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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Johns Hopkins bioethicist Debra Mathews, PhD, MA, has been appointed to the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission.

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Op-Ed, by Dan O’Connor, about why it’s so hard to talk about circumcision

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Regulating Rites

September 11, 2012

Although obtaining parental consent for ritual circumcision that includes metzizah b’peh (direct orogenital suction) is a necessary and appropriate step, some commentators have suggested that it is not sufficient

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Impositions upon the agency of individuals are generally suspect, but they become even more morally perilous when that imposition is being justified as necessary medical care

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A widely carried AP story provides an example of a recurring problem in media coverage of stem cell science

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Ethical challenges are central to persistent “critical weaknesses” in the national system for ensuring drug safety, according to a commentary published today in the New England Journal of Medicine

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Who should have the final say in matters of life and death?

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