Dr. Jen Gunter writes, “This is what I know about Sims from reading multiple journals and textbooks from the 1800s (both before and after Sims infamy), his autobiography and the autobiography of Dr. Emmet, as well as the work of modern historians and ethicists and if you are defending anything to do with Sims you should know it as well.”

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The Salt Lake City hospital where a police officer roughly arrested a nurse who was protecting her patient’s rights in July will no longer allow law enforcement agents inside its patient care areas. They’ll now have to check in, rather than enter through the emergency room

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This Users’ Guide facilitates integration of patient-reported outcomes in the electronic health record, enabling use of PRO data for multiple clinical, research, and administrative applications, and thereby promoting patient-centered care. Authors include our Joe Ali

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What happened in the 1951 case of Henrietta Lacks, and could it happen again today? The story of the woman who unwittingly spurred a scientific bonanza made for a best-selling book in 2010. On Saturday, it returns in an HBO film with Oprah Winfrey portraying Lacks’ daughter Deborah. With comments from our Jeffrey Kahn

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With comments from our Yoram Unguru. Requiring teens to get permission from their parents to participate in studies about behavioral health may make it harder to understand adolescent psychology – especially when drugs and alcohol are involved – a U.S. study suggests

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A gene drive bid aims to eliminate malaria

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Many people don’t realize that their leftover tissue, blood or other samples – otherwise known as “biospecimens” – taken during a visit to the doctor or hospital might be stripped of identifying information and used in research without their consent

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The Obama administration has dropped a controversial proposal that would have required all federally funded scientists to get permission from patients before using their cells, blood, tissue or DNA for research. says Debra Mathews, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins, expressed concern “We know that trust is a critical factor in folks participating in research, and we’ve seen in recent years the impact of when that trust is breached…”

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