Author Archives: Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

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Devoted to understanding and teaching the ethical, social and humanistic dimensions of illness and health care since 1977.

Dr. Fleck published in ‘Hastings Center Report’ on Black Lives Matter and inequities in the U.S. healthcare system

In the current issue of the Hastings Center Report, Center Acting Director and Professor Dr. Leonard Fleck shared a perspective on “Some Lives Matter: The Dirty Little Secret of the U.S. Health Care System.” Abstract: Our health care system in … Continue reading

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New essay from Libby Bogdan-Lovis in ‘Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics’

Center for Ethics Assistant Director Libby Bogdan-Lovis has an essay in the latest issue of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. In her essay, “The Trip to the Dentist,” Bogdan-Lovis writes about her mother, and of a specific experience that would greatly … Continue reading

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Dr. Fleck presents on precision medicine at international virtual symposium

Center Acting Director and Professor Dr. Leonard Fleck spoke earlier this month at a virtual symposium presented by University of Groningen in Groningen, Netherlands. The event’s theme was “Barriers and future directions of personalized medicine: from the bench to the … Continue reading

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The White House outbreak: How to criticize irresponsible leaders without getting stuck in the illness blame game

n a twist of fate, there was an outbreak of COVID-19 at a White House celebration of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court of the United States. This elicited a wide range of reactions to seeing a gathering of opponents of strict COVID-19 control measures being hurt by the very pandemic they have downplayed. While others have worried about the moral philosophy of taking pleasure in others’ suffering, or the hypocrisy of evading rules one publicly espouses, I have a different worry. Continue reading

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Does YouTube widen health literacy disparities?

The 2020-2021 Bioethics Public Seminar Series (formerly the Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series) continues next month. You are invited to join us virtually – events will not take place in person. Our seminars are free to attend and open to all individuals. Is … Continue reading

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Bioethics for Breakfast: Health Care Deserts: What is Happening in Rural America?

Dr. Steve Barnett and Dr. Kelly Hirko presented at the October 8th Bioethics for Breakfast session, offering perspectives and insight on the topic “Health Care Deserts: What is Happening in Rural America?” While past Bioethics for Breakfast events were held in … Continue reading

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A COVID-19 Vaccine Won’t Stop the Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to maim and kill thousands and devastate countless others, many are pinning their hopes of returning to a life resembling normal upon the development of a vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has even advised states and cities to be prepared to allocate up to 800 million doses of a vaccine in late October or early November. But it is highly unlikely that a vaccine will do much to stop the pandemic and related significant harm. Continue reading

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How might lack of access impact maternity care options for rural women in Michigan?

Announcing the first event of the 2020-2021 Bioethics Public Seminar Series (formerly the Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series) on “Maternity Care Deserts in Rural Michigan.” Continue reading

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“There’s no proof that anything works!” The ethics of COVID-19 research

The New York Times Magazine recently published a long-form story about the tension between treating patients with COVID-19 by any means that might improve their chances of survival and recovery, and enrolling them in clinical trials to establish the safety and efficacy of these treatments, thus improving care both for future patients and for those who survived the trial. Continue reading

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Dr. Cabrera co-authors commentary in ‘AJOB Neuroscience’ neuroethics issue

Center Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Cabrera and Dr. Robyn Bluhm, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Lyman Briggs College, are co-authors of a commentary published in the latest issue of AJOB Neuroscience. In “Fostering Neuroethics Integration: Disciplines, Methods, … Continue reading

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