I am an advocate of pursuing anti-aging medicine. What does that mean? It means I support research that would create medical techniques and pharmaceuticals that would prevent age-related health issues, like muscle wasting, mental decay, lowered immune response, and heart disease. It also means I support the right of someone to refuse certain medical treatments based […]
Imagine the following:
Tomorrow, a bureaucrat in Berlin discovers a massive cache of documents, videos, and photos from a secret Nazi science lab. The lab was charged with the most heinous and unethical of Nazi research programs wherein human test subjects were abused and violated in the most inhuman ways possible. […]
Roscoe G. Bartlett lays out his case:
We also know more about the consequences of invasive research on the animals themselves. Biomedical procedures that are simple when performed on humans often require traumatizing restraint of chimpanzees to protect human researchers from injury, as chimpanzees are five times stronger than humans. For instance, acquiring a […]
Yes, there are ways to be grossly unhealthy, but it turns out that genes and luck have a huge determining factor in how long you get to kick around on this planet:
The study, appearing Aug. 3 in the online edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, followed the lives of […]
My latest Science Not Fiction post addresses the “My body, my choice” mantra in relationship to transhumanism. Somatic rights and the freedom of bodily determination are at stake:
Because you have the right to do something, you are also responsible for the results of that decision. For example, if you choose to do drugs, […]
If it has the MyCare card in it:
“When dealing with a medical emergency, patients may be unconscious or unable to communicate with paramedics for some other reason,” says Professor Panicos Kyriacou of City University, “our device makes potentially life-saving data easily accessible. For example, it’s vital to know whether a patient is allergic […]
Ross Douthat expresses the “right to die” side of the paradox of natural death nicely in his rejoinder to Kevin Drum.
Well, yes: The slippery slope that I discussed in the column doesn’t amount to much if you don’t disapprove at all of people deciding to take their own lives. Absent that disapproval (and an […]
It’s here. You cannot stop a man that smart. You can only hope his reason penetrates the stammering fears of others. Pratchett on Peter, the subject of the documentary.
“So then is it a good thing? And you are trying to resolve these things. Because it is a good thing, I think, that in […]
Get a knock on your noggin? Have no fear, KCC2 is here!
“The destiny of neurons in a damaged brain depends on a tiny equilibrium between pro-survival and pro-death signals. We wanted to know what KCC2 was signalling for — was it killing neurons or protecting them after an injury? Our study has found […]
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