Hot Topics: Cultural
by Jennifer McCurdy, PhD, BSN, MH, HEC-C
Pandemics are not new to human experience. Stories of the Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and waves of smallpox, cholera, and measles have a place in the collective social memory.…Full Article
by Keisha Ray, PhD
In the past I have written on the concept of Black bioethics and when a mob of White domestic terrorists attacked the US Capitol last week I couldn’t help but think of the health of Black people watching these attacks.…Full Article
by Steven H. Miles, MD
In 1986, guards were transporting Mr. Vinson Harris, a Black prisoner, from Mecklenburg County Jail to Butner Penitentiary in Lewisburg Pennsylvania He was forced to wear a painful hard black box around his wrists.…Full Article
by John H. Evans, Ph.D.
In this issue [of The American Journal of Bioethics], McCarthy, Homan and Rozier (henceforth MHR) make the case for re-stablishing the relationship between theological and secular bioethics.…Full Article
by Asma Fazal, MD, MRCPI, MHSc
Offering sanctuary to those fleeing conflicts is the most pressing human rights issue in the world today.…Full Article
by David Magnus, Ph.D.
The past three months have witnessed this country (and the world) go through the most serious pandemic since 1918; the greatest economic collapse since the great depression; and the murder of George Floyd has set off a protest movement across the country that has arguably not been seen since 1968.
by Father Marcin Ferdynus
The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in scope and beyond anything we have ever experienced. A global plague of unparalleled proportions resulting in health, economic, social and religious consequences, the pandemic has revealed deficiencies in global and domestic health institutions and systems.
Solidarity and Community Engagement in Global Health Research
Ethical Advocacy Across the Autism Spectrum: Beyond Partial Representation
Meaningful Fissures: The Value of Divergent Agendas in Patient Advocacy
To Be or Not To Be Involved in Neuroethics: An Entrepreneurial Perspective
Dimensions of Ethical Direct-to-Consumer Neurotechnologies
Direct-to-Consumer Neurotechnology: What Is It and What Is It for?
Physician Aid-in-Dying and Suicide Prevention in Psychiatry: A Moral Crisis?
Autonomy, a bioethics principle. How does autonomy look in the context of genomic data sharing? “A panel of researchers in Africa says that [little data control] can fuel distrust between researchers and participants, and needs to change.”Full Article
Vaccination is hard. “It’s a debate that gets at fundamental questions about individual liberty, bodily autonomy, and communal obligation.” Check out this interview with Keisha Ray, a bioethicist speaking on the obligations for the COVID vaccine.Full Article
“Medical experts hoped 2020 would be the last year that the main form of the virus, which can permanently paralyze or cause death, posed a threat….The coronavirus pandemic put a halt to that progress.”Full Article
“Preventing socioeconomic disparities in the vaccination process was always going to be an uphill battle, but policy changes in response to the sluggish rollout have generally prioritized speed over equity.”Full Article
Do we have an ethical responsibility to communicate COVID-19 diagnoses for the purpose of collective health security? This recent piece explores why some may feel motivated to keep their own diagnoses a secret and what effect that may have on the pandemic.Full Article
“As the Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the racial inequalities in the United States’ health care system, entrepreneurs in genetic research are speaking out about the importance of encouraging community outreach to combat those disparities and increasing diversity inside their own industry.”Full Article
Although facial recognition software proves to be useful in certain scenarios, what happens if this technology falls into the wrong hands. Researchers must recognize that unethical facial recognition practice is fundamentally dangerous.Full Article
“It’s not by dint of circumstance or luck that predominantly white counties — by and large — have not had as many diagnoses as compared to more diverse counties,” he says. “There’s a systemic issue that’s underlying all of this.”Full Article