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September 19, 2018

Silence versus Bearing Witness: Response to Alan Stone

by Bandy X. Lee, MD, MDiv

Earlier this year, I was delighted to discover that Dr. Alan Stone had written a review of the book I edited: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, for the blog Lawfare.…

July 11, 2018

Secret Twin Experiments & Bioethics.net 15 seconds of fame

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

On the advice of a family friend, I went to see the new documentary, Three Identical Strangers.

January 17, 2018

Appeal for Principle before Rule, and Uniform Application of Rules: A Case of Psychiatric Ethics

by Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div.

I am the editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President (Macmillan, 2017), which is intended as a public service. …

March 24, 2017

Psychiatric Genetics in a Risk Society

by Nicole Martinez-Martin

Kong and colleagues raise substantive areas of ethical concern regarding the translation of psychiatric genetic research into clinical and public health contexts.…

January 19, 2017

New Common Rule Regs Mean New Training for IRB Members

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Yesterday, the Department of Health & Human Services released the long-awaited, and debated, new Common Rule.…

May 12, 2016

Euthanasia for Reasons of Mental Health

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

An article in the (UK) Daily Mail this week focused on a Dutch woman who chose euthanasia “after doctors decided her post-traumatic stress and other conditions were incurable.” Under Dutch euthanasia laws, a physician can end a patient’s life with a lethal injection for mental suffering.…

April 6, 2016

BIOETHICSTV: Chicago Med-BIID, post mortem egg retrieval, scope of practice and forgiveness

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week on Chicago Med brought 3 new ethical issues as well as the unsatisfying resolution to a story arc.…

March 30, 2016

BIOETHICSTV: Chicago Med 3/29

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

BioethicsTV is an occasional bioethics.net feature where we examine bioethical issues raised in televised medical dramas.

Tonight marked the mid-season premiere of Chicago Med, a freshman television show that seems to relish throwing professional and bioethical issues at its audience.…

August 4, 2015

The Stanford Prison Experiment film: An Essential Teaching Tool

By Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In teaching research ethics, there are a few “classic cases” that we offer students as examples of where human subject research went wrong: Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis, the Nazi medical experiments, Willowbrook Hepatitis Experiments, human radiation experiments, and (now) the Guatemala syphilis study, among others.…

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.…

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Published Articles (18)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 5 - May 2018

Why Bioethics Should Be Concerned With Medically Unexplained Symptoms Diane O'Leary

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 4 - Dec 2017

Epistemic injustice in dementia and autism patient organizations: An empirical analysis Karin Jongsma, Elisabeth Spaeth & Silke Schicktanz

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Jun 2017

I Miss Being Me: Phenomenological Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation Frederic Gilbert , Eliza Goddard , John Noel M. Viaña , Adrian Carter & Malcolm Horne

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Jun 2017

Staying in the Loop: Relational Agency and Identity in Next-Generation DBS for Psychiatry Sara Goering, Eran Klein, Darin D. Dougherty & Alik S. Widge

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 4 - Apr 2017

Psychiatric Genomics and Mental Health Treatment: Setting the Ethical Agenda Camillia Kong, Michael Dunn & Michael Parker

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 4 - Apr 2017

Psychiatric Genetics in a Risk Society Nicole Martinez-Martin

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 7 Issue 3 - Jul 2016

Concerns about genetic testing for schizophrenia among young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis Ryan E. Lawrence, Phoebe Friesen, Gary Brucato, Ragy R. Girgis & Lisa Dixon

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 7 - Jul 2015

Futility in Chronic Anorexia Nervosa: A Concept Whose Time Has Not Yet Come Cynthia M. A. Geppert

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

News (153)

September 25, 2018 9:00 am

Veterans Struggling After Sexual Assault Increasingly Turn To Service Dogs (NPR)

Service dog providers are seeing an influx of applications from veterans like Michel who have experienced sexual trauma while in the military. But the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides veterinary benefits for service dogs assigned to people with physical disabilities, does not currently recognize psychiatric service dogs as a proven therapy for mental illness.

September 18, 2018 9:00 am

AI may detect depression just from your voice (Axios)

During a conversation, humans can grasp a friend’s mood or intent by relying on subtle vocal cues or word choice. Now, researchers at MIT say they have developed an algorithm that can detect if the friend is depressed, one of the most widely suffered — and often undiagnosed — conditions in the U.S.

September 10, 2018 9:00 am

At $1,650 per month, the first digital pill will soon roll out to certain Medicaid patients with mental illness (STAT)

The first digital pill will carry a price tag of $1,650 per month and soon be rolled out commercially to the first patients: people with mental illness covered by Medicaid, likely in regions including Florida and Virginia.

August 17, 2018 9:00 am

Treating Teen Depression Might Improve Mental Health Of Parents Too (NPR)

An estimated 12.8 percent of adolescents in the U.S. experience at least one episode of major depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. According to previous studies, many of those teens’ mental health is linked to depression in their parents. But new research suggests there’s a flipside to that parental effect: When teens are treated for depression, their parents’ mental health improves, too.

August 15, 2018 9:00 am

Psychologists keep policy on U.S. detainees, but issue remains open wound (Science)

The American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C., has decided to retain a policy banning military psychologists from working with detainees at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and other national security detention facilities. But the political machinations surrounding a decisive vote this week by APA’s governing body suggest the 115,000-member organization is still far from resolving a decadelong debate over the ethical rules of conduct for psychologists in the U.S. government’s ongoing war against terrorism.

August 14, 2018 9:00 am

Too cute? Colleges, courts grapple with the role of companion animals (CNN)

Colleges have also seen an uptick in the number of registered emotional support animals on campus. Unlike facility dogs, emotional support animals need not be dogs nor obtain specific training, but a person who wants one must have documentation from a health professional to show a disability and a disability-related need for the animal in order to obtain protection under the Fair Housing Act. Such protection allows the animals to live in places where they may otherwise be prohibited. Amid this influx of animals, classrooms and courtrooms are grappling with where to draw the line.
August 6, 2018 9:00 am

California Wildfires Reignite Old Trauma For Survivors Of Last Year's Blazes (NPR)

Confronting constant reminders of what fire can do has become a terrifying reality for people who survived last year’s flames and are still piecing their lives back together. As psychologists, therapists and other counselors offer comfort and tips for quenching the terror, they also assure survivors that surges of panic, grief, and agitation are healthy and normal.

July 18, 2018 8:30 am

Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules (The New York Times)

Julie Eldred argued that requiring defendants to be drug-free as a condition for probation was cruel and unusual given her severe addiction. A Massachusetts court disagreed, but declined to rule on whether addiction is a brain disease that affects a person’s ability to comply with the requirement.

July 4, 2018 8:00 am

From apps to avatars, new tools for taking control of your mental health (The Washington Post)

Digital therapeutics are here — and they’re changing the landscape for people battling mental illness.

December 23, 2016 9:00 am

Abortion Is Found to Have Little Effect on Women’s Mental Health (The New York Times)

Some states require women seeking abortions to be counseled that they might develop mental health problems. Now a new study, considered to be the most rigorous to look at the question in the United States, undermines that claim.

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