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2010-11-12 01:41:10

Pharmaceutical company bioethics? Public health bioethics? Regenerative medicine bioethics? To celebrate 40 years of pioneering bioethics publication, the Hastings Center Report, the world's first bioethics journal, looked to the future, asking young scholars to write about what the next generation of bioethicists should take up. Out of 195 compelling submissions, four of the best essays were selected for publication in the November-December issue. Three of the essays envision bioethics...

2010-11-10 17:43:04

Organizations that seek to provide health care, food, and other services to people held in drug detention centers in developing countries often face ethical dilemmas: Are they doing more good than harm? Are they helping detainees or legitimizing a corrupt system and ultimately building its capacity to detain and abuse more people? Such dilemmas are explored in an article coauthored by Nancy Berlinger and Michael Gusmano, research scholars at The Hastings Center, along with Roxanne Saucier and...

2010-10-08 14:13:56

Findings from the past have implications for research in the future The researcher whose revelations about unethical U.S. studies on syphilis in Guatemala in the 1940's led to apologies from the Obama administration last week has written a commentary for Bioethics Forum, the Hastings Center's online publication. She calls for the need to learn from history to better protect human subjects in the developing world. Susan M. Reverby, a professor at Wellesley College, describes how she unearthed...

2010-09-17 13:54:16

As government support for personalized medicine grows, a consumer advocate, a patient, and bioethicists explore ethical controversies. Direct-to-consumer genetic tests, privacy, targeted cancer therapies, and Henrietta Lacks are among topics in a special issue of the Hastings center Report Behind the high expectations raised by personalized medicine "“ the use of genetic information to individualize treatment, improve care, and possibly save money "“ a series of essays in the...

2010-08-10 23:22:34

Problems found with forms translated from English The first study to look at simplified English-language consent forms translated into another language calls into question the common belief that a translated consent form meets readability standards. The study appears in IRB: Ethics & Human Research. Nearly half of all U.S.-based clinical trials are now conducted overseas, many in countries where the native language is not English and whose population has low literacy "“ factors that...

2010-08-10 23:06:10

Sociodemographic variables also do not seem to affect comprehension Although informed consent is an ethical cornerstone in research with humans, some studies suggests that volunteers often do not understand key aspects of the research in which they participate. Recent efforts have been made to improve informed consent by simplifying the consent forms. A new study refutes two common assumptions about consent forms: that the length and complexity of forms affect comprehension and that people...

2010-06-23 13:41:39

The firestorm that followed the November 2009 release of guidelines that would have reduced use of screening mammograms in women aged 40 to 49 highlights challenges for implementing the findings of comparative effectiveness research (CER), according to a new analysis. Meeting such challenges "“ which may become more common due to increased funding for CER "“ requires better communication to the public and stakeholders about evidence and its connection to health care quality and...

2010-05-20 15:25:02

New England Journal of Medicine commentary examines new pediatric DSM category Shifting children from the controversial diagnosis of bipolar disorder to one that more accurately reflects their symptoms will not by itself decrease the rate of psychopharmacologic treatment and is not enough to help troubled children flourish, according to a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute, and a physician-researcher at Stony...

2010-03-20 10:55:39

Garrison, NY -- Troubled children diagnosed with bipolar disorder may fare better with a different diagnosis, according to researchers at The Hastings Center. The researchers support an emerging approach, which gives many of those children a new diagnosis called Severe Mood Dysregulation (SMD) or Temper Dysregulation Disorder with Dysphoria (TDD).  The findings come soon after proposed revisions to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental...

2010-01-27 07:36:33

The latest issue of the Hastings Center Report features articles on "medicalized" weapons that temporarily incapacitate targets, sharing the benefits of newly found biological resources, and applications of GINA (the Genetic Information Nondisclosure Act). Highlights: "Medicalized" weapons. Should physicians and other medical workers participate in the development of "medicalized" weapons? These nonlethal weapons "“ which rely on advances in neuroscience, physiology, and pharmacology to...


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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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