Category Archives: Bioethics in the News

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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Signed Off: Unconsented-To Cesarean Section, A Quarter Century After A.C.

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series. Visit this page for more information. By Deborah Fisch, JD The Texas case awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court heralds a new understanding of abortion rights in the … Continue reading

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Forgetting about fear: A neuroethics perspective

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series. Visit this page for more information. By Laura Cabrera, PhD The alluring possibility of deleting memories has been the topic of movies such as Men in Black, Total Recall, and … Continue reading

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Medicare Part “Q”: Fantasy or Fantastic?

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series. For more information, click here. By Leonard Fleck, PhD In an essay in the New York Times (12/9/15) titled “Imagine a Medicare ‘Part Q’ for Quality at the End … Continue reading

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