The Hastings Center Report

July - August 2014

Vol. 44, No. 4


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Health Policy

Responding to Ebola: Selected Commentaries on Key Ethical Questions

Susan Gilbert and Nancy Berlinger, 08/22/2014
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest and deadliest on record, and the crisis is evolving rapidly. More than 2,200 people have been infected in Sier...
Health Policy

The FDA Proposes Roadblocks to Laboratory Diagnostics

Wendy Chung, 08/19/2014
The American laboratory industry and its ability to serve patients are being challenged by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal that will create a new...
Health Care

More French Paradoxes

Susan Gilbert, 08/08/2014
Death is hard to deal with anywhere, but France has some contradictory ways of providing end-of-life care, as two recent articles discuss.On the lighter side, ...
Recent Commentary

Facebook’s Emotion Experiment: Implications for Research Ethics

Robert Klitzman and Paul S. Appelbaum, 07/21/2014
Science and Society

Nature Isn’t What It Used To Be

Gregory E. Kaebnick, 07/17/2014
Human Rights

What Do We Owe to Child Migrants?

Rachel Fabi and Mohini Banerjee, 06/26/2014
Science and Society

Chronicling the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Through Art

Obiora N. Anekwe, 06/12/2014
Medical Education

How I Learned Bioethics in Medical School

Barron H. Lerner, 05/28/2014
Medical Education

LEGGO the Logo? Why Pharma Logos Belong on CME

Nicole Dubowitz, Maggie Infeld, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, 05/19/2014
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Retraction Watch

"...claiming COPE guidelines somehow supports the decision [to retract] doesn't seem valid."

Big Data + Big Pharma = Big Money 

Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

"Need another reminder of how much drugmakers spend to discover what doctors are prescribing? Look no further than new documents from the leading keeper of such data."

U Faculty Calls for Review of Controversial Drug Study

Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune

 "Nearly a decade after Dan Markingson died by suicide while participating in a U of M drug trial for schizophrenics, the U’s Faculty Senate raised his death as a reason to re-examine their institution’s handling of vulnerable research subjects."  

 Make Your Wishes Known 

Ashwaq Masoodi, The Atlantic
The story of a 36-year-old man on life support whose family pulled the plug, and what happened next."

Transforming Diagnosis
Thomas Insel, National Institute of Mental Health
"While DSM has been described as a “Bible” for the field, it is, at best, a dictionary, creating a set of labels and defining each."