New from Berman Institute faculty Nancy Kass and Len Rubenstein in JAMA Viewpoint: “Can Physicians Work in US Immigration Detention Facilities While Upholding Their Hippocratic Oath?”

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Researchers were surprised at the high reading level required to understand consent forms and how many difficult words appear in informed consent documents. “Ethically, it is important to patients to understand the options available to them,” says Nancy E. Kass, deputy director for public health at the Berman Institute

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The very nature and purpose of SNAP, or food stamps, remains a point of contention between public health and anti-hunger communities. With our Nancy Kass

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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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Cheap and simple medical devices could improve performance and lower health-care costs, but first they have to overcome deeply rooted biases. With comments from our Nancy Kass

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In 1932 the U.S. Public Health Service enlisted African-American men in Macon County, Alabama in a syphilis study. The men weren’t asked for informed consent — and were told they would get treatment. They didn’t, even after penicillin was shown to cure syphilis. Host Sheilah Kast discusses what happened and the implications for research today with whistleblower, Peter Buxtun, and our Nancy Kass

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Awards support projects designed to impact health inequities in low-, middle-income countries. Recipients include our Nancy Kass, part of the team working on strengthening health service delivery and building human capacity to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality in Sierra Leone

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Chair of research program’s institutional review board details big challenges ahead. “This is the largest government study ever on its own people.” Nancy Kass, Sc.D., a professor of bioethics and public health at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics was talking about the Precision Medicine Initiative, now called the All of Us Research Program

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