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09/16/2014

This Startup Could Turn Your iPhone Into a Tiny Disease-Detecting Lab

A mobile phone can do so many things. At any given moment, it can be a camera, a game console, a GPS, or a flashlight, just to name a few of its many guises. But Max Perelman wants to add another. He wants to turn the average iPhone into a tiny laboratory.

09/16/2014

Thousands Of People Oblivious To Fact That Anyone On The Internet Can Access Their Computers

Paul McMillan sent his winged monkey scanners out looking for computers that have remote access software on them, but no password. In just that short hour, the results came pouring in: thousands of computers on port 5900 using a program called VNC for remote access.

09/15/2014

Insurance giants creating massive database of patient records

Two of California’s largest health insurers are partnering to create a massive database of patient medical records.  But the system faces significant technological challenges and privacy concerns.

09/15/2014

A New Study Supports Female Athletes Unfairly Excluded From Sport

I’ve had the pleasure of having a few pieces published on in Slate, in particular in Outward. None have had as much response, good and bad, as my rant against the current International Olympic Committee policy that bans women with high natural testosterone levels from competing in women’s events.

09/11/2014

Health Reform Watch: Study finds fewer deaths after MA health reform

In this edition of Health Reform Watch: Harvard Asst. Professor Ben Sommers explains his widely-quoted study showing a measurable drop in adult deaths in Massachusetts in the wake of the state’s health reform program, the model for the Affordable Care Act.

09/11/2014

Scientists ‘reset’ stem cells to study start of human development

British and Japanese scientists have managed to “reset” human stem cells to their earliest state, opening up a new realm of research into the start of human development and potentially life-saving regenerative medicines.

09/10/2014

Planet of the apes: Gibbons are last ape to have genome revealed

Gibbons – the small, long-armed tree swingers that inhabit the dense tropical forests of Southeast Asia – have become the last of the planet’s apes to have their genetic secrets revealed.

09/10/2014

NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing

The National Institutes of Health has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the privacy of research participants.

09/09/2014

Eating is addictive but sugar and fat are not like drugs, study says

There has been a major debate over whether sugar is addictive. There is currently very little evidence to support the idea that any ingredient, food item, additive or combination of ingredients has addictive properties.

09/09/2014

Early treatment may significantly decrease autism symptoms by age 3

A promising new study suggests that treatment for infants who show early signs of autism can essentially eliminate developmental delays for those children by the time they reach age 3.

09/09/2014

Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High Amid Fears of CO2 Saturation Point

Data suggest natural “carbon sinks” may be nearing exhaustion, say some scientists, although others disagree.

09/08/2014

Top U.S. health adviser wants end to partisan fighting over Obamacare

President Barack Obama’s top health adviser on Monday called for an end to partisan bickering over Obamacare, saying the public and businesses are sending a clear message to Washington that it is time to move on with implementing the law.

09/08/2014

Multitasking Gene May Help Drone Operators Control Robotic Swarms

A genetic variant that keeps dopamine levels high could lead to personalized training and also benefit personnel in ERs and air traffic control towers.

08/26/2014

Happiness study draws frowns from critics

A high-profile 2013 study that concluded that different kinds of happiness are associated with dramatically different patterns of gene activity is fatally flawed, according to an analysis published on Monday which tore into its target with language rarely seen in science journals.

08/26/2014

New recommendations for overweight people with heart risks

Overweight patients with risk factors for heart disease should be sent by their doctors for “intensive behavioral counseling” about diet or exercise, according to new recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

08/25/2014

Do sleepy teens need later school start times? Pediatricians say yes

The American Academy of Pediatrics declared the chronic sleepiness of our nation’s teenagers a public health issue in a policy statement Monday.

08/25/2014

E-Cigarettes Worth Try to Quit Smoking, Heart Group Says

The American Heart Association, in a policy statement released today, said physicians shouldn’t discourage e-cigarette use as a last resort to drop a smoking habit.

08/25/2014

Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Pot

States that have legalized medical marijuana tend to experience an unexpected benefit — fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, a new study suggests.

08/21/2014

California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday.

08/20/2014

‘Mission Blue’ film charts scientist’s quest to save oceans

From the Galapagos Islands to Australia’s Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary “Mission Blue” navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet’s threatened seas.

08/20/2014

California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations

California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state’s rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as tubal ligation from incarcerated women.

08/19/2014

NSA’s ‘MonsterMind’ Could Automate Cyberwar

The plan to build a cybersecurity machine that would monitor all private communications coming into the U.S. for attacks and retaliate without human involvement was the last straw that led Snowden to become a whistleblower, he told Wired in an interview.

08/19/2014

Westboro Baptist Church’s Plan To Protest Robin Williams’ Funeral Thwarted By Love

The Westboro Baptist Church is trying to spread its vile message of intolerance with a disgraceful protest of Robin Williams’ funeral, but Planting Peace is not letting the hate take root.

08/19/2014

These Medical Apps Have Doctors and the FDA Worried

Iltifat Husain has seen an awful lot of sickness and injury during his time as an emergency room doctor, but lately, he’s worried about something new. He’s worried about the ill effects of mobile healthcare apps.

08/18/2014

New York City council speaker reveals HPV diagnosis to raise awareness

The speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, announced at the weekend that she has a “high-risk” form of HPV to try to raise awareness about the common but often stigmatized sexually transmitted infection.

08/15/2014

Thailand stops US and Australian couples leaving with surrogate babies: advocate

U.S. and Australian couples attempting to leave Thailand with babies born by surrogate mothers have been stopped at the airport and prevented from leaving the country in recent days, an Australian surrogacy advocate said on Friday.

08/14/2014

Pot-Smoking Mom Fights to Breastfeed. What Are the Risks?

A new mom in Portland, Ore., said she was barred from breastfeeding her premature newborn because she is a regular user of medical marijuana. “They’re refusing to allow me to breastfeed,” Crystal Cain told local news station KATU, referring to officials at Oregon Health Science University.

08/14/2014

Ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola virus disease (EVD)

Ebola outbreaks can be contained using available interventions like early detection and isolation, contact tracing and monitoring, and adherence to rigorous procedures of infection control. However, a specific treatment or vaccine would be a potent asset to counter the virus.

08/13/2014

Film documents rise and fall of a genome matching service – and poses tough ethical questions

When I think of “science fiction,” I picture three-eyed aliens with purple-and-gold tentacles — not the disturbing demise of a man, and a company, depicted in the film “The Perfect 46.”

08/12/2014

Japan scientist in discredited stem-cell research dead in suicide

A Japanese researcher at the center of discredited research that was initially hailed as a potential breakthrough for stem-cell treatment, killed himself after months of stress and exhaustion, officials said on Tuesday.