» Public Health Where the World Finds Bioethics Tue, 26 May 2015 19:55:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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 Experts call for a tobacco-free world by 2040 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:24:20 +0000 0 And the Ban Played On Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:59:29 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Have you taken the “Celibacy Challenge?” This satirical national campaign is in response to a proposal from the FDA that would amend the lifetime blood donation ban of men who have sex with men (MSM) to only a one-year ban. The hitch is that the men would have to refrain from sex with men for one year. They could have sex with women during that year, just not men.

This proposed one-year celibacy ban is in line with the rules of other nations.…

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Irish parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:39:26 +0000 0 Study links common food additives to Crohn’s disease, colitis Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:23:15 +0000 0 Mandatory Cancer Risk Warnings on Alcoholic Beverages: What Are the Ethical Issues? Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:39:27 +0000 0 What should docs do with parents who don’t vaccinate? Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:14:37 +0000 by Jenna Lillemoe, B.A.
by Arthur Caplan , Ph.D.

This year has marked the largest measles outbreak in decades with over 102 cases documented since December. This outbreak is a product of the anti-vaccination trend that has dramatically decreased vaccination compliance rates in children. Parents no longer follow the guidance of their pediatricians or believe the scientific evidence that vaccinations work without adverse effects. Pediatricians and family medicine physicians are then tasked with caring for these unvaccinated children. Because there is no set policy of how to manage caring for non-vaccinated children, we were interested in attempting to critically analyze how physicians manage non-vaccinated children.…

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Plain tobacco packs likely to deter smoking, studies show Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:53:06 +0000 0 HPV vaccine linked to less-risky behavior Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:31:15 +0000 0 Teacher depression may affect child learning Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:26:50 +0000 0 Fatal smoking risks may be higher than thought Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:20:30 +0000 0 Measles outbreak: Vaccination exemption would end under proposed California law Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:11:14 +0000 0 Health Autism Speaks Urges Parents to Vaccinate Children Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:09:42 +0000 0 Among New York Subway’s Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes Mon, 09 Feb 2015 21:05:43 +0000 0 The Unbearable Rightness of Handwashing Wed, 04 Feb 2015 22:43:22 +0000 by Nanette Elster, JD, MPH and Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

You may have seen at your doctor’s office a poster showing a climber scaling a sheer cliff. Purportedly a public service ad (PSA), the casual viewer would assume that the poster is warning against the dangers of climbing. In fact, the poster warns people about the danger of not using sunscreen. The ad cleverly upends our typical perception of risk (that climbing is dangerous) with a much more pedestrian but even greater risk (getting skin cancer from too much sun).…

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Don’t Weasel Out of the Measles Vaccine Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:00:40 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

By now, you have most likely been inundated with news about the measles outbreak tied to Disneyland in California. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, there have been 102 cases of the measles linked to Disneyland through either primary exposure (they were exposed directly) or secondary exposure (they were exposed to someone who had primary exposure) in 15 states. The state of Arizona alone is monitoring over 1,000 people at risk.

The latest turn in this continuing debate is parents of immune-comprised children begging their neighbors to immunize their children.…

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V-Ticket to Ride Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:51:44 +0000 ]]> 0 Ebola – Yes to isolation, quarantine, and travel restrictions (Part III) Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:50:04 +0000 By Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D. (guest blogger)

The HIV experience can be used as a learning model to understand what processes may need to be used for this Ebola epidemic. While there are differences, there is much similarity, especially in the deadliness of the virus of both diseases in the early phase of the epidemic. Both are also transmitted through contact with body fluids, and can be transmitted through sexual contact. This aspect should not be overlooked; the sex drive is very strong and frequently sexual relationships defy logic and rationality.…

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Ebola – Yes to isolation, quarantine, and travel restrictions (Part II) Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:00:58 +0000 By Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D. (guest blogger)

Public health policy is derived from promoting public good to protect millions of people from pain and suffering; an effective policy ultimately should enhance health and happiness. The coercive powers of federal and state governments and to enforce public health policy are derived from police powers to provide safety and security to the public. The President has those powers from the plenary powers, unnamed in the constitution, but implied in those powers that protect the security of the nation.…

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Ebola – Yes to isolation, quarantine, and travel restrictions (Part I) Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:00:44 +0000 By Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D. (guest blogger)

In 2014, the spread of Ebola topped the headlines. While other issues have supplanted Ebola for the time being, the risk remains as the virus continues to claim victims. A viable Ebola policy that contains the spread must be put into place.

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with body fluids, blood, and skin. Body fluid droplets remain viable for a few hours; the most infectious period is when the patient is exhibiting severe symptoms with high fever, vomiting and diarrhea.…

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Computers ‘judge personality better than friends Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:50:19 +0000 0 Getting more exercise throughout life is tied to a reduced risk of abusing alcohol that requires treatment Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:59:20 +0000 0