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Informed Consent

Male Circumcision and Self-Determination

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 12.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Ronald A. Lindsay

Every so often the practice of neonatal male circumcision becomes a news item, typically when some medical association issues a statement on the pract...

Informed Consent in a Dangerous Medical Resident Hours Study

Ruth Macklin | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The study's goal -- seeing whether more patients die when residents get less sleep -- is ethically unacceptable because research has definitively shown that residents working very long shifts commit more medical errors than their well-rested counterparts.

Teaching Boys About Informed Consent

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 04.07.2016 | Parents
Lara Lillibridge

Teaching appropriate behavior is also about the basic right to say no. No one can say whether you like something or not. No one can tell you that you had fun when you didn't. Just because you wanted to play Star Wars yesterday does not mean you want to play Star Wars today.

"When Breath Becomes Air" - oxygen for the soul

Joseph Cooper | Posted 03.15.2016 | Books
Joseph Cooper

"Paul wrote relentlessly, fueled by purpose.... He started with midnight bursts when he was still a neurosurgery chief resident... drafted paragraphs...

Want Viagra? Get A Note From Wife: KY Legislator

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics

Call it the "What's good for the goose is good for the gander" bill. A female Kentucky state legislator has introduced a bill that would require men w...

Cost Needs to Be Part of the Medical Informed Consent Process

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth Glass Geltman

To protect patients, "financial informed consent" must be integrated into the established medical informed consent process. Almost six years after th...

First Nighter: Deborah Zoe Laufer's 'Informed Consent' Gets Awfully Cute About Troubled Genomes

David Finkle | Posted 08.18.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer and director Liesl Tommy want to assure you that science can be fun. In pursuit of the noble aim they've gone way out of their way to demonstrate that conviction while putting together Laufer's Informed Consent.

In 'Informed Consent,' A Native American Tribe's Battle Is Recreated Off Broadway

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.10.2015 | Arts

A Native American tribe's tumultuous conflict over genetic research is being brought to harrowing life on the Off-Broadway stage. Deborah Zoe Laufer's...

A Checklist to Stop Misuse of Psychiatric Medication in Kids

Allen Frances | Posted 07.20.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Children change so much in response to environment and development that their diagnosis and treatment always requires the greatest care, patience, and time. I can't picture ever starting a child on meds after a brief evaluation, but this is often done.

Breast Density Disclosure: A Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Movement

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

Decisions about such a personal issue as breast cancer screening must be informed by best evidence and include the patient's risks, her breast tissue composition, and her personal choice and preferences, even if her choices collide with her health care provider's preferences

How About Informed Consent for All Medication

Allen Frances | Posted 03.23.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

The argument that drug sales people are educating physicians doesn't pass the laugh test. Their compensation is based on how much product they can move, not on appropriateness of prescription. And no study funded by a drug company can ever be trusted.

Informed Consent in Comparative Effectiveness Research

Ruth Macklin | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

"Standard of care" research (also known as "comparative effectiveness" research) is a design that compares two therapies in routine use to determine w...

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

The Meaning of Consent

Erin McKelle | Posted 12.26.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

While the best way to get consent is verbally, it's not the only option. Yes, consent can be and given and received through other cues such as body language and reciprocation. Yes, can be given in other ways.

Now There's An App For Consenting To Sex

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women

Want to have safe and consensual sex? There's an app for that. Good2Go is a new smartphone application that encourages users to give consent befor...

Research Without Consent in the Emergency Room

Ruth Macklin | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

A new study poses one of the most vexing ethical questions concerning research with human beings: When is it acceptable to conduct research without the consent of the research subject?

Why Saying 'No' Shouldn't Make You the Villain

Emma Davis | Posted 08.17.2014 | Women
Emma Davis

Creating a culture of consent for both genders means acknowledging that "no" means all kinds of things. But, if you're hearing it from someone who identifies as female, it should never be taken as "Yes, I'm a prude, and my goal here is to ruin your fun."

This Is Your Brain on Drugs

David Blistein | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

"This is your brain. This is drugs. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?" -- Script for PSA by Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 1987 This...

Governor Brown Sends Clear Message: Women Are As Incapable of Making Decisions for Themselves as Children and the Mentally Handicapped

Alice Crisci | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Alice Crisci

Let this be a wake-up call to those who thought the stem cell conversation was handled, to those who thought equality was in the bag and to those who thought California was progressive.

Among the Most Serious Violations of Our Rights Occurs When We Sign an Informed Consent Form in a Hospital

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Little by little, every right we can think of is under attack for the benefit of a small number of corporatists that control our bought-out government. Another fundamental violation of our rights is what passes for "informed consent" when we enter a hospital for surgery or some other procedure.

Reading the Fine Print on Cancer Treatment and Side Effects

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Researchers found that nearly one-third of reports on large, randomized studies over-emphasize some benefits of therapy. In the majority of reports evaluated, the investigators found insufficient attention or discussion of treatment side effects.

Uninformed Consent, Unshared Decision-Making in the ICU

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Sadly, informed consent and shared decision-making, the twin pillars of patient-centered health care, aren't the rock-solid structures we would hope for. That's the lesson of a new study in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

A Drug-Maker's Ethical 'Mistakes'

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 10.06.2012 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

Pharmaceutical giant Glaxo made profits in ways that manipulated the choices of doctors and sometimes resulted in patients' being subjected to significant risks without their informed consent.

Invasive Procedures

Christiana Z. Peppard | Posted 07.19.2012 | Green
Christiana Z. Peppard

The rise of informed consent for invasive procedures demonstrates that, as a society, we take moral considerations seriously. People have a right to know in advance what chemicals are being used in hydraulic fracturing.

Castration Ethics

Priya Malhotra | Posted 10.30.2011 | Chicago
Priya Malhotra

Stealing a patient's penis without his permission -- regardless of the vegetable it resembles -- seems pretty harmful to me.