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E-H-ARRGH: The Frustrating Costs and Benefits of the Electronic Health Record

April 28, 2017
The concept of electronic medical recordkeeping was first introduced in the late 1960’s but it did not really become established until this century. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are expected to provide a number of benefits, data forthcoming as to how effectively EHRs meet these goals. But what about the implicit hazards that the use of EMFs carries?
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Penny-Foolish

April 7, 2017
The 2018 federal budget battle has barely begun and already critics – including myself – are questioning the wisdom of Trump’s proposal to drastically cut key agencies like the US Department of State, Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency in order to build a wall that no one wants, to buy fighter jets that no one needs, and to give tax breaks that no one earned.
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SHEEFs, Sentience, and the 14-Day Rule

March 31, 2017
Embryo research, made possible by IVF, raised the question of the moral status of human embryos. Are human embryos human subjects, who are entitled to stringent protections? Or are they clumps of cells that can be used in research, so long as the permission of their creators is obtained? The 14-day rule was agreed upon, which specifies that experiments with human embryos must not let them develop beyond 14 days. Now a new development in stem cell research, the creation of "synthetic embryos", has raised the question of whether or not SHEEFs should be protected by the same kinds of restrictions as IVF, or non-synthetic, embryos.
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