Policy and Ethics

In chemo suites all over the country, there are bell-ringing celebrations when a patient's treatment ends. That's nice for the "graduate," but not so much for the terminally ill who are left behind. This is often a cruel and insensitive practice, and it needs to stop.
Chronic pain is a major public health challenge. The reason is that the treatment of chronic pain has become, in part, a political issue. And that's to the detriment of 20 million high-impact chronic patients, who are disproportionately women or poor people.
A new review from regulatory experts at the National Health Service reveals a workforce shortage crisis. Officials paint a "bleak picture" about the state of the government-run health system.
There are precedents in healthcare to tethering financial compensation to body parts, as in the case with egg or sperm donation, and surrogacy. Are organs any different?
Buying a single ticket, the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million. You are never going to win this fortune. Before you launch into an argument with our author, read this.
In seeking to nail down an exact day when chemophobia – an irrational fear of harmless trace chemicals – came into existence, one must consider a singular government act that occurred on Sept. 6, 1958.
Should machines be allowed to make our moral judgments? They are often smarter and less emotional. But when we make a moral choice, is that what we're really looking for?
Scientific journals discriminate against industry scientists, unless, that is, they happen to work for the environmental or organic industries. Those scientists don't have to follow the same rules governing the disclosure of conflicts of interest that everybody else does.
Tom Frieden has just been arrested for sexually harassing a Brooklyn woman in 2017. Whatever results from Frieden's alleged crime will be determined by law enforcement. But we at ACSH have been writing about his crimes against science for years. Here are some examples.
The idea that some people with mental illness lack insight into their condition isn't new. And the condition, which health officials continue to grapple with, can also cause great stress for the loved ones of those afflicted by it.
Oregon, the progressive state, is about to take a giant regressive step into our shameful past. Their plan to stop all opioids for chronic pain patients on Medicaid is reminiscent of the "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male."
At the heart of the matter is an individual's right to choose how and how long to live. It should not be surprising that opinions are all over the map.