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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 […]
November 21, 2014

Doused Counties: Banning Tobacco Sales in Massachusetts

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The small city of Westminster, Massachusetts is voting on whether to become the first town in the nation to ban sales of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and bubblegum-shaped smoking implements within its limits.…

November 7, 2014

Kaci Hickox: Public health and the politics of fear

Steven H Miles, M.D.

Kaci Hickox is a nurse who went to Sierra Leone with Doctors without borders to treat the emergency with Ebola.…

October 28, 2014

If no travel restrictions, then….quarantine?

As the Ebola epidemic rages on, the debate about travel limitations has moved inevitably to the next stage: whether there ought to be a quarantine imposed on healthcare providers and others returning from service in endemic areas. We have been reading two opposing views, one emphasizing, as did Governor Christie of New Jersey, that “the obligation of elected officials is to protect the public health... // Read More »
October 28, 2014

Dr. Fauci or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hate the Media’s Coverage of Ebola

by Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

Although the Ebola virus is not ubiquitous, media coverage of it certainly is. A quick Google search of Ebola results in 37,700,000 hits.…

October 27, 2014

Ebola: where is the rock concert benefit?

by Arthur Caplan, PhD and Nir Eyal, D.Phil

Ebola’s toll is rising exponentially. Millions of lives are at risk in West Africa, and panic is starting to take its toll in the rest of the world.…

October 24, 2014

Do Doctors Have a Duty to Treat Patients With Ebola?

[Huffington Post] Now that two nurses treating Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan have themselves been diagnosed with the disease, it is time to ask: Do doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals have a duty to treat patients? What of the unsung healthcare “workers” — hazmat teams, EMTs, transporters who wheel stretchers, lab techs who test […]
October 24, 2014

Ebola Fever: “Don’t Panic”

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, author Douglas Adams provided his protagonist with two pieces of advise: don’t panic and always carry a towel.…

October 23, 2014

Fear and Loathing in Liberia

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Two weeks ago, I wrote a commentary decrying the current hysteria in the US over Ebola. It was ironic, I argued, that so many people were demanding the federal government take immediate steps to address the perceived threat of Ebola while simultaneously ignoring […]
October 20, 2014

Death From Ebola: What do we do with the deceased?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the United States in the year 1900, 52.6% of all deaths were due to infectious disease.…

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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 (499)

December 8, 2014 5:55 pm

No increase in risky sexual activity with HPV vaccine

Vaccinating young girls against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) doesn’t lead to an increase in risky sexual activity, a new study shows.

December 4, 2014 3:21 pm

Mental engagement may preserve health literacy in aging

Surfing the net, going to museums or joining a club might have an unexpected side effect: improving the ability of older people to understand drug labels and doctors’ instructions, according to a new study in the UK.

December 3, 2014 3:19 pm

Heavy drinking raises women’s injury risk more than men’s

Heavy drinking increases the risk of being injured, and far more so for women than men, researchers say.

December 3, 2014 3:16 pm

Male circumcision benefits outweigh risks, U.S. CDC says

The benefits of male circumcision outweigh the risks, according a long awaited draft of federal guidelines from U.S. health officials released on Tuesday, which indicate that scientific evidence supports recommending the procedure.

December 2, 2014 3:15 pm

China tobacco monopoly pushes back on smoking curbs

The chief of China’s powerful tobacco monopoly on Monday pushed back against government efforts to curb smoking, a habit the World Health Organization says accounts for as many as a million deaths a year.

November 19, 2014 4:36 pm

Illumina teams with U.S. government, researchers to sequence Ebola

Gene sequencing equipment maker Illumina has teamed up with the U.S. government and academic researchers at the Broad Institute in Boston to train scientists in West Africa to improve tracking of how the Ebola virus is mutating in hopes of fighting it more effectively.

November 18, 2014 4:40 pm

CDC lays out new plan to counter Ebola exposure in US

Embattled Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director, Dr. Tom Frieden, laid out a new game plan to counter further contamination of health care workers dealing with Ebola patients – including sending rapid response teams to any hospital where a new case is confirmed.

November 17, 2014 6:39 pm

Access to calorie-counting app doesn’t lead to weight loss

Merely recommending a calorie-counting app to overweight people and giving them access to it on their phones does not lead to weight loss, according to a new study.

November 13, 2014 4:12 pm

Newly Identified Gene Mutations Act Like A Lifetime Of Treatment With Merck Cholesterol Drug

A very large genetic study published in the New England Journal of Medicine offers compelling evidence in support of a central role for LDL cholesterol in coronary heart disease.

November 12, 2014 6:18 pm

U.S. nurses hold strikes, protests over Ebola measures

Tens of thousands of nurses across the United States staged protest rallies and strikes on Wednesday over what they say is insufficient protection for health workers dealing with patients possibly stricken with the deadly Ebola virus.

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