Topic: Ethics

  • feat-vaccine-scare-800

    In most states, parents can choose not to vaccinate their children based on a personal or religious objection. It’s a choice that has begun raising concerns about the ethics of refusal and the rising risk of outbreaks. More

    February 6, 2015 | Comments (7)

  • feat-social-media-ethics-800

    Some social media companies—including Facebook—have run experiments to learn what influences user behavior. Many of these experiments have troubled both social media users and privacy advocates, who worry that this research and use of personal information is unethical. More

    January 9, 2015 | Comments (1)

  • DRUGS-OF-LAST-RESORT-FEAT-v1

    “I’ve seen it more than once where it’s the family members simply can’t let go or decide we can leave no stone unturned,” says Richard Klein of the FDA patient liaison program, “whether or not it’s what the patient really wants.” But do families and patients have a right to try unapproved drugs without going through the FDA? More

    December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

  • Death-convo-v1-FEAT

    In the five states where it’s legal, physician-assisted dying involves rigorous regulations, including how long a person has lived there, says Cathy Lynn Grossman, senior national correspondent for Religion News Service. “Brittany Maynard moved from California to Oregon, where it’s legal specifically to qualify for…a prescription for lethal drugs. The person takes the drugs themselves if and when they choose to, and not everyone who gets the prescription ever uses it.” More

    October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

  • ebola-convo-FEAT2

    “We should be thinking about how we can more vigorously and effectively help the people of West Africa and how we can protect health care workers in the United States. We can afford to do both quite well,” says bioethicist George Annas. More

    October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

  • Probation-for-Profit-v2-FEAT

    “These are folks that in many cases couldn’t pay like a two hundred dollar fine or ticket. They’re put on probation. They have to pay interest on what they owe, and they have to pay that company for the privilege of being supervised by them,” says Caroline Issacs, Arizona program director of the American Friends Service Committee. “It’s like a payday loan they end up paying ten times over, and these are people that are poor to begin with.” More

    August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

  • DRUGS-OF-LAST-RESORT-FEAT-v1

    “I’ve seen it more than once where it’s the family members simply can’t let go or decide we can leave no stone unturned,” says Richard Klein of the FDA patient liaison program, “whether or not it’s what the patient really wants.” But do families and patients have a right to try unapproved drugs without going through the FDA? More

    August 1, 2014 | Comments (1)

  • BEHAVIORAL-ETHICS-FEAT

    “When people are thinking about honesty versus dishonesty,” says Dan Ariely, professor at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, “it’s all about being able, at the moment, to rationalize something and make yourself think this is actually okay.” More

    June 27, 2014 | Comments (9)

  • Dhammakaya-Temple-v1-FEAT

    Leaders of the largest Buddhist temple in the world want it “to be like Mecca is in Islam, a global center,” says Rachelle Scott, an expert on the group and assistant director of religious studies at the University of Tennessee. “Critics question the intentions of the temple. They think that the primary intention is to make money.” More

    June 13, 2014 | Comments (4)

  • Conversation-death-penalty-FEAT

    “The country’s long been divided over whether to have it. But that only led to even more difficult questions. How do you do it? How do you implement it? And can you do it fairly and rationally?” More

    May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

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