Our Nancy Kass writes, ” Open science promises considerable ethical good: speeding up medical discovery, avoiding unnecessary duplication, creating efficiencies, and encouraging more democratic science….But leaving discussions of ethics and open science simply to the good that can come and the need for privacy protections is concerningly narrow.

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Our Gail Javitt, with Robert E. Wanerman, writes, “A national coverage decision (NCD) published on March 16, 2018 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) focuses attention on foundational challenges to integrating genomics into clinical medicine”

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A radio producer investigating cancer costs once asked me, “What is another year of your life worth?” During my flummoxed silence, she informed me that experts mention the figure $50,000. Can patients like me — older people with recurrent disease — estimate the expense of a future year of cancer treatment to decide whether it’s worth it?

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Study finds more than half of US population receives prescription annually and estimates ‘inappropriate’ prescriptions in doctor’s office setting at up to 30%

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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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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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