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August 17, 2016

Weeding Out the Truth: DEA’s New Stance on Marijuana Largely the Same as the Old

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

According to the Department of Justice, marijuana offenses account for 12.5% of all people in federal prisons for drug offenses.…

July 13, 2016

Where’s the Social Justice?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Picking up a newspaper or clicking to your favorite news site could lead one to believe that the U.S.…

April 26, 2016

Legal history ignored by opponents of medically assisted death

by Stuart Chambers, Ph.D.

In a recent article in the National Review, author and lawyer Wesley Smith takes issue with what he describes as an unprincipled attack against Not Dead Yet (NDY), an American disability rights organization.…

April 6, 2016

Paternalists at the Gate: Those With Privilege Fight to Keep It

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

One of the main concepts that most medical ethics instructors teach to their students is that of autonomy—self governance.…

March 30, 2016

What can celebrities do for bioethics?

by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

Television, film, theater, sports, and music celebrities (and other famous people who only seem to be famous for being famous) capture the public’s attention with tales of the celebrity lives and the perks and downfalls that come with being a public figure.…

March 21, 2016

Military Suicide Capsules and Medical Ethics

by Steven H. Miles, MD

In December 2013, a Hearing Panel for the Health Professions Council of South Africa found Wouter Basson MD culpable for unprofessional conduct because of his work to produce chemical weapons, to medically assist rendition by commandos (kidnappings), and to provide cyanide containing suicide capsules to Special Forces’ operatives leaving for clandestine meetings.…

March 21, 2016

The Unbearable Whiteness of Bioethics: Exhorting Bioethicists to Address Racism

by Kayhan Parsi, Ph.D.

To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.

March 15, 2016

Gun Toting Docs: A Tool of the Trade?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Last month the dean of the architecture school at the University of Texas announced he was leaving, in part because he disagrees with the new Texas campus carry law that forbids banning guns from classrooms and offices.…

February 17, 2016

A Generation Gap Between Privacy & Confidentiality

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

I was sitting in a quiet coffee house when a woman at the other end of the café says loudly into her phone, “ I can send in a copy of the pregnancy test but I really need to have this ultrasound scheduled.…

January 12, 2016

Powerball Fever Is Born of Epic Inequality

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Like many Americans and Canadians, I hold in my hand a ticket for a chance to win to the record $1.5 billion lottery.…

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Published Articles (16)

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 7 Issue 3 - Jul 2016

Religious identity and workplace discrimination: A national survey of American Muslim physicians Aasim I. Padela, Huda Adam, Maha Ahmad, Zahra Hosseinian & Farr Curlin

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 5 - May 2016

Aboriginal Health Care and Bioethics: A Reflection on the Teaching of the Seven Grandfathers Jaro Kotalik & Gerry Martin

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 11 - Nov 2015

Ingestible Drug Adherence Monitors: Trending Toward a Surveillance Society? Richard R. Sharp

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 2 - Feb 2015

Ritual Male Infant Circumcision and Human Rights Allan J. Jacobs & Kavita Shah Arora

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

News (125)

February 19, 2016 10:01 am

Study: Smoking pot doesn’t make you anxious or depressed

New research published today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found that using marijuana as an adult is not associated with a variety of mood and anxiety disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder.

December 10, 2015 6:30 pm

U.S. mentally ill 16 times more likely to be killed by police: study

Americans with severe mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by police than other civilians, a study by an advocacy group said on Thursday.

December 9, 2015 6:40 pm

U.S. teens don’t exercise enough at school

Even though teens get more exercise at school than anywhere else, it still isn’t enough to meet minimum daily activity levels recommended for good physical and mental health, a U.S. study suggests.

November 24, 2015 2:27 pm

U.S. appeals court rules against Wisconsin abortion doctor law

A Wisconsin law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is unconstitutional, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday, addressing a topic the U.S. Supreme Court is considering during its current term.

November 16, 2015 6:28 pm

Using social media in clinical research: Case studies address ethical gray areas

If a public-health researcher is reviewing Facebook profiles of 14-year-old males for firearm references and discovers photos or words referencing a potentially threatening situation, should the researcher intervene? What levels of privacy should these children expect in the online world.
November 9, 2015 4:45 pm

Can This Procedure Reverse an Abortion?

A slew of local reports regarding the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) program — which attempts to cancel the effects of RU486, or mifepristone, through its Emergency Abortion Pill Reversal Kit, apparently offered by more than 300 providers across the country — have surfaced on local Fox News stations this week. But how was this procedure established? And is it actually effective? Opinions are split, Yahoo Parenting has found.

November 6, 2015 12:46 pm

Marijuana is literally the least of the nation’s drug worries, the police have announced

America’s cops overwhelmingly do not see marijuana as a major threat to their communities, according to results of a survey released this week as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary.”

November 4, 2015 5:15 pm

France ends law banning blood donation from gay men

France has decided to end a more than 30-year-old law that banned gay men from donating blood, a measure originally put in place to stop the spread of diseases such as HIV.

October 28, 2015 6:19 pm

Personal Care Products With Parabens May Be Dangerous, Even At Low Levels; What To Look For On Labels

Every morning after waking up, when a person showers and shampoos their hair, lotions their body, dons sunscreen, or moisturizes their face, they expose themselves to dozens of controversial, possibly harmful chemicals. Called parabens, a team of researchers from the University of California Berkeley recently discovered these chemicals may be more dangerous at low doses than previously thought.

October 14, 2015 5:42 pm

Michigan Catholic hospital failed to help woman with brain tumor: complaint

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday accused a Catholic hospital in Michigan of failing to provide appropriate care by refusing on religious grounds to allow a pregnant woman with a brain tumor to be sterilized.

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