Category Archives: Bioethics in the News

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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The face of Zika: women and privacy in the Zika epidemic

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series. By Monica List, DVM, MA A quick online search for “Zika” reveals two kinds of images, those of vectors and those of victims. Images of Aedes sp. mosquitoes, vectors … Continue reading

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Bathrooms, Binaries, and Bioethics

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series. Visit this page for more information. By Jamie Lindemann Nelson, PhD Bioethicists typically deal with the moral complexities that emerge when social institutions—the clinic and the lab, chiefly—try to … Continue reading

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