The Ethics of American Football

In 2017, 112 million viewers eagerly tuned into the Super Bowl, the most watched televised event in America each year. 26 million viewers tuned into the College Football National Championship. The obsession with football that has become deeply ingrained in American culture includes the deification of the players. The National Football League (NFL), however, now […]

Weighing Surgeries in Light of a Breast Cancer Gene

Einstein-Cardozo M.B.E. student Jill Werman Harris, recently weighed the pros and cons of preventive surgery options for women who carry the BRCA gene mutation, which puts them at higher risk for breast cancer. This is an excerpt from her piece in the New York Times Well Blog. Women with BRCA mutations often opt for RRSO. […]

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 […]

Fighting Obesity: How Aggressive is Ethically Appropriate?

New Yorkers are well aware of Mayor Bloomberg’s attempts to fight obesity. Particularly memorable was the legislation that required chain restaurants to provide nutritional information for all menu items in the form of calorie counts. A low-fat berry coffee cake at Starbucks, something I considered to be a small snack, became much less appealing when […]

Mississippi’s Fight Against Teen Pregnancy: Another Failed Attempt

Mississippi lawmakers have made another controversial attempt to curb teen pregnancy. Under Bill 151, which is the first of its kind in the country, doctors and midwives in the state will be required to collect umbilical cord blood in certain cases, classified as “potential sex crimes”, where the mother was 16 or younger at the […]

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 […]

Tracking Health: Is CVS Pharmacy Demanding Too Much?

CVS Pharmacies recently announced a change to their employee health insurance policy [i]. All employees will have until May 1, 2014 to make an appointment with a physician for a physical, in order to collect health data including weight, body fat, blood glucose, and blood pressure. This data will then be sent to a third […]

The Bioethics of Professional Sports

Professional sports are a vast cultural phenomenon, a weekend pursuit, and a fun pastime for much of America. But behind the scenes, they can contain many unexpected ethical challenges that the fan may never consider. Medical teams for professional franchises have a much-envied position. However the professional and emotional pressures are often understated when one […]