COVID-19 crisis in Los Angeles: Why activating 'crisis standards of care' is crucial for overwhelmed hospitals
States and hospitals are starting to declare 'crisis standards of care' as the pandemic floods their ERs. The orders have consequences – both good and bad, as a medical ethicist explains.
Jan. 6, 2021 • ~8 min
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In a time of social and environmental crisis, Aldo Leopold's call for a 'land ethic' is still relevant
Jan. 11 marks the birthday of conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), who called for thinking about land as a living community to protect, not a resource to exploit.
Jan. 5, 2021 • ~9 min
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The cold supply chain can't reach everywhere – that's a big problem for equitable COVID-19 vaccination
So far, the only COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use need to be kept frozen. But there are many places in the world that can't support a cold supply chain.
Jan. 4, 2021 • ~7 min
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The ethics rules that protect subjects of field research are no match for the internet. A new essay calls for revising the rules to better protect people.
Dec. 3, 2020 • ~8 min
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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma may settle legal claims with a new 'public trust' that would still be dedicated to profit
The government has tried to harness profit-driven drugmaking to serve public health before. The results were underwhelming.
Oct. 21, 2020 • ~10 min
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Convened by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, the AI Policy Forum will develop frameworks and tools for governments and companies to implement concrete policies.
Oct. 19, 2020 • ~5 min
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Faculty from the Computer Science and Philosophy departments join forces in a successful new undergraduate initiative, Embedded EthiCS, to change the way computer scientists think about the ethical implications of new technology.
Oct. 16, 2020 • ~15 min
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When a celebrity, politician or other influential person checks in, a health care team can feel pressured to give in to a VIP's wishes.
Oct. 7, 2020 • ~6 min
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How to read coronavirus news and learn what you actually need to know about staying safe in the pandemic
Journalists use real people's stories to 'humanize' the news. But these tales – whether harrowing or heartwarming – can be misleading about the pandemic's greatest threats.
Sept. 2, 2020 • ~7 min
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Challenge trials – purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus – could speed up the development of a vaccine. But there are serious ethical concerns with this approach.
Aug. 24, 2020 • ~8 min
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