Bioethics.net » News http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Fri, 27 May 2016 19:30:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cancer deaths rose during the recession. But why? http://www.bioethics.net/news/cancer-deaths-rose-during-the-recession-but-why/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/cancer-deaths-rose-during-the-recession-but-why/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 09:54:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59273 Cancer deaths rose during the recession. But why?
Source: Washington Post

Wealthy countries experienced a small uptick in cancer deaths during the global economic crisis, according to a new study — an estimated 260,000 excess deaths between 2008 and 2010.

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Antimicrobial Mechanism Gone Rogue May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease http://www.bioethics.net/news/antimicrobial-mechanism-gone-rogue-may-play-role-in-alzheimers-disease/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/antimicrobial-mechanism-gone-rogue-may-play-role-in-alzheimers-disease/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 13:15:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59265 Antimicrobial Mechanism Gone Rogue May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease
Source: Scientific American

General consensus among Alzheimer’s researchers has it that the disease’s main culprit, a protein called amyloid beta, is an unfortunate waste product that is not known to play any useful role in the body—and one that can have devastating consequences. When not properly cleared from the brain it builds up into plaques that destroy synapses, the junctions between nerve cells, resulting in cognitive decline and memory loss. The protein has thus become a major drug target in the search for a cure to Alzheimer’s.

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Despite Pressing Need, Survey Finds Most Americans Unlikely to Enroll in Clinical Trials http://www.bioethics.net/news/despite-pressing-need-survey-finds-most-americans-unlikely-to-enroll-in-clinical-trials/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/despite-pressing-need-survey-finds-most-americans-unlikely-to-enroll-in-clinical-trials/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 13:47:36 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59251 Despite Pressing Need, Survey Finds Most Americans Unlikely to Enroll in Clinical Trials
Source: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

The lack of participation in clinical research may be the Achilles’ heel of today’s cancer community. According to a new survey of more than 1,500 consumers and nearly 600 physicians conducted on behalf of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), only 35 percent of Americans indicated that they were “likely” to enroll in a clinical trial. Other studies have shown that only 4 percent of cancer patients enroll in clinical trials nationally each year.

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Just 5% of Terminally-Ill Cancer Patients Fully Understand Prognosis, Study Finds http://www.bioethics.net/news/just-5-of-terminally-ill-cancer-patients-fully-understand-prognosis-study-finds/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/just-5-of-terminally-ill-cancer-patients-fully-understand-prognosis-study-finds/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 12:36:54 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59229 Just 5% of Terminally-Ill Cancer Patients Fully Understand Prognosis, Study Finds
Source: ABC News

Just a fraction of terminally-ill cancer patients fully understood their prognosis according to a new small study published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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An ‘Added Sugar’ Label Is On The Way For Packaged Food http://www.bioethics.net/news/an-added-sugar-label-is-on-the-way-for-packaged-food/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/an-added-sugar-label-is-on-the-way-for-packaged-food/#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 12:10:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59216 An ‘Added Sugar’ Label Is On The Way For Packaged Food
Source: NPR

The new, redesigned “Nutrition Facts” label is coming. The Food and Drug Administration has announced that the new label will be required on most packaged food by July 2018.

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Nearly a third of women in academic medicine experience sexual harassment http://www.bioethics.net/news/nearly-a-third-of-women-in-academic-medicine-experience-sexual-harassment/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/nearly-a-third-of-women-in-academic-medicine-experience-sexual-harassment/#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 12:49:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59186 Nearly a third of women in academic medicine experience sexual harassment
Source: Reuters

For women in U.S. medical research, sexual harassment is less common than 20 years ago, but it was still experienced by 30 percent of those responding to a new survey, compared to just 4 percent of men, researchers say.

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House GOP presses ahead with Zika measure http://www.bioethics.net/news/house-gop-presses-ahead-with-zika-measure/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/house-gop-presses-ahead-with-zika-measure/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 12:46:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59185 House GOP presses ahead with Zika measure
Source: Washington Post

House Republicans on Wednesday pushed through a $622 million bill to battle the Zika virus, setting up challenging negotiations with the Senate and the White House.

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How Much Time Is Left? Doctors, Loved Ones Often Disagree http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-much-time-is-left-doctors-loved-ones-often-disagree/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-much-time-is-left-doctors-loved-ones-often-disagree/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 12:04:43 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59175 How Much Time Is Left? Doctors, Loved Ones Often Disagree
Source: US News

Loved ones acting on behalf of critically ill patients are often more optimistic about outcomes than physicians. But not necessarily because they don’t grasp the gravity of the case, new research suggests.

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Should Your Doctor Ask If You Own Guns? http://www.bioethics.net/news/should-your-doctor-ask-if-you-own-guns/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/should-your-doctor-ask-if-you-own-guns/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 12:29:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59165 Should Your Doctor Ask If You Own Guns?
Source: Time

Doctors routinely ask if you smoke, and counsel you to wear your seat belt when you’re in a car. Technically, either behavior isn’t any of their business, but they do fall under the umbrella of preventive care. Now Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the violence prevention research program at the University of California Davis, and his colleagues want to add firearms to the office visit for similar reasons.

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Obamacare Rule Bans Discrimination Against Transgender Patients http://www.bioethics.net/news/obamacare-rule-bans-discrimination-against-transgender-patients/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/obamacare-rule-bans-discrimination-against-transgender-patients/#comments Mon, 16 May 2016 11:48:17 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59161 Obamacare Rule Bans Discrimination Against Transgender Patients
Source: Time

The Obama administration has finalized a new rule that bans discrimination against transgender people and all discrimination on the basis of sex within health programs that receive federal funding.

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WHEN DO YOU GIVE UP ON TREATING A CHILD WITH CANCER? http://www.bioethics.net/news/when-do-you-give-up-on-treating-a-child-with-cancer/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/when-do-you-give-up-on-treating-a-child-with-cancer/#comments Fri, 13 May 2016 12:41:49 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59125 WHEN DO YOU GIVE UP ON TREATING A CHILD WITH CANCER?
Source: New York Times

Andrew Levy’s parents knew that the rare and deadly cancer in his blood could not be
beaten, so they began to prepare for the worst. Then something mysterious happened.

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For cholesterol study volunteer, an unsettling discovery in a Science paper: herself http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-cholesterol-study-volunteer-an-unsettling-discovery-in-a-science-paper-herself/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-cholesterol-study-volunteer-an-unsettling-discovery-in-a-science-paper-herself/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 12:14:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59115 For cholesterol study volunteer, an unsettling discovery in a Science paper: herself
Source: Science

When I first meet Rita Woidislawsky at La Colombe, her favorite coffee shop steps from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s upscale Rittenhouse Square, she’s effusive and bracingly direct—hugging patrons she knows, waving to baristas, and quickly finding the one table that’s about to free up. She’s dressed in workout clothes and delights in looking younger than her 68 years, with curly hair and an Israeli accent that’s lingered since she emigrated in her late teens.

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Malaria Vaccine Shows Strongest Protection Yet http://www.bioethics.net/news/malaria-vaccine-shows-strongest-protection-yet/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/malaria-vaccine-shows-strongest-protection-yet/#comments Wed, 11 May 2016 11:35:38 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59111 Malaria Vaccine Shows Strongest Protection Yet
Source: Time

There’s currently no vaccine for malaria, despite the fact that the disease infects 214 million people per year and kills about half a million. But scientists have been working on a vaccine for some time. Now, a new study reveals that an experimental malaria vaccine can protect adults from malaria for up to a year.

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Researcher under fire for New Yorker epigenetics article http://www.bioethics.net/news/researcher-under-fire-for-new-yorker-epigenetics-article/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/researcher-under-fire-for-new-yorker-epigenetics-article/#comments Tue, 10 May 2016 12:07:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59085 Researcher under fire for New Yorker epigenetics article
Source: Nature

A story about epigenetics in the 2 May issue of The New Yorker has been sharply criticized for inaccurately describing how genes are regulated. The article by Siddhartha Mukherjee — a physician, cancer researcher and award-winning author at Columbia University in New York — examines how environmental factors can change the activity of genes without altering the DNA sequence. Jerry Coyne, an evolutionary ecologist at the University of Chicago in Illinois, posted two widely discussed blog posts calling the piece “superficial and misleading”, largely because it ignored key aspects of gene regulation.

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Why this lab-grown human embryo has reignited an old ethical debate http://www.bioethics.net/news/why-this-lab-grown-human-embryo-has-reignited-an-old-ethical-debate/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/why-this-lab-grown-human-embryo-has-reignited-an-old-ethical-debate/#comments Mon, 09 May 2016 12:54:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59076 Why this lab-grown human embryo has reignited an old ethical debate
Source: Science

It’s easy to obey a rule when you don’t have the means to break it. For decades, many countries have permitted human embryos to be studied in the laboratory only up to 14 days after their creation by in vitro fertilization. But—as far as anyone knows—no researcher has ever come close to the limit. The point of implantation, when the embryo attaches to the uterus about 7 days after fertilization, has been an almost insurmountable barrier for researchers culturing human embryos.

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Can A Hospital Tell A Doctor To Stop Talking About Abortion? http://www.bioethics.net/news/can-a-hospital-tell-a-doctor-to-stop-talking-about-abortion/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/can-a-hospital-tell-a-doctor-to-stop-talking-about-abortion/#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 12:37:16 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59046 Can A Hospital Tell A Doctor To Stop Talking About Abortion?
Source: NPR

One of the country’s most outspoken abortion providers has filed a civil rights complaint against the hospital where she works, saying that it has wrongly banned her from giving media interviews.

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Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes Could Slow Spread of Zika Virus http://www.bioethics.net/news/bacteria-infected-mosquitoes-could-slow-spread-of-zika-virus/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/bacteria-infected-mosquitoes-could-slow-spread-of-zika-virus/#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 13:46:49 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59033 Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes Could Slow Spread of Zika Virus
Source: New York Times

If there is ever a contest for Least Appreciated Creature on Earth, first prize should go to a microbe called Wolbachia. The bacterium infects millions of invertebrate species, including spiders, shrimps and parasitic worms, as well as 60 percent of all insect species. Once in residence, Wolbachia co-opts its hosts’ reproductive machinery and often greedily shields them from a variety of competing infections.

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Medical errors may be third leading cause of death in the U.S. http://www.bioethics.net/news/medical-errors-may-be-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-the-u-s/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/medical-errors-may-be-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-the-u-s/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 13:44:10 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=59022 Medical errors may be third leading cause of death in the U.S.
Source: CNN

You’ve heard those hospital horror stories where the surgeon removes the wrong body part or operates on the wrong patient or accidentally leaves medical equipment in the person they were operating on. Even scarier, perhaps, is a new study in the latest edition of BMJ suggesting most medical errors go unobserved, at least in the official record.

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For Hospitals, Prestige Leads To Profits http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-hospitals-prestige-leads-to-profits/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-hospitals-prestige-leads-to-profits/#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 14:11:04 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58999 For Hospitals, Prestige Leads To Profits
Source: Kaiser Health News

When it comes to hospitals, which benefit most from high health care prices? It may sound counter-intuitive, but a group of not-for-profit hospitals appear to be among those doing the best business.

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Feds Act To Help More Ex-Inmates Get Medicaid http://www.bioethics.net/news/feds-act-to-help-more-ex-inmates-get-medicaid/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/feds-act-to-help-more-ex-inmates-get-medicaid/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 13:27:22 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58990 Feds Act To Help More Ex-Inmates Get Medicaid
Source: NPR

Administration officials moved Thursday to improve low Medicaid enrollment for emerging prisoners, urging states to start signups before release and expanding eligibility to thousands of former inmates in halfway houses near the end of their sentences.

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Massachusetts Senate approves under-21 ban on tobacco sales http://www.bioethics.net/news/massachusetts-senate-approves-under-21-ban-on-tobacco-sales/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/massachusetts-senate-approves-under-21-ban-on-tobacco-sales/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:00:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58956 Massachusetts Senate approves under-21 ban on tobacco sales
Source: Washington Post

The Massachusetts Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products across the state, which could make it the second to raise its threshold to 21 years old.

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Taking Sperm From the Dead http://www.bioethics.net/news/taking-sperm-from-the-dead/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/taking-sperm-from-the-dead/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:53:22 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58953 Taking Sperm From the Dead
Source: The Atlantic

Post-mortem sperm extraction gives widows the chance to have children with the recently departed.

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Letters Telling Women About Breast Density Are Often Too Darn Dense http://www.bioethics.net/news/letters-telling-women-about-breast-density-are-often-too-darn-dense/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/letters-telling-women-about-breast-density-are-often-too-darn-dense/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58916 Letters Telling Women About Breast Density Are Often Too Darn Dense
Source: NPR

Over the past decade, states have passed laws intended to help women understand the results of their breast cancer screening mammograms if they have dense breasts. But those notifications can be downright confusing and may, in fact, cause more misunderstanding than understanding.

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Advisers to F.D.A. Vote Against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug http://www.bioethics.net/news/advisers-to-f-d-a-vote-against-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-drug/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/advisers-to-f-d-a-vote-against-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-drug/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:05:28 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58906 Advisers to F.D.A. Vote Against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug
Source: New York Times

In a confrontation between the hopes of desperate patients and clinical trial data, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted on Monday not to recommend approval of what would become the first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Teens most drawn to e-cigarettes by online ads http://www.bioethics.net/news/teens-most-drawn-to-e-cigarettes-by-online-ads/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/teens-most-drawn-to-e-cigarettes-by-online-ads/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:32:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58893 Teens most drawn to e-cigarettes by online ads
Source: Reuters

While many forms of e-cigarette advertising increase the odds that teens will try the devices, a new U.S. study suggests that this generation of digital natives is most enticed by promotions they see online.

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New York Hospital to Pay $2.2 Million Over Unauthorized Filming of 2 Patients http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-york-hospital-to-pay-2-2-million-over-unauthorized-filming-of-2-patients/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-york-hospital-to-pay-2-2-million-over-unauthorized-filming-of-2-patients/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:52:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58862 New York Hospital to Pay $2.2 Million Over Unauthorized Filming of 2 Patients
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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has agreed to pay a $2.2 million penalty to federal regulators for allowing television crews to film two patients without their consent — one who was dying, the other in significant distress. Regulators said on Thursday that the hospital allowed filming to continue even after a medical professional asked that it stop.

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White Americans Are Dying Younger as Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rises http://www.bioethics.net/news/white-americans-are-dying-younger-as-drug-and-alcohol-abuse-rises/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/white-americans-are-dying-younger-as-drug-and-alcohol-abuse-rises/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:28:40 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58851 White Americans Are Dying Younger as Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rises
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Life expectancy declined slightly for white Americans in 2014, according to new federal data, a troubling sign that distress among younger and middle-age whites who are dying at ever-higher rates from drug overdoses is lowering average life spans for the white population as a whole.

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Loneliness can harm your heart, study finds http://www.bioethics.net/news/loneliness-can-harm-your-heart-study-finds/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/loneliness-can-harm-your-heart-study-finds/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:53:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58839 Loneliness can harm your heart, study finds
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Loneliness and social isolation can take a toll on health in a number of ways, and new research shows it may seriously damage the heart. While loneliness has previously been linked to high blood pressure, a compromised immune system, and even an early death, its relationship to heart problems like cardiovascular disease and stroke wasn’t as clear.

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Study Backs Pancreas Cell Transplants for Severe Diabetes http://www.bioethics.net/news/study-backs-pancreas-cell-transplants-for-severe-diabetes/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/study-backs-pancreas-cell-transplants-for-severe-diabetes/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:53:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58821 Study Backs Pancreas Cell Transplants for Severe Diabetes
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Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes — and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval.

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Doctors Unsure About How To Talk With Patients About End-Of-Life Care http://www.bioethics.net/news/doctors-unsure-about-how-to-talk-with-patients-about-end-of-life-care/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/doctors-unsure-about-how-to-talk-with-patients-about-end-of-life-care/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:47:12 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58818 Doctors Unsure About How To Talk With Patients About End-Of-Life Care
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Doctors know it’s important to talk with their patients about end-of-life care. But they’re finding it tough to start those conversations. When they do, they’re not sure what to say, according to a national poll released Thursday.

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Justin Trudeau Seeks to Legalize Assisted Suicide in Canada http://www.bioethics.net/news/justin-trudeau-seeks-to-legalize-assisted-suicide-in-canada/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/justin-trudeau-seeks-to-legalize-assisted-suicide-in-canada/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:58:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58797 Justin Trudeau Seeks to Legalize Assisted Suicide in Canada
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The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation on Thursday to legalize physician-assisted suicide for Canadians with a “serious and incurable illness,” which has brought them “enduring physical or psychological suffering.”

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Theranos Under Fire as U.S. Threatens Crippling Sanctions http://www.bioethics.net/news/theranos-under-fire-as-u-s-threatens-crippling-sanctions/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/theranos-under-fire-as-u-s-threatens-crippling-sanctions/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:33:59 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58772 Theranos Under Fire as U.S. Threatens Crippling Sanctions
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Federal regulators have threatened a series of stiff sanctions against Theranos, the embattled blood-testing company, including closing down its flagship laboratory and potentially barring its chief executive from owning or operating its labs for two years.

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IBM and American Cancer Society Want to Create the Ultimate Cancer Advisor http://www.bioethics.net/news/ibm-and-american-cancer-society-want-to-create-the-ultimate-cancer-advisor/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ibm-and-american-cancer-society-want-to-create-the-ultimate-cancer-advisor/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:11:06 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58757 IBM and American Cancer Society Want to Create the Ultimate Cancer Advisor
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IBM and the American Cancer Society are launching a new partnership that will combine the power of Big Blue’s cognitive computing platform, Watson, with the wealth of cancer research and patient support services provided by the non-profit organization.

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How Do ‘Genetic Superheroes’ Overcome Their Bad DNA? http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-do-genetic-superheroes-overcome-their-bad-dna/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-do-genetic-superheroes-overcome-their-bad-dna/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:00:38 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58732 How Do ‘Genetic Superheroes’ Overcome Their Bad DNA?
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Scientists say they’ve figured out how to track down people they call “genetic superheroes.” These are people who remain healthy even though they were born with genetic mutations that would usually lead to devastating disorders. If enough of these people can be identified and studied, the researchers hope they could yield important new insights into the causes of many genetic disorders and possibly lead to new ways to prevent or treat them.

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Brazilian scientists find new Zika-linked brain disorder in adults http://www.bioethics.net/news/brazilian-scientists-find-new-zika-linked-brain-disorder-in-adults/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/brazilian-scientists-find-new-zika-linked-brain-disorder-in-adults/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:00:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58721 Brazilian scientists find new Zika-linked brain disorder in adults
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Scientists in Brazil have uncovered a new brain disorder associated with Zika infections in adults: an autoimmune syndrome called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM, that attacks the brain and spinal cord.

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Should food labels include exercise ‘equivalents’? http://www.bioethics.net/news/should-food-labels-include-exercise-equivalents/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/should-food-labels-include-exercise-equivalents/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58631 Should food labels include exercise ‘equivalents’?
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Imagine you’re choosing between two different boxes of cookies at the grocery store. One has a label informing you that you could burn off the calories in a serving by jogging for 10 minutes, while the label on the other box says you would have to jog for 20 minutes. Would that help you decide which cookie to buy?

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The DEA will decide whether to change course on marijuana by July http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-dea-will-decide-whether-to-change-course-on-marijuana-by-july/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-dea-will-decide-whether-to-change-course-on-marijuana-by-july/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:53:40 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58623 The DEA will decide whether to change course on marijuana by July
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In a lengthy memo to lawmakers, the Drug Enforcement Administration said it hopes to decide whether to change the federal status of marijuana “in the first half of 2016.”

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Diabetes cases reach 422 million as poorer countries see steep rises http://www.bioethics.net/news/diabetes-cases-reach-422-million-as-poorer-countries-see-steep-rises/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/diabetes-cases-reach-422-million-as-poorer-countries-see-steep-rises/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 13:43:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58601 Diabetes cases reach 422 million as poorer countries see steep rises
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The number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled worldwide in under four decades to 422 million, and the condition is fast becoming a major problem in poorer countries, a World Health Organization study showed on Wednesday.

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The disturbing reason some African American patients may be undertreated for pain http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-disturbing-reason-some-african-american-patients-may-be-undertreated-for-pain/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-disturbing-reason-some-african-american-patients-may-be-undertreated-for-pain/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:11:38 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58591 The disturbing reason some African American patients may be undertreated for pain
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African Americans are routinely under-treated for their pain compared with whites, according to research. A study released Monday sheds some disturbing light on why that might be the case.

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Exclusive: Makers took big price increases on widely used U.S. drugs http://www.bioethics.net/news/exclusive-makers-took-big-price-increases-on-widely-used-u-s-drugs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/exclusive-makers-took-big-price-increases-on-widely-used-u-s-drugs/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2016 14:10:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58583 Exclusive: Makers took big price increases on widely used U.S. drugs
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Major drug companies took hefty price increases in the U.S., in some cases more than doubling listed charges, for widely used medications over the past five years, a Reuters analysis of proprietary data found.

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WHO sees scientific consensus on Zika as cause for disorders http://www.bioethics.net/news/who-sees-scientific-consensus-on-zika-as-cause-for-disorders/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/who-sees-scientific-consensus-on-zika-as-cause-for-disorders/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:41:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58539 WHO sees scientific consensus on Zika as cause for disorders
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Researchers around the world are now convinced the Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The statement represented the U.N. health agency’s strongest language to date on the connection between the mosquito-borne virus and the two maladies.

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F.D.A. Eases Requirements on Abortion Pill Label http://www.bioethics.net/news/f-d-a-eases-requirements-on-abortion-pill-label/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/f-d-a-eases-requirements-on-abortion-pill-label/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:37:58 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58516 F.D.A. Eases Requirements on Abortion Pill Label
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The Food and Drug Administration stepped into the politics of abortion on Wednesday, relaxing the requirements for taking a medication that induces abortion, a move that is expected to expand access to the procedure.

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Is Ebola Hiding in the Eyes of Survivors? http://www.bioethics.net/news/is-ebola-hiding-in-the-eyes-of-survivors/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/is-ebola-hiding-in-the-eyes-of-survivors/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:12:41 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58509 Is Ebola Hiding in the Eyes of Survivors?
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Some West Africans who have beat the deadly disease are now going blind—and doctors, unsure if treatment would unleash the virus back into the population, are powerless to help them.

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Blood Test for Concussions? Researchers Report Some Progress http://www.bioethics.net/news/blood-test-for-concussions-researchers-report-some-progress/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/blood-test-for-concussions-researchers-report-some-progress/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:42:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58489 Blood Test for Concussions? Researchers Report Some Progress
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New research bolsters evidence that a simple blood test may someday be used to detect concussions. It suggests that a protein linked with head trauma may be present in blood up to a week after injury, which could help diagnose patients who delay seeking treatment.

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Choosing to die at home does not hasten death for patients with terminal cancer http://www.bioethics.net/news/choosing-to-die-at-home-does-not-hasten-death-for-patients-with-terminal-cancer/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/choosing-to-die-at-home-does-not-hasten-death-for-patients-with-terminal-cancer/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:46:34 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58472 Choosing to die at home does not hasten death for patients with terminal cancer
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A large study from Japan found that cancer patients who died at home tended to live longer than those who died in hospitals. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that oncologists should not hesitate to refer patients for home-based palliative care simply because less medical treatment may be provided.

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Most Americans Would Donate a Kidney for Cash http://www.bioethics.net/news/most-americans-would-donate-a-kidney-for-cash/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/most-americans-would-donate-a-kidney-for-cash/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:39:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58450 Most Americans Would Donate a Kidney for Cash
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For more than 20 years, it’s been illegal to give or accept money for organ donation in the U.S. The law was intended to prevent wealthy patients from having a better chance of receiving donor organs than their less affluent counterparts. As a result, many experts say there is now a shortage of most organs. Case in point: kidneys, the only full organ that can be transplanted from someone who is still alive and not significantly impact the donor’s long-term health. Deaths from end-stage renal disease can easily be prevented with a donor, but the line for one is very long.

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Pretty Much Nobody In The U.S. Leads A Healthy Lifestyle http://www.bioethics.net/news/pretty-much-nobody-in-the-u-s-leads-a-healthy-lifestyle/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/pretty-much-nobody-in-the-u-s-leads-a-healthy-lifestyle/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:36:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58449 Pretty Much Nobody In The U.S. Leads A Healthy Lifestyle
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Only 2.7 percent of U.S. adults hit the four key metrics of living a healthy lifestyle — abstaining from smoking, eating well, exercising and maintaining a healthy body fat percentage — according to a disheartening new study.

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FDA Takes Important Step to Increase the Development of, and Access to, Abuse-Deterrent Opioids http://www.bioethics.net/news/fda-takes-important-step-to-increase-the-development-of-and-access-to-abuse-deterrent-opioids/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fda-takes-important-step-to-increase-the-development-of-and-access-to-abuse-deterrent-opioids/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:14:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58444 FDA Takes Important Step to Increase the Development of, and Access to, Abuse-Deterrent Opioids
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a draft guidance intended to support industry in their development of generic versions of approved opioids with abuse-deterrent formulations (ADF) while ensuring that generic ADF opioids are no less abuse-deterrent than the brand-name drug. Today’s actions are among a number of steps the agency recently outlined in an action plan to reassess its approach to opioid medications. The plan is focused on policies aimed at reversing the epidemic, while still providing patients in pain access to effective relief.

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FDA Now Requires ‘Black Box’ Warning on Painkillers http://www.bioethics.net/news/fda-now-requires-black-box-warning-on-painkillers/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fda-now-requires-black-box-warning-on-painkillers/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:07:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58428 FDA Now Requires ‘Black Box’ Warning on Painkillers
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In an attempt to help slow the prescription drug abuse epidemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that immediate-release opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and fentanyl will now have to carry a “black box” warning about the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death.

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In Conservative Indiana, Medicaid Expansion Makes Poorest Pay http://www.bioethics.net/news/in-conservative-indiana-medicaid-expansion-makes-poorest-pay/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/in-conservative-indiana-medicaid-expansion-makes-poorest-pay/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:00:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58412 In Conservative Indiana, Medicaid Expansion Makes Poorest Pay
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Reginald Rogers owes his dentist a debt of gratitude for his new dentures, but no money.  Indiana’s Medicaid program has them covered, a godsend for the almost-toothless former steelworker who hasn’t held a steady job for years and lives in his daughter’s basement.

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