Category Archives: Bioethics in the News

Assisted Suicide’s Moral Hostages

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Tom Tomlinson, PhD This isn’t exactly news, but some of you may remember a ripple of controversy surrounding a proposal before the Dutch legislature to legalize assisted … Continue reading

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Politics and the Other Lead Poisoning: The Public Health Ethics of Gun Violence

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Sean A. Valles, PhD This year’s presidential debates drew attention to gun violence in Chicago, as well as the (merely?) short-term reversal in the decades-long decline in … Continue reading

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Defining The Spectrum of “Normal”: What is a Disease?

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Jennifer Carter-Johnson, JD, PhD The world of Gattaca once seemed a faraway place where some babies had genetic defects corrected before birth resulting in two classes within … Continue reading

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Disability and the Decisional Capacity to Vote

With upcoming elections only weeks away, many Americans with disabilities will be barred from voting as a result of state competency and guardianship laws. Continue reading

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To Floss or Not to Floss? That’s not the question

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Robyn Bluhm, PhD Should we stop flossing? Earlier this month, the Associated Press published a report showing that the evidence in support of flossing is “‘weak, very unreliable,’ … Continue reading

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White Horse, White Faces: The Decriminalization of Heroin Addiction

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD The U.S. is in the grips of an opioid addiction crisis. According to the CDC, the rate of opioid (prescription and heroin) overdose deaths … Continue reading

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Rights and Responsibilities at the End of Life

By Hannah Giunta, MPH, PhD
Questions about end-of-life care are always vexing, but a recent article in U.S. News and World Report suggests that cancer patients continue to receive useless but harmful treatments at the end of life (Thompson, 2016). A new research study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO’s) annual meeting revealed that a big part of the problem comes from a lack of meaningful dialogue among physicians, patients, and family members. Continue reading

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