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Ethics & Society Newsfeed: February 5, 2016

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UnitedHealth Medicare plan must cover U.S. sex reassignment surgery
A U.S. government panel has ruled that a privately run Medicare plan must cover sex reassignment surgery for a Texas transgender woman, a decision her attorney says was the first of its kind.

New wearable sensor can collect data from sweat
For the first time, a flexible, wearable sensor can collect data about multiple chemicals in body sweat.

Drug shortages forcing hard decisions on rationing treatments
Such shortages are the new normal in American medicine. But the rationing that results has been largely hidden from patients and the public.

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Ethics & Society Newsfeed: January 29, 2016

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  • The Ethics of Autonomous Cars
    • Patrick Lin examines if there is a break between ethics and laws when it comes to robotic cars and future automobile innovations. What kind of judgements can machines make?
  • An Unprecedented Threat to Privacy
    • Edward Delman examines police departments with access to over 20,000 license plates. He notes the inherent privacy violation of the cases, and critically examines the NYPD, who contain their own license tracking software.

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Ethics & Society Newsfeed: January 22, 2016









Record 30,000 Organ Transplants Performed Last Year
Doctors attribute the 5% increase in donations in 2015 to Americans’ growing willingness to donate organs.

Why We Need to Rethink HIV Attitudes
Robert Klitzman argues it is time to re-examine attitudes and laws criminalizing potential HIV exposure.

Advancing Medical Professionalism in US Military Detainee Treatment
A bioethical argument that current medical ethics standards provide a sound basis for military medical practice, even in situations where military missions must be reconciled with patient needs.

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Ethics & Society Newsfeed: April 17, 2015

Family Releases Final Brittany Maynard Video as California Debates Right to Die
Earlier this month, the 29-year-old Maynard made a posthumous appearance in a video at a California senate committee hearing, in which she urged support for the passage of the state’s End-of-Life Option Act. Maynard wrote and taped her statement only weeks before her death.

Renowned Bioethics Professor John Arras Passes Away
University of Virginia professor served on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and his research explored topics such as synthetic biology, research ethics and whole genome sequencing.

Bioethics Commission Plays Early Role in BRAIN Initiative, Releases Gray Matters, Vol. 1
Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released volume one of its two-part response to President Obama’s request related to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The report, Gray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society, includes four recommendations for institutions and individuals engaged in neuroscience research including government agencies and other funders.

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Ethics and Society Newsfeed: July 29th 2013

Bioethicist: Failed search for controversial cells shows danger of mixing science, religion
Dr. Arthur Caplan of NYU discusses science, religion and the ethics of VSELS (very small embryonic-like stem cells).

Banking stem cells in the hope of a live-saving cure
A French company is offering people the opportunity to bank their own stem cells in the hope that one day they can be used in their own treatment to possibly grow replacement organs.

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Ethics & Society Newsfeed: June 12th 2013

Is everyone out to steal my umbrella?
Is it ethical to take someone’s umbrella from the umbrella basket at the front of a restaurant if your similar-looking umbrella was taken by someone else? Also, is it ethical to wear non-prescription eyeglasses to appear more intelligent?

Behind Cry for Help from China Labor Camp
An Oregon woman buys Halloween decorations, and finds a letter from a Chinese labor camp prisoner inside. Who actually wrote the letter and what could and should be done?

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Ethics and Society Newsfeed: June 4th 2013

Mississippi Turns to Cord Blood to Track Down Statutory Rapists
Starting in July, doctors and midwives will be required to take umbilical cord blood samples from some babies born to mothers under the age of 16. Officials will then analyze the samples and try to identify the father from the state’s DNA database.

Join Wall Street. Save the World.
Can a person do more good by taking a high-paying job and then donating a large portion of it to charity than they could from working in academia or for a non-profit organization?

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