-halt-ivy-league-outbreak-2D11603651. …

October 11, 2013

Binge and Vac: Clinical Trial for Stomach Vacuum

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Imagine eating a big meal. You start with the shrimp appetizer, followed by a rich and creamy clam chowder, and a Caesar salad.…

October 10, 2013

An Unhealthy Shutdown

by Craig Klugman, PhD.

It’s week 2 of the government shutdown with no end in sight. In fact, some people are saying this is a good thing because it achieves their aim of shrinking government.

September 15, 2013

DNA and Newborn Screening

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The National Institutes of Health wants to know the DNA of our babies.  The government is not looking to diagnose babies and help them live better lives.…

August 30, 2013

Faster Than the Speed of Thought

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the 1983 comedic film, The Man with Two Brains,”  Steve Martin’s character falls in love with a female brain preserved in a jar.…

April 12, 2013

OHRP throws a wet blanket on comparative effectiveness research

David Magnus, PhD

When we go to the doctor and they recommend a treatment, we like to believe that there is good evidence that it is the best treatment available.…

Published Articles (5)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 3 - Mar 2014

The Ethics of Advertising for Health Care Services Yael Schenker, Robert M. Arnold & Alex John London

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 12 - Dec 2013

Quality Improvement Ethics: Lessons From the SUPPORT Study Benjamin S. Wilfond

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 12 - Dec 2013

Informed Consent and Standard of Care: What Must Be Disclosed Ruth Macklin & Lois Shepherd

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 12 - Dec 2013

What Should Be Disclosed to Research Participants? David Wendler

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 12 - Dec 2013

The SUPPORT Controversy and the Debate Over Research Within the Standard of Care David Magnus

News (78)

April 7, 2014 4:54 pm

Simple Blood Test To Spot Early Lung Cancer Getting Closer

One of these days, there could well be a simple blood test that can help diagnose and track cancers. We aren’t there yet, but a burst of research in this area shows we are getting a lot closer.

April 7, 2014 4:52 pm

Breast Ca Growth Slowed by CDK4/6 Inhibitors

Progression-free survival (PFS) in metastatic breast cancer doubled in women who received a new class of targeted therapy in addition to standard hormonal therapy, a randomized trial showed.

April 2, 2014 2:17 pm

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

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.

March 24, 2014 2:34 pm

Crowdsourcing medical decisions: Ethicists worry Josh Hardy case may set bad precedent

Just hours after social-media supporters of a dying 7-year-old boy pressured a reluctant biotech company into giving him an experimental medication, the backlash began.

March 17, 2014 7:01 pm

Saturated fat advice 'unclear'

Swapping butter for a sunflower spread may not lower heart risk, say British Heart Foundation researchers.

March 11, 2014 2:11 pm

One Author of a Startling Stem Cell Study Calls for Its Retraction

One of the authors of a study that was claimed to have discovered a simple way to make stem cells said on Monday that he was no longer sure of his team’s conclusions, and he called for the study to be retracted.

March 11, 2014 2:10 pm

Elizabeth Warren vows fight for gender equality in medical studies

Sen. Elizabeth Warren vowed yesterday to push for a new federal law to cut the gender bias from medical research if federal agencies such as the National Institutues of Health don’t take steps to address the issue.

March 10, 2014 2:42 pm

New Clues To Why Traffic Pollution Is So Bad For The Heart

It’s long been known that traffic pollution carries health risks, with multiple studies linking it to heart attacks, autism and even early death.

March 10, 2014 2:38 pm

Free Birth Control Not Associated With Risky Sexual Behavior

The availability of free birth control may not lead directly to increases in risky sexual behavior, according to a new study from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

March 3, 2014 4:20 pm

Smoking tied to changes in the structure of teen brains

Young smokers who have smoked more cigarettes have clear differences in their brains compared to lighter smokers, according to a new study.

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