Ethics: Today's Hot Topics

 
 
  • Is the 'Digital Pill' an Invasion of Privacy?   A proposed new 'digital pill' will send information to physicians when the patient takes it. Will this open the floodgates to providing too much information about the patient to too many people?
  • Does 'Right to Try' New Drugs Really Mean 'Right to Beg?'   Many states have passed 'Right-to-Try' laws, but do they cause more harm than good? Dr Art Caplan discusses this debatable legislation.
  • Will Assisted Dying Now Become the New Norm?   Now that California has passed legislation to allow assisted dying, will more states follow? Dr Art Caplan discusses the pros and cons of this controversial issue.
  • Nothing Wrong With Your Patients Having Sex With Robots   Sex robots will be on the market soon, and your patients may ask you about using them. Bioethicist Art Caplan says there may be benefits to the new technology.
  • Can Catholic Hospitals Say No to Life-Saving Abortions?   Are Catholic hospitals legally bound to provide such procedures as emergency abortions or tubal ligations? The hospitals say no, but the ACLU says yes.
  • Doctors' Unrelenting Stress Can Lead to Bad Behavior   Dr Caplan talks about the recent reports of disturbing behavior by physicians in the OR. Do we need to increase ethical training? Or is it a different kind of help that physicians need?
  • More States Approve Physician-Assisted Dying. Is This Risky?   Several states now have passed legislation for physician-assisted dying. Are the systems working, or are patients at risk? Ethicist Art Caplan shares his opinion.
  • Parental Quest to Edit Embryos Is Coming   CRISPR/Cas9 technology allows scientists to edit germ-line information in animals and people. It is only a matter of time before uptight parents start clamoring for it, a prominent ethicist says.
  • Food Labeling: Yes or No for GMO?   Do you think genetically modified food should be labeled as such? Dr Art Caplan, ethicist, shares his opinion here.
  • A New Way to Get Organs: Preserve People Who Die at Home?   Many organs that could be transplanted go to waste because the person dies at home and is not on life support to keep blood pumping. Why not preserve the body until arrival at the hospital?
  • OMG, Healthcare Worker Posts Gory Autopsy Pix on Instagram   A Philadelphia autopsy assistant posted gruesome autopsy photos to her more than 350,000 followers without asking for any permission. This is so wrong, says bioethicist Art Caplan.
  • Female Athlete With Male Hormones Can't Compete as a Woman?   Due to genetics, Indian track star Dutee Chand has a higher than normal amount of male hormones in her blood. Now there's furor over whether she should be allowed to compete as a woman.
  • How Many Hearts Should One Child Receive?   A child received a third heart transplant after the first two failed; but should other waiting children have been given a chance at a heart transplant before this child received a second or third?
  • Unruly Teenagers Deserve Organ Transplants Too   Bioethicist Art Caplan argues that doctors shouldn't try to separate the saints from the sinners on transplant waiting lists.
  • Genetic Research Becomes Even Scarier   New genetic experiments using human embryos will alter cells passed on to future generations. A bioethicist says this is bad science combined with bad ethics.
  • A Solution to the Planned Parenthood Debacle?   Taped lunchtime conversations with Planned Parenthood officials created them a furor. Bioethicist Art Caplan suggests a possible way to deal with the issue of fetal tissue.
  • Bring Fries Back to the School Lunch Room? Bad Idea   Arthur Caplan argues that we shouldn't give school kids complete freedom over what they eat in a school lunch program.
  • Are Evil People Influencing Your Patients?   A woman who claimed to have cured her own cancer guided patients toward bogus cures. She belongs in the Seventh Circle of Hell, according to a bioethicist.
  • Could Screening Pilots' Mental Health Make Things Worse?   Mentally ill pilot Andreas Lubitz brought death to many, but could more stringent mental health screenings for pilots cause those with emotional problems to avoid getting help?
  • Head Transplant: Could This Irresponsible Procedure Really Take Place?   Bioethicist Art Caplan takes a neuroscientist to task for claiming that he will transplant a human head onto a different body.
 
 
 
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