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08/27/2015

Veterans discharged for misconduct have higher risk of homelessness

U.S. veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq who were discharged due to misconduct are more likely to be homeless than other returning vets, according to a new study.

08/26/2015

Multiple sclerosis linked to lower levels of vitamin D

Researches have shown that individuals deficient in vitamin D may be susceptible to multiple sclerosis.

08/25/2015

Women, minorities still underrepresented in medical specialties

Too few women and minorities are entering certain medical specialties in the U.S., researchers say.

08/24/2015

Legal case tests religious hospitals’ right to deny procedures

Rachel Miller, due to have her second child in late September, agreed with her husband that this would be her last pregnancy and decided she would be sterilized by tubal ligation after giving birth. But her hospital in Redding, owned by Dignity Health in San Francisco, refused to allow her doctor to perform the procedure, saying tubal ligation violates the ethical principles of Catholic health care facilities.

08/18/2015

In graphic detail, medical journal describes ‘heavy overtones’ of sexual assault in operating room

In an anonymous essay published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week, one physician describes — in graphic detail — what happened to two women when they were asleep in operating rooms. The stories are horrifying.

08/17/2015

A doctor discovers an important question patients should be asked

“What are your goals for your care, and how can I help you?”

08/14/2015

Ben Carson Conducted Research on Fetal Tissue — And Defends It

The discovery of Carson’s past involvement in fetal tissue donation comes on the heels of a piece in the latest issue of the NEJM on the importance of fetal tissue research by R. Alta Charo, JD.

08/13/2015

Evolving Challenges and Research-Needs Concerning Ebola

Publication by Robert Klitzman, M.D., Pofessor of Psychiatry and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University, New York, NY.

08/12/2015

Children and Clinical Research: Ethical Issues

The report contains a number of recommendations on how to increase the involvement of children in research.

08/11/2015

Designing life from scratch: A fledgling field is about to take off

Mother Nature has always been life’s master architect, working off genetic blueprints that are fine-tuned from one generation to the next.

08/10/2015

Yes, It’s True: Women Really Are Freezing Their Tails Off at Work

There’s a logical reason for why temps are more on the frigid side in buildings: The temperature is set for a man’s metabolism, using a decades-old formula.

08/07/2015

This piece highlights the gene-editing system known as CRISPR.

Everyone at the Napa meeting had access to a gene-editing technique called Crispr-Cas9.

08/06/2015

Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete

The final appeals court for global sports further blurred the line separating male and female athletes on Monday, ruling that a common factor in distinguishing the sexes — the level of natural testosterone in an athlete’s body — is insufficient to bar some women from competing against females.

08/05/2015

Stanford bioethicist fights gender tests for female athletes

A final appeals court for global sports has ruled that Chand, a sprinter with the condition hyperandrogenism who was barred from international competition because of her high natural levels of testosterone, must be allowed to compete.

08/04/2015

WHO: Trials show new Ebola vaccine is ‘highly effective’

A newly developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus is “highly effective” and could help prevent its spread in the current and future outbreaks, the World Health Organization said.

08/03/2015

Man dies after police hogtie him at Mississippi concert

The family of a Tennessee man are asking for state and federal help after police hogtied him during an arrest at a concert in Mississippi and he later died, the family’s attorney said Tuesday.

07/31/2015

Flavoring, other additives increase cigarettes’ addictiveness

Ingredients that help enhance the appeal of “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes may contribute to the addictiveness of smoking, a study suggests.

07/30/2015

Romania investigates suspected drug company bribes

Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have conducted a series of searches at drug companies, hospitals and clinics this week to investigate suspected bribes paid to doctors for prescribing cancer drugs.

07/28/2015

Americans report improved health, better healthcare: study

Americans are reporting improved health and better healthcare two years after health insurance became available under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

07/27/2015

Not all new mothers in U.S. get advice on breastfeeding, infant care: survey

Despite medical evidence showing the benefits of breastfeeding and how to prevent cot deaths, some doctors are not passing on the information to new mothers in the United States, researchers said on Monday.

07/27/2015

India set to become world’s most populous country by 2022 – U.N.

India is set to overtake China and become the world’s most populous country in less than a decade – six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

07/22/2015

High on the menu: cannabis spaghetti features at Italian foodfest

Farmers from southern Italy presenting their wares at a London food festival this week say their hemp pasta, oil and bread won’t get you high, but do provide a healthy, tasty alternative to the traditional, wheat variety.

07/21/2015

Kids with psychiatric problems may face struggles as adults

Kids with psychiatric problems may be more likely to have health, legal, financial and social difficulties as adults even when their mental health issues don’t persist beyond childhood, a study suggests.

07/20/2015

Effect of poverty on brains may explain poor kids’ lower test scores

The effect of poverty on children’s brains may explain why poor youngsters tend to score lower on standardized tests compared to wealthier students, a new study suggests.

07/17/2015

Video of Planned Parenthood executive discussing tissue, organ prices sparks abortion firestorm

Last summer, a Planned Parenthood executive dined with representatives of a biomedical company eager to learn how the organization gets fetal tissues and organs to researchers.

07/16/2015

Comment Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Depressed

Smartphones can track fitness, sleep and nutrition, and they might be able to detect depression, too.

07/15/2015

Physician writers share a “global perspective on healing”

When I saw that an event called “Medicine Around the World: Healing from a Global Perspective” was taking place on campus, I thought it would be right up my alley as a medical anthropologist. – See more at: http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/07/14/physician-writers-share-a-global-perspective-on-healing/#sthash.irutvO9w.dpuf

07/14/2015

Cancer survivors may face barriers to adoption

Cancer survivors, who are often left infertile by the disease or treatment, may face unexpected hurdles if they later turn to adoption to start a family, a study suggests.

07/13/2015

Battle over S.F. couple’s frozen embryos heads to court

Mimi Lee holds her dog Toshi at her loft in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday, June 26, 2015. Just days before her wedding in 2010, Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer so she and her new husband agreed to in vitro fertilization and freeze several embryos. After she finished her cancer treatments, her husband told her he wanted a divorce and has since refused to give Lee consent to use the frozen embryos for her last chance to have a biological child and instead, wants the embryos destroyed.

07/10/2015

Scientists Demonstrate Animal Mind-Melds

A single neuron can’t do much on its own, but link billions of them together into a network and you’ve got a brain.