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Ethics experts issue decision-making guidelines to aid NASA for higher risk human spaceflights

Nearly two years after the conclusion of its space shuttle program left Americans wondering what would become of the spacefaring dreams of decades past, NASA has sought the advice of health and ethics experts for protecting astronauts on its "next generation" of long duration and exploration-class human spaceflights. [More]
Researchers to discuss implications of genomic sequencing at ACMG meeting

Researchers to discuss implications of genomic sequencing at ACMG meeting

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine will present results of three different studies evaluating implications and feasibility of genome sequencing at the ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting this week in Nashville, Tenn. [More]
Desperate patients offered untested, risky stem cell treatments, says Wisconsin professor

Desperate patients offered untested, risky stem cell treatments, says Wisconsin professor

Desperate patients are easy prey for unscrupulous clinics offering untested and risky stem cell treatments, says law and bioethics Professor Alta Charo of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is studying "stem cell tourism." [More]
Sports medicine physicians to convene at 2014 AMSSM Annual Meeting

Sports medicine physicians to convene at 2014 AMSSM Annual Meeting

More than 1,400 sports medicine physicians from the United States and abroad will attend the 23rd Annual Meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the largest primary care sports medicine physician organization in the nation. [More]
Informed consent is not required for certain health research, say bioethics experts

Informed consent is not required for certain health research, say bioethics experts

Under the right conditions, full informed consent is not ethically required for some types of health research, according to leading bioethics experts. [More]

Rowan University gets RWJF support to transform health care delivery

Rowan University is launching an ambitious plan to transform health care delivery with support from a $3.05 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Through new education and research programs, the 18-month project will develop innovative approaches that respond to the region's emerging needs for access to affordable and effective health care services. [More]

SSOM to receive Moral Courage award from Faith in Public Life in recognition to accept qualified DACA

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) will receive the Moral Courage award from Faith in Public Life, a non-profit organization devoted to lifting up the voices of progressive faith leaders. [More]

Healthcare experts propose concrete steps for managing shortages of life-saving drugs

A group of prominent healthcare experts including bioethicists, pharmacists, policymakers and cancer specialists have proposed concrete steps for preventing and managing a nightmare scenario that is becoming all too common: shortages of life-saving drugs. [More]
Experts identify key challenges in youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities

Experts identify key challenges in youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities

In a study published today by the medical journal Paediatrics & Child Health, IRCM researchers address shortcomings in transitional care in the Canadian healthcare system. The team led by Eric Racine and Emily Bell, Montr-al neuroethics experts, identified important challenges in the transition from paediatric to adult health care, especially among youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities (such as autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and cerebral palsy). [More]
Five physicians named recipients of 2014 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards

Five physicians named recipients of 2014 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards

Five physicians who have distinguished themselves in advancing the practice of palliative care and modeling exemplary skill and compassion at the bedside have been named recipients of the 2014 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards. [More]
Study: CIEDs used by physicians today were approved as supplements to premarket approved models

Study: CIEDs used by physicians today were approved as supplements to premarket approved models

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures that high-risk medical devices, such as implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and pacemakers, are safe and effective through its premarket approval (PMA) pathway, during which manufacturers must collect preclinical and clinical data before the device is approved. [More]
New study by bioethicists indicates patients give "broad endorsement" to iPSC research

New study by bioethicists indicates patients give "broad endorsement" to iPSC research

In an early indication of lay opinions on research with induced pluripotent stem cells, which are stem cells made from skin or other tissues, a new study by bioethicists at Johns Hopkins University indicates that despite some ethical concerns, patients give the research "broad endorsement". [More]

Study: Medical students concerned about becoming desensitized to the needs of dying patient

The imminent death of a patient is riddled with emotions for a patient and family as well as the medical team. A study based on the reflections of third-year Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine students is shedding light on the struggle physicians in training often face when trying to control their own emotions while not becoming desensitized to the needs of the dying patient and his or her family. [More]
Bioethics Commission releases ethical recommendations to manage incidental and secondary findings

Bioethics Commission releases ethical recommendations to manage incidental and secondary findings

Researchers conduct a memory study, scan a participant's brain, and find more than they bargain for: a tumor. What do the researchers owe the participant? What does the participant want to know? [More]
Top cancer research centers to establish new biotechnology company focused on cancer immunotherapy

Top cancer research centers to establish new biotechnology company focused on cancer immunotherapy

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), along with pediatric partner Seattle Children's Research Institute, have joined forces to launch Juno Therapeutics Inc., a new biotechnology company focused on bringing forward novel immunotherapies for cancer. [More]
Study: One in 10 high school youth physically hurt by dating partner

Study: One in 10 high school youth physically hurt by dating partner

One in 10 high school youth in the U.S. reports having been hit or physically hurt by a dating partner in the past year, according to a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher. [More]
Loyola researchers publish first ever study of moral distress experienced by nurses in burn ICU

Loyola researchers publish first ever study of moral distress experienced by nurses in burn ICU

Loyola University Medical Center researchers have published the first ever study of emotional and psychological anguish, known as "moral distress," experienced by nurses in an intensive care unit for burn patients. [More]

Johns Hopkins scholars to discuss bioethics issues with Hollywood filmmakers

Scholars from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics will meet with Hollywood producers, writers and directors this week to discuss timely bioethics issues and answer questions, in hopes that the dialogue will lead to the incorporation of accurate depictions of bioethics in film and television, and greater public understanding of the issues in general. [More]
ASBH proposes new method for assessing quality of clinical ethics consultants

ASBH proposes new method for assessing quality of clinical ethics consultants

Clinical ethicists play a vital role in hospitals and other health care systems by helping to resolve ethical conflicts that arise between patients, families, and clinicians about end-of-life care and other important medical decisions. [More]

MacLean Center receives Cornerstone Award for outstanding contributions in field of bioethics

The University of Chicago Medicine's MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics has been awarded the prestigious Cornerstone Award from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities for "outstanding contributions from an institution that has helped shape the direction of the fields of bioethics and/or medical humanities." [More]