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by Jamie Webb MA, MSci
‘An experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced Monday.’ Readers of the Associated Press’s lead paragraph on Moderna’s vaccine candidate for COVID-19 could be forgiven for getting excited.…Full Article
by Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D. and Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
For a moment, let’s suppose that the novel coronavirus was produced by a lab in Wuhan as a biological weapon, as some in the Trump Administration have alleged.…Full Article
by Daniel W. Tigard, Ph.D.
As our evening entertainment during the recent weeks of social distancing, my wife and I have been watching the TV rendition of The Handmaid’s Tale, based upon Margaret Atwood’s important novel.…Full Article
by Bandy X. Lee, MD, MDiv
A novel coronavirus strain has rapidly spread around the world into a pandemic. Country responses over the past several weeks show that information dissemination is crucial for containing the disease.…Full Article
by Jay Baglia, Ph.D.
In a crisis, citizens seek information. Civic leaders need to address their constituencies regularly. But quantity isn’t nearly as valuable as quality and consistency.…Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
The Good Doctor (Season 3; Episode 14): Lying; Social Media; Internet Medicine; The Good Doctor (Season 3; Episode 15): Pressuring a patient; Surgery to correct social problems; New Amsterdam (Seasons 2; Episode 13): End of life; Battery; Chicago Med (Season 5; Episode 14): Can an abuser’s victim make his medical decisions?; Misdiagnosis
Cassie is a patient with a rare disorder—hey hyoid bone is too long and this causes problems.…Full Article
by September Williams, MD
is a documentary film by winning journalist and film director, .…Full Article
This post is presented in collaboration with the American Journal of Bioethics. You can read the entire issue by clicking here.…Full Article
Managing Anorexia Nervosa by Her Own Hand
by September Williams, MD
“You are only as sick as the secrets you keep.” It’s a saying used in a wide variety of mental health self-help communities.…Full Article
Media Coverage of Ethical Issues in Predictive Genetic Testing: A Qualitative Analysis
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TV Writers and Producers and Ethics: How Can I Help?
Ethical Perspectives on Neuromarketing: An Interview With Will Allred
Physician Sexual Assault: The Moral Imperative for Gender Equity in Medicine
Abusive Doctors: How the Atlanta Newspaper Exposed a System That Tolerates Sexual Misconduct by Physicians
Freezing fertility or freezing false hope? A content analysis of social egg freezing in U.S. print media
Ethical and regulatory challenges of research using pervasive sensing and other emerging technologies: IRB perspectives
Facebook on Monday took a step into preventive medicine, rolling out a new tool to encourage users to get flu shots as well as appropriate cancer screenings and heart health tests. But the success of the new product may depend on whether the social media giant can regain consumers’ trust.Full Article
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) turned heads this week after saying on a radio show that he had intentionally tried to get his children infected with chickenpox and that he did not support the state’s mandatory chickenpox vaccine.Full Article
During his State of the State address last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made a brief, if bold, promise.
“California’s consumers should be able to share in the wealth that is created from their data,” said Newsom, who went on to add that his team was working up a proposal for what he called a “data dividend.”
The term was simple, self-explanatory and puzzling.
A law that would compensate consumers for the use of their data by tech monoliths such as Google and Facebook, who make billions off this information, is so novel it would be a national and indeed global first.
But as appealing as a data dividend might sound, data privacy experts say it is far more easily announced than implemented.Full Article
Ethan Lindenberger, frustrated by years of arguments about his mother’s anti-vaccination stance, staged a quiet defection on Reddit.
The Norwalk, Ohio, teenager needed advice, he said, on how to inoculate himself against both infectious disease and his family’s dogma. At 18, he was old enough, Lindenberger explained. He wanted to get vaccinated. But he didn’t know how.
“Because of their beliefs I’ve never been vaccinated for anything, God knows how I’m still alive,” Lindenberger wrote days before Thanksgiving.Full Article
Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps into getting patients on higher doses.Full Article
Senator Elizabeth Warren has tried to put a nagging controversy behind her by apologizing privately to a leader of the Cherokee Nation for her decision to take a DNA test to prove her Native American ancestry last year, a move that had angered some tribal leaders and ignited a significant political backlash.Full Article
An alt-right activist who met with two Republican congressmen to discuss “DNA” and “genetics” posted on Facebook that he believes Muslims are “genetically different in their propensity for violence or rape” and linked to stories about how African-Americans “possessed a ‘violence’ gene.”
Chuck Johnson met with Reps. Andy Harris of Maryland and Phil Roe of Tennessee on Thursday. After a Huffington Post reporter tweeted a photoof Johnson with the two congressmen, and the photo attracted media attention because of Johnson’s far-right views, Roe released a statementsaying he and Harris had met with Johnson because he was representing a company advocating for “increasing the number of sequenced genomes for research.”Full Article
An advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration split evenly on Thursday over whether the agency should approve the first oral medication to treat Type 1 diabetes.
The committee voted 8-8, leaving it up to the agency to decide by the end of March whether the drug, sotagliflozin, should reach the market.Full Article
Nobel Prize-winning American scientist James Watson has been stripped of his honorary titles after repeating comments about race and intelligence.
In a TV programme, the pioneer in DNA studies made a reference to a view that genes cause a difference on average between blacks and whites on IQ tests.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory said the 90-year-old scientist’s remarks were “unsubstantiated and reckless”.Full Article
Police stations from Massachusetts to Mumbai have received similar alerts from Facebook over the last 18 months as part of what is most likely the world’s largest suicide threat screening and alert program. The social network ramped up the effort after several people live-streamed their suicides on Facebook Live in early 2017. It now utilizes both algorithms and user reports to flag possible suicide threats.Full Article