Bioethics.net » Health Regulation & Law http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Sat, 23 May 2015 09:00:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Tension between gay, religious rights plays out at top U.S. court http://www.bioethics.net/news/tension-between-gay-religious-rights-plays-out-at-top-u-s-court/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/tension-between-gay-religious-rights-plays-out-at-top-u-s-court/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:05:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54911 http://www.bioethics.net/news/tension-between-gay-religious-rights-plays-out-at-top-u-s-court/feed/ 0 Regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues http://www.bioethics.net/news/regulators-may-recommend-testing-food-for-glyphosate-residues/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/regulators-may-recommend-testing-food-for-glyphosate-residues/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:32:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54818 http://www.bioethics.net/news/regulators-may-recommend-testing-food-for-glyphosate-residues/feed/ 0 Kaci Hickox: Public Health and the Politics of Fear http://www.bioethics.net/articles/kaci-hickox-public-health-and-the-politics-of-fear/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/kaci-hickox-public-health-and-the-politics-of-fear/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:13:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=54757 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/kaci-hickox-public-health-and-the-politics-of-fear/feed/ 0 Ideology and Microbiology: Ebola, Science, and Deliberative Democracy http://www.bioethics.net/articles/ideology-and-microbiology-ebola-science-and-deliberative-democracy/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/ideology-and-microbiology-ebola-science-and-deliberative-democracy/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:06:36 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=54754 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/ideology-and-microbiology-ebola-science-and-deliberative-democracy/feed/ 0 A year later, no reefer madness in Colorado http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-year-later-no-reefer-madness-in-colorado/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-year-later-no-reefer-madness-in-colorado/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:31:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54555 http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-year-later-no-reefer-madness-in-colorado/feed/ 0 FDA to evaluate homeopathy regulatory framework http://www.bioethics.net/news/fda-to-evaluate-homeopathy-regulatory-framework/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fda-to-evaluate-homeopathy-regulatory-framework/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:19:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54535 http://www.bioethics.net/news/fda-to-evaluate-homeopathy-regulatory-framework/feed/ 0 Ban on fast-food eateries in South L.A. hasn’t cut obesity, study says http://www.bioethics.net/news/ban-on-fast-food-eateries-in-south-l-a-hasnt-cut-obesity-study-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ban-on-fast-food-eateries-in-south-l-a-hasnt-cut-obesity-study-says/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:59:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54383 http://www.bioethics.net/news/ban-on-fast-food-eateries-in-south-l-a-hasnt-cut-obesity-study-says/feed/ 0 Raise minimum age to buy cigarettes to decrease use: U.S. study http://www.bioethics.net/news/raise-minimum-age-to-buy-cigarettes-to-decrease-use-u-s-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/raise-minimum-age-to-buy-cigarettes-to-decrease-use-u-s-study/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:34:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54306 http://www.bioethics.net/news/raise-minimum-age-to-buy-cigarettes-to-decrease-use-u-s-study/feed/ 0 U.S. regulators tighten requirements on reusable medical devices http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-regulators-tighten-requirements-on-reusable-medical-devices/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-regulators-tighten-requirements-on-reusable-medical-devices/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:24:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54301 http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-regulators-tighten-requirements-on-reusable-medical-devices/feed/ 0 “Right to Try” Laws, Compassionate Use, and Adverse Events: A Second Cautionary Tale http://www.bioethics.net/2015/03/right-to-try-laws-compassionate-use-and-adverse-events-a-second-cautionary-tale/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/03/right-to-try-laws-compassionate-use-and-adverse-events-a-second-cautionary-tale/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:00:32 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=54238 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. In early 2015, there are now five states that have such laws: Colorado, Michigan, Louisiana, Arizona, and Missouri. The Utah and Virginia state legislatures have passed their own right to try laws, both of which await signature by their respective governors, and over twenty other states are actively debating right to try legislation.

These right to try state laws are based on a model bill that was circulated by the Goldwater Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Arizona.…

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Brazil passes femicide law to tackle rise in gender killings http://www.bioethics.net/news/brazil-passes-femicide-law-to-tackle-rise-in-gender-killings/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/brazil-passes-femicide-law-to-tackle-rise-in-gender-killings/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:35:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54307 http://www.bioethics.net/news/brazil-passes-femicide-law-to-tackle-rise-in-gender-killings/feed/ 0 Drug Development, Compassionate Use, and Adverse Events: A Cautionary Tale http://www.bioethics.net/2015/03/drug-development-compassionate-use-and-adverse-events-a-cautionary-tale/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/03/drug-development-compassionate-use-and-adverse-events-a-cautionary-tale/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:59:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=54236 by Alison, Bateman-House, Ph.D., MPH

In late September 2014, a man was admitted to the hospital due to vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Suffering from a viral infection with no known cure, he was given an experimental antiviral medicine; unfortunately, he died. Maybe the experimental medicine did not work. Alternatively, maybe the man was too ill by the time the drug was administered for anything, no matter how effective, to work.

This patient’s name was Thomas Eric Duncan, and he captured media headlines as the first person to die of Ebola in the United States.…

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And the Ban Played On http://www.bioethics.net/2015/03/and-the-ban-played-on/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/03/and-the-ban-played-on/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:59:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=54167 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. The hitch is that the men would have to refrain from sex with men for one year. They could have sex with women during that year, just not men.

This proposed one-year celibacy ban is in line with the rules of other nations.…

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The Social Determinants of Health: Why Should We Care? http://www.bioethics.net/articles/the-social-determinants-of-health-why-should-we-care/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/the-social-determinants-of-health-why-should-we-care/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:40:41 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=54379 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/the-social-determinants-of-health-why-should-we-care/feed/ 0 Mandatory Cancer Risk Warnings on Alcoholic Beverages: What Are the Ethical Issues? http://www.bioethics.net/articles/mandatory-cancer-risk-warnings-on-alcoholic-beverages-what-are-the-ethical-issues/ http://www.bioethics.net/articles/mandatory-cancer-risk-warnings-on-alcoholic-beverages-what-are-the-ethical-issues/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:39:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=articles&p=54378 http://www.bioethics.net/articles/mandatory-cancer-risk-warnings-on-alcoholic-beverages-what-are-the-ethical-issues/feed/ 0 Canadian Supreme Court: Legal Assisted Suicide In a Year http://www.bioethics.net/2015/02/canadian-supreme-court-legal-assisted-suicide-in-a-year/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/02/canadian-supreme-court-legal-assisted-suicide-in-a-year/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 18:12:31 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=53949 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.…

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ACA Report Card: One Year of Obamacare and the Individual Insurance Mandate http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/aca-report-card-one-year-of-obamacare-and-the-individual-insurance-mandate/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/aca-report-card-one-year-of-obamacare-and-the-individual-insurance-mandate/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=53726 by Craig M. Klugman

The United States has passed a milestone, the first year of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandate. This is the requirement that all U.S. residents have health insurance whether through an employer, an organization, or via the insurance marketplaces. Opponents of the ACA (also known as “Obamacare”) feared that this act would destroy the country by decimating the economy, creating a federal government takeover of healthcare, forcing employers to drop coverage, workers quitting who no longer need their employer-based health insurance, and companies cutting workers to stay below minimum thresholds.…

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Ebola – Yes to isolation, quarantine, and travel restrictions (Part III) http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/ebola-yes-to-isolation-quarantine-and-travel-restrictions-part-iii/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/ebola-yes-to-isolation-quarantine-and-travel-restrictions-part-iii/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:50:04 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=53611 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. While there are differences, there is much similarity, especially in the deadliness of the virus of both diseases in the early phase of the epidemic. Both are also transmitted through contact with body fluids, and can be transmitted through sexual contact. This aspect should not be overlooked; the sex drive is very strong and frequently sexual relationships defy logic and rationality.…

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Dad Arrested for Giving Cannabis Oil to Daughter With Cancer http://www.bioethics.net/news/dad-arrested-for-giving-cannabis-oil-to-daughter-with-cancer/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/dad-arrested-for-giving-cannabis-oil-to-daughter-with-cancer/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:29:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53734 http://www.bioethics.net/news/dad-arrested-for-giving-cannabis-oil-to-daughter-with-cancer/feed/ 0 Ebola – Yes to isolation, quarantine, and travel restrictions (Part II) http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/ebola-yes-to-isolation-quarantine-and-travel-restrictions-part-ii/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/ebola-yes-to-isolation-quarantine-and-travel-restrictions-part-ii/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:00:58 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=53609 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. The coercive powers of federal and state governments and to enforce public health policy are derived from police powers to provide safety and security to the public. The President has those powers from the plenary powers, unnamed in the constitution, but implied in those powers that protect the security of the nation.…

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Ebola – Yes to isolation, quarantine, and travel restrictions (Part I) http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/ebola-yes-to-isolation-quarantine-and-travel-restrictions-part-i/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/ebola-yes-to-isolation-quarantine-and-travel-restrictions-part-i/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:00:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=53607 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. A viable Ebola policy that contains the spread must be put into place.

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with body fluids, blood, and skin. Body fluid droplets remain viable for a few hours; the most infectious period is when the patient is exhibiting severe symptoms with high fever, vomiting and diarrhea.…

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Worrying about patient satisfaction only harms the patient http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/worrying-about-patient-satisfaction-only-harms-the-patient/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/worrying-about-patient-satisfaction-only-harms-the-patient/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=53507 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Anyone who has been in a hospital in the last 9 years has encountered a patient satisfaction survey. This national survey provides rankings of hospitals based on how satisfied patients are with their experience. The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) “is a survey instrument and data collection methodology for measuring patients perceptions for their hospital experience.” For anyone who works in a hospital, the results of this survey can mean raises, firings, and changes of position.…

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Cassandra C: Right to refuse treatment or protecting a minor* http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/cassandra-c-right-to-refuse-treatment-or-protecting-a-minor/ http://www.bioethics.net/2015/01/cassandra-c-right-to-refuse-treatment-or-protecting-a-minor/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 06:19:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=53518 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. Cassandra C. is a young woman who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September 2014. She underwent surgery to remove a lymph node and then chose not to receive further treatment. She left the hospital with her mother, Jackie Fortin, to allegedly seek a second opinion, out-of-state.…

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A Plan to Cut Costs and Crime: End Hurdle to Job After Prison http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-plan-to-cut-costs-and-crime-end-hurdle-to-job-after-prison/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-plan-to-cut-costs-and-crime-end-hurdle-to-job-after-prison/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:35:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53018 http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-plan-to-cut-costs-and-crime-end-hurdle-to-job-after-prison/feed/ 0 Rest in Peace Mrs. Maynard http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/rest-in-peace-mrs-maynard/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/11/rest-in-peace-mrs-maynard/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:38:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52938 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Over this past weekend, Brittany Maynard took her own life. At 29-years-old, Mrs. Maynard took her prescription for assisted suicide to end her life before her terminal brain cancer pushed her into a quality of life that she found unacceptable. She was young, articulate, and facing a very short lifespan where she would lose control of her body and mind, becoming increasingly dependent on others to complete activities of daily living.

Mrs. Maynard had stated her intention to take her life in an internet message that she sent out into the world.…

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Dollars to Doctors: Sun Rises on Sunshine Act’s Open Payments Database http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/dollars-to-doctors-sun-rises-on-sunshine-acts-open-payments-database/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/09/dollars-to-doctors-sun-rises-on-sunshine-acts-open-payments-database/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:15:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52636 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Today, Tuesday, September 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will release most of the Open Payments database. The public will now have access to the monetary value of gifts, marketing, and payments for clinical testing made by the pharmaceutical industry to physicians. The database is being rolled out 12 days later than planned and with one-third of the 2013 data unavailable until June 2015: There have been some glitches including mix-up of names and wrong provider and license numbers entered.…

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Brain Death Is a Flash Point in End-of-Life Law, Ethics and Policy http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/brain-death-is-a-flash-point-in-end-of-life-law-ethics-and-policy/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/brain-death-is-a-flash-point-in-end-of-life-law-ethics-and-policy/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:00:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52363 by Thaddeus M. Pope, J.D., Ph.D.

The August 2014 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics includes nearly 20 articles on the status of death determined by neurological criteria (DDNC or “brain death”).  Not coincidentally, this summer, several other leading bioethics journals are also covering “brain death.”  (See recent and forthcoming articles in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, the Hastings Center Report, and the Journal of Medical Ethics.)  I have myself contributed to a multi-article examination of the topic in the imminently forthcoming Journal of Clinical Ethics 25(3).…

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California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-lawmakers-pass-bill-banning-inmate-sterilizations/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-lawmakers-pass-bill-banning-inmate-sterilizations/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:21:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52294 http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-lawmakers-pass-bill-banning-inmate-sterilizations/feed/ 0 Pot-Smoking Mom Fights to Breastfeed. What Are the Risks? http://www.bioethics.net/news/pot-smoking-mom-fights-to-breastfeed-what-are-the-risks/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/pot-smoking-mom-fights-to-breastfeed-what-are-the-risks/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:23:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52260 http://www.bioethics.net/news/pot-smoking-mom-fights-to-breastfeed-what-are-the-risks/feed/ 0 Ethical questions emerge over who gets Ebola drug http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethical-questions-emerge-over-who-gets-ebola-drug/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethical-questions-emerge-over-who-gets-ebola-drug/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:31:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52238 http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethical-questions-emerge-over-who-gets-ebola-drug/feed/ 0 France passes sweeping gender equality law http://www.bioethics.net/news/france-passes-sweeping-gender-equality-law/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/france-passes-sweeping-gender-equality-law/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:56:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52210 http://www.bioethics.net/news/france-passes-sweeping-gender-equality-law/feed/ 0 The Ethics of Physician Drug Test: Why It’s a Bad Idea http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/the-ethics-of-physician-drug-test-why-its-a-bad-idea/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/08/the-ethics-of-physician-drug-test-why-its-a-bad-idea/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:09:28 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52203 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Pilots do it. Train conductors, air traffic controllers, TSA agents, police offices, fire fighters, Olympic athletes and long haul truckers do it. In eleven states, some recipients of public aid even have to do it. So shouldn’t health providers have to do it?

“It,” of course is drug testing, often random and sometimes for suspicion of use. Jobs that are charged with taking care of the safety of the public (or sometimes that benefit from the public dole) are often drug tested throughout their careers to ensure that they are not using drugs.…

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San Francisco approves soda tax for November ballot http://www.bioethics.net/news/san-francisco-approves-soda-tax-for-november-ballot/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/san-francisco-approves-soda-tax-for-november-ballot/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:56:40 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52115 http://www.bioethics.net/news/san-francisco-approves-soda-tax-for-november-ballot/feed/ 0 Calif. death penalty ruled unconstitutional http://www.bioethics.net/news/calif-death-penalty-ruled-unconstitutional/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/calif-death-penalty-ruled-unconstitutional/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:06:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52050 http://www.bioethics.net/news/calif-death-penalty-ruled-unconstitutional/feed/ 0 Police Won’t Use Nude Photos of Va. Teen as Evidence in Sexting Case, Attorney Says http://www.bioethics.net/news/police-wont-use-nude-photos-of-va-teen-as-evidence-in-sexting-case-attorney-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/police-wont-use-nude-photos-of-va-teen-as-evidence-in-sexting-case-attorney-says/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:35:22 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52044 http://www.bioethics.net/news/police-wont-use-nude-photos-of-va-teen-as-evidence-in-sexting-case-attorney-says/feed/ 0 Time to Divorce Health Insurance & Employment http://www.bioethics.net/2014/07/time-to-divorce-health-insurance-employment/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/07/time-to-divorce-health-insurance-employment/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:07:31 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=52010 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In my last blog, I talked about ideologically-backed corporate control of health care choices as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. That piece has led to several conversations this past week, many of which have revolved around the question of how to fix the problem of employer theology limiting or curtailing choices, because nearly half of all people in the U.S. have health insurance through their employer.

The result of these conversations is a consensus that there are two health policy moves that can be made: Changing a law and changing a system.…

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Enter the Corporate Congress: SCOTUS & FACEBOOK http://www.bioethics.net/2014/07/enter-the-corporate-congress-scotus-facebook/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/07/enter-the-corporate-congress-scotus-facebook/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 03:01:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51962 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

PART 1: SCOTUS
One of the facts that hiring managers are taught is that you can never ask a potential employee about their religion (among other protected areas) unless the candidate brings it up. But after this week, any job candidate would be wise to ask their potential employer about his/her/its (in the case of corporations) religious beliefs.

Who one works for is increasingly determining not only what health care coverage you have but also what laws you have to follow and what legal protections you have.…

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Fact vs. Fiction: Judge Upholds Barring Unvaccinated Children from Public Schools http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/fact-vs-fiction-judge-upholds-barring-unvaccinated-children-from-public-schools/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/fact-vs-fiction-judge-upholds-barring-unvaccinated-children-from-public-schools/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:31:45 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51936 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Vaccination is one of the great success stories of public health. People who receive vaccinations against disease are far less likely to contract that disease. In 1900, 30.4% of all deaths from infectious disease were to children under the age of 5 and the top three causes of death were pneumonia, tuberculosis and diarrhea-enteritis. By 2010, the only infectious disease in the top ten list was influenza and pneumonia at 9th place. In 2012, 91.4% of adolescents are immunized for measles, mumps & rubella, 92.8% for Hep B, and many others.…

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Revitalizing Informed Consent Law http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/revitalizing-informed-consent-law/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/06/revitalizing-informed-consent-law/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:40:53 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51719 by Thaddeus Mason Post, JD, PhD

In a few days, the Journal of Clinical Ethics will publish my seventeenth “Legal Briefing” column.  Each column reviews recent legal developments involving a particular issue in clinical bioethics.  I have covered topics from organ donation and medical futility, to home birth and conscience clauses.  This one, in 25(2):152-174, is titled “Informed Consent in the Clinical Context.”

I covered this topic in two previous “Legal Briefings”: an overview in 2010 and another in 2013 that was focused on shared decision making and patient decision aids. …

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House Committee Votes to Allow Schools to Opt Out of Nutritional Program http://www.bioethics.net/news/house-committee-votes-to-allow-schools-to-opt-out-of-nutritional-program/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/house-committee-votes-to-allow-schools-to-opt-out-of-nutritional-program/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 19:51:32 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51678 http://www.bioethics.net/news/house-committee-votes-to-allow-schools-to-opt-out-of-nutritional-program/feed/ 0 Our mental health care system is a joke — even mass murderer Elliot Rodger slipped through the cracks http://www.bioethics.net/news/our-mental-health-care-system-is-a-joke-even-mass-murderer-elliot-rodger-slipped-through-the-cracks/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/our-mental-health-care-system-is-a-joke-even-mass-murderer-elliot-rodger-slipped-through-the-cracks/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 20:36:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51657 http://www.bioethics.net/news/our-mental-health-care-system-is-a-joke-even-mass-murderer-elliot-rodger-slipped-through-the-cracks/feed/ 0 Cannabis may Help Prevent Seizures in Children with Severe Epilepsy http://www.bioethics.net/news/cannabis-may-help-prevent-seizures-in-children-with-severe-epilepsy/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/cannabis-may-help-prevent-seizures-in-children-with-severe-epilepsy/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 20:26:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51637 http://www.bioethics.net/news/cannabis-may-help-prevent-seizures-in-children-with-severe-epilepsy/feed/ 0 ‘E-cigarettes help smokers quit,’ new study says http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-cigarettes-help-smokers-quit-new-study-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-cigarettes-help-smokers-quit-new-study-says/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 19:16:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51630 http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-cigarettes-help-smokers-quit-new-study-says/feed/ 0 What Is This Child Doing in Prison? http://www.bioethics.net/news/what-is-this-child-doing-in-prison/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/what-is-this-child-doing-in-prison/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 23:49:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51626 http://www.bioethics.net/news/what-is-this-child-doing-in-prison/feed/ 0 Adults who follow exercise guidelines still gain weight http://www.bioethics.net/news/adults-who-follow-exercise-guidelines-still-gain-weight/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/adults-who-follow-exercise-guidelines-still-gain-weight/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 23:00:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51572 http://www.bioethics.net/news/adults-who-follow-exercise-guidelines-still-gain-weight/feed/ 0 New York Medical Futility Bill Highlights Wide Variation in U.S. End-of-Life Decisions Laws http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/new-york-medical-futility-bill-highlights-wide-variation-in-u-s-end-of-life-decisions-laws/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/05/new-york-medical-futility-bill-highlights-wide-variation-in-u-s-end-of-life-decisions-laws/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 15:55:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51494 by Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

On May 1, 2014, New York State Senator Kemp Hannon introduced S.B. 7156, to amend the 2010 Family Healthcare Decisions Act.  It is a fine bill that will modestly improve New York law.  In this blog post, I will explain both current New York law and the changes that S.B. 7156 would make.  But my main objective in analyzing this bill is to highlight the significant variability in U.S. end-of-life decisions laws concerning medical futility.…

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Criminalizing harmful substance abuse during pregnancy: Is there a problem with that? http://www.bioethics.net/news/criminalizing-harmful-substance-abuse-during-pregnancy-is-there-a-problem-with-that/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/criminalizing-harmful-substance-abuse-during-pregnancy-is-there-a-problem-with-that/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 17:11:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51469 http://www.bioethics.net/news/criminalizing-harmful-substance-abuse-during-pregnancy-is-there-a-problem-with-that/feed/ 0 Senator Advances Bill To Pay Medicare Beneficiaries to Register Advance Directives http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/senator-advances-bill-to-pay-medicare-beneficiaries-to-register-advance-directives/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/senator-advances-bill-to-pay-medicare-beneficiaries-to-register-advance-directives/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:56:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51397 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) along with Senators Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a bill to the U.S. Senate (S. 224) that would “encourage Medicare beneficiaries to voluntarily adopt advance directives guiding the medical care they receive.”  The regulations for this bill are to be created by a broad group of stakeholders.

Specifically, the bill would:

(a) Establish an Advance Directive Certification Program
(b) Accredit vendors of online and written stored advance directives
(c)  Provide an incentive for completing an advance directive.…

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Pharmaceutical or Illegal Drug: The Bizarre Case of Marijuana http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/pharmaceutical-or-illegal-drug-the-bizarre-case-of-marijuana/ http://www.bioethics.net/2014/04/pharmaceutical-or-illegal-drug-the-bizarre-case-of-marijuana/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:45:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?p=51281 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

After gay marriage, one of the most controversial issues in the United States today is the issue of marijuana. Twenty-one states have passed laws or referendums legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Two states (Washington and Colorado) have legalized small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Sixteen other states have pending legislation. Some of these states allow physicians to prescribe it while others permit physicians to recommend it by certifying that a patient has a qualifying condition.…

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Smoking bans can help kids’ health, researchers say http://www.bioethics.net/news/smoking-bans-can-help-kids-health-researchers-say/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/smoking-bans-can-help-kids-health-researchers-say/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:55:12 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=51005 http://www.bioethics.net/news/smoking-bans-can-help-kids-health-researchers-say/feed/ 0