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Stethoscope meets smartphone and the heart knows it’s right

The Food and Drug Administration has cleared for the U.S. market a digital stethoscope, the Eko Core, that aims to bring auscultation — the ancient medical practice of listening to a patient’s heartbeat — squarely into the 21st century.


Coerced sterilization of Canadian indigenous women in 70s widespread: researcher

The coercive sterilization of indigenous women in Canadian health centers during the 1970s was more widespread than previously believed, with impoverished communities in the north disproportionately targeted, a researcher has found.


The Changing Definition of What Is ‘Brain Dead’

The declaration of “brain dead” for Oakland teenager Jahi McMath brings up the question: How is new medical technology changing the way we define death?


Cancer sniffing dogs to aid British doctors

They’re known as man’s best friend; but dogs could soon also be their greatest ally in the fight against prostate cancer. Britain’s National Health Service recently approved a trial for dogs capable of sniffing out prostate cancer in the hope that it could show up inaccuracies in the current PSA (prostate specific antigen) test.


Veterans discharged for misconduct have higher risk of homelessness

U.S. veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq who were discharged due to misconduct are more likely to be homeless than other returning vets, according to a new study.


Multiple sclerosis linked to lower levels of vitamin D

Researches have shown that individuals deficient in vitamin D may be susceptible to multiple sclerosis.


Women, minorities still underrepresented in medical specialties

Too few women and minorities are entering certain medical specialties in the U.S., researchers say.


Legal case tests religious hospitals’ right to deny procedures

Rachel Miller, due to have her second child in late September, agreed with her husband that this would be her last pregnancy and decided she would be sterilized by tubal ligation after giving birth. But her hospital in Redding, owned by Dignity Health in San Francisco, refused to allow her doctor to perform the procedure, saying tubal ligation violates the ethical principles of Catholic health care facilities.


In graphic detail, medical journal describes ‘heavy overtones’ of sexual assault in operating room

In an anonymous essay published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week, one physician describes — in graphic detail — what happened to two women when they were asleep in operating rooms. The stories are horrifying.


A doctor discovers an important question patients should be asked

“What are your goals for your care, and how can I help you?”


Ben Carson Conducted Research on Fetal Tissue — And Defends It

The discovery of Carson’s past involvement in fetal tissue donation comes on the heels of a piece in the latest issue of the NEJM on the importance of fetal tissue research by R. Alta Charo, JD.


Evolving Challenges and Research-Needs Concerning Ebola

Publication by Robert Klitzman, M.D., Pofessor of Psychiatry and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University, New York, NY.


Children and Clinical Research: Ethical Issues

The report contains a number of recommendations on how to increase the involvement of children in research.


Designing life from scratch: A fledgling field is about to take off

Mother Nature has always been life’s master architect, working off genetic blueprints that are fine-tuned from one generation to the next.


Yes, It’s True: Women Really Are Freezing Their Tails Off at Work

There’s a logical reason for why temps are more on the frigid side in buildings: The temperature is set for a man’s metabolism, using a decades-old formula.


This piece highlights the gene-editing system known as CRISPR.

Everyone at the Napa meeting had access to a gene-editing technique called Crispr-Cas9.


Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete

The final appeals court for global sports further blurred the line separating male and female athletes on Monday, ruling that a common factor in distinguishing the sexes — the level of natural testosterone in an athlete’s body — is insufficient to bar some women from competing against females.


Stanford bioethicist fights gender tests for female athletes

A final appeals court for global sports has ruled that Chand, a sprinter with the condition hyperandrogenism who was barred from international competition because of her high natural levels of testosterone, must be allowed to compete.


WHO: Trials show new Ebola vaccine is ‘highly effective’

A newly developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus is “highly effective” and could help prevent its spread in the current and future outbreaks, the World Health Organization said.


Man dies after police hogtie him at Mississippi concert

The family of a Tennessee man are asking for state and federal help after police hogtied him during an arrest at a concert in Mississippi and he later died, the family’s attorney said Tuesday.


Flavoring, other additives increase cigarettes’ addictiveness

Ingredients that help enhance the appeal of “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes may contribute to the addictiveness of smoking, a study suggests.


Romania investigates suspected drug company bribes

Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have conducted a series of searches at drug companies, hospitals and clinics this week to investigate suspected bribes paid to doctors for prescribing cancer drugs.


Americans report improved health, better healthcare: study

Americans are reporting improved health and better healthcare two years after health insurance became available under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Not all new mothers in U.S. get advice on breastfeeding, infant care: survey

Despite medical evidence showing the benefits of breastfeeding and how to prevent cot deaths, some doctors are not passing on the information to new mothers in the United States, researchers said on Monday.


India set to become world’s most populous country by 2022 – U.N.

India is set to overtake China and become the world’s most populous country in less than a decade – six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday.


High on the menu: cannabis spaghetti features at Italian foodfest

Farmers from southern Italy presenting their wares at a London food festival this week say their hemp pasta, oil and bread won’t get you high, but do provide a healthy, tasty alternative to the traditional, wheat variety.


Kids with psychiatric problems may face struggles as adults

Kids with psychiatric problems may be more likely to have health, legal, financial and social difficulties as adults even when their mental health issues don’t persist beyond childhood, a study suggests.


Effect of poverty on brains may explain poor kids’ lower test scores

The effect of poverty on children’s brains may explain why poor youngsters tend to score lower on standardized tests compared to wealthier students, a new study suggests.


Video of Planned Parenthood executive discussing tissue, organ prices sparks abortion firestorm

Last summer, a Planned Parenthood executive dined with representatives of a biomedical company eager to learn how the organization gets fetal tissues and organs to researchers.


Comment Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Depressed

Smartphones can track fitness, sleep and nutrition, and they might be able to detect depression, too.