Bioethics.net » News http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:30:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Doctor Seeking To Perform Head Transplant Is Out Of His Mind http://www.bioethics.net/news/doctor-seeking-to-perform-head-transplant-is-out-of-his-mind/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/doctor-seeking-to-perform-head-transplant-is-out-of-his-mind/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:20:41 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54118 Doctor Seeking To Perform Head Transplant Is Out Of His Mind
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Scientifically what Canavero wants to do cannot yet be done. It may never be doable.

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Couple Married 67 Years Dies Holding Hands http://www.bioethics.net/news/couple-married-67-years-dies-holding-hands/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/couple-married-67-years-dies-holding-hands/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:18:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54117 Couple Married 67 Years Dies Holding Hands
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After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together.

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Clinically depressed three times more likely to commit violent crime http://www.bioethics.net/news/clinically-depressed-three-times-more-likely-to-commit-violent-crime/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/clinically-depressed-three-times-more-likely-to-commit-violent-crime/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:25:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54121 Clinically depressed three times more likely to commit violent crime
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In a study based on some 47,000 people, the scientists emphasized, however, that the overwhelming majority of depressed people are neither violent nor criminal and should not be stigmatized.

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Study links common food additives to Crohn’s disease, colitis http://www.bioethics.net/news/study-links-common-food-additives-to-crohns-disease-colitis/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/study-links-common-food-additives-to-crohns-disease-colitis/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:22:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54119 Study links common food additives to Crohn’s disease, colitis
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Common additives in ice cream, margarine, packaged bread and many processed foods may promote the inflammatory bowel diseases ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease as well as a group of obesity-related conditions, scientists said on Wednesday.

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The challenge – and opportunity – of regulating new ideas in science and technology http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-challenge-and-opportunity-of-regulating-new-ideas-in-science-and-technology-see-more-at-httpscopeblog-stanford-edu20150219the-challenge-and-opportunity-of-regulating/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-challenge-and-opportunity-of-regulating-new-ideas-in-science-and-technology-see-more-at-httpscopeblog-stanford-edu20150219the-challenge-and-opportunity-of-regulating/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:08:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54096 The challenge – and opportunity – of regulating new ideas in science and technology
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Innovation in science and technology holds promise to improve our lives. But disruptive business models, do-it-yourself medical devices, and open platforms also introduce corporate and personal risks. How can the public stay safe from unknown consequences as a company’s product or service matures? In a recent panel co-sponsored by Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance and Center for Law and the Biosciences, experts in law, business, and ethics discussed what happens when science and technology outrun the law.

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World’s diet worsening with globalization, major study finds: TRFN http://www.bioethics.net/news/worlds-diet-worsening-with-globalization-major-study-finds-trfn/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/worlds-diet-worsening-with-globalization-major-study-finds-trfn/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:29:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54122 World’s diet worsening with globalization, major study finds: TRFN
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The world’s diet has deteriorated substantially in the last two decades, a leading nutrition expert said on Monday, citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits.

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U.S. approves first biotech apple that resists browning http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-approves-first-biotech-apple-that-resists-browning/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-approves-first-biotech-apple-that-resists-browning/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:15:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54039 U.S. approves first biotech apple that resists browning
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U.S. regulators on Friday approved what would be the first commercialized biotech apple, rejecting efforts by the organic industry and other GMO critics to block the new fruit.

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Florida puts executions on hold as high court debates anesthetic http://www.bioethics.net/news/florida-puts-executions-on-hold-as-high-court-debates-anesthetic/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/florida-puts-executions-on-hold-as-high-court-debates-anesthetic/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:55:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54030 Florida puts executions on hold as high court debates anesthetic
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Florida’s highest court put executions on hold Tuesday while the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether use of a controversial general anesthetic constitutes “cruel and unusual” punishment of condemned killers.

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China’s ‘blood famine’ drives patients to the black market http://www.bioethics.net/news/chinas-blood-famine-drives-patients-to-the-black-market/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/chinas-blood-famine-drives-patients-to-the-black-market/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:54:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54029 China’s ‘blood famine’ drives patients to the black market
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China’s rising demand for healthcare is exposing a chronic shortage of an essential commodity: blood.

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Plain tobacco packs likely to deter smoking, studies show http://www.bioethics.net/news/plain-tobacco-packs-likely-to-deter-smoking-studies-show/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/plain-tobacco-packs-likely-to-deter-smoking-studies-show/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:53:06 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54028 Plain tobacco packs likely to deter smoking, studies show
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Studies on the health impact of “plain” or standardized cigarette packs suggest they can deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and may cut the number of cigarettes smokers get through, scientists said on Tuesday.

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HPV vaccine linked to less-risky behavior http://www.bioethics.net/news/hpv-vaccine-linked-to-less-risky-behavior/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/hpv-vaccine-linked-to-less-risky-behavior/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:31:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53983 HPV vaccine linked to less-risky behavior
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Contrary to concerns that getting vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV) will lead young people to have more or riskier sex, a new study in England finds less risky behavior among young women who got the HPV vaccine.

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Disabled elderly decline sharply after ICU http://www.bioethics.net/news/disabled-elderly-decline-sharply-after-icu/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/disabled-elderly-decline-sharply-after-icu/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:30:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53982 Disabled elderly decline sharply after ICU
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Seniors admitted to the hospital intensive care unit (ICU) were more likely to die or sharply decline soon after their release depending on how well they functioned beforehand, according to a new study.

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Teacher depression may affect child learning http://www.bioethics.net/news/teacher-depression-may-affect-child-learning/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/teacher-depression-may-affect-child-learning/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:26:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53981 Teacher depression may affect child learning
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The more depressive symptoms third grade teachers had in a new study, the less progress in math their struggling students made during the school year.

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Fatal smoking risks may be higher than thought http://www.bioethics.net/news/fatal-smoking-risks-may-be-higher-than-thought/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fatal-smoking-risks-may-be-higher-than-thought/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:20:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53980 Fatal smoking risks may be higher than thought
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A new study suggests that smoking may be responsible for 60,000 to 120,000 more deaths in the U.S. each year than previously thought.

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Measles outbreak: Vaccination exemption would end under proposed California law http://www.bioethics.net/news/measles-outbreak-vaccination-exemption-would-end-under-proposed-california-law/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/measles-outbreak-vaccination-exemption-would-end-under-proposed-california-law/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:11:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53978 Measles outbreak: Vaccination exemption would end under proposed California law
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Two state senators said Wednesday they will introduce legislation to eliminate a controversial “personal belief exemption” that allows California parents to refuse to vaccinate their children.

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Health Autism Speaks Urges Parents to Vaccinate Children http://www.bioethics.net/news/home-health-autism-speaks-urges-parents-to-vaccinate-children/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/home-health-autism-speaks-urges-parents-to-vaccinate-children/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:09:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53977 Health Autism Speaks Urges Parents to Vaccinate Children
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A well-known autism advocacy group, Autism Speaks, is urging parents to vaccinate their children amid a measles outbreak that has already reached 14 states and infected 102 people last month.

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UK Set to Legalize Babies With DNA From 3 Parents http://www.bioethics.net/news/uk-set-to-legalize-babies-with-dna-from-3-parents/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/uk-set-to-legalize-babies-with-dna-from-3-parents/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 21:07:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53976 UK Set to Legalize Babies With DNA From 3 Parents
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After a parliamentary vote earlier this week, the United Kingdom is set to become the first country to legalize making a baby with DNA from three parents.

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Among New York Subway’s Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes http://www.bioethics.net/news/among-new-york-subways-millions-of-riders-a-study-finds-many-mystery-microbes/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/among-new-york-subways-millions-of-riders-a-study-finds-many-mystery-microbes/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 21:05:43 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53975 Among New York Subway’s Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes
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Have you ever been on the subway and seen something that you did not quite recognize, something mysteriously unidentifiable?

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The new scientific revolution: Reproducibility at last http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-new-scientific-revolution-reproducibility-at-last/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-new-scientific-revolution-reproducibility-at-last/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:49:36 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53889 The new scientific revolution: Reproducibility at last
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Diederik Stapel, a professor of social psychology in the Netherlands, had been a rock-star scientist — regularly appearing on television and publishing in top journals. Among his striking discoveries was that people exposed to litter and abandoned objects are more likely to be bigoted.

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Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society http://www.bioethics.net/news/public-and-scientists-views-on-science-and-society/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/public-and-scientists-views-on-science-and-society/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:58:08 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53824 Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society
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Scientific innovations are deeply embedded in national life — in the economy, in core policy choices about how people care for themselves and use the resources around them, and in the topmost reaches of Americans’ imaginations.

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Obama thinks “precision medicine” will make us healthier. Experts are skeptical. http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-thinks-precision-medicine-will-make-us-healthier-experts-are-skeptical/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-thinks-precision-medicine-will-make-us-healthier-experts-are-skeptical/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:50:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53819 Obama thinks “precision medicine” will make us healthier. Experts are skeptical.
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The White House is committing $215 million to support efforts to develop personalized medicine, a priority the President touched on in his State of the Union earlier this month.

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Obama to Request Research Funding for Treatments Tailored to Patients’ DNA http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-to-request-research-funding-for-treatments-tailored-to-patients-dna/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/obama-to-request-research-funding-for-treatments-tailored-to-patients-dna/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:55:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53823 Obama to Request Research Funding for Treatments Tailored to Patients’ DNA
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President Obama will seek hundreds of millions of dollars for a new initiative to develop medical treatments tailored to genetic and other characteristics of individual patients, administration officials say.

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Genetic Testing and Tribal Identity http://www.bioethics.net/news/genetic-testing-and-tribal-identity/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/genetic-testing-and-tribal-identity/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:54:32 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53822 Genetic Testing and Tribal Identity
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The genetic sequencing company 23andMe recently tapped into its vast bank of data to release a study on genetic origins, producing the biggest genetic profile of the United States ever conducted—big, but nowhere near complete.

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The coming revolution in much cheaper life-saving drugs http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-coming-revolution-in-much-cheaper-life-saving-drugs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-coming-revolution-in-much-cheaper-life-saving-drugs/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:56:04 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53804 The coming revolution in much cheaper life-saving drugs
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Randy Hillard’s life was saved by a drug that has cost $1 million over the last couple years to keep him alive. He’s now on an FDA panel that approved the first in a new class of life-saving drugs that are much cheaper.

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Growing human kidneys in rats sparks ethical debate http://www.bioethics.net/news/growing-human-kidneys-in-rats-sparks-ethical-debate/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/growing-human-kidneys-in-rats-sparks-ethical-debate/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:51:59 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53803 Growing human kidneys in rats sparks ethical debate
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Researchers say they have developed a new technique that could get more kidneys to people who need transplants, but the method is sure to be controversial: The research shows that it is feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus, and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size.

 

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Gov. Brown Makes History, End-of-Life Choices, Personal Health at our Fingertips http://www.bioethics.net/news/gov-brown-makes-history-end-of-life-choices-personal-health-at-our-fingertips/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/gov-brown-makes-history-end-of-life-choices-personal-health-at-our-fingertips/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:54:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53789 Gov. Brown Makes History, End-of-Life Choices, Personal Health at our Fingertips
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The new year is off to a fast start with a new state budget. Gov. Jerry Brown hinted at what would be the centerpieces of his historic fourth and final term when he was sworn in on Monday. He is focused on education, combating climate change and building the state’s controversial high-speed rail system, which broke ground in Fresno on Tuesday.

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Writing Your Way to Happiness http://www.bioethics.net/news/writing-your-way-to-happiness/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/writing-your-way-to-happiness/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:52:34 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53820 Writing Your Way to Happiness
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The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.

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Testing for mortality: Why I measured my telomeres. Should you? http://www.bioethics.net/news/testing-for-mortality-why-i-measured-my-telomeres-should-you/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/testing-for-mortality-why-i-measured-my-telomeres-should-you/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:52:42 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53788 Testing for mortality: Why I measured my telomeres. Should you?
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This piece discusses telomere testing as a way to predict age-related diseases. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of Stanford’s Center for Law and the Biosciences, comments on the growing concern among federal regulators.

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Golden years? Researcher explores longevity research and the companies banking on its success http://www.bioethics.net/news/golden-years-researcher-explores-longevity-research-and-the-companies-banking-on-its-success-see-more-at-httpscopeblog-stanford-edu20150112golden-years-stanford-researcher-explores-longevit/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/golden-years-researcher-explores-longevity-research-and-the-companies-banking-on-its-success-see-more-at-httpscopeblog-stanford-edu20150112golden-years-stanford-researcher-explores-longevit/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:49:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53818 Golden years? Researcher explores longevity research and the companies banking on its success
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Aging research, as we knew it in the 1990s and 2000’s, is being abandoned in favor of something much more ambitious. The central features of longevity research include an embrace of big data, a pivot away from studies hoping to find aging genes, a recognition that aging is best thought of a collection of diseases, not just one disease.

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Surprise! With $60 Million Genentech Deal, 23andMe Has A Business Plan http://www.bioethics.net/news/surprise-with-60-million-genentech-deal-23andme-has-a-business-plan-2/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/surprise-with-60-million-genentech-deal-23andme-has-a-business-plan-2/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:43:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53764 Surprise! With $60 Million Genentech Deal, 23andMe Has A Business Plan
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A deal being announced today with Genentech points the way for 23andMe, the personal genetics company backed by Facebook billionaire Yuri Milner and Google Ventures to become a sustainable business – even if the company’s discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stretch on for years.

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Most parents want their babies’ genome sequenced, study finds http://www.bioethics.net/news/most-parents-want-their-babies-genome-sequenced-study-finds/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/most-parents-want-their-babies-genome-sequenced-study-finds/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:42:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53763 Most parents want their babies’ genome sequenced, study finds
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By sequencing the billions of chemical letters in a cell’s DNA, which make up the human genome, scientists may be able to better estimate the risk of a person developing cancer, heart, biochemical and metabolic diseases.

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Will our smart gadgets become trusted or oppressive companions? http://www.bioethics.net/news/will-our-smart-gadgets-become-trusted-or-oppressive-companions/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/will-our-smart-gadgets-become-trusted-or-oppressive-companions/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:08:28 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53741 Will our smart gadgets become trusted or oppressive companions?
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Like legions of hyperactive butlers, many of the brainy gadgets being developed for the Internet of Things will anticipate our needs and make choices for us — without being told what to do — marking a momentous transformation in our relationship with machines.

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Dad Arrested for Giving Cannabis Oil to Daughter With Cancer http://www.bioethics.net/news/dad-arrested-for-giving-cannabis-oil-to-daughter-with-cancer/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/dad-arrested-for-giving-cannabis-oil-to-daughter-with-cancer/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:29:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53734 Dad Arrested for Giving Cannabis Oil to Daughter With Cancer
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The father of a 2-year-old with late-stage cancer is facing jail time for using cannabis oil in an attempt to ease his daughter’s suffering.

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Fight threatens thousands of Californians’ health coverage http://www.bioethics.net/news/fight-threatens-thousands-of-californians-health-coverage/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fight-threatens-thousands-of-californians-health-coverage/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:16:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53733 Fight threatens thousands of Californians’ health coverage
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A contract dispute between health insurance provider Blue Shield of California and the Sutter Health network of doctors and hospitals is threatening to force nearly 280,000 consumers in Northern and Central California to find new doctors.

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Transplant first: Organ donation from UK newborn http://www.bioethics.net/news/transplant-first-organ-donation-from-uk-newborn/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/transplant-first-organ-donation-from-uk-newborn/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:13:58 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53732 Transplant first: Organ donation from UK newborn
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In a procedure described as a milestone in neonatal care, a six-day-old baby girl’s kidneys and liver cells were given to two separate recipients after her heart stopped beating.

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Who Owns A Human Genome? http://www.bioethics.net/news/who-owns-a-human-genome/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/who-owns-a-human-genome/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:02:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53689 Who Owns A Human Genome?
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When a human subject is involved with a scientific study, researchers must obtain informed consent, right? Well, if the study in question involves genomics research, the answer isn’t so clear.

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Living loooooooonger: A conversation on longevity http://www.bioethics.net/news/living-loooooooonger-a-conversation-on-longevity/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/living-loooooooonger-a-conversation-on-longevity/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:59:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53688 Living loooooooonger: A conversation on longevity
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In recent years, aging research has been turned upside down. As Stanford bioethicist Christopher Scott, PhD, and his co-author, Laura DeFrancesco, PhD, write in Nature Biotechnology, it has a new face and it’s longevity.

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For Warhol, ’15 Brings More Fame http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-warhol-15-brings-more-fame/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-warhol-15-brings-more-fame/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:58:40 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53687 For Warhol, ’15 Brings More Fame
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Get ready for a Warhol wave in 2015, and not just at auction. About 40 exhibitions of that artist’s work — much of it previously unseen by the public — will be flooding university art museums and institutions.

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Computers ‘judge personality better than friends http://www.bioethics.net/news/computers-judge-personality-better-than-friends/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/computers-judge-personality-better-than-friends/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:50:19 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53615 Computers ‘judge personality better than friends
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Computers can be better at predicting our personality than our friends and family, an experiment with tens of thousands of volunteers has indicated.

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Getting more exercise throughout life is tied to a reduced risk of abusing alcohol that requires treatment http://www.bioethics.net/news/getting-more-exercise-throughout-life-is-tied-to-a-reduced-risk-of-abusing-alcohol-that-requires-treatment/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/getting-more-exercise-throughout-life-is-tied-to-a-reduced-risk-of-abusing-alcohol-that-requires-treatment/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:59:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53596 Getting more exercise throughout life is tied to a reduced risk of abusing alcohol that requires treatment
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Getting more exercise throughout life is tied to a reduced risk of abusing alcohol that requires treatment, according to a new study from Denmark.

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E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses: review http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-learning-matches-traditional-training-for-doctors-nurses-review/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/e-learning-matches-traditional-training-for-doctors-nurses-review/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:57:48 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53595 E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses: review
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Millions more students worldwide could train as doctors and nurses using electronic learning, which is just as effective as traditional medical training, a review commissioned by the World Health Organization has found.

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Genetic Testing Company 23andMe Finds New Revenue With Big Pharma http://www.bioethics.net/news/genetic-testing-company-23andme-finds-new-revenue-with-big-pharma/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/genetic-testing-company-23andme-finds-new-revenue-with-big-pharma/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 01:29:54 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53560 Genetic Testing Company 23andMe Finds New Revenue With Big Pharma
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The past two years have been a rough and transformative time for the controversial DIY genetic testing company 23andMe. At the end of 2013, the Food and Drug Administration requested that the company shut down its main service, an analysis of a person’s genome gleaned from spit samples that anyone who purchased a kit could send in, noting that interpreting human genes—understanding what changes in DNA mean, and how they contribute or don’t contribute to disease—is still too much of a black box.

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Connecticut Supreme Court upholds ruling that teen must undergo chemo http://www.bioethics.net/news/connecticut-supreme-court-upholds-ruling-that-teen-must-undergo-chemo/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/connecticut-supreme-court-upholds-ruling-that-teen-must-undergo-chemo/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 01:29:00 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53559 Connecticut Supreme Court upholds ruling that teen must undergo chemo
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The Connecticut Supreme Court upheld a prior ruling Thursday that a 17-year-old cancer patient cannot refuse chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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TV medical advice not always backed by evidence http://www.bioethics.net/news/tv-medical-advice-not-always-backed-by-evidence/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/tv-medical-advice-not-always-backed-by-evidence/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 01:23:59 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53558 TV medical advice not always backed by evidence
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A Canadian analysis of advice from two popular health shows has stirred controversy with its conclusion that roughly half of the celebrity doctors’ recommendations are not based on solid evidence.

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How the U.S. Government Botched Its Multibillion-Dollar Plan to Beat Childhood Disease http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-the-u-s-government-botched-its-multibillion-dollar-plan-to-beat-childhood-disease/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-the-u-s-government-botched-its-multibillion-dollar-plan-to-beat-childhood-disease/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:01:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53532 How the U.S. Government Botched Its Multibillion-Dollar Plan to Beat Childhood Disease
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In the late 1990s, scientists studying children’s health pondered crucial questions they couldn’t answer: Conditions as diverse as asthma and autism were increasing in prevalence, with no clear reason why.

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Can a Smartphone Tell if You’re Depressed? http://www.bioethics.net/news/can-a-smartphone-tell-if-youre-depressed/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/can-a-smartphone-tell-if-youre-depressed/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 00:59:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53530 Can a Smartphone Tell if You’re Depressed?
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Toward the end of Janisse Flowers’s pregnancy, a nurse at her gynecologist’s office asked her to download an iPhone app that would track how often she text messaged with friends, how long she talked on the phone and how far she traveled each day.

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Surprise! With $60 Million Genentech Deal, 23andMe Has A Business Plan http://www.bioethics.net/news/surprise-with-60-million-genentech-deal-23andme-has-a-business-plan/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/surprise-with-60-million-genentech-deal-23andme-has-a-business-plan/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 00:58:48 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53529 Surprise! With $60 Million Genentech Deal, 23andMe Has A Business Plan
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A deal being announced today with Genentech points the way for 23andMe, the personal genetics company backed by Facebook billionaire Yuri Milner and Google Ventures to become a sustainable business – even if the company’s discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stretch on for years.

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Genetic Testing and FDA RegulationOverregulation Threatens the Emergence of Genomic http://www.bioethics.net/news/genetic-testing-and-fda-regulationoverregulation-threatens-the-emergence-of-genomic/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/genetic-testing-and-fda-regulationoverregulation-threatens-the-emergence-of-genomic/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 23:01:00 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53531 Genetic Testing and FDA RegulationOverregulation Threatens the Emergence of Genomic
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In November 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed its intent to regulate thousands of medical diagnostic tests being performed in as many as 11 000 clinical laboratories throughout the United States, focusing especially on genomic medicine.

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Psychologist says U.S. Senate’s CIA report makes false charges http://www.bioethics.net/news/psychologist-says-u-s-senates-cia-report-makes-false-charges/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/psychologist-says-u-s-senates-cia-report-makes-false-charges/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:25:59 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53357 Psychologist says U.S. Senate’s CIA report makes false charges
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One of the two psychologists who devised the CIA’s harsh Bush-era interrogation methods said on Wednesday that a scathing U.S. Senate report on the torture of foreign terrorism suspects “took things out of context” and made false accusations.

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California study finds abortion complications very rare http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-study-finds-abortion-complications-very-rare/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-study-finds-abortion-complications-very-rare/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:24:58 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53356 California study finds abortion complications very rare
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Less than one quarter of one percent of abortion procedures result in major complications, a very low rate that is comparable to minor outpatient procedures in the U.S., according to a study of more than 50,000 women.

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