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Blog Posts (5)

August 12, 2014

No Laughing Matter

Nanette Elster, JD, MPH

Like many people around the world, I was shocked to hear about the death of Robin Williams.…

December 19, 2013

A Call to Physicians: To Do No Further Harm, or Ethical Practice as Just Distribution of Healthcare

Bandy X. Lee, M.D.

*Primum non nocere*, to first do no harm, is the unchanging foundation for Hippocratic medical ethics. Each generation must, nevertheless, redefine what “doing no harm” means for its time.…

August 15, 2013

Dead Babies, Dead Mothers. Let’s start by reducing the stigma of mental illness

Andrea Kalfoglou, Ph.D.

Last month, a tragedy unfolded in Manitoba, Canada.  On Wednesday, July 24th two children, a 3 year old and an infant, were found badly injured and alone in their home. …

December 14, 2012

Operation Delirium

Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.

Joining the long line of examples of concerning human subjects research experiments is a profile in The New Yorker (December 17).…

April 10, 2012

Caplan on Prescription Drug Abuse

Today Art Caplan, in his MSNBC column, discusses the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in this country. But his conclusions would have a chilling effect upon physicians.  …

Published Articles (10)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 4 - Apr 2014

Egalitarianism and Moral Bioenhancement Robert Sparrow

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 4 - Apr 2014

Questioning the Moral Enhancement Project Fabrice Jotterand

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 1 - Jan 2014

Brave New Love: The Threat of High-Tech “Conversion” Therapy and the Bio-Oppression of Sexual Minorities Brian D. Earp, Anders Sandberg & Julian Savulescu

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 11 - Nov 2013

The Use of Deception in Public Health Behavioral Intervention Trials: A Case Study of Three Online Alcohol Trials Jim McCambridge, Kypros Kypri, Preben Bendtsen & John Porter

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 4 Issue 3 - Jul 2013

Empirically Derived Knowledge on Adolescent Assent to Pediatric Biomedical Research David G. Scherer, Janet L. Brody, Robert D. Annett, Charles Turner, Jeanne Dalen & Yesel Yoon

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 4 Issue 3 - Jul 2013

Behavioral Science Research Informs Bioethical Issues in the Conduct of Large-Scale Studies of Children's Disease Risk Kenneth P. Tercyak, Ulrica Swartling, Darren Mays, Suzanne Bennett Johnson & Johnny Ludvigsson

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 4 Issue 3 - Jul 2013

Contributions of Psychological Science to Empirical Bioethics Victoria A. Miller

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

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

Let Therapists Be Therapists, Not Police Paul S. Appelbaum

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 3 Issue 4 - Oct 2012

The Puzzle of Neuroimaging and Psychiatric Diagnosis: Technology and Nosology in an Evolving Discipline Martha J. Farah & Seth J. Gillihan

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Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level?

Air pollution may take a toll not only on physical health, but mental well-being as well, two new studies suggest.

March 11, 2015 6:41 pm

Cockroaches have personalities, study finds

Researchers from the Université Libre de Bruxelles found that the much-maligned cockroach has its own personality and even displays different character traits.

March 9, 2015 6:37 pm

Psychedelic Drugs doesn’t negatively affect people’s mental health

A new study reveals that getting high on psychedelic drugs like LSD or psychoactive mushrooms does not heighten the risk of developing mental health issues. This is based on the analysis of more than 135,000 individuals, where 19,000 of them confessed of the intake of psychedelic drugs.

February 25, 2015 6:25 pm

Clinically depressed three times more likely to commit violent crime

In a study based on some 47,000 people, the scientists emphasized, however, that the overwhelming majority of depressed people are neither violent nor criminal and should not be stigmatized.

February 11, 2015 4:26 pm

Teacher depression may affect child learning

The more depressive symptoms third grade teachers had in a new study, the less progress in math their struggling students made during the school year.

January 27, 2015 2:52 pm

Writing Your Way to Happiness

The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.

January 6, 2015 7:59 pm

Can a Smartphone Tell if You’re Depressed?

Toward the end of Janisse Flowers’s pregnancy, a nurse at her gynecologist’s office asked her to download an iPhone app that would track how often she text messaged with friends, how long she talked on the phone and how far she traveled each day.

December 11, 2014 7:25 pm

Psychologist says U.S. Senate's CIA report makes false charges

One of the two psychologists who devised the CIA’s harsh Bush-era interrogation methods said on Wednesday that a scathing U.S. Senate report on the torture of foreign terrorism suspects “took things out of context” and made false accusations.

December 4, 2014 3:21 pm

Mental engagement may preserve health literacy in aging

Surfing the net, going to museums or joining a club might have an unexpected side effect: improving the ability of older people to understand drug labels and doctors’ instructions, according to a new study in the UK.

November 4, 2014 3:39 pm

The buddy system Veterans help veterans combat PTSD

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System have designed a pilot program based on veterans supporting veterans.

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