Hot Topics: Cultural

Blog Posts (98)

October 16, 2018

“Are you lonesome tonight”: A Bioethics Perspective on a New Public Health Epidemic

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Ben Sasse, Senator (R-NB) and professor of history, writes in his new book Them: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Healthat in a world that is more interconnected through screens, we are more separate and alone than ever: “We’re literally dying of despair” he states.…

October 5, 2018

BioethicsTV (October 1-5)

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Jump to The Resident (Season 2; Episode 2): Rising drug costs Jump to New Amsterdam (Season 1; Episode 2): Cultural accommodation; medicating schoolkids Jump to Chicago Med (Season 4; Episode 2): Withholding support; withdrawing support

The Resident (Season 2; Episode 2): Rising drug costs

In its sophomore year, this show seems to be shying away from ethical issues and the gross incompetence of its fictional hospital and exchanging it for hope; hope that hospitals can cover their costs and meet patient needs.…

August 14, 2018

Is Japan Alone in Disadvantaging Female Medical School Applicants?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Last December, I wrote a post about #MeToo in bioethics. I wish this could be a one-time topic and all of the problems were fixed, but alas this is a problem of structural inequality.…

July 3, 2018

One Human’s Condition in the Post-Factual Age

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

It may be hard to believe, but I have been having trouble writing this blog lately. I blame the Supreme Court.…

March 6, 2018

Mainstream and Conservative: Different Flavors of Bioethics

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

As part of my Bioethics in Society: Critical Studies of Bioethics course, students have noticed a  divide in bioethics writing between what we are calling mainstream bioethics and conservative bioethics.

February 20, 2018

Bioethics Has a Silencer on Gun Violence

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Where is the vibrant bioethics literature on gun control and firearm violence? In 1997, bioethicist Leigh Turner asked why bioethics “neglect[s] issues of public health, preventive medicine and social medicine…{such as] gun control and firearm-related violence.” In 2012, Art Caplan wrote that “We need to treat violence as a public health issue” and in 2015 that “guns are a medical issue.” John Kaplan in an Albany Medical College blog in 2013 was amazed by “how little bioethicists are saying about the need for gun control.” In 2017, Jenny Nguyen in Medium offered a deontological examination of the issue: “I consider violence to be an issue that should be addressed using bioethics.” In 2018, Jones et.

January 30, 2018

The Fine Line Between Living and Dead

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Traditionally, a determination of death can only be made by a physician or by a health care provider (including first responder) if there is evidence of brain matter leakage or the head is severed from the body.…

January 26, 2018

BioethicsTV (January 23-26, 2018): Lying, Abused Surrogates, Right to Die, Who Pays for Care #TheGoodDoctor #ChicagoMed #GreysAnatomy

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The Good Doctor (Season 1; Episode 13): Lying to protect and an abused surrogate

After a resident puts his hand on a patient’s arm, she asks him not to touch him.…

December 5, 2017

#METOO Bioethics

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the December 4 episode of The Good Doctor, a medical resident is sexually harassed by her attending, who touches her when she is interacting with patients and asks her out to dinner.…

November 14, 2017

What is the purpose of Ethics Education?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Those of us who teach bioethics and ethics-in-general face a dilemma during every class session: How much of our own perspectives and analyses do we bring to the classroom?…

View More Blog Entries

Published Articles (42)

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 18 Issue 3 - Sep 2018

Punishing Intentions and Neurointerventions David Birks & Alena Buyx

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 18 Issue 3 - Sep 2018

Neurointerventions: Punishment, Mental Integrity, and Intentions Peter Vallentyne

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 9 - Sep 2018

In Defense of “Denial”: Difficulty Knowing When Beliefs Are Unrealistic and Whether Unrealistic Beliefs Are Bad J. S. Blumenthal-Barby & Peter A. Ubel

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 1 - Jun 2018

White Privilege and Playing It Safe Denise M. Dudzinski

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 9 Issue 2 - Jun 2018

Cross-cultural perspectives on decision making regarding noninvasive prenatal testing: A comparative study of Lebanon and Quebec Hazar Haidar, Meredith Vanstone, Anne-Marie Laberge, Gilles Bibeau, Labib Ghulmiyyah & Vardit Ravitsky

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 9 Issue 2 - Jun 2018

An empirical assessment of the short-term impacts of a reading of Deborah Zoe Laufer's drama Informed Consent on attitudes and intentions to participate in genetic research Erin Rothwell, Jeffrey R. Botkin, Sydney Cheek-O'Donnell, Bob Wong, Gretchen A. Case, Erin Johnson, Trent Matheson, Alena Wilson, Nicole R. Robinson, Jared Rawlings, Brooke Horejsi, Ana Maria Lopez & Carrie L. Byington

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 5 - May 2018

Responding to Those Who Hope for a Miracle: Practices for Clinical Bioethicists Trevor M. Bibler, Myrick C. Shinall Jr. & Devan Stahl

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 5 - May 2018

From Frankenstein to Hawking: Which is the Real Face of Science? Jonathan D. Moreno

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 1 - Mar 2018

A paradigm for understanding trust and mistrust in medical research: The Community VOICES study M. Smirnoff, I. Wilets, D. F. Ragin, R. Adams, J. Holohan, R. Rhodes, G. Winkel, E. M. Ricci, C. Clesca & L. D. Richardson

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 1 - Mar 2018

“God is the giver and taker of life”: Muslim beliefs and attitudes regarding assisted suicide and euthanasia Chaïma Ahaddour, Stef Van den Branden & Bert Broeckaert

View More Articles

News (204)

October 9, 2018 9:00 am

My child has two parents. Why does day care call only me? (The Washington Post)

A school’s unwillingness to communicate with fathers, while most disruptive to the mothers who end up doing more than their share of the family care work, can affect children, too.

October 4, 2018 9:00 am

Genetic determinism rides again (Nature)

It’s never a good time for another bout of genetic determinism, but it’s hard to imagine a worse one than this. Social inequality gapes, exacerbated by climate change, driving hostility towards immigrants and flares of militant racism. At such a juncture, yet another expression of the discredited, simplistic idea that genes alone control human nature seems particularly insidious. And yet, here we are again with Blueprint, by educational psychologist Robert Plomin.

September 17, 2018 9:00 am

'Lots of lads I know wouldn't give it a shot': the men starting care careers (The Guardian)

Wilding is one of the small – but slowly growing – number of male care workers in the UK; men make up just 18% of the social care workforce – an increase of two percentage points since 2015… A staggering 85% of men, and 76% of men aged 16-25, say they are unlikely to start a career in adult social care, while 35% of the public think working in a care home is a “woman’s career”.

September 11, 2018 9:00 am

23andMe may offer costly premium DNA spit-test service (Mercury News)

Mountain View spit-kit DNA testing firm 23andMe wants to know how deep you want to go into your genome, and how much you’re willing to pay. The company currently sells $100 ancestry tests and $200 tests that cover ancestry and health. But according to a new report, 23andMe has been market-testing a deeper dive into personal genetics.

September 3, 2018 1:21 am

John McCain did not 'lose' his battle with glioblastoma — because cancer is not a war (NBC News)

A little more than one year has passed since John McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that carries a grim prognosis. On Saturday, only one day after it was announced that the Arizona senator had decided to “discontinue medical treatment,” he passed away.

August 14, 2018 9:00 am

Too cute? Colleges, courts grapple with the role of companion animals (CNN)

Colleges have also seen an uptick in the number of registered emotional support animals on campus. Unlike facility dogs, emotional support animals need not be dogs nor obtain specific training, but a person who wants one must have documentation from a health professional to show a disability and a disability-related need for the animal in order to obtain protection under the Fair Housing Act. Such protection allows the animals to live in places where they may otherwise be prohibited. Amid this influx of animals, classrooms and courtrooms are grappling with where to draw the line.
August 3, 2018 6:35 am

Ancestry, 23andMe and others say they will follow these rules when giving DNA data to businesses or police (The Washington Post)

Ancestry, 23andMe and other popular companies that offer genetic testing pledged on Tuesday to be upfront when they share users’ DNA data with researchers, hand it over to police or transfer it to other companies, a move aimed at addressing consumers’ mounting privacy concerns. Under the new guidelines, the companies said they would obtain consumers’ “separate express consent” before turning over their individual genetic information to businesses and other third parties, including insurers.

August 3, 2018 3:00 am

Growing homophobia will fuel the HIV epidemic, experts fear (CNN)

“Our concern at the moment is that there is a shift towards the right,” said Shaun Mellors, director of knowledge and influence at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, who coordinates the Elton John Foundation’s rapid response grants. “It’s all bubbling up, and it’s all increasing at the moment in a really scary way.”

August 2, 2018 3:00 am

Bayer hits back at new Netflix medical device documentary (Reuters)

The company, in a statement released Thursday night, said the documentary “The Bleeding Edge,” which debuted on the streaming site on Friday, lacks scientific support and cherry-picked facts to present an inaccurate and misleading picture of Bayer’s permanent birth control device Essure, one of the products spotlighted in the film.

July 17, 2018 7:22 am

Please Don’t Take Prescription Drug Advice from Kim Kardashian (Leapsmag)

Legislators and patients often wonder why the cost of drugs in America is so high relative to the rest of the world. Well, one reason is the rest of the world does not tolerate direct-to-consumer ads aimed at ginning up demand when touted by actors, soap opera stars, sports stars, reality tv icons, quiz show hosts and others selling their fame so you will use a company’s drug.

View More News Items