Medicine

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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?
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Which Voices Matter? Ballot Initiatives, Marijuana, and Legislative Paternalism in Utah

In November, Utah voters made medical marijuana legal with a ballot measure. However, legislation is already underway to restrict it.
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Examining Medical Intervention and Gender Confirmation

The gender binary has long held sway over medical intervention for many kinds of treatments, especially for those who identify outside that binary.
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“Free Birth” and the Politics of Childbearing

Women deserve better care and experiences when it comes to giving birth, but the Free Birth Society may not be the answer.
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The Ethical Ramifications of Legalizing the Exotic Wildlife Trade

China's decision to permit the sale of rhino horns and tiger bones is controversial - but it's more than an ecological crisis. It's also about traditional medicine and preserving a culture.
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Male Contraceptives Might Allow For a Shift In Responsibility

Women bear an excessive burden when it comes to preventing pregnancy. What happens when we include the other half of the population?
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Reduction of Harm: Fentanyl Testing Strips for Drug Users

Fentanyl testing strips could save lives for drug users, but not without the support of city and state governments.
Photo of a sign at the Golden Gate Bridge that says "Crisis counseling - There is hope - Make the call - The consequences of jumping from this bridge are fatal and tragic".

Reflection on Responsibility: National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention month, so it's a good time to reflect -- where does the responsibility to prevent suicide lie?
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“Unbearable Suffering” and Mental Illness

Euthanasia is already a much-debated practice, and the case of Aurelia Brouwers only intensified the controversy.

No Quick Study: The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancing Study Drugs

Study drug usage is on the rise -- and that's a complicated ethical quandary.