Bioethics.net » News http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:49:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Illumina teams with U.S. government, researchers to sequence Ebola http://www.bioethics.net/news/illumina-teams-with-u-s-government-researchers-to-sequence-ebola/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/illumina-teams-with-u-s-government-researchers-to-sequence-ebola/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:36:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53108 Illumina teams with U.S. government, researchers to sequence Ebola
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Gene sequencing equipment maker Illumina has teamed up with the U.S. government and academic researchers at the Broad Institute in Boston to train scientists in West Africa to improve tracking of how the Ebola virus is mutating in hopes of fighting it more effectively.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/19/us-health-trials-idUSKCN0J320C20141119 http://www.bioethics.net/news/httpwww-reuters-comarticle20141119us-health-trials-iduskcn0j320c20141119/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/httpwww-reuters-comarticle20141119us-health-trials-iduskcn0j320c20141119/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:35:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53107 http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/19/us-health-trials-idUSKCN0J320C20141119
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U.S. health officials on Wednesday proposed significantly expanding what researchers are required to report about clinical trials of drugs, devices, and other interventions, addressing concerns that data crucial to patients and physicians is kept secret.

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EmTech: Illumina Says 228,000 Human Genomes Will Be Sequenced This Year http://www.bioethics.net/news/emtech-illumina-says-228000-human-genomes-will-be-sequenced-this-year/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/emtech-illumina-says-228000-human-genomes-will-be-sequenced-this-year/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:41:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53112 EmTech: Illumina Says 228,000 Human Genomes Will Be Sequenced This Year
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Henry Ford kept lowering the price of cars, and more people kept buying them. The San Diego–based gene sequencing company Illumina has been doing something similar with the tools needed to interpret the human genetic code.

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CDC lays out new plan to counter Ebola exposure in US http://www.bioethics.net/news/cdc-lays-out-new-plan-to-counter-ebola-exposure-in-us/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/cdc-lays-out-new-plan-to-counter-ebola-exposure-in-us/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:40:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53111 CDC lays out new plan to counter Ebola exposure in US
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Embattled Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director, Dr. Tom Frieden, laid out a new game plan to counter further contamination of health care workers dealing with Ebola patients – including sending rapid response teams to any hospital where a new case is confirmed.

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Access to calorie-counting app doesn’t lead to weight loss http://www.bioethics.net/news/access-to-calorie-counting-app-doesnt-lead-to-weight-loss/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/access-to-calorie-counting-app-doesnt-lead-to-weight-loss/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:39:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53110 Access to calorie-counting app doesn’t lead to weight loss
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Merely recommending a calorie-counting app to overweight people and giving them access to it on their phones does not lead to weight loss, according to a new study.

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Schools’ preparedness for kids after concussion can vary http://www.bioethics.net/news/schools-preparedness-for-kids-after-concussion-can-vary/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/schools-preparedness-for-kids-after-concussion-can-vary/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:37:53 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53109 Schools’ preparedness for kids after concussion can vary
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When kids are ready to resume classes after being out for a concussion, schools’ preparedness to handle them can vary widely, a new study suggests.

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European space probe marooned in comet’s shadows http://www.bioethics.net/news/european-space-probe-marooned-in-comets-shadows/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/european-space-probe-marooned-in-comets-shadows/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:17:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53049 European space probe marooned in comet’s shadows
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A probe that landed on a comet in a first for space exploration has ended up in the shadow of a cliff, about a kilometer (0.6 miles) from its intended resting place, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday.

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Newly Identified Gene Mutations Act Like A Lifetime Of Treatment With Merck Cholesterol Drug http://www.bioethics.net/news/newly-identified-gene-mutations-act-like-a-lifetime-of-treatment-with-merck-cholesterol-drug/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/newly-identified-gene-mutations-act-like-a-lifetime-of-treatment-with-merck-cholesterol-drug/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:12:49 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53047 Newly Identified Gene Mutations Act Like A Lifetime Of Treatment With Merck Cholesterol Drug
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A very large genetic study published in the New England Journal of Medicine offers compelling evidence in support of a central role for LDL cholesterol in coronary heart disease.

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U.S. nurses hold strikes, protests over Ebola measures http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-nurses-hold-strikes-protests-over-ebola-measures/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-nurses-hold-strikes-protests-over-ebola-measures/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:18:53 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53050 U.S. nurses hold strikes, protests over Ebola measures
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Tens of thousands of nurses across the United States staged protest rallies and strikes on Wednesday over what they say is insufficient protection for health workers dealing with patients possibly stricken with the deadly Ebola virus.

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Scientists scour the genomes of people who live past 110 http://www.bioethics.net/news/scientists-scour-the-genomes-of-people-who-live-past-110/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/scientists-scour-the-genomes-of-people-who-live-past-110/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:13:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53048 Scientists scour the genomes of people who live past 110
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How do some people live past 110 years old? Is it superior genes, clean living, good luck or some combination of those?

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Docs should ask heart patients about secondhand smoke: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/docs-should-ask-heart-patients-about-secondhand-smoke-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/docs-should-ask-heart-patients-about-secondhand-smoke-study/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:42:18 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53021 Docs should ask heart patients about secondhand smoke: study
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Not all heart disease patients know that secondhand smoke is bad for them – and not all doctors are asking them if they live with a smoker, according to a new study.

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Most smokers with bladder cancer know tobacco was the cause http://www.bioethics.net/news/most-smokers-with-bladder-cancer-know-tobacco-was-the-cause/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/most-smokers-with-bladder-cancer-know-tobacco-was-the-cause/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:38:28 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53019 Most smokers with bladder cancer know tobacco was the cause
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More than half of bladder cancers in the U.S. are the result of smoking, and 90 percent of smokers with the disease are aware of the connection, according to a new study.

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Medicare proposes covering lung cancer scans for heavy smokers http://www.bioethics.net/news/medicare-proposes-covering-lung-cancer-scans-for-heavy-smokers/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/medicare-proposes-covering-lung-cancer-scans-for-heavy-smokers/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:49:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53020 Medicare proposes covering lung cancer scans for heavy smokers
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The U.S. Medicare program is proposing to add lung cancer screening tests for beneficiaries with a history of heavy smoking, the federal government announced on Monday.

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A Plan to Cut Costs and Crime: End Hurdle to Job After Prison http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-plan-to-cut-costs-and-crime-end-hurdle-to-job-after-prison/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-plan-to-cut-costs-and-crime-end-hurdle-to-job-after-prison/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:35:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53018 A Plan to Cut Costs and Crime: End Hurdle to Job After Prison
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James White had steeled himself for the moment. But when he got to the question on the job application — Have you ever been convicted of a crime? — he shifted nervously in his seat.

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Drugmakers look to push the boundaries of old age http://www.bioethics.net/news/drugmakers-look-to-push-the-boundaries-of-old-age/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/drugmakers-look-to-push-the-boundaries-of-old-age/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 21:01:41 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52972 Drugmakers look to push the boundaries of old age
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Google’s ambition to defy the limits of ageing has fired up interest in the field, drawing in drug companies who are already quietly pioneering research, despite the regulatory and clinical hurdles that remain.

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Gene patent lawsuit aims to clear up confusion in Canada http://www.bioethics.net/news/gene-patent-lawsuit-aims-to-clear-up-confusion-in-canada/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/gene-patent-lawsuit-aims-to-clear-up-confusion-in-canada/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:26:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52965 Gene patent lawsuit aims to clear up confusion in Canada
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Canadian courts have not yet ruled on whether genes can be patented. A lawsuit filed Monday over cardiac disorder Long QT aims to clear that up.

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How Long Have I Got Left? http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-long-have-i-got-left/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-long-have-i-got-left/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:36:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52968 How Long Have I Got Left?
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The path forward would seem obvious, if only I knew how many months or years I had left. Tell me three months, I’d just spend time with family. Tell me one year, I’d have a plan (write that book). Give me 10 years, I’d get back to treating diseases.

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A conversation with a cancer patient about palliative care http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-conversation-with-a-cancer-patient-about-palliative-care/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-conversation-with-a-cancer-patient-about-palliative-care/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:36:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52967 A conversation with a cancer patient about palliative care
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Palliative care expert Timothy Quill held an intimate conversation with a Stanford neurosurgeon suffering from advanced lung cancer as an example of how physicians should talk to patients with serious illnesses about quality-of-life care.

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Human-subjects research: The ethics squad http://www.bioethics.net/news/human-subjects-research-the-ethics-squad/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/human-subjects-research-the-ethics-squad/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:50:53 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52971 Human-subjects research: The ethics squad
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Bioethicists are setting up consultancies for research — but some scientists question whether they are needed.

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The buddy system Veterans help veterans combat PTSD http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-buddy-system-veterans-help-veterans-combat-ptsd/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-buddy-system-veterans-help-veterans-combat-ptsd/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:39:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52969 The buddy system Veterans help veterans combat PTSD
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Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System have designed a pilot program based on veterans supporting veterans.

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White House to Cut Funding for Risky Biological Study http://www.bioethics.net/news/white-house-to-cut-funding-for-risky-biological-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/white-house-to-cut-funding-for-risky-biological-study/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 20:43:06 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52970 White House to Cut Funding for Risky Biological Study
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Prompted by controversy over dangerous research and recent laboratory accidents, the White House announced Friday that it would temporarily halt all new funding for experiments that seek to study certain infectious agents by making them more dangerous.

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Does Your Average Scientist Need an Ethicist on Call? http://www.bioethics.net/news/does-your-average-scientist-need-an-ethicist-on-call/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/does-your-average-scientist-need-an-ethicist-on-call/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 20:27:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52966 Does Your Average Scientist Need an Ethicist on Call?
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Bioethicists are setting up consultancies for research — but some scientists question whether they are a necessity.

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The Ethics of Experimenting on Yourself http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-ethics-of-experimenting-on-yourself/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-ethics-of-experimenting-on-yourself/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:43:00 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52890 The Ethics of Experimenting on Yourself
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Ethicists have long worried about protecting patients from the researchers who experiment on them. But today, with more patients contributing to experiments and sometimes running their own—in what’s known as citizen science—ethicists are asking: Do patients need to be protected from themselves?

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JONAS SALK: Google says ‘thanks’ to the heroic polio-vaccine developer with birthday Doodle http://www.bioethics.net/news/jonas-salk-google-says-thanks-to-the-heroic-polio-vaccine-developer-with-birthday-doodle/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/jonas-salk-google-says-thanks-to-the-heroic-polio-vaccine-developer-with-birthday-doodle/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:30:41 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52887 JONAS SALK: Google says ‘thanks’ to the heroic polio-vaccine developer with birthday Doodle
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As so many tens of thousands of children suffered from polio into midcentury, his vaccine began as the stuff of dreams; by the mid-’50s, it was the substance of a profoundly life-altering reality.

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African Lions Face Extinction by 2050, Could Gain Endangered Species Act Protection http://www.bioethics.net/news/african-lions-face-extinction-by-2050-could-gain-endangered-species-act-protection/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/african-lions-face-extinction-by-2050-could-gain-endangered-species-act-protection/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:31:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52888 African Lions Face Extinction by 2050, Could Gain Endangered Species Act Protection
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The African lion (Panthera leo leo) faces the threat of extinction by the year 2050, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe warned today. The sobering news came as part of the agency’s announcement that it has officially proposed that African lions receive much-needed protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Health Officials Expect to Start Vaccine Trials in West Africa as Early as December http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-officials-expect-to-start-vaccine-trials-in-west-africa-as-early-as-december/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-officials-expect-to-start-vaccine-trials-in-west-africa-as-early-as-december/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:37:16 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52889 Health Officials Expect to Start Vaccine Trials in West Africa as Early as December
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Public health authorities said on Friday that they hoped to begin trials of Ebola vaccines in disease-ravaged West Africa as early as December and could know around April whether they were effective, clearing the way for possible mass inoculations to stem the epidemic.

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U.N. Group Urges China’s Wealthy to Fight Ebola http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-n-group-urges-chinas-wealthy-to-fight-ebola/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-n-group-urges-chinas-wealthy-to-fight-ebola/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:11:48 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52815 U.N. Group Urges China’s Wealthy to Fight Ebola
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Chinese corporations and wealthy individuals aren’t contributing enough to help fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa, despite the nation’s deep ties to the region, said the United Nations World Food Program’s China representative.

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Scientist catches spider the size of a puppy http://www.bioethics.net/news/httpwww-csmonitor-comscience20141020scientist-catches-spider-the-size-of-a-puppy/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/httpwww-csmonitor-comscience20141020scientist-catches-spider-the-size-of-a-puppy/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:09:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52814 Scientist catches spider the size of a puppy
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Harvard zoologist Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana when he happened upon a rare Goliath birdeater spider.

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Guatemala may weigh softer drug punishments in liberalization push http://www.bioethics.net/news/guatemala-may-weigh-softer-drug-punishments-in-liberalization-push/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/guatemala-may-weigh-softer-drug-punishments-in-liberalization-push/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:45:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52780 Guatemala may weigh softer drug punishments in liberalization push
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Guatemala will weigh easing punishments for minor narcotics-related offenses as part of a push to liberalize drug policy and explore regulating production of opium poppies and marijuana for medical use, President Otto Perez said.

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Ancient Indonesian cave paintings rewrite history of human art http://www.bioethics.net/news/ancient-indonesian-cave-paintings-rewrite-history-of-human-art/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ancient-indonesian-cave-paintings-rewrite-history-of-human-art/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:42:28 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52779 Ancient Indonesian cave paintings rewrite history of human art
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Prehistoric paintings at least 40,000 years old that depict animals – including one known as a “pig-deer” – and the outline of human hands in seven caves on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi are rewriting the history of art.

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Americans have 14 million smoking-related ailments: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/americans-have-14-million-smoking-related-ailments-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/americans-have-14-million-smoking-related-ailments-study/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:40:59 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52778 Americans have 14 million smoking-related ailments: study
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About 14 million major medical conditions in the U.S. can be blamed on smoking, according to a study by health officials.

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For diabetes, stem cell recipe offers new hope http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-diabetes-stem-cell-recipe-offers-new-hope/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-diabetes-stem-cell-recipe-offers-new-hope/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:31:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52721 For diabetes, stem cell recipe offers new hope
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Douglas Melton is as impatient as anyone for a cure for diabetes. His son developed the disease as an infant, and his daughter was diagnosed at age 14. For most of the past 2 decades, the developmental biologist at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute has focused his research on finding a cure.

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Send Your Name to Mars on Orion’s First Flight http://www.bioethics.net/news/send-your-name-to-mars-on-orions-first-flight/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/send-your-name-to-mars-on-orions-first-flight/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:29:38 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52720 Send Your Name to Mars on Orion’s First Flight
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NASA may not have yet figured out how to send humans to Mars, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a name for yourself. The space agency is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip that will travel to destinations beyond the low-Earth orbit, including Mars, aboard the Orion spacecraft’s first flight.

Read more: http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/9479/20141009/send-your-name-to-mars-on-orions-first-flight.htm#ixzz3FfbbZOjX

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Nobel Prize for seeing how life works at molecular level http://www.bioethics.net/news/nobel-prize-for-seeing-how-life-works-at-molecular-level/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/nobel-prize-for-seeing-how-life-works-at-molecular-level/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 18:24:48 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52712 Nobel Prize for seeing how life works at molecular level
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A German and two American scientists won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for smashing the size barrier in optical microscopes, allowing researchers to see individual molecules inside living cells.

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Wal-Mart raises healthcare costs, cuts benefits for some part-timers http://www.bioethics.net/news/wal-mart-raises-healthcare-costs-cuts-benefits-for-some-part-timers/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/wal-mart-raises-healthcare-costs-cuts-benefits-for-some-part-timers/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 18:14:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52709 Wal-Mart raises healthcare costs, cuts benefits for some part-timers
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Taking away access to healthcare, even though many of my co-workers couldn’t afford it anyway, is just another example of Walmart manipulating the system to keep workers in a state of financial crisis.

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Fighting for the Body She Was Born With http://www.bioethics.net/news/fighting-for-the-body-she-was-born-with/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fighting-for-the-body-she-was-born-with/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 18:16:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52711 Fighting for the Body She Was Born With
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Olympic sports have chosen to set a limit on testosterone to distinguish the two. Unfortunately, that standard leaves a woman like Chand on the outside looking in.

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‘Decision fatigue’ may lead docs to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics http://www.bioethics.net/news/decision-fatigue-may-lead-docs-to-prescribe-unnecessary-antibiotics/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/decision-fatigue-may-lead-docs-to-prescribe-unnecessary-antibiotics/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 18:16:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52710 ‘Decision fatigue’ may lead docs to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics
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As the day wears on and doctors get tired, they’re about 25 percent more likely than early in their shifts to prescribe antibiotics to patients who don’t need them, according to a new study.

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Mother of world’s first baby born after womb transplant says risk paid off http://www.bioethics.net/news/mother-of-worlds-first-baby-born-after-womb-transplant-says-risk-paid-off/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/mother-of-worlds-first-baby-born-after-womb-transplant-says-risk-paid-off/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:11:02 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52697 Mother of world’s first baby born after womb transplant says risk paid off
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For the world’s first baby born to a woman with a transplanted womb – a medical first – only a victorious name would do.

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The Church’s Gay Obsession http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-churchs-gay-obsession/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-churchs-gay-obsession/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:05:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52696 The Church’s Gay Obsession
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REPEATEDLY over the last year and a half, I’ve written about teachers in Catholic schools and leaders in Catholic parishes who were dismissed from their posts because they were in same-sex relationships and — in many cases — had decided to marry.

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Nobel prize in medicine awarded for discovery of brain’s ‘GPS’ http://www.bioethics.net/news/nobel-prize-in-medicine-awarded-for-discovery-of-brains-gps/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/nobel-prize-in-medicine-awarded-for-discovery-of-brains-gps/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:44:28 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=52695 Nobel prize in medicine awarded for discovery of brain’s ‘GPS’
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Three scientists, including a husband-and-wife team, have been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine for deciphering the mechanism in the brain that allows us to find our way around.

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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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