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June 14, 2016

Reducing Tobacco Use Through Withdrawal Policies: When Should We Ban the Use of a Harmful Product?

Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

In the first-year clinical skills course at our medical school, we offer a session on tobacco cessation.…

May 12, 2016

Euthanasia for Reasons of Mental Health

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

An article in the (UK) Daily Mail this week focused on a Dutch woman who chose euthanasia “after doctors decided her post-traumatic stress and other conditions were incurable.” Under Dutch euthanasia laws, a physician can end a patient’s life with a lethal injection for mental suffering.…

January 22, 2016

Revised Medical Access Records Guidelines Reinforce Patient Rights

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A few years ago I moved cross-country for a new job. Among the many moving tasks that I had was getting copies of all my medical records so I could bring those to my new physicians.…

December 23, 2015

A Suggestion To Make Prescription Medicine Behind-the-Counter

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

I recently returned from a vacation to Central America. Besides having some adventures, I also noticed that the local towns had a large number of pharmacies—far more than would be expected of towns with small populations.…

December 4, 2015

The Bell Tolls for Death by Neurologic Criteria: Aden Hailu

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A judge in Reno, Nevada this week denied a request by St. Mary’s Regional Hospital to conduct an evidentiary hearing to determine that a patient is dead.…

October 20, 2015

Gov. Brown’s veto of right-to-try bill

by Lisa Kearns, MS, MA

The conservative press’s reaction to Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of California’s “right-to-try” bill recently was surprising—not because of the vitriol expressed, or because the writers strongly supported the legislation, which was overwhelmingly popular in the state.…

October 6, 2015

State of the Armed Union

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).…

September 29, 2015

New Law in the Sunshine State: Name Your Primary Physician in Your Advance Directive

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week a revision to the Florida advance directive law takes effect. The notable things in this new law are that it allows for one to appoint a health care surrogate for a minor, to have a surrogate’s authority be effective immediately, and it necessitates appointing a primary physician fro make end-of-life determinations.…

September 25, 2015

Drug Price Hikes and the Misguided Profit Imperative

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Headlines this past week were abuzz with news that Daraprim—a drug that has fought parasitic infections such as toxoplasmosis for 62 years—saw its price hiked by 5500%, nearly overnight.…

September 11, 2015

Vacation as a Bioethical Issue

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

I have been on vacation. This is that mythical experience of leaving the everyday world, disappearing to another location, spending time learning/relaxing/experiencing/destressing, and then returning back to the real world.…

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Published Articles (8)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 2 - Feb 2016

Fetal Risks, Relative Risks, and Relatives' Risks Howard Minkoff & Mary Faith Marshall

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 2 - Feb 2016

Restricting Choices of Childbearing Women Bela Fishbeyn

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 8 - Aug 2015

The Texas Advanced Directive Law: Unfinished Business Michael Kapottos & Stuart Youngner

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 4 - Apr 2015

Kaci Hickox: Public Health and the Politics of Fear Steven H. Miles

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 4 - Apr 2015

Ideology and Microbiology: Ebola, Science, and Deliberative Democracy Joseph J. Fins

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 3 - Mar 2015

The Social Determinants of Health: Why Should We Care? Adina Preda & Kristin Voigt

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 3 - Mar 2015

Mandatory Cancer Risk Warnings on Alcoholic Beverages: What Are the Ethical Issues? Jennie Louise, Jaklin Eliott, Ian Olver & Annette Braunack-Ma

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 2 - Mar 2014

If You Have Any Questions or Concerns, Please Contact… Peter Kalina

News (147)

June 22, 2016 8:18 am

Colorado's Teen Marijuana Usage Dips after Legalization (Scientific American)

Marijuana consumption by Colorado high school students has dipped slightly since the state first permitted recreational cannabis use by adults, a new survey showed on Monday, contrary to concerns that legalization would increase pot use by teens.

June 20, 2016 8:53 am

Canada Legalizes Physician-Assisted Dying (NPR)

After weeks of debate, Canadian lawmakers have passed legislation to legalize physician-assisted death. That makes Canada “one of the few nations where doctors can legally help sick people die,” as Reuters reports.

June 17, 2016 8:04 am

Orlando Shooting Renews Debate Over Limits on Gay Men Donating Blood (New York Times)

In the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., 53 people were alive but wounded, many in desperate need of blood. Blood banks in the area put out a call for donors. Gay men were ready to volunteer. Rumors even went around that blood centers in Orlando had relaxed a ban on donations from sexually active gay men. But the rumors were false. The ban, imposed by the Food and Drug Administration, remains in place, infuriating some gay rights activists.

June 10, 2016 8:38 am

Who May Die? California Patients and Doctors Wrestle With Assisted Suicide (New York Times)

Beginning Thursday, California will be the fourth state in the country to put in effect a law allowing assisted suicide for the terminally ill, what has come to be known as aid in dying. Lawmakers here approved the legislation last year, after Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old schoolteacher who had brain cancer, received international attention for her decision to move to Oregon, where terminally ill patients have been allowed to take drugs to die since 1997.

May 23, 2016 8:10 am

An 'Added Sugar' Label Is On The Way For Packaged Food (NPR)

The new, redesigned “Nutrition Facts” label is coming. The Food and Drug Administration has announced that the new label will be required on most packaged food by July 2018.

May 16, 2016 7:48 am

Obamacare Rule Bans Discrimination Against Transgender Patients (Time)

The Obama administration has finalized a new rule that bans discrimination against transgender people and all discrimination on the basis of sex within health programs that receive federal funding.

April 29, 2016 8:00 am

Massachusetts Senate approves under-21 ban on tobacco sales (Washington Post)

The Massachusetts Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products across the state, which could make it the second to raise its threshold to 21 years old.

April 26, 2016 9:05 am

Advisers to F.D.A. Vote Against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug (New York Times)

In a confrontation between the hopes of desperate patients and clinical trial data, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted on Monday not to recommend approval of what would become the first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

April 22, 2016 9:52 am

New York Hospital to Pay $2.2 Million Over Unauthorized Filming of 2 Patients

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has agreed to pay a $2.2 million penalty to federal regulators for allowing television crews to film two patients without their consent — one who was dying, the other in significant distress. Regulators said on Thursday that the hospital allowed filming to continue even after a medical professional asked that it stop.

April 15, 2016 9:58 am

Justin Trudeau Seeks to Legalize Assisted Suicide in Canada

The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation on Thursday to legalize physician-assisted suicide for Canadians with a “serious and incurable illness,” which has brought them “enduring physical or psychological suffering.”

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