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July 15, 2015

The American Psychological Association Interrogation Policy and Dr. Gerald Koocher, AAAS Fellow

by Steven Miles, M.D. 

A recent 542-page report describes a damning collaboration between the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) and other government intelligence agencies.…

July 1, 2015

In California, Vaccination is the Law

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week, California governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 277. This law mandates vaccinations for all children who attend a school (public or private) in the state.…

June 22, 2015

At Long Last: FDA Changes the Law for Hemochromatosis

by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

Summer in the U.S. is known for many things—time at the beach, picnics, baseball, thunderstorms, vacations and ice cream.…

June 8, 2015

MERS: Another Lesson in Quarantine and Health Disparity

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

At the G7 meeting this week, the developed nations which compose the Group of 7 pledged to “wipe out Ebola.” With over 11,000 Ebola-related deaths worldwide since March 2014, this certainly is worth public health efforts and funding.…

June 2, 2015

Hookup or Hookah?

I have two teenage boys. So of course I’m worried about them skipping the dating scene and engaging in “hookups.” That seems to be what kids do these days. But now, do I also have to worry about them engaging … Continue reading

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April 27, 2015

The Harms of Believing in Exercise

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

Cigarette Smoking Is So 1970!

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

Residual Dried Blood and New Born Screening in Minnesota

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

Ethics in the Age of Ebola

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

Calling Obesity A Disease Dooms Dieters

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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Published Articles (34)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 4 - Apr 2015

Caring for the Suffering: Meeting the Ebola Crisis Responsibly Philip M. Rosoff

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 4 - Apr 2015

Ideology and Microbiology: Ebola, Science, and Deliberative Democracy Joseph J. Fins

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 3 - Mar 2015

Mandatory Cancer Risk Warnings on Alcoholic Beverages: What Are the Ethical Issues? Jennie Louise, Jaklin Eliott, Ian Olver & Annette Braunack-Ma

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

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News (545)

July 31, 2015 4:31 pm

Flavoring, other additives increase cigarettes’ addictiveness

Ingredients that help enhance the appeal of “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes may contribute to the addictiveness of smoking, a study suggests.

July 28, 2015 4:35 pm

Americans report improved health, better healthcare: study

Americans are reporting improved health and better healthcare two years after health insurance became available under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

July 27, 2015 4:34 pm

India set to become world's most populous country by 2022 - U.N.

India is set to overtake China and become the world’s most populous country in less than a decade – six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

July 9, 2015 5:31 pm

Healthier meals do cost families more

Shopping for healthier groceries, like whole wheat bread instead of white bread and lean meat instead of fattier cuts, would cost a family of four about $1,500 more a year at their regular stores, according to a new U.S. study.

July 7, 2015 1:47 pm

Increase taxes on tobacco products to curb demand: WHO

Even as India made progress in increasing taxes on cigarettes between 2012-14, it has little effect as the “modest hikes” were compensated by relatively higher income growth, a WHO report today said, urging nations across the globe to raise taxes on tobacco products to reduce its consumption.

June 22, 2015 6:58 pm

In old age, current and former smokers face early lung disease

There may be 35 million older Americans with undiagnosed lung disease due to cigarette smoking, a new study suggests.

June 17, 2015 5:35 pm

Trans fats may hurt memory, too

Artificial trans fats in processed foods, which were all but banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week, may interfere with memory, according to a new study.

June 16, 2015 1:31 pm

Fifteen years after smokers quit, heart failure risk may fall to normal

For most former smokers who quit at least 15 years ago, the risks of heart failure and death are the same as those of someone who never smoked, according to a new U.S. study.

June 15, 2015 5:29 pm

Cigarettes linked to half of deaths from 12 common cancers

Roughly half of deaths from 12 smoking-related cancers may be linked directly to cigarette use, a U.S. study estimates.

June 11, 2015 5:26 pm

Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed years later

Being bullied in adolescence may make kids more vulnerable to depression in early adulthood and explain almost a third of depression burden at that age, according to a new study in the U.K.

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