Since 2003, strict rules have limited how long medical residents can work without a break. The rules are supposed to minimize the risk that these doctors-in-training will make mistakes that threaten patients’ safety because of fatigue. But are these rules really the best for new doctors and their patients? There’s been intense debate over that and some say little data to resolve the question

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To protect people participating in medical research, the federal government decades ago put in place strict rules on the conduct of human experiments. Now the Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a major revision of these regulations, known collectively as the Common Rule. It’s the first change proposed in nearly a quarter-century

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No benefit can be derived from trials which are either invisible or reported partially or selectively. To avoid this risk, a growing number of organisations have made efforts to allow access to clinical trial results in a detail hitherto unknown. Despite the growing international effort and a notable legislative effort in the EU, the US lags behind

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In August, 2015, a US federal district judge summarily dismissed a lawsuit against the University of Alabama in Birmingham’s institutional ethics review board brought by families of infants who had participated in the Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial (SUPPORT) study

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An Important Step Forward

September 11, 2015

Our Ruth Faden and Nancy Kass comment on the The Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed new rule making for the oversight of research involving human subjects

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The Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics hosted its 10th annual pediatric bioethics conference on July 18 & 19, 2014. Our Nancy Kass, ScD, was among the participants. Watch now

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Leading bioethicists including our Ruth Faden and Nancy Kass argue that under the right conditions, full informed consent is not ethically required.

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