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Research

Facebook’s Emotion Experiment: Implications for Research Ethics

Robert Klitzman and Paul S. Appelbaum, 07/21/2014
Several aspects of a recently published experiment conducted by Facebook have received wide media attention, but the study also raises issues of significance f...
Science and Society

Nature Isn’t What It Used To Be

Gregory E. Kaebnick, 07/17/2014
Is the end in sight for wilderness? A recent opinion piece in the New York Times, by the science journalist Christopher Solomon, says it is. “There’s a heresy ...
Medicine

The VA Crisis is Fundamentally an Ethics Crisis

Evelyne Shuster, 07/15/2014
The crisis and failure of caregiving that have engulfed the Veterans Health Administration cannot be solved with increased resources or even by hiring more doc...
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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."  

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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."