Hot Topics: Politics
by Bandy X. Lee, MD, Mdiv
Mary Trump’s recent article pinpointed our problem with “the Goldwater rule”: “in March 2017, shortly after [Donald Trump] was inaugurated, the APA didn’t just reaffirm the rule—it expanded it past the point of coherence.” …Full Article
by Mack Lipkin MD & Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
The President’s doctor recently chose to triangulate himself in an ethical/policy crossfire between his patient’s right to privacy, Medicine’s professional standards requiring honesty, and the public’s need to know whether and to what extent the President’s ability to fulfill his essential duties was compromised.…Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
During election years, I usually blog about any health and bioethics-related issues raised during debates between candidates.…Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Since 1927, the agency now known as the Food and Drug Administration became the federal agency responsible for the safety of food for human consumption, drugs, and therapeutic devices. …Full Article
by Andrew Helmers, MDCM, MHSc (Bioethics), MSc, FRCPC
The Journal of Vascular Surgery (and Irony) published a rather odd piece that set Twitter ablaze even amidst the wildfire that is COVID-19.…Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Since mid-March I have been part of my university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At first, I served on the “Response” task force and that transformed into our “Re-Opening” group.…Full Article
by David Magnus, Ph.D.
The past three months have witnessed this country (and the world) go through the most serious pandemic since 1918; the greatest economic collapse since the great depression; and the murder of George Floyd has set off a protest movement across the country that has arguably not been seen since 1968.
Clinical Ethicists Awakened: Addressing Two Generations of Clinical Ethics Issues Involving Undocumented Patients
Female Genital Cutting (FGC) and the Cultural Boundaries of Medical Practice
Ethical Guidelines for DNA Testing in Migrant Family Reunification
Just Policy? An Ethical Analysis of Early Intervention Policy Guidance
Health Research Priority Setting: The Duties of Individual Funders
The Rescinding of DACA: What Should Healthcare Professionals and Academics Do? (and Why?)
Saving Life, Limb, and Eyesight: Assessing the Medical Rules of Eligibility During Armed Conflict
A Proposed Process for Reliably Updating the Common Rule
“Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has agreed to plead guilty to three federal criminal charges for its role in creating the nation’s opioid crisis and will pay more than $8 billion and close down the company.” What harm has already been done? The opioid crisis has been a big obstacle to tackle in recent years due to those that struggle with its addiction and the interests of many pharmaceutical companies.Full Article
What needs to be considered as some governments move towards a “herd immunity approach? What does it mean to have “herd immunity”? How would this affect the population and the future of the pandemic? Here, in this Washington Post piece, John Authers discusses the moral decision in immunity. He brings in concepts of utilitarianism and economic status in the consideration for herd immunity.Full Article
Like any top-level White House appointee, Surgeon General Jerome Adams serves at the pleasure of President Donald Trump and owes him some measure of political and institutional loyalty. But one thing makes Adams different from the yes men and women orbiting the Oval Office. He is a doctor, bound by strict ethical standards and codes of professional conduct.Full Article
State lawmakers are expected to pass a bill requiring campus health centers to provide pills used for medication abortions. If the measure becomes law, it will be the first of its kind in the U.S.Full Article
Abortion as a voting issue typically motivates its opponents more than its supporters. But Democrats running to defeat President Trump in 2020 are trying to reverse that momentum by harnessing outrage against a slew of new state restrictions.Full Article
Rep. Kim Schrier – one of the 40 freshmen House Democrats who flipped GOP-held seats – is the only female doctor in Congress. The Washington state pediatrician also manages a chronic illness after having been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a teenager. She narrowly captured her seat last November, defeating Republican Dino Rossi in the most expensive House race in the state’s history.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
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
A Chinese researcher claiming to have led a team that genetically edited human babies is now under investigation, as well as an American professor who might have helped him.
He Jiankui, an associate professor at Shenzhen’s Southern University of Science and Technology of China, revealed his gene editing work on Monday to an organizer of an international conference on gene editing in Hong Kong. He told the Associated Press he altered the DNA of twin girls born this month to resist HIV and AIDS virus. He said he’s altered embryos for seven couples in fertility treatments, but only had one pregnancy result.Full Article