By: Ken Ochs
All of us have seen the colorful television commercials promoting a brand-name prescription medication. As a butterfly alleviating a woman’s insomnia flies into her bedroom window, or a grandfather suffering from COPD runs through a field with his dog, in symbolic, memorable, stylish ways, one is told to “talk to your doctor” about whether or not the medication is “right for you.” A sharp observer might recognize that the drugs in these commercials eventually—within a few years—leave the television marketing airways without a trace. Where have they gone? Why are they no longer being advertised? And what does this all have to do with Catholic social teaching?
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By: Student Voices Editorial Board
The Fordham University Center for Ethics Education is delighted to announce the launch of Student Voices, a new section of the Ethics & Society blog. Student Voices will serve as a space for Fordham undergraduate and graduate students to discuss, explore and analyze ethics-related current news events, scholarship, and contemporary issues within the Fordham community and beyond.
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By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.
Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives, in what was the first large-scale experiment to determine whether this procedure could someday result in pregnancy. Was this experiment ethical, and if so, should it continue?
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Proposed updates to federal regulations that protect human research subjects need additional clarification when applied to the social and behavioral sciences, says a new report from the National Research Council. Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Director Dr. Celia B. Fisher was a member of the committee and an author of the report.
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