Please and Thank You

June 3, 2019

Do we Have Moral Obligations Towards Emotionally Intelligent Machines? Do you say “thank you” to Alexa (or your preferred AI assistant)?

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Procedures live on even after they’ve been proved ineffective. It can lead to harms and wasted resources

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Despite extraordinary improvements in medicine and technology over the years, the U.S. health care system often has surprisingly little access to comparative effectiveness research, or CER, which evaluates the effectiveness of medical interventions relative to each other

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A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine says medical errors should rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States — and highlights how shortcomings in tracking vital statistics may hinder research and keep the problem out of the public eye

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Kimberly Cervantes has spent much of her young life in Compton. She’s street smart and savvy; her maturity was born out of a violent childhood. Cervantes and other students are suing the School District, arguing that the trauma they faced makes it difficult to learn and demanding that the district offer them additional support, in much the same way schools must accommodate students with other disabilities

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Policy makers have clearly indicated that reporting outcomes that are meaningful to patients is crucial for improvement in healthcare delivery and cost reduction. Better interpretation and generalizability of clinical research results that incorporate patient-centered outcomes research can be achieved by accelerating the development and uptake of core outcome sets (COS)

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