New Hashtag, Nursing Ethics – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 25, 2014)

There is never a shortage of great healthcare hashtags, chats, events, etcetera on Twitter, and new ones appear all the time. Nursing Ethics is an emerging hashtag which is a regular Twitter chat, but gained special attention over the past week with the Nursing Ethics Summit. There is a very active and engaged nursing community … Continue reading New Hashtag, Nursing Ethics – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 25, 2014)

Freezing Patients Back to Life: Fact & Fiction

I recently finished The Curiosity , a fictional narrative about the discovery and "reanimation" of a century old frozen man.  Along the way, the researchers involved in this breakthrough have to grapple with the ethical choices of bringing this man back to life.  Yes, there is a romantic story line too but more often than not, … Continue reading Freezing Patients Back to Life: Fact & Fiction

New PHS regulations regarding conflict of interest reporting

Public Health Service agencies are implementing stricter mandatory regulations for reporting outside interests and for managing financial conflicts of interest (FCOI) as of August 24, 2012.  Key components of the regulation impact who needs to disclose, how often to disclose, the scope for FCOI review, and the public availability of FCOI data.  Currently research units on … Continue reading New PHS regulations regarding conflict of interest reporting

An unexpected effect of the European financial crisis – An increase in the illegal sale of body parts

From the New York Times:  Pavle Mircov and his partner Daniella nervously scan their e-mail in-box every 15 minutes, desperate for economic salvation: a buyer willing to pay €30,000 for one of their kidneys. The parents of two teenagers put their organs up for sale on a local online classified site six months ago after … Continue reading An unexpected effect of the European financial crisis – An increase in the illegal sale of body parts

Fake vaccination program used to track Bin Laden–Repercussions for public health?

The New York Times and other news organizations (the Guardian) have been reporting on a CIA-run phony vaccination program in Abbottabad, Pakistan, as a way to find DNA evidence from the Bin Laden family.  Public health officials, however, have been appalled.  Read the discussion on the NPR blog, The Two-Way, and Fact Check or listen to this story.

How American medicine is destroying itself

Courtesy of the bioethics.net News Update - Bioethics, here's full access to this article in The New Republic by Daniel Callahan and Sherwin Nuland, The Quagmire: How American Medicine is destroying itself'.  The authors argue for a new approach to research, not open-ended, but focused on a specific goal: "aiming to bring everyone’s life expectancy up … Continue reading How American medicine is destroying itself

Genetic testing in children–Inaugural Bishop Lecture in Bioethics

On May 19, John D. Lantos, MD, will present the first Bishop Lecture in Bioethics, "The Complex Mess Surrounding Genetic Testing in Children."  Dr. Lantos is the director of the Children's Mercy Bioethics Center in Kansas City, has served as President of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics and of the American Society … Continue reading Genetic testing in children–Inaugural Bishop Lecture in Bioethics