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August 17, 2016

Weeding Out the Truth: DEA’s New Stance on Marijuana Largely the Same as the Old

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

According to the Department of Justice, marijuana offenses account for 12.5% of all people in federal prisons for drug offenses.…

August 11, 2016

RETI Fellow Examines Intersectional Stigma for HIV-Positive African American Women

While bearing the disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDs in the US, African American women also face multilevel stigma at social, community and institutional levels, which is exacerbated by their HIV-positive status. Fordham University Center for Ethics Education HIV and Drug Abuse … Continue reading
August 5, 2016

The surprisingly small benefit of some very (expensive) Big Ideas

Last week, JAMA published online a Viewpoint provocatively titled, “What Happens When Underperforming Big Ideas in Research Become Entrenched?” The overarching Big Idea to which the article refers is the “narrative positing that a combination of ever-deeper knowledge of subcellular biology, especially genetics, coupled with information technology will lead to transformative improvements in health care and human health.” The article highlights three technologies that are... // Read More »
August 3, 2016

Introducing New Primer Series: Spotting and Responding to Hype

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has released a new series of primers on spotting and responding to science hype in the media. The three primers cover hype related to topics in new technology, public health and neuroscience.
July 28, 2016

A Sporting Chance: Had We Been Willing, We Could Have Moved or Delayed the Rio Olympics

by Adam R. Houston, JD, MA, LLM

It looks like the Rio Olympics are indeed going to happen; fingers crossed that all the things that could go wrong – from filthy aquatic venues, to collapsing infrastructure, to threats of terrorism – do not.…

July 26, 2016

Election 2016: Where do the parties stand on health

by Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.

These recent weeks have been historical firsts in the U.S. The first time a billionaire with no political experience became a major party Presidential candidate and the first time a female became a Presidential candidate.…

June 17, 2016

Best intentions, worst outcomes: Ethical and legal challenges for international research involving sex workers

Central America hosts a thriving sex work industry that is a key source and transit region for sex trafficking and undocumented migrants engaged in sex work. Sex workers – particularly those who are migrant – are at high risk for … Continue reading
June 14, 2016

Reducing Tobacco Use Through Withdrawal Policies: When Should We Ban the Use of a Harmful Product?

Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

In the first-year clinical skills course at our medical school, we offer a session on tobacco cessation.…

June 13, 2016

APHA Ethics Section Interview with Dr. Celia B. Fisher on Conversion Therapy Report

The following is an interview with the American Public Health Association’s Ethics Section with Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Director Dr. Celia B. Fisher who served as an advisor for a White House panel on conversion therapy. In April … Continue reading
June 9, 2016

National Academies on Gene-Drives

Why would you read all the coverage of the National Academies Gene-Drives report when you could actually read the report itself? My thoughts will appear here later, after I've read the report itself.

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Published Articles (39)

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 7 Issue 3 - Jul 2016

Ethical challenges in designing and implementing health systems research: Experiences from the field Adnan Hyder & Carleigh Krubiner

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 7 Issue 3 - Jul 2016

Promoting equity through health systems research in low- and middle-income countries: Practices of researchers Bridget Pratt, Katharine A. Allen & Adnan A. Hyder

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 7 - Jul 2016

Withdrawing Versus Withholding Freedoms: Nudging and the Case of Tobacco Control Andreas T. Schmidt

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 7 - Jul 2016

Reducing Tobacco Use Through Withdrawal Policies: When Should We Ban the Use of a Harmful Product? Kayhan Parsi

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 4 - Apr 2016

An Ethical Exploration of Barriers to Research on Controlled Drugs Michael H. Andreae, Evelyn Rhodes, Tyler Bourgoise, George M. Carter, Robert S. White, Debbie Indyk, Henry Sacks & Rosamond Rhodes

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 4 - Apr 2015

Caring for the Suffering: Meeting the Ebola Crisis Responsibly Philip M. Rosoff

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 4 - Apr 2015

Ideology and Microbiology: Ebola, Science, and Deliberative Democracy Joseph J. Fins

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 3 - Mar 2015

Mandatory Cancer Risk Warnings on Alcoholic Beverages: What Are the Ethical Issues? Jennie Louise, Jaklin Eliott, Ian Olver & Annette Braunack-Ma

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 7 - Jul 2014

The Principle of Equivalence Reconsidered: Assessing the Relevance of the Principle of Equivalence in Prison Medicine Fabrice Jotterand & Tenzin Wangmo

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 3 - Mar 2014

The Ethics of Advertising for Health Care Services Yael Schenker, Robert M. Arnold & Alex John London

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News (600)

August 26, 2016 8:00 am

EpiPens are my armor against disaster. They shouldn’t be priced like a luxury. (Washington Post)

The last time I refilled my EpiPen, in November, I paid $365.63 out of pocket for two auto-injectors. I looked that number up Thursday morning after the news broke that Mylan, the company that makes EpiPens, is bowing to public pressure and will startoffering discounts after years of hiking prices.

August 22, 2016 8:00 am

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons (Washington Post)

The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government.

August 11, 2016 8:00 am

Finding Good Pain Treatment Is Hard. If You’re Not White, It’s Even Harder. (Times)

Roslyn Lewis was at work at a dollar store here, pushing a heavy cart of dog food, when something popped in her back: an explosion of pain. At the emergency room the next day, doctors gave her Motrin and sent her home.

August 10, 2016 8:00 am

Hypertension is now more common in poor and middle-income countries than rich ones (Washington Post)

Middle- and lower-income countries now have a higher rate of hypertension than high-income countries. Worldwide, the prevalence of hypertension is at a record high, according to a new study in the journal Circulation.

July 20, 2016 8:36 am

Florida is checking possible local case of Zika (Washington Post)

The Florida health department said late Tuesday that it is investigating what could be the first case of locally spread Zika virus in the continental United States.

July 18, 2016 9:23 am

Zika Data From the Lab, and Right to the Web (New York Times)

Of the hundreds of monkeys in the University of Wisconsin’s primate center, a few — including rhesus macaque 827577 — are now famous, at least among scientists tracking the Zika virus. Since February, a team led by David H. O’Connor, the chairman of the center’s global infectious diseases department, has been conducting a unique experiment in scientific transparency. The tactic may presage the evolution of new ways to respond to fast-moving epidemics.

July 15, 2016 8:46 am

Opioid Bill Reframes Addiction As A Health Problem, Not A Crime (NPR)

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

July 14, 2016 8:44 am

CDC needs to break silence on gun violence, say African American health officials (CNN)

As an African-American man, Dr. Georges Benjamin says he feels like “an endangered species,” due to gun violence claiming the lives of men his color disproportionately to their numbers.

July 5, 2016 8:52 am

Sex May Spread Zika Virus More Often Than Researchers Suspected (New York Times)

An outbreak of the Zika virus in the continental United States could begin any day now. But while there is plenty of discussion about mosquito bites, some researchers are beginning to worry more about the other known transmission route: sex.

June 27, 2016 8:35 am

New data shows blood lead levels spiked in children in Flint, Mich. (Washington Post)

The ill-fated decision two years ago to switch drinking-water sources in Flint, Mich., resulted in a sudden spike in the number of young children with elevated blood lead levels, according to data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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