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March 26, 2015
Note: The Bioethics Program blog will be moving to its new home on April 1, 2015. Be sure to change your bookmarks to http://bioethics.uniongraduatecollege.edu/blog/ by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership This week, before a crowd of students attending the obligatory Monday morning convocation at Liberty University, Ted Cruz announced that he was […]
March 12, 2015
<p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">Those of us who aspire to eventually having an affordable, quality, accessible healthcare system for all citizens, or even for most citizens, must first face an obvious but under-discussed challenge that uniquely American: The major players in the US healthcare system—including private insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device and equipment makers, medical specialties and sub-specialties, healthcare organizations and their executives and shareholders, and all of their lobbyists—are motivated by their own economic self-interests first and foremost. Which means our aspirations must be viewed as a long-term struggle.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">Healthcare in American is simply unfettered capitalism at work. Let me hasten to add, this is not to say that all of these entities don’t do some remarkable work—I owe my life to the U.S. healthcare system as do millions more. But the fact remains that much of the extravagantly high costs of medical care in the U.S. healthcare system has nothing to do with improving or adding quality care for patients and producing good outcomes. Rather it’s a reflection of how these key players pursue their own entrenched financial interests, while creating narratives to the public that the services they provide is essential for quality healthcare. Interestingly, over time, this bloated, inefficient system has been generally accepted by the public and therefore gained a façade of legitimacy that makes it virtually intractable to reform.</span></p>
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March 12, 2015
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
That’s the good thing about science: It’s true whether or not you believe in it. That’s why it works-Neil deGrasse Tyson
The data of climate change is very strong: warmest average years on record, increasing extreme weather, higher carbon dioxide levels, changes in sea level, increasing droughts, decreasing snowpacks and sea ice, melting glaciers and permafrost, warmer oceans and increasing ocean acidity.…
February 25, 2015
by Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.
Like much of the world, I find myself reading daily news stories about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).…
February 18, 2015
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
How do physicians diagnose disease? First they go through a set of symptoms and then compile a list of differential diagnoses or what the underlying disease may be.…
February 4, 2015
by Nanette Elster, JD, MPH and Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD
You may have seen at your doctor’s office a poster showing a climber scaling a sheer cliff.…
February 3, 2015
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
By now, you have most likely been inundated with news about the measles outbreak tied to Disneyland in California.…
January 15, 2015
by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership I make it a tradition to watch televised awards shows like the Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys. This is not because I particularly care about the entertainment industry, but primarily because I enjoy providing a running commentary of snarky comments about the various nominee’s […]
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March 13, 2015 6:23 pm
Many transgender men face discrimination in U.S. healthcare settings, according to a new study.
March 10, 2015 6:35 pm
Brazil, where a woman is killed every two hours, is imposing tougher punishments on those who murder women and girls, as part of a government bid to stem a rise in gender killings.
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.
October 15, 2014 4:45 pm
Guatemala will weigh easing punishments for minor narcotics-related offenses as part of a push to liberalize drug policy and explore regulating production of opium poppies and marijuana for medical use, President Otto Perez said.
October 8, 2014 2:14 pm
Taking away access to healthcare, even though many of my co-workers couldn’t afford it anyway, is just another example of Walmart manipulating the system to keep workers in a state of financial crisis.
October 6, 2014 1:05 pm
REPEATEDLY over the last year and a half, I’ve written about teachers in Catholic schools and leaders in Catholic parishes who were dismissed from their posts because they were in same-sex relationships and — in many cases — had decided to marry.
August 21, 2014 3:20 pm
Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday.
August 20, 2014 4:21 pm
California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state’s rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as tubal ligation from incarcerated women.
July 30, 2014 5:55 pm
The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives.
July 16, 2014 7:06 pm
A federal judge Wednesday struck down California’s death penalty, saying the “dysfunctional” system that makes prisoners wait decades to be executed violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
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