Category: George Annas

Why has Obama rejected a more humane response to the hunger strike at Gitmo?

July 29th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, The Hill 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

On July 15, the Miami Herald reported that a Navy medical officer recently refused to continue to participate in the force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are on hunger strike…

Expert quote:

“Is there a legal justification for force-feeding a prisoner who is willing to be fed voluntarily?”

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Trauma patients become unwitting guinea pigs in Pittsburgh and beyond

July 27th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

Hundreds of emergency patients across Western Pennsylvania became human guinea pigs in the past 16 years, enabling doctors to sharpen cardiac arrest, trauma and other crucial treatments in about a dozen clinical trials…

Expert quote:

“We don’t draft people for research. We believe that people are sovereign in their own bodies, and no one should intrude or use their bodies for any purposes except with their consent.”

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Hobby Lobby Bill Falls Short in Senate

July 17th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

A bill to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case involving insurance coverage for contraceptives failed in the Senate on Wednesday, leaving supporters and detractors of the court decision in much the same positions as before…

Expert quote:

“The Court is correct on one dimension of its opinion: if universal access to contraceptives is a compelling societal interest, then the provision of such access ought to fall first and foremost on the national government and only secondarily be transferred to private parties.”

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Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, George Annas, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

A baby who generated great excitement last year because it appeared she had been cured of HIV is infected with the virus after all, health officials say…

Expert quote:

“To the extent that the justification for doing the trial is this one HIV-free child, and now it turns out that the child does have HIV, the trial should be stopped. We can’t put them essentially in harm’s way without some very good reason to think that they’re going to benefit.”

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Harborview to test drug on the unconscious without consent

July 9th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Seattle Times 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

Say you get hit by a car, trip on stairs or slip off a ladder and hit your head. While you’re unconscious, you may be enrolled in a study and injected with a drug researchers at Harborview Medical Center hope will prevent bleeding in your brain…

Expert quote:

“I think the whole concept of doing research on people without consent is bad. I want researchers to take informed consent as seriously as they take their study.”

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How Do You Define ‘Assisted’ In Assisted Suicide?

March 20th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a decision yesterday on a very unusual assisted suicide case…

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FDA wins high-profile support in consumer genetics kerfuffle

March 13th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

When the Food & Drug Administration last November ordered the Mountain View, Calif.-based firm 23andMe to stop marketing its genetic test kit to consumers, the ensuing debate took on a “rage against the machine” tenor…

Expert quote:

“The FDA was right to issue a warning to 23andMe.”

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A Brain-Dead Mother, a Million-Dollar Baby

January 11th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

The case of a pregnant woman in Texas kept on life support against her family’s wishes has captured the nation’s attention as ethical debates swirl, but there is another compelling aspect to this story: The fetus she is carrying may be the firstreal million-dollar baby…

Expert quote:

“The law cannot answer this case with a blunt always/never rule. Patient autonomy and medical ethics should guide such tragic and inherently difficult decisions.”

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Court Order Keeping California Teenager On Ventilator Expires Today

December 30th, 2013 in 2013, George Annas, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

Time is running out for the family of a California teenager who was declared brain dead after a routine tonsillectomy went awry…

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Medical Associations Push to Stop Force-Feeding of Hunger Strikers at Guantanamo

December 3rd, 2013 in 2013, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

Executives from leading U.S. medical associations crafted more than a dozen recommendations Monday regarding doctors’ treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay…

Expert quote:

“The commander should no more be able to tell a doctor how to practice medicine than he can tell a JAG [Judge Advocate General] officer how to practice law.”

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