Is it ethical to purchase human organs?

The Guardian, 29 June 2016
Author: Samuel Kerstein
“Organ transplantation saves lives. People with end-stage kidney disease who receive a transplant tend to live much longer than those who undergo dialysis. Some physicians, lawyers and bioethicists have proposed regulated markets in live “donor” kidneys. Surely a lot more people will be willing to sell a kidney, assuming the price is right, than to donate one, their argument goes. Yet purchasing kidneys is not only prohibited by international norms, it violates US law. Market proponents insist that legal prohibition of commerce in kidneys is a grave mistake.”
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Doctors Swamped by ‘E-Medicine’ Demands

MedicineNet, 28 June 2016
Author: Dennis Thompson
“Doctors say they’re drowning in electronic paperwork, feeling burned out and dissatisfied with their jobs thanks to countless hours spent filling out computerized medical forms, researchers report. Electronic health records are a cornerstone in the effort to modernize medicine. But, new systems designed to chart a patient’s progress and instruct their future care have proven to be very time-consuming.”
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Heat On White House To Scrap Redo Of Human Research Rules

NPR, 29 June 2016
Author: Rob Stein
“An influential federal panel has taken the unusual step of telling the Obama administration to withdraw a controversial proposal to revise regulations that protect people who volunteer for medical research. The regulations are known collectively as the Common Rule. They were put in place decades ago to make sure medical experiments are conducted ethically. But the rules haven’t been updated in nearly a quarter century. Researchers feared the new requirement would create unnecessary red tape and significantly hinder important research.”
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Couple win legal battle against ruling on dead daughter’s eggs

The Guardian, 30 June 2016
Author: Owen Bowcott
“A 60-year-old woman who wants to use her dead daughter’s frozen eggs to give birth to a grandchild has won a legal battle over what constitutes medical consent. The court of appeal has ordered the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to reconsider the application, opening the way for fertility treatment in the United States.”
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Unregulated stem-cell clinics are proliferating across the United States

Washington Post, 30 June 2016
Author: Laurie McGinley
“For years, American “stem-cell tourists” have flocked to unregulated clinics in Mexico, the Caribbean and China in search of everything from heart treatments to facelifts. But now, these kinds of clinics are popping up across the United States. According to a new study, at least 351 companies with 570 clinics are marketing unapproved treatments.”
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‘He was afraid of having a difficult death’ – an assisted dying advocate speaks out

The Guardian, 1 July 2016
Author: Olga Oksman
“Support seems to be growing in the US for assisted suicide as a way for terminally ill patients to retain some control over their deaths, as well as spare them and their loved ones undue pain. Earlier this month, California became the fifth state to allow what advocates for death with dignity call “physician-assisted dying”. Groups in Colorado are currently working to push through a bill that would make available similar rights to its residents.”
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How the Texas abortion ruling will affect access across the US

The Guardian, 29 June 2016
Author: Molly Redden
“Hours after a monumental supreme court ruling declared one of the US’s harshest abortion restrictions to be unconstitutional, abortion rights activists were already jubilant over the prospect that many more restrictions could be struck down in its wake. A key part of why the supreme court struck down HB 2 was that Texas provided scarce evidence to justify the law. For now, the fight will turn to the countless laws on the books which may now be deemed unconstitutional in light of the court’s decision.”
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Looks-Conscious Teens Trying Risky Supplements

MedicineNet, 27 June 2016
Author: Steven Reinberg
“Many teens are turning to risky, unregulated supplements to boost their looks, warns a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. These products -including protein powders, steroids and diet pills – are often useless at best, toxic at worst, said the American Academy of Pediatrics in a new report. Over-the-counter supplements, which were deregulated in 1994, are the substances used most often by teens.”
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Scotland’s NHS needs a Sunshine Act to make pharma links transparent

The Guardian, 28 June 2016
Author: Peter Gordon
“A Sunshine Act makes it a statutory requirement for all payments from commercial interests made to healthcare workers and academics to be declared publicly. The metaphor is that sunshine brings full light. Both the US and France have introduced a Sunshine Act. There is much promotion of partnership working between industry and healthcare. Yet we must remember that these two partners have different aims, and it is the responsibility of healthcare workers to follow the ethical approaches central to their professions.”
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Divided Supreme Court rejects family pharmacy’s religious claim

Reuters, 28 June 2016
Author: Lawrence Hurley
“A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away an appeal by a family-owned pharmacy that cited Christian beliefs in objecting to providing emergency contraceptives to women under a Washington state rule, prompting a searing dissent by conservative Justice Samuel Alito. The justices left in place a July 2015 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld a state regulation that requires pharmacies to deliver all prescribed drugs, including contraceptives, in a timely manner.”
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