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Corporate Wellness Programs: Pros and Cons
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Corporate wellness programs can help; they can also be punitive and invade privacy. Read more >

Where Teens Go for Health Information
Esther Entin, M.D.

Most teenagers get health information from the Internet. But guess who they listen to most? Read more >

Chasing the Money: The High Cost of Billing and Insurance-Related Activities
Neil Wagner

Billing and insurance — chasing the money — is a huge and largely unnecessary portion of healthcare costs in the U.S. Read more >

Preventing Racial Disparities in Health Status and Access to Health Care
Ruqaiijah Yearby, J.D., M.P.H.

African-American patients find it easier to deal with physicians whose racism is obvious. At least then they know where they stand. Read more >

Neuroethics: The Brain Sciences Pose Ethical - and Philosophical - Conundrums
Martha J. Farah, Ph.D. and Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D.

Neuroethics asks, if your high test score is the work of a brain-enhancing drug, is it fair? What is neuromarketing anyway? Read more >

Doctor-Patient Confidentiality: How Do We Define It and When Should We Waive It?
Jessica Wilen Berg, J.D., M.P.H.

When is your health information confidential and when isn't it? Read more >

CT Scans or X-Rays? Lung Cancer Screening Trial Raises Some (Ethical) Dilemmas
Alice G. Walton

CT scans can detect lung cancer early and save lives, but there are risks and costs to be weighed. Read more >

The Dark Side of Public Health
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

The history of public health efforts in the United States in many ways is a story of great accomplishment. Read more >

Off-Label Prescribing
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Off-label prescribing, also known as unapproved use, is the physician practice of prescribing a drug or medical device for a purpose different from one of the indications for which the product is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read more >

The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Numerous researchers tout the potential therapeutic benefits from human embryonic stem cells. Read more >

Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Wrongful Prolongation of Life?
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Rebecca Jane Taylor suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed on one side and wheelchair-bound. Read more >

The 2000 Presidential Race: Where the Candidates Stand on Health Care Issues
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

With the American Presidential election just around the corner, we thought we'd take a look at the issues the two major party candidates have focused on. Read more >

"Nutraceuticals": Do They Spell the End of FDA Regulation of Drugs?
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

The Pure Food and Drug Act was enacted in 1906 in response, in large part, to unscrupulous marketing of adulterated foods and of patent medicines lacking in efficacy and often containing addictive or harmful substances. Read more >

Economic Motives for Physician-Assisted Suicide
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

The debate about physician-assisted suicide is replete with concern over the role of economic factors. Read more >

Sexual Relationships with Patients
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Sexual relationships with patients are problematic, not only because they may be unethical and may compromise patient care, but because they may lead to civil actions for damages, criminal actions, and disciplinary proceedings by state medical boards. Read more >

Emerging Issues: The Privacy of Medical Records
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Within the past two years, a substantial amount of attention has been paid to the issue of the privacy of patient records. Read more >

The Human Genome Project: What It Means for You
James R. Lupski, M.D., Ph.D.

A mutation can be caused by a change in a whole chromosome or involve just one base pair of a specific gene. Read more >

The Privacy of Genetic Information
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Our ability to test individuals for genetic disorders is increasing dramatically. Read more >

Viagra® and Other Dilemmas of Enhancement Medicine
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Lately, a number of my friends have told me that they are considering getting some Viagra®. Read more >

Informed Consent
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

In the modern field of health law and bioethics, the doctrine of informed consent is about as classic a doctrine as we have. Read more >

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