Health consequences of Flint water crisis grow
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Recent reports indicate that the water crisis in Flint, MI, had unpredicted health consequences including increasing the rate of fetal deaths and miscarriages. The effect size is described by the authors of a new working paper as “horrifyingly large.”  You … Continue reading

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International Research on Herpes vaccines under fire for ethical lapses by government of St. Kitts
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At the end of August, news broke about an effort to develop a herpes vaccine. On the face of it a good use of human subject research, in fact the research conducted on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts was … Continue reading

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Should immigration enforcement take place in hospitals?
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America’s National Public Radio (NPR) aired a piece yesterday about a family that was waiting for care for their sick infant, when immigration enforcement moved and took the parents into custody after following them around the hospital for a long … Continue reading

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The mental health costs of losing DACA
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The New York Times has an article in yesterday’s paper called “The Psychic Toll of Trump’s DACA Decision.” As you may know, DACA refers to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program in the United States. It is an initiative … Continue reading

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Only 2 clinics remain in the US to perform late-pregnancy abortion
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For some time now, there have only been 3 clinics in the United States that will perform late abortions (to read more about some late abortions, see this IJFAB blog entry on the topic). One of these, the Germantown Clinic … Continue reading

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Informed Decision-making on Contraception Might Need These Charts Comparing Different Methods
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Over in the New York Times, Gregor Aisch and Bill Marsh have an explainer with superb infographics on the comparative effectiveness of various contraceptive methods with respect to unplanned pregnancy. The graphs compare actual with ideal use, and have a slider … Continue reading

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The Zika Virus Vaccine Research Agenda and Pregnant Women
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This guest post by the Ethics Working Group on ZIKV Research & Pregnancy is cross-posted with the Canadian Bioethics blog Impact Ethics. The Ethics Working Group on ZIKV Research & Pregnancy provides recommendations to ensure that pregnant women are … Continue reading

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Link to recent review of important new book in disability studies

Earlier this year (2017), Hypatia Reviews Online did a review of Elizabeth Barnes’ 2016 book The Minority Body: A Theory of Disability. The review itself, by Nancy J. Hirschmann, is of great value to those of us trying to figure out where … Continue reading

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None of us are getting out of here alive. But who goes first, and why? New JAMA article.

Did you catch the Journal of the American Medical Association article on the Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the US, 2001-2014? Spoilers: there is one. This piece tries to break it down further using deidentified tax records to look … Continue reading

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HRO reviews new book by former IJFAB editor Mary Rawlinson on sexual difference
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As you may know, bioethicist Mary Rawlinson saw the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics through much of its first decade as Editor. Over at Hypatia Reviews Online, Jordan Liz has a review of Rawlinson’s new book. Liz notes that Rawlinson … Continue reading

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Effects of Trump administration policies, including census questionnaire changes, on LGBT elderly populations
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Editor’s Note: SAGE is a group that provides advocacy and services for LGBT Elders, a group often multiply invisible in public policy due to ageism combined with homophobia, biphobia, and/or transphobia as well as other intersecting oppressions. With the group’s permission, … Continue reading

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NY Times article says US Senate Health Bill depends on shifting dollars from poor to rich
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Over in The New York Times, Margaret Sanger-Katz has an analysis of U.S. Senate health care bill which we have been covering recently. In it, she pulls no bunches and yet, this Editor thinks, fairly describes the Republican values and problems … Continue reading

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