Hastings Center Report

Experts propose overhaul of ethics oversight of research

The longstanding ethical framework for protecting human volunteers in medical research needs to be replaced because it is outdated and can impede efforts to improve health care quality, assert leaders in bioethics, medicine, ...

Jan 23, 2013
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Experts aim to redefine healthcare and research ethics

In what they acknowledge as a seismic shift in the ethical foundation of medical research, practice and policy, a prominent group of interdisciplinary healthcare experts, led by bioethicists at Johns Hopkins, rejects an ethical ...

Jan 11, 2013
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Justifying insurance coverage for orphan drugs

How can insurers justify spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per patient per year on "orphan drugs" – extremely expensive medications for rare conditions that are mostly chronic and life-threatening -- when this ...

Feb 07, 2012
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The effects of sequestration on Indian health

(Garrison, NY) As federal legislators work toward a budget agreement, a new commentary documents the harmful effects of sequestration on the Indian Health Service. Sequestration forced a 5 percent reduction in funds for the ...

Dec 16, 2013
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Marketing loans for fertility treatments raises ethical concerns

An increase in the number of lenders specializing in loans for fertility treatments enables more people to afford the treatments, but it also raises ethical concerns, concludes a commentary in the Hastings Center Report. Among the concerns, doctors are marketing the loans to their patients, and some of these doctors have ...

Dec 09, 2013
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Improving the quality of clinical ethics consultants

Clinical ethicists play a vital role in hospitals and other health care systems by helping to resolve ethical conflicts that arise between patients, families, and clinicians about end-of-life care and other important medical ...

Oct 07, 2013
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Safeguards needed for tissue donors

vast collections of human tissue samples that scientists hope will lead to new treatments for diseases – have a right to basic information about how their donations may be used, a Michigan State University ...

Jan 28, 2013
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