Blog Posts (63)
September 18, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Say there was a simple change that could be made to the health care system that would reduce cost, reduce demand, increase patient’s quality of life and satisfaction, address the whole patient and not just the disease, improve care coordination, and increase patient autonomy.…
September 16, 2014
by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.
No other area of philosophy has captured my interests like bioethics. Thinking about the ways that we can use health care to justly distribute opportunities and what those opportunities are is my greatest interest.…
September 11, 2014
by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Thirteen years ago today, Americans watched in horror as planes hijacked by Al Qaeda-backed terrorists slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a vacant field outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Many of us lost friends and family. Nearly 3,000 people were killed […]
September 4, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
An Ebola epidemic rages through Western Africa. Civil unrest and terrorist turmoil rocks Syria/Iraq, Libya, Israel/Gaza, and Ferguson, Missouri.…
September 2, 2014
[NPR] No one likes it when a new drug in people’s medicine cabinets turns out to have problems — just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was removed from the market over concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. To do a better job of spotting unforeseen risks […]
August 29, 2014
by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership For over 30 years now, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned blood donations from gay and bisexual men. It is a lifetime ban. Currently, no man who has ever had sex with another man can donate blood in the US. […]
August 26, 2014
In the Summer 2014 edition of Dignitas Greg Rutecki provides a thought-provoking article calling for reframing the gun control debate as a public health issue. He brings attention to the measures taken in Australia following a 1996 mass shooting (35 dead) in 1996, which subsequently appeared to produce a striking drop in homicides, as well as suicides by firearms. Although we could have reasonable debate... // Read More »
August 22, 2014
[The New York Times] PLAINSBORO, N.J. — Can good design help heal the sick? The University Medical Center of Princeton realized several years ago that it had outgrown its old home and needed a new one. So the management decided to design a mock patient room. Medical staff members and patients were surveyed. Nurses and […]
August 18, 2014
[CNBC] wo years ago, Nathalie Traller spent her days like any seventh-grader might. She played soccer and swam and studied for classes. Then Nathalie started getting bad headaches, the kind that made it hard for her to concentrate. A trip to the doctor revealed the unthinkable: a mass the size of a baseball in her […]
August 18, 2014
by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
Ebola, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) is out of control in West Africa. The disease, which is transmitted by contact with contaminated blood or body fluids, or by close contact with a dead body infected with the virus, has killed more than 1100 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. …
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September 9, 2014 5:53 pm
There has been a major debate over whether sugar is addictive. There is currently very little evidence to support the idea that any ingredient, food item, additive or combination of ingredients has addictive properties.
August 26, 2014 1:17 pm
Overweight patients with risk factors for heart disease should be sent by their doctors for “intensive behavioral counseling” about diet or exercise, according to new recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
August 25, 2014 6:33 pm
The American Heart Association, in a policy statement released today, said physicians shouldn’t discourage e-cigarette use as a last resort to drop a smoking habit.
August 25, 2014 6:30 pm
States that have legalized medical marijuana tend to experience an unexpected benefit — fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, a new study suggests.
August 19, 2014 10:39 am
Iltifat Husain has seen an awful lot of sickness and injury during his time as an emergency room doctor, but lately, he’s worried about something new. He’s worried about the ill effects of mobile healthcare apps.
August 18, 2014 1:44 pm
The speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, announced at the weekend that she has a “high-risk” form of HPV to try to raise awareness about the common but often stigmatized sexually transmitted infection.
August 14, 2014 11:57 am
Ebola outbreaks can be contained using available interventions like early detection and isolation, contact tracing and monitoring, and adherence to rigorous procedures of infection control. However, a specific treatment or vaccine would be a potent asset to counter the virus.
August 6, 2014 1:54 pm
The use of an experimental drug to treat two U.S. charity workers stricken by the deadly Ebola virus has prompted the World Health Organization to consider the implications of making such treatments more widely available, it said on Wednesday.
August 5, 2014 5:44 pm
An experimental serum grown in specially modified tobacco leaves made headlines this week when it was given to two Americans stricken with Ebola.
August 5, 2014 5:43 pm
There’s gluten-free water. And, gluten-free mushrooms and gluten-free rice cereal.
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