» Public Health Where the World Finds Bioethics Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Veterans discharged for misconduct have higher risk of homelessness Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:06:17 +0000 0 Multiple sclerosis linked to lower levels of vitamin D Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:03:12 +0000 0 Yes, It’s True: Women Really Are Freezing Their Tails Off at Work Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:46:53 +0000 0 WHO: Trials show new Ebola vaccine is ‘highly effective’ Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:48:37 +0000 0 Flavoring, other additives increase cigarettes’ addictiveness Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:31:00 +0000 0 Americans report improved health, better healthcare: study Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:35:59 +0000 0 India set to become world’s most populous country by 2022 – U.N. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:34:20 +0000 0 The American Psychological Association Interrogation Policy and Dr. Gerald Koocher, AAAS Fellow Wed, 15 Jul 2015 05:09:04 +0000 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. In essence, the APA rewrote the ethics code to allow psychologists to design and monitor interrogational torture.[i] The APA Presidential Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security (PENS) said that the interrogational psychologists’ client was the interrogational command and not the prisoners’ wellbeing. The aim of this policy was to authorize and shelter psychologists who devised plans that included waterboarding, sleep deprivation, food restriction, use of threatening dogs, solitary confinement, use of restraining stress positions, etc.…

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Healthier meals do cost families more Thu, 09 Jul 2015 21:31:07 +0000 0 Increase taxes on tobacco products to curb demand: WHO Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:47:37 +0000 0 In California, Vaccination is the Law Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:52:08 +0000 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. The only exemption is when a physician certifies that a vaccine “is not considered safe for the child.” The big change in this new law is the removal of the “personal belief” exemption from vaccination. No longer can a religious or philosophical belief exempt a child from receiving an immunization.…

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In old age, current and former smokers face early lung disease Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:58:41 +0000 0 At Long Last: FDA Changes the Law for Hemochromatosis Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:19:19 +0000 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. Sadly, it is also known by hospitals as the season when blood is in short supply. Schools and businesses close making blood drives harder. Frequent donors go away leaving blood and blood products in their communities in short supply. That is why a recent hard-fought breakthrough as to who can donate blood deserves much more attention and recognition than it has received which, if Google is to be believed, to date has been exactly nothing.…

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Trans fats may hurt memory, too Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:35:27 +0000 0 Fifteen years after smokers quit, heart failure risk may fall to normal Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:31:49 +0000 0 Cigarettes linked to half of deaths from 12 common cancers Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:29:55 +0000 0 Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed years later Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:26:37 +0000 0 MERS: Another Lesson in Quarantine and Health Disparity Tue, 09 Jun 2015 02:34:52 +0000 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.

While the “world leaders” focus on Ebola, which of course made small incursions in to the U.S. and Europe, a new epidemic lurks on the horizon—MERS. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome was first reported in September 2012 in Saudi Arabia.…

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California Senate votes to raise smoking age to 21 from 18 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 21:08:14 +0000 0 Hookup or Hookah? Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:18:42 +0000 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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Western diet may reduce survival odds for prostate cancer Mon, 01 Jun 2015 20:09:44 +0000 0 Pizza Hut, Taco Bell to remove artificial colors, flavors from foods Tue, 26 May 2015 19:52:30 +0000 0 To fight superbugs, FDA seeks detailed data on animal antimicrobials Wed, 20 May 2015 19:29:05 +0000 0 California prison inspection uncovers unsanitary conditions Fri, 15 May 2015 19:41:33 +0000 0 U.S. says insurers must cover FDA-approved birth control methods Thu, 14 May 2015 19:39:37 +0000 0 Food ads during children’s TV don’t meet proposed guidelines Mon, 11 May 2015 23:06:57 +0000 0 Medical marijuana farm blooms in conservative Chile Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:58:15 +0000 0 Tyson Foods plans to cut human antibiotics in U.S. chicken flocks by 2017 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:09:29 +0000 0 The Harms of Believing in Exercise Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:30:59 +0000 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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Cigarette Smoking Is So 1970! Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:38:21 +0000 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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The Ebola crisis: an ethical balancing act Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:57:30 +0000 0 Georgia governor signs law legalizing medical marijuana Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:02:27 +0000 0 Residual Dried Blood and New Born Screening in Minnesota Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:24:21 +0000 ]]> 0 U.S. meat industry buying more human antibiotics: FDA Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:34:09 +0000 0 Fears over Roundup herbicide residues prompt private testing Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:32:12 +0000 0 Ethics in the Age of Ebola Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:30:32 +0000
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. His death, and other cases in the “developed” world, led to a predictable media deluge, a good bit of hysteria, and predictable political posturing. As the November election approached, fear and ideology took hold, with calls for quarantine and allegations of discrimination coming from predictable precincts.
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California bill banning child vaccine exemptions moves ahead Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:34:15 +0000 0 South Carolina Shooting Increases Calls for Police Body Cameras Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:27:16 +0000 0 My three daughters are autistic. I despise Autism Awareness Month. Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:12:29 +0000 0 Caring for the Suffering: Meeting the Ebola Crisis Responsibly Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:16:36 +0000 0 Ideology and Microbiology: Ebola, Science, and Deliberative Democracy Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:06:36 +0000 0 Frankie Grande: Smoking ‘Ain’t Cute,’ Guys Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:26:13 +0000 0 The White House Plan To Combat Antibiotic Resistance Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:03:11 +0000 0 Calling Obesity A Disease Dooms Dieters Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:35:29 +0000 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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Parental smoking increases risk of future heart disease for kids Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:50:56 +0000 0 Worldwide Use Of Antibiotics In Livestock Is Fueling Risk Of Drug-Resistant Super Bugs Reuters Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:40:26 +0000 0 Ban on fast-food eateries in South L.A. hasn’t cut obesity, study says Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:59:11 +0000 0 Industry makes $7,000 for each tobacco death: health campaigners Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:44:55 +0000 0 Half a million babies die each year in unhygienic hospitals Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:00:47 +0000 0 Raise minimum age to buy cigarettes to decrease use: U.S. study Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:34:08 +0000 0