Tag: research

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March 30, 2009

Don't Put Your Baby on a Diet

One of the most frustrating aspects of reviewing research studies that at the end of them, when the data is reported–either in journals or the media–one has to wonder, “What is a person supposed to do with this data?”

Here is one more study where this is obviously true: as reported in the Chicago Tribune, rapid infant weight gain is linked to childhood obesity.…

March 23, 2009

Detecting Disease by Tattoo

If you ever swore to your self (or to another) that you’d never get a tattoo, you may just want to reconsider.…

March 3, 2009

Baby Einstein? Well, Maybe Not So Much.

We already knew that too much television watching was not good for the health of adults and teens and even young children, leading to a more sedentary lifestyle.…

February 12, 2009

Smokers Will Quit for Money and Pet Health

Two recent stories about smokers have caught my eye. One, published from the University of Pennsylvania, has found that smokers paid $750 to quit smoking are 3 times more likely to quit smoking and be smoke free a year later as their unpaid counterparts.…

February 3, 2009

Turn Off That TV or You are Going to Be Depressed.

It turns out that the amount of television that your teenager watches during his or her youth may be a determinant of whether they develop depression later in life, a recent study has found.…

January 28, 2009

Fertility Fix from Adult Stem Cells?

According to LA Times’ Booster Shots, IPS cells have been coaxed into becoming germ cells that could allow infertile couples to conceive from healthy sperm and egg cells.…

January 23, 2009

A Well-Timed Step Forward

Today, the FDA announced its approval of the first stem cell clinical trial in human beings. Geron will perform the trial on 10 spinal cord injured patients.…

January 20, 2009

Tony the Tiger, Count Chocula, and the Cereal Gender Gap

And for the academic research one ought never have had funded: “You are what your mother eats: evidence for maternal preconception diet influencing foetal sex in humans”.…

January 16, 2009

Free Market Madness Hits Stores On Inauguration Day

A few of us here at bioethics.net were recently informed that something very important is happening on January 20th. Anyone know what?…

January 15, 2009

Who Cares about Nanotechnology Anyway?

Today on Nanotech-Now, I discuss what it would take to make the abstract discussions about “nanoethics” as a discipline, sub-discipline, or whatever it is into a meaningful discussion about a future where nanotechnologies impact our world and do so in a way that we have anticipated ethical issues that actually will come to pass, and when they do, we are prepared for them because ethicists, policy-makers, scientists and other interested stakeholders have engaged, not in theoretical debate about whether nanoethics is a field or discipline, but about what kind of nanotechological future we want.…