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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.…

September 10, 2015

Don’t Miss this Opportunity to Shape Federal Policy!

by Ellen Fox, MD

Yesterday, the Federal Register published a long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to “modernize, strengthen, and make more effective” the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects known as “the Common Rule.” The proposed changes are endorsed by 16 Federal agencies, plus several others that “intend to adopt the proposed rule” through a separate rulemaking.…

July 27, 2015

Investigating Two Claims Against Planned Parenthood: Center of Medical Progress’s Secret Videos

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.…

July 15, 2015

The American Psychological Association Interrogation Policy and Dr. Gerald Koocher, AAAS Fellow

by Steven Miles, M.D. 

A recent 542-page report describes a damning collaboration between the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) and other government intelligence agencies.…

July 7, 2015

A Doctor Lied & Patients Suffered

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

When I was graduating from college, I had a friend who was diagnosed with cancer. At least, that’s what she told her friends.…

July 1, 2015

In California, Vaccination is the Law

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.…

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Published Articles (6)

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 (129)

November 24, 2015 2:27 pm

U.S. appeals court rules against Wisconsin abortion doctor law

A Wisconsin law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is unconstitutional, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday, addressing a topic the U.S. Supreme Court is considering during its current term.

November 19, 2015 4:52 pm

S.F. woman who sought to have embryos preserved loses legal case

A judge ruled Wednesday that the frozen embryos of a divorced San Francisco couple must be thawed and destroyed despite the ex-wife’s desire — over her former husband’s objections — to use them to become pregnant.

October 16, 2015 2:02 pm

Hot Startup Theranos Dials Back Lab Tests at FDA’s Behest

Under pressure from regulators, laboratory firm Theranos Inc. has stopped collecting tiny vials of blood drawn from finger pricks for all but one of its tests, according to a person familiar with the matter, backing away from a method the company has touted as it rose to become one of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups.

October 14, 2015 5:42 pm

Michigan Catholic hospital failed to help woman with brain tumor: complaint

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday accused a Catholic hospital in Michigan of failing to provide appropriate care by refusing on religious grounds to allow a pregnant woman with a brain tumor to be sterilized.

September 4, 2015 2:11 pm

81 percent of hospitals and health insurance companies have had a data breach

In the past two years, 81 percent of hospitals and health insurance companies have had a data breach, according to a report released by KPMG.

September 3, 2015 3:42 pm

U.S. government to extend healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender people

The U.S. government said on Thursday it will extend its healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals and require health insurers and medical providers to treat all patients equally, regardless of sex.

August 24, 2015 1:33 pm

Legal case tests religious hospitals’ right to deny procedures

Rachel Miller, due to have her second child in late September, agreed with her husband that this would be her last pregnancy and decided she would be sterilized by tubal ligation after giving birth. But her hospital in Redding, owned by Dignity Health in San Francisco, refused to allow her doctor to perform the procedure, saying tubal ligation violates the ethical principles of Catholic health care facilities.

August 18, 2015 2:02 pm

In graphic detail, medical journal describes ‘heavy overtones’ of sexual assault in operating room

In an anonymous essay published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week, one physician describes — in graphic detail — what happened to two women when they were asleep in operating rooms. The stories are horrifying.

June 30, 2015 3:47 pm

Supreme Court Allows Use of Controversial Sedative for Lethal Injection

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the case of Glossip v. Gross, deciding that it is indeed constitutional to use the controversial execution drug midazolam for death penalty sentences fulfilled by lethal injection — the same drug that was used as a sedative in botched executions over the last two years.

May 28, 2015 11:15 am

U.S. anti-legalization group urges more access to marijuana research

A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals on Thursday for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana’s potential as medicine, in a first step for an organization of its kind.

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