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In his 2018 book, the philosopher of science, Jacob Stegenga defends the view “that we should have little confidence in the effectiveness of medical interventions.” (Stegenga 2018) On the face of it, he acknowledges, this position seems unreasonable: most of us can think of myriad ways in which modern medicine has improved – perhaps saved […]Full Article
Written by Alberto Giubilini Oxford Martin School, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford Following a measles outbreak, Rockland County in New York has enforced a 30 day emergency measure that involves barring unvaccinated children and teenagers from any public place (not just schools, but also restaurants, shopping centres, places of worship, and so […]Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
When I was growing up I recall parents talking about chicken pox parties where parents would arrange to expose their children to a person with an active infection.…Full Article
Why do some people refuse to have their child vaccinated? Are there any good reasons not to vaccinate one’s child? Why should one have one’s child vaccinated if this doesn’t make a difference to whether the community is protected? Why is vaccinating one’s child an ethical issue? In this interview with Dr Katrien Devolder, Dr […]Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Jump to The Resident (Season 2; Episode 10): What would you do doctor?a>;Jump to The Good Doctor (Season 1; Episode 11): Ignoring patient rights; unnecessary risks; crisis planning; Jump to New Amsterdam (Season 1; Episode 11): Superutilizers and racism; Jump to Chicago Med (Season 4; Episode 11): Triage, gestational surrogacy conflicts; ends justifies the means
In the wake of the recent Twitter fight between the National Rifle Association and U.S. physician groups over whether doctors should speak out about firearm policy issues, we argue that professionalism actually requires that doctors take on a leadership role in gun policy debates, even if (in fact, especially if) doing so is politically fraught… Read more
The post Staying in Their Lane: Health Professionals Must Address Gun Violence appeared first on The Hastings Center.Full Article
by Craig Klugman, PhD
This episode revolves around an unidentified pathogen invading the ED when two patients are brought in immediately after their flight from Malaysia lands.…Full Article
…“A group of ethicists, public health and health policy experts, healthcare providers, and lawyers has composed an open letter to President Donald J.
This post can also be found as the November 2018 editorial in the American Journal of Bioethics.
by Alonzo L.…Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Since January 1, 2018 through November 15, the United States has seen 311 mass shootings that have killed 339 people and injured 1,249.…Full Article
Clinical Ethicists Awakened: Addressing Two Generations of Clinical Ethics Issues Involving Undocumented Patients
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Freezing fertility or freezing false hope? A content analysis of social egg freezing in U.S. print media
The One Health Approach to Zoonotic Emerging Infectious Diseases
A Radical Approach to Ebola: Saving Humans and Other Animals
Ethical Dilemmas in Protecting Susceptible Subpopulations From Environmental Health Risks: Liberty, Utility, Fairness, and Accountability for Reasonableness
Counseling parents at risk of delivery of an extremely premature infant: Differing strategies
How should we deal with misattributed paternity? A survey of lay public attitudes
Saving Life, Limb, and Eyesight: Assessing the Medical Rules of Eligibility During Armed Conflict
Now is the Time for a Postracial Medicine: Biomedical Research, the National Institutes of Health, and the Perpetuation of Scientific Racism
Measles has been much in the news lately, and rightly so. New York is one of the epicenters of a growing epidemic that poses a serious threat. There have been 285 confirmed cases since the outbreak began last fall; 21 of those led to hospitalizations, including five admissions to intensive care units.
Despite a worsening Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization on Friday again decided not to declare the outbreak a global health emergency.
While expressing “deep concern” about the number of increasing cases in parts of Congo, and the potential risk of the disease spreading to neighboring countries, the W.H.O. said the epidemic did not meet the criteria for declaring an international public health emergency.Full Article
The Food and Drug Administration promised yesterday to heighten oversight of providers of experimental stem cell treatments, as a Post report detailed the agency’s slow response to a leading stem cell company whose treatments blinded some patients.Full Article
France has banned several types of textured breast implants that have been linked to a rare form of cancer. The ban, which covers macro-textured and polyurethane implants, took effect on Friday. It was announced this week by France’s National Agency for Safety of Medicines and Health Products, or ANSM, in a letter to manufacturers.
France has banned several types of textured breast implants that have been linked to a rare form of cancer.
The ban, which covers macro-textured and polyurethane implants, took effect on Friday. It was announced this week by France’s National Agency for Safety of Medicines and Health Products, or ANSM, in a letter to manufacturers.
A mumps outbreak that began at Philadelphia’s Temple University in February has snowballed, with the city’s health department now reporting 106 cases associated with the flare-up.
University officials say the vast majority of students involved had been immunized previously with the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.
So why are so many still appearing on campus with the mumps’ signature swollen cheeks?Full Article
A county in New York has banned unvaccinated children from all public spaces as the state battles its largest measles outbreak in decades.
Officials in Rockland County declared a state of emergency Tuesday, announcing that the ban would begin at midnight and remain in place for 30 days, or until unvaccinated minors receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Officials said unvaccinated minors will not be permitted in public places, such as churches, schools and shopping centers, though outdoor spaces such as playgrounds are not included in the ban.Full Article
An influential committee of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that it would be “irresponsible” to try to create babies from gene-edited human embryos. The panel called for an international registry to track all research into editing the human genome.Full Article
Dr. Scott Gottlieb became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in 2017 with an ambitious plan to reduce cigarette smoking, a habit that kills nearly half a million Americans each year, by shifting smokers to less harmful alternatives like e-cigarettes.
But he was quickly embroiled in an unexpected crisis: the explosion of vaping among millions of middle and high school students, many of whom were getting addicted to nicotine.
Dr. Gottlieb will depart at the end of this month, following his sudden announcement last week that he would resign, with his plans to toughen regulation of both vaping and smoking unfinished and powerful lobbying forces quietly celebrating the exit of a politically canny administrator who aggressively wielded his regulatory powers.Full Article
Primary care doctors are really good at checking seniors’ cholesterol levels and blood pressure but often fail to use tests that could detect dementia.
Fewer than half of primary care doctors surveyed say they routinely test patients 65 and older for problems with memory and thinking, according to a report released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association.Full Article