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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Sep 26, 2009 Mandatory Flu Shots Hit Resistance: Many Health-Care Workers Required to Get Vaccines
QUOTE: With the H1N1 pandemic spreading rapidly, hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses, orderlies and other U.S. health-care workers for the first time are being required to get flu shots, drawing praise from many public-health authorities but condemnation from some employees, unions and other critics who object to mandatory vaccination.
Washington Post Sep 21, 2009 Reports Criticize Pandemic Planning: Flu Readiness Check Finds Gaps In Care, Coverage
QUOTE: Many state and local governments are not adequately prepared to deal with a surge of patients in a flu pandemic or quickly distribute vaccine and antiviral drugs...
Washington Post Jul 23, 2009 Scientists Breed Mice From Skin Cells in China: Development May Offer an Alternative to Controversial Embryonic Stem Cells
QUOTE: Chinese scientists have bred mice from cells that might offer an alternative to embryonic stem cells, producing the most definitive evidence yet that the technique could help sidestep many of the explosive ethical issues engulfing the controversial field but raising alarm that the advance could lead to human cloning and designer babies.
Washington Post Jun 30, 2009 Blood Samples Raise Questions of Privacy: Some Samples Are Stored and Used For Research Without Parents' Consent
QUOTE: The programs enable doctors to save lives and prevent permanent neurological damage by diagnosing and treating the conditions early. Although parents are usually informed about the tests and often can opt out if they object for religious and other reasons, many give it little thought in the rush and exhaustion of a birth. And parents are generally not asked for permission to store the samples or use them for research.
Washington Post Jun 26, 2009 N.Y. to Pay for Eggs for Stem Cell Research: Policy Is a First Among States; Critics Fear That Women Will Be Exploited
QUOTE: New York has become the first state to allow taxpayer-funded researchers to pay women for giving their eggs for embryonic stem cell research, a move welcomed by many scientists but condemned by critics who fear it will lead to the exploitation of vulnerable women....But the field is highly controversial, largely because the cells are derived by destroying days-old embryos, a process some consider the equivalent of killing a person.
Washington Post May 28, 2009 Glowing Green Monkeys Illustrate Important but Controversial Advance
QUOTE: Japanese researchers added genes that caused the animals to glow green under an ultraviolet light....But because the work marks the first time members of a species so closely related to humans have had their genetic makeup permanently altered, the research set off alarms that it marked a troubling step toward applying such techniques to people...
Washington Post May 25, 2009 New Rules on Stem Cells Threaten Current Research
QUOTE: ...plan could have the opposite effect, putting off-limits for federal support much of the research underway...
Washington Post Mar 26, 2009 A Vaccine Debate Once Focused on Sex Shifts as Boys Join the Target Market
QUOTE: medical authorities recommended that they receive it [the Gardasil vaccine--Ed.] at age 11 or 12 to protect them before they start having sex. Critics worried that vaccinating children would send a subtle signal that their parents assumed they would become sexually active and that it would give youngsters a false sense of security.
Washington Post Jul 31, 2008 Workers' Religious Freedom vs. Patients' Rights: Proposal Would Deny Federal Money if Employees Must Provide Care to Which They Object
QUOTE: The Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing a draft regulation that would deny federal funding to any hospital, clinic, health plan or other entity that does not accommodate employees who want to opt out of participating in care that runs counter to their personal convictions...
Washington Post Jul 04, 2008 Some Seek Guidelines to Reflect Vitamin D's Benefits
QUOTE: A flurry of recent research indicating that Vitamin D may have a dizzying array of health benefits has reignited an intense debate over whether federal guidelines for the "sunshine vitamin" are outdated, leaving millions unnecessarily vulnerable to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other ailments.
Washington Post Jun 01, 2008 U.S. Campaign to Promote Abstinence Begins: Groups Are Enlisting Parents in Effort to Lobby for Changes in Sex Education
QUOTE: "Parents are being misled. They are told the content of the curricula in their children's classrooms stress abstinence and just have information to make decisions in case they become sexually active," Huber said. "But most of these programs provide explicit how-to information that give teens a green light for activities that put them at risk."
Washington Post Mar 22, 2008 A Third of Patients On Transplant List Are Not Eligible
QUOTE: Although the need for organs far outpaces the supply, critics say the large number of inactive patients on the list may signal that potential recipients are languishing in limbo too long and that including them could mislead potential donors, recipients and policymakers about the magnitude of the need.
Washington Post Feb 19, 2008 Medication Under a Microscope: Studies Raise Questions About Drugs' Efficacy Against Disease
QUOTE: In addition to casting doubt on notions such as lowering cholesterol to prevent heart disease and normalizing blood sugar to protect diabetics, the studies...have also rekindled concern about whether new medications are being tested adequately before being allowed on the market.
Washington Post Nov 23, 2007 A Gap in Knowledge About Kids, Medication
QUOTE: The alarming gap in medical knowledge is the legacy of many factors. The testing of drugs in children was shunned for decades as unnecessary and unethical; Congress and the pharmaceutical industry did not provide adequate funding; and conducting medical experiments on children is difficult.
Washington Post Jul 06, 2007 FDA Delay In Cancer Therapy Is Attacked
QUOTE: The debate over Provenge illustrates the highly charged atmosphere that often surrounds new treatments as the desperation of deathly ill patients increasingly converges with the high-stakes intensity of biotech investing in the anything-goes forum of the Internet.
Washington Post Jun 07, 2007 Doctor Says Avandia Maker Intimidated Him: After Raising Issue of Heart Risk, 'I Was Characterized as a Liar,' He Tells a House Committee
QUOTE: A prominent doctor who sounded an early alarm about a widely used diabetes drug testified yesterday that he was intimidated by the manufacturer when he raised concerns about the drug's safety. .... The revelations came during a tense four-hour hearing focused on how the Food and Drug Administration handled safety concerns about Avandia.
Washington Post May 27, 2007 Critical Care Without Consent: Ethicists Disagree On Experimenting During Crises
QUOTE: The federal government is undertaking the most ambitious set of studies ever mounted under a controversial arrangement that allows researchers to conduct some kinds of medical experiments without first getting patients' permission.
Washington Post Apr 24, 2007 Drugs Used in Executions May Cause Paralysis, Pain for Conscious Inmates
QUOTE: The analysis, released yesterday and based on published data about the three drugs used and public records of executions in North Carolina and California, concluded that the protocol does not dependably induce a quick, painless death. "This raises the possibility people are being tortured and you can't see it because they are paralyzed," said University of Miami surgery professor Leonidas G. Koniaris, who led the analysis.
Washington Post Apr 04, 2007 States Revising Organ-Donation Law: Critics Fear Measure May Not Go Far Enough to Protect Donors
QUOTE: The revised model law is the latest in a series of initiatives by transplant advocates to boost the number of organs available for the more than 95,000 Americans on waiting lists. Organ banks have also been aggressively promoting a controversial practice that allows surgeons to take organs from patients who are not brain dead, more than doubling the number of such donations in the past three years.
Washington Post Jan 15, 2007 First U.S. Uterus Transplant Planned
QUOTE: "But the planned operation, which Del Priore and his colleagues could attempt later this year, is stirring objections among some transplant experts, fertility specialists and medical ethicists. They question whether the procedure has been tested sufficiently on animals and whether the benefit of being able to carry a pregnancy outweighs the risks for the woman and fetus."
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