Ethics & Society Newsfeed: April 8, 2016

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Can we trust robots to make moral decisions?
Last week, Microsoft inadvertently revealed the difficulty of creating moral robots.

Why Bioethics Has a Race Problem
Moral imagination in bioethics has largely failed African Americans.

The disturbing reason some African American patients may be undertreated for pain
African Americans are routinely under-treated for their pain compared with whites, according to research.

New F.D.A. Guidelines Ease Access to Abortion Pill
The Food and Drug Administration has relaxed the guidelines for taking a pill that induces abortion, reviving one of the most contentious issues of the abortion debate.

How to Make Psychology Studies More Reliable
A new way for the field to address its replication crisis.

Opioid Epidemic Spurs Rethink On Medication And Addiction
Drug treatment providers in California and elsewhere have relied for decades on abstinence and therapy to treat addicts. In recent years, they’ve turned to medication.

This scientist nearly went to jail for making up data
Scientific integrity took another hit Thursday when an Australian researcher received a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to 17 fraud-related charges.

The graying of HIV: 1 in 6 new U.S. cases are people older than 50
Thousands of people 50 and older are diagnosed with HIV each year in the United States, a development that has significant consequences for the health care and social support they need and the doctors, counselors and others who provide it.

Zika Crisis

In Miami, Facing Risk of Zika With Resolve but Limited Resources
Mosquito control in the United States is a crazy quilt of jurisdictions that includes powerful independent districts with their own taxing authority and threadbare county health, environment or public works departments.

Mosquito vs. Mosquito in the Battle Over the Zika Virus
Genetically modified mosquitoes are in the news for good reason: They may be our best hope for controlling the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Zika’s structure has been revealed, bringing scientists closer to a vaccine
Zika, the mosquito-borne virus linked to microcephaly in the fetuses of infected women, just lost a little bit of its edge to researchers. On Thursday, a Purdue University team published the virus’s structure for the first time in the journal Science.

The Cost of Medicine

IRS Could Help Find Many Uninsured People, But Doesn’t
Nearly a third of people without health insurance, about 10 million, live in families that received a federal earned income tax credit (EITC) in 2014, according to a new study.

By Not Discussing Cost Issues, Doctors, Patients May Miss Chances To Lower Out-Of-Pocket Expenses
Talking about money is never easy. But when doctors are reluctant to talk about medical costs, a patient’s health can be undermined.

What Yelp can tell you about a hospital that official ratings can’t
If you’ve ever taken the time to give Yelp your two cents about a hospital, you’ll be happy to know that someone’s listening and that they’ve deemed the crowdsourced information not only useful — but unique.


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