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Bioethics News
September 28, 2020

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The Unintended Consequence of Becoming Empathetic

Many people want to become more empathetic. But, these changes in personality may also lead to changes in political ...

Virtual Tourism Could Offer New Opportunities for Travel Industry, Travelers

A new proposal for virtual travel, using advanced mathematical techniques and combining livestream video with existing photos and videos of travel ...
Nineteen global health experts from around the world have proposed a new, three-phase plan for vaccine distribution -- called the Fair Priority Model -- which aims to reduce ...

What Ethical Models for Autonomous Vehicles Don't Address, and How They Could Be Better

There's a fairly large flaw in the way that programmers are currently addressing ethical concerns related to artificial intelligence and autonomous ...
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Historical Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities Account for Disproportionate COVID-19 Impact

A new article examines the ways in which COVID-19 disproportionately impacts historically disadvantaged communities of color in the United States, and how baseline inequalities in our health system ...

COVID-19 Spurs Anxious, Upsetting Dreams

The anxiety, stress and worry brought on by COVID-19 is not limited to daytime hours. The pandemic is affecting our dreams as well, infusing more anxiety and negative emotions into dreams and ...

Climate Pledges 'Like Tackling COVID-19 Without Social Distancing'

Current global pledges to tackle climate change are the equivalent of declaring a pandemic without a plan for social distancing, researchers ...

Richmond Emergency Room Experienced a Surge in Opioid Overdoses During Pandemic

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have released data showing an alarming surge in opioid-related overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonfatal opioid overdose visits to the VCU Medical ...

Do-It-Yourself COVID-19 Vaccines Fraught With Public Health Problems

'Citizen scientists' developing homemade COVID-19 vaccines may believe they're inoculating themselves against the ongoing pandemic, but the practice of self-experimentation with ...

Certain Coping Strategies Can Help Offset Pandemic's Mental Health Hits

The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to negative mental health effects for many in the U.S., according to new Penn State research. But the researchers also found that some coping ...

Weight Stigma Predicts Emotional Distress and Binge Eating During COVID-19

New research shows that young adults who experienced weight stigma before the pandemic have higher levels of depressive symptoms, stress, eating as a coping strategy, and are more likely to binge-eat ...

Operation Outbreak Simulation Teaches Students How Pandemics Spread

A new article highlights Operation Outbreak, an educational platform and simulation intended to teach high school and college students the fundamentals of responses to ...

COVID-19 Sparks 12-Fold Increase in Remote Delivery of Mental Health Care Across the US

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a remarkable number of psychologists across the United States to shift to delivering mental health care to patients remotely, according to a national ...

An Embedded Ethics Approach for AI Development

The increasing use of AI (artificial intelligence) in the development of new medical technologies demands greater attention to ethical aspects. An interdisciplinary team advocates the integration of ...

To the Choir: Forward-Thinking Faculty Sharing Innovations Mostly Among Themselves

Surveys and network analyses of 192 STEM faculty at three universities revealed that frequent users of evidence-based instructional practices are far more likely to engage one another than colleagues ...

Interventions Stem Antibiotic Prescribing Rates in Telemedicine

Two different interventions both worked to significantly reduce the rate of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions made by physicians in a telemedicine practice, a new study shows. The finding could ...

COVID-19 Taking a Toll on Everyday Lives, Research Suggests

Research shows that COVID-19 has severely affected people's daily emotional lives and mental ...

Online Searches for 'Chest Pain' Rise, Emergency Visits for Heart Attack Drop Amid COVID-19

A study of search engine queries addressed the question of whether online searches for chest pain symptoms correlated to reports of fewer people going to the emergency department with acute heart ...

Study Finds Signs of Altruism in People's COVID-19 Worries

A new study demonstrates that people are more concerned about whether their family members could contract COVID-19 or if they are unknowingly spreading the virus themselves than they are with ...

Older Adults With Existing Depression Show Resilience During the Pandemic

A multi-site study finds that seniors are more concerned with being infected with COVID-19 than the effects of social ...

Telemedicine May Well Outlast the Pandemic, Say Mental Health Care Staff

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about rapid innovation in mental health care, and the move to telemedicine is likely here to stay to at least some degree, but new research cautions that serious ...

When Will Scientists Learn to Use Fewer Acronyms?

Researchers have analyzed 24 million scientific article titles and 18 million abstracts between 1950 and 2019, looking for trends in acronym use. Despite repeated calls for scientists to reduce their ...

Jealous Feelings Can Act as a Tool to Strengthen Friendships

Jealousy can be important for maintaining friendships, which are crucial to physical and emotional health. A study found feelings of jealousy were sensitive to the value of the friendship and ...

Agtech to the Rescue in a Pandemic: Adapting Plant Labs for Human Testing

Sophisticated agtech labs and equipment used for crop and animal breeding, seed testing, and monitoring of plant and animal diseases could easily be adapted for diagnostic testing and tracing in a ...

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