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  •  Big ethical questions with the Ebola treatment (16+ / 0-)

    As a person with HIV, I'm naturally sympathetic to trying to get potentially effective treatments to sick people as quickly as possible.  On the other hand, I also recognize the quandary in which it places the providers of the drug, a quandary that may be even worse with a disease like Ebola.

    From what I understand, this drug has so far been tested in exactly 8 monkeys.  It's had no safety trials in humans at all.  So far, it seems it may be helping the 2 American missionaries.  But what if it turns out to be ineffective or even harmful?  A person who's condition is weakened by Ebola probably has less capacity to withstand the damage caused by a toxic medication.  In addition, Ebola isn't inevitably fatal, so we can't say patients have absolutely no hope of recovery without the drug.

    Back in the 80s people tried lots of experimental drugs for HIV.  Some turned out to be ineffective and even toxic.  Others, like AZT, were at least partially effective but were given in doses we later came to understand were far too high.  I know guys who are still living with the side-effects of those toxicities.  In the end, I can't say where I come out on this question.  All I can say is that it's an enormous ethical dilemma.

    As for the study about white people favoring laws that harm blacks, I put it in the "water is still wet" category.  Mind you, I'm glad there's empirical evidence of what it shows, but I don't find the results surprising in the least.  As I pointed out in comments to TBM's recent diary on the conviction of Renisha McBride's killer, there are a lot of white people who enjoy being able to devalue the lives of black people.  It's sick, it's sad, and it shouldn't be, but it is.

    And on that unhappy note, I'm going to get back to work.  TGIF!

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 01:40:04 PM PDT

    •  I'm with you John - the ethics of grasping at (12+ / 0-)

      straws....

      Part of the problem is that I'm sure no huge amount of R&D has been dedicated to Ebola.

      The outbreaks have been very small in the past. Look at other haemorrhagic fevers - Dengue for example has claimed over 22,000. Still no vaccine.

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 01:47:10 PM PDT

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      •  The number of victims clearly isn't the measure. (3+ / 0-)

        I don't have to tell you how many HIV has claimed.  Yet here we are, more than three decades into the epidemic, and we still have no vaccine.  

        It seems that governments and pharmaceutical companies have a pretty high tolerance for deaths from disease.  It takes a lot to shake them out of their inertia.  

        Of course, if someone said that terrorists were weaponizing this virus, DoD and Homeland Security would probably get a blank check to develop a vaccine immediately.

        "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

        by FogCityJohn on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 05:10:19 PM PDT

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    •  I'll sign up for another round as the pinata. (0+ / 0-)
      As for the study about white people favoring laws that harm blacks, I put it in the "water is still wet" category.  Mind you, I'm glad there's empirical evidence of what it shows, but I don't find the results surprising in the least.  As I pointed out in comments to TBM's recent diary on the conviction of Renisha McBride's killer, there are a lot of white people who enjoy being able to devalue the lives of black people.  It's sick, it's sad, and it shouldn't be, but it is.
      What would change if there were a Black majority state?

      We live in a Federal Republic.  Make the structure work for you.  Leverage the Black Belt in the south to turn one or more states into majority AA states.

      Then get rid of a lot of the bullshit.  Restore voting rights to those with criminal records.  Legalize marijuana and pardon all incarcerated for it.  Implement solid education policies for all.  Use state and local resources to make people's lives better.

      Is everyone always locked into the same game?  Why can't the game be changed?

      -7.75 -4.67

      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 08:11:14 PM PDT

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