Hastings Center Report, November-December 2019

December 10, 2019

Over $650 million annually is raised for medical needs on the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe, with 1,059 campaigns for unproven and potentially dangerous interventions identified in one search. Crowdfunding campaigns can "mislead donors, spread misinformation and may even harm those receiving the money," write authors Jeremy Snyder and I. Glenn Cohen in "Medical Crowdfunding for Unproven Medical Treatments: Should GoFundMe Become a Gatekeeper?" "We urge GoFundMe and other crowdfunding platforms to move forward with restricting campaigns for unproven medical treatments more widely and as soon as possible given the ongoing and growing harms of inaction," they write. GoFundMe and similar platforms are aware they are being used in potentially unethical campaigns, yet they have done little to stop them, the authors maintain.

In "Physician Burnout Calls for Legal Intervention," Sharon Hoffman writes that hospitals with a high burnout rate among doctors should receive lower payments from Medicare, among other measures. Hoffman argues that the law routinely safeguards the health of workers such as pilots and air traffic controllers in safety-critical professions - and, as physician's jobs are also safety-critical, they also deserve focused legal intervention.

"Sugar, Taxes, & Choice" addresses objections to taxing sugar-sweetened beverages, noting that they have been prominent in the public debate on the grounds that they interfere with individuals' freedom and autonomy. The authors make the case that these arguments are often compromised by confusion over the concepts of freedom and autonomy. They explain why less freedom does not necessarily entail less autonomy.

Also in the issue: Emergency room doctor Jay Baruch writes about an embarrassing encounter with a patient in "Why Won't My Patient Act Like a Jerk?" A set of essays (by Tod S. Chambers, Arthur W. Frank, and Philip M. Rosoff) explores the ethics of writing stories of patient care. Rebecca Dresser analyzes the legal issues in executing a prisoner with dementia, and Hilde Lindemann warns that gender is bad for your health.

The table of contents and abstracts are available at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/1552146x/2019/49/6
For more information, and to obtain or to receive the full text of an article, contact:

Susan Gilbert
Director of Communications
The Hastings Center
845-424-4040 x 244

The Hastings Center

Related Science Articles from Brightsurf:

75 science societies urge the education department to base Title IX sexual harassment regulations on evidence and science
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) today led 75 scientific societies in submitting comments on the US Department of Education's proposed changes to Title IX regulations.

Science/Science Careers' survey ranks top biotech, biopharma, and pharma employers
The Science and Science Careers' 2018 annual Top Employers Survey polled employees in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and related industries to determine the 20 best employers in these industries as well as their driving characteristics.

Science in the palm of your hand: How citizen science transforms passive learners
Citizen science projects can engage even children who previously were not interested in science.

Applied science may yield more translational research publications than basic science
While translational research can happen at any stage of the research process, a recent investigation of behavioral and social science research awards granted by the NIH between 2008 and 2014 revealed that applied science yielded a higher volume of translational research publications than basic science, according to a study published May 9, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Xueying Han from the Science and Technology Policy Institute, USA, and colleagues.

Prominent academics, including Salk's Thomas Albright, call for more science in forensic science
Six scientists who recently served on the National Commission on Forensic Science are calling on the scientific community at large to advocate for increased research and financial support of forensic science as well as the introduction of empirical testing requirements to ensure the validity of outcomes.

World Science Forum 2017 Jordan issues Science for Peace Declaration
On behalf of the coordinating organizations responsible for delivering the World Science Forum Jordan, the concluding Science for Peace Declaration issued at the Dead Sea represents a global call for action to science and society to build a future that promises greater equality, security and opportunity for all, and in which science plays an increasingly prominent role as an enabler of fair and sustainable development.

PETA science group promotes animal-free science at society of toxicology conference
The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. is presenting two posters on animal-free methods for testing inhalation toxicity at the 56th annual Society of Toxicology (SOT) meeting March 12 to 16, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Citizen Science in the Digital Age: Rhetoric, Science and Public Engagement
James Wynn's timely investigation highlights scientific studies grounded in publicly gathered data and probes the rhetoric these studies employ.

Science/Science Careers' survey ranks top biotech, pharma, and biopharma employers
The Science and Science Careers' 2016 annual Top Employers Survey polled employees in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and related industries to determine the 20 best employers in these industries as well as their driving characteristics.

Three natural science professors win TJ Park Science Fellowship
Professor Jung-Min Kee (Department of Chemistry, UNIST), Professor Kyudong Choi (Department of Mathematical Sciences, UNIST), and Professor Kwanpyo Kim (Department of Physics, UNIST) are the recipients of the Cheong-Am (TJ Park) Science Fellowship of the year 2016.

Read More: Science News and Science Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.