Ethics in the News: HIV-positive to HIV-positive Organ Transplants, Brain-Enhancing Stimulants, Privacy After Social Media, & More – February 12, 2016

When the hospital serves McDonald’s
In peddling unhealthy meals, health centers fail both their patients and their employees.

Pharma Bro goes to Washington
A Congressional hearing with Martin Shkreli reveals the brokenness of the prescription-drug market.

The research pirates of the Dark Web
After getting shut down late last year, a website that allows free access to paywalled academic papers has sprung back up in a shadowy corner of the Internet.

Johns Hopkins becomes first center in country to offer HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants
Johns Hopkins announced this week that it had received approval from the nation’s organ-sharing authority to become the first hospital in the United States to conduct transplants involving HIV-positive donors and HIV-positive recipients.

‘Zika isn’t important’: The infuriating case of a scientist’s search for funding
Brian Foy said in a 2011 paper that he found likely evidence of a little-known virus called Zika spreading through sex. He wanted to study it further, but no one would give him the funding he needed.

Study links sleeplessness and false confessions
Sleep deprivation may lead individuals to confess to crimes they did not commit, new research suggests.’

As Flint fought to be heard, Virginia Tech sounded alarm
Young scientists were among the first to warn of the alarming levels of lead in Flint’s water.

Telling women of reproductive age not to drink is fear mongering
The CDC is suffering backlash over recent recommendations that all women who want to become pregnant should avoid drinking completely.

Doctor convicted of murder for patients’ drug overdoses gets 30 years to life in prison
A judge sentenced a doctor to 30 years to life in prison because she prescribed painkillers to drug addicts.

A cognitive neuroscientist explains why brain-enhancing stimulants should be legal
Do the positive attributes of stimulant-based cognitive enhancement outweigh the negatives?

Clinical trials do go wrong: How many human subjects are injured by scientific research each year?
An estimated 19 million people participate in American research studies each year, yet it is impossible to calculate how many are harmed.

A short animated lesson on the Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks
TED-Ed released an animated lesson about the famous ethics case.

Privacy after social media: A reflection from healthcare and bioethics
The standard ethical argument for confidentiality and data protection via consent turns on personal autonomy.

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