Medicine

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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.

Walgreens and the Conscience Clause

After the Masterpiece Cake Shop decision, the concept of conscience clauses has come under fire -- most recently with a pharmacist in Arizona refusing to fill a prescription.
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The Opioid Crisis and America’s Homegrown Cartels

The opioid crisis is more than a homegrown problem: it's the result of some brilliantly dangerous marketing by pharmaceutical companies.
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The Ethics of Human Head Transplants Explored: Part Two

Beyond the sci-fi nature of human head transplants, we have to consider important ethical questions about the results of the transplants.
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Solving Antibiotic Resistance with the Power of Evolution

Growing resistance to antibiotics is dangerous, but the evolutionary processes that cause it might just provide a solution.
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The Ethics of Human Head Transplants Explored: Part One

The science fiction idea of head transplants is becoming a medical reality, but at what ethical cost?