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Medicaid cuts would weaken healthcare law

Experts at the Center for American Progress said Medicaid cuts would undermine the success of the president's signature healthcare law.  President Obama needs to walk away from some of the Medicare and Medicaid cuts he endorsed in earlier budget-cutting talks, a group of liberal healthcare experts said Wednesday. Experts at the…
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How Bioethicists Want Doctors to Approach LGBT Patients Differently

Dr. Lance Wahlert is a codirector of The Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity at the University of Pennsylvania who is leading the way in establishing the burgeoning academic field of Queer Bioethics. He explains some of the issues he's studying and why the medical community needs to start thinking…

Four Myths About Doctor-Assisted Suicide

IN a little more than a week, voters in Massachusetts will decide whether to allow doctors to “prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person’s life.” A similar bill is being debated in New Jersey. Unfortunately, like so many health care questions,…
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The Arkansas Innovation

MENTION medical innovation, and you might think of the biotech corridor around Boston, or the profusion of companies developing wireless medical technologies in San Diego. But one of the most important hotbeds of new approaches to medicine is … you didn’t guess it: Arkansas. The state has a vision for changing the way Arkansans…
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Dozens of Nobel Laureates for Obama

Sixty-eight Nobel laureates in science and medicine have signed an open letter endorsing President Obama. The president "understands the key role science has played in building a prosperous America, has delivered on his promise to renew our faith in science-based decision making and has championed investment in science and technology research…

LEGACY

About LEGACY Five sites of the Breast Cancer Family Registry (San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Ontario, Philadelphia and Utah) were recently funded by the National Cancer Institute to study the influence of behavior, environment and diet on pubertal growth in girls aged 6 to 13 years. The Legacy Girls Study…

Moreno Appointed to UNESCO International Bioethics Committee

Renowned bioethicist Dr. Jonathan D. Moreno of the University of Pennsylvania was recently appointed by Director-General Irina Bokova to the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC), a group of 36 leading scholars that follows progress in the life sciences and its applications in order to ensure respect for human dignity and…

Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity Project

The Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity Inspired by scholastic advancements in the Humanities on matters related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) studies, whereby a distinct field of queer studies has been created, this project aspires to take the next step for the benefit of LGBTQI…

The Democrats' Market-Friendly Health-Care Alternative

Many commentators, including The Wall Street Journal, frame the health-care debate as a choice between government control and individual choice. But that is a false contrast. The choice is really between encouraging health-care providers to be more efficient, innovative and focused on keeping patients healthy—or shifting the financial burden to patients,…

ForensicDNAEthics

About Forensic DNA Phenotyping Genetic researchers have recently begun to develop a type of DNA-typing that can identify criminal suspects based on traits such as skin, hair, and eye color, geographical ancestry, gait, and predisposition to smoking. Such visual and behavioral characteristics are part of an individual’s phenotype, the expression of…

In the Thick of Things: Jonathan Moreno

Science: Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with it. Some Americans have been suspicious of science, its fruits, and its practitioners; others have sung its praises with enthusiasm; and still others have felt an uncomfortable ambivalence. That’s the topic of the latest book by Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D., The Body…

Rise of the Biocrats

Whether it goes down in history books as a chapter heading or a footnote, the Republican presidential debate of September 12, 2011 was a remarkable event. The first such contest ever to be sponsored by the Tea Party addressed issues ranging from Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” tax-reform plan to whether Federal Reserve…