The Myth of Mental Illness and Gun Violence
As the number of mass shootings continue to climb all over the country, the link between mental illness and gun violence has become a popular talking point among policy officials.
Desperate Families Pursue 'N-of-1' Trials for Ultra-Rare Diseases
While ASO technology is amenable to personalized therapeutics, it's an option only for families who can raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Steve Joffe, MD, MPH, chief of medical ethics at the...
After Trump Blames Mental Illness for Mass Shootings, Health Agencies Ordered to Hold All Posts on Issue
“To say that scientists and experts who know the data and facts best are not allowed to speak — that’s very concerning,” said Dominic Sisti, a University of Pennsylvania professor who studies ethics in mental health and psychiatry.
Mental Health Advocates Say Reopening Institutions Won't Stop Mass Shootings
Dominic Sisti is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania who co-wrote a paper titled "Bring Back the Asylum" in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2015, but he said on Monday that the President was "proposing an idea without any actual evidence or background knowledge."
Fresh Starts, Guilty Pleasures And Other Pro Tips For Sticking To Good Habits
Researchers have strategies at hand for moments when they slack off. Milkman coined the term "temptation bundling" for the pairing trick — combining the healthy habit you dread with something you love — that got her back to the gym.
The Ethical Mess of Our Health Care System
It is a patchwork that covers some people and some diseases but not others. We can improve it by bolstering Obamacare.
How They (Online Graduate Programs) Get You
Finally, some schools are opting out of OPM partnerships altogether, instead choosing to develop online programs themselves. The University of Pennsylvania’s first fully online master’s degree, in health-care innovation, was created in-house. A small internal team manages all aspects of the program, including experimenting with outreach strategies ranging from information sessions to digital marketing.
Bipolar Disorder, Genetic Risk, and Reproductive Decision-Making: A Qualitative Study of Social Media Discussion Boards
In this study, we present views on bipolar disorder and reproductive decision-making through an analysis of posts on Reddit™, a major Internet discussion forum. Prior research has shown that the...
Separating Neuroethics from Neurohype
If we, as bioethicists and neuroethicists, become concerned with every theoretical feasibility demonstration, then we are a field that is very much trouble.
Characteristics of Physicians Participating in Medicare’s Oncology Care Model Bundled Payment Program
In the first description of oncologists participating in the Oncology Care Method (OCM), we found differences in practice demographics, care intensity, and exposure to nontraditional payment models between OCM-participating and nonparticipating physicians.
De-escalating Cancer Therapy: More Talk Than Action?
Ultimately, a better balance between escalation and de-escalation can increase the likelihood that patients are only getting just as much therapy as they need—nothing more and nothing less.
The Danger of Linking Mental Illness to Mass Shootings
Dominic A. Sisti, director of the Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics in Behavioral Health Care at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jonathan Metzl, director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Medicine, Health and Society, joined The Takeaway to explain how mental illness, including the term itself, is used for political gain in the context of mass shootings.
Amid Rising Concern, Pay-to-Play Clinical Trials Are Drawing Federal Scrutiny
Holly Fernandez Lynch pointed to research around medical uses of illicit drugs, like medical marijuana and psychedelics, that might have a hard time getting funded through traditional channels, though she acknowledged that that field has increasingly been finding mainstream funding. But Dr. Steven Joffe, a pediatric oncologist and bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, worries about making exceptions for even a few trials.
Ethics of Private Companies Exploring Brain-Computer Interface
Anna Wexler talks to the BBC's Stephen Nolan about private companies like Facebook, Neuralink, and Kernel, which are exploring ways to connect brains and computers for nonmedical reasons..
Democrats Are Having the Wrong Health Care Debate
They should skip the argument over Medicare for All and find the best ways to tackle affordability.
Penn Medicine’s Jill M. Baren, MD, Elected President of the American Board of Emergency Medicine
Baren has been a member of the ABEM Board of Directors since July 2012, and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2016. She has served ABEM in a number of capacities, including as an examiner for...
Study: 48K Kentuckians At Risk Of Losing Medicaid Under Bevin Work Requirements
The study was conducted in part by Atheendar Venkataramani, who’s on the team from the University of Pennsylvania that will analyze real-time data if the Medicaid changes take effect. He said there’s mixed research on whether work requirements in other welfare programs reduce poverty rates and get people into better-paying jobs.
Advancing Bundled Payments Through Radiation Oncology Episodes
The recently proposed RO Model emphasizes several new policy levers that can drive health care value but have been partially or completely unexplored in bundled payment programs to date: prospective, site-neutral episode payments implemented nationwide on a mandatory basis.
Designing Development Programs for Non-Traditional Antibacterial Agents
First, and most fundamental, is the question of whether it is ethically acceptable to carry out non-inferiority trials when developing new antimicrobial agents.