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10/13/2014

Americans have 14 million smoking-related ailments: study

About 14 million major medical conditions in the U.S. can be blamed on smoking, according to a study by health officials.

10/09/2014

For diabetes, stem cell recipe offers new hope

Douglas Melton is as impatient as anyone for a cure for diabetes. His son developed the disease as an infant, and his daughter was diagnosed at age 14. For most of the past 2 decades, the developmental biologist at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute has focused his research on finding a cure.

10/09/2014

Send Your Name to Mars on Orion’s First Flight

NASA may not have yet figured out how to send humans to Mars, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a name for yourself. The space agency is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip that will travel to destinations beyond the low-Earth orbit, including Mars, aboard the Orion spacecraft’s first flight.

Read more: http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/9479/20141009/send-your-name-to-mars-on-orions-first-flight.htm#ixzz3FfbbZOjX

10/08/2014

Nobel Prize for seeing how life works at molecular level

A German and two American scientists won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for smashing the size barrier in optical microscopes, allowing researchers to see individual molecules inside living cells.

10/08/2014

Wal-Mart raises healthcare costs, cuts benefits for some part-timers

Taking away access to healthcare, even though many of my co-workers couldn’t afford it anyway, is just another example of Walmart manipulating the system to keep workers in a state of financial crisis.

10/07/2014

Fighting for the Body She Was Born With

Olympic sports have chosen to set a limit on testosterone to distinguish the two. Unfortunately, that standard leaves a woman like Chand on the outside looking in.

10/07/2014

‘Decision fatigue’ may lead docs to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics

As the day wears on and doctors get tired, they’re about 25 percent more likely than early in their shifts to prescribe antibiotics to patients who don’t need them, according to a new study.

10/06/2014

Mother of world’s first baby born after womb transplant says risk paid off

For the world’s first baby born to a woman with a transplanted womb – a medical first – only a victorious name would do.

10/06/2014

The Church’s Gay Obsession

REPEATEDLY over the last year and a half, I’ve written about teachers in Catholic schools and leaders in Catholic parishes who were dismissed from their posts because they were in same-sex relationships and — in many cases — had decided to marry.

10/06/2014

Nobel prize in medicine awarded for discovery of brain’s ‘GPS’

Three scientists, including a husband-and-wife team, have been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine for deciphering the mechanism in the brain that allows us to find our way around.

09/30/2014

Videos explain concepts of clinical research

When a doctor asks a patient if he or she would like to be randomized into an arm of a standard-of-care treatment study, does the patient really understand the question?

09/29/2014

If Synthetic Biology Lets Us Play God, We Need Rules

Synthetic biology has been called “genetic engineering on steroids.” It’s also been described as so difficult to pin down that five scientists would give you six different definitions.

09/29/2014

Finding Risks, Not Answers, in Gene Tests

Jennifer was 39 and perfectly healthy, but her grandmother had died young from breast cancer, so she decided to be tested for mutations in two genes known to increase risk for the disease.

09/26/2014

Obama creates vast Pacific Ocean marine reserve

The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will become the largest network of oceanic protected areas in the world.  The memorandum bans commercial fishing, deep-sea mining and other extraction of underwater resources in the area.

09/26/2014

Half Of Our Planet’s Water May Be Older Than The Sun

The next time you reach for a glass of water you might want to think about its primordial origins. A new study suggests that upwards of 50% of the Earth’s water may be older thank the solar system itself.

09/25/2014

El Salvador abortion ban is torture, kills women: Amnesty

El Salvador’s total ban on abortion is killing women and girls, forcing them to undergo dangerous backstreet abortions and landing them in jail, rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday.

09/25/2014

Volunteers use 3D printers to create inexpensive prosthetics

An online organization of more than 1,500 volunteers is using 3D printers to produce prosthetic hands or fingers for people around the world who need them.

09/24/2014

HHS: Health law will lead to big drop in free hospital care

The Affordable Care Act will lead to $5.7 billion in savings in uncompensated hospital care costs this year, the Obama Administration said Wednesday, reducing one of the biggest financial challenges hospitals face.

09/23/2014

More patients could wear regular clothing in hospital: study

Although doctors say many patients in hospitals could be wearing their own clothing below the waist, and most want to, a majority still don’t, according to a small Canadian study.

09/23/2014

U.S. agency moves to end sex bias in biomedical research

The U.S. National Institutes of Health began putting in place on Tuesday its new policy aimed at ending long-standing sex bias in biomedical research favoring male lab animals and cells in the pivotal studies that are done before human clinical trials.

09/22/2014

A brain wave test could diagnose autistic kids more accurately — and earlier

A person poses with an electro-encephalography (EEG) cap, which measures brain activity, at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen near Munich. Autism researchers found promising signs that an EEG can be used to detect symptoms of autism in children and adolescents.

09/22/2014

UK opens first clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation

Britain’s first specialist clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) opened in London on Monday as part of a push to eradicate the illegal ritual in the country.

09/16/2014

This Startup Could Turn Your iPhone Into a Tiny Disease-Detecting Lab

A mobile phone can do so many things. At any given moment, it can be a camera, a game console, a GPS, or a flashlight, just to name a few of its many guises. But Max Perelman wants to add another. He wants to turn the average iPhone into a tiny laboratory.

09/16/2014

Thousands Of People Oblivious To Fact That Anyone On The Internet Can Access Their Computers

Paul McMillan sent his winged monkey scanners out looking for computers that have remote access software on them, but no password. In just that short hour, the results came pouring in: thousands of computers on port 5900 using a program called VNC for remote access.

09/15/2014

Insurance giants creating massive database of patient records

Two of California’s largest health insurers are partnering to create a massive database of patient medical records.  But the system faces significant technological challenges and privacy concerns.

09/15/2014

A New Study Supports Female Athletes Unfairly Excluded From Sport

I’ve had the pleasure of having a few pieces published on in Slate, in particular in Outward. None have had as much response, good and bad, as my rant against the current International Olympic Committee policy that bans women with high natural testosterone levels from competing in women’s events.

09/11/2014

Health Reform Watch: Study finds fewer deaths after MA health reform

In this edition of Health Reform Watch: Harvard Asst. Professor Ben Sommers explains his widely-quoted study showing a measurable drop in adult deaths in Massachusetts in the wake of the state’s health reform program, the model for the Affordable Care Act.

09/11/2014

Scientists ‘reset’ stem cells to study start of human development

British and Japanese scientists have managed to “reset” human stem cells to their earliest state, opening up a new realm of research into the start of human development and potentially life-saving regenerative medicines.

09/10/2014

Planet of the apes: Gibbons are last ape to have genome revealed

Gibbons – the small, long-armed tree swingers that inhabit the dense tropical forests of Southeast Asia – have become the last of the planet’s apes to have their genetic secrets revealed.

09/10/2014

NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing

The National Institutes of Health has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the privacy of research participants.