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April 6, 2018
Image via Bioethics/Medical Ethics/Animal Ethics The Human Thing: When It’s Not About “Bioethics” “In the place of narcissistic and subjective dignity wrongly invoked by procreation militants, we need a return to the transcendent and objective dignity of human nature.” A Global Observatory for Gene Editing “Sheila Jasanoff and J. Benjamin Hurlbut call for an international […]
March 20, 2018
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
As you may have heard in the news, Cambridge Analytica is a big data company that “uses data to change audience behavior.” As they say on their website, “We find your voters and move them to action.” Allegedly, the company promised Republicans that they could influence the outcome of elections.…
March 15, 2018
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 Americans die every day due to opioid overdose, creating a national crisis affecting public health, social and economic welfare. To fully grasp how opioid addiction has affected United States communities, Americans need to see race as a key factor in how we approach drug […]
February 9, 2018
Politics The Circumscribed Ethics Investigation into Devin Nunes “The House Intelligence Committee chair claimed he’d been completely cleared, but the panel probing his conduct never gained access to the intelligence he was accused of divulging.” Trump’s Choice For Ethics Chief Wins Praise As ‘Somebody Who Plays It By The Book’ “Emory A. Rounds III is … More Ethics and Society Newsfeed – February 9, 2018
January 26, 2018
Politics Trump Move on Healthcare Religious Freedom Prompts Discrimination Fears “The Trump administration’s move on Thursday to protect healthcare workers who refuse to perform abortions and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds is raising fears among some civil rights and medical groups that it will provide legal cover for otherwise unlawful discrimination.” Group … More Ethics & Society Newsfeed: January 26, 2017
January 17, 2018
by Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div.
I am the editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President (Macmillan, 2017), which is intended as a public service. …
January 12, 2018
STUDENT VOICES | CHYNN PRIZE HONORABLE MENTION By Brianna Blunck Animal research has been conventionally practiced under the notion that it has played a vital role in scientific and medical advances, but our use of animals should not continue without periods of reflection on the morality and necessity of their use. George Yancy, PhD and … More Whose Rights are Right?: The Debate Over Animal Rights in Research
December 18, 2017
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well…”
My first career out of college was as a writer.…
December 8, 2017
Technology Ethics Artificial Intelligence Seeks An Ethical Conscience “Leading artificial intelligence researchers gathered this week for the prestigious Neural Information Processing Systems conference have a new topic on their agenda. Alongside the usual cutting-edge research, panel discussions, and socializing: concern about AI’s power. Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI “Artificial intelligence and brain–computer interfaces must … More Ethics & Society Newsfeed: December 8, 2017
November 14, 2017
On October 17th, 2017, Omar Lebron, a graduate student of Fordham University’s Master of Arts in Ethics and Society program, moderated the event “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies” at the United Nations in New York to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the International Day for … More Fordham University Ethics & Society Master’s Student Working to Eradicate Poverty
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April 2, 2018 9:00 am
Chief executive Melissa Reed said: “Today, we joined an ongoing Twitter conversation about the kinds of princesses people want to see in an attempt to make a point about the importance of telling stories that challenge stigma and championing stories that too often don’t get told. “Upon reflection, we decided that the seriousness of the point we were trying to make was not appropriate for the subject matter or context, and we removed the tweet.”
March 26, 2018 9:00 am
For decades, most analyses of female physicians were limited to small populations, and so what was known was not widely actionable. But in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required the government to disclose physician demographics and Medicare reimbursements, and this has allowed researchers to paint a more complete picture of what it is like to be a working woman. It came as no surprise that after adjusting for experience, effort, and productivity, female physicians generally are paid significantly and substantially less by Medicare ($18,677 on average annually) than males. But it was surprising to see that women were not merely non-inferior to men as providers. Having a female physician can actually confer an advantage in patient care.
November 7, 2017 9:00 am
Technological innovations typically benefit those who have good access to and an understanding of the underlying technologies. As such, technology-centered health care innovations are likely to preferentially benefit users of privileged socioeconomic backgrounds. Which policies and strategies should health care organizations adopt to promote equitable distribution of the benefits from technological innovations?
October 31, 2017 9:00 am
There is plenty of debate about whether parents should limit their kids’ access to Halloween activities and candy, in the name of fending off a lifetime of sugar cravings, or let them eat their fill. With childhood obesity on the rise and many parents eager to limit added sugars in their children’s diet, which approach is best for helping kids learn healthy eating habits?
October 30, 2017 9:00 am
McDonald’s and Kroc got rich selling hamburgers. Science Care and Rogers have made millions from human body parts. From 2012 through 2014, Rogers and his co-owner, wife Josie, parlayed the donated dead into at least $12.5 million in earnings, according to Internal Revenue Service audits and court documents reviewed by Reuters.
October 10, 2017 9:00 am
California lawmakers have passed legislation to reduce the penalty for those who knowingly or intentionally expose others to HIV without their knowledge, rolling back a law that mostly affected sex workers. The bill, SB 239, which was approved by the Democrat-controlled state legislature in September and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday, will lower the charges for these acts from a felony to a misdemeanor when the law goes into effect in 2018.
October 3, 2017 10:00 am
Researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are testing an app in schools that analyzes language to determine whether teens are at risk for suicide.
September 14, 2017 9:00 am
The Senate Appropriations Committee, in a bill that boosts NIH funding by $2 billion, to $36.1 billion, ordered the biomedical research agency to launch a pilot study to determine whether banking tissue from stillbirths and spontaneous abortions, or miscarriages, could serve all of the needs of biomedical researchers.
September 7, 2017 9:00 am
More than 11,000 people died when Ebola tore through West Africa between 2014 and 2016, and yet clinicians still lack data that would enable them to reliably identify the disease when a person first walks into a clinic. To fill that gap and others before the next outbreak hits, researchers are developing a platform to organize and share Ebola data that have so far been scattered beyond reach.
August 25, 2017 9:00 am
The rate of teen drug overdose deaths in the United States climbed 19% from 2014 to 2015, from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 teens to 3.7 per 100,000, according to data released this week. The new numbers involve teens ages 15 to 19 and were released by the National Center for Health Statistics.
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