Blog Posts (14)
February 12, 2014
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. I promptly informed him that I was a bioethics professor at Loyola University Chicago. This immediately piqued his interest. He asked me what this entailed, and I told him that I taught graduate and medical students, did ethics consultations, did my own research and writing, gave presentations, etc. When I told him about the big topics of our field (e.g.…
January 1, 2014
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
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.…
March 28, 2013
[Scientific American] It started in the ‘70s. A pregnant woman with diabetes faced a deeply entrenched medical routine: months in hospital having her blood glucose closely monitored. She managed to stay out by convincing her doctor, Clara Lowy, to le...
March 21, 2013
[Forbes] Today, our body temperature can be scanned from a distance quickly and simply. For a busy Mom with a sick child, this is a great idea. Just pointing a sensor at a spot of skin and obtaining an ‘instant’ reading is a real advance from...
February 27, 2013
[ScienceInsider] (by Jocelyn Kaiser) A review of the 200 or so human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines approved by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for federal funding has found a possible ethical problem: Some of the cell lines may have involved...
February 19, 2013
[Kaiser Health News] STERLING, Va. – Perched by a computer monitor wedged between shelves of cough drops and the pharmacy in a bustling Walmart, Mohamed Khader taps out answers to questions such as how often he eats vegetables, whether anyone in ...
February 17, 2013
[Deutsche Welle] The decision of a regional appeals court in Hamm that the children of sperm donors have the right to know who their fathers are could have a wider impact – some 100,000 children in Germany were born to sperm donors.
For people who ...
February 12, 2013
[Science Insider] A review of the 200 or so human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines approved by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for federal funding has found a possible ethical problem: Some of the cell lines may have involved sperm or egg donor...
February 4, 2013
[Washington Post] In Richmond — E. Lewis Reynolds was just a boy when his cousin hit him in the head with a rock, nearly killing him and triggering epileptic-like convulsions that lingered for some years.
His condition didn’t stop him from enlistin...
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February 27, 2014 1:56 pm
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wonder what’s going on inside your microbiome? Artist Ben Arthur gives NPR an illustrated tour.
October 25, 2013 3:05 pm
EU Parliament report says four out of five EU states surveyed carry out wide-scale surveillance.
October 25, 2013 2:59 pm
In light of government surveillance programs and other privacy concerns, the average American at least has some level of interest in their online privacy. However, even if people are concerned about their data being taken and their browsing habits being recorded, it is not easy to find out who is keeping tabs on you.
October 22, 2013 3:20 pm
Right now there are no rules or even suggestions to guide doctor-patient relationships over the Internet.
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