Medicine

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From Picking Fruit to Buying It: The Health of California Farmworkers

When we buy fruit at the grocery store, we often fail to realize the intensive and undervalued human labor that goes into growing and harvesting that fruit.
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The Ethics of Philosophical Exemptions

Given the threat to public health, what bar should a claim to philosophical exemption from vaccination need to clear?
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What It Means to Legalize Euthanasia

Societal acceptance of physician-assisted suicide has been growing, but the costs aren't always so easy to see.
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Depression, “Special K,” and the FDA

A powerful new antidepressant is set to hit the market, but should the FDA be in the business of fast-tracking drug approval based on need?
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The Ethics of Vaccination Exemptions

The recent measles outbreak in Washington should prompt us to reexamine how we balance public health and individual religious conviction.
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Australia’s Pill Testing and Different Versions of Harm Minimization

This article examines the ethical implications of measuring the purity of the ingredients drugs so recreational users can be informed about the substances.
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Sparking Joy: The Ethics of Medically-Induced Happiness

What should our outlook be on "medically induced" happiness? Is it the same as "natural" happiness?
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Pinterest’s Block on Anti-Vaccination Content

Pinterest quietly removed anti-vaccination content from the site, making both 'anti-vax' and 'vaccine' unsearchable. Was this the right thing to do?
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On Gene Editing, Disease, and Disability

Gene editing is controversial for many reasons, but it's especially thorny when it comes to issues such as selective abortion, disease, and disability.
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To Clean or Too Clean? The Problem of Over-Cleanliness

We've been taught from a young age to wash our hands frequently and use powerful disinfectants to clean our homes. But how clean is too clean?