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Please join us for our next AJOB webinar on VACCINE MANDATES, moderated by David Magnus, with panelists Arthur Caplan, Seema Mohapatra, Matthew Wynia, and Kevin Schulman.

September 17th, 8:30a – 9:30a PST // 11:30a – 12:30p EST

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Bela Fishbeyn, MS and David Magnus, PhD

Our publishers recently changed how they present journal metrics on Taylor & Francis Online. Each journal in their portfolio now features a new metrics tab on every journals’ home page that includes information about citation metrics, usage (downloads), speed (average days from submission to first decision, average days from acceptance to online publication, etc), and acceptance rate. 

The information was added in the hopes of empowering researchers and authors to make informed decisions by providing a broader range of metrics and clear information for their use. That said, they were only able to list a single number for AJOB’s acceptance rate – 33% – which lumps all of our article types together (target articles, OPCs, editorials, book reviews, etc). …

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Our Managing Editor, Bela Fishbeyn published a very moving account of her experiences as an immigrant to the United States. This highlights the schizophrenic nature of our nation’s attitudes and history towards immigrants and refugees. My father was a holocaust survivor. When he spoke about being a child in Germany, he commented on how all the children knew you wanted to be in the areas controlled by the Americans. The American GI’s would give the starving children their rations and sometimes a candy bar. In contrast, the soldiers of other countries were to be avoided. There was no empathy for the children from another land.…

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by Bela Fishbeyn, M.S.

In this month’s issue of AJOB, Howard Minkoff and Mary Faith Marshall argue that we ought to acknowledge the inherent complexity and personal nature of risks involved in childbirth, and thus defer, when possible, to the decisions made by autonomous mothers-to-be. They place this in opposition to the claim that, “women have the right to choose how and where to give birth, but they do not have the right to put their baby at risk,” and discourage deference to the evaluations of clinicians and judges. However, for mothers-to-be to access autonomy presupposes access to options that may not exist in the world, and in our current system that overwhelmingly favors medicalized birth, access to other birth options is limited.…

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In response to an invitation to reply to the recent blog post by Steven Miles, Dr. Gerald Koocher sent the following attached document.  Click to view Dr. Koocher and Dr. Levant’s comments on the Hoffman report.…

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by Bela Fishbeyn

In this issue of The American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), Adina Preda and Kristin Voigt (2015) investigate the relationship between health policies, social determinants of health, and health inequalities. There is much empirical work demonstrating the correlation between social determinants of health and health outcomes, which establishes a clear relationship between a person’s social and economic status and her health outcomes. What are defined as social determinants of health varies depending on institution or organization, but the World Health Organization (WHO) broadly explains social determinants of health as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age” and further, that “these circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels” (World Health Organization, Social Determinants of Health.…

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