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Quandary column

Can We (Ethically) Disinvest from Healthcare Interventions?

By Jessica Pace and Wendy Lipworth, Sydney Health Ethics

The withdrawal or reduction of a medication or surgical technique can make healthcare safer, cheaper and more effective. However, practical and ethical challenges mean that we can't solely rely on this to ensure a fair distribution of healthcare.

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Values in Science Affect What Your Doctor Recommends

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Credit: RFBSIP/Adobe

By Claire Hooker

Should a GP recommend exercise to chronic pain patients when the evidence doesn't match patient experience?

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The Wild West of Biotech Innovation

By Ainsley Newson & Wendy Lipworth

The failure of a US$9 billion health technology start-up provides a stark example of how venture capitalists can let market potential overrule evidence of efficacy.

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Antibiotics: Which Lives Matter?

By Angus Dawson

Resistance to antibiotics is growing. Are you prepared to go without them to save the lives of future generations?

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Should Scientists Declare Non-Financial Conflicts of Interest?

By Miriam Wiersma and Wendy Lipworth

Conflicts of interest are rife in scientific research, but non-financial conflicts of interest are often overlooked.

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Molecular Life Extension

By Cynthia Forlini and Ainsley Newson

Alongside the question of whether we can treat ageing is the question of whether we should.

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Is Cognitive Enhancement a Problem in Australia?

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By Cynthia Forlini

Just because the non-medical use of cognitive stimulants isn’t common, it doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem.

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The Unspoken Limits of Liquid Biopsies

By Ainsley Newson

Liquid biopsies promise early detection of cancer, but some of their current limitations risk being overlooked.

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Ethical Challenges About Voluntary Assisted Dying

By Ian Haines

Much of the focus on new voluntary assisted dying laws is centred on patient autonomy, but it is only one of the four pillars. Does the legislation also satisfy the other three tenets of beneficence, non-maleficence and justice?

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The Man with the DNR Tattoo

By Michael Cook

Should doctors follow the instructions of a tattoo when facing end-of-life decisions?

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