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February 12, 2014

Take Two Aspirin and Let Me Tell You What I Think About the Affordable Care Act

by Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

I recently saw a subspecialist for a medical procedure.  I had never met this physician before so as he sat down to review what was going on in the monitor in front of him, the first thing he asked me was what I did for a living. …

January 1, 2014

The Year in Bioethics That Was

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Happy New Year. The ending of one year and the beginning of another is often a time for reflection, for reviewing the year that has passed and for making plans/predictions for the year to come.…

June 4, 2013

Data Aggregation and the Medical Marketplace

Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Big brother is watching you. And calling you. And selling your medical information to a pharmaceutical corporation.

In the modern age of information as commodity, drugmakers buy database that tell them how much of what drug each doctor prescribes, which patients fill those prescriptions, and whether renewals are filled.…

January 23, 2013

Diagnosing the Famous Non-Patient

Jennifer Chevinksy, B.S.

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has recently denounced the actions of neurologist Dr. Rustico Jimenez who publicly commented on the health status of boxer and politician, Manny Pacquiao.…

September 1, 2012

AJOB's September Issue is Here!

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August 18, 2010

TSA Has A Good Body Image...and Is Keeping It On File.

No, I’m not talking about how one feels about oneself when they look in the mirror. I’m talking about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who is taking tens of thousands of full body images of travelers going through scanners at major airports.…

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American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 10 - Oct 2013

Why Misconduct Trumps Patient–Therapist Confidentiality and Ways to Avoid the Disclosure Dilemma Nicholas H. Steneck

News (154)

April 17, 2014 5:42 pm

French School Carries out DNA Dragnet in Rape Case

French investigators began taking DNA samples Monday from 527 male students and staff at a high school — including boys as young as 14 — as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.

April 2, 2014 2:14 pm

PatientsLikeMe Launches “Data for Good” Campaign to Encourage Health Data Sharing to Advance Medicine

Today, PatientsLikeMe kicks off a new campaign promoting the value of sharing health information to advance research.

March 27, 2014 5:50 pm

Yahoo updates methodology in new transparency report

The company changes how it tallies government requests for data in its second transparency report, following tech firm push back over the past year.

February 27, 2014 1:56 pm

British spy agency collected images of Yahoo webcam chats

Britain’s spy agency GCHQ intercepted millions of people’s webcam chats and stored still images of them, including sexually explicit ones, the Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday.

February 11, 2014 7:38 pm

Did AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Violate HIPAA?

Tim Armstrong has already acknowledged (and apologized) for his sizable gaffe last week, but is he also guilty of violating healthcare’s privacy law known as HIPAA?

December 15, 2013 1:59 pm

New public attitudes about access to medical information, bio tissue for research

In this age of surveillance cameras, computer algorithms for tracking website visits, and GPS-imbedded cell phones, many people feel their right to privacy is slipping away. This perception extends into the medical realm as well where information gleaned from Electronic Health Records and clinical tissues are being used for medical research purposes with and without patient consent in some situations, though compliant with federal regulations.

November 13, 2013 4:32 pm

Many Would Give Private Info to Health Insurers to Save Money

There is nothing “inherently wrong” with offering people financial incentives aimed at improving their health and reining in health care costs, Blumenthal-Barby said. But divulging your risk of potentially developing a disease at some point in the future is another matter.

November 11, 2013 2:37 pm

Pot-Smoking Quadriplegic’s Firing Shows Haze Over Rules

The marijuana that Brandon Coats smokes under a doctor’s supervision helps calm muscle spasms stemming from a car accident that left him a quadriplegic. It also cost him his job.

November 6, 2013 7:16 pm

Lawsuit: Cops forced man to undergo enemas, colonoscopy on invalid warrant

A New Mexico man is suing police for allegedly “subjecting him to multiple digital penetrations and three enemas,” among other “shockingly invasive medical procedures” — all on an invalid warrant, all without finding any drugs — his lawyers claim.

November 4, 2013 2:14 pm

Getting Your Microbes Analyzed Raises Big Privacy Issues

Wonder what’s going on inside your microbiome? Artist Ben Arthur gives NPR an illustrated tour.

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