Bioethics Blogs

Ethics & Society Newsfeed: March 18, 2016

When Gene Tests for Breast Cancer Reveal Grim Data but No Guidance
Women with breast cancer are facing a frustrating reality: The genetic data is there, but in many cases, doctors do not know what to do with it.

First uterus transplant in US removed after sudden complication
The 26-year-old woman who received the transplant at the Cleveland Clinic is recovering from the operation after appearing in a news conference days earlier

​’Siri, I want to commit suicide’ and other statements likely to yield unhelpful responses from your phone
Apple’s Siri can be an amusing conversationalist for those times when you want to talk to someone but there’s no one around. She’s insanely knowledgeable about everything from American history to weather patterns and can crack you up with her well-timed zingers. But what about in times of crisis?

Getting painkillers seems easy. Getting help to fight painkiller addiction is hard.
Addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin has grown so deadly that the Obama administration wants to spend more than $1 billion over the next two years fighting it. Yet in the midst of the worst epidemic of unintentional drug overdose in U.S. history, it can be harder to get drugs to treat an addiction than it is to get the drugs that feed it.

Psychology’s Replication Crisis Can’t Be Wished Away
It has a real and heartbreaking cost.

California’s assisted suicide law offers new option for terminal patients
Under the law, patients can get fatal prescriptions only if they are mentally competent and have six months or less to live.

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