February 28, 2013 12:49 pm
Would you eat horsemeat? A lot of people would not. Should you have the right to know if the meat you are eating contains horsemeat? The answer to that question is a resounding yes…
July 12, 2012 12:29 pm
Prisoners inside the U.S. military’s detention center at Guantanamo Bay were forcibly given “mind altering drugs,” including being injected with a powerful anti-psychotic sedative used in psychiatric hospitals. Prisoners were often not told what medications they received, and were tricked into believing routine flu shots were truth serums. It’s a serious violation of medical ethics, made worse by the fact that the military continued to interrogate prisoners while they were doped on psychoactive chemicals.
July 9, 2012 9:08 pm
Hospitals may be depriving elderly patients of food and drink to hasten their deaths as part of cost-cutting measures to free up bed space, leading doctors warn. The six doctors are experts in elderly care and wrote the letter in conjunction with the Medical Ethics Alliance, a Christian medical organisation. They say that many members of the public have contacted them with examples of inappropriate use of the pathway, which is implemented in up to 29 per cent of hospital deaths.
June 21, 2012 1:19 pm
The example points to a broad problem in research on humans — that informed consent is often not very well informed (see ‘Reading between the lines’). Protections for participants have been cobbled together in the wake of past controversies and have always been difficult to uphold. But they are proving even more problematic in the ‘big data’ era, in which biomedical scientists are gathering more information about more individuals than ever before. Many studies now include the collection of genetic data, and researchers can interrogate those data in a growing number of ways. Several US states, including California, are considering laws that would curtail the way in which researchers, law-enforcement officials and private companies can use a person’s DNA.
April 2, 2012 9:21 am
The way clinical studies inform patients about what they are getting involved with works no better in the U.S. than elsewhere in the world, one expert said. Patients from both developed and third world countries exhibited a similar lack of understanding of the medical research process, which limits their discernible rights, said Christine Grady, the chief of the department of bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.