Who owns DNA?

DNA technology has become a ubiquitous part of today’s culture. TV detectives work magic with the smallest bit of tissue to extract the identity of the killer, while actress Angelina Jolie underwent a preventive surgery because a genetic diagnostic test revealed she had a mutated BRCA1 gene.

Making Treatment Decisions with the Help of Other Patients

The establishment of informed consent was a hallmark in the world of medicine and bioethics, giving patients unprecedented autonomy over their own medical care. However, in spite of its intended benefits, many have questioned its efficacy in providing patients the opportunity to make an informed decision. In an attempt to provide better decisional support, researchers

Brain Wave Testing & Disparities in ADHD: The Implications of NEBA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced its approval of the Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid (NEBA) System, which they claim shows promising results for more accurate diagnosing of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents 6 to 17 years old. NEBA, which is based on electroencephalogram (EEG) technology, consists of a short, non-invasive test […]

Is Liability to Blame for an OB/GYN Shortage

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has repeatedly expressed concern over the impending shortage of physicians in their specialty [i]. This worry has only been exacerbated by the number of doctors leaving the field recently. Many of these departing practitioners explain that they only plan to drop the obstetrics portion of their practice, since […]

Eating Disorders and the Internet

In America, it is clear that being thin is an ideal. The concept of ‘thin as beautiful’ is something that is omnipresent on television, in advertisements, in magazines, and on the internet. The message of ‘being thin’ is connected to the ongoing fight against obesity, which is currently one of the most prevalent health issues […]