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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.

07/09/2015

Healthier meals do cost families more

Shopping for healthier groceries, like whole wheat bread instead of white bread and lean meat instead of fattier cuts, would cost a family of four about $1,500 more a year at their regular stores, according to a new U.S. study.

07/08/2015

California assisted suicide bill stalls before committee

A contentious physician-assisted suicide bill that would allow some terminally ill patients in California to legally obtain medication to end their lives has stalled, state lawmakers said on Tuesday, amid staunch opposition from religious leaders.

07/07/2015

Increase taxes on tobacco products to curb demand: WHO

Even as India made progress in increasing taxes on cigarettes between 2012-14, it has little effect as the “modest hikes” were compensated by relatively higher income growth, a WHO report today said, urging nations across the globe to raise taxes on tobacco products to reduce its consumption.

07/06/2015

What remains unsaid about assisted suicide

Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will hint, vaguely, how to do it.

07/02/2015

A Scientific Ethical Divide Between China and West

China is spending hundreds of billions of dollars annually in an effort to become a leader in biomedical research, building scores of laboratories and training thousands of scientists.

07/01/2015

California Mom Christy O’Donnell Fights to Die on Her Own Terms

A terminally ill single mom who has been given months to live is fighting the state of California for the right to die. Now, a judge has ordered an expedited review of her suit, which will be heard later this month.

06/30/2015

Supreme Court Allows Use of Controversial Sedative for Lethal Injection

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the case of Glossip v. Gross, deciding that it is indeed constitutional to use the controversial execution drug midazolam for death penalty sentences fulfilled by lethal injection — the same drug that was used as a sedative in botched executions over the last two years.

06/29/2015

U.S. Congress Moves to Block Human Embryo Editing

The US House of Representatives is wading into the debate over whether human embryos should be modified to introduce heritable changes. Its fiscal year 2016 spending bill for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would prohibit the agency from spending money to evaluate research or clinical applications for such products.

06/26/2015

U.S. Supreme Court upholds federal health care law

Three years after narrowly surviving a legal challenge, President Obama’s signature health insurance law faced another threat to its survival in much of the nation Thursday before a U.S. Supreme Court led by conservative Republican appointees. The health law prevailed, with something to spare, an apparent signal of its future endurance.

06/25/2015

Ancient American genome rekindles legal row

The genome of a famous 8,500-year-old North American skeleton, known as Kennewick Man, shows that he is closely related to Native American tribes that have for decades been seeking to bury his bones. The finding, reported today in Nature1, seems likely to rekindle a legal dispute between the tribes and the researchers who want to keep studying the skeleton. Yet it comes at a time when many scientists — including those studying Kennewick Man — are trying to move past such controversies by inviting Native Americans to take part in their research.

06/24/2015

DNA links Kennewick Man to Native Americans

The skull in the eroded riverbank belonged to a man with a narrow, projecting face. The archeologist who excavated the bones along the Columbia River near Kennewick, Wash., thought he was looking at the remains of a white man, probably a pioneer. Then further analysis showed the skeleton to be thousands of years old. Confusion reigned. People asked: What was a white man doing in the Pacific Northwest back in the Stone Age?

06/23/2015

California bill gives terminally ill patients Right To Try experimental drugs

Not long after he was diagnosed with ALS, Jim Barber clung to a small dose of hope: The East Bay resident became eligible to enter a 5-year-long clinical trial for a drug that sought to slow the progression of the incurable neurodegenerative, life-sapping disease.

06/22/2015

In old age, current and former smokers face early lung disease

There may be 35 million older Americans with undiagnosed lung disease due to cigarette smoking, a new study suggests.

06/19/2015

The Government Has No Backup Plan If Court Rules Against Obamacare

Millions of Americans could lose their insurance if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against President Barack Obama on his health-care law. And with the decision due in the next two weeks, the government has no backup plan.

06/18/2015

Brain implant trials raise ethical concerns

In 1980, an 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy had an electrical stimulator implanted into his cerebellum to treat the involuntary muscle contractions that contorted his body. Once the device was switched on, the boy’s erratic movements calmed.

06/17/2015

Trans fats may hurt memory, too

Artificial trans fats in processed foods, which were all but banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week, may interfere with memory, according to a new study.

06/16/2015

Fifteen years after smokers quit, heart failure risk may fall to normal

For most former smokers who quit at least 15 years ago, the risks of heart failure and death are the same as those of someone who never smoked, according to a new U.S. study.

06/15/2015

Cigarettes linked to half of deaths from 12 common cancers

Roughly half of deaths from 12 smoking-related cancers may be linked directly to cigarette use, a U.S. study estimates.

06/11/2015

Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed years later

Being bullied in adolescence may make kids more vulnerable to depression in early adulthood and explain almost a third of depression burden at that age, according to a new study in the U.K.

06/10/2015

Health Woman Bears Child From Ovarian Tissue Frozen When She Was 13

A 27-year-old Belgian woman, who was left infertile after chemotherapy, was able to give birth to a healthy baby boy thanks to a groundbreaking procedure that utilized her ovarian tissue frozen 14 years ago.

06/09/2015

Experts Slam Sports Policies That Ban Women With High Testosterone

The so-called “sex gap” in testosterone — the typical difference between men and women in blood levels of the hormone — shouldn’t be used to determine who is and isn’t a female athlete, according to a commentary published Thursday in the journal Science.