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March 30, 2016

BIOETHICSTV: Chicago Med 3/29

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

BioethicsTV is an occasional bioethics.net feature where we examine bioethical issues raised in televised medical dramas.

Tonight marked the mid-season premiere of Chicago Med, a freshman television show that seems to relish throwing professional and bioethical issues at its audience.…

March 30, 2016

What can celebrities do for bioethics?

by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

Television, film, theater, sports, and music celebrities (and other famous people who only seem to be famous for being famous) capture the public’s attention with tales of the celebrity lives and the perks and downfalls that come with being a public figure.…

March 24, 2016

BIOETHICSTV: "Heartbeat" is Flat

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week another new medical show premiered; this time on NBC. Heartbeat follows the story of Dr.…

March 14, 2016

Ethical Formation: Does Beyoncé’s New Video Profit from Imagery of Hurricane Katrina?

STUDENT VOICES By: Emily Jenab When Beyoncé dropped her recent single “Formation,” she received notable praise for her integration of black pride into mainstream music. However, she also received criticism from natives of New Orleans, who were appalled at watching … Continue reading
March 10, 2016

Toddler Death in Canada: What do we owe children?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In 2012 Alberta, Canada, 19-month-old Ezekiel Stephan died after allegedly being given supplements with an eye-dropper from the family’s own nutritional supplement company.…

February 24, 2016

Amusing Ourselves to Death? The Tension between Entertainment Values and Civic Virtues

Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

“In Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history.…

February 10, 2016

Chicago Med Files DNR Under X-File

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week appears to be advance directive week on television. First, on the rebooted X-Files, Dana Scully finds her mother’s advance directive.…

February 3, 2016

A Letter to Dick Wolf & Chicago Med

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

When I was a graduate student in my clinical bioethics masters program I was rotating through a pediatric subspecialty, following a physician.…

January 20, 2016

Putting Patients Before Publicity

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Imagine if 5 million people learned about your hospital in a week. Would you want your hospital to be featured in a television reality show?…

January 12, 2016

Powerball Fever Is Born of Epic Inequality

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Like many Americans and Canadians, I hold in my hand a ticket for a chance to win to the record $1.5 billion lottery.…

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News (33)

April 25, 2016 10:32 am

Teens most drawn to e-cigarettes by online ads (Reuters)

While many forms of e-cigarette advertising increase the odds that teens will try the devices, a new U.S. study suggests that this generation of digital natives is most enticed by promotions they see online.

April 22, 2016 9:52 am

New York Hospital to Pay $2.2 Million Over Unauthorized Filming of 2 Patients

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has agreed to pay a $2.2 million penalty to federal regulators for allowing television crews to film two patients without their consent — one who was dying, the other in significant distress. Regulators said on Thursday that the hospital allowed filming to continue even after a medical professional asked that it stop.

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.

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