The Journal of Medicine & Philosophy (vol. 42, no. 4, 2017) is available online by subscription only.
- “Current Dilemmas in Defining the Boundaries of Disease” by Jenny Doust, Mary Jean Walker, and Wendy A. Rogers
- “Geneticization in MIM/OMIM®? Exploring Historic and Epistemic Drivers of Contemporary Understandings of Genetic Disease” by Rachel A. Ankeny
- “Truth or Spin? Disease Definition in Cancer Screening” by Lynette Reid
- “The Line-drawing Problem in Disease Definition” by Wendy A. Rogers and Mary Jean Walker
- “How to Proceed in the Disease Concept Debate? A Pragmatic Approach” by Leen De Vreese
- “Biological Criteria of Disease: Four Ways of Going Wrong” by John Matthewson and Paul E. Griffiths
- “Harm and the Boundaries of Disease” by Patrick McGivern and Sarah Sorial
- “Progress in Defining Disease: Improved Approaches and Increased Impact” by Peter H. Schwartz
(BBC) – The World Health Organization has revoked the appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following a widespread outcry. “I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns,” WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. He had previously praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health. But critics pointed out that Zimbabwe’s healthcare system had collapsed in recent years.
(South Korean Herald) – Thirteen hospitals in South Korea will launch trial operations of end-of-life care this week, just over three months before a law on dying with dignity comes into effect, officials said Sunday. The law, which will take effect from February next year, was passed by the National Assembly in January last year and allows terminally ill patients to seek the right to die when there is no chance of recovery.
(STAT News) – The new head of the World Health Organization has named Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador for the agency, a move that has startled and dismayed public health experts. The WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced the controversial appointment on Wednesday in a speech at a global conference on noncommunicable diseases in Montevideo, Uruguay. Tedros, as he is known, described himself as “honored” that Mugabe — whose government has repressed protesters and the political opposition, has been accused of rigging elections, and has been implicated in widespread human rights violations — had agreed to serve as a goodwill ambassador on noncommunicable diseases for Africa.
(STAT News) – Like many of the scientists who helped usher in the groundbreaking creation of a part-human, part-animal chimera earlier this year, biologist Dr. Pablo Juan Ross is no stranger to cutting-edge tools such as CRISPR and stem cells. But he also knows his way around the inside of a pig uterus. While growing human cells inside fetal pigs involved some of science’s fanciest new tricks, it also required something decidedly more mundane: a farm, stocked with livestock and staffed with people like Ross who know how to handle them.
(The Conversation) – When it comes to the question of which medicines can, or even are meant to, kill us, the most important thing to remember is the old adage: The dose makes the poison. This concept is one on which the whole discipline of toxicology and medicines is founded. This is the meaning of the well-known symbol of the snake, wound around the bowl of Hygeia (the Greek goddess of health), representing medicine, which you see in pharmacies and medical centres around the world. The intertwining of poison and health care is a longstanding concept in the therapeutic use of medicines.
The New England Journal of Medicine (vol. 377, no. 2, 2017) is available online by subscription only.
- “Targeting Unconscionable Prescription-Drug Prices — Maryland’s Anti–Price-Gouging Law” by J.A. Greene and W.V. Padula
- “The Economics of Indication-Based Drug Pricing” by A. Chandra and C. Garthwaite
- “The Chair Grant” by J.G. David
The American Journal of Bioethics (vol. 17, no. 7, 2017) is available online by subscription only.
- “At Last! Aye, and There’s the Rub” by Alexander M. Capron
- “A Proposed Process for Reliably Updating the Common Rule” by Benjamin E. Berkman, David Wendler, Haley K. Sullivan, Christine Grady
- “Rethinking the Belmont Report?” by Phoebe Friesen, Lisa Kearns, Barbara, Arthur L. Caplan
- “Examining Provisions Related to Consent in the Revised Common Rule” by Jeremy Sugarman
- “The Final Rule: When the Rubber Meets the Road” by P. Pearl O’Rourke
The Journal of Rural Health (vol. 33, no. 3, 2017) is available online by subscription only.
- “Predicting Financial Distress and Closure in Rural Hospitals” by George M. Holmes, Brystana G. Kaufman, and George H. Pink
- “A Community-Engaged Approach to Collecting Rural Health Surveillance Data” by Jini E. Puma et al.
- “The State of Nursing Home Information Technology Sophistication in Rural and Nonrural US Markets” by Gregory L. Alexander et al.
- “Hospital Characteristics are Associated With Readiness to Attain Stage 2 Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records” by Jungyeon Kim et al.
- “The Rural PILL Program: A Postdischarge Telepharmacy Intervention for Rural Veterans” by Katherine E. Rebello et al.
The New England Journal of Medicine (vol. 377, no. 1, 2017) is available online by subscription only.
- “Undermining Genetic Privacy? Employee Wellness Programs and the Law” by K.L. Hudson and K. Pollitz
- “Patient-Reported Outcomes — Are They Living Up to Their Potential?” by J.F. Baumhauer
- “The Changing Face of Clinical Trials: Master Protocols to Study Multiple Therapies, Multiple Diseases, or Both” by J. Woodcock and L.M. LaVange
Journal of Medical Ethics (vol. 43, no. 7, 2017) is available online by subscription only.
- “Persistent Vegetative State and Minimally Conscious State: Ethical, Legal and Practical Dilemmas” by Lindy Willmott and Ben White
- “A Matter of Life and Death” by Justice Baker
- “Procedure, Practice and Legal Requirements: A Commentary on ‘Why I Wrote My Advance Decision’” by Alexander Ruck Keene
- “Back to the Bedside? Making Clinical Decisions in Patients with Prolonged Unconsciousness” by Derick Wade
- “When ‘Sanctity of Life’ and ‘Self-Determination’ Clash: Briggs Versus Briggs  EWCOP 53 – Implications for Policy and Practice” by Jenny Kitzinger, Celia Kitzinger, and Jakki Cowley
- “Can ‘Best Interests’ Derail the Trolley? Examining Withdrawal of Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration in Patients in the Permanent Vegetative State” by Zoe Fritz
- “Withdrawal of Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration Decisions in Patients with Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness: Best Interests of the Patients and Advance Directives Are the Keys” by N Lejeune
- “The Ethics of and the Appropriate Legislation Concerning Killing People and Letting Them Die: A Response to Merkel” by Hugh V Mclachlan
- “CPR Decision Making: Why Winspear Needs to Be Challenged?” by Rosemarie Anthony-Pillai