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July 1, 2013

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  • Updated core competencies for consults are important milestone for bioethics

    While the field of bioethics has traditionally embraced a diversity of approaches to clinical ethics consultations, there is now a general consensus for the need to agree of some basic standards in order to evaluate the quality and impact of the service.
  • Patients in MCS: Misdiagnosis is ethical issue

    Patients in a minimally conscious state (MCS) demonstrate behaviors suggestive of consciousness episodically and intermittently, and because these behavioral signs are not reproducible, diagnostic errors can be quite high, says Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, the E. William Davis, Jr., MD, Professor of Medical Ethics and chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College.
  • Ethics of functional neuroimaging at bedside

    Can functional neuroimaging, which is currently used largely in the research setting, be used as a clinically actionable tool for disorders of consciousness? This is an important and a loaded topic, says Judy Illes, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS, Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics and professor of neurology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
  • Consent, safety of human egg donors is unclear

    The primary ethical concern with human egg donation is that there are no long-term studies on the safety of this practice, according to Jennifer Lahl, president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network in Pleasant Hill, CA.
  • Many med students biased against obese or thin patients

    More than one-third of 310 medical students surveyed had a moderate to strong bias against obese people, according to a recent study.1
  • Stem cell research is ethical balancing act

    Balancing the therapeutic needs of very sick patients with the demands of rigorous scientific research is a major ethical challenge in stem cell research, according to Mary Devereaux, PhD, director of the biomedical ethics seminars and assistant director of the Research Ethics Program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
  • Call to revamp ethical framework on human research

    The longstanding ethical framework for protecting human volunteers in medical research needs to be replaced because it is outdated and can impede efforts to improve health care quality, according to a Hastings Center Report special report, Ethical Oversight of Learning Health Care Systems.1