Category: Bioethics News

Bioethics News

Berman Institute Bioethics Bulletin

Berman Institute Bioethics BulletinBerman Institute Bioethics BulletinVirus Hunters Map Zika’s Spread with DNAHow to End a LifeUsers’ Guide to Integrating Patient-Reported Outcomes in Electronic Health RecordsWhen the Patient Is a Gold Mine: The Trouble With Rare-Disease DrugsGraduation 2017The Messy Relationship Between Food Stamps and HealthPutting A Lid On WasteCuts to AIDS Treatment Programs Could Cost a Million LivesMedicine Is Going Digital. The FDA Is Racing to Catch UpWorld Health Organization Elects a New Director General from Ethiopia

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: open(/home/content/45/6105545/tmp/sess_rbuk6hfi0kmvrqcui02jrcfvb5, O_RDWR) failed: No such file or directory (2) in /home/content/45/6105545/html/wp-content/plugins/magic-fields/MF_ManageWritePanels.php on line 21

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cookie – headers already sent by (output started at /home/content/45/6105545/html/wp-content/plugins/magic-fields/MF_ManageWritePanels.php:21) in /home/content/45/6105545/html/wp-content/plugins/magic-fields/MF_ManageWritePanels.php on line 21

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cache limiter – headers already sent (output started at /home/content/45/6105545/html/wp-content/plugins/magic-fields/MF_ManageWritePanels.php:21) in /home/content/45/6105545/html/wp-content/plugins/magic-fields/MF_ManageWritePanels.php on line 21

Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/content/45/6105545/html/wp-content/plugins/magic-fields/MF_ManageWritePanels.php:21) in /home/content/45/6105545/html/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php on line 8
http://bioethicsbulletin.org Bioethics News & Analysis from Johns Hopkins Thu, 25 May 2017 15:02:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 http://bioethicsbulletin.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cropped-faviconBI-32×32.png http://bioethicsbulletin.org 32 32 http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/virus-hunters-map-zikas-spread-with-dna http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/virus-hunters-map-zikas-spread-with-dna#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 15:02:27 +0000

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/?p=36260

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/virus-hunters-map-zikas-spread-with-dna/feed 0 http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/how-to-end-a-life http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/how-to-end-a-life#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 14:57:23 +0000

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/?p=36258

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/how-to-end-a-life/feed 0 http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/users-guide-to-integrating-patient-reported-outcomes-in-electronic-health-records http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/users-guide-to-integrating-patient-reported-outcomes-in-electronic-health-records#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 14:47:49 +0000

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/?p=36256

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/users-guide-to-integrating-patient-reported-outcomes-in-electronic-health-records/feed 0 http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/when-the-patient-is-a-gold-mine-the-trouble-with-rare-disease-drugs http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/when-the-patient-is-a-gold-mine-the-trouble-with-rare-disease-drugs#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 14:18:45 +0000

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/?p=36254

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/when-the-patient-is-a-gold-mine-the-trouble-with-rare-disease-drugs/feed 0 http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/graduation-2017 http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/graduation-2017#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 20:25:49 +0000

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/?p=36250

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/graduation-2017/feed 0 http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/the-messy-relationship-between-food-stamps-and-health http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/the-messy-relationship-between-food-stamps-and-health#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 15:12:48 +0000

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/?p=36189

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/the-messy-relationship-between-food-stamps-and-health/feed 0 http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/putting-a-lid-on-waste http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/putting-a-lid-on-waste#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 14:50:39 +0000

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/?p=36187

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/putting-a-lid-on-waste/feed 0 http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/cuts-to-aids-treatment-programs-could-cost-a-million-lives http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/cuts-to-aids-treatment-programs-could-cost-a-million-lives#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 14:45:07 +0000

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/?p=36185

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/cuts-to-aids-treatment-programs-could-cost-a-million-lives/feed 0 http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/medicine-is-going-digital-the-fda-is-racing-to-catch-up http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/medicine-is-going-digital-the-fda-is-racing-to-catch-up#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 13:43:17 +0000

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/?p=36183

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/medicine-is-going-digital-the-fda-is-racing-to-catch-up/feed 0 http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/world-health-organization-elects-a-new-director-general-from-ethiopia http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/world-health-organization-elects-a-new-director-general-from-ethiopia#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 19:20:16 +0000

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/?p=36181

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/world-health-organization-elects-a-new-director-general-from-ethiopia/feed 0
Warning: Unknown: open(/home/content/45/6105545/tmp/sess_rbuk6hfi0kmvrqcui02jrcfvb5, O_RDWR) failed: No such file or directory (2) in Unknown on line 0

Warning: Unknown: Failed to write session data (files).

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.

Bioethics News

Virus Hunters Map Zika’s Spread with DNA

According to new genetic evidence published today, public health efforts to contain and fight the disease could have—and should have—gotten underway much sooner. Zika, it turns out, had established itself in Brazil as early as 2013

Source: Bioethics Bulletin by the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.

Bioethics News

How to End a Life

A year since assisted suicide became legal, only a small number of physicians are willing to perform the procedure, and their numbers are shrinking. Taking a life is harder than they thought

Source: Bioethics Bulletin by the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.

Bioethics News

Users’ Guide to Integrating Patient-Reported Outcomes in Electronic Health Records

This Users’ Guide facilitates integration of patient-reported outcomes in the electronic health record, enabling use of PRO data for multiple clinical, research, and administrative applications, and thereby promoting patient-centered care. Authors include our Joe Ali

Source: Bioethics Bulletin by the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.

Bioethics News

Ten years since the discovery of iPS cells. The current state of their clinical application

Photo Neurons derived from human iPS cells Stem Cells Australia

Background

Few biomedical discoveries in recent decades have raised so many expectations as the achievement of adult reprogrammed cells or induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.1

Pluripotent cells are obtained from adult cells from various tissues that, after genetic reprogramming, can dedifferentiate to a pluripotency state similar to that of embryonic cells, which allows for subsequent differentiation into different cell strains.2,3

In our opinion, this discovery is relevant not only to biomedical issues but also to ethical ones, given that iPS cells could replace human embryonic stem cells (see HERE) – whose use raises numerous ethical problems – in biomedical experimentation and in clinical practice. However, after the last 10 years, the use of iPS cells has still not been clarified. A number of expectations have been met, but other mainly clinical expectations are still far from being achieved.

Current research limitations with iPS cells

There is a notable low efficacy in the techniques employed for obtaining a sufficient proportion of iPS cells, which represents a difficulty in its clinical application.4  Another limitation is the incomplete reprogramming, which depends on the type of cell employed,5 and the problems of mutagenesis resulting from inserting exogenous transcription-factor coding genes, which can cause tumors in the employed cells used.6 Recent studies aim to mitigate this effect.7 A clinical trial for treating macular degeneration with retinal pigment epithelium cells derived from autologously obtained iPS cells has recently been halted.8 After an initially successful experience with the first treated patient, the genetic sequencing of the iPS cells obtained from the second patient revealed mutations in 3 different genes, one of which was classified as oncogene in the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.

Bioethics News

The Messy Relationship Between Food Stamps and Health

Several studies show beneficiaries of the program are more likely to be obese. But the answer is not to cut benefits, some academics say

Source: Bioethics Bulletin by the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.

Bioethics News

Putting A Lid On Waste

Needless medical tests not only cost $200B – they can do harm. This overly aggressive care also can harm patients, generating mistakes and injuries believed to cause 30,000 deaths each year

Source: Bioethics Bulletin by the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.

Bioethics News

Cuts to AIDS Treatment Programs Could Cost a Million Lives

At least one million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, researchers and advocates said on Tuesday, if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted

Source: Bioethics Bulletin by the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.