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Wednesday 20th June 2018

The Scientific Controversy Over Whether Gaming Addiction Is a Disease–Or a Symptom

(Quartz) – Scholars from around the world are already debating WHO’s move. In a letter of concern published on November 9, 2016, a dozen academics write that “the premature inclusion of Gaming Disorder as a diagnosis in ICD-11 will cause … Read More

‘No Other Way to Earn Money’: Why Women from Poor Families Become Egg Donors for Infertile Couples

(Scroll) – Most egg donors in India are poor women and the money from selling their eggs is substantially more than what they otherwise earn. But over-stimulating the ovaries multiple times could have medical consequences. For instance, medical researchers are … Read More

California’s Assisted-Dying Law Reinstated Three Weeks after It was Blocked

(San Francisco Chronicle) – California’s assisted-dying law, which allows terminally ill adults to receive life-ending drugs from a doctor, was reinstated by a state appeals court Friday, three weeks after a judge halted its enforcement. The Fourth District Court of … Read More

US Military Wants to Know What Synthetic Biology Weapons Could Look Like

(MIT Technology Review) – A study ordered by the US Department of Defense has concluded that new genetic-engineering tools are expanding the range of malicious uses of biology and decreasing the amount of time needed to carry them out. The … Read More

Tuesday 19th June 2018

Google Is Training Machines to Predict When a Patient Will Die

(Bloomberg) – The harrowing account of the unidentified woman’s death was published by Google in May in research highlighting the health-care potential of neural networks, a form of artificial intelligence software that’s particularly good at using data to automatically learn … Read More

Results of At-Home Genetic Tests for Health Can Be Hard to Interpret

(NPR) – Now, more people are getting their DNA analyzed for health reasons, in the comfort of their own homes. As genetic testing has gotten easier, faster and more affordable, it has become a multimillion-dollar industry, with many companies aggressively … Read More

Scientists Edit Heart Muscle Gene in Stem Cells, May Be Able to Predict Risk

(CNN) – In our human genome, there are many elusive genetic variants related to medical conditions, but the impact of these variants to actually cause a disease has not been conclusively determined — or ruled out.  In other words, the … Read More

Monday 18th June 2018

Caster Semenya: Olympic Champion to Challenge ‘Unfair’ IAAF Testosterone Ruling

(BBC) – World and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya is to challenge “unfair” rules affecting some female athletes. Athletics’ governing body the IAAF has ruled some female runners with naturally high testosterone levels will have to race against men, or … Read More

Pope Francis on Abortion: It’s What the Nazis Did, Only with ‘White Gloves’

(Los Angeles Times) – Pope Francis denounced abortion Saturday as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them. Francis spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family … Read More

5 Biggest Risks of Sharing Your DNA with Consumer Genetic-Testing Companies

(CNBC) – The business of personal genetic-testing kits is booming, with consumers able to learn about their ancestry and health risks at the cost of just $99 to a few hundred dollars. Should you be afraid? Some individuals worry they … Read More

Friday 15th June 2018

Abortion Rights Supporters Sue Texas Over Dozens of Law They Say Restrict the Procedure

(Dallas Morning News) – Six organizations and one doctor sued Texas on Thursday in an effort to repeal dozens of abortion laws that have been on the books for decades. The laws challenged include the state’s required 24-hour waiting period … Read More

Deleting Your Online DNA Is Brutally Difficult

(Bloomberg) – Recently, I started feeling uneasy about how freely my DNA data flowed. So I decided to try to erase my DNA data footprint from all the websites and databases and laboratories in which it was stored. It turns out … Read More

Argentina Steps Closer to Legalizing Abortion

(BBC) – Catholic Argentina’s lower house has backed a bill legalising abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. After a divisive debate lasting more than 22 hours, 129 members of the Chamber of Deputies voted in favour and 125 … Read More

Do You Know Who’s Using Your DNA Data?

(Quartz) – You’re in search of your roots, on a quest to uncover your ancestors. You submit DNA to a public genealogy service and in exchange get information about your people. Success! But from a constitutional perspective, in the US, … Read More

New Stem Cell Technique Tested for Babies with Life-Threatening Heart Condition

(CBS News) – Doctors at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are trying something new. They’re collecting the baby’s cord blood at birth to gather stem cells. Then when the child undergoes the second HLHS [hypoplastic left heart syndrome] surgery, “We’re going … Read More

China’s Vaccine Tourists Drain Hong Kong’s Supply of Cancer Drug

(Bloomberg) – Medical tourism has been a great business for Manna Wang, an insurance agent in Shenzhen who’s been helping Chinese women travel to Hong Kong for a vaccine against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can cause cervical cancer. … Read More

Extra Sperm, Eggs, Embryos Mean Parents Must Make Decisions

(Chicago Tribune) – They were in an increasingly common situation — weighing what to do with frozen eggs, sperm or embryos after infertility treatment. Egg freezing, especially, has become more common since 2012, when the American Society of Reproductive Medicine … Read More

The Truth About Teenage Girls, Consent and Contraceptive Implants

(The Conversation) – All teenagers are able to access a variety of NHS sexual health services to discuss and receive contraception. While contraceptive implants are often given by doctors and nurses, in some instances the implants are inserted at school … Read More

Thursday 14th June 2018

UC Berkeley Finally Scores a Win with Two CRISPR Patents

(Futurism) – Before CRISPR can transform our world, it’s gotta get out of court. There’s been a legal battle going on to determine which of the scientists whose research led to CRISPR’s discovery gets to own it (and collect money from … Read More

That ‘Living Will’ You Signed? At the ER, It Could Be Open to Interpretation

(Kaiser Health News) – A new report out of Pennsylvania, which has the nation’s most robust system for monitoring patient safety events, treats mix-ups involving end-of-life documents as medical errors — a novel approach. It found that in 2016, Pennsylvania … Read More

Being Black in American Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

(The Atlantic) – These cities are among the most extreme examples of a national phenomenon: Across the United States, black people suffer disproportionately from some of the most devastating health problems, from cancer deaths and diabetes to maternal mortality and … Read More

Suicide Nation: What’s Behind the Need to Numb and to Seek a Final Escape?

(The Conversation) – The CDC report noted that among those suicide deaths which had a toxicology test, nearly 80 percent had one or more substance in their system, with alcohol being the most common, followed by opioids, benzodiazepines, cocaine, amphetamines, … Read More

Polio Returns to Venezuela, and Threatens the Region

(The Economist) – IN 1961 Venezuela became the first country in Latin America virtually to eliminate malaria, using a combination of DDT, an insecticide, and drugs. The oil-rich country has now made health history again, this time in a bad … Read More

Digital Mental Health Drug Raises Troubling Questions

(The Conversation) – Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Proteus Digital Health won Food and Drug Administration approval to sell Abilify MyCite in late 2017. This drug contains a digital sensor embedded within the powerful antipsychotic drug Abilify, the brand name for aripiprazole, … Read More

Scientists Can Design ‘Better’ Babies. Should They?

(New York Times) – In this installment of its video documentaries, Retro Report explores how major news stories of the past shape current events by harking back to Louise Brown’s birth. If anything, more modern developments in genetics have raised … Read More

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