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June 19, 2018

Trumps Willing Executioners: Why We Should Just Say No

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In 1996, Daniel Goldhagen published Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, where he argued that most Germans were complicit in the Holocaust because anti-Semitism was a key part of national identity.…

June 11, 2018

A Doctor’s Beauty

STUDENT VOICES | CHYNN ETHICS PRIZE SECOND-PLACE WINNER By Carli Grace My mother is a “beautician”, the suffix -ician denoting a person skilled in the prefix, beauty, or more simply a hairdresser. Growing up my kitchen always smelled of ammonia and hair bleach, and my kitchen sink was used as a makeshift shampoo bowl. My […]
May 31, 2018

Targeted Medicine: Advertising to the Medically Vulnerable

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Imaging going to the doctor and suddenly finding ads popping up on your phone. Perhaps there’s a discount for receiving a specialized treatment.…

May 30, 2018

FDA Approves Truvada as PrEP for Adolescents: Fordham University’s Dr. Celia Fisher Weighs In

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adolescents and young adults 13-24 comprised 21 percent of all new HIV infections in 2016, with 81 percent of those infected among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Last week, Gilead Sciences, Inc announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]
May 16, 2018

The Homeless as Human Subjects

STUDENT VOICES | CHYNN ETHICS PRIZE FIRST-PLACE WINNER By Sarah Reis During my senior year of high school, on a bitter Saturday morning in January, I found myself at the entrance to the Boston Common assisting other volunteers from the Sock Exchange charity in organizing food and clothing for distribution to the homeless of the […]
May 4, 2018

Ethics and Society Newsfeed – May 4, 2018

Bioethics/Medical Ethics Bioethics group to study technology behind ‘three-parent babies’ “Mitochondrial genome replacement technology involves combining the genetic material (DNA) of a couple – who would otherwise be unlikely to have healthy children of their own – with that of a female egg donor.” Ethicists Call for More Scrutiny of ‘Human-Challenge’ Trials “In an article […]
April 6, 2018

Ethics and Society Newsfeed – 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

Your Cell Phone Is Tattling About Your Health

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

White Opioids: Pharmaceuticals, Race, and the War on Drugs That Wasn’t | Lecture with Helena Hansen, MD, PhD

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

Ethics and Society Newsfeed – 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

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Published Articles (33)

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

Performance-Enhancing Drugs, Sport, and the Ideal of Natural Athletic Performance Sigmund Loland

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 9 Issue 2 - Jun 2018

Undisclosed conflicts of interest among biomedical textbook authors Brian J. Piper, Drew A. Lambert, Ryan C. Keefe, Phoebe U. Smukler, Nicolas A. Selemon & Zachary R. Duperry

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

Why Bioethics Should Be Concerned With Medically Unexplained Symptoms Diane O'Leary

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

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

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

Peering into the Future of Peer Review Kayhan Parsi & Nanette Elster

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 9 Issue 1 - Mar 2018

The Impact of a Landmark Neuroscience Study on Free Will: A Qualitative Analysis of Articles Using Libet and Colleagues' Methods Victoria Saigle, Veljko Dubljević & Eric Racine

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 9 Issue 1 - Mar 2018

Temporal Naturalism, Free Will, and the Cartesian Myth: Time Is NOT Illusory and We Are NOT ‘Talking Heads’ Gary Goldberg

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

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 2 - Feb 2018

The Quantified Relationship John Danaher, Sven Nyholm & Brian D. Earp

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

From “Longshot” to “Fantasy”: Obligations to Pediatric Patients and Families When Last-Ditch Medical Efforts Fail Elliott Mark Weiss & Autumn Fiester

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News (68)

June 13, 2018 9:00 am

The risk of 'contagion' after suicides is real (CNN)

Mental health experts agree that several high-profile celebrity suicides could possibly cause an increased risk of what’s called suicide contagion, and that all of us should be aware of the risk factors related to suicide.

June 12, 2018 9:00 am

CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically (NPR)

The rise in suicide rates was highest in the central, northern region of the U.S., with North Dakota, for example, seeing a 57.6 percent increase since 1999. Nevada was the only state that saw no increase, and Delaware saw the smallest increase which was 5.9 percent.

June 8, 2018 9:00 am

With The Rise Of Legal Weed, Drug Education Moves From 'Don't' to 'Delay' (NPR)

California legalized marijuana in 2016, and on Jan. 1, 2018, eager customers lined up in the darkness outside medical marijuana dispensaries across the state, ready to start shopping at the stroke of midnight. The effect has gone beyond the cannabis cash register. Everyone has seen the ads or heard the chatter — and that includes minors, though marijuana remains illegal for those under 21.

May 21, 2018 9:00 am

Medical Experts Blast U.S.C.’s Silence Over Gynecologist Scandal (The New York Times)

For decades, allegations of misconduct dogged the primary gynecologist in the student health center at the University of Southern California. There were reports that he inappropriately touched students during pelvic exams and made sexual comments about their bodies.

Yet even after university officials suspended the doctor, George Tyndall, in 2016 and forced him to step down a year later, they did not report the accusations to the California Medical Board. When their internal investigation was complete, officials said that the findings were a personnel matter and that there was no legal obligation to notify the state oversight board, which investigates doctors accused of misconduct.

May 18, 2018 9:00 am

Creepy 'brain in a bucket' study spurs medical, ethical debates (NBC News)

Three weeks ago, a Yale University neuroscientist, Nenad Sestan, explored the ethical implications of experiments using human brain tissue in an essay in the journal Nature. Then last week Sestan’s own brain research was splashed across tabloids under lurid headlines like “Yale experiment to reanimate dead brains promises ‘living hell’ for humans.”

May 16, 2018 9:00 am

Is your pharmacist under a 'gag rule' about drug prices? (CNN)

Independent pharmacist Ira Katz has been serving the eclectic community of Little Five Points in Atlanta for 37 years. But it wasn’t until Georgia passed a law last year banning “gag rules” that Katz could legally tell his patients they might save big bucks on their prescriptions if they paid cash or used a lower-priced generic. The gag rule was a clause in his contract with one of the pharmaceutical benefit managers, also known as PBMs, that manage most of our nation’s prescription drug programs.

May 10, 2018 9:00 am

Salmon spawn fierce debate over protecting endangered species, thanks to a single gene (Science)

They concluded that the genetic change that produced spring-run Chinook occurred only once in the species’s history. And new data published on 29 April on bioRxiv show that in rivers where spring runs disappeared decades ago, less than 1% of the remaining fish carry a copy of the early migration version of the gene. The scarcity of that gene makes it very unlikely a spring run will reappear once lost.

April 24, 2018 9:00 am

U.S. agencies clash over who should regulate genetically engineered livestock (Science)

A disease that kills millions of pigs a year may soon meet its match — if two federal agencies can agree on the idea.

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus is one of the latest examples of a condition that scientists believe they can beat with genetic engineering, and one that’s caught up in a disagreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over how quickly such methods should be approved, and by whom.

April 2, 2018 9:00 am

Planned Parenthood tweet calls for abortion Disney princess (BBC News)

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

Female doctors have problems men can't fathom. Are we even welcome at work? (USA Today)

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.

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