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Decisions at the End of Life: The Illusion of Control and the Sense of Responsibility

More than 2 million people die every year in the United States, almost always in the presence of life-sustaining medical technology. Sometimes the choices posed by medical technology make death the least worst alternative. Yet, choosing death, or letting go, is often a painful and contentious business. Bioethicist Dr. Stuart Youngner, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, explores some of the ways our society and others are coping with this unavoidable dilemma

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How Chemicals in Plastic Lower Testosterone

A new study links certain toxins with low levels of the sex hormone

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Early Intervention May Reduce Autism Symptoms: Study

A new study out of the University of California, Davis indicates the importance of early intervention with autism, and offers clues about what age is right to start treating symptoms of the disorder.

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New Study Reveals the Real Reasons Teens Are Having Sex

It’s not just peer pressure that influences kids to have sex, according to new findings.

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Ebola survivor William Pooley plans Africa return

William Pooley made headlines when he was flown to London for treatment after contracting the Ebola virus while volunteering in a Sierra Leone hospital.

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Stem Cell Trial for Eye Disease Commences

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology will treat the first patient in its clinical trial testing an induced pluripotent stem cell-based treatment for age-related macular degeneration.

READ MORE:http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/40976/title/Stem-Cell-Trial-for-Eye-Disease-Commences/

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Sex and back pain: University of Waterloo study suggests best positions to spare your spine

Researchers throw out long-held belief that there’s only 1 position for back-saving sex

READ MORE:http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/sex-and-back-pain-university-of-waterloo-study-suggests-best-positions-to-spare-your-spine-1.2761157

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Cannabis Technology Venture Eyes Pain Free Future

Doctor-prescribed joints might one day become a relic of the past if cannabis technology venture Syqe Medical Ltd. has its way.

READ MORE:http://blogs.wsj.com/middleeast/2014/09/09/cannabis-technology-venture-eyes-pain-free-future/

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Canada’s Opioid Crisis Is Fuelled By Doctors

In my first career as a pharmacist, I worked in more than 30 pharmacies across Nova Scotia, filling more than 100,000 prescriptions between 1990 and 1995. Some of these were for strong painkillers called opioids — drugs like morphine and oxycodone, which are chemically and biologically very similar to heroin. Back then, these drugs were generally reserved for patients with acute, severe pain or pain due to cancer.

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Jewish Heritage Written in DNA

Fully sequenced genomes of more than 100 Ashkenazi people clarify the group’s history and provide a reference for researchers and physicians trying to pinpoint disease-associated genes.

READ MORE:http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/40956/title/Jewish-Heritage-Written-in-DNA/