Bioethics.net » News http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:16:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 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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Pfizer bets on gene therapy as technology comes of age http://www.bioethics.net/news/pfizer-bets-on-gene-therapy-as-technology-comes-of-age/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/pfizer-bets-on-gene-therapy-as-technology-comes-of-age/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:02:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53335 Pfizer bets on gene therapy as technology comes of age
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Pfizer Inc is moving into the gene therapy space in the latest sign that the technology for fixing faulty genes may finally be ready for prime time, following earlier setbacks.

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Best Way for Professors to Get Good Student Evaluations? Be Male. http://www.bioethics.net/news/best-way-for-professors-to-get-good-student-evaluations-be-male/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/best-way-for-professors-to-get-good-student-evaluations-be-male/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:52:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53333 Best Way for Professors to Get Good Student Evaluations? Be Male.
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Americans think being a man automatically makes you better in the boss department, many professors worry that students just automatically rate male professors as smarter, more authoritative, and more awesome overall just because they are men. Now, a new study out North Carolina State University shows that there is good reason for that concern.

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No increase in risky sexual activity with HPV vaccine http://www.bioethics.net/news/no-increase-in-risky-sexual-activity-with-hpv-vaccine/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/no-increase-in-risky-sexual-activity-with-hpv-vaccine/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:55:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53334 No increase in risky sexual activity with HPV vaccine
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Vaccinating young girls against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) doesn’t lead to an increase in risky sexual activity, a new study shows.

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Scientists map genetic diversity of sub-Saharan Africa http://www.bioethics.net/news/scientists-map-genetic-diversity-of-sub-saharan-africa/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/scientists-map-genetic-diversity-of-sub-saharan-africa/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:21:59 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53247 Scientists map genetic diversity of sub-Saharan Africa
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Scientists have made the most comprehensive map yet of African genetic variation and say it should help them learn more about the role genes play in diseases such as malaria, hemorrhagic fever and hypertension in populations there.

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Mental engagement may preserve health literacy in aging http://www.bioethics.net/news/mental-engagement-may-preserve-health-literacy-in-aging/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/mental-engagement-may-preserve-health-literacy-in-aging/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:21:03 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53246 Mental engagement may preserve health literacy in aging
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Surfing the net, going to museums or joining a club might have an unexpected side effect: improving the ability of older people to understand drug labels and doctors’ instructions, according to a new study in the UK.

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Heavy drinking raises women’s injury risk more than men’s http://www.bioethics.net/news/heavy-drinking-raises-womens-injury-risk-more-than-mens/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/heavy-drinking-raises-womens-injury-risk-more-than-mens/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 20:19:33 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53245 Heavy drinking raises women’s injury risk more than men’s
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Heavy drinking increases the risk of being injured, and far more so for women than men, researchers say.

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Male circumcision benefits outweigh risks, U.S. CDC says http://www.bioethics.net/news/male-circumcision-benefits-outweigh-risks-u-s-cdc-says/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/male-circumcision-benefits-outweigh-risks-u-s-cdc-says/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 20:16:31 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53244 Male circumcision benefits outweigh risks, U.S. CDC says
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The benefits of male circumcision outweigh the risks, according a long awaited draft of federal guidelines from U.S. health officials released on Tuesday, which indicate that scientific evidence supports recommending the procedure.

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China tobacco monopoly pushes back on smoking curbs http://www.bioethics.net/news/china-tobacco-monopoly-pushes-back-on-smoking-curbs/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/china-tobacco-monopoly-pushes-back-on-smoking-curbs/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:15:35 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53243 China tobacco monopoly pushes back on smoking curbs
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The chief of China’s powerful tobacco monopoly on Monday pushed back against government efforts to curb smoking, a habit the World Health Organization says accounts for as many as a million deaths a year.

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In Senegal, women kill own babies due to strict abortion laws http://www.bioethics.net/news/in-senegal-women-kill-own-babies-due-to-strict-abortion-laws/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/in-senegal-women-kill-own-babies-due-to-strict-abortion-laws/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:13:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53242 In Senegal, women kill own babies due to strict abortion laws
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Strict abortion laws in Senegal are forcing women to seek clandestine abortions and as a last resort kill their own infants, according to a new report by human rights groups.

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Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool http://www.bioethics.net/news/physicists-solve-mystery-of-why-cats-rule-dogs-drool/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/physicists-solve-mystery-of-why-cats-rule-dogs-drool/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 20:26:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53249 Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool
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Popular web videos showing that “cats rule and dogs drool” have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking.

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Exclusive: First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record http://www.bioethics.net/news/exclusive-first-gene-therapy-drug-sets-million-euro-price-record/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/exclusive-first-gene-therapy-drug-sets-million-euro-price-record/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 20:22:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53248 Exclusive: First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record
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The Western world’s first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a 1.1 million euro ($1.4 million) price tag, a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease.

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Illumina teams with U.S. government, researchers to sequence Ebola http://www.bioethics.net/news/illumina-teams-with-u-s-government-researchers-to-sequence-ebola/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/illumina-teams-with-u-s-government-researchers-to-sequence-ebola/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:36:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=53108 Illumina teams with U.S. government, researchers to sequence Ebola
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Gene sequencing equipment maker Illumina has teamed up with the U.S. government and academic researchers at the Broad Institute in Boston to train scientists in West Africa to improve tracking of how the Ebola virus is mutating in hopes of fighting it more effectively.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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