Bioethics.net » Clinical Trials & Studies http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:38:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 The Ethics of Ebola and Scarce and Experimental Drugs http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/the-ethics-of-ebola-and-scarce-and-experimental-drugs/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/the-ethics-of-ebola-and-scarce-and-experimental-drugs/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 04:08:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52218 by: J.S. Blumenthal-Barby

Yesterday I was contacted by the L.A. Times to answer a simple question: Should we give people access to the experimental Ebola drug, ZMapp?

The Drug and Clinical Trial Phases
So, I did a little digging to try to find out some more details about the drug. From what I could find in published news reports, the drug was developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., with support from the NIH and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. It has been tested on 8 monkeys.…

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Schizophrenia Linked to 108 Genes http://www.bioethics.net/news/schizophrenia-linked-to-108-genes/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/schizophrenia-linked-to-108-genes/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:29:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52098 http://www.bioethics.net/news/schizophrenia-linked-to-108-genes/feed/ 0 Study finds vaccine side effects extremely rare http://www.bioethics.net/news/study-finds-vaccine-side-effects-extremely-rare/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/study-finds-vaccine-side-effects-extremely-rare/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:33:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51970 http://www.bioethics.net/news/study-finds-vaccine-side-effects-extremely-rare/feed/ 0 Community Consultation Should Include Social Media http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/community-consultation-should-include-social-media/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/community-consultation-should-include-social-media/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:41:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51880 by Nuriel Moghavem

A New York Times article published this week describes a clinical trial in Pittsburgh where incapacitated and rapidly exsanguinating gunshot victims have their blood replaced by cold saline for up to an hour in an effort to preserve neurological function and life. This trial has raised many ethical concerns, one of which is whether the community consultation conducted before and during the trial (which is required by federal guidelines) was adequate enough to inform the community about the opt-out trial and to collect extensive feedback from it.…

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Tragedy in Research History: The Children of Ireland http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/tragedy-in-research-history-the-children-of-ireland/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/tragedy-in-research-history-the-children-of-ireland/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:14:40 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51787 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

For many people, the film Philomena was an introduction to a history of Irish babies being taken from their unwed mothers and adopted to “good” Catholic families in other countries. I put “good” in quotes because often what qualified a couple was the ability to pay. In the last week, news has come out of Ireland of a mass grave holding the remains of 796 infants buried in a septic tank on the grounds of a former “mother and baby” home in Galway.…

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Stress hormone receptors in taste buds ‘may help explain emotional eating’ http://www.bioethics.net/news/stress-hormone-receptors-in-taste-buds-may-help-explain-emotional-eating/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/stress-hormone-receptors-in-taste-buds-may-help-explain-emotional-eating/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:01:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51714 http://www.bioethics.net/news/stress-hormone-receptors-in-taste-buds-may-help-explain-emotional-eating/feed/ 0 ‘Right to Try’ laws spur debate over dying patients’ access to experimental drugs http://www.bioethics.net/news/right-to-try-laws-spur-debate-over-dying-patients-access-to-experimental-drugs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/right-to-try-laws-spur-debate-over-dying-patients-access-to-experimental-drugs/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 18:46:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51614 http://www.bioethics.net/news/right-to-try-laws-spur-debate-over-dying-patients-access-to-experimental-drugs/feed/ 0 How to Succeed in Translational Science http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-to-succeed-in-translational-science/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-to-succeed-in-translational-science/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 18:45:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51612 http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-to-succeed-in-translational-science/feed/ 0 Wine compound not tied to improved health: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/wine-compound-not-tied-to-improved-health-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/wine-compound-not-tied-to-improved-health-study/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 22:54:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51568 http://www.bioethics.net/news/wine-compound-not-tied-to-improved-health-study/feed/ 0 Why vampires stay young http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/why-vampires-stay-young/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/why-vampires-stay-young/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 04:42:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51539 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the world of fantasy, the vampire is known for its immortality. In most incarnations, the vampire lives forever in a youthful state by feeding on the blood of humans. Now it turns out that science may have proven that the blood of the young keeps you young.

At least, if you’re a mouse. Three papers published in the last week (two in Science and one in Nature Medicine) showed that giving blood from young mice to older mice reduced many of the signs of aging.…

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Yawning alot? It’s just your body trying to regulate your brain temperature http://www.bioethics.net/news/yawning-alot-its-just-your-body-trying-to-regulate-your-brain-temperature/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/yawning-alot-its-just-your-body-trying-to-regulate-your-brain-temperature/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 21:50:43 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51535 http://www.bioethics.net/news/yawning-alot-its-just-your-body-trying-to-regulate-your-brain-temperature/feed/ 0 Higher Education Associated With Better Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury http://www.bioethics.net/news/higher-education-associated-with-better-recovery-from-traumatic-brain-injury/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/higher-education-associated-with-better-recovery-from-traumatic-brain-injury/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:53:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51438 http://www.bioethics.net/news/higher-education-associated-with-better-recovery-from-traumatic-brain-injury/feed/ 0 Simple Blood Test To Spot Early Lung Cancer Getting Closer http://www.bioethics.net/news/simple-blood-test-to-spot-early-lung-cancer-getting-closer/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/simple-blood-test-to-spot-early-lung-cancer-getting-closer/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:54:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51065 http://www.bioethics.net/news/simple-blood-test-to-spot-early-lung-cancer-getting-closer/feed/ 0 Breast Ca Growth Slowed by CDK4/6 Inhibitors http://www.bioethics.net/news/breast-ca-growth-slowed-by-cdk46-inhibitors/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/breast-ca-growth-slowed-by-cdk46-inhibitors/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:52:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51064 http://www.bioethics.net/news/breast-ca-growth-slowed-by-cdk46-inhibitors/feed/ 0 Guidance published on informing study participants about findings with potential health implications http://www.bioethics.net/news/guidance-published-on-informing-study-participants-about-findings-with-potential-health-implications/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/guidance-published-on-informing-study-participants-about-findings-with-potential-health-implications/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:17:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51029 http://www.bioethics.net/news/guidance-published-on-informing-study-participants-about-findings-with-potential-health-implications/feed/ 0 Cute with a Good Story: Social Media Selects Experimental Subjects http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/cute-with-a-good-story-social-media-selects-experimental-subjects/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/cute-with-a-good-story-social-media-selects-experimental-subjects/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:20:10 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51013 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. If that failed, then he or she would be considered for a clinical trial of a new drug that may (or may not) have the potential to affect the disease. Entry into trials is strict with controls for potential subjects’ age, sex, type and stage of cancer, treatments already tried, and more.…

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Crowdsourcing medical decisions: Ethicists worry Josh Hardy case may set bad precedent http://www.bioethics.net/news/crowdsourcing-medical-decisions-ethicists-worry-josh-hardy-case-may-set-bad-precedent/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/crowdsourcing-medical-decisions-ethicists-worry-josh-hardy-case-may-set-bad-precedent/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:34:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50943 http://www.bioethics.net/news/crowdsourcing-medical-decisions-ethicists-worry-josh-hardy-case-may-set-bad-precedent/feed/ 0 The Ethics of Advertising for Health Care Services http://www.bioethics.net/articles/the-ethics-of-advertising-for-health-care-services/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/the-ethics-of-advertising-for-health-care-services/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:26:00 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=50909 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/the-ethics-of-advertising-for-health-care-services/feed/ 0 Saturated fat advice ‘unclear’ http://www.bioethics.net/news/saturated-fat-advice-unclear/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/saturated-fat-advice-unclear/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:01:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50867 http://www.bioethics.net/news/saturated-fat-advice-unclear/feed/ 0 Choosing Wisely: Promising New Tests to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease http://www.bioethics.net/2014/03/choosing-wisely-promising-new-tests-to-diagnose-alzheimers-disease/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/03/choosing-wisely-promising-new-tests-to-diagnose-alzheimers-disease/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50817 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. Although not yet available for public use, the technique may offer a faster, cheaper, easier, and less invasive method for diagnosis. The researchers looked for fats present in the blood of seniors in the subject pool who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Five years earlier, this group, along with others, had a baseline blood draw performed.…

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One Author of a Startling Stem Cell Study Calls for Its Retraction http://www.bioethics.net/news/one-author-of-a-startling-stem-cell-study-calls-for-its-retraction/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/one-author-of-a-startling-stem-cell-study-calls-for-its-retraction/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:11:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50816 http://www.bioethics.net/news/one-author-of-a-startling-stem-cell-study-calls-for-its-retraction/feed/ 0 Elizabeth Warren vows fight for gender equality in medical studies http://www.bioethics.net/news/elizabeth-warren-vows-fight-for-gender-equality-in-medical-studies/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/elizabeth-warren-vows-fight-for-gender-equality-in-medical-studies/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:10:22 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50815 http://www.bioethics.net/news/elizabeth-warren-vows-fight-for-gender-equality-in-medical-studies/feed/ 0 New Clues To Why Traffic Pollution Is So Bad For The Heart http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-clues-to-why-traffic-pollution-is-so-bad-for-the-heart/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-clues-to-why-traffic-pollution-is-so-bad-for-the-heart/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:42:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50807 http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-clues-to-why-traffic-pollution-is-so-bad-for-the-heart/feed/ 0 Free Birth Control Not Associated With Risky Sexual Behavior http://www.bioethics.net/news/free-birth-control-not-associated-with-risky-sexual-behavior/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/free-birth-control-not-associated-with-risky-sexual-behavior/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:38:54 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50806 http://www.bioethics.net/news/free-birth-control-not-associated-with-risky-sexual-behavior/feed/ 0 Tampering With Evolution? “Three Parent Embryos” http://www.bioethics.net/2014/03/tampering-with-evolution-three-parent-embryos/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/03/tampering-with-evolution-three-parent-embryos/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:14:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50753 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.  The disease is seen on MRI as dead or dying tissue within the brain and though the child appears normal at birth,  in a few months to two years of age, though earlier or later,  there is loss of basic skills and finally the child may have  heart, kidney, vision and breathing complications. …

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Smoking tied to changes in the structure of teen brains http://www.bioethics.net/news/smoking-tied-to-changes-in-the-structure-of-teen-brains/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/smoking-tied-to-changes-in-the-structure-of-teen-brains/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:20:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50750 http://www.bioethics.net/news/smoking-tied-to-changes-in-the-structure-of-teen-brains/feed/ 0 Women Still Left Out of Medical Research: Report http://www.bioethics.net/news/women-still-left-out-of-medical-research-report/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/women-still-left-out-of-medical-research-report/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:08:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50749 http://www.bioethics.net/news/women-still-left-out-of-medical-research-report/feed/ 0 Obesity Drops Among Young Children in U.S., Report Says http://www.bioethics.net/news/obesity-drops-among-young-children-in-u-s-report-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/obesity-drops-among-young-children-in-u-s-report-says/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:51:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50713 http://www.bioethics.net/news/obesity-drops-among-young-children-in-u-s-report-says/feed/ 0 Sitting linked to increased risk for disability, study shows http://www.bioethics.net/news/sitting-linked-to-increased-risk-for-disability-study-shows/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/sitting-linked-to-increased-risk-for-disability-study-shows/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:19:06 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50614 http://www.bioethics.net/news/sitting-linked-to-increased-risk-for-disability-study-shows/feed/ 0 Antioxidants including vitamin E can promote lung cancer: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/antioxidants-including-vitamin-e-can-promote-lung-cancer-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/antioxidants-including-vitamin-e-can-promote-lung-cancer-study/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:25:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50367 http://www.bioethics.net/news/antioxidants-including-vitamin-e-can-promote-lung-cancer-study/feed/ 0 Compounds in exhaled breath may detect early lung cancer http://www.bioethics.net/news/compounds-in-exhaled-breath-may-detect-early-lung-cancer/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/compounds-in-exhaled-breath-may-detect-early-lung-cancer/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:07:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50361 http://www.bioethics.net/news/compounds-in-exhaled-breath-may-detect-early-lung-cancer/feed/ 0 Vitamin D Blog: Protection Is Futile http://www.bioethics.net/news/vitamin-d-blog-protection-is-futile/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/vitamin-d-blog-protection-is-futile/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:49:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50312 http://www.bioethics.net/news/vitamin-d-blog-protection-is-futile/feed/ 0 Sunshine may chase the blood pressure woes away http://www.bioethics.net/news/sunshine-may-chase-the-blood-pressure-woes-away/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/sunshine-may-chase-the-blood-pressure-woes-away/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:02:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50310 http://www.bioethics.net/news/sunshine-may-chase-the-blood-pressure-woes-away/feed/ 0 Quality Improvement Ethics: Lessons From the SUPPORT Study http://www.bioethics.net/articles/quality-improvement-ethics-lessons-from-the-support-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/quality-improvement-ethics-lessons-from-the-support-study/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:20:51 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=49993 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/quality-improvement-ethics-lessons-from-the-support-study/feed/ 0 Informed Consent and Standard of Care: What Must Be Disclosed http://www.bioethics.net/articles/informed-consent-and-standard-of-care-what-must-be-disclosed/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/informed-consent-and-standard-of-care-what-must-be-disclosed/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:18:58 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=49992 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/informed-consent-and-standard-of-care-what-must-be-disclosed/feed/ 0 What Should Be Disclosed to Research Participants? http://www.bioethics.net/articles/what-should-be-disclosed-to-research-participants/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/what-should-be-disclosed-to-research-participants/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:16:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=49991 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/what-should-be-disclosed-to-research-participants/feed/ 0 The SUPPORT Controversy and the Debate Over Research Within the Standard of Care http://www.bioethics.net/articles/the-support-controversy-and-the-debate-over-research-within-the-standard-of-care/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/the-support-controversy-and-the-debate-over-research-within-the-standard-of-care/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:03:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=49990 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/the-support-controversy-and-the-debate-over-research-within-the-standard-of-care/feed/ 0 Where Have All the Negative Results Gone? http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/where-have-all-the-negative-results-gone/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/where-have-all-the-negative-results-gone/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:57:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=49942 by Craig M. Klugman, PhD

This week I gave a lecture at a university in Texas on ways to teach research ethics. A question from the audience led to a conversation about the stresses and pressures that lead researchers to be involved with ethically questionable activities. I mentioned that among the pressures are to maintain and increase funding as well as to get published. This pressure manifests itself in the fact that we are more likely to publish positive results than negative.…

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Addressing Unapproved Meningitis Vaccine at Princeton http://www.bioethics.net/2013/11/addressing-unapproved-meningitis-vaccine-at-princeton/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/11/addressing-unapproved-meningitis-vaccine-at-princeton/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:16:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=49831 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.  There are approved meningitis vaccines available, but they do not protect against Meningitis B—a strain not covered by the shots given in the U.S. and not a strain prevalent here.

Government health officials said Friday they have agreed to import Bexsero, a vaccine licensed only in Europe and Australia that does protect against meningitis B. …

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Binge and Vac: Clinical Trial for Stomach Vacuum http://www.bioethics.net/2013/10/binge-and-vac-clinical-trial-for-stomach-vacuum/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/10/binge-and-vac-clinical-trial-for-stomach-vacuum/#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:48:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=49123 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. Your main course is a large steak with buttered mashed potatoes and finished with a big piece of German chocolate cake. You may have consumed 2,000 calories or more in one meal and most people would probably feel stuffed. But not you. Instead you take out your handy aspiration device, connect it to your reverse percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG tube) and flip on the vacuum.…

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An Unhealthy Shutdown http://www.bioethics.net/2013/10/an-unhealthy-shutdown/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/10/an-unhealthy-shutdown/#comments Thu, 10 Oct 2013 06:45:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=49111 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. Some Congressmen want the country to go off the deep end of the fiscal cliff, not believing that it would have negative repercussions for the population. The problem is that it turns out the government actually helps protect our health.

Thinking about having some meat for dinner?…

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Texas woman with cancer pressuring experimental drug maker for “compassionate” access http://www.bioethics.net/news/texas-woman-with-cancer-pressuring-experimental-drug-maker-for-compassionate-access/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/texas-woman-with-cancer-pressuring-experimental-drug-maker-for-compassionate-access/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:47:12 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=48941 http://www.bioethics.net/news/texas-woman-with-cancer-pressuring-experimental-drug-maker-for-compassionate-access/feed/ 0 New scan may diagnose Alzheimer’s as brain changes occur http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-scan-may-diagnose-alzheimers-as-brain-changes-occur/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-scan-may-diagnose-alzheimers-as-brain-changes-occur/#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:02:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=48915 http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-scan-may-diagnose-alzheimers-as-brain-changes-occur/feed/ 0 DNA and Newborn Screening http://www.bioethics.net/2013/09/dna-and-newborn-screening/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/09/dna-and-newborn-screening/#comments Sun, 15 Sep 2013 21:27:16 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=48857 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. The NIH wants to know if it’s economically feasible to scan the DNA of every newborn and what social/ethical implications of that would be. Toward that end, the NIH is funding $25 million dollars over the next five years with four, $5million grants already awarded. These grants will examine the economics, health, privacy, and interpersonal issues in newborn genomic screening.…

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Holy Water May be Harmful to Your Health, Study Finds http://www.bioethics.net/news/holy-water-may-be-harmful-to-your-health-study-finds/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/holy-water-may-be-harmful-to-your-health-study-finds/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2013 16:48:05 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=48854 http://www.bioethics.net/news/holy-water-may-be-harmful-to-your-health-study-finds/feed/ 0 E-cigarettes: Healthy tool or gateway device? http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-cigarettes-healthy-tool-or-gateway-device/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-cigarettes-healthy-tool-or-gateway-device/#comments Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:06:00 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=48850 http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-cigarettes-healthy-tool-or-gateway-device/feed/ 0 Faster Than the Speed of Thought http://www.bioethics.net/2013/08/faster-than-the-speed-of-thought/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/08/faster-than-the-speed-of-thought/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:36:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=48700 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. The brain can communicate with Martin and they fall in love. Similarly, in the world of the soon-to-be-retired cartoon “Futurama,” most celebrities and politicians are kept as heads in a jar after death, where they can speak, eat, and even run the country.

On July 1, President Obama requested that the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues “identify a set of core ethical standards—both to guide neuroscience research and to address some of the ethical dilemmas that may be raised by the application of neuroscience research findings.” This request is part of his BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) that was announced April 2.…

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Stem-Cell Heart Repair Questioned http://www.bioethics.net/news/stem-cell-heart-repair-questioned/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/stem-cell-heart-repair-questioned/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:30:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47961 http://www.bioethics.net/news/stem-cell-heart-repair-questioned/feed/ 0 Study links food-packaging chemical and obesity in girls http://www.bioethics.net/news/study-links-food-packaging-chemical-and-obesity-in-girls/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/study-links-food-packaging-chemical-and-obesity-in-girls/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:16:49 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47726 http://www.bioethics.net/news/study-links-food-packaging-chemical-and-obesity-in-girls/feed/ 0 Toxic Lipstick? Metals In Some Lip Products May Be Dangerous, Study Says http://www.bioethics.net/news/toxic-lipstick-metals-in-some-lip-products-may-be-dangerous-study-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/toxic-lipstick-metals-in-some-lip-products-may-be-dangerous-study-says/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 19:59:17 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47198 http://www.bioethics.net/news/toxic-lipstick-metals-in-some-lip-products-may-be-dangerous-study-says/feed/ 0