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07/09/2014

San Francisco passes law allowing forced treatment of mentally ill

San Francisco lawmakers approved a law late on Tuesday allowing the forced treatment of mentally ill patients under certain conditions, drawing swift criticism from patient advocacy groups who say the measure tramples civil rights.

07/09/2014

NY insurer to pay up to $31 million for denied mental health claims

A New York-based health insurance company has agreed to reimburse members up to $31 million for previously denied mental health and substance abuse claims, the state attorney general said on Wednesday.

07/09/2014

Transgender Algae Show How Males and Females Came to Be

One of the few things older than the battle of the sexes is the origin of the sexes. How sexes evolved in the first place has been a lasting mystery in biology. Thanks to some transgender algae, scientists may have cracked this evolutionary whodunit.

07/08/2014

U.S. Democrats aim to turn contraception into campaign drive

U.S. Democrats hope to turn their legal setback on Obamacare and contraception into a winning autumn campaign issue by pushing legislation requiring employers to include birth control in healthcare coverage.

07/03/2014

Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Parks

A large percent of the country’s national parks have recently experienced extreme heat, precipitation or drought, which could hurt plant and animal species

07/03/2014

‘Breakthrough’ stem cell study retracted

It was hailed as a fast, easy, inexpensive and uncontroversial way to produce stem cells.

07/02/2014

Everything We Know About Facebook’s Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment

Facebook’s News Feed—the main list of status updates, messages, and photos you see when you open Facebook on your computer or phone—is not a perfect mirror of the world.

07/02/2014

Study finds vaccine side effects extremely rare

Serious complications related to vaccines are very rare, and there is no evidence that immunizations cause autism, according to an analysis of 67 research studies.

07/01/2014

Doctors Are Examining Your Genitals for No Reason

In total, gynecological screenings cost the U.S. $2.6 billion every year. And yet, a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that there is no established medical justification for the annual procedure.

06/30/2014

Facebook responds to criticism of its experiment on users

Facebook is unapologetic about the “emotional contagion” experiment it was conducting on customers.

06/30/2014

Stem cells: Taking a stand against pseudoscience

Elena Cattaneo and Gilberto Corbellini are among the academics working to protect patients from questionable stem-cell therapies. Here, they share their experiences and opinions of the long, hard fight for evidence to prevail.

06/25/2014

Watching too much TV could shorten your life

The average American adult spends about four and a half hours a day watching TV — and that’s more than enough to take a toll on their health and longevity.

06/24/2014

It’s time to get your brain in shape

From the outside, the human brain might not be much to look at. What makes it fascinating is hidden within, in the complicated circuitry of neurons that makes you who you are.

06/24/2014

BPA Alternative May Still Have Endocrine Effects

A plasticizer commonly substituted for bisphenol A (BPA) may cause similar endocrine-disrupting effects as the original chemical, researchers reported here.

06/23/2014

Critical Care Challenge: Dying with Dignity in the Intensive Care Unit

After a long ICU stay because of septic shock and multiple complications, a frail 77-year-old man had a fall and suffered an acute subdural hematoma and hemorrhagic contusion. Twelve days after evacuation of the subdural hematoma, he remains in a coma and is still receiving mechanical ventilation. How should decisions be made about further treatment?

06/23/2014

Cancer-gene data sharing boosted

When the US diagnostics giant Myriad Genetics had its legal monopoly on breast-cancer gene testing eliminated one year ago, the company still retained an enormous edge over competitors.

06/23/2014

Why are some depressed, others resilient? Scientists home in one part of the brain.

Many of us find ourselves swimming along in the tranquil sea of life when suddenly a crisis hits — a death in the family, the loss of a job, a bad breakup. Some power through and find calm waters again, while others drown in depression.

06/23/2014

Genetic disorder will keep Baylor star Austin out of NBA

Baylor center Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which will end his basketball career.

06/18/2014

Stroke ‘selfie’ helps save Canadian woman’s life

“The sensation is happening again,” Stacey Yepes tells the camera. “It’s all tingling on left side.”

06/16/2014

Dad invents bionic pancreas to help diabetic son

Biomedical engineer Ed Damiano developed a device to monitor his son David’s blood sugar levels, but the invention could soon also wind up in the hands of other type 1 diabetics.

 

06/16/2014

U.S. health care system ranks last among 11 industrialized nations

Even though it’s the most expensive, the United States’ health care system ranks last among 11 industrialized nations in a new study that examines factors such as quality, efficiency and access to care

06/13/2014

For One Baby, Life Begins with Genome Revealed

How a California father made an end run around medicine to decode his son’s DNA.

06/11/2014

Google, Autism Speaks team up on database of whole genomes

Autism Speaks is teaming up with Google on what the research foundation says is the world’s largest database of whole genomes, a move that could accelerate research into autism spectrum disorder.

06/11/2014

Politics in Your DNA

How the realities of biology complicate the “personhood movement.”

06/10/2014

People Unemployed Over A Year Are 2 Times More Likely To Be Depressed Than Employed Americans

A new poll reveals that unemployed adults in the United States were more than twice as likely to have been treated for depression than those who are currently employed.

06/10/2014

Light-sensitive retina created with human stem cells

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, have created a miniature human retina in a dish from human stem cells, which they say can sense light. They are hopeful their creation could eventually lead to technologies one day that restore vision.

06/09/2014

Study: Price tag of autism in the U.S. exceeds $236 billion per year

A new study estimates that the lifetime cost of being diagnosed with autism in the United States is somewhere between $1.43 million and $2.44 million.

06/09/2014

Military Funds Brain-Computer Interfaces to Control Feelings

Researcher Jose Carmena has worked for years training macaque monkeys to move computer cursors and robotic limbs with their minds. He does so by implanting electrodes into their brains to monitor neural activity.

06/06/2014

The National Institutes of Health is Working to Launch the BRAIN Initiative

About a year ago, President Obama announced the “launch” of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The National Institutes of Health approved an agenda and new funding plan on Thursday.

06/04/2014

Japan researcher agrees to withdraw disputed stem cell paper

A Japanese researcher accused of fabricating scientific results originally hailed as a breakthrough in stem cell research has agreed to retract two papers, deepening doubts about her “game- changing” findings.