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January 13, 2015
[Gizmodo] Today, 23andMe announced what Forbes reports is only the first of ten deals with big biotech companies: Genentech will pay up to $60 million for access to 23andMe’s data to study Parki nson’s. You think 23andMe was about selling fun DNA spit tests for $99 a pop? Nope, it’s been about selling your data all along. Since 23andMe started in […]
September 24, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
In the 1979 novel Sophie’s Choice by William Styron, the reader meets a Holocaust survivor who was forced in the camps to choose which of her two children would die immediately.…
September 2, 2014
[NPR] No one likes it when a new drug in people’s medicine cabinets turns out to have problems — just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was removed from the market over concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. To do a better job of spotting unforeseen risks […]
July 29, 2014
“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
“Yes,” said Arthur. “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.'”
–Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Any apologia for Facebook’s recent behavioral study has to address one issue head on: that of informed consent.…
July 1, 2014
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.…
June 19, 2014
by Nuriel Moghavem
A New York Times article published this week describes a clinical trial in Pittsburgh where incapacitated and rapidly exsanguinating gunshot victims have their blood replaced by cold saline for up to an hour in an effort to preserve neurological function and life.…
June 16, 2014
by Barron H. Lerner, M.D., Ph.D.
When an article promoting the idea of medical futility appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1990, my father was thrilled. …
June 10, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
For many people, the film Philomena was an introduction to a history of Irish babies being taken from their unwed mothers and adopted to “good” Catholic families in other countries.…
June 8, 2014
by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
There has been a great deal of fingerpointing, second-guessing and recrimination over the decision by the President to exchange five former Taliban leaders for the American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl. …
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August 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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.
April 23, 2014 1:46 pm
The provocative question of how “big data” will affect medicine and patient privacy is getting a lot of attention at the National Institutes of Health.
December 20, 2013 1:58 pm
On Monday, in a case called Salinas v. Texas that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves, the Supreme Court held that you remain silent at your peril. The court said that this is true even before you’re arrested, when the police are just informally asking questions.
September 27, 2013 2:22 pm
The Pennsylvania’s Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act specifically gives patients the right to ask questions of physicians, not just physician assistants or nurses.
August 27, 2013 1:03 pm
Two UC Davis neurosurgeons who intentionally infected three brain-cancer patients with bowel bacteria have resigned their posts after the university found they had “deliberately circumvented” internal policies. The surgeons maintain they were acting in the best interests of their desperately ill patients, whose prognoses for survival were poor.
August 14, 2013 6:32 pm
As the modernization of the informed consent process looks to keep patients better informed with electronic presentations of trial information, sponsors and CRO may also utilize the tech to track more data.
July 2, 2013 1:41 pm
Informed consent and a change in privacy rules are what most people seem to be concerned about. However, data by itself is not intelligent. There are equal-parts rules and tools for data to become actionable information.
June 5, 2013 5:16 pm
A group of scholars and leaders in bioethics and pediatrics with extensive experience in ethical and regulatory issues in pediatrics and human subjects research urged the OHRP to withdraw its research violation notification to the institutions involved in SUPPORT.
May 21, 2013 2:37 pm
In a landmark move in the sphere of clinical trials, informed consent of patients participating in clinical trials will soon be recorded on camera.
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…
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