The Hastings Center Report

September - October 2014

Vol. 44, No. 5


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Responding to Ebola: Questions about Resuscitation

Joseph J. Fins, 10/10/2014
While details of the deaths of patients in Dallas and Madrid from Ebola are not public, their passing prompts questions about resuscitation in individuals infe...
Human Rights

New York City’s Innovative Approach to Helping Unaccompanied Minors

Chelsea Jack, 10/08/2014
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a plan to connect unaccompanied minors who have arrived in the city from Central America with public educ...
Science and Society

Synthetic Biology: A Study in Reinvention

Gregory E. Kaebnick, 09/25/2014
An article in the October issue of Discover Magazine has a great line from Drew Endy, a bioengineer at Stanford University who has become one of the foremost p...
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Responding to Ebola: Retrofitting Governance Systems

Mohini Banerjee and Chelsea Jack, 09/18/2014
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Responding to Ebola: Organizational Ethics, Frontline Perspectives

Chelsea Jack and Nancy Berlinger, 09/09/2014
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Responding to Ebola: Selected Commentaries on Key Ethical Questions

Susan Gilbert and Nancy Berlinger, 08/22/2014
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More French Paradoxes

Susan Gilbert, 08/08/2014

Facebook’s Emotion Experiment: Implications for Research Ethics

Robert Klitzman and Paul S. Appelbaum, 07/21/2014
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Nature Isn’t What It Used To Be

Gregory E. Kaebnick, 07/17/2014
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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."  

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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."