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Clinical Trial Sponsors Fail to Report Results to Participants, Public

Despite legal and ethical mandates for disclosure, results from most clinical trials of medical products are not reported promptly on a registry specifically created to make results of human studies publicly available, according to Duke Medicine researchers.

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Ensuring Respect and Dignity in the ICU

Identifying loss of dignity and lack of respectful treatment as preventable harms in health care, researchers at Johns Hopkins have taken on the ambitious task of defining and ensuring respectful care in the high-stakes environment of the intensive care unit (ICU).

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Most Information in Drug Development Is Lost

Lots of potentially useful medical information is getting lost. McGill researchers discovered this when they looked into the lack of reporting of information from “stalled drug” trials in cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases.

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Study Examines Physician-Industry Conflict of Interest Issue from MS Patient Perspective

A new study explores what multiple sclerosis patients know, or want to know, about their physician’s financial relationship with the pharmaceutical company sponsoring clinical trials.

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Consideration of Costs Can Reduce Moral Objections to Human Organ Sales and Other ‘Repugnant’ Transactions, Says Johns Hopkins Researcher

A new study by a Johns Hopkins Carey Business School researcher shows that people might abandon their moral objections to organ selling – and to other transactions in repugnant markets ─ when presented with information about the potential advantages of such sales.

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Physician Guidelines for Googling Patients Need Revisions

Penn State College of Medicine researchers contend that professional medical societies must update or amend their Internet guidelines to address when it is ethical to "Google" a patient.

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JHU Bioethics Experts for Comment on Mitochondrial Replacement IVF (aka "3 parent" IVF)

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Poll Shows Public Opposes Social Media & News Media Showing Images of ISIS Beheadings – UD Expert Available for Comment

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Penn Medicine Bioethicists Call for Return to Asylums for Long-Term Psychiatric Care

As the United States population has doubled since 1955, the number of inpatient psychiatric beds in the United States has been cut by nearly 95 percent to just 45,000, a wholly inadequate equation when considering that there are currently 10 million U.S. residents with serious mental illness. A new viewpoint in JAMA looks at the evolution away from inpatient psychiatric beds, evaluates the current system for housing and treating the mentally ill, and then suggests a modern approach to institutionalized mental health care as a solution.

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Influencing Physician Referrals Ethically

Medical ethicists at Johns Hopkins and Brigham and Women’s Hospital provide a roadmap to the health care holy grail of higher quality, lower cost care via referrals, while avoiding the ethical pitfalls of managed care in the 1990s