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09/09/2014

Eating is addictive but sugar and fat are not like drugs, study says

There has been a major debate over whether sugar is addictive. There is currently very little evidence to support the idea that any ingredient, food item, additive or combination of ingredients has addictive properties.

09/09/2014

Early treatment may significantly decrease autism symptoms by age 3

A promising new study suggests that treatment for infants who show early signs of autism can essentially eliminate developmental delays for those children by the time they reach age 3.

09/09/2014

Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High Amid Fears of CO2 Saturation Point

Data suggest natural “carbon sinks” may be nearing exhaustion, say some scientists, although others disagree.

09/08/2014

Top U.S. health adviser wants end to partisan fighting over Obamacare

President Barack Obama’s top health adviser on Monday called for an end to partisan bickering over Obamacare, saying the public and businesses are sending a clear message to Washington that it is time to move on with implementing the law.

09/08/2014

Multitasking Gene May Help Drone Operators Control Robotic Swarms

A genetic variant that keeps dopamine levels high could lead to personalized training and also benefit personnel in ERs and air traffic control towers.

08/26/2014

Happiness study draws frowns from critics

A high-profile 2013 study that concluded that different kinds of happiness are associated with dramatically different patterns of gene activity is fatally flawed, according to an analysis published on Monday which tore into its target with language rarely seen in science journals.

08/26/2014

New recommendations for overweight people with heart risks

Overweight patients with risk factors for heart disease should be sent by their doctors for “intensive behavioral counseling” about diet or exercise, according to new recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

08/25/2014

Do sleepy teens need later school start times? Pediatricians say yes

The American Academy of Pediatrics declared the chronic sleepiness of our nation’s teenagers a public health issue in a policy statement Monday.

08/25/2014

E-Cigarettes Worth Try to Quit Smoking, Heart Group Says

The American Heart Association, in a policy statement released today, said physicians shouldn’t discourage e-cigarette use as a last resort to drop a smoking habit.

08/25/2014

Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Pot

States that have legalized medical marijuana tend to experience an unexpected benefit — fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, a new study suggests.

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.