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Thursday 14th December 2017

Couples Win Lawsuit over Donated Eggs with Genetic Defect

(ABC News) – Two couples that gave birth to children with a genetic defect later traced to donated eggs have won a lawsuit against a New York fertility doctor and his clinic. The two children have Fragile X, which causes … Read More

40 Years Later, Some Survivors of the First Ebola Outbreak Are Still Immune

(The Atlantic) – Previously, another team found that Ebola patients retain some immunity against the virus after 14 years, but Rimoin’s team have shown that this protection extends for decades more. All of the 14 people they studied still carry … Read More

Down Syndrome Families Divided over Abortion Ban

(NPR) – When a pregnant woman finds out that she’s likely to give birth to a baby with Down syndrome, she’s often given the option to terminate the pregnancy. But families affected by the genetic disorder, which causes developmental delays, … Read More

Wednesday 13th December 2017

China Is Collecting DNA Under the Guise of Providing Free Health Care

(Quartz) – A free health-care program in an impoverished part of the world sounds like a welcome development. But the “Physicals for All” project in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is not what it seems, according to a Human Rights … Read More

Half of World’s People Can’t Get Basic Health Services: WHO

(Reuters) – At least half the world’s population is unable to access essential health services and many others are forced into extreme poverty by having to pay for healthcare they cannot afford, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Some 800 … Read More

ADHD Drug Use in Pregnancy Increases Risk of Heart Defects, Study Finds

(CNN) – The attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder drug methylphenidate is associated with an increased risk of heart defects in infants whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Specifically, the researchers … Read More

Will Artificial Ovaries Mean No More Menopause?

(MIT Technology Review) – During menopause a woman’s ovaries stop working—leading to hot flashes, sleep problems, weight gain, and worse, bone deterioration. Now scientists are exploring whether transplanting lab-made ovaries might stop those symptoms. In one of the first efforts … Read More

A British Surgeon Has Admitted Assaulting Two Patients by Burning His Initials into Their Livers During Transplant Operations

(Associated Press) – A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations. Simon Bramhall pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of assault, in a case a prosecutor called “without legal precedent … Read More

Shift Work Linked to Burnout in Sleep-

(Reuters) – Shift-work nurses who have sleep problems are more likely to experience career burnout that has the potential to compromise their job performance, a small Italian study suggests. Researchers studied 315 nurses who worked rotating shifts in 39 wards … Read More

Acupuncture in Cancer Study Reignites Debate about Controversial Technique

(Nature) – One of the largest-ever clinical trials into whether acupuncture can relieve pain in cancer patients has reignited a debate over the role of this contested technique in cancer care. Oncologists who conducted a trial of real and sham … Read More

Stem Cells Meet AI in Quest to Mass-Produce Key Disease Fighters

(Bloomberg) – A half-century ago, Canadian scientists discovered transplantable stem cells, which can grow into any kind of human tissue. Now, a government-backed research facility in Toronto wants to create a partially automated factory that would mass-produce these human building … Read More

Gene Editing Is Now Outpacing Ethics

(Washington Post) – One practical solution is to bring the philosophy and ethics toolbox to the floor of the lab itself, to the point where the lines begin to be drawn in the first place. I’m a philosopher and ethicist … Read More

Abortions in India Are 20 Times Higher Than Estimated: Study

(Reuters) – It is India’s first national study of the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy, researchers said. Half of India’s more than 48 million pregnancies were unintended, and a third resulted in abortions, the study said, using 2015 abortion … Read More

Drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Prompts Ethical Dilemmas

(Stanford Medicine Magazine) – When the Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug for people with spinal muscular atrophy a year ago, clinicians finally had hope for improving the lives of patients with the rare debilitating muscular disease. But … Read More

Tuesday 12th December 2017

Medical Nightmare: Woman Contracted Pancreatic Cancer from Transplanted Organ, Lawsuit Claims

(Newsweek) – According to the document, West received a kidney and pancreas transplant on June 4, 2016. On December 17 of the same year, the organs were removed as test results showed that the implanted pancreas was cancerous. The kidney … Read More

Why a Pill That’s 4 Cents in Tanzania Costs Up to $400 in the U.S.

(NPR) – It’s not just a problem with the anti-hookworm pill. Drugs for diseases of the developing world, in particular what are known as “neglected tropical diseases” like hookworm and leishmaniasis, are enormously more expensive in the United States than … Read More

Native Americans Feel Invisible in U.S. Health Care System

(NPR) – The life expectancy of Native Americans in some states is 20 years shorter than the national average. There are many reasons why. Among them, health programs for American Indians are chronically underfunded by Congress. And, about a quarter … Read More

‘Ethics Dumping’–the Dark Side of International Research

(The Conversation) – And 72 years after the last Nazi experiment, 45 years after the closure of the Tuskegee trials and 16 years after John le Carré’s novel, are major human rights violations in research in the past? Sadly not. … Read More

The Opioid Crisis Sweeping the US Has Hidden Victims: Tens of Thousands of Children Forced from Their Homes

(Associated Press) – Across the U.S., soaring use of opioids has forced tens of thousands of children from their homes, creating a generation of kids abandoned by addicted parents, orphaned because of fatal overdoses or torn from fractured families by … Read More

Blood Transfusions in Leukemia a Deterrent to Hospice Care

(Medscape) – Patients with late-stage blood cancers use hospice less frequently than patients with solid tumors, and once they do get to hospice, their stay is much shorter, as previously reported by Medscape Medical News. One barrier to hospice use … Read More

CRISPR Therapeutics Plans Its First Clinical Trial for Genetic Disease

(Wired) – In the end, Crispr’s leading luminaries formed three companies—Caribou Biosciences, Editas Medicine, and Crispr Therapeutics—to take what they had done in their labs and use it to cure human disease. For nearly five years the “big three’ Crispr … Read More

Monday 11th December 2017

No, Most People Aren’t in Severe Pain When They Die

(The Conversation) – Many people fear death partly because of the perception they might suffer increasing pain and other awful symptoms the nearer it gets. There’s often the belief palliative care may not alleviate such pain, leaving many people to … Read More

Waiting Too Long to Use Hospice Care Can Make Suffering at End-of-Life Worse

(Washington Post) – Many people who are near the end of life wait too long to enter hospice care, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. In hospice care, attempts to cure a … Read More

‘Promise of a Cure’: Gene Therapy for Hemophilia A

(Medscape) – Patients with hemophilia A who received a single infusion of an investigational gene therapy called valoctocogene roxaparvovec showed substantially increased levels of the essential blood clotting factor VIII. Of the 13 patients who took part in the study, … Read More

Lawmaker’s Resignation Raises Questions of ‘Pro-Life Approach’ to IVF, Surrogacy

(Washington Post) – The explanation that Rep. Trent Franks gave in announcing his resignation this week centered on a House Ethics Committee investigation that he said was prompted by his discussions of surrogacy with two female subordinates. His statement turned … Read More

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