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The next frontier in reproductive tourism? Genetic modification

The next frontier in reproductive tourism? Genetic modification

By Rosa Castro Postdoctoral Associate in Science and Society Duke University The birth of the first baby born using a technique called mitochondrial replacement, which uses DNA from three people to “correct” an inherited genetic mutation, was announced on Sept. 27. Mitochondrial replacement or donation allows women who carry mitochondrial diseases to avoid passing them on to […]

November 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Will a study save victims of violence or gamble with their lives?

Will a study save victims of violence or gamble with their lives?

By Aaron Moselle, WHYY Kaiser Health News Dr. Zoe Maher has never been busier. In addition to being a trauma surgeon and a new mom, she’s spent the last year and a half talking to hospital patients and community groups across Philadelphia about a study she’s confident will save more adult gunshot and stab wound […]

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctor confesses: I lied to protect colleague in malpractice suit

Doctor confesses: I lied to protect colleague in malpractice suit

By Marshall Allen ProPublica Almost two decades ago Dr. Lars Aanning sat on the witness stand in a medical malpractice trial and faced a dilemma. The South Dakota surgeon had been called to vouch for the expertise of one of his partners whose patient had suffered a stroke and permanent disability after an operation. The […]

September 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Drug and device makers pay thousands of docs with disciplinary records – ProPublica

Drug and device makers pay thousands of docs with disciplinary records – ProPublica

By Jessica Huseman ProPublica Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are continuing to pay doctors as promotional speakers and expert advisers even after they’ve been disciplined for serious misconduct, according to an analysis by ProPublica. One such company is medical device maker Stryker Corp. In June 2015, New York’s Board for Professional Medical Conduct accused orthopedic […]

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors, hospitals prepare for difficult talks about medical errors

Doctors, hospitals prepare for difficult talks about medical errors

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News It was a fourth of July weekend but Sharon O’ Brien, an intensive care physician, was not celebrating. A medical error earlier landed a patient in her ICU. The patient eventually died — and she had to decide what to tell the patient’s family. Should she apologize? How much […]

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Explainer: what is gene doping – and will any athletes at Rio 2016 have tried it?

Explainer: what is gene doping – and will any athletes at Rio 2016 have tried it?

Colin Moran Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition, University of Stirling TheConversation.com Gene doping is simply gene therapy in people who don’t need it. The aim of gene therapy is to permanently cure sick individuals of their conditions by altering their genetic makeup. The aim of gene doping, meanwhile, is to artificially enhance an individual – […]

August 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Racism, injustice and public health – Viewpoint

Racism, injustice and public health – Viewpoint

By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer Public Health – Seattle & King County The horrible violence of the past week, with the killing of black men by police officers in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis and of white police officers protecting peaceful demonstrators in Dallas, revolting and deeply offending to all, and has left us feeling […]

July 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
‘Stem cell tourists’ don’t have to travel abroad, study

‘Stem cell tourists’ don’t have to travel abroad, study

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News The phenomenon of stem cell tourism has been associated with travel to exotic locations such as China, Argentina or Mexico, where commercial clinics offer high hopes, expectations and — sometimes — the idea of miracle treatments for diseases ranging from muscular dystrophy to spinal cord injury, with little accountability. However, […]

July 2, 2016 | By | Reply More