A New Bill Would Allow Employers to See Your Genetic Information; First Results of CRISPR Gene Editing of Normal Embryos Released; Doctors Find Patient Brain Activity Continued for 10 Minutes after Death; Ebola Vaccines Provide Immune Responses after One Year and more…
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Meet the Speaker: C. Ben Mitchell
C. BEN MITCHELL, PHD
CBHD's annual summer conference is known for bringing together world renowned experts and leading Christian voices in the bioethical conversation. C. Ben Mitchell, PhD will open this year's conference on June 22. He is the Graves Chair of Moral Philosophy at Union University and the author of many books including, Biotechnology and the Human Good. In addition, he is a highly sought after voice on bioethical issues for public policy and the media.
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Call for Papers: The Church & Family Planning
PAPER DEADLINE EXTENDED: THE GLOBAL CHURCH & FAMILY PLANNING
The deadline to submit a paper for CBHD's joint publication with The Christian Journal for Global Health has been extended to April 30, 2017. We are looking for papers that analyze potential connections and/or areas of concern between Christian faith and family planning and which present research on family planning provisions by faith based organizations.
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BIOETHICS IN THE CHURCH TODAY
Trinity Graduate School
March 21, 2017
Deerfield, IL
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CONFERENCE ON MEDICINE & RELIGION
Re-Enchanting Medicine
JW Marriott Galleria
March 24 – 26, 2017
Houston, TX
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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
A Robot Ear Surgeon Drills into the Future of Medicine
(Wired) — Technically it ain’t brain surgery, but let’s just say you wouldn’t want to do a cochlear implant while sleepy or distracted. So it’s a good thing this surgery robot can’t be either of those things. It drills into the bone behind the ear, watching with two shining eyes. The bit passes just half a millimeter from the facial nerve, and another half a millimeter from the taste nerve, before entering the spiraling cochlea of the inner ear. Here a human deposits an electrode …
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A New Bill Would Allow Employers to See Your Genetic Information–Unless You Pay a Fine
(Vox) — A new bill is quietly making its way through Congress that could bring the US a little closer to a Gattaca-like future in which employers could discriminate against their employees based on their genes and risk of disease. To understand how we might get to Gattaca, let’s back up. Under Obamacare, employers are allowed to offer employees deep discounts on health insurance premiums if they participate in workplace wellness programs. The programs often involve medical questionnaires and health assessments — which has meant employers can get access to some of their employees personal health data …
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Ebola Vaccines Provide Immune Responses after One Year
(Medical Xpress) — Immune responses to Ebola vaccines at one year after vaccination are examined in a new study appearing in the March 14 issue of JAMA. The Ebola virus vaccine strategies evaluated by the World Health Organization in response to the 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa included a heterologous primary and booster vaccination schedule of the adenovirus type 26 vector vaccine encoding Ebola virus glycoprotein (Ad26.ZEBOV) and the modified vaccinia virus Ankara vector vaccine, encoding glycoproteins from Ebola, Sudan, Marburg, and Tai Forest viruses nucleoprotein (MVA-BN-Filo) …
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Fertility Treatment Failure May Harm Women’s Heart Health
(Medical News Today) — Fertility therapy failure may raise the risk of poor heart health for women, according to the results of a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Researchers found that women who did not become pregnant after undergoing gonadotropin-based fertility therapy – treatment often used in preparation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies – were at greater risk of heart failure and stroke than those whose fertility therapy was successful …
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What Hospitals Waste
(ProPublica) — Just outside Portland, Maine, there’s a 15,000-square-foot warehouse that’s packed with reasons the U.S. health care system costs so much: Shelves climb floor to ceiling, stacked with tubs overflowing with unopened packages of syringes, diabetes supplies and shiny surgical instruments that run hundreds of dollars apiece. There are boxes of IV fluids and bags of ostomy supplies and kits with everything you’d need to perform an obstetrics surgery. This, however, isn’t a story of about the crippling price of medical supplies. This is about the high cost of medical supplies that hospitals throw away …
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First Results of CRISPR Gene Editing of Normal Embryos Released
(New Scientist) — A team in China has corrected genetic mutations in at least some of the cells in three normal human embryos using the CRISPR genome editing technique. The latest study is the first to describe the results of using CRISPR in viable human embryos, New Scientist can reveal. While this study – which attempted to repair the DNA of six embryos in total – was very small, the results suggest CRISPR works much better in normal embryos than it did in previous tests on abnormal embryos that could not develop into children …
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Car Wars
(The Atlantic) — The stakes are impossibly high. Self-driving cars are arguably the great technological promise of the 21st century. They are in that rare class of technology that might actually change the world. And not just in the way everyone in Silicon Valley talks about changing the world—but really, fundamentally change it. So much so that their dramatic life-saving potential is almost secondary to the other economic, cultural, and aesthetic transformations they would cause …
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Doctors Find Patient Brain Activity Continued for 10 Minutes after Death
(Medical Xpress) — A team of doctors affiliated with the University of Western Ontario in Canada has documented a case in which a terminal patient removed from life support continued to experience brain wave activity for approximately 10 minutes after they had been pronounced clinically dead. In their paper published in The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, the team describes the circumstances of the unusual event and acknowledge that they have no explanation for what they observed …
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