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12/11/2014

Psychologist says U.S. Senate’s CIA report makes false charges

One of the two psychologists who devised the CIA’s harsh Bush-era interrogation methods said on Wednesday that a scathing U.S. Senate report on the torture of foreign terrorism suspects “took things out of context” and made false accusations.

12/11/2014

California study finds abortion complications very rare

Less than one quarter of one percent of abortion procedures result in major complications, a very low rate that is comparable to minor outpatient procedures in the U.S., according to a study of more than 50,000 women.

12/10/2014

Pfizer bets on gene therapy as technology comes of age

Pfizer Inc is moving into the gene therapy space in the latest sign that the technology for fixing faulty genes may finally be ready for prime time, following earlier setbacks.

12/09/2014

Best Way for Professors to Get Good Student Evaluations? Be Male.

Americans think being a man automatically makes you better in the boss department, many professors worry that students just automatically rate male professors as smarter, more authoritative, and more awesome overall just because they are men. Now, a new study out North Carolina State University shows that there is good reason for that concern.

12/08/2014

No increase in risky sexual activity with HPV vaccine

Vaccinating young girls against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) doesn’t lead to an increase in risky sexual activity, a new study shows.

12/04/2014

Scientists map genetic diversity of sub-Saharan Africa

Scientists have made the most comprehensive map yet of African genetic variation and say it should help them learn more about the role genes play in diseases such as malaria, hemorrhagic fever and hypertension in populations there.

12/04/2014

Mental engagement may preserve health literacy in aging

Surfing the net, going to museums or joining a club might have an unexpected side effect: improving the ability of older people to understand drug labels and doctors’ instructions, according to a new study in the UK.

12/03/2014

Heavy drinking raises women’s injury risk more than men’s

Heavy drinking increases the risk of being injured, and far more so for women than men, researchers say.

12/03/2014

Male circumcision benefits outweigh risks, U.S. CDC says

The benefits of male circumcision outweigh the risks, according a long awaited draft of federal guidelines from U.S. health officials released on Tuesday, which indicate that scientific evidence supports recommending the procedure.

12/02/2014

China tobacco monopoly pushes back on smoking curbs

The chief of China’s powerful tobacco monopoly on Monday pushed back against government efforts to curb smoking, a habit the World Health Organization says accounts for as many as a million deaths a year.

12/02/2014

In Senegal, women kill own babies due to strict abortion laws

Strict abortion laws in Senegal are forcing women to seek clandestine abortions and as a last resort kill their own infants, according to a new report by human rights groups.

12/01/2014

Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool

Popular web videos showing that “cats rule and dogs drool” have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking.

12/01/2014

Exclusive: First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record

The Western world’s first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a 1.1 million euro ($1.4 million) price tag, a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease.

11/19/2014

Illumina teams with U.S. government, researchers to sequence Ebola

Gene sequencing equipment maker Illumina has teamed up with the U.S. government and academic researchers at the Broad Institute in Boston to train scientists in West Africa to improve tracking of how the Ebola virus is mutating in hopes of fighting it more effectively.

11/19/2014

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/19/us-health-trials-idUSKCN0J320C20141119

U.S. health officials on Wednesday proposed significantly expanding what researchers are required to report about clinical trials of drugs, devices, and other interventions, addressing concerns that data crucial to patients and physicians is kept secret.

11/18/2014

EmTech: Illumina Says 228,000 Human Genomes Will Be Sequenced This Year

Henry Ford kept lowering the price of cars, and more people kept buying them. The San Diego–based gene sequencing company Illumina has been doing something similar with the tools needed to interpret the human genetic code.

11/18/2014

CDC lays out new plan to counter Ebola exposure in US

Embattled Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director, Dr. Tom Frieden, laid out a new game plan to counter further contamination of health care workers dealing with Ebola patients – including sending rapid response teams to any hospital where a new case is confirmed.

11/17/2014

Access to calorie-counting app doesn’t lead to weight loss

Merely recommending a calorie-counting app to overweight people and giving them access to it on their phones does not lead to weight loss, according to a new study.

11/17/2014

Schools’ preparedness for kids after concussion can vary

When kids are ready to resume classes after being out for a concussion, schools’ preparedness to handle them can vary widely, a new study suggests.

11/13/2014

European space probe marooned in comet’s shadows

A probe that landed on a comet in a first for space exploration has ended up in the shadow of a cliff, about a kilometer (0.6 miles) from its intended resting place, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday.

11/13/2014

Newly Identified Gene Mutations Act Like A Lifetime Of Treatment With Merck Cholesterol Drug

A very large genetic study published in the New England Journal of Medicine offers compelling evidence in support of a central role for LDL cholesterol in coronary heart disease.

11/12/2014

U.S. nurses hold strikes, protests over Ebola measures

Tens of thousands of nurses across the United States staged protest rallies and strikes on Wednesday over what they say is insufficient protection for health workers dealing with patients possibly stricken with the deadly Ebola virus.

11/12/2014

Scientists scour the genomes of people who live past 110

How do some people live past 110 years old? Is it superior genes, clean living, good luck or some combination of those?

11/11/2014

Docs should ask heart patients about secondhand smoke: study

Not all heart disease patients know that secondhand smoke is bad for them – and not all doctors are asking them if they live with a smoker, according to a new study.

11/11/2014

Most smokers with bladder cancer know tobacco was the cause

More than half of bladder cancers in the U.S. are the result of smoking, and 90 percent of smokers with the disease are aware of the connection, according to a new study.

11/10/2014

Medicare proposes covering lung cancer scans for heavy smokers

The U.S. Medicare program is proposing to add lung cancer screening tests for beneficiaries with a history of heavy smoking, the federal government announced on Monday.

11/10/2014

A Plan to Cut Costs and Crime: End Hurdle to Job After Prison

James White had steeled himself for the moment. But when he got to the question on the job application — Have you ever been convicted of a crime? — he shifted nervously in his seat.

11/06/2014

Drugmakers look to push the boundaries of old age

Google’s ambition to defy the limits of ageing has fired up interest in the field, drawing in drug companies who are already quietly pioneering research, despite the regulatory and clinical hurdles that remain.

11/06/2014

Gene patent lawsuit aims to clear up confusion in Canada

Canadian courts have not yet ruled on whether genes can be patented. A lawsuit filed Monday over cardiac disorder Long QT aims to clear that up.

11/05/2014

How Long Have I Got Left?

The path forward would seem obvious, if only I knew how many months or years I had left. Tell me three months, I’d just spend time with family. Tell me one year, I’d have a plan (write that book). Give me 10 years, I’d get back to treating diseases.