Bioethics.net » News http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:21:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 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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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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