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BMC Medical Ethics

Ethics in Public Health, medical law, and health policy

Section edited by Stuart Nicholls and Jeremy Snyder

This section will include manuscripts focused on ethical aspects of public health, health promotion and government action related to health care, as well as manuscripts focused on ethical questions in health care policies, judicial decisions and legislation relating to medical issues.

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  1. Content type: Debate

    The legitimacy of conscientious objection to abortion continues to fuel heated debate in Italy. In two recent decisions, the European Committee for Social Rights underlined that conscientious objection places ...

    Authors: Marco Bo, Carla Maria Zotti and Lorena Charrier

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:64

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Health checks identify (risk factors for) disease in people without symptoms. They may be offered by the government through population screenings and by other providers to individual users as ‘personal health ...

    Authors: Yrrah H. Stol, Eva C. A. Asscher and Maartje H. N. Schermer

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:55

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  3. Content type: Debate

    The 11 original regions for organ allocation in the United States were determined by proximity between hospitals that provided deceased donors and transplant programs. As liver transplants became more successf...

    Authors: Brendan Parent and Arthur L. Caplan

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:26

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Smart-home technologies, comprising environmental sensors, wearables and video are attracting interest in home healthcare delivery. Development of such technology is usually justified on the basis of the techn...

    Authors: Giles Birchley, Richard Huxtable, Madeleine Murtagh, Ruud ter Meulen, Peter Flach and Rachael Gooberman-Hill

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:23

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  5. Content type: Debate

    The fundamental determinant of death in donation after circulatory determination of death is the cessation of brain circulation and function. We therefore propose the term donation after brain circulation determi...

    Authors: Anne L. Dalle Ave and James L. Bernat

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:15

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  6. Content type: Correspondence

    Recent rapid technological and medical advance has more than ever before brought to the fore a spectrum of problems broadly categorized under the umbrella of ‘ethics of human enhancement’. Some of the most con...

    Authors: Ognjen Arandjelović

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:75

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  7. Content type: Editorial

    New technologies are transforming and reconfiguring the boundaries between patients, research participants and consumers, between research and clinical practice, and between public and private domains. From pe...

    Authors: Michael Morrison, Donna Dickenson and Sandra Soo-Jin Lee

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:74

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The past 10 years have witnessed a significant growth in sharing of health data for secondary uses. Alongside this there has been growing interest in the public acceptability of data sharing and data linkage p...

    Authors: Mhairi Aitken, Jenna de St. Jorre, Claudia Pagliari, Ruth Jepson and Sarah Cunningham-Burley

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:73

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Resuscitation and treatment of critically ill newborn infants is associated with relatively high mortality, morbidity and cost. Guidelines relating to resuscitation have traditionally focused on the best inter...

    Authors: C. Arora, J. Savulescu, H. Maslen, M. Selgelid and D. Wilkinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:69

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Conducting research during or in the aftermath of disasters poses many specific practical and ethical challenges. This is particularly the case with research involving human subjects. The extraordinary circums...

    Authors: Signe Mezinska, Péter Kakuk, Goran Mijaljica, Marcin Waligóra and Dónal P. O’Mathúna

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:62

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Cervical cancer disproportionately burdens disadvantaged women. Organised cervical screening aims to make cancer prevention available to all women in a population, yet screening uptake and cancer incidence and...

    Authors: Jane H. Williams and Stacy M. Carter

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:56

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) is a birth cohort study within which the Project to Enhance ALSPAC through Record Linkage (PEARL) was established to enrich the ALSPAC resource through ...

    Authors: Suzanne Audrey, Lindsey Brown, Rona Campbell, Andy Boyd and John Macleod

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:53

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  13. Content type: Research article

    In most Anglophone nations, policy and law increasingly foster an autonomy-based model, raising issues for large numbers of people who fail to fit the paradigm, and indicating problems in translating practical...

    Authors: Giles Birchley, Kerry Jones, Richard Huxtable, Jeremy Dixon, Jenny Kitzinger and Linda Clare

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:46

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  14. Content type: Review

    Biobanks have been heralded as essential tools for translating biomedical research into practice, driving precision medicine to improve pathways for global healthcare treatment and services. Many nations have ...

    Authors: Don Chalmers, Dianne Nicol, Jane Kaye, Jessica Bell, Alastair V. Campbell, Calvin W. L. Ho, Kazuto Kato, Jusaku Minari, Chih-hsing Ho, Colin Mitchell, Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor, Margaret Otlowski, Daniel Thiel, Stephanie M. Fullerton and Tess Whitton

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:39

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