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Informed Consent

Research Without Consent in the Emergency Room

Ruth Macklin | Posted 06.20.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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.

Laura Bassett

North Carolina House Votes To Force Ultrasound Bill Into Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

North Carolina lawmakers voted on Tuesday to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of a mandatory ultrasound bill that forces abortion doctors to say certai...

Families Use Social Media To Respond To Gardasil Side Effects

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

As parents sought to navigate a situation where their healthy daughters had become sick and, in the worse case scenario - died, they turned to the Internet for answers.

End of the Innocence: McCain, Obama and Vaccines. Oh My!

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

Will the next administration set serious goals of reversing the rate of autism diagnosis by the end of their term or just declare autism a national health emergency and let it go at that?