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08/21/2014

California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday.

08/20/2014

‘Mission Blue’ film charts scientist’s quest to save oceans

From the Galapagos Islands to Australia’s Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary “Mission Blue” navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet’s threatened seas.

08/20/2014

California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations

California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state’s rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as tubal ligation from incarcerated women.

08/19/2014

NSA’s ‘MonsterMind’ Could Automate Cyberwar

The plan to build a cybersecurity machine that would monitor all private communications coming into the U.S. for attacks and retaliate without human involvement was the last straw that led Snowden to become a whistleblower, he told Wired in an interview.

08/19/2014

Westboro Baptist Church’s Plan To Protest Robin Williams’ Funeral Thwarted By Love

The Westboro Baptist Church is trying to spread its vile message of intolerance with a disgraceful protest of Robin Williams’ funeral, but Planting Peace is not letting the hate take root.

08/19/2014

These Medical Apps Have Doctors and the FDA Worried

Iltifat Husain has seen an awful lot of sickness and injury during his time as an emergency room doctor, but lately, he’s worried about something new. He’s worried about the ill effects of mobile healthcare apps.

08/18/2014

New York City council speaker reveals HPV diagnosis to raise awareness

The speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, announced at the weekend that she has a “high-risk” form of HPV to try to raise awareness about the common but often stigmatized sexually transmitted infection.

08/15/2014

Thailand stops US and Australian couples leaving with surrogate babies: advocate

U.S. and Australian couples attempting to leave Thailand with babies born by surrogate mothers have been stopped at the airport and prevented from leaving the country in recent days, an Australian surrogacy advocate said on Friday.

08/14/2014

Pot-Smoking Mom Fights to Breastfeed. What Are the Risks?

A new mom in Portland, Ore., said she was barred from breastfeeding her premature newborn because she is a regular user of medical marijuana. “They’re refusing to allow me to breastfeed,” Crystal Cain told local news station KATU, referring to officials at Oregon Health Science University.

08/14/2014

Ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola virus disease (EVD)

Ebola outbreaks can be contained using available interventions like early detection and isolation, contact tracing and monitoring, and adherence to rigorous procedures of infection control. However, a specific treatment or vaccine would be a potent asset to counter the virus.

08/13/2014

Film documents rise and fall of a genome matching service – and poses tough ethical questions

When I think of “science fiction,” I picture three-eyed aliens with purple-and-gold tentacles — not the disturbing demise of a man, and a company, depicted in the film “The Perfect 46.”

08/12/2014

Japan scientist in discredited stem-cell research dead in suicide

A Japanese researcher at the center of discredited research that was initially hailed as a potential breakthrough for stem-cell treatment, killed himself after months of stress and exhaustion, officials said on Tuesday.

08/12/2014

Briton with advanced heart failure launches new gene therapy trial

A 37-year-old British man who needs a mechanical pump to keep his heart working has kicked off tests to see if gene therapy could help him recover and potentially avoid the need for a heart transplant.

08/11/2014

Scientists retract narcolepsy study linked to GSK vaccine

Scientists who believed they had started to decipher links between a GlaxoSmithKline H1N1 pandemic flu vaccine and the sleep disorder narcolepsy have retracted a study after saying they cannot replicate their findings.

08/11/2014

Regardless of location, concussions serious: study

Concussions in high school football players are equally serious no matter where on the head the hit occurred, according to a new study.

08/11/2014

Ethical questions emerge over who gets Ebola drug

In a development that raises a host of ethical issues, Spain announced it had obtained a scarce U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest infected with the killer virus.

08/07/2014

Organ shortage prompts debate over compensating donors

Jessica Kastler will drive from her home in San Luis Obispo to San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center this month to give a kidney to someone she doesn’t know.

08/07/2014

More Live Organ Donations Needed To Address Gap in California

While the number of deceased organ donors in California has increased in recent years, observers say more live donors are needed to meet the need of residents awaiting donations, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

08/06/2014

France passes sweeping gender equality law

France has passed a sweeping gender equality law that eases current restrictions on abortion, encourages paternity leave and promotes gender parity at home and in the workplace.

08/06/2014

WHO consulting ethics experts on experimental Ebola drugs

The use of an experimental drug to treat two U.S. charity workers stricken by the deadly Ebola virus has prompted the World Health Organization to consider the implications of making such treatments more widely available, it said on Wednesday.

08/05/2014

Ebola: Are Treatments, Vaccines on the Horizon?

An experimental serum grown in specially modified tobacco leaves made headlines this week when it was given to two Americans stricken with Ebola.

08/05/2014

FDA calls for more specific gluten-free labels

There’s gluten-free water. And, gluten-free mushrooms and gluten-free rice cereal.

08/04/2014

U.S. judge slows abortion restrictions tide by striking down Alabama law

A U.S. judge on Monday ruled unconstitutional an Alabama law that threatened to close three of the state’s five abortion clinics while a hearing opened in Texas with an abortion rights group trying to overturn restrictions imposed in that state.

08/04/2014

Australian couple ‘leave disabled baby with Thai surrogate’

When the Australians discovered the boy, named Gammy by his surrogate family, had Down’s Syndrome they abandoned him in Thailand and returned to Australia with only the healthy girl, Australia’s ABC said.

08/01/2014

E-Cigarettes are Less Harmful Than Conventional Cigarettes

Researchers at the Queen Mary University, London, reviewed current scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes and found that e-cigarettes were safer than conventional cigarettes for both users and bystanders.

08/01/2014

Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?

In relatively prosperous Western Europe, the average male lifespan is between three (UK) and six years (Austria, Spain, Greece) shorter than women’s

07/31/2014

Blood test could reliably predict risk of suicide attempt

According to a report from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, researchers discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could offer doctors a simple blood test to predict a person’s risk of attempting suicide.

07/31/2014

See-Through Mice Reveal Details of Inner Anatomy

Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won’t find these critters scampering in your kitchen.

07/30/2014

Repeal Prohibition, Again

The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives.

07/30/2014

Teen Cancer Survivor Needs New Teeth, Insurance Company Refuses to Pay

His insurance paid to have the dead teeth removed, but won’t pay for new ones. [The insurance] said it wasn’t a medical issue and of course it’s from a medical issue.