Euthanasia Advocate Sean Davison Convicted of Criminal Assisted Suicide
Euthanasia champion Sean Davison has pleaded guilty to three charges of assisted suicide in a South African court. He originally faced murder charges, but instead pleaded guilty to assisted suicide and was given an 8-year sentence, suspended for 5 year... (Source:
Source: - June 22, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Ellavi, a Cheap Uterine Balloon Tamponade for Menstrual Bleeding, Wins EU Clearance
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is one of the most common ways that new mothers do not survive childbirth. Although such severe, uncontrolled bleeding is extremely rare in the developed world, in places such as sub-Saharan Africa it is still pervasive. Ellavi, a uterine balloon tamponade (UBT) developed by Sinapi Biomedical, a company based in South Africa, and PATH, a global healthcare organization, has just received the European Union’s CE mark of approval. Though intended for Europe, the CE mark is recognized in many countries outside the continent, so the new clearance gives the Ellavi device broad access to where it...
Source: Medgadget - June 7, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Ob/Gyn Public Health Source Type: blogs

These Mole Rats Felt No Pain, Even From Wasabi ’s Burn - The New York Times
If you've ever taken a big bite of wasabi, you know what comes next: a painful zing that creeps over your whole scalp.You aren't the only animal that feels this way. The condiment's sinus-burning kick comes from a chemical compound called allyl isothiocyanate, or AITC, that actively damages proteins within cells. Flies and flatworms shun it, as do miceand wolf spiders."Practically every animal you look at will avoid AITC," said Gary Lewin, a molecular physiologist at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin.But there is one exception. In a paper published Thursday in Science, scie...
Source: Psychology of Pain - May 31, 2019 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs

The latest deadly superbug — and why it’s not time to panic
I have to admit it: recent news reports about a newly described “superbug” are worrisome and at least a little bit terrifying. This time, it’s not a flesh-eating bacterium or drug-resistant tuberculosis — in fact, it’s not a bacterial infection at all. It’s a fungus called Candida auris (C. auris). If the first part of the name sounds familiar, that may be because other Candida species (such as Candida albicans, glabrata, and tropicalis) cause common vaginal and skin infections. They’re often called yeast infections and while quite bothersome, they only rarely cause serious illness. Candida auris is a complet...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Health Health trends Infectious diseases Men's Health Women's Health Source Type: blogs

We Should Be Concerned About Athletes Having to ‘Dope Down’
Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected an appeal by South African runner Caster Semenya that challenged the International Association of Athletic Federation’s proposed regulations that women like her with atypically high levels of testosterone must take medication to reduce testosterone levels in order to compete in certain events. The post We Should Be Concerned About Athletes Having to ‘Dope Down’ appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source:
Source: - May 7, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Marnie Klein Tags: Health Care athletics Caster Semenya syndicated Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Body Dysmorphic Disorder ’ s Impact on Kids Today
The teenage years are hard on kids’ sense of identity and self-esteem, especially as their bodies and minds are changing and growing at a rapid rate. As a parent, it may feel like you are jumping through mental and emotional hoops, doing your best to build up your child while still maintaining discipline. However, adolescents who struggle with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) may need more help than most parents may realize. Body Dysmorphic Disorder Strikes At A Vulnerable Age Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental disorder that leads individuals to constantly think about their perceived appearance flaws. These flaws may be ...
Source: World of Psychology - May 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tyler Jacobson Tags: Eating Disorders Parenting Perfectionism Adolescence Body dysmorphia Body Image Teenagers Source Type: blogs

Caster Semenya and the Challenges of Sports Brackets
If virtuous perfection of natural talents is what sports is all about, sports needs more people like Caster Semenya, the South African runner. But she is now ineligible for competing in middle distance events unless she takes medication to suppress her naturally high testosterone levels. Is this fair? The post Caster Semenya and the Challenges of Sports Brackets appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source:
Source: - May 3, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care Caster Semenya Hastings Bioethics Forum Humans and Nature syndicated testosterone Source Type: blogs

Measles: Correlation of Vaccine Uptake with Disease Rates
The following is a country-by-country analysis of measles reporting trends vs. vaccine uptake.  For purposes of consistency, incidence data and population statistics used to calculate rates per 100,000 will be limited to those published by the World Health Organization (WHO).  Resultant graphs were generated by Gideon and abstracted from the Gideon e-book series [1,2]  True estimates of vaccination update statistics are those published by WHO, in most cases available only since 1980.  Data published by the countries themselves were not used, to avoid possible bias or inconsistency when comparing data among countries. H...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 2, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs Outbreaks ProMED Source Type: blogs

Caster Semenya Challenges What it Means to be a Woman in Sport and Loses
by Keisha Ray, Ph.D. Since 2009 Caster Semenya has been the face of hyperandrogenism in women’s sports and today her case is back in the headlines. Hyperandrogenism is when women have high levels of hormones like testosterone. Because of high levels of testosterone, Semenya, a South African, Olympic champion runner has been at war with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) over her ability to participate in some of women’s international races like the Olympic games. To participate in races Semenya was required to undergo hormone treatment to lower her hormone levels.… (Source:
Source: - May 1, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Keisha Ray Tags: Ethics Featured Posts Genetics Justice Social Justice Sports Ethics Source Type: blogs

African Trypanosomiasis: Crossing Borders
141 individual importations (193 patients) of African trypanosomiasis are listed by Gideon  Ten of these patients acquired the disease in Zambia, and 27 were treated in South Africa. As of February, 2019 the Gideon web application and e-book series [1,2] list 2,718 individual cross-border events, arranged in 134 charts – by disease and country.  Charts also include importation of infected animals (ie, rabid dogs) and contaminated foods and other vehicles which resulted in outbreaks.  Charts in the web application are interactive, and allow the user to sort data according to country, year, numb...
Source: GIDEON blog - March 20, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology ProMED Travel Source Type: blogs

Drum roll please … presenting this year ’ s winners of our F1000Prime Awards
Throughout the year our Faculty works tirelessly to ensure we never miss a notable article to help us stay on top of the literature. Therefore, each year it’s fitting that we recognise their valuable work by way of two types of award, namely our AFM Travel Grant Awards and Faculty Member of the Year Awards. Whist, of course, we are grateful for all of the contributions each and every member of the F1000Prime Faculty makes, these awards acknowledge those who have made extraordinary contributions and whose recommendations have proved particularly popular and engaging throughout the year. Thank you very much to our entire F...
Source: Naturally Selected - March 1, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Steven Lokwan Tags: F1000 Institutions Researchers Source Type: blogs

When The Best You Can Get Is Zero – The BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer Review
All drivers get into situations when they have to say no to alcohol, or have to count how much time they’ll need until sobering up completely when they have that last drink. But breathalyzers could also be parents’ good friend when dealing with teenage drinking, people who try to regulate their alcohol consumption, and nurses or doctors, who could also easily assess whether an incoming patient is under the influence of booze. A digitalized, smartphone-connected, truly 21st-century breathalyzer, the BACtrack Mobile promises to monitor blood alcohol concentration straight from your pocket – and we decided to take a det...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients alcohol alcohol consumption breathalyzer device digital gadget gadgets review smartphone smartphone apps technology zero Source Type: blogs

Research Integrity and Peer Review looks ahead to the World Conference on Research Integrity
On June 2-5, 2019, the research community will have an exciting opportunity to gather in Hong Kong at a global forum and address the challenges of promoting research integrity and the responsible conduct of research. The 6th edition of the World Conference on Research Integrity (WCRI) will be back in Asia for the first time since its 2010 meeting produced the groundbreaking Singapore Statement on Research Integrity ). This time, the focus will be “New Challenges for Research Integrity”. What is the WCRI? The World Conferences on Research Integrity are run by an independent foundation drawn from academia, funders, publi...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - February 18, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: Susan V. Zimmerman Tags: Publishing Research Integrity and Peer Review Source Type: blogs