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03/11/2016

‘Body Hacking’ Movement Rises Ahead Of Moral Answers

A curious crowd lingered around Amal Graafstra as he carefully unpacked a pair of gloves, a small sterile blanket and a huge needle. A long line of people were waiting to get tiny computer chips implanted into their hands.

03/10/2016

New Procedure Allows Kidney Transplants From Any Donor

In the anguishing wait for a new kidney, tens of thousands of patients on waiting lists may never find a match because their immune systems will reject almost any transplanted organ. Now, in a large national study thatexperts are calling revolutionary, researchers have found a way to get them the desperately needed procedure.

03/09/2016

Should Therapists Analyze Presidential Candidates?

Not long ago, a journalist asked me what I thought, as a psychiatrist, of Donald J. Trump.  Many psychologists have been quick to offer diagnoses, calling him and other presidential candidates “narcissists,” and even providing thoughts about possible treatments.

03/08/2016

No Paid Sick Leave Means Workers Skip Medical Care

U.S. workers without paid sick leave are more likely to keep going to work when they’re sick and to forgo medical care for themselves and their families, compared to workers who do get paid for sick days, according to a new study.

03/07/2016

Living With the Parents I’m Losing to Alzheimer’s

My parents called me one day in March and started singing “Happy Birthday.” It was unsettling. My birthday is in May.  My uncle called, too. He and my father had owned an upholstery shop in Philadelphia for 50 years, and it was really bothering him that my dad couldn’t do simple math anymore.

03/04/2016

Zika Kills Cells Key to Fetal Brain Development, Study Says

The Zika virus destroys cells that give rise to the brain cortex in the developing fetus, scientists reported on Friday. The finding, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, may help explain how the virus might cause microcephaly, or unusually small heads, in infants whose mothers are infected during pregnancy.

03/03/2016

NY Attorney General to Investigate Insurers Over Hepatitis C Drugs

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has asked 16 health insurers for documentation on patients who have been denied coverage of drugs used to cure hepatitis C, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

03/02/2016

First Uterus Transplant in the US Gives 26-year-old Woman Chance at Pregnancy

Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have performed the nation’s first uterus transplant, offering a 26-year-old infertile woman a chance at getting pregnant.

03/01/2016

All Surrogacy is Exploitation – The World Should Follow Sweden’s Ban

That something is not quite right about surrogacy has been evident for some time. Ever since the commercial surrogacy industry kicked off in the late 1970s, it has been awash with scandals, exploitation and abuse. From the infamous “Baby M” case – in which the mother changed her mind and was forced, in tears, to hand over her baby – to the Japanese billionaire who ordered 16 children from different Thai clinics. There has been a total commodification of human life: click; choose race and eye colour; pay, then have your child delivered.

02/29/2016

520-million-year-old fossilized nervous system is most detailed example yet found

Researchers have found one of the oldest and most detailed fossils of the central nervous system yet identified, from a crustacean-like animal that lived more than 500 million years ago. The fossil, from southern China, has been so well preserved that individual nerves are visible, the first time this level of detail has been observed in a fossil of this age.

02/26/2016

Benzodiazepine prescriptions, overdose deaths on the rise in U.S.

Even as opiate abuse has become a growing problem in the U.S., overdose deaths involving sedatives and antiseizure medications in the benzodiazepine category have also risen steeply, according to a recent study.

02/25/2016

Were dodos as dumb as they looked? New research suggests otherwise.

Dodos, best known for being dead and, well, dumb, may not have been total doofuses. A study published Tuesday in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society suggests that the birds had brains of about the same relative size as a modern pigeon’s.

02/23/2016

Doing Global Science: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise

02/22/2016

China research highlights country’s excess use of antibiotics

Children in China’s eastern Jiangsu province are being widely exposed to antibiotics from tainted food and drinking water, potentially harming long-term health, local media reported on Monday, citing research from Shanghai’s Fudan University.

02/19/2016

Study: Smoking pot doesn’t make you anxious or depressed

New research published today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found that using marijuana as an adult is not associated with a variety of mood and anxiety disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder.

02/18/2016

Pope suggests women threatened by Zika virus could use contraception

Abortion “is an evil in and of itself, but it is not a religious evil at its root, no? It’s a human evil,” he said. “On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil. In certain cases, as in this one (Zika), such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear.”

02/17/2016

Hospital hack reveals digital risk in medical world

A Southern California hospital fell victim to hackers last week — offering a glimpse at one of many digital threats facing health care.

02/16/2016

How a bite of pizza led to an arrest in the Grim Sleeper serial killer case

For several years before the arrest, a group of detectives worked exclusively on identifying the Grim Sleeper killer, chasing lead after lead down dead ends. In 2010, they got a break: LAPD officials learned that a “familial search” of the DNA database by the California Department of Justice had come up with a convicted felon whose genetic blueprint indicated he was a close relative of the suspect.

02/15/2016

In Embryo Research We Need Laws First, Then Science

The U.K. Human Fertilization & Embryology Authority (HFEA) decision to approve a study in which researchers will use CRISPR gene-editing technology to alter the genes of human embryos has created such a stir because it is the first such project approved for use in potentially viable human embryos.

02/12/2016

Genetic Testing For BRCA Breast Cancer Gene On The Rise In Young Women; Does It Even Influence Treatment Decisions?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women younger than 40 in the U.S. Women who are diagnosed at a young age (under 50) are encouraged to undergo genetic testing to determine if they are carriers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations, since assessing this can have implications for subsequent treatment decisions.

02/11/2016

Mom’s Exposure to Car Smog May Up Child’s Asthma Risk

Babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic sources had an increased risk for developing asthma during their first 5 years of life, according to a study of Canadian children followed from birth.

02/10/2016

Assisted Suicide Study Questions Its Use for Mentally Ill

A new study of doctor-assisted death for people with mental disorders raises questions about the practice, finding that in more than half of approved cases people declined treatment that could have helped, and that many cited loneliness as an important reason for wanting to die.

02/10/2016

Catholic group urges pope to allow contraception to fight Zika

A Roman Catholic group appealed to Pope Francis on Wednesday to allow Church members to “follow their conscience” and use contraception or to let women have abortions to protect themselves against the Zika virus.

02/10/2016

Oh, baby! Woman’s Fitbit reveals she is pregnant

A couple in New York City have good news to share thanks to some wonky Fitbit data and a helpful Redditor: They’re expecting.

02/09/2016

Palo Alto Student Was Asked to Leave School Because of His DNA

To find a society where a student is forced to leave school because of his genes, you might think you’d need to watch “Gattaca” or pick up a dystopian novel.

02/08/2016

U.S. and Europe in ‘Safe Harbor’ Data Deal, but Legal Fight May Await

European officials on Tuesday agreed to a deal with the United States that would let Google, Amazon and thousands of other businesses continue moving people’s digital data, including social media posts and financial information, back and forth across the Atlantic.

02/04/2016

Safe Harbor ripped and replaced with Privacy Shield in last-minute US-Europe deal

“For the first time ever, the United States has given the EU binding assurances that the access of public authorities for national security purposes will be subject to clear limitations, safeguards and oversight mechanisms,” said Europe’s justice commissioner Věra Jourová.

02/03/2016

Ethicists approve “3 parent” embryos to stop diseases, but congressional ban remains

An elite panel of scientists and bioethicists offered guarded approval Wednesday of a novel form of genetic engineering that could prevent congenital diseases but would result in babies with genetic material from three parents.

02/02/2016

Less than half of U.S. kids under age two fully vaccinated against flu

Less than half of children under age 2 years are fully vaccinated against influenza despite a dramatic surge in immunization rates over the past decade, a U.S. study finds.

02/01/2016

Tribes’ Win in Fight for La Jolla Bones Clouds Hopes for DNA Studies

The San Diego Archaeology Center holds a pair of extraordinary skeletons. Dating back about 9,500 years, they are among the oldest human remains ever found in the Americas.