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Feb 28, 2012 Virginia Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill as Other States Take Notice

QUOTE: Changing course after an unwelcome national uproar, the Virginia Senate adopted a revised bill on Tuesday that still requires doctors to perform an ultrasound on women before they have an abortion, but also says that women cannot be forced to have an invasive vaginal ultrasound....The Senate vote came after a bitter debate in which Democrats pleaded with the body not to adopt a bill that they said remained — even with the changes — demeaning to women and insulting to doctors.

New York Times
Nov 17, 2009 For Sale: Human Eggs Become a Research Commodity: A decision to pay for eggs for stem cell studies sparks debate

QUOTE: Paying a woman for her eggs to use in stem cell research has been a bioethical no-no for years. But this past June, New York State decided to allow just that, becoming the first state to permit public money to be used in this way. The decision, which allows payment of up to $10,000, will likely jump-start donations—and thereby research. Many bioethicists, however, worry that the financial incentive could exploit women and compromise their health.

Scientific American
Oct 07, 2009 Personal genomics firms must come clean

QUOTE: Companies that offer analyses of future health risks based on basic genetic tests should be more transparent about the limitations of their predictions, says genomics pioneer Craig Venter.

New Scientist
Oct 07, 2009 UAE: Government to create DNA database of all residents, starting with children (Babylon & Beyond)

QUOTE: Within a year, the United Arab Emirates will become the first country to begin building a national DNA database of all residents...

Los Angeles Times
Oct 06, 2009 Anonymized genetic research data still carries privacy risks

QUOTE: as the number of people genotyped grows, data sharing might be able to increase the statistical power of these experiments. But researchers are now cautioning that sharing the data might allow someone to learn about the people who contribute DNA samples to these studies.

Ars Technica
Sep 04, 2009 Awareness: Clinical Trial Rule Is Widely Ignored (Vital Signs)

QUOTE: Many researchers are ignoring a 2005 requirement that they register proposed clinical trials in a government database as a condition for publishing their results in medical journals.

New York Times
Sep 02, 2009 High Stakes for Merck in Litigation on Fosamax

QUOTE: Drug executives, product liability lawyers and Wall Street analysts are closely watching a jury trial in New York over medical problems associated with Fosamax, a drug from Merck... It is the first of about 900 state and federal cases pending against Merck in which plaintiffs claim that taking Fosamax caused them to develop a rare problem called osteonecrosis of the jaw.

New York Times
Aug 31, 2009 Keeping genes out of terrorists' hands: Gene-synthesis industry at odds over how to screen DNA orders.

QUOTE: A standards war is brewing in the gene-synthesis industry. At stake is the way that the industry screens orders for hazardous toxins and genes

Aug 31, 2009 PSA Test: More Harm Than Good? Study: 1 Million Men Suffered Needless Treatment After Prostate Cancer Test

QUOTE: The PSA prostate cancer screening test does more harm than good, a new study suggests.

Aug 26, 2009 Study Finds Radiation Risk for Patients

QUOTE: At least four million Americans under age 65 are exposed to high doses of radiation each year from medical imaging tests, according to a new study...

New York Times
Aug 20, 2009 A question of sex: Nature explains the science behind the latest gender row in sport.

QUOTE: Here, Nature looks at the science behind the latest gender row [Caster Semenya] to hit sport.

Aug 06, 2009 Who’s to Blame for a Missed Diagnosis? (Doctor and Patient)

QUOTE: Diagnostic failures, or diagnoses that are delayed or in error, are an increasingly popular topic of research in patient safety.

New York Times
Aug 05, 2009 Studies Question Using Cement for Spine Injuries

QUOTE: Two new studies cast serious doubt on a widely used and expensive treatment for painful fractures in the spine.

New York Times
Aug 03, 2009 Did China's Nuclear Tests Kill Thousands and Doom Future Generations?

QUOTE: Three decades on, [Enver] Tohti, now a medical doctor, is launching an investigation into the toll still being taken—and one that the Chinese government steadfastly refuses to acknowledge. A few hundred thousand people may have died as a result of radiation from at least 40 nuclear explosions carried out between 1964 and 1996 at the Lop Nur site in Xinjiang...

Scientific American
Aug 03, 2009 'Guerrilla' stem cell clinic raided by police

QUOTE: Stem cell tourism – patients paying for treatment at illegal "guerrilla" clinics – continues to be a lucrative racket.

New Scientist
Aug 02, 2009 Lack of Study Volunteers Hobbles Cancer Fight ("Forty Years' War" part 4)

QUOTE: There are more than 6,500 cancer clinical trials seeking adult patients, according to But many will be abandoned along the way. More than one trial in five sponsored by the National Cancer Institute failed to enroll a single subject, and only half reached the minimum needed for a meaningful result Dr. [Scott] Ramsey and his colleague John Scoggins reported...

New York Times
Jul 23, 2009 Scientists Breed Mice From Skin Cells in China: Development May Offer an Alternative to Controversial Embryonic Stem Cells

QUOTE: Chinese scientists have bred mice from cells that might offer an alternative to embryonic stem cells, producing the most definitive evidence yet that the technique could help sidestep many of the explosive ethical issues engulfing the controversial field but raising alarm that the advance could lead to human cloning and designer babies.

Washington Post
Jul 20, 2009 Postpartum Depression: Do All Moms Need Screening?

QUOTE: Does PPD [Postpartum Depression] screening identify cases of real depression or simply contribute to the potentially dangerous medicalization of motherhood?

Time Magazine
Jul 16, 2009 Should Racial Profiling Play a Role in Cancer Prognosis? Two recent studies indicate that the genetics of race influences the survivability of some cancers, but the conclusions are not so black and wh

QUOTE: Two research teams, however, have recently suggested that the genetics of race itself is likely to be a contributor [to higher cancer rates in African-Americans]. Exactly how significant the findings are and just what they mean for treatment is unclear, but some scientists worry that African-Americans could take such conclusions the wrong way, leading them not to seek treatment.

Scientific American
Dec 01, 2008 Leave This Child Behind: Sports, segregation, and environmental eugenics.

QUOTE: Critics fret that the test will bring back the bad old days of eugenics. The company behind the test says they're wrong. I think the answer is more complicated. We're not drifting back toward an old peril. We're drifting forward toward a new one.

Nov 05, 2008 Health Tests To Think Twice About

QUOTE: Two problems with preventive health screens: First, plenty of screens don't really work that well. Many yield lots of false-positive results, which lead to unnecessary (and risky) treatments; others work, though not in time for patients to act, leaving them to a life of endless dread. Second, these screens can cost thousands of dollars, and many aren't covered by insurance.

May 29, 2008 Cycling's Drug Test: After Years of Doping Controversies, the Tarnished Sport Knows It Has to Come Clean or Become Obsolete

QUOTE: Today, the entire sport of cycling is where Millar was four years ago. Rocked for decades by drug scandals -- most recently during last year's Tour de France, cycling's marquee event -- the sport has hit rock bottom, according to riders, managers, cycling officials and analysts. And with this year's Tour de France and Summer Olympics approaching, the sport can either come clean and heal itself, or continue to self-destruct.

Washington Post
May 21, 2008 Newborn Blood-Storage Law Stirs Fears of DNA Warehouse

QUOTE: "What we are doing is taking an individual genetic code and saying it's the government's," said Twila Brase, of the Minnesota activist group Citizens' Council on Health Care. "And once we do that, it's available for whatever a legislature wants to do in 20 years. The fact of the matter is that we don't know what they could or would do."

Apr 23, 2008 Congress Near Deal on Genetic Test Bias Bill

QUOTE: Congress reached an agreement clearing the way for a bill to prohibit discrimination by employers and health insurers on the basis of genetic tests.

New York Times
Mar 31, 2008 Insure Me, Please: The Murky Politics of Mind-Body

QUOTE: This month, the House passed a bill that would require insurance companies to provide mental health insurance parity....Parity raises all sorts of tricky questions. Is an ailment a legitimate disease if you can’t test for it?

New York Times
Mar 25, 2008 Genetic Testing Gets Personal: Firms Sell Answers On Health, Even Love

QUOTE: This is the world of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, a peculiar mix of modern science, old-fashioned narcissism and innovative entrepreneurialism, all made possible by the government-sponsored Human Genome Project...The trend has critics warning that the market is becoming rife with hype. The field is effectively free of regulatory oversight, watchdogs note, and much of the science behind the results is still sketchy.

Washington Post
Feb 25, 2008 Insurance Fears Lead Many to Shun DNA Tests

QUOTE: The first, much-anticipated benefits of personalized medicine are being lost or diluted for many Americans who are too afraid that genetic information may be used against them to take advantage of its growing availability.

New York Times
Jan 21, 2008 Little Data on Stent’s Most Common Use

QUOTE: ...reports to the Food and Drug Administration of problems with the devices, known as biliary stents, suggest that their off-label use in arteries is injuring hundreds and perhaps thousands of patients.

New York Times
Jan 19, 2008 Genetic Bank Raises Issues of Practicality and Privacy

QUOTE: ...officials at the New York Civil Liberties Union said that privacy issues aside, the [Mayor Michael Bloomberg's] proposal [that DNA samples be taken from all criminal suspects] would require turning the collection and analysis of DNA samples into a mass-production operation. That, said Donna Lieberman, the group’s executive director, would be an invitation to error, inefficiency and fraud.

New York Times
Jan 18, 2008 Growth of Genetic Tests Concerns Federal Panel

QUOTE: The science of genetic tests is marching ahead...What is not keeping up is regulation and oversight, according to a federal advisory panel. The panel concluded that a growing number of the tests are being marketed with claims that are unproved, ambiguous, false or misleading.

New York Times
Nov 23, 2007 A Gap in Knowledge About Kids, Medication

QUOTE: The alarming gap in medical knowledge is the legacy of many factors. The testing of drugs in children was shunned for decades as unnecessary and unethical; Congress and the pharmaceutical industry did not provide adequate funding; and conducting medical experiments on children is difficult.

Washington Post
Nov 11, 2007 In DNA Era, New Worries About Prejudice

QUOTE: Such developments are providing some of the first tangible benefits of the genetic revolution. Yet some social critics fear they may also be giving long-discredited racial prejudices a new potency. The notion that race is more than skin deep, they fear, could undermine principles of equal treatment and opportunity that have relied on the presumption that we are all fundamentally equal.

New York Times
Oct 31, 2007 Baseball’s Drug Testing Lacks Element of Surprise

QUOTE: Drug testers contracted by the league routinely alert team officials a day or more before their arrival at ballparks for what is supposed to be random, unannounced testing of players. By eliminating the surprise factor, the practice undermines the integrity of the testing program, antidoping experts said.

New York Times
Oct 13, 2007 Bank Plans Probe of HIV Tests In India

QUOTE: The bank has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into India through programs intended to prevent the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS. Those efforts came under fresh scrutiny when Kunal Saha, an Ohio physician who traveled to India this year at the bank's request, said he uncovered documents suggesting that defective tests had produced high numbers of false negative results.

Washington Post
Oct 11, 2007 Proposal in France to Test Some Immigrants’ DNA

QUOTE: Instead, the initiative has been vilified for contradicting France’s protective family and privacy laws and for stirring up memories of the ugliest period of modern French history, the collaborationist Vichy government during the Nazi occupation.

New York Times
Sep 11, 2007 A Genetic Test That Very Few Need, Marketed to the Masses

QUOTE: Critics say that advertising such a complex screening test to the general population might create unnecessary anxiety among women and lead to overuse of the test, which costs $3,120.

New York Times
Jul 06, 2007 FDA Delay In Cancer Therapy Is Attacked

QUOTE: The debate over Provenge illustrates the highly charged atmosphere that often surrounds new treatments as the desperation of deathly ill patients increasingly converges with the high-stakes intensity of biotech investing in the anything-goes forum of the Internet.

Washington Post
Nov 17, 2006 Newly Released Data Stirs Naproxen Debate

QUOTE: "Just-released data from a trial that was stopped early in 2004 for safety reasons is re-igniting debate on the safety of two popular painkillers."

Washington Post
Nov 14, 2006 For Smokers, a Tough Call

QUOTE: "because lung cancer is such a major killer, there's going to be a lot of interest in moving [aggressive CT scanning--Ed.] down the road" and many people who say they want the test but may not understand the pitfalls....Finding a nodule usually triggers a cascade of interventions, starting with a biopsy, which can cause infection, scarring and a collapsed lung."

Washington Post
Sep 07, 2006 Merck Inquiry Backs Conduct Over Vioxx

QUOTE: Merck took “reasonable steps” to research Vioxx’s health risks. He said that no one at the company could have known that Vioxx was dangerous to the heart before 2004, when Merck withdrew the drug after a clinical trial revealed its risks. Evidence produced in lawsuits against Merck has shown that company scientists repeatedly discussed Vioxx’s potential dangers as early as 1997.

New York Times
Aug 23, 2006 Safe Drug Testing in Prisons

QUOTE: The savage and dishonorable legacy of drug testing in prison makes it imperative that any change be carried out carefully, with maximum transparency and concern for inmate safety. That will require far more federal oversight than current law provides.

New York Times
Aug 13, 2006 Panel Suggests Using Inmates in Drug Trials

QUOTE: federal panel of medical advisers has recommended that the government loosen regulations that severely limit the testing of pharmaceuticals on prison has dredged up a painful history of medical mistreatment and incited debate...about whether prisoners can truly make uncoerced decisions, given the environment they live in.

New York Times
Aug 03, 2006 Inquiries in Britain Uncover Loopholes in Drug Trials

QUOTE: New tests and investigations into the incident have highlighted loopholes in a drug-testing system that in some instances seems better devised to bring drugs to market than to protect human safety...

New York Times
Jul 11, 2006 More schools test for drugs

QUOTE: The number of schools testing students for drug use is rising...The ACLU and groups such as Students for a Sensible Drug Policy say there is no proof that testing deters drug use. They say testing could discourage kids from joining sports teams or after-school clubs.

May 12, 2006 Vioxx Debate Echoed in Battle Over Dog Drugs

QUOTE: ...formal -- but by many accounts ineffective -- government and industry efforts to warn veterinarians and dog owners of the drugs' risks. In 1999, 300 pet owners filed a lawsuit against Pfizer Inc., alleging that its early dog arthritis medicine Rimadyl had seriously harmed their pets.

Washington Post
May 12, 2006 DNA of Criminals' Kin Cited in Solving Cases

QUOTE: Familial testing would...amplify racial inequities in the criminal justice system, which already focuses disproportionately on blacks...

Washington Post
May 07, 2006 Panel Faults Pfizer in '96 Clinical Trial In Nigeria: Unapproved Drug Tested on Children

QUOTE: A panel of Nigerian medical experts has concluded that Pfizer Inc. violated international law during a 1996 epidemic by testing an unapproved drug on children ...

Washington Post
Mar 30, 2006 Doctor in India Jailed for Telling Sex of a Fetus

QUOTE: An Indian law passed in 1994 bars doctors from using ultrasound tests on pregnant women to determine the sex of the fetus...

New York Times
Feb 03, 2006 Agency Fought Retesting of Infected Cow

QUOTE: Agriculture Department officials overruled field scientists' recommendation to retest an animal that was suspected of harboring mad cow disease last year because they feared a positive finding would undermine confidence in the agency's testing procedures...

Washington Post
Nov 13, 2005 Found on the Web, With DNA: a Boy's Father

QUOTE: "No one knew you could get a DNA test and find your donor." While welcomed by advocates of children trying to locate anonymous donors, the case -- apparently the first of its kind -- has raised alarm among sperm banks and some medical ethicists. They are concerned it might start a trend that could violate the privacy of thousands of sperm donors and discourage future ones.

Washington Post

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