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April 13, 2015
Do you think it is safe to eat genetically modified foods? I do, because I believe that most foods we eat have been genetically modified. Cows wouldn’t be cows if humans hadn’t changed them genetically, through breeding practices. That also … Continue reading →
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April 1, 2015
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
The Arizona legislature has apparently gone through medical school and graduated. They have passed a new law of the land.…
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.…
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June 5, 2015 12:38 pm
In 2012, as same-sex marriage advocates were working to build support in California, Michael LaCour, a political science researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, asked a critical question…
June 3, 2015 3:07 pm
Government health workers spent hours going from door to door to coax, cajole and bully women in a farming community in Peru’s highlands to come with them for free medical treatment.
May 28, 2015 11:15 am
A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals on Thursday for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana’s potential as medicine, in a first step for an organization of its kind.
May 14, 2015 3:39 pm
The U.S. government said health insurers must cover all FDA-approved methods of birth control without co-pays or charges to the patient, as it issued a paper on Monday looking to clarify coverage guidelines under the Affordable Care Act.
April 28, 2015 5:05 pm
If the U.S. Constitution covers a right to same-sex marriage, conservative Supreme Court justices asked on Tuesday, would clergy be exempted from performing such marriages or religious colleges spared from offering housing to gay couples?
April 27, 2015 1:59 pm
Warning of an “innovation deficit,” scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say declining government spending on basic research is holding back potentially life-saving advances in 15 fields, from robotics and fusion energy to Alzheimer’s disease and agriculture.
April 8, 2015 1:27 pm
A bystander’s video showing a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man to death has added momentum to calls to require all police officers to wear body cameras.
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.
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