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NIH Record  
Vol. LVIII, No. 7
April 7, 2006
500 Classes Later, NIH'ers Still Strutting Their Stuff
NLM Seminar Focuses on 19th-Century Patent Medicine
Radio News Service Begins 'Podcasting'
Gender Equity Workshop Yields Suggestions for NIH
NIH, Mexico Sign Letter of Intent on Research
FIC, ORWH Host International Women's Day Celebration
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Law, Ethics Not the Same
Ethics Rounds Examines Illegal Behavior, Confidentiality
  Attorney Barbara Mishkin
Say you're a nurse or doctor at the Clinical Center. In the course of a research study, you discover a patient breaking the law. What do you do? If your decision seems simple, it's likely you're missing important ethical — not to mention, legal — considerations and consequences. An Ethics Grand Rounds discussion, "Research Subjects Engaged in Illegal Behavior: How Should Clinicians Respond?" tackled the topic on Feb. 1 in Lipsett Amphitheater.

If the notion of a patient involved in an illegal act in the hospital seems farfetched, consider this true story (to protect confidentiality, some facts have been changed): A 35-year-old woman volunteers to take part in an NIMH clinical trial. Sally has a 21-year history with a major mental illness. To be eligible for the study — an inpatient, phase-II drug trial — volunteers could not be active substance abusers. Potential participants who had a substance abuse history longer than 5 years were excluded from the study. A customary toxicology screening for illegal substances, done during admission, cleared Sally to take part.

Spotlight on Microbicide Research
First National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  Dr. Betsy Herold
HIV testing is usually a confidential process. Yet Staci, a vigorous 22-year-old mother of two, has consented to being filmed while she receives her results.

When the mobile clinic first came round her neighborhood — well, why not get the test? "If I have something," she says sturdily, "I would like to know, keep myself healthy." The most important thing in her life, she says, is her kids.