Posts in May 2017

  1. Fake news and medicine (by Ben Gottlieb)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    Fake news has become so prevalent in our society over the last few years. It ranges from articles claiming false political agendas to small, unimportant fallacies. In my Bioethics class we reviews abortion laws and rules and we noticed that some doctors need to inform women about potential breast cancer risks from having an abortion. This has been proven to be an untrue link, yet it is still a requirement for doctors in some states to spread false information. Even if doctors don’t have to mention the connection between abortions and medical problems, a patient is exposed to all sorts of incorrect information that looks legitimate. From the moment a patient sees the fake news, they have been tainted with wrong ...

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  2. Is mass incarceration ethical? (by Alex Pistolesi)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    Currently, there are about 2.3 million people being held in the the American criminal justice system. Even more astonishing is the fact that people go to jail over 11 million times eachyear. It is fair to say that these are not the only people greatly affected by mass incarceration in the U.S., and those people’s families, friends, and communities must be taken into account. Even though crime rates have been dropping since the 1970’s, the prison population continues to grow. Not only is the current system that has led to mass incarceration unsustainable, but it is also inhumane. These are the two main reasons why it is unethical. According to Christian Henrichson and Ruth Delaney in their paper titled “What ...

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  3. Detrimental Effects of Palm Oil (by Marnie Foster)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    Palm oil is a vegetable oil that comes from the African oil palm tree grown throughout Africa, Asia, North and South America, with 85% globally exported and produced in Indonesia and Malaysia. It can be found in 40-50% of household products but can also be found in many other products such as baked goods, confectionary, shampoos, and even toothpaste. Although versatile, the Palm Oil industry is anything but sustainable, exploiting communities and contributing to deforestation and extinction. The unsustainable development of the Palm Oil industry is responsible for air pollution, soil pollution, water pollution, and even soil erosion in ecosystems around the world, leading to the destruction of habitats and an increase in endangered species. In addition, the palm oil ...

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  4. Is it ethical to handle alcoholism like any other addiction due to its prevalence in genetics? Should we treat alcoholism the way we treat a genetic disorder? If it is a disease, can we force alcoholics to get treatment? (by Ben Gottlieb)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    The problem with alcoholism is that it is treated like an addiction and not a genetic disease. While it is defined as an addiction because it could affect anyone, many people have genetic makeups that make them more susceptible to alcohol use disorder. There are known genes that can boost the power of alcohol and reduce the impact of a hangover. People with these gene combinations may get a bigger high from drinking, and they may not feel ill or sick after a long day of drinking (NIAAA). These traits can easily lead to alcohol abuse, and to me it feels like alcoholism is more than just an addiction. Viewing alcoholism as a genetic disease is not so far-fetched, but it’s ...

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  5. Do we need to care about emissions standards? (by Caleb Jeanniton)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    The frightening rate at which our planet is heating due to global warming has left nations and policy makers scrambling for ways to combat it. The famous “Hockey Stick” graph highlights the sharp increase in the average Northern Hemispheric temperatures starting in 1961. An estimated 5.5 million people die each year due to ailments associated with air pollution, according to a 2016 study. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently proposed a policy revision that prohibits the conversion of road cars into racing cars, noting that this revision “would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution to reduce the impacts of climate change, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation.” As a car enthusiast, this policy ...

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  6. Adderall Abuse (by Marnie Foster)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    In recent years, the abuse of adderall, a drug used to treat ADHD has skyrocketed in young adults, especially those going into college. According to a study done by Johns Hopkins, there has been a dramatic increase in hospital visits from the drug, yet the amount of prescriptions for the stimulant have remained the same. Research showed that 60 percent of non-medical adderall use was between the ages 18 and 25. Due to the increased  workload in college and stress from their job, many young adults turn to adderall for increased focus and the ability to stay up late cramming for exams. Although experts say that it is relatively easy to stop taking the drug, many have become addicted ...

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