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Children and Clinical Research: Ethical Issues

The report contains a number of recommendations on how to increase the involvement of children in research.


Designing life from scratch: A fledgling field is about to take off

Mother Nature has always been life’s master architect, working off genetic blueprints that are fine-tuned from one generation to the next.


Yes, It’s True: Women Really Are Freezing Their Tails Off at Work

There’s a logical reason for why temps are more on the frigid side in buildings: The temperature is set for a man’s metabolism, using a decades-old formula.


This piece highlights the gene-editing system known as CRISPR.

Everyone at the Napa meeting had access to a gene-editing technique called Crispr-Cas9.


Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete

The final appeals court for global sports further blurred the line separating male and female athletes on Monday, ruling that a common factor in distinguishing the sexes — the level of natural testosterone in an athlete’s body — is insufficient to bar some women from competing against females.


Stanford bioethicist fights gender tests for female athletes

A final appeals court for global sports has ruled that Chand, a sprinter with the condition hyperandrogenism who was barred from international competition because of her high natural levels of testosterone, must be allowed to compete.


WHO: Trials show new Ebola vaccine is ‘highly effective’

A newly developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus is “highly effective” and could help prevent its spread in the current and future outbreaks, the World Health Organization said.


Man dies after police hogtie him at Mississippi concert

The family of a Tennessee man are asking for state and federal help after police hogtied him during an arrest at a concert in Mississippi and he later died, the family’s attorney said Tuesday.


Flavoring, other additives increase cigarettes’ addictiveness

Ingredients that help enhance the appeal of “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes may contribute to the addictiveness of smoking, a study suggests.


Romania investigates suspected drug company bribes

Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have conducted a series of searches at drug companies, hospitals and clinics this week to investigate suspected bribes paid to doctors for prescribing cancer drugs.


Americans report improved health, better healthcare: study

Americans are reporting improved health and better healthcare two years after health insurance became available under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Not all new mothers in U.S. get advice on breastfeeding, infant care: survey

Despite medical evidence showing the benefits of breastfeeding and how to prevent cot deaths, some doctors are not passing on the information to new mothers in the United States, researchers said on Monday.


India set to become world’s most populous country by 2022 – U.N.

India is set to overtake China and become the world’s most populous country in less than a decade – six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday.


High on the menu: cannabis spaghetti features at Italian foodfest

Farmers from southern Italy presenting their wares at a London food festival this week say their hemp pasta, oil and bread won’t get you high, but do provide a healthy, tasty alternative to the traditional, wheat variety.


Kids with psychiatric problems may face struggles as adults

Kids with psychiatric problems may be more likely to have health, legal, financial and social difficulties as adults even when their mental health issues don’t persist beyond childhood, a study suggests.


Effect of poverty on brains may explain poor kids’ lower test scores

The effect of poverty on children’s brains may explain why poor youngsters tend to score lower on standardized tests compared to wealthier students, a new study suggests.


Video of Planned Parenthood executive discussing tissue, organ prices sparks abortion firestorm

Last summer, a Planned Parenthood executive dined with representatives of a biomedical company eager to learn how the organization gets fetal tissues and organs to researchers.


Comment Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Depressed

Smartphones can track fitness, sleep and nutrition, and they might be able to detect depression, too.


Physician writers share a “global perspective on healing”

When I saw that an event called “Medicine Around the World: Healing from a Global Perspective” was taking place on campus, I thought it would be right up my alley as a medical anthropologist. – See more at:


Cancer survivors may face barriers to adoption

Cancer survivors, who are often left infertile by the disease or treatment, may face unexpected hurdles if they later turn to adoption to start a family, a study suggests.


Battle over S.F. couple’s frozen embryos heads to court

Mimi Lee holds her dog Toshi at her loft in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday, June 26, 2015. Just days before her wedding in 2010, Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer so she and her new husband agreed to in vitro fertilization and freeze several embryos. After she finished her cancer treatments, her husband told her he wanted a divorce and has since refused to give Lee consent to use the frozen embryos for her last chance to have a biological child and instead, wants the embryos destroyed.


Scientists Demonstrate Animal Mind-Melds

A single neuron can’t do much on its own, but link billions of them together into a network and you’ve got a brain.


Healthier meals do cost families more

Shopping for healthier groceries, like whole wheat bread instead of white bread and lean meat instead of fattier cuts, would cost a family of four about $1,500 more a year at their regular stores, according to a new U.S. study.


California assisted suicide bill stalls before committee

A contentious physician-assisted suicide bill that would allow some terminally ill patients in California to legally obtain medication to end their lives has stalled, state lawmakers said on Tuesday, amid staunch opposition from religious leaders.


Increase taxes on tobacco products to curb demand: WHO

Even as India made progress in increasing taxes on cigarettes between 2012-14, it has little effect as the “modest hikes” were compensated by relatively higher income growth, a WHO report today said, urging nations across the globe to raise taxes on tobacco products to reduce its consumption.


What remains unsaid about assisted suicide

Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will hint, vaguely, how to do it.


A Scientific Ethical Divide Between China and West

China is spending hundreds of billions of dollars annually in an effort to become a leader in biomedical research, building scores of laboratories and training thousands of scientists.


California Mom Christy O’Donnell Fights to Die on Her Own Terms

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.


Supreme Court Allows Use of Controversial Sedative for Lethal Injection

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.


U.S. Congress Moves to Block Human Embryo Editing

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.