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Friday 20th October 2017

Should Physicians Assist Terminally Ill Patients with Death by Fasting?

(Medical Xpress) – Many people suffering from debilitating and incurable illnesses or elderly patients who are frail and incapacitated sometimes choose to stop eating and drinking as a means to hasten their death. The decision is often accompanied by a … Read More

The Plague Has already Killed Nearly 100 People in Madagascar

(Quartz) – Nearly 100 people have died from a plague outbreak on the island of Madagascar. The death toll from the outbreak has reached 94, with more than 1,100 suspected cases reported, the World Health Organzation told French news agency … Read More

U.S. Must Allow Undocumented 17-Year-Old to Have Abortion, Judge Says

(New York Times) – A federal judge on Wednesday ordered top United States government officials to allow a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant to get an abortion — the first ruling in a case that could eventually grow to include hundreds of … Read More

Ethical Concerns Arise for Head of Controversial Stem Cell Clinic

(Retraction Watch) – Journals are raising ethical concerns about the research of a doctor who offers controversial embryonic stem cell treatments. Two journals have issued expressions of concern for three papers by Geeta Shroff, who was the subject of a … Read More

U.S. Abortion Rate Fell 25 Percent from 2008 to 2014; One in Four Women Have an Abortion

(Washington Post) – The U.S. abortion rate has fallen dramatically, by 25 percent, in recent years. The procedure continues to be common: One in four women will have an abortion by 45, according to a report published in the American … Read More

A New Edition of The Linacre Quarterly Is Now Available

The Linacre Quarterly (vol. 84, no. 2, 2017) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Personhood Status of the Human Zygote, Embryo, Fetus” by John Janez Miklavcic “Identifying Organisms” by Stephen Napier “Pope John Paul II and the Neurological Standard … Read More

A New Edition of Christian Bioethics Is Now Available

Christian Bioethics (vol. 23, no. 2, 2017) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “The Scandal of Secular Bioethics: What Happens When the Culture Acts as if there is No God?” by Mark J. Cherry “A God’s-Eye Perspective after Onto-Theology: … Read More

Thursday 19th October 2017

A Woman Went Blind after Stem Cells Were Injected in Her Eyes

(The Atlantic) – In March, eye doctors based primarily at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami had published a widely covered report describing three eerily similar cases: Three elderly women with macular degeneration got stem cells derived from their … Read More

A New Hope for Male Fertility after Cancer Treatment

(The Atlantic) – While the Lischners got extremely lucky, researchers are now working on a new treatment that could help men like Lischner who didn’t save a sample before radiation, or even prepubescent boys who develop cancer and have no … Read More

California Combats Deadly Hepatitis A Outbreak

(CNN) – As firefighters continue to battle blazes across the state of California, public health officials are dealing with another ongoing crisis: one of the largest person-to-person hepatitis A outbreaks in the country since the development of a vaccine, more … Read More

FDA Approves a Game-Changer Treatment for Blood Cancer

(STAT News) – The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a promising new treatment for a particularly deadly form of cancer, bringing hope to desperate patients while rekindling a global conversation about the escalating cost of new therapies. The … Read More

Where the Opioids Go

(The Atlantic) – The rate of death from opioid overdoses in the United States has more than doubled over the past decade. Amid a deluge of reports on the national crisis, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that … Read More

Wednesday 18th October 2017

6 in 10 Doctors Report Abusive Remarks from Patients, and Many Get Little Help Coping with Wounds

(STAT News) – Most doctors have absorbed racist, sexist, and other bigoted verbal remarks from patients under their care, according to a new national survey. And in interviews, physicians say these ugly incidents, while not frequent, can leave lasting scars. … Read More

The $95,000 Fake Corpse Training a Generation of Doctors

(Wired) – At the SynDaver factory in Tampa, Florida, mad scientists are bringing bodies to life. Not Frankensteining the dead, but using a library of polymers to craft synthetic cadavers that twitch and bleed like real suffering humans. Hospitals and … Read More

Can Humans Really Live Past 115? A New Scientific Debate Erupts

(Salon) – Humans have long dreamed of living forever, and as life expectancy has increased throughout the past century, it seemed as if immortality— or at least, unprecedented longevity — were within grasp. Yet a new study has, yet again, … Read More

Tuesday 17th October 2017

A Spate of Deadly Disasters for the Elderly

(CNN) – Recent wildfires in California and hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico have put a spotlight on vulnerable seniors — including a number of deaths that authorities have said were preventable. “The bulk of them are in their … Read More

Report: Half of U.S. Medical Care Delivered at Emergency Rooms

(UPI) – Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine were shocked to find that nearly half of all medical care in the United States is delivered at hospital emergency departments. In recent years, the percentage of care given … Read More

Drug Therapy ‘Restores Breathing’ after Spinal Injury [in Rats]

(BBC) – A drug-based therapy appears to restore breathing in rats paralysed from the neck down by a spinal injury, according to scientists. They hope their “exciting but early” findings could ultimately help free patients from ventilators. The pioneering work, in … Read More

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence Means Doctors Must Redefine What They Do

(STAT News) – This view of post-human medicine may seem repulsive to those who see medicine as uniquely human. Some of that view is grounded in arrogance — surely nothing could ever do what we do as well as us. … Read More

Fraud Scandals Sap China’s Dream of Becoming a Science Superpower

(New York Times) – Having conquered world markets and challenged American political and military leadership, China has set its sights on becoming a global powerhouse in a different field: scientific research. It now has more laboratory scientists than any other … Read More

A New Edition of JAMA Is Now Available September 29, 2017

JAMA (vol. 317, no. 22, 2017) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Building a Broader Consensus for Health Reform” by James C. Capretta “Value-Based Payment Models for Community Health Centers: Time to (Cautiously) Take the Plunge?” by Jay Bhatia, Rachel Tobey, and … Read More

A New Edition of Indian Journal of Medical Ethics Is Now Available

Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (vol. 2, no. 3, 2017) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Sensitising Intern Doctors to Ethical Issues in a Doctor–Patient Relationship” by  Nilima D Shah, Ritambhara Y Mehta, and Kamlesh R Dave “Harnessing … Read More

A New Edition of New Genetics and Society is Now Available

New Genetics and Society (vol. 36, no. 3, 2017) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Regulatory Controls for Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests: A Case Study on How the FDA Exercised its Authority” by Margaret Curnutte “Testing the NHS: The Tensions … Read More

A New Edition of Nursing Philosophy Is Now Available

Nursing Philosophy (vol. 18, no. 3, 2017) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Reconciling Concepts of Space and Person-Centred Care of the Older Person with Cognitive Impairment in the Acute Care Setting” by Carole Rushton and David Edvardsson “Against … Read More

Monday 16th October 2017

Children Smuggled from Kosovo to Albania Sold to Highest Bidder?

(InSerbia News) – It looks like the ghoulish practice of abducting children and smuggling them across the Albanian-Kosovo border for subsequent use as organ donors has never ceased. Former Albanian President and Prime Minister Sali Berisha posted on his Facebook … Read More


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