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03/10/2015

Electric ‘noise’ treats Parkinson’s symptoms

A wearable device that stimulates the sense of balance with electric “noise” could help Parkinson’s disease patients, according to Swedish scientists.

03/10/2015

Brazil passes femicide law to tackle rise in gender killings

Brazil, where a woman is killed every two hours, is imposing tougher punishments on those who murder women and girls, as part of a government bid to stem a rise in gender killings.

03/09/2015

Psychedelic Drugs doesn’t negatively affect people’s mental health

A new study reveals that getting high on psychedelic drugs like LSD or psychoactive mushrooms does not heighten the risk of developing mental health issues. This is based on the analysis of more than 135,000 individuals, where 19,000 of them confessed of the intake of psychedelic drugs.

03/09/2015

Seeing medical records might ease hospital patients’ confusion

Letting patients see their medical records while they’re in the hospital might ease worry and confusion without extra work for doctors and nurses, a small study suggests.

03/09/2015

Apple’s ResearchKit to give scientists ready access to study subjects

Apple Inc on Monday released ResearchKit, an open-source software tool designed to give scientists a new way to gather information on patients by using their iPhones.

03/05/2015

Engineering the Perfect Baby

Can we improve the human gene pool? The position of much of mainstream science has been that such meddling would be unsafe, irresponsible, and even impossible.

03/04/2015

Stanford student earns national recognition for research on medical communication

Stanford medical student Genna Braverman won “best poster” at a recent meeting for her work examining communication challenges medical students encountered.

03/03/2015

Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating

Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say.

03/03/2015

Irish parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law

Ireland on Tuesday became the second country in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move.

03/02/2015

Study links common food additives to Crohn’s disease, colitis

Common additives in ice cream, margarine, packaged bread and many processed foods may promote the inflammatory bowel diseases ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease as well as a group of obesity-related conditions, scientists said on Wednesday.

03/02/2015

Parents often want changes in kids’ shots schedule

Many parents ask doctors to spread out toddlers’ vaccines instead of following the recommended immunization schedule, according to a new study.

02/26/2015

Doctor Seeking To Perform Head Transplant Is Out Of His Mind

Scientifically what Canavero wants to do cannot yet be done. It may never be doable.

02/26/2015

Couple Married 67 Years Dies Holding Hands

After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together.

02/25/2015

Clinically depressed three times more likely to commit violent crime

In a study based on some 47,000 people, the scientists emphasized, however, that the overwhelming majority of depressed people are neither violent nor criminal and should not be stigmatized.

02/25/2015

Study links common food additives to Crohn’s disease, colitis

Common additives in ice cream, margarine, packaged bread and many processed foods may promote the inflammatory bowel diseases ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease as well as a group of obesity-related conditions, scientists said on Wednesday.

02/24/2015

The challenge – and opportunity – of regulating new ideas in science and technology

Innovation in science and technology holds promise to improve our lives. But disruptive business models, do-it-yourself medical devices, and open platforms also introduce corporate and personal risks. How can the public stay safe from unknown consequences as a company’s product or service matures? In a recent panel co-sponsored by Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance and Center for Law and the Biosciences, experts in law, business, and ethics discussed what happens when science and technology outrun the law.

02/24/2015

World’s diet worsening with globalization, major study finds: TRFN

The world’s diet has deteriorated substantially in the last two decades, a leading nutrition expert said on Monday, citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits.

02/18/2015

U.S. approves first biotech apple that resists browning

U.S. regulators on Friday approved what would be the first commercialized biotech apple, rejecting efforts by the organic industry and other GMO critics to block the new fruit.

02/18/2015

Florida puts executions on hold as high court debates anesthetic

Florida’s highest court put executions on hold Tuesday while the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether use of a controversial general anesthetic constitutes “cruel and unusual” punishment of condemned killers.

02/17/2015

China’s ‘blood famine’ drives patients to the black market

China’s rising demand for healthcare is exposing a chronic shortage of an essential commodity: blood.

02/17/2015

Plain tobacco packs likely to deter smoking, studies show

Studies on the health impact of “plain” or standardized cigarette packs suggest they can deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and may cut the number of cigarettes smokers get through, scientists said on Tuesday.

02/12/2015

HPV vaccine linked to less-risky behavior

Contrary to concerns that getting vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV) will lead young people to have more or riskier sex, a new study in England finds less risky behavior among young women who got the HPV vaccine.

02/12/2015

Disabled elderly decline sharply after ICU

Seniors admitted to the hospital intensive care unit (ICU) were more likely to die or sharply decline soon after their release depending on how well they functioned beforehand, according to a new study.

02/11/2015

Teacher depression may affect child learning

The more depressive symptoms third grade teachers had in a new study, the less progress in math their struggling students made during the school year.

02/11/2015

Fatal smoking risks may be higher than thought

A new study suggests that smoking may be responsible for 60,000 to 120,000 more deaths in the U.S. each year than previously thought.

02/10/2015

Measles outbreak: Vaccination exemption would end under proposed California law

Two state senators said Wednesday they will introduce legislation to eliminate a controversial “personal belief exemption” that allows California parents to refuse to vaccinate their children.

02/10/2015

Health Autism Speaks Urges Parents to Vaccinate Children

A well-known autism advocacy group, Autism Speaks, is urging parents to vaccinate their children amid a measles outbreak that has already reached 14 states and infected 102 people last month.

02/09/2015

UK Set to Legalize Babies With DNA From 3 Parents

After a parliamentary vote earlier this week, the United Kingdom is set to become the first country to legalize making a baby with DNA from three parents.

02/09/2015

Among New York Subway’s Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes

Have you ever been on the subway and seen something that you did not quite recognize, something mysteriously unidentifiable?

02/02/2015

The new scientific revolution: Reproducibility at last

Diederik Stapel, a professor of social psychology in the Netherlands, had been a rock-star scientist — regularly appearing on television and publishing in top journals. Among his striking discoveries was that people exposed to litter and abandoned objects are more likely to be bigoted.