Bioethics Around the Web – Vaccine Mandates: Second Circuit Reaffirms their Constitutionality

Vaccine Mandates: Second Circuit Reaffirms their Constitutionality As posted by on Bill of Health, a blog by the Petrie- Flom Center at Harvard Law School, in January, the Second Circuit reaffirmed that states have the power to mandate vaccination for schoolchildren in Phillips v City of New York. This is good news in light of the recent outbreak of measles and a resurgence of efforts to circumvent or end mandatory vaccination. Mandatory vaccination is an extremely important, powerful part of public health and provides benefits for the entire community. Continue reading Bioethics Around the Web – Vaccine Mandates: Second Circuit Reaffirms their Constitutionality

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Social Science and the Arts & Humanities Competition & Initiatives: “Narrative Bioethics” one of the funded projects

Originally posted on Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King's College, London:
The KISS DTC, UCL Economic & Social Research Council DTC and the AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership have awarded funding to seven doctoral training activities situated at the interface of Social Science and the Arts and Humanities.  Please see below for details of these activities and how to get involved with them. 1. Is IR Without History Empty?  Is History Without IR Blind?  An Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series Organisers: Thomas Bottelier, Depts. of History & War Studies KCL and Filippo Costa Buranelli, Dept. of… Continue reading Social Science and the Arts & Humanities Competition & Initiatives: “Narrative Bioethics” one of the funded projects

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In The News – California Measles Outbreak

Nagourney, A. Goodnough, A. (21 Jan 2015) Measles Cases Linked to Disneyland Rise, and Debate over Vaccination Intensifies. New York Times. http://nyti.ms/1JazA46 Carroll, R. (17 Jan 2015) Too rich to get sick? Disneyland measles outbreak reflects anti-vaccination trend. The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jan/17/too-rich-sick-disneyland-measles-outbreak-reflects-anti-vaccination-trend The New York Times article reports that as of January 21, California health officials had identified 59 cases of measles this winter; 42 of these cases are linked to an outbreak that began with a Disneyland employee in December. The California Center for Infectious disease is asking Californians who are unvaccinated to get the vaccine and some unvaccinated students … Continue reading In The News – California Measles Outbreak

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In the News – Complexities of Choosing and End Game for Dementia

Span, P. (19 Jan 2015) Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia. New York Times. http://nyti.ms/1DUWHQ2 The New York Times published a piece this week examining some of the controversies surrounding end of life decisions for people with dementia, in particular voluntarily stopping eating or drinking (VSED). I feel that autonomy in end of life decision making is extremely important. As a health care provider, I may not always feel comfortable with a patient’s decision, but I believe there are some decisions only the patient can make. Continue reading In the News – Complexities of Choosing and End Game for Dementia

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Buy Buy Baby? The Ethics of Crowdfunding Babies

Originally posted on THE ETHICS AND SOCIETY BLOG:
By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D. Between adoption and advancing reproductive technologies, there are ever-increasing options for individuals and families who wish to have a baby. Recent reports indicate that the high costs associated with these processes have resulted in some using crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter.com and GoFundMe.com to raise money for fees associated with adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Indeed, certain forms of assisted reproduction raise ethical questions in and of themselves, but in this case, our concern is whether it matters how funds for these processes are raised, and… Continue reading Buy Buy Baby? The Ethics of Crowdfunding Babies

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Introduction

Welcome! My name is Meghan Sharp. I have worked in health care for 25 years as an EMT, a Respiratory Therapist and a Physician Assistant. Now I am back in school studying communications and ethics. I will, at long last, be finishing a B.S -Studies in Healthcare, Communications and Ethics though SUNY Empire State College this spring and hope to then go on to graduate work in ethics. Professionally, ultimately I hope to work in bioethics research and policy development. This website is being developed and written as a Capstone project, an independent study in applied ethics focusing on bioethics. Throughout this … Continue reading Introduction

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