A tiny Texas firm making helmet-style ventilators is working around the clock to meet skyrocketing demand, and it has no plans to raise the product’s $162 price tag.   Sea-Long Medical Systems Inc. usually ships a few dozen devices each week. Their new goal: 50,000.   It’s…

During a pandemic that is forcing doctors to make life or death decisions because of equipment shortages, what are the ethics of who gets what?  

During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Liberian volunteers helped limit the scope of the devastating epidemic with a simple strategy: Get the word out.   That approach could offer a template for other countries where government mistrust stymies outbreak response efforts.  

Universities are tasked with investigating claims of fraudulent research. But they dismiss nearly 90% of accusations because they stand to lose valuable grant money and prestige.  This doesn’t track well considering 1 in 50 scientists fabricates or falsifies research data…

Throughout the US, it’s legal for medical students to perform pelvic exams on unconscious women without obtaining explicit consent. Legal frameworks vary. Some teaching hospitals have implied consent while other institutions have hazy policies allowing physicians to…

The loss of a spouse is devastating—all the more so if you are denied the rights that many couples take for granted. Chris Beyrer, the Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, shares the pain of…

In many states, giving “informed consent” for an abortion means first listening to fear-mongering, inaccurate recitations from often-conflicted medical professionals.    

If two people addicted to opioids help each other acquire drugs, and one of them dies of an overdose from those drugs—should the other be charged for murder? Yes, say a growing number of US prosecutors. These “overdose homicide” charges can also be a comfort to families…

Opioid makers teamed up with a tech company to create a computer pop-up alert system designed to maximize—and extend—prescriptions to the addictive painkillers, a government investigation revealed this week, Los Angeles Times reports.  

Some 800 papers will be retracted from Russian academic journals after a “bombshell” investigation.  A Russian Academy of Sciences commission found more than 2,500 papers that were plagiarized, self-plagiarized, or had “gift authorship” with researchers listed as co-…