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02/04/2016

Safe Harbor ripped and replaced with Privacy Shield in last-minute US-Europe deal

“For the first time ever, the United States has given the EU binding assurances that the access of public authorities for national security purposes will be subject to clear limitations, safeguards and oversight mechanisms,” said Europe’s justice commissioner Věra Jourová.

02/03/2016

Ethicists approve “3 parent” embryos to stop diseases, but congressional ban remains

An elite panel of scientists and bioethicists offered guarded approval Wednesday of a novel form of genetic engineering that could prevent congenital diseases but would result in babies with genetic material from three parents.

02/02/2016

Less than half of U.S. kids under age two fully vaccinated against flu

Less than half of children under age 2 years are fully vaccinated against influenza despite a dramatic surge in immunization rates over the past decade, a U.S. study finds.

02/01/2016

Tribes’ Win in Fight for La Jolla Bones Clouds Hopes for DNA Studies

The San Diego Archaeology Center holds a pair of extraordinary skeletons. Dating back about 9,500 years, they are among the oldest human remains ever found in the Americas.

01/29/2016

Landmark schizophrenia study expands on gene link, timing

Scientists say they have broken new ground in the study of schizophrenia, uncovering a potentially powerful genetic contributor to the mental disorder and helping to explain why its symptoms of confused and delusional thinking most often reach a crisis state as a person nears the cusp of adulthood.

01/28/2016

Can monkeys help unravel the mysteries of autism?

Chinese scientists report they’ve created monkeys that carry a gene linked to autism-like behaviors.

01/27/2016

Big Pharma’s bet on Big Data creates opportunities and risks

The Swiss drugmaker has teamed up with U.S. technology firm Qualcomm to develop an internet-connected inhaler that can send information about how often it is used to remote computer servers known as the cloud.

01/26/2016

Our Official Dietary Guidelines Are Useless

Every five years, numerous dietary experts are tasked with putting together a summary of the most up-to-date nutritional science. Their end product is intended to be a series of dietary recommendations that will help public-health agencies, health-care providers, and educational institutions create federal nutrition policy, health programs and disease-prevention initiatives.

01/25/2016

Pets on Prozac: Dogs Take Medication to Help with Separation Anxiety

A video she recorded after she left the dog alone for five hours showed Hachi in a full-blown panic attack, opening the refrigerator door and pulling items out.

01/22/2016

Animals Have More Empathy Than Previously Thought

Humans are not the only species that console their dear ones. In this recent study, researchers found that prairie voles console their loved ones who are under stress. It turns out that oxytocin, the famous “love hormone,” is the factor behind this mechanism.

01/21/2016

Darpa ‘already implanting chips in brains of wounded US soldiers returning from Middle East’

A new book written about the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) says that wounded soldiers returning from campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq are having computer chips implanted in their brains to help them heal.

01/20/2016

Breast cancer screening recommendations clarify science but muddy political waters

The experts who sparked a passionate debate over the value of mammograms as a tool to screen for breast cancer are doubling down on the recommendations that earned them the ire of cancer groups, women’s groups and a large contingent in Congress.

01/19/2016

Privacy and Information Sharing

Most Americans see privacy issues in commercial settings as contingent and context-dependent. A new Pew Research Center study based on a survey of 461 U.S. adults and nine online focus groups of 80 people finds that there are a variety of circumstances under which many Americans would share personal information or permit surveillance in return for getting something of perceived value.

01/16/2016

French Drug Trial Disaster Leaves One Brain Dead, Five Injured

One person has been left brain dead and five others are in serious condition after taking part in the clinical trial of an experimental painkiller made by Portuguese drug company Bial, the French Health Ministry said on Friday.

01/15/2016

Heart doctors outraged Florida dumps hospital standards after big gifts to GOP

The state of Florida is putting thousands of children with heart defects at risk, a group of cardiac doctors say, because of a change in policy that came after Tenet Healthcare contributed $200,000 to Florida Republicans.

01/14/2016

First children diagnosed in DNA project

The first children with debilitating “mystery” diseases have finally been given a diagnosis as part of a huge scheme to analyse people’s DNA.

01/13/2016

Unintended second pregnancies could be avoided

Most unintended pregnancies within two years of a woman giving birth could have been prevented or postponed if women had access to the long-acting contraception of their choice, according to a study in Texas.

01/12/2016

Bay Area biologist’s gene-editing kit lets do-it-yourselfers play God at the kitchen table

On the kitchen table of his cramped apartment, Josiah Zayner is performing the feat that is transforming biology.

01/11/2016

Illumina Launches Firm to Develop NGS Blood-Based Screening Test for Early Cancer Detection

Illumina Launches Firm to Develop NGS Blood-Based Screening Test for Early Cancer Detection

01/07/2016

Does cancer screening save lives? Unclear, researchers say

Bigger studies are needed to tell whether cancer screening really saves lives, according to a new analysis.

01/06/2016

ORI Names New Director

More than a year and a half after its last director resigned, the Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is getting a new leader, according to The Report on Research Compliance, which broke the news last week (December 3).

01/05/2016

Your health records are supposed to be private. They aren’t.

The federal law that protects health information is violated often and easily, and it’s hardly ever enforced.

01/04/2016

Stanford bringing gene editing to patients with deadly diseases

Tiny vials of recently repaired blood cells are thriving in a Stanford incubator, proof that a powerful new gene-editing technique is fixing errant genes that cause so much human suffering.

 

12/11/2015

CDC: Too few schools meet recommendations for sex education

“Lack of effective sex education can have very real, very serious health consequences,” said Dr. Stephanie Zaza, director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, in a press release.

12/10/2015

U.S. mentally ill 16 times more likely to be killed by police: study

Americans with severe mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by police than other civilians, a study by an advocacy group said on Thursday.

12/09/2015

U.S. teens don’t exercise enough at school

Even though teens get more exercise at school than anywhere else, it still isn’t enough to meet minimum daily activity levels recommended for good physical and mental health, a U.S. study suggests.

12/08/2015

More than half of U.S. doctors experience burnout

Burnout among U.S. doctors is becoming more common and now affects more than half of practicing physicians, according to a new study.  About 54 percent of U.S. doctors experienced at least one symptom of burnout in 2014, compared to about 46 percent of doctors in 2011, researchers report in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

12/07/2015

Zafgen halts obesity drug trial after second patient death

Zafgen Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was putting a late-stage study testing its experimental obesity drug on complete hold after a second patient died during the trial.

12/04/2015

No Planned Parenthood cut-off in Republicans’ spending draft: Pelosi

Despite pledges by some conservative Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood, House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said no such proposal was included in a draft government funding bill sent to her this week.

12/03/2015

This Technology Can Fight Cancer And Create Adorable Mini Pigs. So Why Are Scientists So Worried?

As any number of magazine articles and news stories from recent months have noted, we are in the midst of a major genetic revolution. Thanks to a gene-editing technique called Crispr-Cas9, it is now not only possible, but easy, cheap and fast, to change, delete or replace genes in any plant or animal, including people.