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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.…

January 19, 2015

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

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

Public health policy is derived from promoting public good to protect millions of people from pain and suffering; an effective policy ultimately should enhance health and happiness.…

January 16, 2015

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

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

In 2014, the spread of Ebola topped the headlines. While other issues have supplanted Ebola for the time being, the risk remains as the virus continues to claim victims.…

January 14, 2015

Worrying about patient satisfaction only harms the patient

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Anyone who has been in a hospital in the last 9 years has encountered a patient satisfaction survey.…

January 6, 2015

Cassandra C: Right to refuse treatment or protecting a minor*

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In Connecticut, a 17-year-old girl is being kept in a hospital room under court order. She is restrained to her treatment bed when she is given chemotherapy that neither she nor her mother want.…

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Published Articles (3)

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 (114)

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.

March 10, 2015 6:35 pm

Brazil passes femicide law to tackle rise in gender killings

Brazil, where a woman is killed every two hours, is imposing tougher punishments on those who murder women and girls, as part of a government bid to stem a rise in gender killings.

January 20, 2015 7:29 pm

Dad Arrested for Giving Cannabis Oil to Daughter With Cancer

The father of a 2-year-old with late-stage cancer is facing jail time for using cannabis oil in an attempt to ease his daughter’s suffering.

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm

A Plan to Cut Costs and Crime: End Hurdle to Job After Prison

James White had steeled himself for the moment. But when he got to the question on the job application — Have you ever been convicted of a crime? — he shifted nervously in his seat.

August 20, 2014 4:21 pm

California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations

California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state’s rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as tubal ligation from incarcerated women.

August 14, 2014 12:23 pm

Pot-Smoking Mom Fights to Breastfeed. What Are the Risks?

A new mom in Portland, Ore., said she was barred from breastfeeding her premature newborn because she is a regular user of medical marijuana. “They’re refusing to allow me to breastfeed,” Crystal Cain told local news station KATU, referring to officials at Oregon Health Science University.

August 11, 2014 1:31 pm

Ethical questions emerge over who gets Ebola drug

In a development that raises a host of ethical issues, Spain announced it had obtained a scarce U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest infected with the killer virus.

August 6, 2014 1:56 pm

France passes sweeping gender equality law

France has passed a sweeping gender equality law that eases current restrictions on abortion, encourages paternity leave and promotes gender parity at home and in the workplace.

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