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Medicine

Canada top court ruling allows doctor-assisted suicide
The Supreme Court of Canada has overturned a previous ban from 1993 and has unanimously decided to grant patients with severe and incurable medical conditions the right to die.

06.02.2015 20:29

Shock therapy: Electric drug treatment can fight cocaine addiction in mice
Electric currents passed through the brains of cocaine-addicted mice changes their behavior and can reduce their dependency on the drug, a new report found.

06.02.2015 04:05

New smartphone dongle diagnoses HIV in just 15 minutes
A cheap new device that can be attached to a smartphone can reportedly diagnose cases of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and syphilis – and, amazingly enough, the test only takes 15 minutes to complete.

06.02.2015 01:30

No more vaccination waivers - California lawmakers
New legislation proposed in the California Senate would outlaw waivers that allow parents to exempt their children from receiving basic vaccinations for religious or personal reasons. The bill is a response to the latest measles outbreak in the state.

05.02.2015 17:51

​Woman with learning disabilities ‘can be forcibly sterilized’ – UK judge
A judge has ruled a mother-of-six with learning disabilities can be forcibly sterilized in a decision he described as “exceptional.”

04.02.2015 15:17

50% of Brits will get cancer, new research finds
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, a research body forecasts.

04.02.2015 09:08

Viral debate: Is measles-vaccination America’s new political issue?
The measles outbreak in the US is being blamed on anti-vaccination sentiment, and now the debate has entered the political arena. Major officials have begun to weigh in on vaccine policy and how to balance individual choice with public health concerns.

03.02.2015 16:44

MPs approve ​draft ‘3 parent baby’ law
MPs voted to allow fertility treatments for women with mitochondrial diseases, permitting the creation of babies with DNA from three different people.

03.02.2015 09:06

New technique fights aging, extends life of cultured human cells
The high vulnerability of cultured adult stem cells has posed a big problem for microbiological research. But a new technique, developed by Stanford scientists, can extend the life of cultured cells and offer clues to solving diseases and prolonging life.

03.02.2015 00:20

Google creates synthetic skin for cancer detecting project (VIDEO)
Google’s clandestine cutting-edge health research facility has created synthetic human skin as part of its innovative cancer detecting project that aims to prevent the disease before it develops, US media has revealed.

31.01.2015 17:30

Got genes: Obama proposes genetic biobank of 1mn Americans’ DNA to fight disease
A new $215 million US government proposal would seek more than 1 million American volunteers for analysis of their genetic information in an initiative to fight disease, while developing targeted health care based on one’s DNA.

30.01.2015 15:23

​Revolutionary ‘Da Vinci’ robot performs breakthrough micro-surgical treatment
In a huge breakthrough for medical science, a robot fitted with multiple arms has performed its first operation on a human patient, meaning revolutionary new treatments will be available for the first time.

30.01.2015 14:42