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September 30, 2016

BioethicsTV: Community Research Consent and Competing for an Infant Heart

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the fall premiere of Code Black, military trauma surgeons are visiting the hospital on an annual pilgrimage to share what they have learned treating battlefield injuries.…

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.…

October 28, 2015

Can a 5-year-old refuse treatment: The Case of Julianna Snow

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Julianna Snow is a 5-year-old who suffers from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a neurodegenerative illness. This is the most common of all inherited neurological disorders (about 1 in 2,500 people have it).…

August 17, 2015

A Matter of Ethics and Policy in the Era of Regenerative Transplantation in the United States

by Macey L. Henderson and Brianna L Doby

Why do we need to care about the ethical development of health policies that impact research, donation, and transplantation in the United States?…

July 1, 2015

In California, Vaccination is the Law

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week, California governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 277. This law mandates vaccinations for all children who attend a school (public or private) in the state.…

March 6, 2015

Comedy and medicine: Why we mock parents who don't vaccinate their children

By Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

In a recent episode of his late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel, father and comedian, included a segment in which real physicians mock parents who do not vaccinate their children in a mock public service announcement.…

March 2, 2015

In Drug Trial, Parents Weigh Life and Loss

[WSJ/MSN] —While waiting for an infusion of a drug that might save his life, 15-year-old Andrew Marella gripped the controls of an NFL videogame, the hand-held version of a sport he played when he could still run without fear. Andrew is in a clinical drug trial of cyclodextrin, a sugar-based substance that scientists hope will […]
February 20, 2015

What should docs do with parents who don’t vaccinate?

by Jenna Lillemoe, B.A.
by Arthur Caplan , Ph.D.

This year has marked the largest measles outbreak in decades with over 102 cases documented since December.…

January 6, 2015

Cassandra C: Right to refuse treatment or protecting a minor*

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In Connecticut, a 17-year-old girl is being kept in a hospital room under court order. She is restrained to her treatment bed when she is given chemotherapy that neither she nor her mother want.…

August 27, 2014

Brain Death Is a Flash Point in End-of-Life Law, Ethics and Policy

by Thaddeus M. Pope, J.D., Ph.D.

The August 2014 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics includes nearly 20 articles on the status of death determined by neurological criteria (DDNC or “brain death”). …

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Published Articles (14)

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 7 Issue 3 - Jul 2016

A pilot study of neonatologists' decision-making roles in delivery room resuscitation counseling for periviable births Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, Fatima McKenzie, Janet E. Panoch, Douglas B. White & Amber E. Barnato

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 7 Issue 3 - Jul 2016

Clarifying ethical responsibilities in pediatric biobanking Merle Spriggs & Craig L. Fry

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 7 Issue 3 - Jul 2016

Lay attitudes toward trust, uncertainty, and the return of pediatric research results in biobanking John Lynch, Janelle Hines, Sarah Theodore & Monica Mitchell

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 7 - Jul 2016

Moral Hazard in Pediatrics Donald Brunnquell & Christopher M. Michaelson

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 1 - Jan 2016

One Exemption Too Many: The Case for Mandated CCHD Screening John D. Lantos, Julie Caciki & Jeremy R. Garrett

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 1 - Jan 2016

Legal and Ethical Considerations in Allowing Parental Exemptions From Newborn Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Screening Lisa A. Hom, Tomas J. Silber, Kathleen Ennis-Durstine, Mary Anne Hilliard & Gerard R. Martin

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Legal and Ethical Considerations in Allowing Parental Exemptions From Newborn Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Screening Lisa A. Hom, Tomas J. Silber, Kathleen Ennis-Durstine, Mary Anne Hilliard & Gerard R. Martin

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 11 - Nov 2015

Young People's Experiences of Participation in Clinical Trials: Reasons for Taking Part Malou Luchtenberg, Els Maeckelberghe, Louise Locock, Lesley Powell & A.A. Eduard Verhagen

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 2 - Feb 2015

Ritual Male Infant Circumcision and Human Rights Allan J. Jacobs & Kavita Shah Arora

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 9 - Sep 2014

On the Minimal Risk Threshold in Research With Children Ariella Binik

News (101)

October 7, 2016 8:00 am

This 8-year-old is free of cancer — for now — after a ‘breakthrough’ treatment (Washington Post)

By the time 8-year-old Ava Christianson got to the National Institutes of Health this summer, she had lost several grueling rounds to leukemia and was bracing for the next one.

July 13, 2016 8:05 am

Red Tape Leaves Some Low-Income Toddlers Without Health Insurance (NPR)

Many babies born to mothers who are covered by Medicaid are automatically eligible for that health insurance coverage during their first year of life. In a handful of states, the same is true for babies born to women covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

June 22, 2016 8:18 am

Colorado's Teen Marijuana Usage Dips after Legalization (Scientific American)

Marijuana consumption by Colorado high school students has dipped slightly since the state first permitted recreational cannabis use by adults, a new survey showed on Monday, contrary to concerns that legalization would increase pot use by teens.

June 16, 2016 8:06 am

Hints that antibiotics, C-sections may affect baby gut bugs (Washington Post)

Two new studies are offering some of the clearest snapshots yet of how babies build up protective gut bacteria, adding to evidence that antibiotics and birth by C-section may disrupt that development.

June 8, 2016 8:53 am

This Is How Much Celebrities Get Paid To Endorse Soda And Unhealthy Food (NPR)

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics describes the lucrative endorsement deals of 65 music celebrities — including Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Timberlake and other stars popular with teens and young adults. These celebrities promoted 57 different food and beverage brands (see chart), ranging from soda to energy drinks to pizza, Pop Tarts and candy.

May 13, 2016 8:41 am


Andrew Levy’s parents knew that the rare and deadly cancer in his blood could not be
beaten, so they began to prepare for the worst. Then something mysterious happened.

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.

March 16, 2016 1:32 pm

Vaccination aversion has fueled measles and whooping cough outbreaks, study finds

A comprehensive new study of measles and pertussis outbreaks in the United States suggests that adults’ reluctance or refusal to vaccinate themselves and their children has played a key role in the resurgence of diseases that had been largely eradicated in this country.


February 2, 2016 7:06 pm

Less than half of U.S. kids under age two fully vaccinated against flu

Less than half of children under age 2 years are fully vaccinated against influenza despite a dramatic surge in immunization rates over the past decade, a U.S. study finds.

December 11, 2015 10:42 am

CDC: Too few schools meet recommendations for sex education

“Lack of effective sex education can have very real, very serious health consequences,” said Dr. Stephanie Zaza, director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, in a press release.

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