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March 3, 2015

And the Ban Played On

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Have you taken the “Celibacy Challenge?” This satirical national campaign is in response to a proposal from the FDA that would amend the lifetime blood donation ban of men who have sex with men (MSM) to only a one-year ban.

February 20, 2015

What should docs do with parents who don’t vaccinate?

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

The Unbearable Rightness of Handwashing

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

Don’t Weasel Out of the Measles Vaccine

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

V-Ticket to Ride

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 […]
January 21, 2015

Ebola – Yes to isolation, quarantine, and travel restrictions (Part III)

By Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D. (guest blogger)

The HIV experience can be used as a learning model to understand what processes may need to be used for this Ebola epidemic.…

January 19, 2015

Ebola – Yes to isolation, quarantine, and travel restrictions (Part II)

By Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D. (guest blogger)

Public health policy is derived from promoting public good to protect millions of people from pain and suffering; an effective policy ultimately should enhance health and happiness.…

January 16, 2015

Ebola – Yes to isolation, quarantine, and travel restrictions (Part I)

By Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D. (guest blogger)

In 2014, the spread of Ebola topped the headlines. While other issues have supplanted Ebola for the time being, the risk remains as the virus continues to claim victims.…

January 3, 2015

A Cold Day’s Concern About a Warming Planet

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership My husband and I usually spend both Thanksgiving and Christmas at my in-laws’ house in Western New York, located about 30 minutes outside of Buffalo. This year was no exception. What was different this year was the unusual weather. The Thanksgiving holiday was […]
November 26, 2014

Striking the Balance Between Population Guidelines and Patient Primacy

by Susan Mathews, Bioethics Program Alumna (2014) Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among North American women. Although routine mammography decreases the risk of death by about 15 percent, research on the effectiveness of wide-scale screening programs shows that 2,500 people would need to be screened to prevent one cancer death among women […]

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Published Articles (31)

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

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

Ethics and Empiricism in the Formation of Professional Guidelines Mildred K. Cho

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

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 9 - Sep 2013

An Ethical Analysis of Mandatory Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Personnel: Implementing Fairly and Balancing Benefits and Burdens Armand H. Matheny Antommaria

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 9 - Sep 2013

Ethics of Clinical Science in a Public Health Emergency: Drug Discovery at the Bedside Sarah J. L. Edwards

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 9 - Sep 2013

Vaccine Mandates Are Justifiable Because We Are All in This Together John D. Lantos and Mary Anne Jackson

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 5 - May 2013

Ban the Sunset? Nonpropositional Content and Regulation of Pharmaceutical Advertising Paul Biegler & Patrick Vargas

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 7 - Jul 2012

Making Power Visible in Global Health Governance Carles Muntaner

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 5 - May 2012

A Good Taste of Bioethics Around the Globe: Review of Catherine Myser, ed., "Bioethics Around the Globe" Darryl Macer

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News (510)

March 3, 2015 2:39 pm

Irish parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law

Ireland on Tuesday became the second country in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move.

March 2, 2015 2:23 pm

Study links common food additives to Crohn's disease, colitis

Common additives in ice cream, margarine, packaged bread and many processed foods may promote the inflammatory bowel diseases ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease as well as a group of obesity-related conditions, scientists said on Wednesday.

February 17, 2015 2:53 pm

Plain tobacco packs likely to deter smoking, studies show

Studies on the health impact of “plain” or standardized cigarette packs suggest they can deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and may cut the number of cigarettes smokers get through, scientists said on Tuesday.

February 12, 2015 4:31 pm

HPV vaccine linked to less-risky behavior

Contrary to concerns that getting vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV) will lead young people to have more or riskier sex, a new study in England finds less risky behavior among young women who got the HPV vaccine.

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.

February 11, 2015 4:20 pm

Fatal smoking risks may be higher than thought

A new study suggests that smoking may be responsible for 60,000 to 120,000 more deaths in the U.S. each year than previously thought.

February 10, 2015 4:11 pm

Measles outbreak: Vaccination exemption would end under proposed California law

Two state senators said Wednesday they will introduce legislation to eliminate a controversial “personal belief exemption” that allows California parents to refuse to vaccinate their children.

February 10, 2015 4:09 pm

Health Autism Speaks Urges Parents to Vaccinate Children

A well-known autism advocacy group, Autism Speaks, is urging parents to vaccinate their children amid a measles outbreak that has already reached 14 states and infected 102 people last month.

February 9, 2015 4:05 pm

Among New York Subway’s Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes

Have you ever been on the subway and seen something that you did not quite recognize, something mysteriously unidentifiable?

January 13, 2015 12:50 pm

Computers 'judge personality better than friends

Computers can be better at predicting our personality than our friends and family, an experiment with tens of thousands of volunteers has indicated.

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