media ethics

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Statistics and politics

Statistics are easily mistakenly used and manipulated. Rudy Guiliani is under attack due to statistics that he quoted in a political ad running in New Hampshire . He spoke about the odds of surviving prostate cancer, contrasting the medical systems in the United States and in the United Kingdom. I saw a link to an … Continue reading

>Television Ethics: "Private Practice"

>The TV show, “Private Practice,” hasn’t impressed me with its medical, social or psychiatric integrity. But, I found myself watching it tonight, October 24th, and was more impressed than usual. Tonight’s show touches on a cutting-edge bioethics topic that was also mentioned at last week’s American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. Major Multiple Spoiler Alert!!! … Continue reading

Now, this is politics

I’ve posted before that I’m inclined to believe (while I’m not ready to advocate its use for several reasons) that Plan B is not an abortifacient. (See here and here. Or look here for a posting of one of the research articles that convinced me to reconsider my earlier rejection of post-coital contraception.) However, why … Continue reading

Texas Advance Directive Act Hearing

I had to work yesterday and couldn’t attend the hearing before the Human Services Committee of the Texas State House of Representatives, in Austin. I wasn’t even able to watch on the internet until about 5:30 PM. But, I still saw some of the most interesting testimony, and am very impressed that the meeting continued … Continue reading

Plan B Not Abortifacient, But Doesn’t Change Much, Either

As the news that the FDA may soon make Plan B , the progesterone only protocol that is often called “Emergency Contraception” or the “morning after pill,” available without prescription, we’ll probably hear all sorts of opinions about whether or not it is an abortifacient or will lower the abortion rate. The answer is probably … Continue reading

Endarkenment and humans

Wesley Smith has had a bit of time to consider and reconsider the way he was called out and singled out at lunch by Alta Chara on Friday, July 14th at the Bioethics and Politics Summer Conference of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. I am unabashedly human-centric and a human species-ist. Any other … Continue reading

Answering a reader “bravely”

An anonymous reader has noted that when I complained about CBS’ touting of destructive stem cell research, the example that I gave involved the use of patient’s own stem cells. These cells would not treat Batten disease, which is a inborn error of metabolism. This type of disease is a genetic defect in the metabolism … Continue reading

Why I quit being a “Primary Care Provider”

Over at FreeRepublic, they’re discussing this week’s New York Times guest editorial, “The Doctor Will See You for Seven Minutes,” by Peter Salgo, MD. I highly recommend that your read the op-ed at the NYT in full, and then the thread at FR. 3 years ago, I closed my office and went to work part … Continue reading

What’s the connection for NYT and Plan B

I wish I were a better detective. Tuesday, I had to spend a couple of hours in the Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, so I did something I don’t usually do: I read a real, dead-tree newspaper. The NYT flashed an above-the-fold front page article and an editorial on FDA regulation of a single … Continue reading

FDA Chief Resigns Over Plan B

FDA Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, Susan Wood, says she can’t remain at the Agency because of the refusal to change the status of the drug protocol, “Plan B” often called the “morning after pill.” The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation’s daily news reports the fuss. I agree with the former Commissioner, she should not be … Continue reading

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