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In India, oversight lacking in outsourced drug trials

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Image: MSNBC LogoDrug trial outsourcing to foreign countries is rapidly becoming an attractive alternative for pharmaceutical companies. Carl Elliott, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, talks about how the danger is that we have no idea what's going on in these clinical trials.

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U of M ethicists respond to latest conflict-of-interest scandal

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Image: MinnPost LogoFinancial conflicts-of-interest has been a growing issue in medicine. Leigh Turner, College of Pharmacy and Center for Bioethics, explains that bioethicists have to write about ethical issues related to medicine, health care, and biotechnology for the good of the industry.

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Glenn McGee raises a storm in the bioethical world | Inside Higher Ed

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Image: AHC LogoProminent bioethicist Glenn McGee will soon be taking a job with a for-profit stem-cell company. Leigh Turner, College of Pharmacy and Center for Bioethics, wrote about the potential conflict of interest Dr. McGee got himself into.

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Cancer trial participants may have misconceptions

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Image: AHC LogoPeople enrolled in early stage trials for possible cancer treatments may underestimate the risks involved and overestimate the potential benefits. Mary Faith Marshall, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, discusses ways to improve the informed consent process.

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Study: Some Doctors Aren't Honest

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Image: FOX 9 LogoA new survey shows one in ten doctors say in the last year they'd told a patient something that wasn't true. Steven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, explains that doctors have a duty to disclose the truth to patients.

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What should I know about seeking U.S. medical care?

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Image: AHC LogoMany people now are choosing to take part in medical tourism in order to find the best care. Leigh Turner, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health and Center for Bioethics, explains that people need to do their research to find the best deal.

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How academic medical researchers have joined the assembly line

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Image: MinnPost LogoCarl Elliott, Center for Bioethics, has begun a weekly online column for The Chronicle of Higher Education. His first contribution will discuss how many researchers give up their independence in order to compete with the research of big pharmaceutical companies.

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Hearing against Basson may be dropped

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Image: AHC LogoThe Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) will on Friday decide if it will proceed with its hearing about the conduct of Dr Wouter Basson. Steven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University Physicians, has been a key expert in the trial.

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Umbilical Stem Cells Could Save Toddler Leukemia

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Image: AHC LogoA family in the U.K. has a baby boy who could save the life of his older brother should he have a leukemia relapse. Susan Wolf, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, is mentioned in regards to whether children should be protected from having to donate their stem cells.

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Stem Cell Research on Donor Eggs Often Kept Confidential

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Image: AHC LogoMany U.S. fertility clinics don't tell egg donors that embryos made from their eggs may end up being used in stem cell research. Steven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University Physicians, discusses the idea of disclosing the use of the donated eggs.

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Minnesota experts name the most significant health-related events of 2011

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Image: MinnPost LogoSteven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University Physicians, and Michael Osterholm, School of Public Health, discuss the most significant events ("good" or "bad") in their field of expertise in 2011.

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U.S. Research Agency to Review Chimpanzee Experiments

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Image: Fox News LogoThe US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is temporarily barring federally funded experiments on chimpanzees. Jeff Kahn, Center for Bioethics, explains research on primates should only be used if it offers insights not possible with other animal models.

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EDITORIAL: Sex change is afoot

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Image: AHC LogoHarvard University has announced that next year its campus insurance plan will cover "gender reassignment." Carl Elliott, Center for Bioethics, talks about how psychiatry and surgery have had an extraordinary and very often destructive collaboration over the past 75 years.

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A conversation with writer and troublemaker Carl Elliott, Part II

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Image: AHC LogoCarl Elliott, Center for Bioethics, expands on his bioethics writing experiences and discusses his time at the University of Minnesota.

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A conversation with writer and troublemaker Carl Elliott, Part I

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Image: AHC LogoCarl Elliott, Center for Bioethics, talks about his writings while studying bioethics and his overall view of the profession.

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Senate Amendment Calls for a Return to Bush-Era Torture

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Image: AHC LogoAyotte amendment on secret torture overshadows abuse problems with "Army Field Manual." Steven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University Physicians, talks about the implications of the Ayotte amendment.

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Experts see little change in practice of celebrity medicine after Jackson doctor sentencing

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Image: AHC LogoMichael Jackson's personal doctor received the maximum punishment in the pop singer's death. Steven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University Physicians, talks about how it's dangerous when a doctor enters into an exclusive relationship with a patient.

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Payment debate: Health care workers defend their payments from drug companies

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Image: AHC LogoHealth care professionals in Montana received $692,983 in payments and perks from drug companies between 2009 and early 2011. Carl Elliott, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, talks about how these payments impact the research conducted.

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BioEdge: Are we morally obliged to participate in research?

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Image: AHC LogoBill Gleason, Medical School, and Carl Elliott, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, discuss whether or not people have an obligation to participate in medical research.

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The origins of ethics

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Image: MPR LogoWe apply principles of ethics to all areas of life, from law to medicine to everyday behavior. Jeff Kahn, Center for Bioethics, discusses the how ethics came about and the role they play in society.

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U's Steven Miles: Eager witness against 'Dr. Death'

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Image: Star Tribune LogoSteven Miles, Center for Bioethics, Medical School and University Physicians, discusses his testimony in the case of Dr. Wouter Basson, a South African physician known as "Dr. Death," and the ethics of physicians during wartime.

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Draft guidelines for nanomedicine unveiled

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Image: Nature LogoWith hundreds of nanoproducts currently being tested in humans, recommendations aim to safeguard trial participants. Susan Wolf, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, discusses the final recommendations to guide future policy in the area.

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South Africa's 'Dr. Death' faces ethics inquiry

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Image: LA Times LogoDr. Wouter Basson, will face the Health Professions Council of South Africa when it resumes its probe into whether Basson acted unethically and unprofessionally during the apartheid-era. Steve Miles, Medical School, Center for Bioethics and University of Minnesota Physicians, testifies in the case.

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Bioethicist Offers $10,000 to Charity If Bachmann Can Prove Vaccine Claim

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Image: Fox News LogoPreviously reported in the Star Tribune, Steve Miles, Medical School, Center for Bioethics and University of Minnesota Physicians, talks about the HPV vaccine and the claims of Michelle Bachmann.

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GOP's HPV vaccination debate: Bioethicist Dr. Steven Miles explains vaccine's value

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Image: MinnPost LogoSince coming on the market in 2006, the HPV vaccine has been highly controversial. Steven Miles, Medical School and Center for Bioethics, talks about the possibility of a federally mandated HPV vaccine for women ages 11 and up.

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U.S. researchers broke rules in Guatemala syphilis study

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Image: LA Times LogoMary Faith Marshall, Center for Bioethics, discusses ethical and unethical medical practices of the past and present.

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