Medical Ethics

Debating the First Amendment: Is False Speech Constitutionally Protected?

Debating the First Amendment: Is False Speech Constitutionally Protected?

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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

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

AMA <i>Code of Medical Ethics</i> Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

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

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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

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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

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

Clinicians Must Do Their Part to Address Inaccurate Online Health Information

Clinicians Must Do Their Part to Address Inaccurate Online Health Information

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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?

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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?

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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

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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.

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?

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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?

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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?

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

Can Television Shows Help Prevent Negative Bias Toward Patients with Obesity?

Can Television Shows Help Prevent Negative Bias Toward Patients with Obesity?

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Watching episodes of the television medical drama House resulted in a significant shift in perceptions of obesity among medical students.

Challenges in Nutritional Counseling for Patients Living in Food Deserts

Challenges in Nutritional Counseling for Patients Living in Food Deserts

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Nearly 12% of Americans live in households considered food insecure.

Is Psychological Manipulation Ever in the Best Interest of the Patient? Examining the Ethics of Mindset Manipulation

Is Psychological Manipulation Ever in the Best Interest of the Patient? Examining the Ethics of Mindset Manipulation

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Beneficence and autonomy are cornerstone concepts in the field of medical ethics.

Stakeholders Must Consider All Aspects of Produce Prescription Programs

Stakeholders Must Consider All Aspects of Produce Prescription Programs

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There are several concerns associated with produce prescription programs, despite the benefits to patients.

How Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs Create Ethical Dilemma for Physicians

How Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs Create Ethical Dilemma for Physicians

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Employer-sponsored wellness programs can put physicians in an unenviable position.

Healthcare Professionals Have Key Role in Advocating for Better Food Procurement System

Healthcare Professionals Have Key Role in Advocating for Better Food Procurement System

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Systemic interventions are needed to address the "broad spectrum" of issues and challenges facing the food system in the United States.

Steps to Improve Nutritional Counseling in Clinical Practice

Steps to Improve Nutritional Counseling in Clinical Practice

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The modern American diet is widely recognized as a major determinant of morbidity and mortality.

Individual vs Community Needs: Should Hospitals Subsidize Expensive Lifesaving Care for Foreign Patients?

Individual vs Community Needs: Should Hospitals Subsidize Expensive Lifesaving Care for Foreign Patients?

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Experts debate whether it is ethically permissible to provide life-saving treatment to a non-US citizen who does not have health insurance.

Death by Neurologic Criteria Rarely Objected Due to Religious Reasons in New Jersey

Death by Neurologic Criteria Rarely Objected Due to Religious Reasons in New Jersey

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National and state policies are still needed to address these religious exemptions when they occur.

Artificial Womb Technology Can Be A Game Changer for Preterm Infants — If Clinical Hurdles Are Cleared

Artificial Womb Technology Can Be A Game Changer for Preterm Infants — If Clinical Hurdles Are Cleared

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The clinical application of artificial womb technology in humans is still unclear.

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

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Data show that there is a significant difference in how black patients are treated compared with patients of other races.

Exploring the Effect of Data on Precision Medicine Research

Exploring the Effect of Data on Precision Medicine Research

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Electronic health records can offer information on social and behavioral data, which can aid research investigating genetic and social factors across health disparities.

Increasing Minority Representation in Gene Editing Technology Research

Increasing Minority Representation in Gene Editing Technology Research

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Without substantial genetic information to draw from, scientific research has failed to achieve adequate understanding of the clinical variants in minority populations.

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