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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.

08/05/2014

Ebola: Are Treatments, Vaccines on the Horizon?

An experimental serum grown in specially modified tobacco leaves made headlines this week when it was given to two Americans stricken with Ebola.

08/05/2014

FDA calls for more specific gluten-free labels

There’s gluten-free water. And, gluten-free mushrooms and gluten-free rice cereal.

08/04/2014

U.S. judge slows abortion restrictions tide by striking down Alabama law

A U.S. judge on Monday ruled unconstitutional an Alabama law that threatened to close three of the state’s five abortion clinics while a hearing opened in Texas with an abortion rights group trying to overturn restrictions imposed in that state.

08/04/2014

Australian couple ‘leave disabled baby with Thai surrogate’

When the Australians discovered the boy, named Gammy by his surrogate family, had Down’s Syndrome they abandoned him in Thailand and returned to Australia with only the healthy girl, Australia’s ABC said.

08/01/2014

E-Cigarettes are Less Harmful Than Conventional Cigarettes

Researchers at the Queen Mary University, London, reviewed current scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes and found that e-cigarettes were safer than conventional cigarettes for both users and bystanders.

08/01/2014

Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?

In relatively prosperous Western Europe, the average male lifespan is between three (UK) and six years (Austria, Spain, Greece) shorter than women’s

07/31/2014

Blood test could reliably predict risk of suicide attempt

According to a report from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, researchers discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could offer doctors a simple blood test to predict a person’s risk of attempting suicide.

07/31/2014

See-Through Mice Reveal Details of Inner Anatomy

Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won’t find these critters scampering in your kitchen.

07/30/2014

Repeal Prohibition, Again

The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives.

07/30/2014

Teen Cancer Survivor Needs New Teeth, Insurance Company Refuses to Pay

His insurance paid to have the dead teeth removed, but won’t pay for new ones. [The insurance] said it wasn’t a medical issue and of course it’s from a medical issue.

07/30/2014

Calif. Considers Bilingual Drug Labels

This week California’s Board of Pharmacy will discuss new regulations that would require all pharmacies in California to provide translated labels on prescription drug bottles.

07/29/2014

Legalizing pot has not spurred use among U.S. teens: study

A rise in marijuana use among U.S. teens over the past 20 years has no significant tie to the legalization of marijuana for medical use in many states, according to a new research paper.

07/29/2014

Google Seeks Human Guinea Pigs for Health Project

Google’s newest project aims to create a crowd-sourced picture of human health by collecting anonymous genetic and molecular information from participants.

07/28/2014

Drugs to increase ‘good’ cholesterol may not cut deaths

Drugs that have been investigated to increase so-called “good” cholesterol may not prevent deaths, heart attacks or strokes as many hoped, according to a new analysis.

07/28/2014

Florida support for medical marijuana stays near 90 percent: poll

Support for legalizing medical marijuana in Florida is holding steady at 88 percent despite weeks of vigorous campaigning by opponents ahead of a November referendum on the issue, a poll released on Monday showed.

07/24/2014

San Francisco approves soda tax for November ballot

San Francisco city leaders have approved a measure for the November ballot that would place a two-cents-per-ounce municipal tax on sodas and other sugary beverages, hoping to become the first major city to successfully impose such a levy.

07/24/2014

Too few U.S. youth getting vaccine for sexually transmitted virus: CDC

More U.S. adolescents are receiving vaccines against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical and other types of cancer but vaccination rates for the infection remain too low, federal health officials said on Thursday.

07/24/2014

Study: Dogs Experience Jealousy Emotion Too

old adage dogs are a man’s best friend may be truer than once thought, especially from the pooch’s perspective. In the first experimental test s of its kind, it was discovered that dogs experience jealousy just as humans do.

07/23/2014

Abuse of U.S. generic-drug rules costs billions -report

U.S. rules that ensure prescription medicines are not misused have been manipulated by brand-name drug companies to fight off generic competitors, costing consumers billions of dollars, according to a report released on Wednesday.

07/23/2014

More U.S. teens’ report using human growth hormone, group says

U.S. teenagers’ reported use of synthetic human growth hormone more than doubled between 2012 to 2013 as they sought to improve athletic performance and appearance, a survey by anti-drug advocates found.

07/22/2014

Tracking Life From Its Smallest Form

The earliest stages of life have been the subject of intense fascination for eons. Aristotle, for instance, observed and recorded the development of a chicken embryo in its egg.

07/22/2014

Schizophrenia Linked to 108 Genes

It took 80,000 genetic samples, seven years and the work of 300 scientists from around the world, but scientists now have the most complete dossier on schizophrenia ever.

07/22/2014

Pregnancy doesn’t drive women doctors out of surgical training

A new study disputes a common stereotype that women who become pregnant during surgical training often drop out of those training programs.

07/22/2014

Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis

A German court ruled on Tuesday that some people suffering from chronic pain should be able to cultivate their own cannabis “for therapeutic purposes”.

07/21/2014

Babies of anxious mothers more likely to cry excessively: study

Women with anxiety disorders may be more likely to have babies who cry excessively, suggests a new German study.

07/21/2014

Rates of abdominal obesity leveling off among kids

After rising steadily for more than 10 years, the proportion of U.S. kids defined as obese due to a large waist circumference held steady between 2003 and 2012, according to a new analysis of national data.