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May 26, 2015

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May 26, 2015

The Fear of Dying in Misery in a Hospital Is Driving the Assisted Dying Debate, Says Medical Ethics Expert

May 20, 2015 — The fear of a miserable death in a hospital bed rather than at home is driving public support for mercy-killing law in the UK, an academic has ... read more

How to Build a New Global Health Framework

May 7, 2015 — Can a true, robust global health framework be created to help prevent tragedies like Ebola while at the same time allow countries to meet everyday health needs? Global health and law experts say it ... read more

Film Music Captivates Us

May 7, 2015 — Sound and music in films do more than merely enhance our experience of a film's narrative. They can also affect the ways in which we perceive ourselves and how we ... read more

High-Level Commission Focuses on Law's Power to Significantly Improve World's Health

Apr. 21, 2015 — Law should be viewed as a major determinant of health and safety and can be utilized as a powerful and innovative tool to address pressing global health concerns, says a newly formed, high-level ... read more

Protocol Developed for Preserving Forensic Evidence After a Terrorist Attack

Apr. 21, 2015 — Pathologists have developed a set of protocols for processing and preserving forensic evidence, such as shrapnel, bullets and other projectiles, in surgical specimens (i.e. amputated limbs, injured ... read more

Ethics Training for Future Doctors Needs Updating, Say Medical Educators

Apr. 24, 2015 — To accommodate 21st century ethical concerns and begin resolving discordant approaches to medical ethics training, scholars from leading medical schools across the United States have issued updated ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — To increase diversity in US STEM workforce, policymakers and educators need to address factors in college programs that discourage minority students, contribute to their noncompletion of ... read more

Should Voting Be Compulsory or Should We Have a Right Not to Vote?

Apr. 28, 2015 — Each year, millions of people fail to vote without reproach. Does abstention constitute a citizen's right not to vote? A new article explores whether we have a legal right to a 'no ... read more

Finding New Drugs for Infectious Diseases: Selecting the Right Tool for the Job

Apr. 14, 2015 — Randomized clinical trials of new drugs have long been considered the 'gold standard' in determining safety and efficacy before drugs, biologics, vaccines or devices are introduced to the ... read more

Recruiting Participants for Research: Simple Explanations, Queries from Doctors Are Best

Apr. 13, 2015 — While a debate was raging between scientists and government regulators on how best to explain to patients the risks of participating in clinical research studies that compare standardized treatments, ... read more

Oxycodone Overdose Deaths Drop 25 Percent After Launch of Prescgram

Apr. 15, 2015 — Oxycodone-related deaths dropped 25 percent after Florida implemented its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in late 2011 as part of its response to the state's prescription drug abuse ... read more

Healthcare Professionals Must Recognize Importance of Human Rights to Improve Healthcare for Women, Experts Say

Apr. 14, 2015 — Women's human rights need to be addressed globally in order to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, says an ... read more

Teams With a Critical Mass of Women Lets Them 'Lean In' and Aim for Science Careers

Apr. 6, 2015 — For years, educators and have sounded an alarm about the fact that fewer girls and women enter STEM fields than their male peers, and more girls and women leave. Now a team reports one promising ... read more

Stop Complaining About the Moral Decline of Western Society, Expert Says

Apr. 6, 2015 — Morality is not declining in the modern world. Instead, a new morality is replacing the previous one. Centered on individual self-fulfillment, and linked to administrative government, it permits ... read more

Acute Injured Kidneys Can Be Considered for Transplant

Mar. 31, 2015 — The shortage of kidneys needed for organ transplantation in the U.S. can be alleviated in part by using select kidneys with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), resulting in safe and positive outcomes, ... read more

One-Third of College STEM Majors Switch Fields by Graduation

Apr. 2, 2015 — About a quarter of high performing students who began pursuing a bachelor's degree between 2003 and 2009 declared a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) major; however, nearly a third ... read more

Social Media Study of Pinterest to Clinical Practice Effectiveness

Mar. 30, 2015 — Aside from the societal increase and prevalence of social media, a researcher has discovered that doctors and patients sometimes blur lines of their relationships. Instances where social media ... read more

Innovative Strategies Needed to Address US Transplant Organ Shortage

Mar. 31, 2015 — As the United States faces transplant waiting lists that continue to grow longer over time, there is increasing debate about the proper way to incentivize living donations. Due to organ shortages, ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research. A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, ... read more

The Challenges for Anthropologists When They're the Expert in the Courtroom

Mar. 24, 2015 — Researchers are examining the intellectual, practical and ethical challenges for anthropologists when they're hired to serve as expert ... read more

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