Bioethics.net » News http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:08:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Cancer sniffing dogs to aid British doctors http://www.bioethics.net/news/cancer-sniffing-dogs-to-aid-british-doctors/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/cancer-sniffing-dogs-to-aid-british-doctors/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:08:58 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56222 Cancer sniffing dogs to aid British doctors
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They’re known as man’s best friend; but dogs could soon also be their greatest ally in the fight against prostate cancer. Britain’s National Health Service recently approved a trial for dogs capable of sniffing out prostate cancer in the hope that it could show up inaccuracies in the current PSA (prostate specific antigen) test.

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Veterans discharged for misconduct have higher risk of homelessness http://www.bioethics.net/news/veterans-discharged-for-misconduct-have-higher-risk-of-homelessness/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/veterans-discharged-for-misconduct-have-higher-risk-of-homelessness/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:06:17 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56221 Veterans discharged for misconduct have higher risk of homelessness
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U.S. veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq who were discharged due to misconduct are more likely to be homeless than other returning vets, according to a new study.

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Multiple sclerosis linked to lower levels of vitamin D http://www.bioethics.net/news/multiple-sclerosis-linked-to-lower-levels-of-vitamin-d/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/multiple-sclerosis-linked-to-lower-levels-of-vitamin-d/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:03:12 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56219 Multiple sclerosis linked to lower levels of vitamin D
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Researches have shown that individuals deficient in vitamin D may be susceptible to multiple sclerosis.

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Women, minorities still underrepresented in medical specialties http://www.bioethics.net/news/women-minorities-still-underrepresented-in-medical-specialties/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/women-minorities-still-underrepresented-in-medical-specialties/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:05:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56220 Women, minorities still underrepresented in medical specialties
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Too few women and minorities are entering certain medical specialties in the U.S., researchers say.

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Legal case tests religious hospitals’ right to deny procedures http://www.bioethics.net/news/legal-case-tests-religious-hospitals-right-to-deny-procedures/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/legal-case-tests-religious-hospitals-right-to-deny-procedures/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:33:58 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56218 Legal case tests religious hospitals’ right to deny procedures
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Rachel Miller, due to have her second child in late September, agreed with her husband that this would be her last pregnancy and decided she would be sterilized by tubal ligation after giving birth. But her hospital in Redding, owned by Dignity Health in San Francisco, refused to allow her doctor to perform the procedure, saying tubal ligation violates the ethical principles of Catholic health care facilities.

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In graphic detail, medical journal describes ‘heavy overtones’ of sexual assault in operating room http://www.bioethics.net/news/in-graphic-detail-medical-journal-describes-heavy-overtones-of-sexual-assault-in-operating-room/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/in-graphic-detail-medical-journal-describes-heavy-overtones-of-sexual-assault-in-operating-room/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:02:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56135 In graphic detail, medical journal describes ‘heavy overtones’ of sexual assault in operating room
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In an anonymous essay published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week, one physician describes — in graphic detail — what happened to two women when they were asleep in operating rooms. The stories are horrifying.

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A doctor discovers an important question patients should be asked http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-doctor-discovers-an-important-question-patients-should-be-asked/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-doctor-discovers-an-important-question-patients-should-be-asked/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:06:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56136 A doctor discovers an important question patients should be asked
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“What are your goals for your care, and how can I help you?”

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Ben Carson Conducted Research on Fetal Tissue — And Defends It http://www.bioethics.net/news/ben-carson-conducted-research-on-fetal-tissue-and-defends-it/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ben-carson-conducted-research-on-fetal-tissue-and-defends-it/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:53:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56134 Ben Carson Conducted Research on Fetal Tissue — And Defends It
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The discovery of Carson’s past involvement in fetal tissue donation comes on the heels of a piece in the latest issue of the NEJM on the importance of fetal tissue research by R. Alta Charo, JD.

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Evolving Challenges and Research-Needs Concerning Ebola http://www.bioethics.net/news/evolving-challenges-and-research-needs-concerning-ebola/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/evolving-challenges-and-research-needs-concerning-ebola/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:57:41 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56087 Evolving Challenges and Research-Needs Concerning Ebola
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Publication by Robert Klitzman, M.D., Pofessor of Psychiatry and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University, New York, NY.

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Children and Clinical Research: Ethical Issues http://www.bioethics.net/news/children-and-clinical-research-ethical-issues/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/children-and-clinical-research-ethical-issues/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:53:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56086 Children and Clinical Research: Ethical Issues
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The report contains a number of recommendations on how to increase the involvement of children in research.

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Designing life from scratch: A fledgling field is about to take off http://www.bioethics.net/news/designing-life-from-scratch-a-fledgling-field-is-about-to-take-off/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/designing-life-from-scratch-a-fledgling-field-is-about-to-take-off/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:49:16 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56085 Designing life from scratch: A fledgling field is about to take off
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Mother Nature has always been life’s master architect, working off genetic blueprints that are fine-tuned from one generation to the next.

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Yes, It’s True: Women Really Are Freezing Their Tails Off at Work http://www.bioethics.net/news/yes-its-true-women-really-are-freezing-their-tails-off-at-work/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/yes-its-true-women-really-are-freezing-their-tails-off-at-work/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:46:53 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56084 Yes, It’s True: Women Really Are Freezing Their Tails Off at Work
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There’s a logical reason for why temps are more on the frigid side in buildings: The temperature is set for a man’s metabolism, using a decades-old formula.

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This piece highlights the gene-editing system known as CRISPR. http://www.bioethics.net/news/this-piece-highlights-the-gene-editing-system-known-as-crispr/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/this-piece-highlights-the-gene-editing-system-known-as-crispr/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:54:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56016 This piece highlights the gene-editing system known as CRISPR.
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Everyone at the Napa meeting had access to a gene-editing technique called Crispr-Cas9.

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Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete http://www.bioethics.net/news/dutee-chand-female-sprinter-with-high-testosterone-level-wins-right-to-compete/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/dutee-chand-female-sprinter-with-high-testosterone-level-wins-right-to-compete/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 16:49:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56015 Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete
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The final appeals court for global sports further blurred the line separating male and female athletes on Monday, ruling that a common factor in distinguishing the sexes — the level of natural testosterone in an athlete’s body — is insufficient to bar some women from competing against females.

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Stanford bioethicist fights gender tests for female athletes http://www.bioethics.net/news/stanford-bioethicist-fights-gender-tests-for-female-athletes/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/stanford-bioethicist-fights-gender-tests-for-female-athletes/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:45:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56013 Stanford bioethicist fights gender tests for female athletes
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A final appeals court for global sports has ruled that Chand, a sprinter with the condition hyperandrogenism who was barred from international competition because of her high natural levels of testosterone, must be allowed to compete.

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WHO: Trials show new Ebola vaccine is ‘highly effective’ http://www.bioethics.net/news/who-trials-show-new-ebola-vaccine-is-highly-effective/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/who-trials-show-new-ebola-vaccine-is-highly-effective/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:48:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=56014 WHO: Trials show new Ebola vaccine is ‘highly effective’
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A newly developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus is “highly effective” and could help prevent its spread in the current and future outbreaks, the World Health Organization said.

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Man dies after police hogtie him at Mississippi concert http://www.bioethics.net/news/man-dies-after-police-hogtie-him-at-mississippi-concert/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/man-dies-after-police-hogtie-him-at-mississippi-concert/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:44:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55954 Man dies after police hogtie him at Mississippi concert
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The family of a Tennessee man are asking for state and federal help after police hogtied him during an arrest at a concert in Mississippi and he later died, the family’s attorney said Tuesday.

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Flavoring, other additives increase cigarettes’ addictiveness http://www.bioethics.net/news/flavoring-other-additives-increase-cigarettes-addictiveness/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/flavoring-other-additives-increase-cigarettes-addictiveness/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:31:00 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55949 Flavoring, other additives increase cigarettes’ addictiveness
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Ingredients that help enhance the appeal of “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes may contribute to the addictiveness of smoking, a study suggests.

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Romania investigates suspected drug company bribes http://www.bioethics.net/news/romania-investigates-suspected-drug-company-bribes/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/romania-investigates-suspected-drug-company-bribes/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:33:22 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55950 Romania investigates suspected drug company bribes
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Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have conducted a series of searches at drug companies, hospitals and clinics this week to investigate suspected bribes paid to doctors for prescribing cancer drugs.

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Americans report improved health, better healthcare: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/americans-report-improved-health-better-healthcare-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/americans-report-improved-health-better-healthcare-study/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:35:59 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55952 Americans report improved health, better healthcare: study
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Americans are reporting improved health and better healthcare two years after health insurance became available under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Not all new mothers in U.S. get advice on breastfeeding, infant care: survey http://www.bioethics.net/news/not-all-new-mothers-in-u-s-get-advice-on-breastfeeding-infant-care-survey/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/not-all-new-mothers-in-u-s-get-advice-on-breastfeeding-infant-care-survey/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:41:51 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55953 Not all new mothers in U.S. get advice on breastfeeding, infant care: survey
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Despite medical evidence showing the benefits of breastfeeding and how to prevent cot deaths, some doctors are not passing on the information to new mothers in the United States, researchers said on Monday.

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India set to become world’s most populous country by 2022 – U.N. http://www.bioethics.net/news/india-set-to-become-worlds-most-populous-country-by-2022-u-n/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/india-set-to-become-worlds-most-populous-country-by-2022-u-n/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:34:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55951 India set to become world’s most populous country by 2022 – U.N.
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India is set to overtake China and become the world’s most populous country in less than a decade – six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

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High on the menu: cannabis spaghetti features at Italian foodfest http://www.bioethics.net/news/high-on-the-menu-cannabis-spaghetti-features-at-italian-foodfest/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/high-on-the-menu-cannabis-spaghetti-features-at-italian-foodfest/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:02:18 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55822 High on the menu: cannabis spaghetti features at Italian foodfest
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Farmers from southern Italy presenting their wares at a London food festival this week say their hemp pasta, oil and bread won’t get you high, but do provide a healthy, tasty alternative to the traditional, wheat variety.

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Kids with psychiatric problems may face struggles as adults http://www.bioethics.net/news/kids-with-psychiatric-problems-may-face-struggles-as-adults/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/kids-with-psychiatric-problems-may-face-struggles-as-adults/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:50:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55821 Kids with psychiatric problems may face struggles as adults
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Kids with psychiatric problems may be more likely to have health, legal, financial and social difficulties as adults even when their mental health issues don’t persist beyond childhood, a study suggests.

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Effect of poverty on brains may explain poor kids’ lower test scores http://www.bioethics.net/news/effect-of-poverty-on-brains-may-explain-poor-kids-lower-test-scores/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/effect-of-poverty-on-brains-may-explain-poor-kids-lower-test-scores/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:02:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55823 Effect of poverty on brains may explain poor kids’ lower test scores
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The effect of poverty on children’s brains may explain why poor youngsters tend to score lower on standardized tests compared to wealthier students, a new study suggests.

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Video of Planned Parenthood executive discussing tissue, organ prices sparks abortion firestorm http://www.bioethics.net/news/video-of-planned-parenthood-executive-discussing-tissue-organ-prices-sparks-abortion-firestorm/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/video-of-planned-parenthood-executive-discussing-tissue-organ-prices-sparks-abortion-firestorm/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:53:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55807 Video of Planned Parenthood executive discussing tissue, organ prices sparks abortion firestorm
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Last summer, a Planned Parenthood executive dined with representatives of a biomedical company eager to learn how the organization gets fetal tissues and organs to researchers.

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Comment Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Depressed http://www.bioethics.net/news/comment-your-smartphone-can-tell-if-youre-depressed/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/comment-your-smartphone-can-tell-if-youre-depressed/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:26:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55750 Comment Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Depressed
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Smartphones can track fitness, sleep and nutrition, and they might be able to detect depression, too.

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Physician writers share a “global perspective on healing” http://www.bioethics.net/news/physician-writers-share-a-global-perspective-on-healing/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/physician-writers-share-a-global-perspective-on-healing/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 21:21:49 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55748 Physician writers share a “global perspective on healing”
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When I saw that an event called “Medicine Around the World: Healing from a Global Perspective” was taking place on campus, I thought it would be right up my alley as a medical anthropologist. – See more at: http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/07/14/physician-writers-share-a-global-perspective-on-healing/#sthash.irutvO9w.dpuf

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Cancer survivors may face barriers to adoption http://www.bioethics.net/news/cancer-survivors-may-face-barriers-to-adoption/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/cancer-survivors-may-face-barriers-to-adoption/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:28:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55751 Cancer survivors may face barriers to adoption
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Cancer survivors, who are often left infertile by the disease or treatment, may face unexpected hurdles if they later turn to adoption to start a family, a study suggests.

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Battle over S.F. couple’s frozen embryos heads to court http://www.bioethics.net/news/battle-over-s-f-couples-frozen-embryos-heads-to-court/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/battle-over-s-f-couples-frozen-embryos-heads-to-court/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:20:40 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55747 Battle over S.F. couple’s frozen embryos heads to court
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Mimi Lee holds her dog Toshi at her loft in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday, June 26, 2015. Just days before her wedding in 2010, Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer so she and her new husband agreed to in vitro fertilization and freeze several embryos. After she finished her cancer treatments, her husband told her he wanted a divorce and has since refused to give Lee consent to use the frozen embryos for her last chance to have a biological child and instead, wants the embryos destroyed.

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Scientists Demonstrate Animal Mind-Melds http://www.bioethics.net/news/scientists-demonstrate-animal-mind-melds/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/scientists-demonstrate-animal-mind-melds/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 21:23:43 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55749 Scientists Demonstrate Animal Mind-Melds
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A single neuron can’t do much on its own, but link billions of them together into a network and you’ve got a brain.

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Healthier meals do cost families more http://www.bioethics.net/news/healthier-meals-do-cost-families-more/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/healthier-meals-do-cost-families-more/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 21:31:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55753 Healthier meals do cost families more
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Shopping for healthier groceries, like whole wheat bread instead of white bread and lean meat instead of fattier cuts, would cost a family of four about $1,500 more a year at their regular stores, according to a new U.S. study.

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California assisted suicide bill stalls before committee http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-assisted-suicide-bill-stalls-before-committee/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-assisted-suicide-bill-stalls-before-committee/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 21:29:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55752 California assisted suicide bill stalls before committee
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A contentious physician-assisted suicide bill that would allow some terminally ill patients in California to legally obtain medication to end their lives has stalled, state lawmakers said on Tuesday, amid staunch opposition from religious leaders.

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Increase taxes on tobacco products to curb demand: WHO http://www.bioethics.net/news/increase-taxes-on-tobacco-products-to-curb-demand-who/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/increase-taxes-on-tobacco-products-to-curb-demand-who/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:47:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55660 Increase taxes on tobacco products to curb demand: WHO
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Even as India made progress in increasing taxes on cigarettes between 2012-14, it has little effect as the “modest hikes” were compensated by relatively higher income growth, a WHO report today said, urging nations across the globe to raise taxes on tobacco products to reduce its consumption.

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What remains unsaid about assisted suicide http://www.bioethics.net/news/what-remains-unsaid-about-assisted-suicide/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/what-remains-unsaid-about-assisted-suicide/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:31:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55656 What remains unsaid about assisted suicide
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Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will hint, vaguely, how to do it.

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A Scientific Ethical Divide Between China and West http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-scientific-ethical-divide-between-china-and-west/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-scientific-ethical-divide-between-china-and-west/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:40:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55659 A Scientific Ethical Divide Between China and West
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China is spending hundreds of billions of dollars annually in an effort to become a leader in biomedical research, building scores of laboratories and training thousands of scientists.

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California Mom Christy O’Donnell Fights to Die on Her Own Terms http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-mom-christy-odonnell-fights-to-die-on-her-own-terms/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-mom-christy-odonnell-fights-to-die-on-her-own-terms/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:01:58 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55609 California Mom Christy O’Donnell Fights to Die on Her Own Terms
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A terminally ill single mom who has been given months to live is fighting the state of California for the right to die. Now, a judge has ordered an expedited review of her suit, which will be heard later this month.

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Supreme Court Allows Use of Controversial Sedative for Lethal Injection http://www.bioethics.net/news/supreme-court-allows-use-of-controversial-sedative-for-lethal-injection/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/supreme-court-allows-use-of-controversial-sedative-for-lethal-injection/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:47:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55608 Supreme Court Allows Use of Controversial Sedative for Lethal Injection
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On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the case of Glossip v. Gross, deciding that it is indeed constitutional to use the controversial execution drug midazolam for death penalty sentences fulfilled by lethal injection — the same drug that was used as a sedative in botched executions over the last two years.

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U.S. Congress Moves to Block Human Embryo Editing http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-congress-moves-to-block-human-embryo-editing/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-congress-moves-to-block-human-embryo-editing/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:03:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55610 U.S. Congress Moves to Block Human Embryo Editing
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The US House of Representatives is wading into the debate over whether human embryos should be modified to introduce heritable changes. Its fiscal year 2016 spending bill for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would prohibit the agency from spending money to evaluate research or clinical applications for such products.

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds federal health care law http://www.bioethics.net/news/55561/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/55561/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:47:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55561 U.S. Supreme Court upholds federal health care law
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Three years after narrowly surviving a legal challenge, President Obama’s signature health insurance law faced another threat to its survival in much of the nation Thursday before a U.S. Supreme Court led by conservative Republican appointees. The health law prevailed, with something to spare, an apparent signal of its future endurance.

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Ancient American genome rekindles legal row http://www.bioethics.net/news/ancient-american-genome-rekindles-legal-row/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ancient-american-genome-rekindles-legal-row/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:51:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55565 Ancient American genome rekindles legal row
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The genome of a famous 8,500-year-old North American skeleton, known as Kennewick Man, shows that he is closely related to Native American tribes that have for decades been seeking to bury his bones. The finding, reported today in Nature1, seems likely to rekindle a legal dispute between the tribes and the researchers who want to keep studying the skeleton. Yet it comes at a time when many scientists — including those studying Kennewick Man — are trying to move past such controversies by inviting Native Americans to take part in their research.

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DNA links Kennewick Man to Native Americans http://www.bioethics.net/news/dna-links-kennewick-man-to-native-americans/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/dna-links-kennewick-man-to-native-americans/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:50:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55564 DNA links Kennewick Man to Native Americans
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The skull in the eroded riverbank belonged to a man with a narrow, projecting face. The archeologist who excavated the bones along the Columbia River near Kennewick, Wash., thought he was looking at the remains of a white man, probably a pioneer. Then further analysis showed the skeleton to be thousands of years old. Confusion reigned. People asked: What was a white man doing in the Pacific Northwest back in the Stone Age?

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California bill gives terminally ill patients Right To Try experimental drugs http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-gives-terminally-ill-patients-right-to-try-experimental-drugs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-gives-terminally-ill-patients-right-to-try-experimental-drugs/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:48:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55563 California bill gives terminally ill patients Right To Try experimental drugs
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Not long after he was diagnosed with ALS, Jim Barber clung to a small dose of hope: The East Bay resident became eligible to enter a 5-year-long clinical trial for a drug that sought to slow the progression of the incurable neurodegenerative, life-sapping disease.

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In old age, current and former smokers face early lung disease http://www.bioethics.net/news/in-old-age-current-and-former-smokers-face-early-lung-disease/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/in-old-age-current-and-former-smokers-face-early-lung-disease/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:58:41 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55512 In old age, current and former smokers face early lung disease
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There may be 35 million older Americans with undiagnosed lung disease due to cigarette smoking, a new study suggests.

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The Government Has No Backup Plan If Court Rules Against Obamacare http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-government-has-no-backup-plan-if-court-rules-against-obamacare/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-government-has-no-backup-plan-if-court-rules-against-obamacare/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:52:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55566 The Government Has No Backup Plan If Court Rules Against Obamacare
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Millions of Americans could lose their insurance if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against President Barack Obama on his health-care law. And with the decision due in the next two weeks, the government has no backup plan.

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Brain implant trials raise ethical concerns http://www.bioethics.net/news/brain-implant-trials-raise-ethical-concerns/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/brain-implant-trials-raise-ethical-concerns/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:53:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55567 Brain implant trials raise ethical concerns
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In 1980, an 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy had an electrical stimulator implanted into his cerebellum to treat the involuntary muscle contractions that contorted his body. Once the device was switched on, the boy’s erratic movements calmed.

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Trans fats may hurt memory, too http://www.bioethics.net/news/trans-fats-may-hurt-memory-too/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/trans-fats-may-hurt-memory-too/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:35:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55469 Trans fats may hurt memory, too
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Artificial trans fats in processed foods, which were all but banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week, may interfere with memory, according to a new study.

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Fifteen years after smokers quit, heart failure risk may fall to normal http://www.bioethics.net/news/fifteen-years-after-smokers-quit-heart-failure-risk-may-fall-to-normal/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fifteen-years-after-smokers-quit-heart-failure-risk-may-fall-to-normal/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:31:49 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55468 Fifteen years after smokers quit, heart failure risk may fall to normal
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For most former smokers who quit at least 15 years ago, the risks of heart failure and death are the same as those of someone who never smoked, according to a new U.S. study.

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Cigarettes linked to half of deaths from 12 common cancers http://www.bioethics.net/news/cigarettes-linked-to-half-of-deaths-from-12-common-cancers/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/cigarettes-linked-to-half-of-deaths-from-12-common-cancers/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:29:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55467 Cigarettes linked to half of deaths from 12 common cancers
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Roughly half of deaths from 12 smoking-related cancers may be linked directly to cigarette use, a U.S. study estimates.

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Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed years later http://www.bioethics.net/news/bullied-kids-are-more-likely-to-be-depressed-years-later/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/bullied-kids-are-more-likely-to-be-depressed-years-later/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:26:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55466 Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed years later
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Being bullied in adolescence may make kids more vulnerable to depression in early adulthood and explain almost a third of depression burden at that age, according to a new study in the U.K.

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