(New York Times) – Mr. Divinigracia could easily have been the subject of one of the 54 stories in a new book, “Support for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes,” by Judith L. London. Dr. London is a psychologist in San Jose, Calif., whose first book, “Connecting the Dots: Breakthroughs in Communication as Alzheimer’s Advances,” broadened her contacts with family and professional caregivers facing, and often solving, everyday problems related to dementia.
The New England Journal of Medicine (Volume 370, No. 8, February 20, 2014) is now available online by subscription only.
- “Post-Acute Care Reform — Beyond the ACA” by D.C. Ackerly and D.C. Grabowski
- “Post-Acute Care — The Next Frontier for Controlling Medicare Spending” by R. Mechanic
- “The Hospital-Dependent Patient” by D.B. Reuben and M.E. Tinetti
- “Informed Consent, Comparative Effectiveness, and Learning Health Care” by R.R. Faden, et al.
- “Informed Consent for Pragmatic Trials — The Integrated Consent Model” by S.Y.H. Kim and F.G. Miller
Medical Law Review (Volume 22, No. 1, Winter 2014) is now available online by subscription only.
- “Refusal of Emergency Caesarean Section in Ireland: A Relational Approach” by Katherine Wade
- “Does Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatment Cause Death or Allow the Patient to Die?” by Andrew McGee
- “Autonomy in the Medic-legal Courtroom: A Principle Fit for Purpose?” by C. Foster
- “Can I Access My Personal Genome? The Current Legal Position in the UK” by Jane Kaye, et al.
- “Existential Suffering and the Extent of the Right to Physician-Assisted Suicide in Switzerland” by Isra Black
- “Anorexia Nervosa, Best Interests, and the Patient’s Human Right to ‘A Wholesale Overwhelming of Her Autonomy’” by John Coggon
(ABC News) – Weeks after a brain-dead 13-year-old girl was moved to an undisclosed facility following a legal fight between the girl’s family and hospital, her mother is speaking out about their experience and says she has “hope” for her daughter. Nailah Wakfield, who fought to keep her brain-dead daughter Jahi McMath on life support, posted a letter on Facebook to thank supporters and to give an update on her daughter’s condition.
(Fox News) – For millions of women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), trying to conceive can be a heart-breaking experience. But a new procedure is making it easier for patients to get pregnant without hormone injections, meaning a decreased risk for certain complications. “PCOS is an endocrine disorder where women don’t ovulate on a regular basis,” Dr. Jesse Hade, medical director at Neway Fertility in New York City told FoxNews.com.
MIT’s Synthetic Biology Center collaborates with Pfizer to advance synthetic biology research in drug discovery and development
(MIT News) – Today, MIT’s Synthetic Biology Center (MIT SBC) announced a collaboration with Pfizer Inc. that is designed to translate leading discoveries in synthetic biology to advance drug discovery and development technologies. This three-year research collaboration spans multiple therapeutic areas at Pfizer and involves several core investigators within the MIT SBC. The MIT SBC is an interdisciplinary research and educational initiative of the Department of Biological Engineering, which integrates faculty from other MIT departments.
(Science Codex) – One of the major causes of hearing loss in mammals is damage to the sound-sensing hair cells in the inner ear. For years, scientists have thought that these cells are not replaced once they’re lost, but new research appearing online February 20 in the journal Stem Cell Reports reveals that supporting cells in the ear can turn into hair cells in newborn mice. If the findings can be applied to older animals, they may lead to ways to help stimulate cell replacement in adults and to the design of new treatment strategies for people suffering from deafness due to hair cell loss.
(Medical Xpress) – Scientists from A*STAR’s Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC) led in the discovery that two little-known fat cell markers have huge potential to assist researchers to further their understanding of fats. The discovery was recently published in prestigious science journal, Stem Cell Reports.
(News.com.au) – A new study comparing adult’s born through reproductive technologies, such as IVF, with non-ART adults found only minor differences between the groups. ART babies are at increased risk of preterm birth, low birth weight and being small for gestational age. The study’s authors wanted to check whether this led to poorer physical health as they developed.
(The Epoch Times) – Text of David Kilgour’s speech to the Knesset of Israel: When human dignity is denied in a major way in China, it can threaten us all, so I hope the legislators and peoples in both our countries will do what is correct without misplaced fear. All of us in the international coalition to end organ pillaging/trafficking in China can be pleased that you’re holding this important hearing. Time is urgent; I am certain that men and women convicted of nothing are currently being killed in China so that their vital organs can be sold.
(Newswise) – Under the right conditions, full informed consent is not ethically required for some types of health research, according to leading bioethics experts. The experts focus in particular on the comparison of common treatments in the February 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), arguing that in some cases a time-consuming consent process is not only unnecessary from the standpoint of protecting patients, but also potentially harmful to patients when it functions as an obstacle to gaining new knowledge that can improve the quality of the care patients receive.
The New England Journal of Medicine (Volume 370, No. 7, February 13, 2014) is now available online by subscription only.
- “Choosing Wisely — The Politics and Economics of Labeling Low-Value Services” by N.E. Morden, et al.
- “PCORI at 3 Years — Progress, Lessons, and Plans” by J.V. Selby and S.H. Lipstein
- “Open Data” by J.M. Drazen
- “Undocumented Injustice? Medical Repatriation and the Ends of Health Care” by M.J. Young and L.S. Lehmann
Clinical Pediatrics (Volume 53, No. 3, March 2014) is now available online by subscription only.
- “A Review of the Use of Clonidine as a Sleep Aid in the Child and Adolescent Population” by Mathew Nguyen, et al.
- “Access to Treatment for Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorders” by Barbara Braddock and Kimberly Twyman
- “Parent Perspectives on the Design of a Personal Online Pediatric Immunization Record” by Ken Kitayama, et al.
- “Delay and Refusal of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine for Girls, National Immunization Survey–Teen, 2010” by Christina Dorell, et al.
Human Reproduction (Volume 29, No. 3, March 2014) is now available online by subscription only.
- “Eyes wide shut: the illusory tale of ‘occult’ microscopic endometriosis” by Elizabeth Naomi Hopton and David Byron Redwine
- “Does anonymous sperm donation increase the risk for unions between relatives and the incidence of autosomal recessive diseases due to consanguinity?” by Jean-Louis Serre, et al.
- “Effect of in vitro culture period on birthweight of singleton newborns” by Jinliang Zhu, et al.
- “Occult microscopic endometriosis: undetectable by laparoscopy in normal peritoneum” by Khaleque Newaz Khan, et al.
- “Is ovarian hyperstimulation associated with higher blood pressure in 4-year-old IVF offspring? Part I: multivariable regression analysis” by Jorien Seggers, et al.
- “Is ovarian hyperstimulation associated with higher blood pressure in 4-year-old IVF offspring? Part II: an explorative causal inference approach” by Sacha La Bastide-Van Gemert, et al.
- “Quality of care in an IVF programme from a patient’s perspective: development of a validated instrument” by Herborg Holter, et al.
- “Large baby syndrome in singletons born after frozen embryo transfer (FET): is it due to maternal factors or the cryotechnique?” by A. Pinborg, et al.
Science and Public Policy (Volume 41, No. 1, February 2014) is now available online by subscription only.
- “Nanotechnology: Rhetoric, risk and regulation” by Graeme A. Hodge, et al.
- “The European Research Council and the European research funding landscape” by Terttu Luukkonen
- “Governing ‘dual-use’ research in Canada: A policy review” by Bryn Williams-Jones, et al.
- “The fall of research and rise of innovation: Changes in New Zealand science policy discourse” by Shirley Leitch
Journal of Medical Ethics (Volume 40, No. 3, March 2014) is now available online by subscription only.
- “Responding to complexity” by Kenneth Boyd
- “Imposing options on people in poverty: the harm of a live donor organ market” by Simon Rippon
- “Organ sales and paternalism” by Gerald Dworkin
- “Live liver donation, ethics and practitioners: ‘I am between the two and if I do not feel comfortable about this situation, I cannot proceed’” by Elin H Thomas, et al.
- “What ethical and legal principles should guide the genotyping of children as part of a personalised screening programme for common cancer?” by Alison Elizabeth Hall, et al.
- “Disclosure ‘downunder’: misadventures in Australian genetic privacy law” by Wendy Bonython and Bruce Arnold
- “Attitudes towards euthanasia in Iran: the role of altruism” by Naser Aghababaei
- “Discovering misattributed paternity in genetic counselling: different ethical perspectives in two countries” by Pamela Tozzo, et al.
- “In need of remedy: US policy for compensating injured research participants” by Elizabeth R Pike
- “The acceptability among young Hindus and Muslims of actively ending the lives of newborns with genetic defects” by Shanmukh Kamble, et al.
- “Cultural explanations and clinical ethics: active euthanasia in neonatology” by Ayesha Ahmad
- “The best interests of persistently vegetative patients: to die rather that to live?” by Tak Kwong Chan and George Lim Tipoe
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health (Volume 42, No. 2, March 2014) is now available online by subscription only.
- “Association between parental socioeconomic position and prevalence of asthma, atopic eczema and hay fever in children” by Lene Hammer-Helmich, et al.
- “Higher education and psychological distress: A 27-year prospective cohort study in Sweden” by Annica Brännlund and Anne Hammarström
- “Low quality of life and depressive symptoms are connected with an unhealthy lifestyle” by Jorma Savolainen, et al.
- “Psychological distress and perceived health in inmates in Norwegian prisons” by Valentina C Iversen, et al.
- “Do work-place initiated measures reduce sickness absence? Preventive measures and sickness absence among older workers in Norway” by Tove I Midtsundstad and Roy A Nielsen
- “Perceptions and sociodemographic factors influencing vaccination uptake and precautionary behaviours in response to the A/H1N1 influenza in Sweden” by Marcus Börjesson and Ann Enande
(New York Times) – The doctor-patient relationship is ideally an intimate partnership where information is exchanged openly and honestly. That is seldom the reality, however. Deception in the doctor-patient relationship is more common than we’d like to believe. Deception is a charged word. It encapsulates precisely what we dread most in a doctor-patient relationship, and yet it is there in medicine, and it often runs both ways.
(New Scientist) – From past events, this is to be expected. The World Health Organization reported last year that only 0.03 per cent of the 3.4 million people caught in floods in Europe in the past decade died, with the main causes being drowning, electrocution, injury, heart attack and poisoning. But that could be just part of the story. “Only the immediate traumatic deaths from flooding are recorded,” says the National Flood Emergency Framework for England. “Negative effects on well-being may persist for months or even years after a flood.”
(Forbes) – There is an existential unease lying at the root of the Internet of Things — a sense that we may emerge not less than human, certainly, but other than human. Well, not to worry. As Kelsey Breseman, engineer at Technical Machine, points out, we don’t need to fret about becoming cyborgs. We’re already cyborgs: biological matrices augmented by wirelessly connected silicon arrays of various configurations. The problem is that we’re pretty clunky as cyborgs go. We rely on screens and mobile devices to extend our powers beyond the biological.