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    Ross White

    • Your Brain in the Courtroom

      Posted on October 24, 2012

      On Monday, New America Foundation in Washington, DC held a thought-provoking event, My Brain Made Me Do It, which explored the role of neuroscience in understanding human behavior, particularly that of criminals, and the extent to which such research can or should be used in the criminal justice system. The program was the latest installment… Read more

    • The Presidential Bioethics Debate 2012

      Posted on October 3, 2012

      With the first presidential debate beginning tonight and the race entering the final stretch, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are making their final policy pitches to the American public. While the economy and jobs will dominate much of the discussion, the candidates have significant differences on many health and science policy issues with serious bioethics… Read more

    • Electronic Health Records: Balancing Progress and Privacy

      Posted on June 19, 2012

      Regardless of the fate of the Affordable Care Act, it has set in motion a drive toward greater use of information technology, particularly with regard to electronic health records (EHRs). These technologies promise to increase the transmission, sharing, and use of health data across the health care system, thereby improving quality and reducing unnecessary costs.… Read more

    • Anthrax Vaccine Trials for Children: Precautionary or Premature?

      Posted on May 22, 2012

      Last Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues met in Washington, DC to assess the ethics of a clinical trial on anthrax vaccines for children. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius asked the Commission to investigate the issue, after the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) voted in favor of pursuing pediatric trials. These trials and other… Read more

    • Obama’s Unspoken Words About Health Reform and Values

      Posted on January 26, 2012

      Many in the health policy world worried when President Obama made only passing reference to health care in his State of the Union Address — only two mentions of the words “health care” and one each for “Medicaid” and “Medicare.” While there may be a number of reasons that Obama chose not to highlight one… Read more

    • It’s Not Just the Economy, Stupid

      Posted on January 11, 2012

      Despite the persistent focus on economic growth, jobs, and global competition in the Republican presidential primaries, many social issues with significant bioethics implications are also at stake in November’s election. Given the importance of science and health policy, it is worth exploring the positions of the four Republican candidates (Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich,… Read more

    • Promoting Primary Care

      Posted on May 5, 2011

      It is well known that primary care is in peril. A recent analysis quantifies that peril and shines some light on the reasons for the problem, perhaps pointing the way to possible solutions. Mark Schwartz, of New York University, and colleagues report in Archives of Internal Medicine that the United States faces a “troubling shortage… Read more

    • Boost(erism) for Personalized Medicine

      Posted on April 4, 2011

      While the prospects of personalized medicine to help clinicians and patients better understand, manage, and treat illness as they affect individuals is highly commendable, this movement has recently been met by what I see as a troubling levels of boosterism. This was evident at the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference, held at Duke University in March.… Read more

    • With the Drug Shortage, Time to Reconsider Lethal Injection

      Posted on February 4, 2011

      The United States remains the only Western democracy that practices capital punishment as a matter of federal policy. Since 1976, a total of 1,238 individuals have been put to death by the legal system in this country. Thirty-five states currently practice capital punishment, all of which rely on lethal injection as the primary means by… Read more

    • Full Body Scanners: A Privacy Problem or Something Else?

      Posted on December 8, 2010

      Whether or not you traveled over the Thanksgiving weekend, it was hard to avoid the controversy fueled by the media over the use of full body scanners at airports across the United States. The rousing attempt to make November 24th (one of the busiest travel days of the year) National Opt-Out Day fizzled as few… Read more

    • Health Reform at Six Months, and Obstacles Ahead

      Posted on September 29, 2010

      Six months ago, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law after nearly a year of legislative wrangling and decades of promises from both sides of the aisle. With the six-month anniversary of passage on September 23, the most meaningful reforms from this landmark piece of legislation began to… Read more

    • The Insurance Mandate and American Values

      Posted on March 30, 2010

      In the wake of the passage of health care reform legislation, perhaps no part of the forthcoming law has received as much attention as the individual mandate, which requires individuals to purchase health insurance or face financial penalties. Despite the proven effectiveness of an individual mandate to increase health insurance coverage – Massachusetts (the only… Read more

    • Americans Want Health Care Reform. Really.

      Posted on January 22, 2010

      I’m not sure what bothers me more in the recent battle over health care reform: Republican obstructionism or Democratic incompetence. In the wake of the Massachusetts special election that made Scott Brown the first Republican Senator from the state in three decades, Republican commentators say the vote is a referendum on health care: a sign… Read more

    • Finding the “Beef” in Bioethics

      Posted on November 2, 2009

      Several things struck me recently when I attended my first ASBH (American Society for Bioethics and Humanities) annual meeting. As I got to meet some of the most respected scholars in bioethics, I sensed that they were as excited to meet me – a 2009 college graduate working in the field – as I was… Read more