Bioethics.net » News http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:33:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Videos explain concepts of clinical research http://www.bioethics.net/news/videos-explain-concepts-of-clinical-research/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/videos-explain-concepts-of-clinical-research/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:27:31 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52643 Videos explain concepts of clinical research
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When a doctor asks a patient if he or she would like to be randomized into an arm of a standard-of-care treatment study, does the patient really understand the question?

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If Synthetic Biology Lets Us Play God, We Need Rules http://www.bioethics.net/news/if-synthetic-biology-lets-us-play-god-we-need-rules/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/if-synthetic-biology-lets-us-play-god-we-need-rules/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:25:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52642 If Synthetic Biology Lets Us Play God, We Need Rules
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Synthetic biology has been called “genetic engineering on steroids.” It’s also been described as so difficult to pin down that five scientists would give you six different definitions.

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Finding Risks, Not Answers, in Gene Tests http://www.bioethics.net/news/finding-risks-not-answers-in-gene-tests/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/finding-risks-not-answers-in-gene-tests/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:24:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52641 Finding Risks, Not Answers, in Gene Tests
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Jennifer was 39 and perfectly healthy, but her grandmother had died young from breast cancer, so she decided to be tested for mutations in two genes known to increase risk for the disease.

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Obama creates vast Pacific Ocean marine reserve http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-creates-vast-pacific-ocean-marine-reserve/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-creates-vast-pacific-ocean-marine-reserve/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:31:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52619 Obama creates vast Pacific Ocean marine reserve
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The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will become the largest network of oceanic protected areas in the world.  The memorandum bans commercial fishing, deep-sea mining and other extraction of underwater resources in the area.

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Half Of Our Planet’s Water May Be Older Than The Sun http://www.bioethics.net/news/half-of-our-planets-water-may-be-older-than-the-sun/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/half-of-our-planets-water-may-be-older-than-the-sun/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:29:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52618 Half Of Our Planet’s Water May Be Older Than The Sun
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The next time you reach for a glass of water you might want to think about its primordial origins. A new study suggests that upwards of 50% of the Earth’s water may be older thank the solar system itself.

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El Salvador abortion ban is torture, kills women: Amnesty http://www.bioethics.net/news/el-salvador-abortion-ban-is-torture-kills-women-amnesty/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/el-salvador-abortion-ban-is-torture-kills-women-amnesty/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:24:03 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52615 El Salvador abortion ban is torture, kills women: Amnesty
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El Salvador’s total ban on abortion is killing women and girls, forcing them to undergo dangerous backstreet abortions and landing them in jail, rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday.

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Volunteers use 3D printers to create inexpensive prosthetics http://www.bioethics.net/news/volunteers-use-3d-printers-to-create-inexpensive-prosthetics/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/volunteers-use-3d-printers-to-create-inexpensive-prosthetics/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:19:51 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52614 Volunteers use 3D printers to create inexpensive prosthetics
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An online organization of more than 1,500 volunteers is using 3D printers to produce prosthetic hands or fingers for people around the world who need them.

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HHS: Health law will lead to big drop in free hospital care http://www.bioethics.net/news/hhs-health-law-will-lead-to-big-drop-in-free-hospital-care/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/hhs-health-law-will-lead-to-big-drop-in-free-hospital-care/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:50:10 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52603 HHS: Health law will lead to big drop in free hospital care
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The Affordable Care Act will lead to $5.7 billion in savings in uncompensated hospital care costs this year, the Obama Administration said Wednesday, reducing one of the biggest financial challenges hospitals face.

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More patients could wear regular clothing in hospital: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/more-patients-could-wear-regular-clothing-in-hospital-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/more-patients-could-wear-regular-clothing-in-hospital-study/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:55:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52594 More patients could wear regular clothing in hospital: study
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Although doctors say many patients in hospitals could be wearing their own clothing below the waist, and most want to, a majority still don’t, according to a small Canadian study.

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U.S. agency moves to end sex bias in biomedical research http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-agency-moves-to-end-sex-bias-in-biomedical-research/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-agency-moves-to-end-sex-bias-in-biomedical-research/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:54:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52593 U.S. agency moves to end sex bias in biomedical research
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The U.S. National Institutes of Health began putting in place on Tuesday its new policy aimed at ending long-standing sex bias in biomedical research favoring male lab animals and cells in the pivotal studies that are done before human clinical trials.

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A brain wave test could diagnose autistic kids more accurately — and earlier http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-brain-wave-test-could-diagnose-autistic-kids-more-accurately-and-earlier/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-brain-wave-test-could-diagnose-autistic-kids-more-accurately-and-earlier/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:17:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52571 A brain wave test could diagnose autistic kids more accurately — and earlier
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A person poses with an electro-encephalography (EEG) cap, which measures brain activity, at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen near Munich. Autism researchers found promising signs that an EEG can be used to detect symptoms of autism in children and adolescents.

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UK opens first clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation http://www.bioethics.net/news/uk-opens-first-clinic-for-child-victims-of-female-genital-mutilation/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/uk-opens-first-clinic-for-child-victims-of-female-genital-mutilation/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:56:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52595 UK opens first clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation
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Britain’s first specialist clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) opened in London on Monday as part of a push to eradicate the illegal ritual in the country.

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This Startup Could Turn Your iPhone Into a Tiny Disease-Detecting Lab http://www.bioethics.net/news/this-startup-could-turn-your-iphone-into-a-tiny-disease-detecting-lab/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/this-startup-could-turn-your-iphone-into-a-tiny-disease-detecting-lab/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:29:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52508 This Startup Could Turn Your iPhone Into a Tiny Disease-Detecting Lab
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A mobile phone can do so many things. At any given moment, it can be a camera, a game console, a GPS, or a flashlight, just to name a few of its many guises. But Max Perelman wants to add another. He wants to turn the average iPhone into a tiny laboratory.

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Thousands Of People Oblivious To Fact That Anyone On The Internet Can Access Their Computers http://www.bioethics.net/news/thousands-of-people-oblivious-to-fact-that-anyone-on-the-internet-can-access-their-computers/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/thousands-of-people-oblivious-to-fact-that-anyone-on-the-internet-can-access-their-computers/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:18:45 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52507 Thousands Of People Oblivious To Fact That Anyone On The Internet Can Access Their Computers
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Paul McMillan sent his winged monkey scanners out looking for computers that have remote access software on them, but no password. In just that short hour, the results came pouring in: thousands of computers on port 5900 using a program called VNC for remote access.

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Insurance giants creating massive database of patient records http://www.bioethics.net/news/insurance-giants-creating-massive-database-of-patient-records/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/insurance-giants-creating-massive-database-of-patient-records/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:14:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52506 Insurance giants creating massive database of patient records
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Two of California’s largest health insurers are partnering to create a massive database of patient medical records.  But the system faces significant technological challenges and privacy concerns.

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A New Study Supports Female Athletes Unfairly Excluded From Sport http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-new-study-supports-female-athletes-unfairly-excluded-from-sport/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-new-study-supports-female-athletes-unfairly-excluded-from-sport/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:12:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52505 A New Study Supports Female Athletes Unfairly Excluded From Sport
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I’ve had the pleasure of having a few pieces published on in Slate, in particular in Outward. None have had as much response, good and bad, as my rant against the current International Olympic Committee policy that bans women with high natural testosterone levels from competing in women’s events.

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Health Reform Watch: Study finds fewer deaths after MA health reform http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-reform-watch-study-finds-fewer-deaths-after-ma-health-reform/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-reform-watch-study-finds-fewer-deaths-after-ma-health-reform/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:54:17 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52477 Health Reform Watch: Study finds fewer deaths after MA health reform
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In this edition of Health Reform Watch: Harvard Asst. Professor Ben Sommers explains his widely-quoted study showing a measurable drop in adult deaths in Massachusetts in the wake of the state’s health reform program, the model for the Affordable Care Act.

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Scientists ‘reset’ stem cells to study start of human development http://www.bioethics.net/news/scientists-reset-stem-cells-to-study-start-of-human-development/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/scientists-reset-stem-cells-to-study-start-of-human-development/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:35:45 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52464 Scientists ‘reset’ stem cells to study start of human development
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British and Japanese scientists have managed to “reset” human stem cells to their earliest state, opening up a new realm of research into the start of human development and potentially life-saving regenerative medicines.

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Planet of the apes: Gibbons are last ape to have genome revealed http://www.bioethics.net/news/planet-of-the-apes-gibbons-are-last-ape-to-have-genome-revealed/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/planet-of-the-apes-gibbons-are-last-ape-to-have-genome-revealed/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:37:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52465 Planet of the apes: Gibbons are last ape to have genome revealed
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Gibbons – the small, long-armed tree swingers that inhabit the dense tropical forests of Southeast Asia – have become the last of the planet’s apes to have their genetic secrets revealed.

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NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing http://www.bioethics.net/news/nih-issues-finalized-policy-on-genomic-data-sharing/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/nih-issues-finalized-policy-on-genomic-data-sharing/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:49:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52475 NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing
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The National Institutes of Health has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the privacy of research participants.

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Eating is addictive but sugar and fat are not like drugs, study says http://www.bioethics.net/news/eating-is-addictive-but-sugar-and-fat-are-not-like-drugs-study-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/eating-is-addictive-but-sugar-and-fat-are-not-like-drugs-study-says/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:53:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52449 Eating is addictive but sugar and fat are not like drugs, study says
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There has been a major debate over whether sugar is addictive. There is currently very little evidence to support the idea that any ingredient, food item, additive or combination of ingredients has addictive properties.

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Early treatment may significantly decrease autism symptoms by age 3 http://www.bioethics.net/news/early-treatment-may-significantly-decrease-autism-symptoms-by-age-3/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/early-treatment-may-significantly-decrease-autism-symptoms-by-age-3/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:50:59 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52448 Early treatment may significantly decrease autism symptoms by age 3
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A promising new study suggests that treatment for infants who show early signs of autism can essentially eliminate developmental delays for those children by the time they reach age 3.

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Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High Amid Fears of CO2 Saturation Point http://www.bioethics.net/news/greenhouse-gases-hit-record-high-amid-fears-of-co2-saturation-point/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/greenhouse-gases-hit-record-high-amid-fears-of-co2-saturation-point/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:46:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52447 Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High Amid Fears of CO2 Saturation Point
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Data suggest natural “carbon sinks” may be nearing exhaustion, say some scientists, although others disagree.

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Top U.S. health adviser wants end to partisan fighting over Obamacare http://www.bioethics.net/news/top-u-s-health-adviser-wants-end-to-partisan-fighting-over-obamacare/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/top-u-s-health-adviser-wants-end-to-partisan-fighting-over-obamacare/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:47:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52474 Top U.S. health adviser wants end to partisan fighting over Obamacare
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President Barack Obama’s top health adviser on Monday called for an end to partisan bickering over Obamacare, saying the public and businesses are sending a clear message to Washington that it is time to move on with implementing the law.

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Multitasking Gene May Help Drone Operators Control Robotic Swarms http://www.bioethics.net/news/multitasking-gene-may-help-drone-operators-control-robotic-swarms/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/multitasking-gene-may-help-drone-operators-control-robotic-swarms/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:50:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52476 Multitasking Gene May Help Drone Operators Control Robotic Swarms
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A genetic variant that keeps dopamine levels high could lead to personalized training and also benefit personnel in ERs and air traffic control towers.

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Happiness study draws frowns from critics http://www.bioethics.net/news/happiness-study-draws-frowns-from-critics/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/happiness-study-draws-frowns-from-critics/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:19:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52358 Happiness study draws frowns from critics
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A high-profile 2013 study that concluded that different kinds of happiness are associated with dramatically different patterns of gene activity is fatally flawed, according to an analysis published on Monday which tore into its target with language rarely seen in science journals.

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New recommendations for overweight people with heart risks http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-recommendations-for-overweight-people-with-heart-risks/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-recommendations-for-overweight-people-with-heart-risks/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:17:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52357 New recommendations for overweight people with heart risks
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Overweight patients with risk factors for heart disease should be sent by their doctors for “intensive behavioral counseling” about diet or exercise, according to new recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

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Do sleepy teens need later school start times? Pediatricians say yes http://www.bioethics.net/news/do-sleepy-teens-need-later-school-start-times-pediatricians-say-yes/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/do-sleepy-teens-need-later-school-start-times-pediatricians-say-yes/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:41:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52345 Do sleepy teens need later school start times? Pediatricians say yes
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The American Academy of Pediatrics declared the chronic sleepiness of our nation’s teenagers a public health issue in a policy statement Monday.

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E-Cigarettes Worth Try to Quit Smoking, Heart Group Says http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-cigarettes-worth-try-to-quit-smoking-heart-group-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-cigarettes-worth-try-to-quit-smoking-heart-group-says/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:33:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52344 E-Cigarettes Worth Try to Quit Smoking, Heart Group Says
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The American Heart Association, in a policy statement released today, said physicians shouldn’t discourage e-cigarette use as a last resort to drop a smoking habit.

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Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Pot http://www.bioethics.net/news/fewer-painkiller-deaths-in-states-with-medical-pot/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fewer-painkiller-deaths-in-states-with-medical-pot/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:30:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52343 Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Pot
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States that have legalized medical marijuana tend to experience an unexpected benefit — fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, a new study suggests.

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California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-would-let-birth-certificates-reflect-same-sex-parents/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-would-let-birth-certificates-reflect-same-sex-parents/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:20:34 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52304 California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents
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Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday.

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‘Mission Blue’ film charts scientist’s quest to save oceans http://www.bioethics.net/news/mission-blue-film-charts-scientists-quest-to-save-oceans/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/mission-blue-film-charts-scientists-quest-to-save-oceans/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:24:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52295 ‘Mission Blue’ film charts scientist’s quest to save oceans
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From the Galapagos Islands to Australia’s Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary “Mission Blue” navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet’s threatened seas.

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California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-lawmakers-pass-bill-banning-inmate-sterilizations/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-lawmakers-pass-bill-banning-inmate-sterilizations/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:21:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52294 California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations
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California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state’s rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as tubal ligation from incarcerated women.

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NSA’s ‘MonsterMind’ Could Automate Cyberwar http://www.bioethics.net/news/nsas-monstermind-could-automate-cyberwar/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/nsas-monstermind-could-automate-cyberwar/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:40:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52287 NSA’s ‘MonsterMind’ Could Automate Cyberwar
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The plan to build a cybersecurity machine that would monitor all private communications coming into the U.S. for attacks and retaliate without human involvement was the last straw that led Snowden to become a whistleblower, he told Wired in an interview.

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Westboro Baptist Church’s Plan To Protest Robin Williams’ Funeral Thwarted By Love http://www.bioethics.net/news/westboro-baptist-churchs-plan-to-protest-robin-williams-funeral-thwarted-by-love/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/westboro-baptist-churchs-plan-to-protest-robin-williams-funeral-thwarted-by-love/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:41:10 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52285 Westboro Baptist Church’s Plan To Protest Robin Williams’ Funeral Thwarted By Love
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The Westboro Baptist Church is trying to spread its vile message of intolerance with a disgraceful protest of Robin Williams’ funeral, but Planting Peace is not letting the hate take root.

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These Medical Apps Have Doctors and the FDA Worried http://www.bioethics.net/news/these-medical-apps-have-doctors-and-the-fda-worried/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/these-medical-apps-have-doctors-and-the-fda-worried/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:39:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52284 These Medical Apps Have Doctors and the FDA Worried
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Iltifat Husain has seen an awful lot of sickness and injury during his time as an emergency room doctor, but lately, he’s worried about something new. He’s worried about the ill effects of mobile healthcare apps.

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New York City council speaker reveals HPV diagnosis to raise awareness http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-york-city-council-speaker-reveals-hpv-diagnosis-to-raise-awareness/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-york-city-council-speaker-reveals-hpv-diagnosis-to-raise-awareness/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:44:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52280 New York City council speaker reveals HPV diagnosis to raise awareness
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The speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, announced at the weekend that she has a “high-risk” form of HPV to try to raise awareness about the common but often stigmatized sexually transmitted infection.

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Thailand stops US and Australian couples leaving with surrogate babies: advocate http://www.bioethics.net/news/thailand-stops-us-and-australian-couples-leaving-with-surrogate-babies-advocate/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/thailand-stops-us-and-australian-couples-leaving-with-surrogate-babies-advocate/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:31:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52275 Thailand stops US and Australian couples leaving with surrogate babies: advocate
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U.S. and Australian couples attempting to leave Thailand with babies born by surrogate mothers have been stopped at the airport and prevented from leaving the country in recent days, an Australian surrogacy advocate said on Friday.

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Pot-Smoking Mom Fights to Breastfeed. What Are the Risks? http://www.bioethics.net/news/pot-smoking-mom-fights-to-breastfeed-what-are-the-risks/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/pot-smoking-mom-fights-to-breastfeed-what-are-the-risks/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:23:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52260 Pot-Smoking Mom Fights to Breastfeed. What Are the Risks?
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A new mom in Portland, Ore., said she was barred from breastfeeding her premature newborn because she is a regular user of medical marijuana. “They’re refusing to allow me to breastfeed,” Crystal Cain told local news station KATU, referring to officials at Oregon Health Science University.

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Ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola virus disease (EVD) http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethical-considerations-for-use-of-unregistered-interventions-for-ebola-virus-disease-evd/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethical-considerations-for-use-of-unregistered-interventions-for-ebola-virus-disease-evd/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:57:48 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52259 Ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola virus disease (EVD)
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Ebola outbreaks can be contained using available interventions like early detection and isolation, contact tracing and monitoring, and adherence to rigorous procedures of infection control. However, a specific treatment or vaccine would be a potent asset to counter the virus.

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Film documents rise and fall of a genome matching service – and poses tough ethical questions http://www.bioethics.net/news/film-documents-rise-and-fall-of-a-genome-matching-service-and-poses-tough-ethical-questions/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/film-documents-rise-and-fall-of-a-genome-matching-service-and-poses-tough-ethical-questions/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:31:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52253 Film documents rise and fall of a genome matching service – and poses tough ethical questions
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When I think of “science fiction,” I picture three-eyed aliens with purple-and-gold tentacles — not the disturbing demise of a man, and a company, depicted in the film “The Perfect 46.”

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Japan scientist in discredited stem-cell research dead in suicide http://www.bioethics.net/news/japan-scientist-in-discredited-stem-cell-research-dead-in-suicide/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/japan-scientist-in-discredited-stem-cell-research-dead-in-suicide/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:58:41 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52246 Japan scientist in discredited stem-cell research dead in suicide
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A Japanese researcher at the center of discredited research that was initially hailed as a potential breakthrough for stem-cell treatment, killed himself after months of stress and exhaustion, officials said on Tuesday.

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Briton with advanced heart failure launches new gene therapy trial http://www.bioethics.net/news/briton-with-advanced-heart-failure-launches-new-gene-therapy-trial/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/briton-with-advanced-heart-failure-launches-new-gene-therapy-trial/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:54:16 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52243 Briton with advanced heart failure launches new gene therapy trial
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A 37-year-old British man who needs a mechanical pump to keep his heart working has kicked off tests to see if gene therapy could help him recover and potentially avoid the need for a heart transplant.

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Scientists retract narcolepsy study linked to GSK vaccine http://www.bioethics.net/news/scientists-retract-narcolepsy-study-linked-to-gsk-vaccine/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/scientists-retract-narcolepsy-study-linked-to-gsk-vaccine/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:56:45 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52245 Scientists retract narcolepsy study linked to GSK vaccine
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Scientists who believed they had started to decipher links between a GlaxoSmithKline H1N1 pandemic flu vaccine and the sleep disorder narcolepsy have retracted a study after saying they cannot replicate their findings.

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Regardless of location, concussions serious: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/regardless-of-location-concussions-serious-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/regardless-of-location-concussions-serious-study/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:54:32 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52244 Regardless of location, concussions serious: study
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Concussions in high school football players are equally serious no matter where on the head the hit occurred, according to a new study.

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Ethical questions emerge over who gets Ebola drug http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethical-questions-emerge-over-who-gets-ebola-drug/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ethical-questions-emerge-over-who-gets-ebola-drug/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:31:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52238 Ethical questions emerge over who gets Ebola drug
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In a development that raises a host of ethical issues, Spain announced it had obtained a scarce U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest infected with the killer virus.

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Organ shortage prompts debate over compensating donors http://www.bioethics.net/news/organ-shortage-prompts-debate-over-compensating-donors/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/organ-shortage-prompts-debate-over-compensating-donors/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:16:40 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52224 Organ shortage prompts debate over compensating donors
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Jessica Kastler will drive from her home in San Luis Obispo to San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center this month to give a kidney to someone she doesn’t know.

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More Live Organ Donations Needed To Address Gap in California http://www.bioethics.net/news/more-live-organ-donations-needed-to-address-gap-in-california/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/more-live-organ-donations-needed-to-address-gap-in-california/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:15:43 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52223 More Live Organ Donations Needed To Address Gap in California
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While the number of deceased organ donors in California has increased in recent years, observers say more live donors are needed to meet the need of residents awaiting donations, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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France passes sweeping gender equality law http://www.bioethics.net/news/france-passes-sweeping-gender-equality-law/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/france-passes-sweeping-gender-equality-law/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:56:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52210 France passes sweeping gender equality law
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France has passed a sweeping gender equality law that eases current restrictions on abortion, encourages paternity leave and promotes gender parity at home and in the workplace.

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WHO consulting ethics experts on experimental Ebola drugs http://www.bioethics.net/news/who-consulting-ethics-experts-on-experimental-ebola-drugs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/who-consulting-ethics-experts-on-experimental-ebola-drugs/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:54:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52209 WHO consulting ethics experts on experimental Ebola drugs
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The use of an experimental drug to treat two U.S. charity workers stricken by the deadly Ebola virus has prompted the World Health Organization to consider the implications of making such treatments more widely available, it said on Wednesday.

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