The emerging Zika virus epidemic is bringing to light a longstanding ethical challenge in medical research: the inclusion of pregnant women

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As the Zika virus bears down on the United States, federal health officials are divided over a politically and ethically charged question: Should they advise American women to delay pregnancy in areas where the virus is circulating?

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Zika

February 18, 2016

The current epidemic, research agenda & public health response. Video from a symposium via the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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When the Womb Is a Crime Scene

September 23, 2015

Alabama has turned hundreds of pregnant women into felons for using drugs — even when they’re legal and the kids turn out fine

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The Dangers of Doing Nothing

February 23, 2015

What pregnant women need to know about clinical trials

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Reconsidering Thalidomide

September 18, 2012

New and positive research about an old and historically-problematic medicine, provides an opportunity to pause and consider whistle-blowing, regulation/oversight and research with pregnant women

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Little is known about how pregnant women respond to most drugs. The Second Wave Initiative was launched to respond to this problem.

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