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August 12, 2014

No Laughing Matter

Nanette Elster, JD, MPH

Like many people around the world, I was shocked to hear about the death of Robin Williams.…

August 12, 2014

Lessons from France: Decision-Making At the End-of-Life

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the United States, the notion of autonomy is held in high regard. Since the development of patient’s rights in the early 1970s, the notion that an individual has the capacity of self-governance is a cornerstone of medical ethics and a standard of medical care.…

August 5, 2014

The Ethics of Physician Drug Test: Why It’s a Bad Idea

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Pilots do it. Train conductors, air traffic controllers, TSA agents, police offices, fire fighters, Olympic athletes and long haul truckers do it.…

July 1, 2014

Enter the Corporate Congress: SCOTUS & FACEBOOK

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

PART 1: SCOTUS
One of the facts that hiring managers are taught is that you can never ask a potential employee about their religion (among other protected areas) unless the candidate brings it up.…

June 27, 2014

Fact vs. Fiction: Judge Upholds Barring Unvaccinated Children from Public Schools

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Vaccination is one of the great success stories of public health. People who receive vaccinations against disease are far less likely to contract that disease.…

June 16, 2014

MEDICAL FUTILITY, THEN AND NOW

by Barron H. Lerner, M.D., Ph.D.

When an article promoting the idea of medical futility appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1990, my father was thrilled. …

May 29, 2014

Trigger Warning: This Post May Ask You To Think

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Unless you spend time looking at news and blogs on academia, you may have missed the most recent debate over the use of “Trigger Warnings” in college courses.…

May 20, 2014

What we are forgetting in the case of Jahi McMath: Culture and its impact on medical decision-making

by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

Like many others, I followed the very unfortunate case of Jahi McMath. McMath is a 13 year-old black child who went into cardiac arrest and suffered irreparable brain damage after undergoing a tonsillectomy to relieve sleep apnea.…

April 17, 2014

National Health Care Decisions: A Week of Dying in America

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week is host is National Healthcare Decisions Day. The goal of this April 16th event is to “inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.” Events are being held nation-wide to encourage people to complete advance directive forms as well as to have conversations with their friends and family about end-of-life health care wishes.…

April 10, 2014

Pharmaceutical or Illegal Drug: The Bizarre Case of Marijuana

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

After gay marriage, one of the most controversial issues in the United States today is the issue of marijuana.…

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Published Articles (12)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 7 - Jul 2014

The Principle of Equivalence Reconsidered: Assessing the Relevance of the Principle of Equivalence in Prison Medicine Fabrice Jotterand & Tenzin Wangmo

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 7 - Jul 2014

Observations on the Nature and Extent of Injustice in the American Prison System Ben A. Rich

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 6 - Jun 2014

Patient and Citizen Participation in Health: The Need for Improved Ethical Support Laura Williamson

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 5 - May 2014

Ethical Conditions for Transnational Gestational Surrogacy in Asia Darryl Macer

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

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 1 - Jan 2014

Brave New Love: The Threat of High-Tech “Conversion” Therapy and the Bio-Oppression of Sexual Minorities Brian D. Earp, Anders Sandberg & Julian Savulescu

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 11 - Nov 2013

If I Could Just Stop Loving You: Anti-Love Biotechnology and the Ethics of a Chemical Breakup Brian D. Earp, Olga A. Wudarczyk, Anders Sandberg & Julian Savulescu

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 11 - Nov 2013

The Difficult Case of Voluntariness as Autonomy in Anti-Love Biotechnology Hywote Taye

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 7 - Jul 2013

Ethical and Professional Considerations Providing Medical Evaluation and Care to Refugee Asylum Seekers Ramin Asgary & Clyde L. Smith

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 6 - Jun 2013

The Oys of Yiddish Paul Root Wolpe

News (73)

August 25, 2014 6:30 pm

Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Pot

States that have legalized medical marijuana tend to experience an unexpected benefit — fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, a new study suggests.

August 21, 2014 3:20 pm

California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday.

August 19, 2014 10:41 am

Westboro Baptist Church's Plan To Protest Robin Williams' Funeral Thwarted By Love

The Westboro Baptist Church is trying to spread its vile message of intolerance with a disgraceful protest of Robin Williams’ funeral, but Planting Peace is not letting the hate take root.

August 13, 2014 4:31 pm

Film documents rise and fall of a genome matching service – and poses tough ethical questions

When I think of “science fiction,” I picture three-eyed aliens with purple-and-gold tentacles — not the disturbing demise of a man, and a company, depicted in the film “The Perfect 46.”

August 6, 2014 1:56 pm

France passes sweeping gender equality law

France has passed a sweeping gender equality law that eases current restrictions on abortion, encourages paternity leave and promotes gender parity at home and in the workplace.

August 4, 2014 4:32 pm

Australian couple 'leave disabled baby with Thai surrogate'

When the Australians discovered the boy, named Gammy by his surrogate family, had Down’s Syndrome they abandoned him in Thailand and returned to Australia with only the healthy girl, Australia’s ABC said.

August 1, 2014 3:25 pm

Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?

In relatively prosperous Western Europe, the average male lifespan is between three (UK) and six years (Austria, Spain, Greece) shorter than women’s

July 30, 2014 5:55 pm

Repeal Prohibition, Again

The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives.

July 29, 2014 4:29 pm

Legalizing pot has not spurred use among U.S. teens: study

A rise in marijuana use among U.S. teens over the past 20 years has no significant tie to the legalization of marijuana for medical use in many states, according to a new research paper.

July 28, 2014 4:30 pm

Florida support for medical marijuana stays near 90 percent: poll

Support for legalizing medical marijuana in Florida is holding steady at 88 percent despite weeks of vigorous campaigning by opponents ahead of a November referendum on the issue, a poll released on Monday showed.

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