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Leadership comes from unexpected places during Ebola crisis
Personal leadership is as important as formal leadership in dealing with medical crises.
Ann Skeet
Ethical Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza: A Toolkit
Practical ethical issues for public health agencies in dealing with a severe pandemic
Margaret R. McLean
Ethical Issues in Dealing With Influenza
Resources for considering the ethical ramifications of seasonal and pandemic flu
Pharmacogenomics, Ethics, and Public Policy
How personalized medicine can develop in a way that promotes the good of both individuals and the broader society
Karen Peterson-Iyer
Coming Pandemic: Ethical Preparedness
Procedural and distributive justice considerations in triage during a pandemic.
Margaret R. McLean
The Ethical Quagmire of Quarantine
Some guidelines for imposing isolation on health care workers who have treated Ebola patients
Margaret McLean
Women Speak for Themselves: Conscience and the New Catholic Feminism
Summary of a talk by Helen Alvare, professor of law at George Mason University, on the controversy between the HHS contraceptive coverage mandate and appeals to stop the mandate in the name of religious freedom and conscience.
Brian Green
Allocating Resources: A Wicked Problem
Planning for the ethical dilemmas that arise in a medical disaster
Margaret R. McLean
Children as Patients: Fairness in Organ Transplantation
The case of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan raises questions about the process for determining who should get scarce organs for transplant.
Ryan Holmes
Evolving Vaccine Trials: Adaptive Informed Consent in the Global Context
Challenges of insuring that participants in the developing world understand clinical trials and consent freely
Brenda Everling
HIV Vaccine Development: A Call for Justice
The case for vaccine development as the best approach to the HIV/AIDS pandemic
Erin Cleveland
Taking Stock of Neglected Diseases
Only 10 percent of global health research is dedicated to conditions responsible for 90 percent of the worldwide burden of disease.
Kari Kjos
Perspectives on Cognitive Enhancement
Hank Greely, professor of law at Stanford University, and the Emerging Issues Group at the Ethics Center look at the ethics of taking brain-boosting drugs.
Conflicts in Physician-Patient Relationships
Chair of the President's Council on Bioethics Edmund Pellegrino discusses the conflicts that can arise between patient autonomy and the personal beliefs of doctors, nurses, and pharmacists
Miriam Schulman
Ethics, Autonomy and the Treatment of Tuberculosis in Impoverished Patients in India
Undergraduate research addressing problems in applying the ethical principle of autonomy to contagious disease.
Kelsey Whittier
Minority Patients Need Culture Brokers
Cultural differences must be taken into account in providing medical care.
Margaret R. McLean and Margaret A. Graham
Secret Behind Lower Teen Pregnancy
The determination of the African-American community to combat teen births, and the success that concerted community action has had in transforming child-bearing behavior.
June Carbone
You Are What You Eat
Personal responsibility in maintaining good health.
Miriam Schulman
Should Violent Felons Receive Organ Transplants?
Reflection on the decision to grant a California prisoner a heart transplant.
David Perry
Awareness Is Not Enough: Gender in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Africa
The role of gender inequality in the spread of AIDs in Africa.
Charlotte Vallaeys
Who Gets Seen
Access issues in health care.
Peter Facione and Noreen Facione
Global Distribution of AIDS Pharmaceuticals
Ethical issues in the distribution of AIDS drugs, especially in the developing world.
David Perry