» Cultural Where the World Finds Bioethics Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 U.S. appeals court rules against Wisconsin abortion doctor law Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:27:03 +0000 0 Live Long & Prosper is the New “Good” Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:49:48 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

One of my family’s Thanksgiving traditions is one common to many, that we go around the table and name something for which we are thankful. This week my list includes several things relevant to bioethics:

For most Americans though, they are often thankful for things that make them happy such as their family and their health.…

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Using social media in clinical research: Case studies address ethical gray areas Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:28:17 +0000 0 Can This Procedure Reverse an Abortion? Mon, 09 Nov 2015 21:45:54 +0000 0 Marijuana is literally the least of the nation’s drug worries, the police have announced Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:46:07 +0000 0 France ends law banning blood donation from gay men Wed, 04 Nov 2015 22:15:02 +0000 0 Ingestible Drug Adherence Monitors: Trending Toward a Surveillance Society? Sun, 01 Nov 2015 22:45:30 +0000 0 Personal Care Products With Parabens May Be Dangerous, Even At Low Levels; What To Look For On Labels Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:19:03 +0000 0 Michigan Catholic hospital failed to help woman with brain tumor: complaint Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:42:44 +0000 0 Planned Parenthood revises reimbursement policy after video uproar Tue, 13 Oct 2015 21:54:38 +0000 0 Perceived discrimination linked to smoking and poor diet Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:23:25 +0000 0 State of the Armed Union Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:57:52 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D

In the first 274 days of 2015, there were 294 mass shootings (yes, that is more than 1 per day). As a nation, there were over 39,000 gun incidents leading to 10,104 deaths and 20,544 injuries so far in 2015.

For points of comparison

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Black patients fare better than whites when both get same healthcare, study finds Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:34:30 +0000 0 Black patients fare better than whites when both get same healthcare, study finds Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:02:49 +0000 0 Poverty may increase odds of repeat hospitalizations Wed, 16 Sep 2015 20:01:04 +0000 0 Rise in crowdfunding lets patients seek help for medical treatment Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:54:29 +0000 0 What are you doing for black philosophy? Tue, 08 Sep 2015 19:44:09 +0000 by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

“What are you doing for black philosophy?” This was the only line in a Facebook message that I received a few days ago from someone I did not know. My immediate reaction was one of anger. I kept thinking how dare someone ask me what I’m doing for black philosophy. That anger grew as I clicked the sender’s name and a profile did not come up. I drew the conclusion that this person is likely just an internet troll who found the profile of a seemingly black person with some relation to philosophy, sent this message to aggravate me, and then deactivated or deleted his or her profile.…

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U.S. government to extend healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender people Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:42:21 +0000 0 Women, minorities still underrepresented in medical specialties Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:05:26 +0000 0 Legal case tests religious hospitals’ right to deny procedures Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:33:58 +0000 0 The Private as Public: What it Means for Bioethics Sat, 22 Aug 2015 05:54:36 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Today I was sitting in an outdoor coffee house and listened to the sounds around me. I heard the jackhammer from the street construction and the beep of a truck backing up. There was the gentleman working on his computer at the next table, playing music from his cell phone, out loud for everyone to hear. There were two women behind me (one actually moved so that she was next to me) speaking in very loud voices while one was convincing the other to use her as a web designer (and complaining about their boyfriends).…

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Yes, It’s True: Women Really Are Freezing Their Tails Off at Work Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:46:53 +0000 0 Man dies after police hogtie him at Mississippi concert Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:44:57 +0000 0 Investigating Two Claims Against Planned Parenthood: Center of Medical Progress’s Secret Videos Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:00:39 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Before you being reading, I have a disclaimer: Growing up, my mother worked for Planned Parenthood. As a nurse, she practiced in their clinics offering well women services, counseling, and contraception. After many years, she went on to direct their clinic’s in vitro fertilization program. I also heard the word “Planned Parenthood” stated with a quick northeastern accent. Said that way, as a child, I thought the place was called “Plant Parenthood” and wondered what plants had to do with women’s health.…

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India set to become world’s most populous country by 2022 – U.N. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:34:20 +0000 0 High on the menu: cannabis spaghetti features at Italian foodfest Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:02:18 +0000 0 On the Origins of Research Ethics: China and the West Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:23:16 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D

When I was a graduate student, I was fortunate to be one of five students chosen by the China Medical Board to attend an international bioethics conference between the U.S. and China in Beijing. We listened to talks on the philosophical bases of ethics in each country and culture. The U.S. laid its philosophical history on the doorsteps of the ancient Greek traditions such as Plato and Aristotle as well as later European thinkers such as Kant, Mill, and Bentham.…

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Cancer survivors may face barriers to adoption Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:28:26 +0000 0 A Scientific Ethical Divide Between China and West Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:40:08 +0000 0 In California, Vaccination is the Law Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:52:08 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week, California governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 277. This law mandates vaccinations for all children who attend a school (public or private) in the state. The only exemption is when a physician certifies that a vaccine “is not considered safe for the child.” The big change in this new law is the removal of the “personal belief” exemption from vaccination. No longer can a religious or philosophical belief exempt a child from receiving an immunization.…

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Can An Advance Directive Ever Justify Cessation of Eating in an Alzheimer’s Patient? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:00:39 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Margot Bentley did what end-of-life care advocates say we should all do—she completed an advance directive. She wrote hers in 1991 when she was working as a nurse and stated that she did not resuscitation, surgery, respiratory support, or nutrition and hydration.

Today she is at the center of a legal battle in Canada. At age 83, she has suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for the last 16 years. She is non-responsive. Her family wants to follow her wishes by stopping feeding and taking her home to die comfortably.…

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Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed years later Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:26:37 +0000 0 Doubts About Study of Gay Canvassers Rattle the Field Fri, 05 Jun 2015 16:38:29 +0000 0 Quantified Self: Your Life in Data Thu, 04 Jun 2015 08:04:00 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

How much did you sleep last night? How many calories did you burn? How many steps did you walk? What was your average resting heart rate? How many calories did you consume? What was your blood oxygen level? If you were a part of the “Quantified Self” movement, then you would have all of these numbers logged on your wearable, your mobile, your phone, your tablet, and your laptop.

The Quantified Self movement is an attempt to use technology to keep track of all physiological aspects of a person’s life.…

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“Should I feel badly that I acted unethically?” Fri, 29 May 2015 21:01:29 +0000 Ms. Barnard is a business woman who has opened a medical clinic across the street from an existing facility. She suspects that the Other Clinic is “playing unfairly” by not having a physician on site. Since a physician costs a lot of money to employ, the Other Clinic could be undercutting the competition if this were true as well as violating their state license. Ms. Barnard asks her employee, Roger, to visit Other Clinic posing as a patient and seeing if indeed there was a physician present.…

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U.S. anti-legalization group urges more access to marijuana research Thu, 28 May 2015 15:15:44 +0000 0 Dare to Fail Wed, 20 May 2015 22:10:37 +0000 by Craig M. Klugman


  1. The fact of becoming exhausted or running short, giving way under trial, breaking down in health, declining in strength or activity, etc.
  2. The act of failing to effect one’s purpose; want of success; an instance of this. (Oxford English Dictionary 2015, entry 67663)

There is not enough failure in our modern world. I am not talking about the kind of failure that comes from not trying or being neglectful, but rather the failure that comes from working hard to achieve a goal and not making the mark.…

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A Case for Viewing The Baltimore Protests as a Bioethics Issue Mon, 04 May 2015 22:17:56 +0000 by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

Freddie Gray’s Death
On April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray, a twenty-five year old black man was arrested and placed in a police van in Baltimore, Maryland for carrying a switchblade (Baltimore State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby later announced that Gray was legally carrying a knife). Perhaps one of the more troubling aspects of Gray’s fateful police van ride was that officers reportedly observed Gray’s unresponsive body on the floor of the police van but still did not take him to see a medic.…

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Medical marijuana farm blooms in conservative Chile Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:58:15 +0000 0 Tension between gay, religious rights plays out at top U.S. court Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:05:01 +0000 0 Finding LGBT-competent doctors may be difficult Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:14:26 +0000 0 Academics rate women job applicants higher than identical men: study Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:15:46 +0000 0 California bill banning child vaccine exemptions moves ahead Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:34:15 +0000 0 South Carolina Shooting Increases Calls for Police Body Cameras Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:27:16 +0000 0 For ex-Marine Roman Baca, ballet promotes healing Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:13:53 +0000 0 My three daughters are autistic. I despise Autism Awareness Month. Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:12:29 +0000 0 A year later, no reefer madness in Colorado Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:31:07 +0000 0 Frankie Grande: Smoking ‘Ain’t Cute,’ Guys Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:26:13 +0000 0 Terri Schiavo: Ten Years Later Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:21:52 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Today acknowledges the tenth anniversary since the final death of Terri Schiavo. Her feeding tube was removed on March 18 and her body took its last breath on March 31, 2005.

This case was one of the most divisive in bioethics history. The issues in this case of removing feeding tubes and deciding who was the appropriate decision-maker had been largely settled by previous cases and experiences. What made this case unique was that a private family matter was thrust onto the international stage by political and money interests who saw an opportunity to further their own agendas at the cost of a family’s privacy and dignity.…

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Brazil passes femicide law to tackle rise in gender killings Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:35:44 +0000 0