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A Reasonable and Virtuous Response to a Pandemic

Within five days of the first two registered cases here in Michigan, social media traffic about COVID-19 visibly ramped up, with a significant amount of COVID-19-related posts on my news feeds. This was the same for my friends. People were posting photos of entire local store aisles almost empty. I went to the store and to my astonishment, checkout lanes had long lines of individuals with carts filled with toilet paper, water, and hand sanitizer. Every single cart looked the same. I thought, what is happening? Continue reading

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Trust and Transparency in Quarantine

As of February 11, more than 1,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus, the vast majority of them in China. As the virus spreads, China has been implementing the largest quarantine in human history. The virus has spread beyond the borders of China, and has been observed in at least twenty-four countries. There is no way of knowing how effective the quarantine has been. It obviously didn’t prevent the virus’s spread, though it’s likely fewer people are infected because of it. Part of the reason that the quarantine has not worked to prevent the spread is that many in China evidently don’t trust those implementing the quarantine. Continue reading

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Listen: Social Determinants of Health in Medical Education

Episode 18 focuses on the topic of social determinants of health, or the social and environmental factors that influence our health and access to resources. How can social determinants of health be integrated effectively into medical education? Continue reading

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We Need Healthier Schools, and Student Activists Are Stepping Up

California just passed two laws that advance health in schools in ways that might not seem intuitive: pushing middle school and high school start times to after 8am, and banning school districts from “lunch shaming” that treats students differently based on whether they have unpaid school lunch debt. These laws are part of a collection of diverse efforts to make U.S. schools healthier places. Continue reading

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Public Health Crisis Warrants Liberty Restrictions

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Parker Crutchfield, PhD Preventing Harm Suppose your colleague was diagnosed with tuberculosis on Friday but tried to come into work on the following Monday. You would be right to … Continue reading

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Bioethics for Breakfast: Fitness, Frailty, and the Challenges of Successful Aging

Francis Komara, DO, and Scott Wamsley presented at the April 25th Bioethics for Breakfast event, offering perspectives and insight on the topic “Fitness, Frailty, and the Challenges of Successful Aging.” In very concrete terms, what should “healthy aging” mean when we … Continue reading

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Bioethics for Breakfast: Addressing Maternal Mortality in the Childbearing Year

Every woman who dies during or after pregnancy has a story to tell, a story that can teach us how to prevent other maternal deaths. Renée Canady, PhD, MPA, and Cheryl Larry-Osman, RN, MS, CNM, presented at the February 21st … Continue reading

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