Blog Posts (62)
August 14, 2018
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Last December, I wrote a post about #MeToo in bioethics. I wish this could be a one-time topic and all of the problems were fixed, but alas this is a problem of structural inequality.…
June 27, 2018
by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.
“Nothing about us without us.”– J.I. Charlton, adopted by disability rights advocates
Recently I sat in a room of scholars who teach health humanities in medical schools and undergraduate institutions across the United States and Canada.…
June 19, 2018
by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
The President of the United States, after discussion with key aides in the White House, implemented a policy in June of 2018 allegedly aimed at discouraging illegal border crossings by asylum seekers and others from entering the United States.…
June 11, 2018
At this year’s Southern Group on Educational Affairs conference, the University of Mississippi hosted an outing at the Two Mississippi Museums, consisting of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. I focused my visit on the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. It was exhausting, difficult, heart-wrenching, and, in the end, hopeful. Growing […]
May 15, 2018
By Justin D. Triemstra Match day. Those two words can bring back a fountain of emotions for physicians. For some, excitement and thrill. For others, anxiety or sorrow. But for most, a significant financial burden during a time of limited income. A recent discussion with a fourth year medical student reminded me of this important, […]
May 11, 2018
by Ann Mongoven, Ph.D. MPH
Another Mother’s Day is here. Another candle is lit to honor the unknown birthparents of my Chinese-American daughter, adopted as an infant and now a young woman.…
March 12, 2018
by Zarna Patel I cannot find the right words to describe how it felt when I read news: “School shooting at High School in Southeastern Florida.” Despite the 239 school shootings since Sandy Hook, nothing can prepare you for the numbness of having it happen in your hometown. The way your heart leaps into your […]
January 23, 2018
The Resident (Season 1; Episode 1): The Most Unethical Hospital Ever
This new Fox show begins with newly minted MD Devon Pravesh’s first day at a fictional Atlanta hospital.…
January 16, 2018
by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.
In a previous blog I wrote about racial disparities in health and health care in which black patients fare much worse than white patients, including worse health outcomes.…
January 16, 2018
By Angira Patel When I started my medical training, my pediatrics residency program banned all pharmaceutical sponsorship of activities. No free lunch in the middle of the day, no fancy dinners at expensive restaurants, or trips to conferences paid for by a pharmaceutical company. Even my lab coat was unadorned by the colorful pens given […]
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August 16, 2018 9:00 am
With revelation after revelation, a new wave of sexual abuse scandals is rocking the Roman Catholic Church and presenting Pope Francis with the greatest crisis of his papacy. In Chile, prosecutors have raided church offices, seized documents and accused leaders of a coverup. In Australia, top church figures are facing detention and trials. And in the United States, after the resignation of a cardinal, questions are swirling about a hierarchy that looked the other way and protected him for years.
August 15, 2018 9:00 am
The American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C., has decided to retain a policy banning military psychologists from working with detainees at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and other national security detention facilities. But the political machinations surrounding a decisive vote this week by APA’s governing body suggest the 115,000-member organization is still far from resolving a decadelong debate over the ethical rules of conduct for psychologists in the U.S. government’s ongoing war against terrorism.
August 9, 2018 9:00 am
A woman has become the first person in Denmark to be charged with wearing a veil in public, under a new law that bans Islamic face coverings.
July 26, 2018 12:35 pm
People recovering from opioid addiction and their families discuss the financial and emotional costs of treatment.
July 24, 2018 4:44 am
Dr Bernadka Dubicka, who chairs the child and adolescent faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “Currently only one in four children and young people are treated for their mental health problems. “The fact that prescriptions for antidepressants are rising could reflect a slow but steady move towards treating everyone who is unwell.
July 2, 2018 7:41 am
A federal judge has blocked work requirements for Medicaid patients in Kentucky, just days before new rules mandated by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration were set to go into effect.
July 2, 2018 7:37 am
Public health officials are expanding efforts to get the HIV prevention pill into the hands of those at risk, in a nationwide effort to curb infections. But the officials are hitting roadblocks — the drug’s price tag, which has surged in recent years, and changes in insurance coverage that put a heftier financial burden on patients.
June 25, 2018 9:00 am
Cops in Minneapolis repeatedly asked emergency responders in Hennepin County to sedate people using ketamine — a powerful anesthetic known as a so-called date rape drug — even in instances when suspects were already restrained, a city report shows.
January 30, 2018 9:00 am
One of the most difficult challenges in the field of bioethics is balancing the needs of individual patients against the welfare of society. In Part II of a two-part lesson series, we ask students to do just that: to balance the interests of patients against each other and in relation to the broader population.
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