Not Business As Usual: President Trump reinstates Mexico City Policy with a substantive addition
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On January 23, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump reinstated Reagan’s so-called Mexico City Policy, also known as the “global gag rule.”  In the process, he also added text that makes a substantive change going farther than any U.S. national-level anti-abortion … Continue reading

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A Door Slams in the Night
Kathryn MacKay

Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. – Emma Lazarus I’m writing … Continue reading

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“My death seems to me less bad”: Derek Parfit died January 1, 2017
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Philosopher Derek Parfit was known for many things, though chiefly for his work on identity which is of great interest to medical ethicists. How is that one can say one is the same thing over time?  And how does this … Continue reading

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Theresa May’s Tory Agenda: All Children Left Behind
Kathryn MacKay

What is happening to our world? Where has our sense of justice and justness gone? It seems like Brexit and The Donald are sounding the death knell of solidarity. They did not cause it; they are, rather, the dead canaries … Continue reading

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What does a Trump Presidency mean for the Affordable Care Act and American patients’ access to care?
Alison Reiheld

Since Trump’s electoral college victory became apparent early Wednesday morning and especially since Secretary Clinton’s concession speech, many bioethicists–and many more American residents–have been wondering what a Trump Presidency means for the Affordable Care Act, AKA “Obamacare.” While the ACA … Continue reading

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American Academy of Pediatrics makes major shift in recommendations on overweight and obesity
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The American Academy of Pediatrics announced last week that it was radically changing its guidelines for treatment of overweight and obesity in children and teens.  Specifically, it recommends DEemphasizing dieting and weight loss while avoiding any kind of public shaming … Continue reading

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Just Caring for Caregivers in the U.S. Workplace… For Some Workers
Alison Reiheld

On September 8, 2016, Deloitte LLP announced it would grant 16 weeks of paid leave to employees who provide family caregiving not only to new children, but to older children, parents, and spouses.  This is an enormous improvement in the U.S. … Continue reading

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The dangers of saying Trump is “crazy”, “insane”, “pathological”, or “diagnosable”
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In recent months there has been a steady uptick in media coverage of trump discussing whether he or his proponents are “crazy”, “insane”, “pathological”, or “diagnosable.” You can find one example here in this Mother Jones article titled “Here is … Continue reading

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Thought-provoking Guardian article on narratives (including patient testimony) and literature on medicine
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Over at The Guardian, Andrew Solomon has a worthy article called “Literature about medicine may be all that can save us: A new generation of doctor writers is investigating the mysteries of the medical profession, exploring the vital intersection between … Continue reading

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Dwarfism, Chemical Limb Lengthening, and Informed Consent
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According to a recent article in the popular press, a California based biotech firm, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, has completed Phase 2 of a clinical trial for a drug that would partially suppress the expression of the Achondroplasia gene in a child’s … Continue reading

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Feminist Swag: Sellouts or sell out?
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Have you ever wanted to tell the world you are a feminist without speaking? Have you ever wanted a t-shirt that shows what intersectional feminism can by by depicting Rosie the riveter as women of color, women wearing headscarves, tall … Continue reading

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“Gene Editing: A Chance to Think About Diversity”

Jackie Leach Scully (Newcastle) on the need for a broader bioethical discussion about the possibilities and dangers of gene editing: Gene editing clearly holds the potential to improve human lives in practical ways. It also offers something more abstract but, to … Continue reading

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