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10 Emerging Ethical Dilemmas in Science and Technology

December 8, 2014 12:47 pm | News | Comments

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2015.             

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For Kids with Autism, a 'Flight' to Ease Stress

December 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by Patrick Semansky - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

With boarding passes in hand, children with autism spectrum disorders and their families took part in an air travel rehearsal at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.                 

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In Ebola Outbreak, Bad Data Adds Another Problem

December 8, 2014 12:04 pm | by Maria Cheng and Sarah Dilorenzo - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data.                              

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Drug Development in a Time of Ebola

December 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Forbes kicked off the 2014 Healthcare Summit with a session titled, “Drug Development in A Time of Ebola,” where Forbes senior editor Matthew Herper interviewed Edward Cox and Lucianna Borio, two high-ranking officials at the FDA.

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‘Satiety Hormone’ Leptin Links Obesity to High Blood Pressure

December 5, 2014 1:42 pm | News | Comments

Leptin, a hormone that regulates the amount of fat stored in the body, also drives the increase in blood pressure that occurs with weight gain, according to researchers.                        

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Genetic Errors Linked to More ALS Cases than Originally Thought

December 5, 2014 1:24 pm | News | Comments

Genetic mutations may cause more cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) than scientists previously had realized, according to new research.                              

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Resistance and Futility

December 5, 2014 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have revealed how penicillin deals bacteria a devastating blow— which may lead to new ways to thwart drug resistance. Looking beyond penicillin’s known targets in the cell wall, the team showed that these drugs do more than simply block cell-wall assembly.

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A Poisonous Cure

December 5, 2014 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Take two poisonous mushrooms, and call me in the morning. While no doctor would ever write this prescription, toxic fungi may hold the secrets to tackling deadly diseases.                       

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Smoking Linked to Loss of Y Chromosome in Men

December 5, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

In a new study, researchers demonstrated an association between smoking and loss of the Y chromosome in blood cells. The researchers have previously shown that loss of the Y chromosome is linked to cancer.          

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Flu Vaccine May Be Less Effective this Winter

December 5, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.                             

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24 Go Blind After Cataract Surgery in India

December 5, 2014 12:02 pm | by Chonchui Ngashangva - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities ordered an investigation Friday after at least 24 poor and elderly people went blind following cataract surgeries performed at a free medical camp run by a charity in northern India.                

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Canada Hopes Avian Flu is Contained to 4 Farms

December 5, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

Canadian officials hope an avian flu outbreak has been contained to four quarantined poultry farms in British Columbia. The turkeys and chickens that haven't died from the disease will be euthanized - a total of about 35,000 birds.    

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Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease With Blood Tests: Early Detection, Ethical Concerns

December 4, 2014 8:46 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor, Drug Discovery & Development | Articles | Comments

If you could take a blood test that could detect — with nearly 100% accuracy — whether you were genetically destined to get Alzheimer’s disease, would you take that test? Read more...                     

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Sleep Pattern May Depend on Genes: Study

December 3, 2014 4:06 pm | News | Comments

How much sleep you get each night may depend to some extent on your genes, a new study suggests. Read more...                                                                    

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Disentangling the Dopaminergic System

December 3, 2014 3:55 pm | News | Comments

Though dopamine neurons influence many diverse behaviors and diseases, scientists have historically presumed that all of these important nerve cells are molecularly similar within two clusters of the brain. In a new study, Northwestern Medicine scientists prove that premise wrong by identifying several molecularly distinct subtypes of dopamine neurons within each cluster. Read more...

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