» Public Health Where the World Finds Bioethics Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:10:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Less than half of U.S. kids under age two fully vaccinated against flu Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:06:09 +0000 0 Our Official Dietary Guidelines Are Useless Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:22:50 +0000 0 Base Gun Policy on Science, Not Rhetoric Thu, 07 Jan 2016 08:49:29 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This year, my university required all instructors to talk about “live shooter” plans in our classes. Although this institution does not permit guns anywhere on campus, we are supposed to be prepared because we live in a world where mass shootings occur in schools and where in more places people carry firearms.

This week, President Obama took executive action to address this public health epidemic. During the press conference, the President announced guidance for federal agencies that fell into three categories: asking Congress for more funds, expanding who is covered under the background check requirements, and greater enforcement of existing laws.…

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The Increasing Divide: How Do We Improve Health In a Stratifying Society? Fri, 11 Dec 2015 06:25:09 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

While editing a book chapter dealing with public health, I came across the author talking about inequalities in health. Then this followed my morning read of the paper that spoke about the declining middle class. Whereas making it into the middle class is a long-time American dream, the reality is different.

In 1971, the middle class comprised 61% of society. Today, only 49.9% of Americans qualify as being middle class. The rest are either in the upper or lower classes.…

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U.S. teens don’t exercise enough at school Wed, 09 Dec 2015 23:40:19 +0000 0 No Planned Parenthood cut-off in Republicans’ spending draft: Pelosi Fri, 04 Dec 2015 15:48:08 +0000 0 Live Long & Prosper is the New “Good” Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:49:48 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

One of my family’s Thanksgiving traditions is one common to many, that we go around the table and name something for which we are thankful. This week my list includes several things relevant to bioethics:

For most Americans though, they are often thankful for things that make them happy such as their family and their health.…

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Marijuana is literally the least of the nation’s drug worries, the police have announced Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:46:07 +0000 0 Junk Food Not to Blame for America’s Obesity Epidemic: Study Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:42:32 +0000 0 A group of middle-aged whites in the U.S. is dying at a startling rate Tue, 03 Nov 2015 17:12:06 +0000 0 Kids get more cavities when they live with smokers Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:51:04 +0000 0 Almost half of elderly patients miscalculate life expectancy Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:13:11 +0000 0 Subway shifting all U.S. meat supplies to no-antibiotics-ever Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:12:10 +0000 0 Exclusive – Transatlantic divide: how U.S. pays three times more for drugs Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:52:33 +0000 0 Your Biology is in My Technology Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:48:12 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The PBS series Open Mind has been on television for nearly 60 years. The program “is a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas.” The December 30 episode was an interview with Dr. Maria Freire, President of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. The host of this show, Alexander Heffner, asked AJOB and BIOETHICS.NET to share this interview, about which he said, “it’s among our most fascinating conversations.”

The conversation is about exploring is about the intersection of biology and technology, harnessing big data to learn about human health and find cures for human disease.…

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Venom experts say global snake bite death tolls ‘grossly underestimated’ Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:22:53 +0000 0 Pregnant cancer patients shouldn’t terminate or delay treatment: study Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:41:48 +0000 0 Clinton plan to cut health costs includes tax credits, more sick visits Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:32:51 +0000 0 You’re surrounded by a cloud of bacteria as unique as a fingerprint Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:01:02 +0000 0 A Crucial Catch: Ethics, the NFL, and Public Health Advocacy Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:00:27 +0000 by Macey L. Henderson, J.D.

I enjoy watching my favorite NFL teams and players during football season. As the daughter of a local sports attorney who grew up down the street from the Indianapolis Colts complex, I have always been exposed to programs and events that highlight advocacy that the NFL and their respective team markets provide for communities year after year through high profile efforts.

How can the most lucrative sports organization with north of $9 billion revenue help public health?…

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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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