Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in California. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will explain, vaguely, how to do it.
A Silicon Valley start-up with some big-name backers is threatening to upend genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer by offering a test on a sample of saliva that is so inexpensive that most women could get it.
A first-of-its-kind genetic datashare program is being launched to zero in on patients with unclear BRCA test results — and save more women from the devastation of breast and ovarian cancer.
U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday, as public concern rises over possible links to disease.
Two new studies looking at whether electronic cigarettes help smokers to quit their deadly habit have found that while some of them can, it depends on the type and how often it is used.
A pioneering stem cell treatment for patients disabled by stroke has continued to show long-term promise in a clinical trial, the British biotech company behind the project said on Friday.
People with seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis and other illnesses will be allowed to use a non-smoking form of medical marijuana in Georgia after the state’s Republican governor signed a measure legalizing the drug on Thursday.
Congress on Tuesday approved a bill to repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement just in time to head off a 21 percent cut in the doctors’ pay.
New cancer tests that sequence only a patient’s tumor and not normal tissue could result in a significant number of false positive results, potentially leading doctors to prescribe treatments that might not work, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
Some people may be genetically programmed to feel better after taking placebo pills, while others may only heal with real drugs, suggests a new review of existing research.
When hundreds of U.S. college faculty members rated junior scientists based on scholarly record, job interview performance and other information with an eye toward which should be hired, they preferred women over identically qualified men two-to-one, scientists reported on Monday.
Large-scale health data breaches reported by doctors and health plans have been rising steadily, a new report shows.
People eager to share personal information beyond what’s on their Facebook profile have another outlet: an online platform launching on Tuesday will let them give scientists information about their genomes, gut bacteria and other biological data.
Where does my personality fit in?
New research maps the personality of 380 places in Great Britain. Where do you fit in?
Sales of medically important antibiotics in the United States for use in livestock jumped by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013, federal regulators reported on Friday, data that is sure to feed the national debate about the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.
U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast cereal to breast milk for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide on rising concerns over its possible links to disease.
When surgeons prepare patients for an operation by describing how it can fix a problem, patients may agree to procedures without fully understanding the risks, a small study suggests.
California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed forward a bill that would ban parents from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let their school-going children remain unvaccinated.
A bystander’s video showing a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man to death has added momentum to calls to require all police officers to wear body cameras.
People with a high sense of purpose in life have a lower risk of stroke, according to new research.
The years Roman Baca spent perfecting his pliés and arabesques wasn’t exactly a topic of conversation while he was serving as a Marine machine-gunner and fire-team leader in Fallujah, Iraq, as part of Operation Phantom Fury.
The campaign implies autism is a party, rather than a crisis. For families living with autism, reality is far more sober, and their needs extend far beyond “awareness.”
Would you spit in a tube and spend $99 to find out you were related to a famous 18th-century revolutionary or a notorious 19th-century bank robber?
A revolutionary technique developed at UC Berkeley to alter the DNA in human cells could pose such unknown risks if it is misused that a group of eminent biologists is calling for an international slow-down in its application.
A DNA-based blood test may be more effective in detecting possible Down syndrome in unborn children compared to other screening methods, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Difference is inevitable in nature and in life. Difference is not just inevitable — it’s also good. It makes our ecosystems evolve, it makes our societies grow and change and it makes us, as individuals, adapt and become stronger.
More than a year after Colorado legalized marijuana sales, there’s a pot shop just a few steps away from the Prada, Ralph Lauren, Sotheby’s and Burberry stores in this toniest of tony ski towns.