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October 9, 2014

Fever Pitch

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Public concern about Ebola reached a fever pitch this past week, no pun intended, following the revelation that a patient in Dallas was infected with this deadly virus. Returning from a recent trip to Liberia, where thousands of people have died from Ebola […]
September 9, 2014

Can Social Media Save Us from the “Spiral of Silence?”

by Karen Solomon, Bioethics Program Student Studies suggest that, before the advent of the Internet, we are unlikely to share minority or unpopular viewpoints with our co-workers, friends and relatives. This inclination creates, in essence, a “Spiral of Silence.” But does the Internet provide a remedy to the “Spiral of Silence,” by encouraging online discussion […]
August 14, 2014

Taking the Icy Plunge (Or Not)

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership There’s an epidemic that is sweeping this country. It’s not Ebola, despite all of the hype and misinformation about that disease that has dominated the news in the past two weeks. Rather, I’m talking about the ice bucket challenge. Anyone who has watched television […]
August 12, 2014

Big Bad Ebola

by Theresa Spranger, Bioethics Program Alumna (MSBioethics 2012) Last week Ebola came to the United States, it came on a specialized plane in the form of two medical missionaries. The conversation since has revolved around whether or not bringing them home for treatment was wise and/or just. First, let’s talk about the risk of Ebola transmission, […]
August 12, 2014

Lessons from France: Decision-Making At the End-of-Life

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the United States, the notion of autonomy is held in high regard. Since the development of patient’s rights in the early 1970s, the notion that an individual has the capacity of self-governance is a cornerstone of medical ethics and a standard of medical care.…

August 11, 2014

Media Sensationalism and Medical Practice: Doctors Are Examining Your Genitals for a Good Reason

by Patricia Mayer, MD, Bioethics Program Alumna (2009) There have been so many stories about bad behavior by doctors, so perhaps I should not have been surprised by the recent and blaring headline on the American Journal of Bioethics’ website: Doctors Are Examining Your Genitals for No Reason! Oh dear, I thought, not another doctor […]
August 4, 2014

Do OkCupid and Facebook experiment on vulnerable populations?

by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

A few months ago Facebook announced that some Facebook users were a part of a 2012 experiment.…

August 1, 2014

Day or Night: Ethics Depends on Time

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Is that shirt the cashier forget to ring up a bonus or do you point out the oversight?…

July 29, 2014

AIN’T JUST THE MEAT IT IS ALSO THE MOTION: CONSENT MATTERS!

“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.…

January 27, 2014

Bioethics Expertise In The Media of Public Opinion

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Over the last few months the bioethics wires have been ablaze with conversations about the McMath and Munoz cases.…

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February 10, 2014 6:39 pm

Scientist's Experiment in Fundraising

Scientist Plans to Raise $1.5 Million Through Online Solicitations

December 21, 2012 2:55 pm

Spending on food advertising to kids fell in '09 (Reuters)

Food companies spent considerably less to advertise to children in 2009 than they did in 2006 as they shifted to the Internet, and products pitched to kids got slightly healthier, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said in a report on Friday.

September 25, 2012 8:42 pm

Robin Roberts’ illness raises questions about extent of coverage (Washington Post)

 NEW YORK — “Good Morning America” cameras were there last week when co-host Robin Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant. So were her colleagues Diane Sawyer and Sam Champion, wearing surgical masks and singing songs of encouragement. All of it was on the next day’s show, along with a detailed interview with Roberts’ doctor.  A visibly spent Roberts recorded a message to fans from a hospital bed that she could “feel the love.” ABC News’ website encourages people to “follow Robin’s journey.” Followers are pitched $5 wristbands to benefit a bone marrow registry, which her “Good Morning America” co-workers wear on TV.
July 11, 2012 6:50 pm

Professionalism: Social media mishaps (CMAJ)

One of the primary reasons medical professionalism is lagging online is that the doctors who use social media the most are from a different generation than those who know the most about maintaining the reputation of the profession. “People who have a blog or are on Twitter and Facebook tend to be on the younger side. People with more wisdom about professional boundary issues tend to be on the older side. There is a bit of a gap there and a lack of training and mentorship in this area,” says Dr. David Brendel, a psychiatrist practising in the area of Boston, Massachusetts, and a sought-after educator on matters of medical ethics and professionalism (drdavidbrendel.com).

June 7, 2012 12:34 pm

Disney bans junk food, Mickey Mouse brands health. Hmmm... (Christian Science Monitor)

On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Robert Iger announced that as of 2015 Disney will ban junk-food advertising on its children’s television and radio programs. Once the new regulations are in effect, food and beverage products will have to meet nutritional guidelines for serving size, calories, and fat and sugar content. Which means no more cartoon characters peddling sugary cereal or mass-processed cookies in the middle of Saturday morning kids programming.

June 7, 2012 12:29 pm

Zombies are not a health problem (for us). Should they be a solution? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

In May 2011, the CDC launched a zombie apocalypse social media campaign to raise public awareness around the importance of emergency preparedness.  The zombie approach — which included a comic book featuring vicious looking zombies and blog post by Assistant Surgeon General Ali S. Khan (inaugurating a full zombie category of posts) — was a novel spin on a decade’s worth of unsuccessful efforts aimed at getting Americans to prepare for natural disasters and public emergencies (i.e., stockpile extra food and water, have duct tape and flash lights on hand, make a plan, etc).  The  CDC thought a “sexier” approach might get more people  interested this serious issue.

April 30, 2012 2:57 pm

Patients want to use social media tools to manage health care (American Medical News)

Some patients have moved beyond wanting social media content they can “follow” or “like.” They want social media to be something that helps them coordinate care and navigate the health care system, and they think physicians are the best people to deliver it.

April 16, 2012 4:20 pm

Can the Innovator Class Save Healthcare? (The Atlantic)

Perched on the banks of the Potomac River, the TEDMED gathering weighed in last week on what it considered the greatest challenges facing healthcare. A meeting closely associated with the high tech-optimism of Silicon Valley and other outposts of America’s innovator class, TEDMED came east this year from it’s previous home in San Diego. The idea was to bring the gathering’s ethos and its troupe of entrepreneurs, thinkers, futurists, doers, and artists to our nation’s political capital.

March 9, 2012 2:55 pm

Jon Stewart 'our greatest public intellectual'? (Chicago Tribune)

Loyola University‘s Kayhan Parsi says the host of Comedy Central‘s“The Daily Show” has become “our greatest public intellectual,” echoing comments he wrote in a recent issue of The American Journal of Bioethics. Perhaps anticipating the reaction, Parsi then added in that piece, “This is no joke.” #bioethics #comedy #jonstewart

March 6, 2012 10:31 am

Bioethicist Calls Jon Stewart 'Our Greatest Public Intellectual' (Newsroom America)

Kayhan Parsi, AJOB Associate Editor and Graduate Studies Director at Loyola University Chicago, has argued in an article in the American Journal of Bioethics, that political satirist Jon Stewart “our greatest public intellectual. This is no joke.” #bioethics  #media #politics

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