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

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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

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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

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Researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Secures Grant to Develop a Standard Statistical Evidence Measure to Reduce Errors in Biomedical Research

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Veronica Vieland, PhD, director of the Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for her research study, “Measuring the Evidence in Evidence-Based Medical Research.”

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Science at Risk as Young Researchers Increasingly Denied Research Grants

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America’s youngest scientists, increasingly losing research dollars, are leaving the academic biomedical workforce, a brain drain that poses grave risks for the future of science, according to a journal article published this week by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels.

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Ebola's Arrival Forced Open the Door on Nursing Ethics

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As Ebola raises difficult questions, ethics trailblazers answer with a road map for 21st-century nursing

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Penn Study Examines Patients’ Perspectives on Deactivation of Implantable Defibrillatorsin End-of-Life Scenarios

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Most patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)—small devices placed in a person’s chest to help treat irregular heartbeats with electrical pulses, or shocks—haven’t thought about device deactivation if they were to develop a serious illness from which they were not expected to recover. But given changes in healthcare, there may be a new reason to do so. A new study led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, which was presented today at the 2014 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, investigated patient perspectives on deactivation of these devices at the end of life, especially related to decisions to deactivate devices against patient or family wishes.

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International Scientific Society Reacts to L'aquila Seismologists Acquittal

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The following statement is attributable to Christine McEntee, Executive Director and CEO, American Geophysical Union:

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Biomedical Ethics Expert Can Discuss Brittany Maynard’s Assisted Suicide

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JAMA Viewpoint: Price Displays for Physicians – Which Price Is Right?

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In response to research indicating that healthcare costs go down when physicians are shown the cost of tests at the time of ordering, a pair of medical ethicists at Johns Hopkins have outlined the ethical issues that need consideration when designing and displaying prices for physicians.

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Free Speech Week Advisory

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The National Communication Association (NCA), the association representing thousands of the nation’s Communication scholars and teachers, will celebrate its 100th anniversary this coming November in Chicago. As has been true at many times throughout its first century, NCA will convene its members at a time when pressing global tensions are rising. And so, as it has always done, and as it will always do, NCA calls upon its members to help their students and the larger citizenry make sense of the pressing issues of the day through open debate, dialogue, and discussion.