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2014-06-30 16:29:22

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A 2012 secret experiment in which Facebook manipulated users' news feed to see whether certain kinds of content made users happy or sad, violated basic research ethics, Consumer Watchdog said today. Results of the experiment, which also involved academic researchers, were published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this month. "There is a longstanding rule that research involving human...

2013-11-05 10:41:44

Johns Hopkins bioethicist Nancy Kass is a guest editor of the AJPH special issue taking a comprehensive look at the current ethical landscape of human subjects research with minority populations Remarkable improvements in the quality of life, prevention and treatment of disease have been made possible through advancements in biomedical research, including clinical trials involving human subjects.  Future progress will depend in large measure on the inclusion of women and racial and ethnic...

2013-03-19 11:42:17

Recommends that multiple steps must be taken before ethical pediatric anthrax vaccine trials can be considered by the US government In a report released today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues concluded that the federal government would have to take multiple steps before anthrax vaccine trials with children could be ethically considered. The Bioethics Commission was responding to a request from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius who last...

2013-02-19 14:09:35

Do we trust biobank researchers? In a doctoral thesis from Uppsala University, medical doctor and bioethicist Linus Johnsson claims that we do: At least in Sweden. And since we do, researchers in turn have a moral responsibility towards us. On March 9, Linus Johnsson, medical doctor and bioethicist at the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB), will defend his thesis on trust in biobank research. Trust is a sensitive issue in all research, but perhaps particularly so when it...

2012-11-21 11:39:09

In the 1960s and 1970s, classic social psychological studies were conducted that provided evidence that even normal, decent people can engage in acts of extreme cruelty when instructed to do so by others. However, in an essay published November 20 in the open access journal PLOS Biology, Professors Alex Haslam and Stephen Reicher revisit these studies' conclusions and explain how awful acts involve not just obedience, but enthusiasm too–challenging the long-held belief that human beings...

2012-07-19 07:59:19

What makes soldiers abuse prisoners? How could Nazi officials condemn thousands of Jews to gas chamber deaths? What's going on when underlings help cover up a financial swindle? For years, researchers have tried to identify the factors that drive people to commit cruel and brutal acts and perhaps no one has contributed more to this knowledge than psychological scientist Stanley Milgram. Just over 50 years ago, Milgram embarked on what were to become some of the most famous studies in...

2012-03-28 09:34:15

The idea of paying people to engage in pro-health behaviors and whether it is an effective, sustainable, and cost-effective tool for promoting individual and public health are controversial areas, but according to an international group of researchers writing in this week's PLoS Medicine: "When incentives are used to encourage utilization of, or compliance with, established means of producing individual or public health benefits and when it is likely that recipients are already favorably...

2011-05-09 21:22:00

Canada needs an agency to investigate research misconduct, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj110442.pdf. Although honesty, accuracy and professionalism of scientists are vital for research integrity, there have been many public examples of serious research misconduct. Conflicts of interest, author misrepresentation and manipulation of data are other issues that also affect scientific and academic...


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