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12/10/2015

U.S. mentally ill 16 times more likely to be killed by police: study

Americans with severe mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by police than other civilians, a study by an advocacy group said on Thursday.

12/09/2015

U.S. teens don’t exercise enough at school

Even though teens get more exercise at school than anywhere else, it still isn’t enough to meet minimum daily activity levels recommended for good physical and mental health, a U.S. study suggests.

12/08/2015

More than half of U.S. doctors experience burnout

Burnout among U.S. doctors is becoming more common and now affects more than half of practicing physicians, according to a new study.  About 54 percent of U.S. doctors experienced at least one symptom of burnout in 2014, compared to about 46 percent of doctors in 2011, researchers report in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

12/07/2015

Zafgen halts obesity drug trial after second patient death

Zafgen Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was putting a late-stage study testing its experimental obesity drug on complete hold after a second patient died during the trial.

12/04/2015

No Planned Parenthood cut-off in Republicans’ spending draft: Pelosi

Despite pledges by some conservative Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood, House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said no such proposal was included in a draft government funding bill sent to her this week.

12/03/2015

This Technology Can Fight Cancer And Create Adorable Mini Pigs. So Why Are Scientists So Worried?

As any number of magazine articles and news stories from recent months have noted, we are in the midst of a major genetic revolution. Thanks to a gene-editing technique called Crispr-Cas9, it is now not only possible, but easy, cheap and fast, to change, delete or replace genes in any plant or animal, including people.

12/02/2015

When medical knowledge is at a crossroads, how research can take patient preferences into account

Neither drug is experimental; both are within the standard of care. Your doctor doesn’t have any medical reason to recommend one or the other.

12/01/2015

‘Gene drive’ tool can prevent epidemics — but should it?

The genetically engineered mosquitoes now living in a Southern California basement lab, secured behind five locked doors, prove that it may be possible to wipe out malaria.

 

11/30/2015

Open Season Is Seen in Gene Editing of Animals

Other than the few small luxuries afforded them, like private access to a large patch of grass, there was nothing to mark the two hornless dairy calves born last spring at a breeding facility here as early specimens in a new era of humanity’s dominion over nature.

11/24/2015

U.S. appeals court rules against Wisconsin abortion doctor law

A Wisconsin law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is unconstitutional, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday, addressing a topic the U.S. Supreme Court is considering during its current term.

11/23/2015

Bioethics team creates online repository of advice on ethical research practices

Standardized ethics consultation templates will enable bioethicists to share best practices in a centralized, privacy-protected repository.

11/20/2015

Woman Sues Hospital Over Traumatic Birth That ‘Turned Our Family Life Upside Down’

Caroline Malatesta was 32 years old and halfway through the pregnancy of her fourth child when she made a seemingly radical move: She switched hospitals, lured from one that had taken a typically medicalized approach to her three previous births — requiring that she labor on her back, feet in stirrups, with epidurals and episiotomies — to one that used a splashy new marketing campaign to offer women “autonomy,” birthing tubs, cushy suites, and the honoring of any “personalized birth plan.”

11/19/2015

S.F. woman who sought to have embryos preserved loses legal case

A judge ruled Wednesday that the frozen embryos of a divorced San Francisco couple must be thawed and destroyed despite the ex-wife’s desire — over her former husband’s objections — to use them to become pregnant.

11/18/2015

Can This Procedure Reverse an Abortion?

A slew of local reports regarding the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) program — which attempts to cancel the effects of RU486, or mifepristone, through its Emergency Abortion Pill Reversal Kit, apparently offered by more than 300 providers across the country — have surfaced on local Fox News stations this week. But how was this procedure established? And is it actually effective? Opinions are split, Yahoo Parenting has found.

11/17/2015

The Gene Hackers

A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before.

11/16/2015

Using social media in clinical research: Case studies address ethical gray areas

If a public-health researcher is reviewing Facebook profiles of 14-year-old males for firearm references and discovers photos or words referencing a potentially threatening situation, should the researcher intervene? What levels of privacy should these children expect in the online world.

11/13/2015

Stanford scientists criticize NIH moratorium

A group of seven Stanford scientists spoke out last week against the National Institute of Health’s decision to suspend funding for a specific type of stem cell research. They argued that the moratorium will discourage work with tremendous potential to advance medicine.

11/12/2015

Coca-Cola Spends Millions Of Dollars Funding Research That—Surprise!—Says Soda Is Just Fine

Last week, the University of Colorado announced that it would return a $1 million gift from Coca-Cola—news that came after a New York Times article in August revealed that the soda company funded a group of scientists called the Global Energy Balance Network that downplayed the relationship between soda and obesity, emphasizing instead the importance of exercise.

11/11/2015

Flag Football: The Alternative for Concerned Parents

Cliff Ward Jr. is a self-described football nut. The Hebron, Ohio, resident first played football in third grade. His father was a high-school football star. But his 9-year-old son, Ty, is playing something different—flag football, on a local YMCA team.

11/10/2015

US FDA sends letter to DNA4Life over consumer gene tests

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to privately held gene testing company DNA4Life over the company’s sale of an unapproved direct-to-consumer gene test to predict drug response.

11/10/2015

The Theranos mess: A timeline

How the blood-testing company went from hot to troubled in just a couple of weeks.

11/09/2015

Can This Procedure Reverse an Abortion?

A slew of local reports regarding the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) program — which attempts to cancel the effects of RU486, or mifepristone, through its Emergency Abortion Pill Reversal Kit, apparently offered by more than 300 providers across the country — have surfaced on local Fox News stations this week. But how was this procedure established? And is it actually effective? Opinions are split, Yahoo Parenting has found.

11/07/2015

Human-animal chimeras: Stanford scientists condemn funding ban

The Obama administration has quietly clamped a moratorium on a new type of stem-cell research, triggering a letter from a group of Stanford scientists condemning the move and saying that it could delay discoveries in a promising field of medicine.

11/07/2015

Researchers urge lifting of NIH funding restrictions on chimeric research

In September, the National Institutes of Health halted research funding for chimeric human/nonhuman embryos until new funding guidelines are established. Stanford researchers describe the detrimental impact of a ban.

11/06/2015

Marijuana is literally the least of the nation’s drug worries, the police have announced

America’s cops overwhelmingly do not see marijuana as a major threat to their communities, according to results of a survey released this week as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary.”

11/05/2015

Junk Food Not to Blame for America’s Obesity Epidemic: Study

“These are foods that are clearly bad for you and if you eat too much of them they will make you fat, but it doesn’t appear to be the main driver that is making people overweight and obese,” said lead researcher David Just, co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics, in Ithaca, N.Y.

11/04/2015

France ends law banning blood donation from gay men

France has decided to end a more than 30-year-old law that banned gay men from donating blood, a measure originally put in place to stop the spread of diseases such as HIV.

11/03/2015

A group of middle-aged whites in the U.S. is dying at a startling rate

A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published Monday that shows a sharp reversal in decades of progress toward longer lives.

10/30/2015

Kids get more cavities when they live with smokers

Young children are much more likely to get cavities if they live in a household with smokers, a Japanese study suggests.

10/29/2015

Popular cholesterol drugs may make flu vaccine less effective

Millions of people who take statins to lower cholesterol may not get maximum protection from flu vaccines, two new studies suggest.