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August 29, 2014

The Boys in the Ban

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

(Gun) Violence as a Public Health Issue

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

In Redesigned Room, Hospital Patients May Feel Better Already

[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

When unapproved drugs are the only help: A case for compassionate use

[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

The raging Ebola epidemic in West Africa—will the key lessons be learned?

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. …

August 12, 2014

Big Bad Ebola

by Theresa Spranger, Bioethics Program Alumna (MSBioethics 2012) Last week Ebola came to the United States, it came on a specialized plane in the form of two medical missionaries. The conversation since has revolved around whether or not bringing them home for treatment was wise and/or just. First, let’s talk about the risk of Ebola transmission, […]
July 29, 2014

The D.O. Is in Now

[The New York Times] The old Blumstein’s department store sits across 125th Street from the legendary Apollo Theater. It’s something of a Harlem landmark, where “don’t buy where you can’t work” protests led to the hiring of African-Americans as the first salesclerks in 1934 and where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was stabbed […]
July 8, 2014

Merck Says It Regrets Strong-Arming Italian Researcher

[Forbes] Merck says that it “regrets” using legal threats to push a leading Italian researcher to muffle his public critiques of one of the company’s cholesterol drugs. Merck spokesman Steve Cragle writes: Merck is committed to the open and transparent exchange of scientific information. We believe this exchange should take place in medical meetings and […]
July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations

[The New York Times]  The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. It was, a dissent said, “a decision of startling breadth.” The 5-to-4 ruling, which applied to two companies owned by Christian families, opened the door […]
June 27, 2014

Fact vs. Fiction: Judge Upholds Barring Unvaccinated Children from Public Schools

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Vaccination is one of the great success stories of public health. People who receive vaccinations against disease are far less likely to contract that 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 (482)

August 26, 2014 1:17 pm

New recommendations for overweight people with heart risks

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

E-Cigarettes Worth Try to Quit Smoking, Heart Group Says

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

Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Pot

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

These Medical Apps Have Doctors and the FDA Worried

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

New York City council speaker reveals HPV diagnosis to raise awareness

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

Ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola virus disease (EVD)

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

WHO consulting ethics experts on experimental Ebola drugs

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

Ebola: Are Treatments, Vaccines on the Horizon?

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

FDA calls for more specific gluten-free labels

There’s gluten-free water. And, gluten-free mushrooms and gluten-free rice cereal.

August 1, 2014 3:26 pm

E-Cigarettes are Less Harmful Than Conventional Cigarettes

Researchers at the Queen Mary University, London, reviewed current scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes and found that e-cigarettes were safer than conventional cigarettes for both users and bystanders.

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