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06/14/2017 - 3:34pm

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Confidentiality is one of the sacrosanct principles of medicine. By keeping the secrets that patients share with health care providers, the patient trusts the provider and the provider has the information necessary to diagnose and treat. The Hippocratic Oath, American Medical Association commentaries, 1974 Federal Privacy Act and 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act place confidentiality front and center in ethics and law.

Although we place confidentiality on a high pedestal, it does have many exceptions—some which are acceptable and some of which are required.…

06/14/2017 - 11:42am

Michigan's director of its Department of Health and Human Services, Nick Lyon, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office over the Flint water crisis. Both are felonies in the state of Michigan

06/14/2017 - 11:30am

Researchers tracked prescriptions and pill use in 179 women discharged from an academic medical center after cesarean delivery. On average, they left the hospital with a prescription for the equivalent of 30 pills containing 5 milligrams of oxycodone or hydrocodone

06/14/2017 - 11:22am

Attendees at the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in San Diego this year — many of them young researchers who are active on social media — were surprised to be greeted with the following: “Thanks for joining us at #2017ADA! Photography isn’t allowed during presentations — we’d appreciate it if you’d delete this tweet.”

06/14/2017 - 9:42am

Midday's Tom Hall talks with Dr. Jeffrey Kahn about clinical trials and diversity. Why is so much medical research still done with white subjects -- and more often with men rather than women -- and what are the consequences of that, particularly for women and people of color?

06/14/2017 - 9:34am

By David C. Leach An old joke begins by asking that you imagine a man drowning 100 feet offshore while a conservative and a liberal are observing.  The conservative throws him a 50 foot rope and says: “swim the extra distance, it’s good for you.”  The liberal, on the other hand, throws him a 100 […]

06/14/2017 - 8:58am

Janie Valentine’s post on Monday about a Christian health sharing ministry considering the surgical treatment of ectopic pregnancy to be the moral equivalent of abortion points out a major concern related to the church and bioethics. This is particularly a concern regarding the evangelical Protestant church and bioethics. With its hierarchical structure the Roman Catholic Church has a way of connecting the well considered thoughts... // Read More »

06/14/2017 - 8:00am

This post is part of a series “Healing in the Wake of Community Violence: Lessons from Newtown and Beyond,” based on an event of the same name hosted at Harvard Law School in April 2017. Background on the series and links to … Continue reading →

06/14/2017 - 4:30am

A new study in Chest documents the characteristics of intensive care unit (ICU) patients with a decision to withhold/withdraw life-sustaining treatment, including the types of supportive treatments used, patterns of organ dysfunction, and internat...

06/14/2017 - 4:30am

A new study in Chest documents the characteristics of intensive care unit (ICU) patients with a decision to withhold/withdraw life-sustaining treatment, including the types of supportive treatments used, patterns of organ dysfunction, and international differences, including gross national income.