Bioethics.net » News http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Tue, 26 May 2015 19:55:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 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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Medical marijuana farm blooms in conservative Chile http://www.bioethics.net/news/medical-marijuana-farm-blooms-in-conservative-chile/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/medical-marijuana-farm-blooms-in-conservative-chile/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:58:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54907 Medical marijuana farm blooms in conservative Chile
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Latin America’s first medical marijuana farm has taken root in a dusty yard at a secret location in Chile’s capital, with the blessing of a prominent right-wing official and high hopes the idea could sprout elsewhere in the socially conservative nation.

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Tension between gay, religious rights plays out at top U.S. court http://www.bioethics.net/news/tension-between-gay-religious-rights-plays-out-at-top-u-s-court/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/tension-between-gay-religious-rights-plays-out-at-top-u-s-court/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:05:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54911 Tension between gay, religious rights plays out at top U.S. court
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If the U.S. Constitution covers a right to same-sex marriage, conservative Supreme Court justices asked on Tuesday, would clergy be exempted from performing such marriages or religious colleges spared from offering housing to gay couples?

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Tyson Foods plans to cut human antibiotics in U.S. chicken flocks by 2017 http://www.bioethics.net/news/tyson-foods-plans-to-cut-human-antibiotics-in-u-s-chicken-flocks-by-2017/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/tyson-foods-plans-to-cut-human-antibiotics-in-u-s-chicken-flocks-by-2017/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:09:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54916 Tyson Foods plans to cut human antibiotics in U.S. chicken flocks by 2017
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Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017 – one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company.

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Genome study reveals lonely end for the world’s woolly mammoths http://www.bioethics.net/news/genome-study-reveals-lonely-end-for-the-worlds-woolly-mammoths/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/genome-study-reveals-lonely-end-for-the-worlds-woolly-mammoths/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:00:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54909 Genome study reveals lonely end for the world’s woolly mammoths
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The most complete genetic information assembled on woolly mammoths is providing insight into their demise, revealing they suffered two population crashes before a final, severely inbred group succumbed on an Arctic Ocean island.

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Decline in U.S. science spending threatens economy, security: MIT http://www.bioethics.net/news/decline-in-u-s-science-spending-threatens-economy-security-mit/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/decline-in-u-s-science-spending-threatens-economy-security-mit/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:59:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54908 Decline in U.S. science spending threatens economy, security: MIT
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Warning of an “innovation deficit,” scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say declining government spending on basic research is holding back potentially life-saving advances in 15 fields, from robotics and fusion energy to Alzheimer’s disease and agriculture.

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Children of depressed mothers at risk for behavior problems http://www.bioethics.net/news/children-of-depressed-mothers-at-risk-for-behavior-problems/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/children-of-depressed-mothers-at-risk-for-behavior-problems/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:13:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54859 Children of depressed mothers at risk for behavior problems
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While previous research has linked clinical depression in mothers to mood disorders and other health problems in their children, the current study is among the first to make this connection even when mothers have milder symptoms that might not be diagnosed or treated by clinicians.

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National Football League concussion settlement gets final approval http://www.bioethics.net/news/national-football-league-concussion-settlement-gets-final-approval/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/national-football-league-concussion-settlement-gets-final-approval/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:06:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54857 National Football League concussion settlement gets final approval
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A federal judge gave final approval on Wednesday to a settlement in a lawsuit brought by about 5,000 former National Football League players who accused the league of covering up the dangers of concussions.

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Finding LGBT-competent doctors may be difficult http://www.bioethics.net/news/finding-lgbt-competent-doctors-may-be-difficult/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/finding-lgbt-competent-doctors-may-be-difficult/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:14:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54860 Finding LGBT-competent doctors may be difficult
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Finding doctors at U.S. teaching hospitals who consider themselves competent to care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients may be difficult, suggests a new study.

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High morale linked to longer survival among elderly http://www.bioethics.net/news/high-morale-linked-to-longer-survival-among-elderly/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/high-morale-linked-to-longer-survival-among-elderly/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:07:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54858 High morale linked to longer survival among elderly
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Whether it is cause or effect is unclear, but high morale seems to go along with a longer life, according to a new Scandinavian study.

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The Ebola crisis: an ethical balancing act http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-ebola-crisis-an-ethical-balancing-act/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-ebola-crisis-an-ethical-balancing-act/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:57:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54856 The Ebola crisis: an ethical balancing act
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Should Ebola patients in West Africa be given unproven treatments? How should clinicians decide which patients to treat, given the limited availability of some drugs? Should Ebola patients who are dying be given palliative care to relieve pain and suffering?

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Death in Secret: California’s Underground World of Assisted Suicide http://www.bioethics.net/news/death-in-secret-californias-underground-world-of-assisted-suicide/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/death-in-secret-californias-underground-world-of-assisted-suicide/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:55:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54855 Death in Secret: California’s Underground World of Assisted Suicide
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Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in California. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will explain, vaguely, how to do it.

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New Genetic Tests for Breast Cancer Hold Promise http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-genetic-tests-for-breast-cancer-hold-promise/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-genetic-tests-for-breast-cancer-hold-promise/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:21:49 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54816 New Genetic Tests for Breast Cancer Hold Promise
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A Silicon Valley start-up with some big-name backers is threatening to upend genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer by offering a test on a sample of saliva that is so inexpensive that most women could get it.

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BRCA gene datashare will help detect cancer risk http://www.bioethics.net/news/brca-gene-datashare-will-help-detect-cancer-risk/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/brca-gene-datashare-will-help-detect-cancer-risk/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:19:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54815 BRCA gene datashare will help detect cancer risk
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A first-of-its-kind genetic datashare program is being launched to zero in on patients with unclear BRCA test results — and save more women from the devastation of breast and ovarian cancer.

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Regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues http://www.bioethics.net/news/regulators-may-recommend-testing-food-for-glyphosate-residues/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/regulators-may-recommend-testing-food-for-glyphosate-residues/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:32:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54818 Regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues
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U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday, as public concern rises over possible links to disease.

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Type, frequency of e-cigarette use linked to quitting smoking http://www.bioethics.net/news/type-frequency-of-e-cigarette-use-linked-to-quitting-smoking/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/type-frequency-of-e-cigarette-use-linked-to-quitting-smoking/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:28:05 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54817 Type, frequency of e-cigarette use linked to quitting smoking
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Two new studies looking at whether electronic cigarettes help smokers to quit their deadly habit have found that while some of them can, it depends on the type and how often it is used.

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ReNeuron stem cell therapy shows long-term promise for stroke http://www.bioethics.net/news/reneuron-stem-cell-therapy-shows-long-term-promise-for-stroke/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/reneuron-stem-cell-therapy-shows-long-term-promise-for-stroke/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:04:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54787 ReNeuron stem cell therapy shows long-term promise for stroke
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A pioneering stem cell treatment for patients disabled by stroke has continued to show long-term promise in a clinical trial, the British biotech company behind the project said on Friday.

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Georgia governor signs law legalizing medical marijuana http://www.bioethics.net/news/georgia-governor-signs-law-legalizing-medical-marijuana/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/georgia-governor-signs-law-legalizing-medical-marijuana/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:02:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54786 Georgia governor signs law legalizing medical marijuana
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People with seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis and other illnesses will be allowed to use a non-smoking form of medical marijuana in Georgia after the state’s Republican governor signed a measure legalizing the drug on Thursday.

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Congress approves formula fixing Medicare doctors pay http://www.bioethics.net/news/congress-approves-formula-fixing-medicare-doctors-pay/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/congress-approves-formula-fixing-medicare-doctors-pay/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:04:54 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54788 Congress approves formula fixing Medicare doctors pay
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Congress on Tuesday approved a bill to repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement just in time to head off a 21 percent cut in the doctors’ pay.

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Meet the cancer patient in Room 52: His name is Joseph, but call him Joe http://www.bioethics.net/news/meet-the-cancer-patient-in-room-52-his-name-is-joseph-but-call-him-joe/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/meet-the-cancer-patient-in-room-52-his-name-is-joseph-but-call-him-joe/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:59:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54785 Meet the cancer patient in Room 52: His name is Joseph, but call him Joe
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Lisa Mox and her husband, Joseph, who is now cancer-free after bouts of esophageal and colon cancer, are participating in a pilot program at Johns Hopkins Hospital to reduce “preventable harm” in the surgical intensive care unit. The program expands the definition of harm beyond medical complications to include loss of dignity and respect.

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U.S. study calls into question tests that sequence tumor genes http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-study-calls-into-question-tests-that-sequence-tumor-genes/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-study-calls-into-question-tests-that-sequence-tumor-genes/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:08:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54790 U.S. study calls into question tests that sequence tumor genes
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New cancer tests that sequence only a patient’s tumor and not normal tissue could result in a significant number of false positive results, potentially leading doctors to prescribe treatments that might not work, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

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Is the placebo effect in some people’s genes? http://www.bioethics.net/news/is-the-placebo-effect-in-some-peoples-genes/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/is-the-placebo-effect-in-some-peoples-genes/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:06:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54789 Is the placebo effect in some people’s genes?
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Some people may be genetically programmed to feel better after taking placebo pills, while others may only heal with real drugs, suggests a new review of existing research.

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Academics rate women job applicants higher than identical men: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/academics-rate-women-job-applicants-higher-than-identical-men-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/academics-rate-women-job-applicants-higher-than-identical-men-study/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:15:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54734 Academics rate women job applicants higher than identical men: study
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When hundreds of U.S. college faculty members rated junior scientists based on scholarly record, job interview performance and other information with an eye toward which should be hired, they preferred women over identically qualified men two-to-one, scientists reported on Monday.

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Health data breaches on the rise http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-data-breaches-on-the-rise/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-data-breaches-on-the-rise/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:14:12 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54733 Health data breaches on the rise
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Large-scale health data breaches reported by doctors and health plans have been rising steadily, a new report shows.

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‘Open Humans’ Network Launched to Share DNA and Other Data http://www.bioethics.net/news/open-humans-network-launched-to-share-dna-and-other-data/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/open-humans-network-launched-to-share-dna-and-other-data/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:11:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54732 ‘Open Humans’ Network Launched to Share DNA and Other Data
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People eager to share personal information beyond what’s on their Facebook profile have another outlet: an online platform launching on Tuesday will let them give scientists information about their genomes, gut bacteria and other biological data.

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Where does my personality fit in? http://www.bioethics.net/news/where-does-my-personality-fit-in/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/where-does-my-personality-fit-in/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:09:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54731 Where does my personality fit in?
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New research maps the personality of 380 places in Great Britain. Where do you fit in?

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