End-of-life care, and counseling, varies with disease type
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US News and World Report recently published an article summarizing the results of a study of Veterans Affairs hospitals. The study found that patients with cancer or dementia received better end-of-life counseling, more palliative care, and better end-of-life planning on the … Continue reading

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Women: Not Faring So Well on Wikipedia

From The New Yorker, “A Feminist Edit-a-Thon Seeks to Reshape Wikipedia“: In spite of the site’s ostensibly egalitarian, accessible format, more than ninety per cent of its editors are male, according to a study conducted in 2011 by the Wikimedia Foundation. … 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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Bioethics in Catastrophe?

Guest post by Melinda Hall (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Stetson University) In “Human Engineering and Climate Change,” bioethicists S. Matthew Liao, Anders Sandberg, and Rebecca Roache argue that anthropogenic climate change is one of the biggest problems humans face as we move … Continue reading

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“First Gene Therapy Drug Sets Million-Euro Price Record”

This news item underlines one of the most urgent issues raised by commodified drug development and marketing, and it deserves far more attention and analysis than I am able to provide here. It has been known for sometime that drug prices … Continue reading

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“Rape Is Not a Data Problem: The tech sector has tackled sexual violence like it tackles laundry delivery, and entirely missed the point”

Undercover Colors and Good2Go are technological tattletales. Both are designed to tell the truth about an encounter, with the objectivity and dispassion of a database or a chemical reaction. Tattletale solutions make sense only if we see rape, fundamentally, as … Continue reading

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“Rape Is Not a Data Problem: The tech sector has tackled sexual violence like it tackles laundry delivery, and entirely missed the point”

Undercover Colors and Good2Go are technological tattletales. Both are designed to tell the truth about an encounter, with the objectivity and dispassion of a database or a chemical reaction. Tattletale solutions make sense only if we see rape, fundamentally, as … Continue reading

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Biotech Drugs In Colombia:
Are Colombian Bodies Really That Different?

As a feminist working on bioethics, I often turn to the reality of material singularity as a way to argue for more specificity in our dealings with the matter of living bodies. What do I mean by “material singularity?” This … Continue reading

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Biotech Drugs In Colombia: Are Colombian Bodies Really That Different?

As a feminist working on bioethics, I often turn to the reality of material singularity as a way to argue for more specificity in our dealings with the matter of living bodies. What do I mean by “material singularity?” This … Continue reading

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Minimally Conscious States

One typically thinks of advances in medical science and technology as unalloyed benefits. The ability to cure illness, mitigate pain, and make more accurate diagnoses are some of the uncontroversial results of medical progress. Yet as a new study of … Continue reading

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From Mansplaining to #NotAllMen: Contending with the violent repercussions of everyday misogyny

By now most of us are familiar with the rough outline of what happened in Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 24, 2014: a deranged young man with a history of violence and hatred towards women killed 6 young women and himself, but not before leaving behind a manifesto declaring that he was going to punish these women for scorning his sexual advances.

In the wake of the tragedy, a new hashtag has appeared on Twitter, #YesAllWomen, in response to the recent phenomenon “Not All Men.” The phrase “Not all men” is a familiar one to most women: it’s the knee-jerk reaction many men have when we try to have conversations about sexism, misogyny, and discrimination and violence against women. “But not all men are like that!” our interlocutors might interject.

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E-Cigarettes: Is Liquid Nicotine Safe?

This version of this post originally appeared on the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s blog. The debate over e-cigarettes has been heating up. Are the smokeless, battery-powered, nicotine-dispensing devices a gateway to smoking for young people or a helpful way … Continue reading

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