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06/29/2012

Kicking the Health Care Habit

Stanton Peele makes a compelling case that our obsession with being “treated” for every minor malady reflects our abject terror in the face of clinically based recommendations to cut back on testing.

American health care costs are driving America into the ground.  These costs stand at from 2-3:1 compared with other nations (like the UK), [...]

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06/29/2012

The Stem Cell Hope and Our Indefinitely Delayed Future

Alice Park’s new book The Stem Cell Hope, convinced me it is time to retire, “Where is my jetpack!?” once and for all. After reading her new book, Park will have you screaming, “Where are my stem cells?” from every rooftop.

Jetpacks are a puerile toy that we all know would be impractical, deadly, [...]

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06/29/2012

iPS Cells Get Closer to Beta Cells

From Nature:

[Takanori Takebe, a stem-cell biologist at Yokohama City University in Japan,] told how his team grew the organ using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), created by reprogramming human skin cells to an embryo-like state. The researchers placed the cells on growth plates in a specially designed medium; after nine days, analysis showed [...]

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06/28/2012

Robot and Frank

Awesome.

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06/28/2012

Forcing Patients Into the Hands of Fools

A reader commenting on a home birthing thread on Andrew Sullivan’s the Dish sums up how medical regulations can fail better than I’ve heard before:

The tragedy to me in this whole story is that once again a medical debate is being left to the extremes. Screams of “death panels!” drowned out any fair [...]

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06/28/2012

“You Now Have, for the First Time in History, a Scientific Basis for Medicine.”

Larry Smarr is trying to save your life:

Larry sees medicine as a stubborn holdout. Current efforts to reform the system—for instance, the Obama administration’s initiative to digitize all health records by 2014—are just toes in the water. Medicine has barely begun to take advantage of the million-fold increase in the amount of data [...]

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06/27/2012

The Catch-22 of Requesting Death

What would you do if the very means by which you said your life had no meaning suddenly gave your life meaning? Tony Nicklinson is having just that problem.

So just a few days ago [and this will probably become a famous remark in the history of social networking], he wrote this: “Hello world. [...]

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06/26/2012

How to Treat A Disease that Attacks Autonomy?

Should we force feed those with anorexia? Sounds like a question for the text books.

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06/26/2012

More on Infanticide

Charles C. Camosy, Professor of Christian Ethics at Fordham, decided to weigh in on the “After-Birth Abortion” article that caused such a stir a few months ago. He makes the case that ideas, no matter how abhorrant they seem on face, deserve debate and rational discussion.

Several philosophers I talked to could not understand [...]

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