APA Bars Psychologists from Participating in National Security Interrogations; ‘It is time to do the same for psychologists’ involvement in death penalty cases’

 

 

Earlier this month, the American Psychological Association (APA) voted almost unanimously to adopt a policy banning psychologists from participating in national security interrogations, including noncoercive investigations now conducted by the Obama administration.

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‘One uterus bridging three generations of a family’: Woman who received her mother’s transplanted womb gives birth

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Photo via freedigitalphotos.net

By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.

The fourth baby born via a transplanted uterus isn’t just a medical success story – it bridges three generations of a family.

A woman in Sweden who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s has given birth to a healthy baby boy after receiving a transplanted womb donated by her mother.

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The FDA, Finances, & Feminism: Why the third time was the charm for so-called “female Viagra”

By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.

Money can’t buy happiness, but evidently is instrumental in gaining FDA approval for controversial drugs with low efficacy and significant side effects.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Addyi (Flibanserin) to treat acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women, after denying approval in 2010 and 2013 because the risks of the medication did not outweigh the benefits.

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Fordham Professor Dr. Olivia Hooker Honored by President Obama at Coast Guard Graduation

Photo by White House photographer Pete Souza

Photo by White House photographer Pete Souza

Speaking at the Coast Guard graduation in May 2015, President Barack Obama honored 100-year-old retired Fordham University Professor of Psychology Dr. Olivia Hooker, describing her as “as sharp as they come, and as fearless.”

Dr. Hooker, a lifelong civil rights activist and the first African American woman to enlist in the Coast Guard, was recently recognized in March with a Coast Guard building named in her honor on Staten Island.

For more information on Dr. Hooker, please read the Ethics & Society post on her life from March, and watch this video where she discusses Fordham, Faith, and Redemption.

 

Fit to a “T”: Addressing the Unique Needs of Transgender Students

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On Monday, August 3, several organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, the National Education Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union released “Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools.” The report, which addresses issues such as names and pronouns, dress codes, and puberty and medical transition “represents an important milestone in reducing health disparities among transgender youth, something that we are also working toward at the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education,” stated Dr. Celia Fisher, Center Director.

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Fordham RETI Faculty Member: Heroin Epidemic is Public Health Problem, Not Criminal Issue

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Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute Faculty Member Dr. Sean Philpott-Jones recently appeared on WAMC Northeast Public Radio to discuss his experience at the recent Fordham training institute, learning from the trainees, and the resurgence of heroin use as a public health problem.

Dr. Philpott-Jones reported:

Every July I have the good fortune of spending a week at Fordham University in New York City, where I teach ethics and mentor fellows enrolled in a training program supported by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Even though I am a senior faculty member in that program, I suspect that I learn more from my students — researchers who work with drug users, commercial sex workers and other marginalized populations — than they probably learn from me. One of the things that I learned about this week was the resurgence of heroin use that has followed in the wake of the prescription drug epidemic.

Please visit the WAMC website to read the rest of the piece.

American College of Physicians Calls for End to Healthcare Disparities Faced by LGBT People

Photo courtesy HRC Blog

Photo courtesy HRC Blog

Originally published May 12, 2015 on HRC Blog

by Alison Gill, Senior Legislative Counsel

Today, the American College of Physicians called for action to address the entrenched disparities that LGBT people face in the healthcare system. The position paper, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, asked medical providers, insurers, patients and others to address critical needs for members of the LGBT community, like non-discrimination protections, comprehensive healthcare coverage for transgender people, inclusive visitation policies, and research and training to better address the numerous health disparities LGBT people experience.

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