» Media Where the World Finds Bioethics Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Scientist’s Experiment in Fundraising Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:39:30 +0000 0 Bioethics Expertise In The Media of Public Opinion Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:16:13 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Over the last few months the bioethics wires have been ablaze with conversations about the McMath and Munoz cases. Much of the internal (to bioethics) furor has been over the lack of understanding of death by the public and the media. A thread of debate has been whether those in bioethics reached out enough to journalists and the media to help them to be more accurate in reporting and to educate the public. Bioethics has always had a complicated relationship with the media—those in the field are often sought out for commentary on current events, and those who do are often criticized for reducing complex issues into sound bites.…

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Distinguishing Science from Nonsense Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:18:46 +0000 by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

As Americans enter 2014 there is grave concern among our political leaders that we are lagging behind other nations in terms of our children’s’ scientific literacy.  This past December an international survey confirmed—too many American kids don’t understand science and they continue to fall behind children from other nations, many much poorer than we are in science and math skills.

Students in the United States slipped deeper in the last international science literacy rankings amid fast-growing competition abroad. …

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“Time To Die” Means Time to Talk Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:35:50 +0000 by Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.

Media images of dying surround us everyday. In an average hour of dramatic television, bodies fly across the screen as they are shot, knifed, bled, disintegrated, run over, and even decapitated. Heroes in these shows regularly kill the bad guys and in one case, the hero is the bad guy as serial murderer. And that’s before the news comes on.

While we are surrounded by death in our entertainment, these depictions have been blamed for numbing us to mortality and make us less likely to stare death in the face.…

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Media Meld: Science, Credit and Peer-Review Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:43:42 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Last week, a research team at the University of Washington announced what they jokingly refered to as a “Vulcan mind meld.” For those of you who are not Star Trek aficionados, that fictional process is where a Vulcan can reach into the mind of another Vulcan or human to understand and read that other mind. In this real experiment, a subject wearing an electrode-filled cap thinks about moving a finger and across the lab, another student wearing a similar cap involuntarily moves a finger to press a button on a keyboard.…

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A new spin on identity theft Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:16:32 +0000 Andrea Kalfoglou, Ph.D.

A few years ago (2011), Facebook suggested that I “friend” a member of the bioethics community.  After all, 42 of my other Facebook “friends” were also linked to Dr. Daniel Sulmasy.  I had worked for Dan on a study over a decade ago, and we kept up at the annual ASBH conferences.

In retrospect, there were a number of oddities about his Facebook page.  He had amassed 724 “friends,” and was married to someone named Deborah.  As a Franciscan Friar, I knew he had taken a vow of celibacy, but it had been a while since we had talked, and I thought, well, things change. …

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100th Issue Anniversary Editorial Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:16:20 +0000 16 Spending on food advertising to kids fell in ’09 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:55:38 +0000 0 Robin Roberts’ illness raises questions about extent of coverage Wed, 26 Sep 2012 01:42:24 +0000 0 Professionalism: Social media mishaps Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:50:11 +0000 0 “The Descendants”: The Bioethics Movie That Wasn’t Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:26:37 +0000 Okay, I am probably one of the last people in the United States (no, probably the world) to watch the movie “The Descendants”. I had heard a lot about it, not only just from Clooney devotees or at Oscar time, but from scores of people who dubbed it a “bioethics movie.” So finally I decided to sit down for 2 hours with Mr. Clooney and give “The Descendants” a try.

At the end of the film (and actually throughout the entire film) all I kept asking myself was one simple question: “What would have happened if Matt King’s (played by G.…

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Disney bans junk food, Mickey Mouse brands health. Hmmm… Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:34:03 +0000 0 Zombies are not a health problem (for us). Should they be a solution? Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:29:00 +0000 0 Patients want to use social media tools to manage health care Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:57:01 +0000 0 Can the Innovator Class Save Healthcare? Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:20:28 +0000 0 Jon Stewart ‘our greatest public intellectual’? Fri, 09 Mar 2012 20:55:39 +0000 0 Bioethicist Calls Jon Stewart ‘Our Greatest Public Intellectual’ Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:31:43 +0000 0 The Unreal World: OR secrets in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Mon, 23 Jan 2012 06:00:00 +0000 0 Skin I Live In’ peels the layers of sex, obsession and revenge Thu, 01 Dec 2011 06:00:00 +0000 0 Health officials, speak up Tue, 02 Aug 2011 05:00:00 +0000 0 The Problem of Celebrity Medical Activism Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:03:49 +0000 In one sense, I will grant that celebrities, just as much as any other person on the planet, have a right to speak out in regard to whatever research or clinical issue they feel passionate about. Arguably many of them have done a tremendous service to conditions like juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, spinal cord injuries and ALS.

However, in most of these cases described above, the celebrity-cum-advocate has been effected by the condition themselves, have spent a significant amount of time dealing with the condition, and as a result are knowledgeable about the current state of scientific and medical research.…

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Captain America: The Next Great Research Ethics Movie? Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:19:22 +0000 With Captain America: The First Avenger not due to release in theaters for more than 6 weeks, the hype is pretty astonishing. And as predictable as Marvel’s pre-movie hyping and merchandising frenzy is the fact that a summer blockbuster and comic book movie would raise some ethical quandaries (although some have argued that X-Men: First Class has already claimed the distinction). But really could this movie inspire serious debate about post-war research ethics, relativism, and more? Is Captain America the bioethics movie of 2011?…

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Docs Who Give Bad Tweet: Unprofessional or Just Uneducated? Sat, 19 Feb 2011 17:26:25 +0000 Social networking among physicians is raising concerns for a variety of obvious reasons–it challenges our standard ways of thinking about the physician-patient relationship which for the most part has been confined to the exam room. Now social networks open up physicians and patients to each other in entirely new ways–some of which researchers suggest are not altogether positive.

According to a recent study published in the February 9th issue of JAMA, out of “5,156 “tweets” sent by 260 U.S. physicians, each with 500 or more followers, last May, researchers found that 3 percent were unprofessional.” (See story at

What does this really mean?…

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Move Over Dr. House–Fox is Developing a REAL Medical Ethics TV Show Wed, 12 Jan 2011 22:38:55 +0000 According to, the writer and executive producer of such shows as HBO’s “In Treatment” and network TV’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” Warren Leight is developing a new medical show that is focused exclusively on medical ethics. The show, which is currently without a title or air-date, is set to premier on the Fox Television Network.

Who is making sure they get the ethics right? According to, bioethicist Lori Andrews is consulting as well as Jon Shestack (co-founder of Cure Autism Now).…

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Feds propose graphic cigarette warning labels Wed, 10 Nov 2010 06:00:00 +0000 0 Consent for “Docu-Medical” Shows Doesn’t Make It Okay Mon, 14 Jun 2010 14:28:57 +0000 I will confess that the commercial for the new ABC medical documentary drama, “Boston Med”, had me thinking, “Gosh, I kinda want to see that.” Then I really hated myself, for about 30 seconds.

Then I moved on with the rest of my life. Until I read The Boston Globe article featuring the 8 part television event, I hadn’t really considered it to be much more than another hyping of the medical profession, another example of American’s obsession with good looking doctors and nurses in scrubs in the vein of Gray’s Anatomy and the like.…

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Friend Request Thu, 15 Apr 2010 05:00:00 +0000 0 Bioethics on TV: Watch What Dr. House Does and Do The Exact Opposite. Sun, 28 Mar 2010 11:16:53 +0000 AJB-8(12)_FINAL-REVISED-95.jpg

As previously published in the December 2008 issue of The American Journal of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins researchers Czarny et al told us that medical and nursing students watch television medical dramas in droves (almost 80% of them) and are exposed to moral dilemmas in those dramas that way.

But to our shock, how the characters in those dramas handle those moral problems is more than a little disappointing. Not only are the docs (and nurses) in shows like Grey’s Anatomy and House M.D.…

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