Blog Posts (28)
March 2, 2015
[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
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
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
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”). …
June 27, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Vaccination is one of the great success stories of public health. People who receive vaccinations against disease are far less likely to contract that disease.…
April 18, 2014
[New York Times] Doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women in astonishing numbers, new research shows, even though risks to the developing fetus are largely unknown.Of 1.1 million pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid nationally, nearly 23 percent filled an opioid prescription in 2007, up from 18.5 percent in 2000, according to a study published last […]
April 17, 2014
(The Guardian) A genetic defect may be the real culprit in the case of a woman taking painkillers whose baby died of a morphine overdose. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA On Thursday last week, a South Carolina jury convicted Stephanie Greene, a 39-year old nurse, of killing her six-week-old daughter by administering a morphine overdose in her breast […]
April 1, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
For patients with a serious illness, accessing cutting edge drugs has just taken a new turn. In the past, a patient with cancer would undergo conventional treatments.…
February 21, 2014
Mother Jones has just run a very nice analysis of recent years' research on state laws governing non-medical exemption from childhood vaccines. It turns out that if a state makes it very easy for parents to exempt their children from recommended school...
February 14, 2014
From: Arthur Caplan and Dorit Reiss
SUBJECT: requiring the vaccination of children and workers in daycare and pre-K against the flu
In recent testimony submitted to the Public Health Department of Rhode Island, a representative of the Rhode Island ACLU spoke against the requirement to vaccinate Rhode Island’s children age six months to 5 years of age against the flu in order to enter daycare or pre-kindergarten.…
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March 2, 2015 12:42 pm
Many parents ask doctors to spread out toddlers’ vaccines instead of following the recommended immunization schedule, according to a new study.
January 23, 2015 5:42 pm
By sequencing the billions of chemical letters in a cell’s DNA, which make up the human genome, scientists may be able to better estimate the risk of a person developing cancer, heart, biochemical and metabolic diseases.
January 20, 2015 7:29 pm
The father of a 2-year-old with late-stage cancer is facing jail time for using cannabis oil in an attempt to ease his daughter’s suffering.
January 20, 2015 7:13 pm
In a procedure described as a milestone in neonatal care, a six-day-old baby girl’s kidneys and liver cells were given to two separate recipients after her heart stopped beating.
January 8, 2015 8:29 pm
The Connecticut Supreme Court upheld a prior ruling Thursday that a 17-year-old cancer patient cannot refuse chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
January 7, 2015 8:01 pm
In the late 1990s, scientists studying children’s health pondered crucial questions they couldn’t answer: Conditions as diverse as asthma and autism were increasing in prevalence, with no clear reason why.
December 8, 2014 5:55 pm
Vaccinating young girls against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) doesn’t lead to an increase in risky sexual activity, a new study shows.
November 17, 2014 6:37 pm
When kids are ready to resume classes after being out for a concussion, schools’ preparedness to handle them can vary widely, a new study suggests.
September 22, 2014 4:17 pm
A person poses with an electro-encephalography (EEG) cap, which measures brain activity, at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen near Munich. Autism researchers found promising signs that an EEG can be used to detect symptoms of autism in children and adolescents.
September 9, 2014 5:50 pm
A promising new study suggests that treatment for infants who show early signs of autism can essentially eliminate developmental delays for those children by the time they reach age 3.
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