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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.…

June 22, 2015

At Long Last: FDA Changes the Law for Hemochromatosis

by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

Summer in the U.S. is known for many things—time at the beach, picnics, baseball, thunderstorms, vacations and ice cream.…

June 17, 2015

Can An Advance Directive Ever Justify Cessation of Eating in an Alzheimer’s Patient?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Margot Bentley did what end-of-life care advocates say we should all do—she completed an advance directive. She wrote hers in 1991 when she was working as a nurse and stated that she did not resuscitation, surgery, respiratory support, or nutrition and hydration.…

June 12, 2015

Financial Interventions and Living Organ Donation Research in a Learning Healthcare System

by Macey L. Henderson

Living kidney donation can potentially provide a solution for the growing waitlist in the United States, which is now holding steady at over 100,000 people.…

March 11, 2015

“Right to Try” Laws, Compassionate Use, and Adverse Events: A Second Cautionary Tale

by Alison, Bateman-House, Ph.D., MPH

In 2014, Colorado became the first state to debate and then pass a so-called “Right to Try” law.…

March 8, 2015

Drug Development, Compassionate Use, and Adverse Events: A Cautionary Tale

by Alison, Bateman-House, Ph.D., MPH

In late September 2014, a man was admitted to the hospital due to vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.…

March 3, 2015

And the Ban Played On

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Have you taken the “Celibacy Challenge?” This satirical national campaign is in response to a proposal from the FDA that would amend the lifetime blood donation ban of men who have sex with men (MSM) to only a one-year ban.

February 9, 2015

Canadian Supreme Court: Legal Assisted Suicide In a Year

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A year from now, all Canadians may have the right to assisted suicide. In February 6, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled “that the prohibition on physician-assisted dying is void insofar as it deprives a competent adult of such assistance where (1) the person affected clearly consents to the termination of life; and (2) the person has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition.” In other words, a competent and capacitated person with a serious and unresolvable condition that creates suffering has a right to have assistance to end his or her life.…

January 23, 2015

ACA Report Card: One Year of Obamacare and the Individual Insurance Mandate

by Craig M. Klugman

The United States has passed a milestone, the first year of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandate.…

January 21, 2015

Ebola – Yes to isolation, quarantine, and travel restrictions (Part III)

By Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D. (guest blogger)

The HIV experience can be used as a learning model to understand what processes may need to be used for this Ebola epidemic.…

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Published Articles (5)

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

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News (121)

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.

May 13, 2015 3:37 pm

Inhaler ban boosts costs for people with asthma

A 2008 ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has ended up being particularly costly for people with asthma.  The inhaler switch “had minimal or no environmental benefits, but great benefits to pharmaceutical companies,” Redberg told Reuters Health by phone.

April 28, 2015 5:05 pm

Tension between gay, religious rights plays out at top U.S. court

If the U.S. Constitution covers a right to same-sex marriage, conservative Supreme Court justices asked on Tuesday, would clergy be exempted from performing such marriages or religious colleges spared from offering housing to gay couples?

April 20, 2015 4:32 pm

Regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues

U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday, as public concern rises over possible links to disease.

April 1, 2015 1:31 pm

A year later, no reefer madness in Colorado

More than a year after Colorado legalized marijuana sales, there’s a pot shop just a few steps away from the Prada, Ralph Lauren, Sotheby’s and Burberry stores in this toniest of tony ski towns.

March 31, 2015 9:19 pm

FDA to evaluate homeopathy regulatory framework

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it would hold a public hearing seeking information and comment on the use of products labeled ‘homeopathic’, as well as the agency’s regulatory framework for such products.

March 19, 2015 3:59 pm

Ban on fast-food eateries in South L.A. hasn't cut obesity, study says

A 2008 ban on new fast-food restaurants in South L.A. has failed to cut the obesity rate, a Rand study says

March 13, 2015 6:34 pm

Raise minimum age to buy cigarettes to decrease use: U.S. study

Raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 or 25 years old would significantly reduce their use and tobacco-related illnesses in the United States, a study published Thursday found, suggesting that states and local authorities should consider passing such laws.

March 12, 2015 6:24 pm

U.S. regulators tighten requirements on reusable medical devices

U.S. health regulators on Thursday announced strict new recommendations for preventing the transmission of infections from reusable medical devices such at those that have spread “superbug” infections at several hospitals.

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