Organ transplants on the rise; Censoring a doctor who promoted anti-vaccine claims; A look at America's Opioid crisis and more…
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Call for Papers: The Church & Family Planning
CALL FOR PAPERS: THE GLOBAL CHURCH & FAMILY PLANNING

CBHD is collaborating with The Christian Journal for Global Health on a joint publication and you have an opportunity to participate.

We are looking for papers that analyze potential connections and/or areas of concern between Christian faith and family planning and which present research on family planning provisions by faith based organizations. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2017.

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SERIES ON BIOETHICAL ISSUES FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
Trinity Graduate School is hosting a series on bioethical issues from a Biblical perspective. On January 24, Dr. John Kilner, professor of bioethics and contemporary culture at Trinity, will speak on the topic, "Does Human Life Matter if There Is No God?" Dr. Wayne Detmer, chief medical officer at the Lawndale Christian Health Center, and James Brooks, MDiv, Chief Ministry Officer at Lawndale, will co-present on the topic, "Overcoming Racial and Economic Barriers to Health and Dignity" on February 21. And, on Tuesday, March 21, Paige Cunningham, JD, executive director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, will speak on the topic, "Bioethics in the Church Today."
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CONFERENCE ON MEDICINE & RELIGION
Re-Enchanting Medicine
JW Marriott Galleria
March 24 – 26, 2017
Houston, TX
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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
A Supplement Maker Tried to Silence This Harvard Doctor–And Put Academic Freedom on Trial
(STAT News) — The dietary supplements had ominous names, like Black Widow and Yellow Scorpion. They contained an illegal and potentially dangerous molecule, similar in structure to amphetamines. But when a Harvard researcher dared to point that out, in a scientific, peer-reviewed study and in media interviews, the supplement maker sued him for libel and slander. STAT has conducted the first detailed look at the legal showdown that followed by interviewing key players and reviewing hundreds of pages of trial transcripts and other court documents …
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Organ Transplants in the US Are on the Rise, but the Reason Why Means It’s Not Exactly a Public Health Triumph
(Quartz) — Organ transplants in the United States reached a record high for the fourth consecutive year. In 2016, more than 33,600 organ transplants were performed in the US, according to preliminary data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). The total number of transplants increased nearly 9% from the year prior and a whopping 20% since 2012, when around 28,000 transplants were performed …
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White House Announces Review Process for Risky Virus Studies
(Science) — Federal officials today released a plan to help U.S. agencies decide whether to fund controversial studies that make viruses more dangerous. The guidance may finally bring an end to a moratorium that has kept a handful of experiments funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on hold for more than 2 years. The policy from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) essentially follows recommendations from last May from an advisory committee that attempted to define the riskiest experiments and spell out when they should be funded …
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Cleveland Clinic to Censure Doctor Who Promoted Anti-Vaccine Claims
(STAT News) — A Cleveland Clinic doctor who wrote a column laced with anti-vaccine rhetoric appeared to retract his commentary Sunday, but will face disciplinary action for publishing it without authorization, the health system said. Dr. Daniel Neides, whose column spouted a widely discredited theory that vaccines are linked to autism — and whose comments sparked an online uproar — issued a brief statement through a Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman …
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Inside a Killer Drug Epidemic: A Look at America’s Opioid Crisis
(New York Times) — Opioid addiction is America’s 50-state epidemic. It courses along Interstate highways in the form of cheap smuggled heroin, and flows out of “pill mill” clinics where pain medicine is handed out like candy. It has ripped through New England towns, where people overdose in the aisles of dollar stores, and it has ravaged coal country, where addicts speed-dial the sole doctor in town licensed to prescribe a medication. Public health officials have called the current opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history, killing more than 33,000 people in 2015. Overdose deaths were nearly equal to the number of deaths from car crashes. In 2015, for the first time, deaths from heroin alone surpassed gun homicides …
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Designer Babies: An Ethical Horror Waiting to Happen?
(The Guardian) — There are 200 of these embryos to choose from, all made by in vitro fertilisation (IVF) from you and your partner’s eggs and sperm. So, over to you. Which will you choose? If there’s any kind of future for “designer babies”, it might look something like this. It’s a long way from the image conjured up when artificial conception, and perhaps even artificial gestation, were first mooted as a serious scientific possibility. Inspired by predictions about the future of reproductive technology by the biologists JBS Haldane and Julian Huxley in the 1920s, Huxley’s brother Aldous wrote a satirical novel about it …
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Germany to Probe Nazi-Era Medical Science
(Science) — During World War II, as part of its racial hygiene program, the Nazi regime systematically killed at least 200,000 people it classified as mentally ill or disabled, historians say. Stories like Hans-Joachim’s have largely been lost to history. Now, a new initiative is seeking to reconstruct the biographies of victims used in brain research. Starting this month,the Max Planck Society (MPG), Germany’s top basic research organization, will open its doors to four independent researchers who will scour its archives and tissue sample collections for material related to the euthanasia program …
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Giving Newborns Medicine Is a Dangerous Guessing Game. Can We Make It Safer?
(STAT News) — Pharma companies are afraid to test drugs on babies because they’re so vulnerable, and because the risk of liability is so high. Parents and doctors say they’re wary of enlisting newborns as “guinea pigs” in clinical trials. The result: An estimated 90 percent of medications administered to newborns are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in children so young. That means neonates — premature and full-term infants less than 28 days old — are routinely treated with drugs that are not adequately tested for safety, dosing, or effectiveness …
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Note: News stories and events do not necessarily represent the Center’s views. For additional commentary on many of the issues they raise, please see the CBHD web site at www.cbhd.org. Please visit www.bioethics.com for daily posts on bioethics news and issues.
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