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04/16/2014

New fathers may need help with depression: study

Becoming a father may raise a young man’s risk of depression, according to a new U.S. study that suggests helping men at this stage could improve the wellbeing of entire families.

04/16/2014

Tobacco on TV tied to adult smoking rates

Even though smoking appears far less frequently in U.S. television shows than it used to, its portrayal may still be triggering the urge in adult smokers, according to a new study.

04/16/2014

For kids, moving can be mentally tough

Moving to a new area may be hard on the mental health of children, especially adolescents, according to a new U.S. study.

04/16/2014

National event urges Americans to plan for the end

With taxes filed, Americans today are being asked to consider life’s other certainty: death, and the myriad complications that often now accompany it.

04/16/2014

Is a patient ‘vegetative?’ The crucial answer may be quite wrong.

It seems as if barely a year goes by without a painful, public and often politicized controversy over whether or not someone is in a “vegetative state,” beyond consciousness and some say the need for life support. The most famous case was that of Terri Schiavo in 1990.

04/07/2014

Simple Blood Test To Spot Early Lung Cancer Getting Closer

One of these days, there could well be a simple blood test that can help diagnose and track cancers. We aren’t there yet, but a burst of research in this area shows we are getting a lot closer.

04/07/2014

Breast Ca Growth Slowed by CDK4/6 Inhibitors

Progression-free survival (PFS) in metastatic breast cancer doubled in women who received a new class of targeted therapy in addition to standard hormonal therapy, a randomized trial showed.

04/03/2014

112 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Chase Reconstructed In 3D, Image Has Many ‘Depths And Impressions’

A dinosaur chase that took place 112 million years ago has been reconstructed using 3D imagery.

04/03/2014

An FDA Update For 23andMe Customers

Over the last few months we’ve heard from many of you asking about where 23andMe stands in the FDA authorization process, so here is the latest.

04/02/2014

Guidance published on informing study participants about findings with potential health implications

In the course of a study involving human participants, it is possible that researchers may make a finding that has potential health or reproductive implications for an individual participant.

04/02/2014

Scientists hail synthetic chromosome advance

Previously synthetic DNA has been designed and made for simpler organisms such as bacteria.  As a form of life whose cells contain a nucleus, yeast is related to plants and animals and shares 2,000 genes with us.

04/02/2014

PatientsLikeMe Launches “Data for Good” Campaign to Encourage Health Data Sharing to Advance Medicine

Today, PatientsLikeMe kicks off a new campaign promoting the value of sharing health information to advance research.

04/02/2014

Why I, a founder of PLOS, am forsaking open access

I co-founded the Public Library of Science (PLOS) in 2002 because I believed deeply that the open access publishing model…But in the last few weeks I have had a major change of heart.

04/01/2014

Spite Is Good. Spite Works.

The “Iliad” may be a giant of Western literature, yet its plot hinges on a human impulse normally thought petty: spite.

03/31/2014

Japan’s whaling program not for scientific purposes, rules International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan’s whaling program in the Antarctic is not for scientific purposes and has forbidden the granting of further whaling permits.

03/31/2014

Human Faces Can Express at Least 21 Distinct Emotions

Distinct facial muscles were used to express compound emotions.

03/31/2014

Smoking bans can help kids’ health, researchers say

If legislation banning smoking protects people from disease, then the proportion of the world population covered by such laws is too low – just 16%, according to researchers.

03/28/2014

At U.N. climate talks, many seek sterner warnings of GDP losses

Many governments want sterner warnings of probable economic damage from global warming in a draft U.N. report due on Monday, saying that existing estimates of trillions of dollars in losses are only part of the picture.

03/28/2014

Mother of brain-dead Jahi McMath says daughter is ‘still sleeping’

The mother of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain dead by multiple neurologists more than three months ago, insisted Thursday that her daughter was “asleep” and “blossoming into a teenager.”

03/27/2014

Yahoo updates methodology in new transparency report

The company changes how it tallies government requests for data in its second transparency report, following tech firm push back over the past year.

03/27/2014

Gene Gurus Create Synthetic Yeast Chromosome From Scratch

Geneticists say they’ve built a working yeast chromosome from the bottom up for the first time — a feat that could open the way for custom-made biofactories that churn out fuels and pharmaceuticals.

03/27/2014

CDC: 1 in 68 U.S. children has autism

One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

03/26/2014

Scientists publish “navigation maps” for human genome

A large international team of scientists has built the clearest picture yet of how human genes are regulated in the vast array of cell types in the body – work that should help researchers target genes linked to disease.

03/26/2014

How your brain makes moral judgments

Imagine a CEO wants to profit from a venture that, by the way, involves emitting pollution toxic to the environment, but she doesn’t care because the goal is profit.

03/25/2014

Marijuana pills and sprays ease MS symptoms

There is no cure for the condition, and therapies have proven difficult, as many have serious side effects. But now, relief may come in the form of a medical marijuana pill.

03/25/2014

Air Pollution Kills 7 Million People Every Year, World Health Organization Report Finds

Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves.

03/24/2014

Cardiff University thyroid IQ theory ‘could help children’

Children at risk of developing a low IQ could be helped by genetic screening, Cardiff University researchers say.

03/24/2014

Crowdsourcing medical decisions: Ethicists worry Josh Hardy case may set bad precedent

Just hours after social-media supporters of a dying 7-year-old boy pressured a reluctant biotech company into giving him an experimental medication, the backlash began.

03/21/2014

Ocean Conservation Group: 20 Percent of All Captured Fish is Trashed

Oceana is the largest international organization that focuses solely on ocean conservation. Their latest report reveals sobering news about commercial fishing in the United States.

03/21/2014

Hawaii police urge lawmakers to let undercover cops have sex with prostitutes