Wanted: responsible bioethics journalism
Bad communication of research can have deadly consequences.
The Optimist: I have lived in a golden age, says US bioethicist
Arthur Caplan’s brisk summary of the history of bioethics in the latest issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics is decidedly upbeat.
Ground shifts in UK debate over “three-parent embryos”
New Scientist magazine does an ethical back flip.
The Indian dentist’s death was misrepresented.
Feeding the media beast
How should bioethicists engage with media? Gingerly, says Dr Syd Johnson, of Michigan Technological University, in an essay on the Impact Ethics blog.
Leveson Inquiry recommends reform of science reporting
The Leveson Inquiry into Britain's media made recommendations about science reporting.
UK govt agrees to investigate “death pathway”
Pressure from the British media has forced an investigation into the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway
Revolutionary! Life-transforming! Paradigm-shifting! Not!
This will surprise no one, but we all need reminders. Newspaper coverage of biomedical research leans heavily toward reports of initial findings, which are frequently attenuated or refuted by later studies, according to a report in the open access journal PLOS ONE.
Shock! Horror! UK Euthanasia!
Alleging that 130,000 elderly patients are being euthanased each year by Britain's National Health Service takes a bold man. Repeating it uncritically takes a foolish one.
BBC mercy killing story a “cruel fabrication”
Ray Gosling given a 90-day suspended sentence
Media got it wrong about Belgian coma recovery man
Newsweek special investigation