Medicine

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?
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“Minibrains” May Be the Future of Drug Testing. They Also Pose...

The ethical questions posed by using "minibrains" for drug testing are serious. Now is the time to consider them.
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The Ethics of Short-Term Medical Missions

Short-term medical missions bring necessary treatment to people who need it. They also run the risk of perpetuating colonialism.
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In Caring for Dementia Patients, Testing the Limits of Patient Autonomy

A new Advance Directive would allow dementia patients to authorize their caretakers to stop providing them food and water if the disease worsens - even if their future self still wants to be cared for.
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Questions on the Ethics of Triage, Posed by a Sub-Saharan Ant

When treating injured people, how should care be prioritized? And does the behavior of sub-Saharan ants provide a clue?

Do Terminally Ill Patients Have a “Right to Try” Experimental Drugs?

President Trump used his 2018 State of the Union speech to call for "right to try" legislation. But would this move really help terminally ill patients?