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11/05/2014

A conversation with a cancer patient about palliative care

Palliative care expert Timothy Quill held an intimate conversation with a Stanford neurosurgeon suffering from advanced lung cancer as an example of how physicians should talk to patients with serious illnesses about quality-of-life care.

11/04/2014

Human-subjects research: The ethics squad

Bioethicists are setting up consultancies for research — but some scientists question whether they are needed.

11/04/2014

The buddy system Veterans help veterans combat PTSD

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System have designed a pilot program based on veterans supporting veterans.

11/03/2014

White House to Cut Funding for Risky Biological Study

Prompted by controversy over dangerous research and recent laboratory accidents, the White House announced Friday that it would temporarily halt all new funding for experiments that seek to study certain infectious agents by making them more dangerous.

11/03/2014

Does Your Average Scientist Need an Ethicist on Call?

Bioethicists are setting up consultancies for research — but some scientists question whether they are a necessity.

10/28/2014

The Ethics of Experimenting on Yourself

Ethicists have long worried about protecting patients from the researchers who experiment on them. But today, with more patients contributing to experiments and sometimes running their own—in what’s known as citizen science—ethicists are asking: Do patients need to be protected from themselves?

10/28/2014

JONAS SALK: Google says ‘thanks’ to the heroic polio-vaccine developer with birthday Doodle

As so many tens of thousands of children suffered from polio into midcentury, his vaccine began as the stuff of dreams; by the mid-’50s, it was the substance of a profoundly life-altering reality.

10/27/2014

African Lions Face Extinction by 2050, Could Gain Endangered Species Act Protection

The African lion (Panthera leo leo) faces the threat of extinction by the year 2050, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe warned today. The sobering news came as part of the agency’s announcement that it has officially proposed that African lions receive much-needed protection under the Endangered Species Act.

10/27/2014

Health Officials Expect to Start Vaccine Trials in West Africa as Early as December

Public health authorities said on Friday that they hoped to begin trials of Ebola vaccines in disease-ravaged West Africa as early as December and could know around April whether they were effective, clearing the way for possible mass inoculations to stem the epidemic.

10/20/2014

U.N. Group Urges China’s Wealthy to Fight Ebola

Chinese corporations and wealthy individuals aren’t contributing enough to help fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa, despite the nation’s deep ties to the region, said the United Nations World Food Program’s China representative.

10/20/2014

Scientist catches spider the size of a puppy

Harvard zoologist Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana when he happened upon a rare Goliath birdeater spider.

10/15/2014

Guatemala may weigh softer drug punishments in liberalization push

Guatemala will weigh easing punishments for minor narcotics-related offenses as part of a push to liberalize drug policy and explore regulating production of opium poppies and marijuana for medical use, President Otto Perez said.

10/14/2014

Ancient Indonesian cave paintings rewrite history of human art

Prehistoric paintings at least 40,000 years old that depict animals – including one known as a “pig-deer” – and the outline of human hands in seven caves on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi are rewriting the history of art.

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.