Bioethics.net » Health Disparities http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:10:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 The Richer You Are the Older You’ll Get http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-richer-you-are-the-older-youll-get/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-richer-you-are-the-older-youll-get/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:47:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51408 http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-richer-you-are-the-older-youll-get/feed/ 0 Hawaii police urge lawmakers to let undercover cops have sex with prostitutes http://www.bioethics.net/news/hawaii-police-urge-lawmakers-to-let-undercover-cops-have-sex-with-prostitutes/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/hawaii-police-urge-lawmakers-to-let-undercover-cops-have-sex-with-prostitutes/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:46:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50928 http://www.bioethics.net/news/hawaii-police-urge-lawmakers-to-let-undercover-cops-have-sex-with-prostitutes/feed/ 0 Elizabeth Warren vows fight for gender equality in medical studies http://www.bioethics.net/news/elizabeth-warren-vows-fight-for-gender-equality-in-medical-studies/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/elizabeth-warren-vows-fight-for-gender-equality-in-medical-studies/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:10:22 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50815 http://www.bioethics.net/news/elizabeth-warren-vows-fight-for-gender-equality-in-medical-studies/feed/ 0 Women Still Left Out of Medical Research: Report http://www.bioethics.net/news/women-still-left-out-of-medical-research-report/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/women-still-left-out-of-medical-research-report/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:08:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50749 http://www.bioethics.net/news/women-still-left-out-of-medical-research-report/feed/ 0 Intersextion: Germany Allows Parents to Choose “No Sex” on Birth Certificate http://www.bioethics.net/2014/02/intersextion-germany-allows-parents-to-choose-no-sex-on-birth-certificate/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/02/intersextion-germany-allows-parents-to-choose-no-sex-on-birth-certificate/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:48:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50715 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In Jeffrey Eugenides Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Middlesex, readers are introduced to a protagonist, Cal Stephanides, who is male with female traits. This best seller helped to bring into the mainstream consciousness the notion of people who are born intersex—having characteristics of male and female sex organs. Or more generally, a person born with sex organs that fall outside what is considered the male or female norm. For example, a girl with a very large clitoris, or a boy with a very small penis or scrotum that looks more like labia.…

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Autism-friendly travel now officially aboard Royal Caribbean cruises http://www.bioethics.net/news/autism-friendly-travel-now-officially-aboard-royal-caribbean-cruises/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/autism-friendly-travel-now-officially-aboard-royal-caribbean-cruises/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:14:18 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50684 http://www.bioethics.net/news/autism-friendly-travel-now-officially-aboard-royal-caribbean-cruises/feed/ 0 Insured patients are often not transferred for better care, study finds http://www.bioethics.net/news/insured-patients-are-often-not-transferred-for-better-care-study-finds/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/insured-patients-are-often-not-transferred-for-better-care-study-finds/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:45:32 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50638 http://www.bioethics.net/news/insured-patients-are-often-not-transferred-for-better-care-study-finds/feed/ 0 Ethical Review of Health Systems Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Conceptual Exploration http://www.bioethics.net/articles/ethical-review-of-health-systems-research-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-conceptual-exploration/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/ethical-review-of-health-systems-research-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-conceptual-exploration/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:43:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=50630 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/ethical-review-of-health-systems-research-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-conceptual-exploration/feed/ 0 ‘Miscarriage Management’: The Next Front in the Abortion Wars http://www.bioethics.net/news/miscarriage-management-the-next-front-in-the-abortion-wars/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/miscarriage-management-the-next-front-in-the-abortion-wars/#comments Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:53:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50452 http://www.bioethics.net/news/miscarriage-management-the-next-front-in-the-abortion-wars/feed/ 0 Racism May Speed Cellular Aging In African American Men http://www.bioethics.net/news/racism-may-speed-cellular-aging-in-african-american-men/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/racism-may-speed-cellular-aging-in-african-american-men/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:50:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=50066 http://www.bioethics.net/news/racism-may-speed-cellular-aging-in-african-american-men/feed/ 0 The Year in Bioethics That Was http://www.bioethics.net/2014/01/the-year-in-bioethics-that-was/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/01/the-year-in-bioethics-that-was/#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 21:05:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50059 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Happy New Year. The ending of one year and the beginning of another is often a time for reflection, for reviewing the year that has passed and for making plans/predictions for the year to come. 2013 was the first full year of the re-launch of the bioethics.net editor’s blog as well.

Ten bloggers in addition to myself worked for us this year and we are thankful for their contributions: Maurice Bernstein, Arthur Caplan, Jennifer Chevinsky, Nanette Elster, Ellen Fox, Jessica Jerome, David Magnus, Steven Miles, Kayhan Parsi, and Thaddeus Pope.…

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A Call to Physicians: To Do No Further Harm, or Ethical Practice as Just Distribution of Healthcare http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/a-call-to-physicians-to-do-no-further-harm-or-ethical-practice-as-just-distribution-of-healthcare/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/a-call-to-physicians-to-do-no-further-harm-or-ethical-practice-as-just-distribution-of-healthcare/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:40:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=50036 Bandy X. Lee, M.D.

*Primum non nocere*, to first do no harm, is the unchanging foundation for Hippocratic medical ethics. Each generation must, nevertheless, redefine what “doing no harm” means for its time. As we are making historic transitions in healthcare in the U.S., now is such a time for our generation.

“Doing no harm” means first avoiding doing the most extreme harm—that is, violence. Meanwhile, it is important to note that our understanding of what constitutes violence has also been expanding: the multi-determined nature of violence, no matter the scale, point to causal dynamics beyond the immediately apparent.…

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Big Tobacco battles to limit smoking laws in poorer nations http://www.bioethics.net/news/big-tobacco-battles-to-limit-smoking-laws-in-poorer-nations/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/big-tobacco-battles-to-limit-smoking-laws-in-poorer-nations/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:01:45 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=49999 http://www.bioethics.net/news/big-tobacco-battles-to-limit-smoking-laws-in-poorer-nations/feed/ 0 Wealth Disparity As A Bioethics Concern http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/wealth-disparity-as-a-bioethics-concern/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/12/wealth-disparity-as-a-bioethics-concern/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:48:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=49996 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

How much money do you need to live on? $60,000 per year? $40,000 per year? $20,000? Could you live on $11,000 per year? If you made the U.S. Federal minimum wage ($7.25 since 2009) and worked 30 hours per week (the most a large number of employers will permit because anything over and they have to provide health care under the Affordable Care Act) and including no paid vacation or sick time, then you would be earning about $10,875 per year .…

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On World Toilet Day, Let’s Go Beyond The Toilet http://www.bioethics.net/news/on-world-toilet-day-lets-go-beyond-the-toilet/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/on-world-toilet-day-lets-go-beyond-the-toilet/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:13:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=49851 http://www.bioethics.net/news/on-world-toilet-day-lets-go-beyond-the-toilet/feed/ 0 Report: Medicaid Expansion May Lower Prison Costs http://www.bioethics.net/news/report-medicaid-expansion-may-lower-prison-costs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/report-medicaid-expansion-may-lower-prison-costs/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:18:31 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=49639 http://www.bioethics.net/news/report-medicaid-expansion-may-lower-prison-costs/feed/ 0 Growing Up Poor Changes Young Brains http://www.bioethics.net/news/growing-up-poor-changes-young-brains/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/growing-up-poor-changes-young-brains/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:31:48 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=49623 http://www.bioethics.net/news/growing-up-poor-changes-young-brains/feed/ 0 An Unhealthy Shutdown http://www.bioethics.net/2013/10/an-unhealthy-shutdown/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/10/an-unhealthy-shutdown/#comments Thu, 10 Oct 2013 06:45:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=49111 by Craig Klugman, PhD.

It’s week 2 of the government shutdown with no end in sight. In fact, some people are saying this is a good thing because it achieves their aim of shrinking government. Some Congressmen want the country to go off the deep end of the fiscal cliff, not believing that it would have negative repercussions for the population. The problem is that it turns out the government actually helps protect our health.

Thinking about having some meat for dinner?…

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Judge: Woman with Down syndrome can live with friends http://www.bioethics.net/news/judge-woman-with-down-syndrome-can-live-with-friends/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/judge-woman-with-down-syndrome-can-live-with-friends/#comments Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:00:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=48589 http://www.bioethics.net/news/judge-woman-with-down-syndrome-can-live-with-friends/feed/ 0 War on Drugs Ceasefire http://www.bioethics.net/2013/08/war-on-drugs-ceasefire/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/08/war-on-drugs-ceasefire/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:14:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=48551 Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs. Specifically he said that drug abuse was “public enemy number one in the United States.” This past week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder declared changes in how his department prosecutes drug crimes. He will seek alternatives to incarceration and avoid mandatory minimum sentences that come with specific drug-related charges for those who commit low-level, nonviolent crimes unrelated to gangs or larger organizations. Some pundits have declared that this is the end of the war.

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New answers on ER and the poor http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-answers-on-er-and-the-poor/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-answers-on-er-and-the-poor/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:49:58 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=48314 http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-answers-on-er-and-the-poor/feed/ 0 Video screening: The Revolutionary Optimists http://www.bioethics.net/news/video-screening-the-revolutionary-optimists/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/video-screening-the-revolutionary-optimists/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:14:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47809 http://www.bioethics.net/news/video-screening-the-revolutionary-optimists/feed/ 0 Pregnant Workers Face Routine Discrimination, Report Says http://www.bioethics.net/news/pregnant-workers-face-routine-discrimination-report-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/pregnant-workers-face-routine-discrimination-report-says/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:05:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47791 http://www.bioethics.net/news/pregnant-workers-face-routine-discrimination-report-says/feed/ 0 A Tale of Two (or Three) States http://www.bioethics.net/2013/06/a-tale-of-two-or-three-states/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/06/a-tale-of-two-or-three-states/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:17:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=47677 Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

I recently learned that my home state of Texas has refused to participate in Medicaid expansion that is part and parcel of the Affordable Care Act. When I first heard this news on NPR, I nearly gasped in disbelief.  Gov. Perry and the Texas legislature will walk away from $100 billion of federal money to help the state’s poor, elderly and disabled.  Wade Goodwyn, the NPR reporter for this piece, went so far as to state that “Texas Republicans have moved steadily to the right — to where the very concept of public health insurance of any kind is looked at through narrowed eyes.”  The public perception of Medicaid is that it primarily covers the poorest of the poor adults. …

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Magical NC Bill Builds Obstacles to Teen Health http://www.bioethics.net/2013/05/magical-nc-bill-builds-obstacles-to-teen-health/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/05/magical-nc-bill-builds-obstacles-to-teen-health/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 20:40:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=47312 Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

If you’re a teen in North Carolina, a new bill before the legislature may make it more difficult for you to get sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, mental health counseling, pregnancy care or even substance abuse treatment. To receive any of those, a teen would need written, notarized parental consent. A parent could not simply give permission on the phone, via a note, or even by signing a consent form. No, the parent has to use a notary to give permission.…

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Most people aren’t meeting exercise guidelines http://www.bioethics.net/news/most-people-arent-meeting-exercise-guidelines/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/most-people-arent-meeting-exercise-guidelines/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 20:26:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=47204 http://www.bioethics.net/news/most-people-arent-meeting-exercise-guidelines/feed/ 0 Maybe Size Does Matter http://www.bioethics.net/2013/05/maybe-size-does-matter/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/05/maybe-size-does-matter/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 18:12:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=47184 by Craig Klugman Ph.D.

Most of us know about the health risks of being obese. These include gallstones, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, stroke, sleep apnea, gout, arthritis, asthma, metabolic syndrome, cancer, and infertility. But new studies show that being obese can also have a detrimental effect on your relationship with your doctor.

A report in the journal Obesity showed that doctors “are less likely to build emotional rapport with overweight and obese patients” (Gudzune et al 2013).

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Mouthing Off: Oral Health for Seniors is a Matter of Social Justice http://www.bioethics.net/2013/04/mouthing-off-oral-health-for-seniors-is-a-matter-of-social-justice/ http://www.bioethics.net/2013/04/mouthing-off-oral-health-for-seniors-is-a-matter-of-social-justice/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:57:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=47059 Nanette R. Elster, JD MPH

When we think about primary care, we think about health promotion, disease prevention, treatment of acute illness and management of chronic disease, as well as an initial point of contact into the health care system for many. We also think about physicians, nurses, and physician assistants, but we rarely consider dentists and the integral role they can and should play in primary care. Access to such services is particularly important for our aging population–many of whom suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

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Warren Lee Hill, and His Cause, Live to Fight Another Day http://www.bioethics.net/news/warren-lee-hill-and-his-cause-live-to-fight-another-day/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/warren-lee-hill-and-his-cause-live-to-fight-another-day/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:43:12 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=44927 http://www.bioethics.net/news/warren-lee-hill-and-his-cause-live-to-fight-another-day/feed/ 0 Segregation tied to more lung cancer deaths: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/segregation-tied-to-more-lung-cancer-deaths-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/segregation-tied-to-more-lung-cancer-deaths-study/#comments Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:55:17 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=39546 http://www.bioethics.net/news/segregation-tied-to-more-lung-cancer-deaths-study/feed/ 0 Obesity, lack of insurance cited in U.S. health gap http://www.bioethics.net/news/obesity-lack-of-insurance-cited-in-u-s-health-gap/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/obesity-lack-of-insurance-cited-in-u-s-health-gap/#comments Wed, 09 Jan 2013 21:01:22 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=38667 http://www.bioethics.net/news/obesity-lack-of-insurance-cited-in-u-s-health-gap/feed/ 0 Racism Is Bad for Health http://www.bioethics.net/news/racism-is-bad-for-health/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/racism-is-bad-for-health/#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:24:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=37712 http://www.bioethics.net/news/racism-is-bad-for-health/feed/ 0 Are Blacks Predisposed to Be Less Healthy Than Whites? http://www.bioethics.net/news/are-blacks-predisposed-to-be-less-healthy-than-whites/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/are-blacks-predisposed-to-be-less-healthy-than-whites/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:17:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=36922 http://www.bioethics.net/news/are-blacks-predisposed-to-be-less-healthy-than-whites/feed/ 0 More Hispanics die waiting for a heart transplant http://www.bioethics.net/news/more-hispanics-die-waiting-for-a-heart-transplant/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/more-hispanics-die-waiting-for-a-heart-transplant/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 20:29:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=36880 http://www.bioethics.net/news/more-hispanics-die-waiting-for-a-heart-transplant/feed/ 0 Denial of Transplants for Undocumented Sparks Protest in Chicago http://www.bioethics.net/news/denial-of-transplants-for-undocumented-sparks-protest-in-chicago/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/denial-of-transplants-for-undocumented-sparks-protest-in-chicago/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 05:03:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=36867 http://www.bioethics.net/news/denial-of-transplants-for-undocumented-sparks-protest-in-chicago/feed/ 0 Sick in America: Hispanics Grapple With Cost And Quality Of Care http://www.bioethics.net/news/sick-in-america-hispanics-grapple-with-cost-and-quality-of-care/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/sick-in-america-hispanics-grapple-with-cost-and-quality-of-care/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:36:00 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=36810 http://www.bioethics.net/news/sick-in-america-hispanics-grapple-with-cost-and-quality-of-care/feed/ 0 Health disparities persist as overall care quality slowly improves http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-disparities-persist-as-overall-care-quality-slowly-improves/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-disparities-persist-as-overall-care-quality-slowly-improves/#comments Mon, 07 May 2012 16:00:38 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=36562 http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-disparities-persist-as-overall-care-quality-slowly-improves/feed/ 0 Cholera vaccination campaign begins in Haiti http://www.bioethics.net/news/cholera-vaccination-campaign-begins-in-haiti/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/cholera-vaccination-campaign-begins-in-haiti/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:58:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=36359 http://www.bioethics.net/news/cholera-vaccination-campaign-begins-in-haiti/feed/ 0 Inside Medicine: Should care in foreign countries differ? http://www.bioethics.net/news/inside-medicine-should-care-in-foreign-countries-differ/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/inside-medicine-should-care-in-foreign-countries-differ/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 20:53:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=36112 http://www.bioethics.net/news/inside-medicine-should-care-in-foreign-countries-differ/feed/ 0 Racial Gaps in Health Persist, Official Says on MLK Day http://www.bioethics.net/news/racial-gaps-in-health-persist-official-says-on-mlk-day/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/racial-gaps-in-health-persist-official-says-on-mlk-day/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2012 06:00:00 +0000 http://bioethics.net/news/racial-gaps-in-health-persist-official-says-on-mlk-day/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/racial-gaps-in-health-persist-official-says-on-mlk-day/feed/ 0 Whose profit? 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