Bioethics.net » News http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:05:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 California Mom Christy O’Donnell Fights to Die on Her Own Terms http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-mom-christy-odonnell-fights-to-die-on-her-own-terms/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-mom-christy-odonnell-fights-to-die-on-her-own-terms/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:01:58 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55609 California Mom Christy O’Donnell Fights to Die on Her Own Terms
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A terminally ill single mom who has been given months to live is fighting the state of California for the right to die. Now, a judge has ordered an expedited review of her suit, which will be heard later this month.

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Supreme Court Allows Use of Controversial Sedative for Lethal Injection http://www.bioethics.net/news/supreme-court-allows-use-of-controversial-sedative-for-lethal-injection/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/supreme-court-allows-use-of-controversial-sedative-for-lethal-injection/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:47:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55608 Supreme Court Allows Use of Controversial Sedative for Lethal Injection
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On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the case of Glossip v. Gross, deciding that it is indeed constitutional to use the controversial execution drug midazolam for death penalty sentences fulfilled by lethal injection — the same drug that was used as a sedative in botched executions over the last two years.

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U.S. Congress Moves to Block Human Embryo Editing http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-congress-moves-to-block-human-embryo-editing/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-congress-moves-to-block-human-embryo-editing/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:03:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55610 U.S. Congress Moves to Block Human Embryo Editing
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The US House of Representatives is wading into the debate over whether human embryos should be modified to introduce heritable changes. Its fiscal year 2016 spending bill for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would prohibit the agency from spending money to evaluate research or clinical applications for such products.

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds federal health care law http://www.bioethics.net/news/55561/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/55561/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:47:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55561 U.S. Supreme Court upholds federal health care law
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Three years after narrowly surviving a legal challenge, President Obama’s signature health insurance law faced another threat to its survival in much of the nation Thursday before a U.S. Supreme Court led by conservative Republican appointees. The health law prevailed, with something to spare, an apparent signal of its future endurance.

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Ancient American genome rekindles legal row http://www.bioethics.net/news/ancient-american-genome-rekindles-legal-row/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ancient-american-genome-rekindles-legal-row/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:51:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55565 Ancient American genome rekindles legal row
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The genome of a famous 8,500-year-old North American skeleton, known as Kennewick Man, shows that he is closely related to Native American tribes that have for decades been seeking to bury his bones. The finding, reported today in Nature1, seems likely to rekindle a legal dispute between the tribes and the researchers who want to keep studying the skeleton. Yet it comes at a time when many scientists — including those studying Kennewick Man — are trying to move past such controversies by inviting Native Americans to take part in their research.

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DNA links Kennewick Man to Native Americans http://www.bioethics.net/news/dna-links-kennewick-man-to-native-americans/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/dna-links-kennewick-man-to-native-americans/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:50:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55564 DNA links Kennewick Man to Native Americans
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The skull in the eroded riverbank belonged to a man with a narrow, projecting face. The archeologist who excavated the bones along the Columbia River near Kennewick, Wash., thought he was looking at the remains of a white man, probably a pioneer. Then further analysis showed the skeleton to be thousands of years old. Confusion reigned. People asked: What was a white man doing in the Pacific Northwest back in the Stone Age?

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California bill gives terminally ill patients Right To Try experimental drugs http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-gives-terminally-ill-patients-right-to-try-experimental-drugs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-gives-terminally-ill-patients-right-to-try-experimental-drugs/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:48:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55563 California bill gives terminally ill patients Right To Try experimental drugs
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Not long after he was diagnosed with ALS, Jim Barber clung to a small dose of hope: The East Bay resident became eligible to enter a 5-year-long clinical trial for a drug that sought to slow the progression of the incurable neurodegenerative, life-sapping disease.

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In old age, current and former smokers face early lung disease http://www.bioethics.net/news/in-old-age-current-and-former-smokers-face-early-lung-disease/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/in-old-age-current-and-former-smokers-face-early-lung-disease/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:58:41 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55512 In old age, current and former smokers face early lung disease
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There may be 35 million older Americans with undiagnosed lung disease due to cigarette smoking, a new study suggests.

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The Government Has No Backup Plan If Court Rules Against Obamacare http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-government-has-no-backup-plan-if-court-rules-against-obamacare/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-government-has-no-backup-plan-if-court-rules-against-obamacare/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:52:20 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55566 The Government Has No Backup Plan If Court Rules Against Obamacare
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Millions of Americans could lose their insurance if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against President Barack Obama on his health-care law. And with the decision due in the next two weeks, the government has no backup plan.

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Brain implant trials raise ethical concerns http://www.bioethics.net/news/brain-implant-trials-raise-ethical-concerns/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/brain-implant-trials-raise-ethical-concerns/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:53:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55567 Brain implant trials raise ethical concerns
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In 1980, an 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy had an electrical stimulator implanted into his cerebellum to treat the involuntary muscle contractions that contorted his body. Once the device was switched on, the boy’s erratic movements calmed.

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Trans fats may hurt memory, too http://www.bioethics.net/news/trans-fats-may-hurt-memory-too/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/trans-fats-may-hurt-memory-too/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:35:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55469 Trans fats may hurt memory, too
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Artificial trans fats in processed foods, which were all but banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week, may interfere with memory, according to a new study.

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Fifteen years after smokers quit, heart failure risk may fall to normal http://www.bioethics.net/news/fifteen-years-after-smokers-quit-heart-failure-risk-may-fall-to-normal/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fifteen-years-after-smokers-quit-heart-failure-risk-may-fall-to-normal/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:31:49 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55468 Fifteen years after smokers quit, heart failure risk may fall to normal
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For most former smokers who quit at least 15 years ago, the risks of heart failure and death are the same as those of someone who never smoked, according to a new U.S. study.

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Cigarettes linked to half of deaths from 12 common cancers http://www.bioethics.net/news/cigarettes-linked-to-half-of-deaths-from-12-common-cancers/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/cigarettes-linked-to-half-of-deaths-from-12-common-cancers/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:29:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55467 Cigarettes linked to half of deaths from 12 common cancers
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Roughly half of deaths from 12 smoking-related cancers may be linked directly to cigarette use, a U.S. study estimates.

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Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed years later http://www.bioethics.net/news/bullied-kids-are-more-likely-to-be-depressed-years-later/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/bullied-kids-are-more-likely-to-be-depressed-years-later/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:26:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55466 Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed years later
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Being bullied in adolescence may make kids more vulnerable to depression in early adulthood and explain almost a third of depression burden at that age, according to a new study in the U.K.

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Health Woman Bears Child From Ovarian Tissue Frozen When She Was 13 http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-woman-bears-child-from-ovarian-tissue-frozen-when-she-was-13/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-woman-bears-child-from-ovarian-tissue-frozen-when-she-was-13/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:13:34 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55384 Health Woman Bears Child From Ovarian Tissue Frozen When She Was 13
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A 27-year-old Belgian woman, who was left infertile after chemotherapy, was able to give birth to a healthy baby boy thanks to a groundbreaking procedure that utilized her ovarian tissue frozen 14 years ago.

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Experts Slam Sports Policies That Ban Women With High Testosterone http://www.bioethics.net/news/experts-slam-sports-policies-that-ban-women-with-high-testosterone/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/experts-slam-sports-policies-that-ban-women-with-high-testosterone/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:48:36 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55342 Experts Slam Sports Policies That Ban Women With High Testosterone
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The so-called “sex gap” in testosterone — the typical difference between men and women in blood levels of the hormone — shouldn’t be used to determine who is and isn’t a female athlete, according to a commentary published Thursday in the journal Science.

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Testosterone Rules for Women Athletes Are Unfair, Researchers Argue http://www.bioethics.net/news/testosterone-rules-for-women-athletes-are-unfair-researchers-argue/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/testosterone-rules-for-women-athletes-are-unfair-researchers-argue/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:47:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55341 Testosterone Rules for Women Athletes Are Unfair, Researchers Argue
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Elite women athletes are currently barred from competing in top-tier competitions, such as the Olympic Games and World Championships, if their testosterone levels are too high.

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Doubts About Study of Gay Canvassers Rattle the Field http://www.bioethics.net/news/doubts-about-study-of-gay-canvassers-rattle-the-field/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/doubts-about-study-of-gay-canvassers-rattle-the-field/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 16:38:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55340 Doubts About Study of Gay Canvassers Rattle the Field
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In 2012, as same-sex marriage advocates were working to build support in California, Michael LaCour, a political science researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, asked a critical question…

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Dozens of Genes in Breast Cancer Tests Lack Link to Risk http://www.bioethics.net/news/dozens-of-genes-in-breast-cancer-tests-lack-link-to-risk/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/dozens-of-genes-in-breast-cancer-tests-lack-link-to-risk/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:36:39 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55339 Dozens of Genes in Breast Cancer Tests Lack Link to Risk
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Genetic tests for breast cancer risk often look for DNA flaws that haven’t been reliably linked to the disease, a new report found, casting doubt on diagnostics that examine dozens of genes to calculate a patient’s susceptibility.

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Peruvian women haunted by forced sterilization seek state apology http://www.bioethics.net/news/peruvian-women-haunted-by-forced-sterilization-seek-state-apology/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/peruvian-women-haunted-by-forced-sterilization-seek-state-apology/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:07:54 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55274 Peruvian women haunted by forced sterilization seek state apology
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Government health workers spent hours going from door to door to coax, cajole and bully women in a farming community in Peru’s highlands to come with them for free medical treatment.

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California Senate votes to raise smoking age to 21 from 18 http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-senate-votes-to-raise-smoking-age-to-21-from-18/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-senate-votes-to-raise-smoking-age-to-21-from-18/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 21:08:14 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55275 California Senate votes to raise smoking age to 21 from 18
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The California Senate voted on Tuesday to raise the legal smoking age in the most populous U.S. state to 21 from 18, in a move that could make California one of the states with the highest smoking age.

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Western diet may reduce survival odds for prostate cancer http://www.bioethics.net/news/western-diet-may-reduce-survival-odds-for-prostate-cancer/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/western-diet-may-reduce-survival-odds-for-prostate-cancer/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 20:09:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55276 Western diet may reduce survival odds for prostate cancer
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Men with prostate cancer who eat a so-called Western diet heavy in red meat, cheese and sugary treats may be more likely to die of their disease than those who consume mostly plants, whole grains and fish, a U.S. study suggests.

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Idaho abortion restrictions are unconstitutional: appeals court http://www.bioethics.net/news/idaho-abortion-restrictions-are-unconstitutional-appeals-court/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/idaho-abortion-restrictions-are-unconstitutional-appeals-court/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 17:13:59 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55277 Idaho abortion restrictions are unconstitutional: appeals court
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An Idaho law that prohibits abortions of fetuses 20 or more weeks after fertilization is unconstitutional, a U.S. appeals court ruled.

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U.S. anti-legalization group urges more access to marijuana research http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-anti-legalization-group-urges-more-access-to-marijuana-research/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-anti-legalization-group-urges-more-access-to-marijuana-research/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 15:15:44 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55278 U.S. anti-legalization group urges more access to marijuana research
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A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals on Thursday for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana’s potential as medicine, in a first step for an organization of its kind.

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Researchers oppose unvalidated gene panel tests for cancer links http://www.bioethics.net/news/researchers-oppose-unvalidated-gene-panel-tests-for-cancer-links/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/researchers-oppose-unvalidated-gene-panel-tests-for-cancer-links/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 19:20:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55279 Researchers oppose unvalidated gene panel tests for cancer links
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A group of international researchers is making the case that genetic tests that look for multiple hereditary genes suspected of being linked to breast cancer should not be offered until they are proven to be valid and useful in clinical practice.

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Berkeley Robot Learns Through Trial and Error (Like Humans) http://www.bioethics.net/news/berkeley-robot-learns-through-trial-and-error-like-humans/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/berkeley-robot-learns-through-trial-and-error-like-humans/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 19:55:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55187 Berkeley Robot Learns Through Trial and Error (Like Humans)
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Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a robot capable of learning new skills through trial and error.

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Pizza Hut, Taco Bell to remove artificial colors, flavors from foods http://www.bioethics.net/news/pizza-hut-taco-bell-to-remove-artificial-colors-flavors-from-foods/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/pizza-hut-taco-bell-to-remove-artificial-colors-flavors-from-foods/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 19:52:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55186 Pizza Hut, Taco Bell to remove artificial colors, flavors from foods
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Taco Bell said on Tuesday it planned to replace all artificial flavors and colors and some additives such as trans-fats in its foods with natural alternatives by the end of this year.

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Doctors may not fully explain risks of common heart procedure http://www.bioethics.net/news/doctors-may-not-fully-explain-risks-of-common-heart-procedure/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/doctors-may-not-fully-explain-risks-of-common-heart-procedure/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 16:26:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55178 Doctors may not fully explain risks of common heart procedure
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Patients mulling whether to get a common procedure to unclog blocked arteries may not get enough information from their doctors to make the best choice, a small study suggests.

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California Medical Association drops opposition to doctor-assisted suicide http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-medical-association-drops-opposition-to-doctor-assisted-suicide/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-medical-association-drops-opposition-to-doctor-assisted-suicide/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 19:25:00 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55177 California Medical Association drops opposition to doctor-assisted suicide
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The California Medical Association on Wednesday dropped its three-decade opposition to physician-assisted suicide, possibly paving the way for already-introduced legislation that would make the practice legal for terminally ill patients in the state.

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Sanderson sees no alternatives to antibiotic use in chicken production http://www.bioethics.net/news/sanderson-sees-no-alternatives-to-antibiotic-use-in-chicken-production/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/sanderson-sees-no-alternatives-to-antibiotic-use-in-chicken-production/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 16:28:12 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55179 Sanderson sees no alternatives to antibiotic use in chicken production
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Other major poultry producers, including market leader Tyson Foods Inc, have announced plans to eradicate antibiotics, which are also crucial in human healthcare, from their flocks but have not ruled out their use on sick birds.

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To fight superbugs, FDA seeks detailed data on animal antimicrobials http://www.bioethics.net/news/to-fight-superbugs-fda-seeks-detailed-data-on-animal-antimicrobials/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/to-fight-superbugs-fda-seeks-detailed-data-on-animal-antimicrobials/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 19:29:05 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55180 To fight superbugs, FDA seeks detailed data on animal antimicrobials
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The U.S Food and Drug Administration said it is asking drugmakers for data on antimicrobials sold for use in each food animal, such as cows and chickens, as part of efforts to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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U.S. science leaders to tackle ethics of gene-editing technology http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-science-leaders-to-tackle-ethics-of-gene-editing-technology/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-science-leaders-to-tackle-ethics-of-gene-editing-technology/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 16:32:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55181 U.S. science leaders to tackle ethics of gene-editing technology
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The leading U.S. scientific organization, responding to concerns expressed by scientists and ethicists, has launched an ambitious initiative to recommend guidelines for new genetic technology that has the potential to create “designer babies.”

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National academies will meet to guide ‘gene editing’ research http://www.bioethics.net/news/national-academies-will-meet-to-guide-gene-editing-research/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/national-academies-will-meet-to-guide-gene-editing-research/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 19:20:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55119 National academies will meet to guide ‘gene editing’ research
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The debate over human “gene editing” has moved onto the national stage with a prestigious institute announcing it will hold an international summit this fall to create voluntary standards to guide the use of the controversial technology, first conceived by UC Berkeley molecular biologist Jennifer Doudna.

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Fetal stem cells and the sports heroes they revitalized http://www.bioethics.net/news/fetal-stem-cells-and-the-sports-heroes-they-revitalized/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fetal-stem-cells-and-the-sports-heroes-they-revitalized/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 19:09:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55117 Fetal stem cells and the sports heroes they revitalized
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Their recoveries sparked a debate: The families say the stem cell treatments had a major impact, while skeptics say the therapies are unproven and that Brodie and Howe could have improved through natural healing, as stroke patients often do.

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Cystic fibrosis drug offers hope to patients http://www.bioethics.net/news/cystic-fibrosis-drug-offers-hope-to-patients/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/cystic-fibrosis-drug-offers-hope-to-patients/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 19:10:43 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55118 Cystic fibrosis drug offers hope to patients
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Patients often die before their 40s as mucus clogs and damages their lungs and leaves them prone to infection.

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How Doctors Deliver Bad News http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-doctors-deliver-bad-news/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-doctors-deliver-bad-news/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 19:05:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55116 How Doctors Deliver Bad News
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The doctor in the grainy video is standing up, shifting uncomfortably as he spouts medical jargon that members of his patient’s family don’t understand.

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California prison inspection uncovers unsanitary conditions http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-prison-inspection-uncovers-unsanitary-conditions/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-prison-inspection-uncovers-unsanitary-conditions/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 19:41:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55185 California prison inspection uncovers unsanitary conditions
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An inspection of a controversial California prison revealed unsanitary conditions, from a lack of hot water and incorrect storage of raw food to rodent droppings, a state report shows.

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U.S. says insurers must cover FDA-approved birth control methods http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-says-insurers-must-cover-fda-approved-birth-control-methods/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-says-insurers-must-cover-fda-approved-birth-control-methods/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 19:39:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55184 U.S. says insurers must cover FDA-approved birth control methods
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The U.S. government said health insurers must cover all FDA-approved methods of birth control without co-pays or charges to the patient, as it issued a paper on Monday looking to clarify coverage guidelines under the Affordable Care Act.

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Inhaler ban boosts costs for people with asthma http://www.bioethics.net/news/inhaler-ban-boosts-costs-for-people-with-asthma/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/inhaler-ban-boosts-costs-for-people-with-asthma/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 19:37:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55183 Inhaler ban boosts costs for people with asthma
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A 2008 ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has ended up being particularly costly for people with asthma.  The inhaler switch “had minimal or no environmental benefits, but great benefits to pharmaceutical companies,” Redberg told Reuters Health by phone.

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Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases http://www.bioethics.net/news/seasons-may-tweak-genes-that-trigger-some-chronic-diseases/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/seasons-may-tweak-genes-that-trigger-some-chronic-diseases/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 23:06:35 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55046 Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases
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The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday.

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Food ads during children’s TV don’t meet proposed guidelines http://www.bioethics.net/news/food-ads-during-childrens-tv-dont-meet-proposed-guidelines/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/food-ads-during-childrens-tv-dont-meet-proposed-guidelines/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 23:06:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55047 Food ads during children’s TV don’t meet proposed guidelines
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On network and cable TV, during shows aimed at kids under age 12, the vast majority of commercials are for products with too much added sugar, saturated fat or sodium, according to a new study.

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Healthy diet tied to lower risk of cognitive decline http://www.bioethics.net/news/healthy-diet-tied-to-lower-risk-of-cognitive-decline/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/healthy-diet-tied-to-lower-risk-of-cognitive-decline/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 23:09:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=55048 Healthy diet tied to lower risk of cognitive decline
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Older people who eat healthy, with more fruits and vegetables, nuts and fish in their diets, may be less likely to experience declines in thinking and memory over time, according to a new international study.

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Court rules NSA program illegal http://www.bioethics.net/news/court-rules-nsa-program-illegal/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/court-rules-nsa-program-illegal/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 19:15:16 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54999 Court rules NSA program illegal
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A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the telephone metadata collection program, under which the National Security Agency gathers up millions of phone records on an ongoing daily basis, is illegal under the Patriot Act.

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Talking to the Doctor About Treatment Harms http://www.bioethics.net/news/talking-to-the-doctor-about-treatment-harms/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/talking-to-the-doctor-about-treatment-harms/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 18:25:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54997 Talking to the Doctor About Treatment Harms
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Whether preparing to undergo sensitive surgery or facing the prospect of spending a night in the hospital, patients often lack a critical piece of information to make an informed medical decision.

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Stanford panel: Big issues will loom when everyone has their genomic sequence on a thumb drive http://www.bioethics.net/news/stanford-panel-big-issues-will-loom-when-everyone-has-their-genomic-sequence-on-a-thumb-drive/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/stanford-panel-big-issues-will-loom-when-everyone-has-their-genomic-sequence-on-a-thumb-drive/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 18:25:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54998 Stanford panel: Big issues will loom when everyone has their genomic sequence on a thumb drive
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When I was a biology grad student in the early 1980s, we used to joke about people who were getting their PhDs by spending six long years sequencing a single gene. They worked around the clock seven days a week – and seven nights, too, sleeping on their lab benches when they slept at all. – See more at: http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/05/06/stanford-panel-big-issues-will-loom-when-everyone-has-their-genomic-sequence-on-a-thumb-drive/#sthash.xNXqlUTK.dpuf

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Myriad Genetics Fights Off Threats From Rivals http://www.bioethics.net/news/myriad-genetics-fights-off-threats-from-rivals/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/myriad-genetics-fights-off-threats-from-rivals/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 22:36:38 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54971 Myriad Genetics Fights Off Threats From Rivals
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Myriad Genetics Inc. used a patent-protected monopoly to become one of the most successful and controversial DNA testing companies in the world. Now, nearly two years after the Supreme Court struck down its gene patents, Myriad is fighting to sustain its business model amid growing threats from rivals.

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How Private DNA Data Linked an Innocent Man to a 20-year-old Murder Case http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-private-dna-data-linked-an-innocent-man-to-a-20-year-old-murder-case/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-private-dna-data-linked-an-innocent-man-to-a-20-year-old-murder-case/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 22:29:53 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54967 How Private DNA Data Linked an Innocent Man to a 20-year-old Murder Case
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The New Orleans Advocate recently published a shocking story that details the very real threats to privacy and civil liberties posed by law enforcement access to private genetic databases and familial DNA searching.

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Statement on NIH funding of research using gene-editing technologies in human embryos http://www.bioethics.net/news/statement-on-nih-funding-of-research-using-gene-editing-technologies-in-human-embryos/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/statement-on-nih-funding-of-research-using-gene-editing-technologies-in-human-embryos/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:34:38 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54970 Statement on NIH funding of research using gene-editing technologies in human embryos
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Genomic editing is an area of research seeking to modify genes of living organisms to improve our understanding of gene function and advance potential therapeutic applications to correct genetic abnormalities. Researchers in China have recently described their experiments in a nonviable human embryo to modify the gene responsible for a potentially fatal blood disorder using a gene-editing technology called CRISPR/Cas9.

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Withholding results from clinical trials is unethical, says WHO http://www.bioethics.net/news/withholding-results-from-clinical-trials-is-unethical-says-who/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/withholding-results-from-clinical-trials-is-unethical-says-who/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:31:17 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54968 Withholding results from clinical trials is unethical, says WHO
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The movement to ensure that clinical trial results don’t end up in drawers has found an important global ally. Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a call to make results from every clinical study publicly available within a year. Not doing so can harm patients and research subjects, waste time and money, and hold back medical science, WHO says.

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California governor orders aggressive greenhouse gas cuts by 2030 http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-governor-orders-aggressive-greenhouse-gas-cuts-by-2030/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-governor-orders-aggressive-greenhouse-gas-cuts-by-2030/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:03:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54910 California governor orders aggressive greenhouse gas cuts by 2030
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California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order on Wednesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030, a move he said was necessary to combat the growing threat of climate change.

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