As Minibrain Research Continues To Progress, Scientists Begin To Wade Through Ethical Complexities

Minibrains hold tremendous potential for unraveling the mysteries around neurological diseases, but scientists worry about creating a sentient entity in the lab. In other public health news: tuberculosis; medical research; medication to save children from pneumonia, malaria and other diseases; the immune system; and more.

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Should Doctors Offer Immunotherapy To Terminal Cancer Patients? Some Are Rolling The Dice

The chance immunotherapy will help some patients is small — but not zero. “Under rules of desperation oncology, you engage in a different kind of oncology than the rational guideline thought,” says Dr. Oliver Sartor. Other doctors won’t even bring up the treatment though, arguing that scientists first must gather rigorous evidence about the benefits …

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McKesson Absolves Itself Of Blame In Opioid Crisis, Claiming Managers ‘Worked In Earnest’ To Meet DEA Rules

But the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which has accused the pharmaceutical wholesaler of exacerbating the opioid epidemic, is dismissing the company’s internal investigation findings. In other news on the crisis: Democrats are concerned lawmakers are moving too quickly on bipartisan opioid package; common pain relievers are found to be safer than opioids for controlling dental …

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‘Rapid Autopsy’ Programs Seek Clues To Cancer Within Hours Of Death

After Keith Beck died of bile duct cancer last year, family members said more than 900 people showed up to pay respects to the popular athletic director at the University of Findlay in northwestern Ohio. Many were former students who recalled acts of kindness during Beck’s nearly 30-year career: $20 given to a kid who …

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Hospitals Lure Diabetes Patients With Self-Care Courses, But Costs Can Weigh Heavily

When a routine physical revealed mildly elevated blood-sugar levels, Michael Phillips was strongly encouraged to sign up for a diabetes self-management class. Phillips never asked about the cost of the two half-day sessions he attended in a conference room at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Ga., and doesn’t recall the instructor mentioning it. But the …

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Facebook Live: Confronting Opioid Addiction

Three medications have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat opioid addiction: methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. But access to them depends largely on where you live. Methadone and buprenorphine are the two most popular options. But many California communities, particularly rural ones, have neither a methadone clinic nor a doctor who can …

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