Blog Posts (94)
April 27, 2015
Can beliefs make you fat? The answer to this question might seem pretty obvious. If I believe that the best way to lose weight is to super-size five meals a day at McDonald’s, while consuming bags of Doritos to tide … Continue reading →
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April 24, 2015
I have two reasons for showing you this picture, illustrating the decline in cigarette sales in Germany, France, Japan, Switzerland and the US over the past few decades. First, to show you the decline in cigarette sales in Germany, France, … Continue reading →
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April 13, 2015
Note: The Bioethics Program blog is moving to its new home on April 1, 2015. Be sure to change your bookmarks to http://bioethics.uniongraduatecollege.edu/blog/ by Courtney Jarboe, Bioethics Program Student In Minnesota, residual dried blood (RDB) samples collected for newborn screening had been stored, retained, and used for research without parental consent. It had been presumed that the Minnesota Department of […]
April 10, 2015
by Joseph J. Fins, M.D.
It now seems a lifetime ago. The first case of Ebola had come to the Western hemisphere and taken the life of Thomas Eric Duncan at a Dallas, Texas hospital.
March 27, 2015
In June of 2013, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease. The organization had its reasons. For starters, obesity leads to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, early-onset degenerative arthritis…and just about every other illness on the planet. In … Continue reading →
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February 20, 2015
by Jenna Lillemoe, B.A.
by Arthur Caplan , Ph.D.
This year has marked the largest measles outbreak in decades with over 102 cases documented since December.…
February 4, 2015
by Nanette Elster, JD, MPH and Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD
You may have seen at your doctor’s office a poster showing a climber scaling a sheer cliff.…
February 3, 2015
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
By now, you have most likely been inundated with news about the measles outbreak tied to Disneyland in California.…
January 29, 2015
by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership I haven’t been to Disneyland since my senior year in high school, and I’ve actually never visited one of the Disney World resorts. Frankly, I never really cared for the noise, the crowds and the artificiality of the Disney parks. The fact that […]
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May 11, 2015 7:06 pm
On network and cable TV, during shows aimed at kids under age 12, the vast majority of commercials are for products with too much added sugar, saturated fat or sodium, according to a new study.
April 29, 2015 1:58 pm
Latin America’s first medical marijuana farm has taken root in a dusty yard at a secret location in Chile’s capital, with the blessing of a prominent right-wing official and high hopes the idea could sprout elsewhere in the socially conservative nation.
April 28, 2015 2:09 pm
Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017 – one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company.
April 22, 2015 4:57 pm
Should Ebola patients in West Africa be given unproven treatments? How should clinicians decide which patients to treat, given the limited availability of some drugs? Should Ebola patients who are dying be given palliative care to relieve pain and suffering?
April 17, 2015 11:02 am
People with seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis and other illnesses will be allowed to use a non-smoking form of medical marijuana in Georgia after the state’s Republican governor signed a measure legalizing the drug on Thursday.
April 10, 2015 1:34 pm
Sales of medically important antibiotics in the United States for use in livestock jumped by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013, federal regulators reported on Friday, data that is sure to feed the national debate about the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.
April 10, 2015 1:32 pm
U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast cereal to breast milk for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide on rising concerns over its possible links to disease.
April 9, 2015 1:34 pm
California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed forward a bill that would ban parents from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let their school-going children remain unvaccinated.
April 8, 2015 1:27 pm
A bystander’s video showing a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man to death has added momentum to calls to require all police officers to wear body cameras.
April 7, 2015 1:12 pm
The campaign implies autism is a party, rather than a crisis. For families living with autism, reality is far more sober, and their needs extend far beyond “awareness.”
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