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-authors…

Nigeria is hemorrhaging doctors to countries with better infrastructure, less corruption, and bigger bankrolls for competitive salaries.More than half of Nigeria’s 75,000 doctors practice abroad. Those who stay grapple with frequent power cuts, paltry…

Federally funded researchers have disclosed some $188 million in “significant” financial conflicts of interest since 2012, after the NIH toughened up reporting rules.   That’s a low estimate, since 44% of the disclosures did not list a dollar value. The reporting range tops…

It’s happens all-too-common often: Western researchers drop in for a few weeks, go home and publish research, while local experts are underrepresented and undervalued.   Madukar Pai, who saw this firsthand during his medical training in India, calls out the inequity—looking…

Some academics have a secret side hustle testifying for tobacco companies in court, earning hundreds of dollars an hour as expert witnesses on a topic many have never published a word about. The strategy: Using the “common knowledge” argument that the dangers of smoking…