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

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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

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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

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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

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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