Philosophy & Ethics

Do You Want To Donate Your Genetic Information After Death?

After they die, people are happy to donate their hearts, their eyes, even whole skeletons, without knowing anything at all about what will happen to them. What about genetic information?  Under current law, your genetic information is not inherited by defa ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 2 2015 - 12:56pm

War On Doping And The Hypocritical Treatment Of Lance Armstrong

No doubt Lance Armstrong is still digesting the news that he has to repay $10 million (£6.4m) to previous sponsors following a ruling by an arbitration panel a few weeks ago. This is on top of the lifetime ban from all sporting competitions that he was gi ...

Article - The Conversation - Mar 5 2015 - 1:30am

Anthropocene Epoch: How You Became More Powerful Than Nature

Overpopulation, greenhouse gases, climate disruption- it's a doomsday prophet's Nirvana. You, dear reader, are basically a blight on the pristine goodness of nature, but even being told that you stink has not led most of you to demand policy acti ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Mar 17 2015 - 6:44pm

Research Ethics: A New Model For Reviews

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Article - The Conversation - Mar 19 2015 - 7:30am

Less Than Half: Alzheimer's Diagnosis Disclosure Rates Much Lower Than Other Serious Diseases

The 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report found that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer's disease or their caregivers were told the diagnosis by their doctor. That is significantly lower than the 90 percent of people told the d ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 24 2015 - 8:30am

Disease Mongering: "Low T" And Marketing Testosterone For Aging

The marketing, prescribing and selling of testosterone and growth hormone as panaceas for age-related problems is disease mongering, write the authors of a paper in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Disease mongering is inventing new broader defi ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 24 2015 - 7:16pm

Implicit Association Test Says There Is Racism In Clinicians, But Clinical Decisions Don't Show It

There may be unconscious race and social class biases in trauma and acute-care clinicians, according to a survey, but they did not affects clinical decisions finds an analysis in JAMA Surgery. ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 4 2015 - 1:15pm

After Andreas Lubitz, Should Pilots Have Less Medical Privacy?

Since it was revealed that Andreas Lubitz – the co-pilot who purposefully crashed Germanwings Flight 9525, killing 150 people – had been treated for psychiatric illness, a debate has ensued over whether privacy laws regarding medical records should be les ...

Article - The Conversation - Apr 15 2015 - 2:36pm

We've Forgotten The Trial Of Socrates: Excellence And Winning Aren’t The Same Thing

Surveying news headlines in recent years, it seems that cheating is rampant. In the athletic arena, Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for using performance-enhancing drugs. In business, some of the world’s largest banks have ...

Article - The Conversation - Apr 18 2015 - 8:30am

In Holland, Doctors Make The Decision To Withhold Treatment For Elderly

In America, the saying used to be 'my doctor should decide my medical treatment, not an insurance company'.  In Netherlands, Dutch doctors do decide, including whether to withhold or withdraw treatment in a substantial proportion of elderly patie ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 20 2015 - 6:34pm