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Debating the First Amendment: Is False Speech Constitutionally Protected?

Debating the First Amendment: Is False Speech Constitutionally Protected?

False beliefs are common in society and have permeated the healthcare industry.

Understanding Therapeutic Misconceptions Associated With Clinical Trial Enrollment

Understanding Therapeutic Misconceptions Associated With Clinical Trial Enrollment

Therapeutic misconception is an important type of false belief in medical research and medical practice.

AMA Code of Medical Ethics Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

AMA Code of Medical Ethics Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

Health information is widely available online, yet the quality of that information can be dubious at best.

"Gender Panic" in Clinical Settings: Protecting Public Accommodations Access for Transgender Individuals

"Gender Panic" in Clinical Settings: Protecting Public Accommodations Access for Transgender Individuals

There is substantial discussion in the United States regarding the use of public accommodation laws to legislate bathroom access for transgender individuals.

Physician Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine

Physician Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine

It's easy for patients to seek out information that backs up their beliefs and dismiss other sources as "fake news."

Wikipedia in Medical Education: An Educator's Guide to Crowdsourcing

Wikipedia in Medical Education: An Educator's Guide to Crowdsourcing

With the proliferation of online medical information, educators and students alike struggle to discern the legitimacy of "e-health" sources.

Clinicians Must Do Their Part to Address Inaccurate Online Health Information

Clinicians Must Do Their Part to Address Inaccurate Online Health Information

Clinicians have a responsibility to engage in initiatives that improve the quality of health information available online.

Can Examining Marginalization Identify Gaps in Medical or Nutritional Care?

Can Examining Marginalization Identify Gaps in Medical or Nutritional Care?

Healthcare interventions should assess the multiple layers of a person's life, rather than simply classifying marginalized groups as vulnerable.

How Does Accepting Blame Affect Future Medical Errors?

How Does Accepting Blame Affect Future Medical Errors?

Assuming blame for a medical error may help patients and families heal.

AAP Responds to Tear Gas Use at US-Mexico Border

AAP Responds to Tear Gas Use at US-Mexico Border

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a statement responding to the use of tear gas on families and children seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border.

Increased Use of Electronic Health Records Linked With Heightened Risk for Health Data Breaches

Increased Use of Electronic Health Records Linked With Heightened Risk for Health Data Breaches

Rates of health information breaches are increasing despite legal and moral obligations to protect patient information.

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

By 2030, robots will likely replace 800 million workers. Will physicians make the cut?

Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?

Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?

When deviating from published guidelines, physicians must ensure their recommendations are based on justified belief, not personal bias.

Update on the Ethics of Mandating HPV Vaccination

Update on the Ethics of Mandating HPV Vaccination

Following diagnosis, 66.2% of women with the disease survive 5 or more years.1 HPV causes the majority of cervical cancer cases.

Cleaning Up "Fake News" in Health Care

Cleaning Up "Fake News" in Health Care

Inaccurate health claims have become a public health issue.

Challenges in Oncology Treatments Arise When Patients Rely on Celebrity Cancer Stories Over Scientific Research

Challenges in Oncology Treatments Arise When Patients Rely on Celebrity Cancer Stories Over Scientific Research

While many patients may not follow the latest scientific research, many do follow celebrities.

Public Health Professionals to Physicians, Lawyers: CTE in NFL Is a Significant Risk

Public Health Professionals to Physicians, Lawyers: CTE in NFL Is a Significant Risk

Public health researchers found that both healthcare and legal professionals have been "manufacturing doubt" regarding the severity of CTE in professional football.

Making the Case for Donor-Funded Research

Making the Case for Donor-Funded Research

Research funded by private donors in exchange for research-related benefits has long been criticized as a "pay to play" research model.

Moral Hazard vs Morality Approaches in the Opioid Crisis

Moral Hazard vs Morality Approaches in the Opioid Crisis

Economists argue that because naloxone prevents overdoses, it also nudges users toward riskier behaviors. Physicians disagree.

Food Sustainability and Public Health: What Is the Physician's Responsibility?

Food Sustainability and Public Health: What Is the Physician's Responsibility?

As the global population grows, food sustainability and its effect on public health becomes even more important.

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