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Wednesday 17th October 2018

Hurricane Michael: Death Toll Continues to Rise Amid Searches

(BBC) – Areas of the US devastated by Hurricane Michael last week are continuing to count the storm’s cost as the number of confirmed dead rises. At least 27 deaths have been blamed on the hurricane across four US states … Read More

Gilead’s HIV Prevention Pill Can Greatly Reduce New Infections in Targeted Rollouts

(STAT News) – For the first time, a study has confirmed that using the HIV-prevention pill can effectively thwart the virus in uninfected men by a significant amount, a finding that patient activists argue should spur public health officials to … Read More

Stephen Hawking Predicted That Genetically Engineered Superhumans Could Destroy Humanity

(Newsweek) – Before his death in March of this year, Stephen Hawking warned that genetic engineering could lead to the rise of a superhuman species, with disastrous consequences for the rest of humanity. The stark message is just one of … Read More

These Real-Life Cyborgs Are Changing Their Brains by Enhancing Their Bodies

(Quartz) – Researchers have found that new experiences carry on molding our brains, and how they learn, right the way through our lives. “Your brain remains plastic until your death,” says Adrien Peyrache, a neuroscientist at McGill University, who points … Read More

Fewer Cases of Euthanasia Last Year; Doctors’ Concerns May Be to Blame

(Dutch News) – The number of reported cases of euthanasia has fallen for the first time since the practice was formalised in 2002, Trouw reported on Tuesday. There were 4,600 cases of euthanasia in the Netherlands in the first nine … Read More

‘Disease’ vs. ‘Difference’: A Question of Eugenics

(The Atlantic) – A new video from Jill Rosenbaum at Retro Report, in association with American Experience, premiering on The Atlantic today, depicts some major bioethics quandaries that have resulted from advances in genetic screening technology. With prenatal and carrier … Read More

Survey Finds Widespread ‘Moral Distress’ Among Veterinarians

(NPR) – In some ways, it can be harder to be a doctor of animals than a doctor of humans. “We are in the really unenviable, and really difficult, position of caring for patients maybe for their entire lives, developing … Read More

Tuesday 16th October 2018

As a Therapist, How Should I Grieve after a Patient’s Suicide?

(Mosaic) – Although recent figures are scarce, it is estimated that approximately half of psychiatrists and 1 in 5 psychologists in the USA experience a patient dying by suicide. In the UK last year there were 5,821 suicides registered: 10 … Read More

Reproduction Revolution: How Our Skin Cells Might Be Turned into Sperm and Eggs

(The Guardian) – If eggs and thus IVF embryos could be produced easily and in large numbers, says Greely, that could change the landscape of assisted conception when combined with the option of genetic screening. This can be done ever … Read More

Why Gene Editing Could Create So Many Jobs

(BBC) – The 44-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, who has lived with a rare, life-threatening genetic condition known as Hunter’s Syndrome since birth, last November became the first person in the world to undergo a new type of treatment that edits … Read More

If Your Medical Information Becomes a Moneymaker, Could You Get a Cut?

(NPR) – Hospitals and health plans are increasingly using the huge amount of medical data they collect for research. It’s a business worth billions of dollars, and sometimes those discoveries can be the foundation of new profit-making products and companies. … Read More

Monday 15th October 2018

As Doctors Working on Nauru, We Thought We Were Helping. Now I Know We Were Not

(The Guardian) – When I worked on Nauru as a medical officer for refugees and asylum seekers, I never saw myself as part of the problem. But since I returned to Australia I have increasingly come to question my role … Read More

Friday 12th October 2018

When a DNA Test Reveals Your Daughter Is Not Your Biological Child

(The Atlantic) – There are other sides to the story, too. The creator of DNA NPE Friends, Catherine St Clair, recently created a group for the fathers. One such father is Christopher, whose real name we are withholding at his … Read More

Prescription for Millions of Opioid Pills Lead to Charges Against 5 Doctors

(New York Times) – It was not hard to tell when the doctor was in at the Staten Island office of Carl Anderson. Noisy crowds of people, some with visible signs of drug addiction, stood in long lines at all … Read More

C-Section Births Surge to ‘Alarming’ Rates Worldwide–Study

(BBC) – Doctors’ use of Caesarean section to deliver babies has nearly doubled in 15 years to reach “alarming” proportions in some countries, a study says. Rates surged from about 16 million births (12%) in 2000 to an estimated 29.7 million … Read More

Sperm Counts Continue to Fall

(The Atlantic) – Men’s sperm have been decreasing in number and getting worse at swimming for some time now—and at least in the U.S. and Europe, new research says it’s getting worse. A pair of new studies unveiled this week … Read More

Hundreds of Health, Weight Loss Products Contain Unapproved Ingredients: Study

(UPI) – Researchers found 746 over-the-counter supplements contained potentially harmful and undeclared ingredients not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The study analyzed data from a tainted supplements database maintained by the FDA for trends in adulterated dietary … Read More

How to Grapple with Soaring World Population? An Answer from Botswana

(The Guardian) – The unit is the medical hub for Gasita, a village of 2,000 people in the south of Botswana. Inside one of the rooms, pharmaceutical supplies are neatly stashed on shelves while a photograph of the country’s president, … Read More

Artificial Intelligence Boosts Chances of Successful IVF, Study Claims

(Newsweek) – A new artificial intelligence-enhanced machine can reportedly help doctors select healthy embryos for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment with 85 percent accuracy. The tech—developed by experts from Imperial College in London and Cornell University in New York—uses algorithms … Read More

Genetics Study Confirms: It’s Better to Be Born Rich Than Talented

(Chicago Tribune) – A revolution in genomics is creeping into economics. It allows us to say something we might have suspected, but could never confirm: money trumps genes.Using one new, genome-based measure, economists found genetic endowments are distributed almost equally … Read More

Thursday 11th October 2018

Twilight in a Box

(Aeon) – In 2005, there were an estimated 81,600 prisoners in solitary in the US; this month’s Senate Subcommittee Hearing puts the numbers at about the same. That’s 3.6 per cent of the 2.2 million presently incarcerated, many of whom, … Read More

Hurricane Michael, Other Disasters Can Take Lasting Toll on Children’s Mental Health: Signs and Solutions

(ABC News) – Windows boarded and emergency plans in place, with gallons of water and canned goods stocked. As people who are rushing to prepare for an impending natural disaster check items on to-do lists, it is possible to overlook … Read More

India Hit with Its Biggest Outbreak of Zika to Date, with 32 Confirmed Cases

(CNN) – India has recorded its biggest outbreak of Zika virus to date, with 32 cases confirmed in Jaipur, capital of the western state of Rajasthan. The first case was confirmed on September 23 in the city’s Shastri Nagar area, … Read More

In a First, Healthy Mice Born from Same-Sex Parent

(Discover Magazine) – Chinese researchers have created healthy mice from two biological moms for the first time. The pups grew to adulthood and even went on to have normal offspring of their own, scientists announced today in the journal Cell … Read More

Thousands of Young US Children Get No Vaccines, Survey Finds

(ABC News) – A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials. An estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 … Read More

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