ASBH 2018: Full Schedule of Sessions by Penn Medical Ethics Faculty, Fellows and Fellowship Alumni
Thursday, 10/18 8am-12pm Pre-Con Workshop: Advanced Facilitation Skills for Clinical Ethics Consultation Autumn Fiester Magic Kingdom Balllroom 3 Thursday, 10/18 1:15-2:15pm Paper Presentation:...
Women fare well in this year’s crop of NIH high-risk awards
University of Pennsylvania medical ethicist Anna Wexler is among this year’s winners of the National Institutes of Health’s Early Independence Awards
Don't Blame Obamacare for the Opioid Crisis: Study
"A look at past expansions to Medicaid appears to challenge claims that expansion under Obamacare helped fuel the current opioid crisis in the United States. University of Pennsylvania researchers report that Medicaid expansions actually had the opposite effect, and led to reductions in drug overdose deaths."
Anna Wexler, PhD receives prestigious NIH Director's Early Independence Award
Do-it-yourself (DIY) medicine, which occurs outside the traditional confines of medicine and science, poses both opportunities and threats to public health. However, there has been no systematic study of DIY medicine, nor of the products and services that it generates. This project will address this gap by clarifying the practices of DIY medicine in three areas (brain stimulation, stool transplants, and user-modified insulin delivery systems), analyze the regulations of the multi-billion dollar direct-to-consumer neurotechnology industry, and describe the public health challenges and regulatory concerns posed by brain wellness clinics.
Sleepless in ... Seattle? Which city gets the least shuteye?
Among development economists, sleep isn’t a mainstream subject. Schofield wants to change that, and as a result, the lab run by Schofield and colleagues in Chennai is pioneering a study into the impact of improved sleep on poverty reduction. So far, the lab has found that participants sleep an average of five and a half hours a night. By distributing sleep mats and earplugs, it has managed to increase night-time sleep by an extra 30 minutes. Yet if less sleep is associated with lower wages, shouldn’t people in Tokyo, where average incomes are higher, be getting more sleep than those in Chennai?
One of Obamacare’s big experiments to lower costs is working surprisingly well
The least-sexy news in health care these days — bundled payments — might also be the most important.
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania operates one of the country’s few centers designed to ease stress and to show compassion for caregivers with loved ones in the hospital. “In some ways, it’s really a significant statement of who we are,” says Mary Walton, director of the Family Caregiver Center.
Since 2015, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has supported the Family Caregiver Center—one of only a few in the United States.
The real Chris Collins scandal: lax conflict-of-interest rules in Congress
In the aftermath of Rep. Chris Collins’ (R-N.Y.) arrest last week on insider trading charges stemming from his involvement with an Australian biotech company, it is tempting to focus public attention and anger on his alleged crimes.
Promoting Patient Interests in Implementing the Federal Right to Try Act
This Viewpoint reviews provisions of the US Right to Try Act, which allows patients with life-threatening conditions access to investigational drugs without FDA approval, and calls for clarifications around patient and drug eligibility, reporting requirements, and differences from the FDA’s Expanded Access program to minimize potential harms from the law.
Jonathan Moreno has been awarded the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Jonathan D. Moreno on Friday, October 19, 3:45 pm at the ASBH Annual Conference. Dr. Moreno will accept ASBH's highest honor and share insights about his career.
Martha Farah Elected to Prestigious British Academy Fellowship
Martha Farah has been made a Fellow of the prestigious British Academy for the humanities and social sciences.
The New Face of Medical Advice: The Online Pregnancy Forum
Expecting moms are turning to the Internet for issues they can’t or won’t discuss with their doctors. An essay by Anna Wexler, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the department of medical ethics and health policy
This is How Police Killings Affect Black Mental Health
“Nothing will happen to the Police in the Freddie Gray case . . . ” a man tweeted three days after the death of a 25-year-old Baltimore man whose fatal spinal injury while in police custody in 2015 triggered protests throughout the nation. These sentiments — perception of a systemic unfairness and a loss of faith in institutions — are common among black people in the days and months following police killings of unarmed African Americans, according to a study published last month in the medical journal the Lancet. The report analyzed data collected between 2013 and 2016 from 103,710 black adults, finding the incidents to be detrimental to the psyche, adding 1.7 days of poor mental health annually per person. The study also analyzed white Americans’ self-reported mentality after all police killings (of white and black people), determining that “mental health impacts were not observed.”
Sonic attacks: How a medical mystery can sow distrust in foreign governments
The recent evacuation of a group of U.S. diplomatic personnel stationed in Guangzhou, China, revived concerns over an “attack” that originated in Havana in mid-2016. At that time, several U.S. individuals working at the American Embassy in Cuba became ill after hearing sounds in their residences similar to cicadas or being in a car with the windows rolled down. The bizarre noises were accompanied by dizziness, headaches, hearing problems, visual focusing issues and cognitive impairments such as memory loss and difficulty concentrating on their daily routines.
Kanye West tried 'scream therapy' after Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint, Dr. Jonathan Moreno weighs in
The act of screaming is largely viewed as a hysterical, out-of-control response to stress — and science shows it may contribute to cardiovascular disease — but according to a study published in the journal Current Biology, screaming also fills an evolutionary role: To warn of us of danger.
20 at 20: Longstanding Bioethics Master’s Program Milestone
Penn’s interdisciplinary Master of Bioethics (MBE) program is one of the nation's premier programs for bioethics education, attracting exceptional students from both the U.S. and abroad—and it is one of the longest-running such programs, now celebrating its 20th anniversary year. What better way to explore and celebrate the program’s remarkable impact than by getting to know a sampling of its diverse graduates?
How Police Killings Lead To Poor Mental Health In The Black Community
A recent study published in The Lancet Medical journal shows that police killings of unarmed black men leads to poor mental. NPR's Michel Martin talks with study co-author Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani.
Easier Drug Approval Isn’t Cutting Drug Prices
“It’s at least possible that if I know we’ve got to show actual, substantial benefits, or that it’s got to be novel in some way, that I might push harder,” says Dr. Steven Joffe, a pediatric oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania.
Soda ad blitzes conspicuously match food stamp schedules, study says
Food companies have embraced a controversial tactic in their quest to sell more soda, a new study says: timing advertisements for sugary drinks to the days states distribute food stamp benefits. On any given day, grocery shoppers are likely to see soda displays in stores, researchers found. But they are two to four times as likely to come across them when food stamps go out.