“Nothing is more fundamental to the ethical conduct of clinical trials than the informed consent of research participants. The Nuremberg Code and every subsequent major international statement about ethics and medical research enshrine this role.” In his recent article in Science and Engineering Ethics, Dr. Mark Yarborough, Dean’s Professor of Bioethics at the University of…

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A new peer-reviewed study by scientists at the National Institute of Immunology and physicians at St. Stephens Hospital in New Delhi, India. found that mothers with a past history of Chickenpox infection [Varicella-Zoster] may transmit Chickenpox viral DNA [Varicella-Zoster IgG] to their babies during pregnancy — thereby stimulating the infants’ immunity against this infection. Jacob…

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“Human beings are being treated like animals”  R.M. Lodha, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India An opinion article in The Sunday Guardian by Jacob Puliyel, MD, focuses on the plan to conduct unethical medical experiments in which  human beings are deliberately infected with infectious diseases in order to develop possible vaccines. These…

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Donald Klein, MD, one of the pillars of biological psychiatry who was instrumental in medicalizing the ebbs and flows of human moods, and of fostering psychiatry’s reliance on psychiatric drugs, is dead. The obituary in the New York Times notes that: “Klein’s research into panic attacks, depression, childhood anxiety disorders and related areas reshaped how…

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Millions of people around the world participate in research trials each year, whether for personal, financial or humanitarian reasons. They submit their DNA, organs, body chemistry or personal history to studies that aim to better society. A substantive investigative news report by San Diego’s independent investigative news source, Inewsource.org by Brad Racino and Jill Castellno,…

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SWI, the Swiss Information channel, reported that there is scientific evidence that music helps nurture brain development in premature infants. Swiss neuroscientists reported documenting positive effects of specially composed and performed music on developing neural networks of premature babies. The musical selection provided a soothing background of bells, harp, and  Indian punji (charming snake flute).…

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Beware the month of August – when Congress and many citizens are vacationing! Government bureaucrats favor August to issue announcements about radical medical research policy changes, for which taxpayer money is sought. They do so, to avoid public controversy about public funding of radical experimentation…

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A book review by AHRP board member, John J Noble Jr, Emeritus Professor, was recently published in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. The book, Reducing Adverse Events in Older Patients Taking Newly Released Drugs by Margaret T. Whitstock, an Australian research professional, is an indictment of the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’ flawed drug…

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Stakeholders in the Medical research enterprise, in the European Union and in the U.S., claim that clinical trials conducted on human subjects adhere to strict safety standards. “One of the things that sets clinical trials apart from other scientific experiments is the obligation for care. Investigators undertaking them have obligations to ensure that patients enrolled…

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On June 27, 2016, The New York Times reported that New York University medical school “quietly shut down eight studies at its prominent psychiatric research center” and dismissed Dr. Alexander Neumeister, the studies’ lead investigator was the director of the Molecular Imaging Program for Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and a Professor in the Departments of…

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“I wish I could say I was surprised,” commented Robert Schooley, MD, of the University of California San Diego, who acknowledged, “there remain gaps in that scientific understanding. . .” You bet there are . . . .

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