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cmf file 42 (2010) - Christians and medical research ()

Research is central to the safe and effective practice of medicine. Developments in molecular biology over the past 50 years have affected our understanding of normal human biology and pathophysiology, and new drug development is now often targeted against specific molecular receptors and mechanisms. This in turn requires new, more...

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CMF submission to Nuffield Council on Bioethics consultation: Give and take? Human bodies in medicine & research (13/07/2010)

Direct link to Nuffield Council on Bioethics consultation 1. Nature of human bodily material and first-in-human trials Human bodily material 1. Are there any additional types...
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Copy of online submission made by CMF on 15 September 2009 to the General Medical Council drafts for consultation on Research guidance: Good practice in research and Consent to research (16/09/2009)

Drafts may be viewed online: Consent to research Good practice in research. Questions relating to Good practice in research Principles of good research practice (paragraphs 1-27) Question...
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Integrity in Research (triple helix - winter 2007)

Research has long been regarded as an aid to advancement in medicine. Indeed, in some disciplines it is almost a necessity. It is therefore not surprising that individuals have been tempted to falsify the reports of their research, given the increasingly competitive nature of medical careers. There have been well-reported...

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MMR and Autism – muddled medical reasoning (triple helix - spring 2004)

It is more than six years since the Lancet published Dr Wakefield's paper describing a new syndrome of bowel disease and autism in MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccinated children.[1] Almost none of the subsequent research has found any evidence to support this causal link. Yet the controversy rages on. Rather than living...

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cmf file 24 (2004) - globalisation and health ()

Globalisation is based on the idea of free trade between nations. It has crept into our language just as rapidly as it has affected our lives. Just look at what we wear, eat and use. Fashion clothing comes from countries like Mauritius or Pakistan; tea from Kenya or Sri Lanka;...

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cmf file 18 (2002) - the mind-body problem ()

Stories of out of body experiences, beliefs in life after death, or diseases affecting the brain all raise questions about whether our minds and our bodies are separate entities that have the ability to exist independently. Out of body experiences can occur under the influence of drugs, as part of...

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cmf file 15 (2001) - human experiments ()

An enthusiastic doctor experiments on homeless people in New York. Many of the people die, but he continues, hoping to finding a cure for people with damaged nerves. It's the foundation of the plot of Extreme Measures the film starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman. At the end of...

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cmf file 17 (2002) - resource allocation ()

Every working day, healthcare providers are confronted with the reality of limited resources. They are forced to make decisions and do the best they can within these constraints. Not only do they need to keep to a financial budget, they also have to allocate time and energy. This process...

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Personal Agendas in Research (nucleus - spring 1998)

In the public mind, scientists are frequently imagined to be unbiased data collectors, working purely for the advancement of humanity. Unfortunately, such impartiality is notoriously elusive: after all, scientists are humans with opinions, prejudices, motives and emotions. As students of biological science, medics are also deemed objective. However, very few...

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