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Physician-Assisted Suicide – Not as Simple as It Seems

By   /  October 18, 2015  /  Bioethics  /  No Comments

Over the last half-century, modern medicine has made unprecedented progress in almost limitless ways. With this progress, however, has come the newfound ability to prolong human life even in extremely dire conditions. While this is indeed a formidable advancement, it … Continue Reading

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Ambiguity and American Domestic Health Policy: What is The Affordable Care Act and Who Cares?

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  Bioethics, Health Policy  /  No Comments

“Affordable Care Act or Obama Care: which would you prefer?” Recent polls conducted by CNBC reveal that an additional 9% of participants oppose the law when the name of our president is attached, even though both refer to the same … Continue Reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Human Gene Patent

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  Bioethics, In the Courts  /  No Comments

It is no longer possible for companies to patent biological matter, regardless of whether the matter is within or removed from its natural state.

 

According to a recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court, “A naturally occurring DNA … Continue Reading

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The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Testing in the Developing World

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  Bioethics, Pharmaceuticals  /  3 Comments

In the last two decades, many pharmaceutical companies, including Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer, have outsourced their clinical trials to developing countries, where testing is significantly cheaper and faster. Developing nations have welcomed drug testing as a mechanism to provide otherwise … Continue Reading

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A New Era of Stem Cell Research

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  Bioethics, In the Courts  /  No Comments

Nine months ago, the Supreme Court’s ruling on stem cell research redirected the path toward medical discovery. According to a recent article in the journal Nature, two stem cell researchers from the National Institute of Health filed a lawsuit intending … Continue Reading

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Refusing Medicine for Children

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  Bioethics, Health Policy  /  No Comments

Medicine can be bad for us. Many drugs or treatments that are FDA-approved bring about a multitude of side effects, some potentially fatal, and it is within the rights of patients to refuse any treatment that they do not wish … Continue Reading

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Hot Topic: The Legalization of Marijuana

By   /  April 17, 2013  /  Bioethics  /  5 Comments

Whether or not the federal government should legalize marijuana has been heavily debated since the 1970s. Since the 1970s, minor marijuana offenses have been decriminalized in 11 states and penalties have been significantly lowered in all others. Today, there exists an extreme disconnect between federal and state laws and attitudes toward marijuana decriminalization and legalization. Read More →
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Prosthetics and the paralympics

By   /  February 17, 2013  /  Bioethics  /  2 Comments

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Oscar Pistorious became the first Olympic athlete to compete on prosthetic legs. As the field of prosthetics advances, might there be a point at which the effectiveness of adaptive sports equipment surpasses that of biological legs? Read More →
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FDA may approve unlicensed genetic tests

By   /  November 1, 2012  /  Bioethics  /  8 Comments

Personal genetics company 23andMe’s customers can track their ancestry and learn about their predispositions for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. 23andMe is now pushing for Food and Drug Administration approval of these tests, which can be purchased without the involvement of licensed clinicians. Read More →
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Tips from the Past: The ancient Oriental medical art of acupuncture and its emergence in modern day alternative medicine

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Bioethics  /  8 Comments

Needles are inserted at acupuncture points to relieve pain and other symptoms

Acupuncture is perhaps one of the most well-known alternative medicine treatments available in the United States today. It is considered legitimate enough to be able to be deducted … Continue Reading

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