Policy & Ethics

There’s an increasing concern among scholars that, in many areas of science, famous published results tend to be impossible to reproduce.
The newfound ability of a watch to detect heart arrhythmias is just one of many forms of algorithmic medicine - where computers play an increasing role in identifying problems and giving medical advice. But algorithms have unique qualities that impact the approval process.
It's been more than obvious that, despite what you hear in the news, it is fentanyl – not Vicodin – that's killing tens of thousands each year. But a new article in National Vital Statistics Reports makes this more than obvious. Just as obvious is the horrible damage caused by deeply-flawed policies in the past five years. Here is the smoking gun.
ProPublica like a dog with bone, continues to chew at Memorial Sloan Kettering and what they feel are conflicts of Interest. It is time to put down and step away from the bone and have a more honest discussion. Why is one of the greatest hospitals in the world continuing to be a ProPublica punching bag?
Instead of paying taxes, non-profit health systems give back to the community. But how much, to which community and who actually benefits is increasingly a divisive issue. Here, the spotlight finds Sutter Health, the seventh largest health system in the United States.
A new JAMA Internal Medicine study claims that those who get wisdom teeth pulled, and are prescribed opioids, are more likely to have problems with the drug down the road. The numbers may look convincing, but the study is a retrospective analysis –– which is the least reliable type because manipulated variables can change the outcome. Was this the case here? Biostatistician and ACSH advisor Dr. Stan Young (left) weighs in. He is not shy.
In what can only be described as a purposeful attempt to damage its own poor reputation even further, PETA's latest campaign is to change our "speciesist" language.
Chinese President Xi and President Trump are trying to hammer out an agreement to stop fentanyl from flooding into the United States. Whatever they come up with may help, but only so much. In this case, organic chemists have more power than presidents. Here's why.
If you're a Chinese citizen, don't irritate the Chinese government. Otherwise, you'll be subject to "re-education" and then possibly deployed as a pawn of the regime. Apparently, the Chinese scientist who gene edited a baby is now learning this lesson the hard way.
What makes a patient chose not to undergo treatment, a decision that can reduce the risk of cancer by upwards to 30%? Facts or beliefs? (And another thing: Why do we pay so much attention to that homunculus jabbering away in our heads?)
Everyone believes in evidence-based decision making. But why is it so hard to find the evidence we need?
Medicare Part D provides coverage for the cost of drugs. It is a complex system with varying out-of-pocket costs. The stakeholders, beneficiaries, insurance companies, manufacturers and the feds are all trying to shift costs to someone else. Two graphs will show the value of Part D to patients and what all the fighting is about.