Bioethics.net » News http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Mon, 02 May 2016 13:27:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 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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Our Healthcare System Abandons Adult Sickle Cell Patients http://www.bioethics.net/news/our-healthcare-system-abandons-adult-sickle-cell-patients/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/our-healthcare-system-abandons-adult-sickle-cell-patients/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:30:12 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58411 Our Healthcare System Abandons Adult Sickle Cell Patients
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When Janoi Burgess was a child, he thought doctor appointments were fun.  “I used to love it because they had a section where you could play games,” said Burgess, who was born with sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood disorder. “They were really nice and friendly.”

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C.D.C. Painkiller Guidelines Aim to Reduce Addiction Risk http://www.bioethics.net/news/c-d-c-painkiller-guidelines-aim-to-reduce-addiction-risk/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/c-d-c-painkiller-guidelines-aim-to-reduce-addiction-risk/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:26:43 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58410 C.D.C. Painkiller Guidelines Aim to Reduce Addiction Risk
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In an effort to curb what many consider the worst public health drug crisis in decades, the federal government on Tuesday published the first national standards for prescription painkillers, recommending that doctors try pain relievers like ibuprofen before prescribing the highly addictive pills, and that they give most patients only a few days’ supply.

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Health Workers Rush to Contain Fresh Ebola Outbreak in Guinea http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-workers-rush-to-contain-fresh-ebola-outbreak-in-guinea/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-workers-rush-to-contain-fresh-ebola-outbreak-in-guinea/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 19:29:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58374 Health Workers Rush to Contain Fresh Ebola Outbreak in Guinea
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Health workers are rushing to the site of a fresh Ebola outbreak in Guinea to bolster efforts to contain the virus and prepare for the likelihood of more cases, aid agencies said on Friday.

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Scientists Grow “Dinosaur Legs” in Chicken Embryos http://www.bioethics.net/news/scientists-grow-dinosaur-legs-in-chicken-embryos/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/scientists-grow-dinosaur-legs-in-chicken-embryos/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:00:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58354 Scientists Grow “Dinosaur Legs” in Chicken Embryos
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It’s said that dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, but we technically still have dinosaurs running around Earth today (or at least their descendants). Modern-day birds evolved from certain species of dinosaurs, and now scientists have used birds to bring a little piece of the dinosaurs back. In a study published in Evolution, researchers announced that they had successfully grown “dinosaur legs” in chicken embryos.

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New CDC Guidelines Seek Doctors’ Help In Fighting Opioid Epidemic http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-cdc-guidelines-seek-doctors-help-in-fighting-opioid-epidemic/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-cdc-guidelines-seek-doctors-help-in-fighting-opioid-epidemic/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:33:17 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58353 New CDC Guidelines Seek Doctors’ Help In Fighting Opioid Epidemic
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In an effort to curb America’s deadly opioid crisis, federal health officials are urging doctors to largely avoid prescribing highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin when treating patients for chronic pain.

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‘Difficult’ patients may tend to get worse care, studies find http://www.bioethics.net/news/difficult-patients-may-tend-to-get-worse-care-studies-find/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/difficult-patients-may-tend-to-get-worse-care-studies-find/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:33:05 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58352 ‘Difficult’ patients may tend to get worse care, studies find
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What happens to medical care when the patient is a jerk?  Dutch researchers asked the question in two new studies, and the answer should make grumps think the better of their bad behavior: “Disruptive” patients may get worse care from physicians.

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Vaccination aversion has fueled measles and whooping cough outbreaks, study finds http://www.bioethics.net/news/vaccination-aversion-has-fueled-measles-and-whooping-cough-outbreaks-study-finds/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/vaccination-aversion-has-fueled-measles-and-whooping-cough-outbreaks-study-finds/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:32:03 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58351 Vaccination aversion has fueled measles and whooping cough outbreaks, study finds
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A comprehensive new study of measles and pertussis outbreaks in the United States suggests that adults’ reluctance or refusal to vaccinate themselves and their children has played a key role in the resurgence of diseases that had been largely eradicated in this country.

 

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Should All Research Papers Be Free? http://www.bioethics.net/news/should-all-research-papers-be-free/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/should-all-research-papers-be-free/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:00:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58337 Should All Research Papers Be Free?
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Drawing comparisons to Edward Snowden, a graduate student from Kazakhstan named Alexandra Elbakyan is believed to be hiding out in Russia after illegally leaking millions of documents. While she didn’t reveal state secrets, she took a stand for the public’s right to know by providing free online access to just about every scientific paper ever published, on topics ranging from acoustics to zymology.

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When Gene Tests for Breast Cancer Reveal Grim Data but No Guidance http://www.bioethics.net/news/when-gene-tests-for-breast-cancer-reveal-grim-data-but-no-guidance/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/when-gene-tests-for-breast-cancer-reveal-grim-data-but-no-guidance/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2016 16:19:06 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58336 When Gene Tests for Breast Cancer Reveal Grim Data but No Guidance
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At a time when genetic testing and genetically personalized treatments forcancer are proliferating, buoyed by new resources like President Obama’s $215 million personalized medicine initiative, women with breast cancerare facing a frustrating reality: The genetic data is there, but in many cases, doctors do not know what to do with it.

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Screening for Alzheimer’s Gene Tests the Desire to Know http://www.bioethics.net/news/screening-for-alzheimers-gene-tests-the-desire-to-know/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/screening-for-alzheimers-gene-tests-the-desire-to-know/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2016 16:18:18 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58335 Screening for Alzheimer’s Gene Tests the Desire to Know
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Marty and Matt Reiswig, two brothers in Denver, knew that Alzheimer’s disease ran in their family, but neither of them understood why. Then a cousin, Gary Reiswig, whom they barely knew, wrote a book about their family, “The Thousand Mile Stare.”

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‘Body Hacking’ Movement Rises Ahead Of Moral Answers http://www.bioethics.net/news/body-hacking-movement-rises-ahead-of-moral-answers/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/body-hacking-movement-rises-ahead-of-moral-answers/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:27:05 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58313 ‘Body Hacking’ Movement Rises Ahead Of Moral Answers
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A curious crowd lingered around Amal Graafstra as he carefully unpacked a pair of gloves, a small sterile blanket and a huge needle. A long line of people were waiting to get tiny computer chips implanted into their hands.

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New Procedure Allows Kidney Transplants From Any Donor http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-procedure-allows-kidney-transplants-from-any-donor/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-procedure-allows-kidney-transplants-from-any-donor/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2016 18:25:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58312 New Procedure Allows Kidney Transplants From Any Donor
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In the anguishing wait for a new kidney, tens of thousands of patients on waiting lists may never find a match because their immune systems will reject almost any transplanted organ. Now, in a large national study thatexperts are calling revolutionary, researchers have found a way to get them the desperately needed procedure.

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Should Therapists Analyze Presidential Candidates? http://www.bioethics.net/news/should-therapists-analyze-presidential-candidates/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/should-therapists-analyze-presidential-candidates/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 14:02:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58283 Should Therapists Analyze Presidential Candidates?
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Not long ago, a journalist asked me what I thought, as a psychiatrist, of Donald J. Trump.  Many psychologists have been quick to offer diagnoses, calling him and other presidential candidates “narcissists,” and even providing thoughts about possible treatments.

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No Paid Sick Leave Means Workers Skip Medical Care http://www.bioethics.net/news/no-paid-sick-leave-means-workers-skip-medical-care/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/no-paid-sick-leave-means-workers-skip-medical-care/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 17:51:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58282 No Paid Sick Leave Means Workers Skip Medical Care
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U.S. workers without paid sick leave are more likely to keep going to work when they’re sick and to forgo medical care for themselves and their families, compared to workers who do get paid for sick days, according to a new study.

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Living With the Parents I’m Losing to Alzheimer’s http://www.bioethics.net/news/living-with-the-parents-im-losing-to-alzheimers/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/living-with-the-parents-im-losing-to-alzheimers/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2016 18:16:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58273 Living With the Parents I’m Losing to Alzheimer’s
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My parents called me one day in March and started singing “Happy Birthday.” It was unsettling. My birthday is in May.  My uncle called, too. He and my father had owned an upholstery shop in Philadelphia for 50 years, and it was really bothering him that my dad couldn’t do simple math anymore.

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Zika Kills Cells Key to Fetal Brain Development, Study Says http://www.bioethics.net/news/zika-kills-cells-key-to-fetal-brain-development-study-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/zika-kills-cells-key-to-fetal-brain-development-study-says/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2016 18:31:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58239 Zika Kills Cells Key to Fetal Brain Development, Study Says
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The Zika virus destroys cells that give rise to the brain cortex in the developing fetus, scientists reported on Friday. The finding, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, may help explain how the virus might cause microcephaly, or unusually small heads, in infants whose mothers are infected during pregnancy.

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NY Attorney General to Investigate Insurers Over Hepatitis C Drugs http://www.bioethics.net/news/ny-attorney-general-to-investigate-insurers-over-hepatitis-c-drugs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ny-attorney-general-to-investigate-insurers-over-hepatitis-c-drugs/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2016 17:50:53 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58225 NY Attorney General to Investigate Insurers Over Hepatitis C Drugs
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New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has asked 16 health insurers for documentation on patients who have been denied coverage of drugs used to cure hepatitis C, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

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First Uterus Transplant in the US Gives 26-year-old Woman Chance at Pregnancy http://www.bioethics.net/news/first-uterus-transplant-in-the-us-gives-26-year-old-woman-chance-at-pregnancy/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/first-uterus-transplant-in-the-us-gives-26-year-old-woman-chance-at-pregnancy/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:34:06 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58200 First Uterus Transplant in the US Gives 26-year-old Woman Chance at Pregnancy
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Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have performed the nation’s first uterus transplant, offering a 26-year-old infertile woman a chance at getting pregnant.

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All Surrogacy is Exploitation – The World Should Follow Sweden’s Ban http://www.bioethics.net/news/all-surrogacy-is-exploitation-the-world-should-follow-swedens-ban/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/all-surrogacy-is-exploitation-the-world-should-follow-swedens-ban/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 19:48:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=58189 All Surrogacy is Exploitation – The World Should Follow Sweden’s Ban
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That something is not quite right about surrogacy has been evident for some time. Ever since the commercial surrogacy industry kicked off in the late 1970s, it has been awash with scandals, exploitation and abuse. From the infamous “Baby M” case – in which the mother changed her mind and was forced, in tears, to hand over her baby – to the Japanese billionaire who ordered 16 children from different Thai clinics. There has been a total commodification of human life: click; choose race and eye colour; pay, then have your child delivered.

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